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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1978 Federally. Financed Editorials One of the proposed changes in public broadcasting included in President Carter's reorganization plan for public television would allow some federally-funded radio and television stations to editorialize on the air. This proposal, while well meant, would set a dangerous precedent. The United States Office of Information has since inception been barred from editorializing. Also barred, even in the latest Carter Administration proposal, would be state and municipal-run, federally-funded stations. But non-government federally-funded stations would be allowed to editorialize. Since all publicly- funded stations have heretofore been required by law to adhere to objectivity and balance, obviouslythis safeguard would be lost if any federally-funded stations were to begin editorializing. Privately-financed stations, both radio and TV, enjoy the right to editorialize, as do privately-owned newspapers. But there is no justification for, and considerable danger in, allowing federally-funded public broadcasting stations to get into the editorializing business-to advise citizens how to vote, for instance. Congress should reject the proposal. Official Publication of Jefferson County -.- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH. News Editor John Eisenhower, U.S.A.R., of Phoenixvilie, Pa., and grand- daughter of Gen. and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, is selected as the Queen of the 41st Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. The Charles Town High golfing team opens their 1968 season on a great note of victory over the Loudoun Valley High golfers at Sleepy Hollow Golf 'and Country Club in Charles Town. Bell Chu ch State Paul Johnson, senior center of l r I the Charles Town High Pan- thers, is named to the Class-AA All-State First Team and the second team of the .Big All-State selections; this marks the first time in the history of Charles Town High School, that any player from the school is named to both the First Class-AA All- State team and the second of- ficial All-West Virginia team, regardless of class. The Charles Town High Panther baseballers down the Warren County, Va., High batsmen by a 13-11 score in the opener of the 1968 season for both teams. 20 - YEARS AGO - 20 Fire destroys a tenant house on the farm of Mrs. Bessie Lloyd, near Rippon, and takes the lives of Ward Zimmerman, 36, and two daughters; Mrs. Zimmerman and another daughter suffer second and third degree bums. philip N. Hunter, Assistant District Manager of Potomac Light and Power Co., in Mar- tinsburg, is named District Manager of the Northern Virginia Power Co., in Win- chester. Gale Catlett is named on the official Class-B All-State first team, the only scholastic cage player in the Eastern Panhandle so honored. DEATHS: John E. Berry, 19, of Charles Town, is fatally injured in an automobile accident enroute to his home from the Norfolk, Va., Navy base; Mrs. Viola May Breeden, dies in local hospital; Joseph Howard Writt, 74, dies at his home in Ranson; Mrs. Hattie Belle Welty, dies at the home of a niece in Bakerton; Charles M. Popkins, 78, of Charles Town, dies at the home of a daughter in Broadway, Vs.; Oliver James Hillyard, of Rippon, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Florence H. Luckett, 85, of New York, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Emma B. Clay, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital. 30 - YEARS AGO - 30 Miss Gladys Goode Whitmore of zoar, in Jefferson county, and Mr. Brueis Henry Frazier, of Charles Town. DEATHS: Mrs. Lucy M. Bingham, dies at her home in Shippensburg, Pa.; Alex Hoee, formerly of Charles Town, dies at the home of a granddaughter in Baltimore; Mrs. Maretha E. Middlekauff, formerly of Charles Town, dies at her home in Staunten, Va.; Harry Clinton Gray, dies at his home on Darke Lane in Jefferson county; Mrs. Aimee White Seldon, dies at her home in Orange, JJ.; William L. Buwings, of Clmmhorsburg, Pa., dies at New D. Baker Hospital; Earl F. Gardner, of Bunker Hill, dies in King's Daughters Hospital; Albert Clemmoas, retired farmer of near Kearneysville, dies in King's Daughters Hospital. aoflmLim laWMJ CAIW vzmorr., ct.r, corp. has recalled 1.3 mmkmcars In the largest recall campalp the sutomsl's history. The tend to stall, the comlamy said. Attorney General Griffin Bell has drawn heavy fire from proponents