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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1978 Budget Restraint? "Whoa, Boy; Slow DownF' ' Even though the proposed new federal budget exceeds half a trillion dollars, its increase over the current year in "real" spending of $I0 billion, spending adjusted for inflation, is hooted at by free spenders as "stingy" and applauded by some fiscal conservatives for "restraint". My, how times have changed. As we entered the war back in 1941, total federd spending had just crossed the $I0 billion mark. There's even some suspicion that the increase over fiscal 1978 may he more than the administration claims. The White House says the increase is 2 per- cent. But, as some newspapers have pointed out, the pro refunds for ene taxes aren't included ev;0gh them   nrily go back to those who paid the energy taxes in the first place. So the "refunds" would he just another transfer payment scheme like Social Security and welfare -- which are included in the budget. Add the refunds to the spending total and the rise is 3 percent over the current year, not 2 percent. And look at the expected deficit: nearly $62 billion, about the same as this year and $15 billion more than the year before. That will make the 10th year running that our federal government has run a deficit. In fact, only once in the last 20 years has the budget been in the black and those surpluses, by Washington stan- dards, were chickenfeed. Nor do any of the budget figures in recent years include those so-called off budget items, such as loans, that amount to billions of dollars yet never get added into the spending totals. Restraint? The kind of restraint we're looking for is a tough, unyieling commitment by Congress and the administration to a balanced budget -- and soon. , t i i i,i i i J News Of Other Years j,= lO  YEARS AGO -- 10 Jackson Perks Post No. 71, American-Legion, of Charles Town, observes its 49th birthday of the organization with a ceremony marked by the presence of John Jones, Department Commander of West Virginia. Earl W. Painter and David L. Cheshire are promoted to supervisory positions at Powhatan Brass and Iron Works in Ranson, as announced by R. W. McWatters, president of Division. At a meeting of the Board Of Directors of the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company, Roy S. Steely, prominent industrialist and baker, is elected chairman of the board, filling the vacancy left with the death of Raymond. Funkhouser. ' The Charles Town High Panther cagers are presented a trophy for winning the Class.AA, Region 2 tournament staged in the Davis and Elkins College gym to win the Region Cham- pionship Named to the All.Tournament team from Charles Town, were Paul Johnson, Larry Cart and Bob Appell. The 1967-68 Charles Town High Panthers, undefeated in regular season and sectional play, maul the Kingwood High Stags for a decisive eg-44 victory in the opening round of the Class-U,, Region 2 tournament; the Panthers also stop the deter-" mined Wildcats of Webster Springs High School by a 79-. score. DEATHS: Mrs. Elizabeth H. Love, 59, formerly of Harpers Ferry, dies in Glastonbury, CaSh.; Mrs. Isabel Crane, , of Shepherdstown, dies at the Jeffersonian Manor Nursing Home; Mrs. Annie E. Whit- tington, 86, of Ranson, dies in the local hospital after an illness of seven days; Mrs. Edward "Charlotte" Crouch, 56, dies in a Charleston, S.C., hospital, where she had been a patient for only three days; Mr. A]t C. Rust, 92, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Katie H. Lake, 80, of Millville, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Olive Wageley, dies at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Ramey, with whom she had made her home since 1957; Mrs. Bessie Ellen Washington, 86, of Bolivar, dies in the local hospital, following a long illness; Mr. Robert Natbaniel Bailey, 64, of Charles Town, dies in the Charles Town Hospital, after a long illness; Mr. Raymond Joseph Funkhouser, 79, of Rauson, a prominent industrialist, banker' and philanthropist, dies in the Washingten County Hospital in Hngerstown, Md., following an illness of about 2 wseeks. Nine inches of snow falls in Jefferson County on, March U, much to the surprise of all residents. z0 -- YEAR$ AGO -- 20 The opening of an Aero-fill production plant in the basement of the Funkhouser plant in Ranson, is announced by Richard Riley, general. manager. Dr. Glenn Hoffman, a native of Iowa, joins the staff of the Leetown Fish Disease Laboratory. The Shepherdstown High cheerleaders are named as best at the Class-B basketball tournament; they ate: Deloris Day, Bonnie Derr, Clarissa Nichols, Mary Lou Jenkins, Joyce Burhman and Sara Shade. Charles Town's Larry Burns is one of eight basketball players named to the Section 6, Class-A All-Tournament 'team. DEATHS: Joseph William Henry, of Summit Point, dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital; Norman D. Johnson dies at his home in Charles Town; Millard Jacob Rush, 81, retired farmer of Shepherd- stown, dies in the City Hospital in Martinsburg. