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2 %~,~,~, v~" o~ ~ " .~ V~ ~o ),~ d~,t ~ ~ ,~t~(~- -.~b ~u,- -~ When West Virginia's senior United States Senator Jennings Randolph of Elkins, announced Wednesday, March 9, that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate, it signaled the approaching end of the Randolph Era in the United States Congress and Senate. For more than a half century, Senator Randolph, one of the most powerful and highly regarded per- sonalities in the halls of Congress, provided outstanding public service not only to the people of West Virginia, but the entire nation. Senantor Randolph's announ- cement to retire from one of the most powerful political positions in the nation's government, came just one day after he celebrated his 81st birthday, and just 50 years to the day when he fast took his oath of office on March 9, 1933, as a Congressman from this Second Congressional District. But his official retirement will not become effective until his successor is elected in November 1984 and has been sworn into office in January 1985. A most personable, quiet and humble gentleman, Senator Ran- dolph has throughout his long and illustrious political career, been out- spoken for purpose and reticent when it came to public acknowledgement. For 50 years Jennings Randolph has been one of the most forceful of "movers and pushers" in Congress for human dignity and the better- ment of his fellowman, not only of his native s tate, but his country. Yes, for four decades, he has been a strong and dedicated statemaniike voice in the United States Senate for West Virginians of all walks of life, all religions, races and political par- ties in West Virginia. He has heard SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1963 tunity for them to enjoy a good life in the greatest of all the nations. His in- fluence in Washington and his native state spans the political arena since the early days of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, when he first went to Washington as a Congressman. Senator Randolph experienced only a brief setback in his long political career. That occurred in 1946 when he lost a bid for re-election to Congress from this Second Congressional District. But in 1958 he was back in the halls of Congress as a Senator filling a vacancy created by the death of the late M. M. Neely. And he has been a West Virginia Senator since then. Senator Randolph does, and for years, has had extensive ties with in- fluence throughout all branches of the Federal government. He has always maintained an unusual and personal rapport with both big labor and industry. And he has fought the causes of not only labor and industry which he felt were just and good for his state and this nation, but has worked equally as hard for legislation which he felt would benefit all mankind. Senator Randolph says he has never regarded himself as either a conservative or liberal, but more as a realist of the Democratic Party. And a glance at just a few of his many accomplishments in Congress, demonstrates clearly that Jennings was such a realist and one with great compassion for all his fellowman, irregardless of their political beliefs. Randolph's record is truly a milestone in the national legislative process and we join in congratulating him for a half cen- tury of dedication and outstanding service. We regret his taking leave e*eooeea~e*@e~o~*ee~6boo*o March I0, 19 3 Dear Editor, Please everybody do not lit- ter. Don't litter because it is not nice to keep the world dirty. It is nice to keep the world clean. Please don't be a litter bug just because other people are. Pick up trash and keep the world clean. Amy Shirley 4th grade student March 12, 1963 Dear Mr. Rentch, It has been some time since I have written to your Letters to the Editor Column and I am writing on behalf of the Paraliz- ed Veterans of America (PVA) of which I am a Life member. I realize there are many veterans in our area, some of which are eligible for member- ship as our chapter is always striving for members, I would appreciate any help you could give the PVA that would help us start a chapter here by getting the minimum 15 new members. Anyone with spinal cord in- juries, M.S. or M.D. and there are several 6ther conditions can qualify for membership in one of the finest vesterans organizations that fight for the rights of those who gave so much. I know I can not survive on what little I get as I spent $116.00 the fu,st d the month for food and it was so little that it did not even last 2 weeks. And now President Reagan has delayed our cost-of-living for 6 months and wants to delay it for another year after that which will force us to take up residence in the VA Domicillary because we will be worse off because after 6 months of our pensions will be taken except $50.00 a month which will not even keep those like us in wheelchairs, in our clothing allowance means, much less buy our shaving cream and toilet articles. This is why we need more members in PVA to fight for or