of a House-passed bill providing tax credits or cash refunds for those paying tuition to church schools. Bell called this scheme un- constitutional. The House-passed bill, bearing the names of Senators Packwood, Moynihan, Roth and Ribicoff in the Senate, is obviously the most formidable threat yet to the separation of church and state principle. After trying various approaches for decades, those who favor state tax aid to church and other private schools feel they now have an approach enticing enough to pass Congress. They may be right. President Carter might veto the bill if passed; the President quickly advanced an alternative plan of his own early this year when considerable momentum behind the Packwood plan became apparent. It's also likely the Supreme Court, unless it deviates from its past, would declare the Packwood plan un- constitutional. There's no doubt the Packwood plan sounds most attractive. And it's proposed at a time when there is a need for relief for those sending youngsters to school. It sounds fair, since it offers state aid to families sending children to both public and church schools. But this is deceptive, for what it would actually do, in effect, is subsidize denominational schools. That's forcing all taxpayers to pay this subsidy. The public schools of America today are in distress. They, of course, face the first awesome task of melting Americans of different faiths, races, color, etc., into less-prejudiced Americans, a traditional role they' have in the past filled surprisingly well. They teach no religion as fact. They probably need public support more today than ever before. Ad- mittedly, private and church schools are often out- performing them (but with less difficult problems in most cases). American educational principle long has been that all have the right to send their children to the free, public schools. Those who choose not to use the public school have no right to expect others to help pick up the check for their luxury choice. Since the vast majority of private schools are church schools, often teaching their specific faith as fact, any state financial support of these schools clearly breaches the vital wall of separation between church and state in the Constitution. i .... i ..... ] News Of OtherYears ( - )1 I I [ "" - I I | ' - i IO. YEARS AGO-10 Miss Patricia Ingrain, Charles Town High Senior, is selected as the state-wide winner in the Creative* Writing contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs for all high school honors; she received a $25 savings bond. Hamfltun Gray, 70, of Charles Town, aftor 10 years of service with Powhatan's Security Maintenance Department, reties March 15, and is given a pair of brass candlesticks on behalf of the company. DEATHS: Mrs. Anna Mac Costello, 80, of Halltown, dies unexpectedly in the local hospital; Mr. William Alfred Freeman, 65, of Route 5, Winchester,. Vs., dies in Fairfax Co., hospital in Falls Church, Vs.; Mrs. Mary M. Butts, 76, of Rt. I, Martinsburg, dies in City Hospital in Martiasburg, where she had been a patient for about three weeks, following a long illness; Mr. William Franklin Presgraves, 76, of Rt. 2, Berryville, Vs., dies in Win- chester Memorial Hospital; Mrs Leah Walsh Kirby, 86, of Baltimore, Md., and formerly of Harpers Ferry, dies in the Steda Marls Hospital in Baltimore, after a long illness; Mrs. Dorothy E. Rupprecht, of Charles Town, dies at the local hospital; Mrs. J. L. "Daisy" Webster, of Charles Town, dies after an extended illneu; Mr, Leon Harold Lewis, Sr., 59, of Charles Town, dies in local hospital; Charles A. Pararone, 55, of Akron, Ohio, dies in an accident at the Gnedyear'Plant No. 5 in Akron; Curtis Lee Baker, 47, of Sandy Hook, Md., a brakeman for the B&O Railroad, is killed when a flatcar over- turns during moving operations; Mrs. George "Leatrice Joy" Lewis, 34, of Halltown, dies after a long illness. E. Wilson "Woody" O'Hara, Jr., is named as General Manager of Radio Station WXVA-WZFM in Charles Town, as announced by Mr. Arthur Arundel, preside t and chief executive officer of WXVA broadcasting corporation. MARRIED: Miss Sue Ellen Housor, of Michigan, and Mr. Roger Lee Starliper, of Clearbronk, Va.; Miss Shirley Jackson, of Summit Point, and Mr. John Stanley Hew, of Andrews Air Force B v, Md.; Miss Cynthia Florence Haines, of Brownsville Md., and Mr. Raymond J. Barger, of Hagerstown, Md. Miss Patricia Dean Spiker, daughter of Mr. Charles C. Spiker, of Raason, is elected citizen of the month