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 Fire of unknown origin destroys the inside of the home of Luther Propst on East Liberty Street. MARRIED: Mr. Gerald Franklin Painter, of Charles Town, and Miss Dollie Arthelia Knighting, of Stephenson, Va.; Miss Violet Estel Wilt and Claude Allen Rickel, of Millville. DEATHS: Joseph W. Strider dies at his home in Shepherd- stown; Ernest S. Carper dies at his home on the Mater farm near Kabletown; Miss Mary E. Nelson dies at her home near Richmond; Algernon Sidney Allen dies at Mrs. Dodson's Nursing Home in Ranson; Mrs. James William O'Brien, for- merly of Halltown, dies at his home in Washington, D.C.. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 The Dixon home at the corner of E. Liberty and Church Streets, is purchased by W. W. i Johnson for $2,100. Three fires destroy con- siderable timber in the acres south of Christ Church, Fair- mont School house and Keyes Gay sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains. MARRIED: Mr. Austin An- derson, of Middleway, and Mrs. Ada Jennings Clendening; Mr. Oliver Maniey Reitan, of Min- neapolis, and Miss Jean Shugart, of Harpers Ferry. DEATHS: Mrs. Rebecca Licklider dies in Shepherd- stown; J. William DeJarnette, a native of Jefferson County, dies in a Martinsburg hospital; Dr. James McSherry, Berkeley County's oldest physician, dies at his home in Martinsburg; James C. Miller dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Rebecca Elizabeth Engle dies at her home east of the Shenandoah River. 70 --YEARS AGO-- 70 Butter is quoted at 30 cents a lb.; eggs, 20 cents a dozen; potatoes, 50 to 60 cents a bushel; wheat, 99 cents a bushel; and corn, 55 cents a bushel. MARRIED: Linwood G. Williams of New York, and Miss Mary E. Grandstaff, of Charles Town. DEATHS: Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Jenkins dies at the home of a step-daughter in Summit Point; Mrs. Mary E. Bane dies near Charles Town. 90 --YEARS AGO -,- 90 The Woody property on East Congress Street, is sold by S. Stayer, executor to Fenton Griffith for $1,485. spring Is Coming Is it possible? The snow has suddenly turned to mush. The gutters are awash with brown silt and water, requiring a standing broad jump to cross the street. The heavy jacket, worn these past months, suddenly seems heavier and confining. A new light is in the air, although it is obscured by dank, low-flying clouds and occasional snow flurries. Nonetheless, it slides into view, in late afternoon or mid-morning -- a heightened illumination that hints of the sun's northern march. It's the light of ap- proaching spring. This defies rational argument. We want it toepme badly enough to ignore many warnings that the winter of '78 is still here. But every time the mercury tops 35 degrees we suspend our despair and crane skyward looking for the fleecy blue days of March. Perhaps this weekend signals the breaking of winter. Our yards will turn to endless marshes, tracked into the living room by children who have escaped the prison of their rooms for a day outside. We'll look at the car in the driveway and dare to wash off the scales of salt and mud that winter has deposited -- and hope it's not premature. Plans for the spring garden, landscaping or a long- desired day trip down the Valley will he unearthed, dusted off and reviewed. Will it come this weekend? That first upshoot of flowers in the yard, a promise of balmy evenings, a gift of eternal renewal that spring herself embodies? We hope so. Leave us, winter. You have been an uninvited guest in our house much too long. (Winchester Star) Your Safety The rough winter season has certainly left its scars on Jefferson County and let there by no doubt whatsoever about that, and we would like to remind you that your safety comes first. The bad weather has forced major highways in the county to crumble and this is also the case on our town streets, both here in Charles Town and Ransen, as well as other com- munities in the county. Department of Highways crews have been hard at work patching holes in the streets and roadways but have more than had their hands full and are just unable to keep up with the conditions and repair them as quickly as they would like. A word of caution to all motorists is to drive withr caution on all highways as well as over the streets in towns, and remember that Jefferson County is not the only place facing these problems. The entire state is looking-at the same also. Remember, your safety sbod come first so p|ee do drive witht he utmost pf care. More Read Newspapers Today, if it's a typical day, 88 million Americans 18 years or older will drink a cup of coffee; 77 million will go to work; 70 million will drive a car. But 100 million will read a newspaper. AGREES WITH LE'FrER March 10, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Max, I was so pleased to read Dorothy Barger-Fuller's letter on March 9, 1978, to Dr. Ben L. Morton, in your newspaper. It has been my most urgent desire since moving to Jefferson County seven years ago, to help make the older generation listen to the needs of our youth. Mr. Reininger has done an excellent job, erecting new Parks, and is to he praised for his endeavors. It is his desire, "to keep the youth off the streets". I will add to that and say "let's keep them off the highways also" But bow can we, when bowling, skating and dancing are to he found in neigh- boring counties. The Lions Center and schools help con- siderably, but can't do it all. Where can they go. The parks are not a year around activity. The Churches do aI] they can. Times have changed, years ago, the youngsters were kept busy on