rights and our necesities of life that those who are now are trying to take away fro. us. Hoping you will help us by letting those veterans know the voices not only of his f ow West of the United States Senate early in where they can apply by prm- Virginians, trot from all 1985. Ton dedicated state, man who ting my address and ~ne~!, country and has been their leader has served b3s state and nation so lhegto a , Sincerely many battles for human decency, long and so well, we can only say Oscar Camp individual dignity and an oppor- thanks Jen. gs. 4Ol Jefferson Estates Charles Town, W.Va. 25414 304-725-2263 Believe it or not, a year ago State of WestVirginia was caught up in the controversy over the so- called "Recht Decision", prompted by a civil suit brought by a Lincoln County parent who charged that the children of that county were not receiving a "thorough and adequate education" as provided by the state constitution. The die had been cast earlier by Judge Arthur Recht, whose far reaching opinion (mandated by the State Supreme Court) had pundits guessing that the cost of providing the many facets of education proposed by Recht would cost the state a billion and a half dollars: Because of that opinion, the Legislattu'e submitted to the voters the Tax Limitation and Homestead Exemption Amendment which the voters approved last November because there was no other recour. se. The Recht decision does not pose a great problem this year, if statements by Judge Recht and the lack of action by the Legislature are any indication. We have to wonder how its importance can be so diminished in the course of a few short months. Judge Recht is now saying that many of the things he proposes must be done, but, he says, implemen- tation of the plan must he by the Legislature. That body showed no inclination to consider implemen- tation of the November- proved amendment, with leaders indicating they may meet in special session later to consider the recommen- dations of Judge Recht and of the tol heavY advLsory group, appointed by the State Board of Education, to suggest a course of action in the matter. We reiterate what we have said in the past. There was no need for the State Supreme Court to prod Judge Recht into making his decision. There was no need for the Legisla .u'e to adopt a resolution that led to approvKI of an amend- ment that few people believe can be properly implemented now or in future. The real fact is that state laws provided the answer in the very beginning. Laws do require a negligent ounty (and Lincoln Coun- ty has been negligent) to provide the necessary funds to support an ac- ceptable school system. Laws provide that assessors must do a proper job of evaluating proper- ty, and counties must lay proper levies to raise the necessary funds. Special levies and bond issues were available means for raising funds to improve educational programs and physical plants. The Charleston Gazette (which has applauded Judge Recht from the beginning and supported his ideas) most recently charged that Lincoln County is ruled by politicians who care little about education, and that county's woes stem from political atmosphere. The Legislature did act on a num- her of minor educational measures. But one was in direct conflict with the Recht decision. It called for a delay in implementation of im- proved pupil-teacher ratios in public elementary schools. Speaking of education, it is time we stopped thinking of educators as an "elitist" group, to which we should scrape and bow each time they claim that "more money will cure education's ills". The fact is, more money has not cured educational ills. If anything, it has caused a deterioration by financing extra added frills that do little to provide the basic skills that so many young people so desperately need today. Toeducators we say: Improve the program with what you have at hand. Knock out the unnecessary items, fill in with those skills that will provide a young person with the skills that will permit him or her to advance in this world. And, when you prove that you can do with what is available, as so many have before you, then ask for the reward of ad- ditional financing. We can't believe that is asking too much. March 12, 1963 Dear Mr. Rentch, Who owns the air waves? Do the people not have the right to turn off their TV if they do not like a program, and especially if the program is detrimental to the moral development of their children? But what about the news? Should the people not have the right to hear the news? Suppose the news is displeas- ing to someone -- displeasing to a foreign country? Has the foreign country the right to order a broadcast stopped because it did not like the con- tent of the broadcast? Apparently the Soviets think so. The Soviet foreign ministry has warned NBC to stop broad- casting allegations that the Soviets and the Bulgarians were involved in the shooting of Pope John Paul II. Apparently they think they can control Americans hear on their televisions. An NBC correspondent was ficially informed