for February, by the Gordon Eismon Chapter of the National Honor Society. Miss Barbara Anne Eisenhower, 18-year-old daughter/of Lt. Col. and Mrs. .... [ L( [mrs To The Edito:i i i i i Easter Day 1978 Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Letter to the Editor Edge Hill Cemetery was a pitiful sight on Easter morning for these who like to remember their loved ones by placing flowers on their graves. Usually the entire old cemetery is a colorful and beautiful sight which symbolizes new life for the living as well as for the dead. Now, with the mandate to the use of live flowers only, there were few chrysanthemums, lilies and roses giving a limited bit of color for the Easter season. It is sad indeed to see drooping blooms of the few wilted flowers that had been placed there. Artificiatflowers are at least a substitute for the real thing and they CAN survive the elements for a long time and can present a cheerful hope and beauty for those who cared to remember. My feeling is that this recent restriction should he lifted. Sincerely, Mrs. H. H. Hunter Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir; James Earl Carter is traveling in Africa and issuing the ultimatum that if the people of South Africa and Rhodesia do not have majority rule, there will be blood shed. Because of the ultimatum, several questions need to he answered. 1. Who gave Carter the authority and power to tell the people of those countries what to do? 2. Has there been some secret election, making Cader tim dictator of southern Africa, so that countries in that part of the world must obey his orders? 3. If majority rule is so good for people in southern Africa, why would it not he good for the people of the United States? 4. Why are Americans sub- jected to minority rule in the following: a. Busing of their children to schools far from home? b. Destroying national defense by unilateral disar- mament? c. Not building the B1 Bomber? d. Giving away the Canal? I'm so mixed up and confused. Carter wants so much for ,r , southern Africa--like ma)onty rule, which is denied to us Americans. Why? He's not in- consistent, Is he? Lela Gardner Charles Town Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: It was more than good of your newspaper and staff to give the Charles Town Woman's Club so much time and space in publishing the club's news. Our club members appreciate greatly all your kindness to our club. We cannot express enough of our thanks. Mrs. C. F. Wall, club president, is also very appreciative. You and members of your staff, along with the citizens of Jefferson County can share a part in the joy we received at the 72rid Annual West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs convention at the Stately Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, on March 30, 31 and April I, when the Charles Town Senior Woman's Club received a most coveted award from the Sears Roebuck Foundation for our work in the community improvement field. The lovely silver tray we received will always be an incentive for members to work and for a healthier and happier com- munity. The highlights of the con- vention, will be carried in next week's issue of this newspaper. Very Sincerely, Mrs. (Margaret Bloom) John Lyter, Chairman of Civic Improvement Program, Charles Town Woman's Club - _ _ - _ SHEPHERDSTOWN Mrs. Janet Hansen Dial 876-2672 Shepherdstown Public Libary held its 43rd annual Open House on March 27. The event was sponsored by the Woman's Club and the Library Committee, The library was overflowing with lovely spring flowers and delicious refreshments were served. The library has so far received close to. $500 in donations. April 2-6 is National Library Week. Karen Kates j COLUMN IS DISCONTINUED Due to the fact :that he is a candidate for the house of delegates from this Jefferson County district, the weekly column entitled "Wild Won- derful West Virginia," which has [ appeared on the editorial page of I this newspaper for the past [ several years, is being I discontinued during the I remainder of the campaign I eriod. Marshall, librarian, invites everyone to come in and browse. Some interesting recent acquisitions are Graham Greene's THE HUMAN FAC- TOR, Silvia Tennenbaum's RACHEL, THE RABBI'S WIFE, and GNOMES by Wil Huygen. The library will resume its Friday night hours on April 7. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foutz honored their family by serving Easter dinner in their home. Attending were: their daughter, "Be Creative Cc Dr. Gibboney Tells Of Farm Credit Dr. Charles H. Gibboney spoke [ Kenneth to over 400 members and guests I tinsburg. at the annual stockholders I the meeting of the Central Valley Association Farm Credit Associations in Duncan of Winchester. Gibboney, an a d McDonald of Presbyterian Minster Lonnie Eaton teacher from Bristol, Tenn., told The the group to be "creative con- i Associations tributors in a consumer Baltimore Farm! culture." His theme was to I Loans are made l advise us not to "just consume, rural residentS but give of your life." An im- Clarke, portant attitude he expressed is to "stay on the young side of life, and Berkeley, not just to exist, but give." Moregan Gibboney stressed that Virginia. communications, confidence, co- operation, and commitment are Dr Lu important goals in life. Howard Duncan, Vice Featu President of the Federal Land Nancy, and husband, Reynolds Bank Association, presented the Williams, his mother, Evelyn annual directors report. Duncan Williams, and their sons, Jeff stated thattheProduction Credit and Tim, all of Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. William Fritts with son, Bill, and daughter, Karen, Karen's guest, Tim Southern, all from Shepherdstown; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Carper and son, David, David's guest, Debbie Stolipher, from Martinsburg, and their daughter, Kim, and her husband, Brian Truman, fromMorgantown. Brian, Tommy, and Travis Fuss, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fuss, entertained their friends at a pre-Easter celebration, Thursday, March 23, at the Men's Club. Rette Miller, Chris Waiters, Jonathan Snyder, Julie VanMeter, Kelly Waldeck, Margaret Brown, Lynn Murphy, Boomer Bean, Eric Kave, John Keller, Jason Smith, Heather Cole, Marc Tiano, Doug Clark, Michael, Matthew, and Jason Fuss, Jim and Julie Scott, Mickey Keri Mahoney, Rounie, Lisa, and Donna Gray, Marc and'Chris Watson, Sasha Butler and Sandra Hess attended. The highlight of the afternoon was a visit from the Easter Bunny. Special thanks go to Cathy Smith, Gall Cole, Sharon Wat- son, and Rose Ann Fuss for their help. Trinity Episcopal Parish, German & Church Streets, Shepherdstown, Rev. Margaret Phillimore, Interim Rector. Sunday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer by licensed lay readers. 10:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer by licensed lay readers. Coffee hour after 10 a.m. ser- vice. Inquirer's class will resume on AprilAnyone with news of meetings, activities, social events, please call Janet Hansen, 876-2672. U.D.C. MEETING Lawson Botts Chapter U.D.C. will meet on Tuesday, April 11 at I p.m. for luncheon at The Jefferson Inn on Route 9 north of Charles Town. RAMEY'S ON THE MAIN STREET IN FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN CHARLES TOWN You've Got Better Things To Do... Than Scrub And Wax Room NORMANDY BRICK PATTERN and Federal Land Bank Associations had experienced some decline in loan volume due to refinancing by emergency government programs made available to farmers suffering from last year's drought. The associations did maintain a position of providing service to i as many farmers as possible i under the adverse condtions affecting the farm population. Duncan recognized Charles Whittington and Eugene Blevins who are retiring as directors with 24 years and 9 years of service respectively. Plaques were presented to both men for their contributions to the associations during their term of office. Robert Carpenter, general manager, stated in his financial report that the strength of the associations was founded in its membership. A successful year was noted even with some decline in loan volume. A 6 per cent "A" stock dividend was paid. Total loans of the com- bined associations now exceed $35 million. Carpenter reported that farmers in the area suffered Alumni Dr. i merly a "profile" Roanoke A member College full-time West College of Law year career teaching trial procedure, procedures, practice and creditors' rightS. Now, Lug handle the practice court basis, courtroom after him in precedented University for faculty membe Over the extremely ac bitration and rules civil court His work as a has dealt in =! many setbacks as a result of the service under drought in 1977. He stated that this placed burdens on the extensive association to maintain its credit quality but that this had been Mediation accomplished without seriously Service. 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