farms, helping with the chores, etc., but that is not true now. I overheard a conversation between two teenagers a year ago, at a local restaurant, it has disturbed me ever since. After exchanging hello's, one asked the other, "what have you been doing lately? .... Nothing, she replied, there's nothing to do in this town except get in trouble" This is not a compliment to our county. They are pleading for our help 1 would like to hear more on this subject. Sincerely, Mrs. Shirley N. Swab WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS Dear Sir, If your house should be going up in flames, who would you want to answer your call to the fire department? Would you want a fire department that did not (acriminatt and had half its members women? Or would you prefer a fire department that discriminated so that those who came to put out the fire were men -- big, strong, husky men? Although the Human Rights Commission and the Eastern i Panhandle Chapter of NOW try to claim there should be no discrimination in membership in fire departments, the fact  remains that men and women are not the same. It is like rediscovering the wheel to say that men ar stronger than women, but apparently it must be said. Being on a fire department is not merely a matter of having been accepted by the depart- ment. There is the need to perform. And the abiility to i perform takes physical strength. The protective clothing firemen must wear weighs up to 15 pounds. If a l/z inch hose is used, the pressure on the hose is basically 10 pounds. If a larger bose is used, the pressure will he 200 pounds or more, requiring three men to hold it. Because a woman is not as strong as a man, she cannot. carry her share of the weight. If a woman is helping a man bold a hose with 150 pounds of pressure, the man will have to held more than half, perhaps 100 pounds of pressure, while she holds the remaining 50 until her lesser strength gives out. A fireman must be able to go up a ladder on the outside of a burning building to rescue a person from an upper floor. Such a feat requires strength as well as training. Training alone , would not be enough Lack of sufficient physical strength in such a situation could cost a life. Before he is permitted to go inside a burning building, a fireman must wear breathing apparatus weighing 40 pounds. That, with the clothing, mea he has 55 pounds extra on him. With this additional weight, he i must be able to enter the building carrying the hose with 150 pounds pressure. If a person is found inside the building, the fireman must he able to crawl out, dragging that person -- and who knows how heavy the person to be rescued might he? He could well be heavier than the average woman Naturally, I'm hoping I never have a fire But if ever my house should be afire I want the firemen who come to be big, strong men. Not women. But men. Men with the physical strength to do what is needed. Lela Gardner ... j *." e y:! CHRISTMAS EDITION Metro Assoc. Services, Inc. 80 Madison Ave. New York, N.Y. March 6, 1978 Advertising Manager Spirit of Jefferson N. George St. Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: We received your Christmas edition recently and congratulate you on a job well done. Your publication was passed !around to the various depart- ments responsible for Metro's Christmas Greetings Services in '77, to give everyone the op- portunity to see how their work was developed into creative and profitable ads by our sub- scribers. We thank you for turning to Metro with your advertising needs and wish you a prosperous Cordially, Deborah Roth Christmas Greetings Dept. Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Max: The following letter is one I received from Senator Jennings Randolph, in reply to a letter I wrote him in regard to the Panama Canal Treaties. Dear Nancy: Thanks so much for your communication relative to the Panama Canal Treati's. I un- derstand your interest and concern. It is helpful to have your views. As you may know, the Senate began its consideration of the Treaties on February 8. It is my strong conviction that the United States must retain its rights for the defense of the Canal and for the maintenance of commerce through the Canal. You may be assured that this complex and controversial issue "LIVE Mr. Max Brown, I didn't get week. I live for would sure thank send me one even late. I am from and to me it's still Thanks alot. Editor's Note: Mrs. Harris, and mailed a copy paper this morning. -.  2 2_ :. when nothing else is good [] Perfect Granite , Superb CraftsmanSh Custom Design ServiCe [] Written Guarantee Without Time Limit That' what makes the most trusted name in memorials will receive my careful study and consideration before the Granite final vote is taken. With best wishes, I am 109 W. Jo Trniy, DIAL Jennings My letter to Mr. Randolph was against signing the Treaties for the transfer of the Canal to --- Panama. Sincerely, C Nancy Ambrose HELP! ELECT STAFFORD KOONCI! : for = COUNTY COMMISSIONER In The Democratic Primary May 9th He Will "" listen to YOUR opinion .** not just to four ' other Commissioners. . . *. favor OPEN SESSIONS on all officml actions of the Commission. ,, .. let the newspapers know of !he agenda ." " each week before each Commission meeting, ..., Alwa00sfindoqt how the people.want THEIR MUNE;Y spent before It IS spent. (Pd. Pal. Adv., By The Candidate)