as follows: --We consider it necessary to make the most serious warning that, in case NBC continues to act as a loudspeaker for spreading anti-Soviet insinua- tions, disinformation and slander, it cannot but affect the contacts of the company and its bureau in Moscow why the ap- propriate soviet organizations." Why are the Soviets so Why are they so concerned that Americans not hear about "aneged" Soviet and B gamn involvement? Since they are so upset, it seems that there must be some truth in the "allegations", doesn't it? They "have the temerity to ord an American concern what it should and should not do. Why? Are they afraid that the American public will learn the truth? Lela Gardner March 13, 1963 This is in reply to a recent let- ter from Mrs. Virginia Kable sug esRng that mari sna or hahcinations are respomible for the welfare bill introduc- ed by two "inUre ram" from this area in tbe House of Delegates. If marijuana polluted the air in Charleston, it was not in the House of Delegates but in. the welfare SEEN A LONG TIME 51NEE THE 130YS SEEN THE GALLONS GO 'ROUND FASTER THAN DOI.L#I S, Hi her . 10--YEARS AGO--IO DIED French Thomas Costello, Jr 65, Ranson; Mrs. Sarah Margaret Miller, 72, KearneysvUle; Clarence Eby Hardy, 60, Harpers Ferry; Miss Lillian E. Grandstaff, 89, Baltimore, Md.; Miss Rose M. VanMetre, 87, Williamsport, Md.; Earl Van Buren Higgs, 75, Engle, W.Va.; James A. Everhart, 52, Charles Town. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lackey observed their golden anniver- sary on Feb. 24. Turkeys sold for 49 cents a pound at one of the grocery stores in town. 20--YEARS AGO--20 Twenty-two of Jefferson County's sports greats of the past century will be honored in the first stage of the county's observance of the W.Va. Centennial year. Mrs. Leeds K. Riely is ap- pointed Fund Raising Chair- man for the planned youth center. More than 4,000 cases of flu are reported to the county Health Deportment, some of it Asian flu. Miss Rebecca Lee Beeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Beeler, Jr. of Charles Town is named Honorary Fire Chief of Citizens Fire Co. to take part in the Winchester Apple Blossom. Mrs. Louise Kelley South Seminary St has been added to the force of the Bank of Charles Town in the bookkeep- ing department. DIED Miss Eva C. Ramey, 79, Mt. Parvo Ave in Charles Town General Hospital; Mrs. Maybelle Eggleston Donley Dutrow, 74, at her home; James Louise Weaver, 96 at his home in Harpers Ferry. Johnny Lowery, leading scorer of the Charles Town High Cagers is named to the Class AA SOc. 7 All Tournament team. Little Mike Kisner, who led the Royals to the Charles Town Midget League championship edged out Jimmy Hammond, leading scorer of the Packers for the individual scoring championship of the league. The month of February is the coldest since 1936 and the col- dest on a day to day basis since 1918, Snowfall totalled 13 inches. 30--YEARS AGO--30 Mrs. Louise Hill resigns her position as secretary of the Spirit of Jefferson-Advocate and her duties will be taken over by Miss Virginia Shewbridge of Harpers Ferry. Mr. and Mrs, Thomas W. Steptoe, for some years residents of Charleston, W.Va. plan to move to Charles Town where Mr. Steptoe will open a law office. Top salesgirl in the Girl Scout Sale for the second successive year is Betty Pillow of Troop 30, with I01 boxes of cookies to her credit. MARRIED Miss Ann BullLngton Chanfler daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Chantler of Charles Town to John Terrill Porterfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Porter- field of Charles Town. 40---YEARS AGO---40 Members elected to the Board of Managers of Charles Town General Hospital are: Miss Margaret Chew, John W. Irvin; James M. Ranson, W.P.C. Perry, Mrs. John Porterfield, Miss Emma Lynch and M.T. Strider. The Gilbert Hendricks General Store at Duffields is sold to Cecil Link of Duffields. MARRIED Miss Jean T. Goetz of Wex- ford, Pa. to Mr, William F. Noland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Noland of Bolivar. 60--YEARS AC~ Joseph E. sells the Virginia Ore Bank land on the Potomac River containing 1600 acres, to the Joseph E. Thropp Co. The Ranson Council elects J.F. Casey Mayor of that town Mrs. Arthur Davenport who had been elected to that office, declined to accept. bureacracy which so perverted the cost-estimate as to make the bill look like pie-in-the-sky. After the distortion was thorougholy aired, Welfare Commissioner Ginsberg phones a local paper to try to set the record straight. The Commissioner pointed out that one of subordinates "ex- cluded pertinent information concerning the viability of the proposal". Just one of the ex- cluded pieces of information is that about two-thirds of the cost of the bill would be from federal funds, jnst as it is to tho several states which, for generations, have had similar legislation on the books. The Commissioner also managed to admit that the minimum amount of money needed to k ep a family of four children and one ad t from be- ing malnurislled is $620 per month, while in West Virginia the amount granted to that family would be $254 per month. The Commissioner failed to note that nearly half his budget (account number 4060) goes to services" while less than one-fifth goes to "assistance payments." Keep- ing west V'u bm chik en from hunger could contribute to real savings in medical]hospital CO~ts. Keeping West Virginia children from acute hunger could even be considered "civilized" or "Christian." Why is it we seek "welfare" for commuters without ques- tion, welfare for our gypsy moth infestation victims, welfare for our middle class residents of private developments to have their roads paved and maintained, yet get upset at the thought pat- ting the absolute minimum amount of needed food in babies and children's mouths? At a time when it is impor- tant for our community to pull together, Mrs. Kable's letter would polarize people like her, native Jefferson Countians from "Newcomers" presumably like a constituent who requested bill's in- troduction. Mrs. K able sug- gests that newcomers are not acquainted with such Jdferson County traditions as Meals on Wheels. "Newcomers," she suggests, "don't seem to understand this." Perhaps Mrs. Kable and readers of her letter should be reminded that many of those "fine traditions" were initiated by cmnbined ef- forts of "newcomers" and "nalive Jeff 'Countians." But our best efforts have not and not adequate. feed the 62,OOO West Virginia Children who again tonight, will go to bed hungry. Tom Moses Route 2, Boa 392 Harpors Ferry, WV Vohlmell9 "I "o- : o- ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO INC Domtd G. Ilenfch Edward W. Dockeney Associate R. Meade Dorsey Published Every Thursday At 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. - 25414 Telephone i304) 725-2046 Subscription Price: In-Jefferson County, $9.00 a year; out of Jefferson County, $I0.00.5% tax must be added for all West Virginia Entered In The Post Office At Charles Town As Second Class Matter - USPS510 - 960 Ad Deadline 4 P.M. Monday trust accounts. Carter McDavid said NFS has by state law, at least future, by signing "a,~uranc~ last February I0. The March I0, 1983 Dear Mr. Rentch, In reply to Mr. Raskin's let- ter in this week's Advocate: I at first ignored the references to " the Gardners, WestFall (sic) Booths and the Kables" as errors from the 'heat of pas- sion' for his subject. However, 1 must point out, videthoattornoygeneral that, although I do not always a complete list of agree with Lela Gardner's counts, when viewpoint (being myself, a and how much "Demo-Crack-Pot," as he so them. The list is cutely puts it) she shines in one Even with this area that Mr. R skin, norldo NFS may not be not! She does her homework dep it 100 per cent and obviously has researched moneys is collected carefully and th0 y every March 12, 1962. subject on which she com- the West Virginia ments, albeit from a slant that Court upheld a might be diametrically oppos- required repayment and ed to my own, or Mr. Raskin's per cent deposits. viewpoints; she contributes to the very strength of our "Let- Free Trees Viii ters" column. The very Freedem of Speech that we Americans so jealensly protect Given wouldn't he around very loug ff The National Arbor! only the letters from those with whom we ardently agree, Foundation were to be published, trees to people who As for Virginia Fable's and Foundation members my own letters, I am under the March, 1963. Tbe free trees are impression that, althoL .qgh we might not write frequent letters Foundation's effort to that Mr. Raskin would have us tree planting write, tbelrqxmdemnceofour America. leRers are on lecal sub m and A needs. I cannot, off hand, recall Maple, American letters from either of us dwell- Black Walnut, ing upon "what is happsning all Red Oak. White ove Europe and the Middle Dogwood, East." Even though, Mr. Ash, Flowering Crab Raskin, it might behoove you to and Bu"v0ernut tree will be look a little farther than your to members joining own interests to realize that March. The six-to4werve whet happens in Em'ope and trees will bethis s the Middle East does, indeed, postage paid with affect our local needs,planting imtructimm. These trees were ARhongh Mr. com- mitted the "unpardonable" sin because they provide a of misspelling my name, I mnst range of benefits: confess that from time to time and mrs, ns well ns I confuse his own name with beauty, according to that of a local attorney! Foundation. Mrs. Westall Booth The National Arbor Foundation, a "mlm 6eneml prove the quality of throughout Fune l Krm Foundation will Must Repay Funds fr. to tributi $to To become a A spokesman for the West Foundation Virginia attorney general's of- free trees, a $10 rices aid last week that Na- contribution, tional Funeral Services, Inc Te Trees, with offices in Beckley and Foundation, Martinsburg, can't contim e to Nebraska CRy, NE, refuse refunds on pre-need March31, hamrals nor can it continue to withhold any portion of payments, but must del R THE