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Z SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1978 Pretty (Expensive) Ballot When the voters of Jefferson County, for that matter over most of West Virginia, go to the polls on May 9 to cast their ballots in the Primary election, they will be handed a pretty, and also very expensive ballot. Thanks to a ridiculous directive by James A. Manchin, Secretary of State, to the Circuit Court Clerks across the state, requesting that a more distinctive, and while he did not say it, a more costly, ballot to he used this year. In the Primary election this year, instead of the poll clerks handing you, the voter, the usual pink and white ballots printed in black ink, Mr. Manchin has requested the Orcuit Court Clerks, and most of them have, despite a lot of printing headaches, compiled, to use five different colors of paper and four different colors of ink on the ballots. For as long as we can remember, Democratic ballots have been printed on pink paper and with black ink, and the Republican ballots have been on white paper, printed in black ink. Sample ballots were also the same color in paper and ink, with simply the word "Sample" stamped across the top of them. Under Manchin's new directive, the Democrat ballot this year had to be printed on expensive gold paper, with blue ink, and the Republican ballots on white paper with green ink. And the sample ballots on the other hand must be printed on blue paper with black for the Republicans and pink paper with black ink for the Democrats. This directive is a real costly '%lockbuster" for both the printer and you the tax- payer. Yes, Mr. Taxpayer it's costing you a lot more money this Primary election just for the privilege of making your "X" on a piece of paper known as a ballot. Yes, five different colors of paper and four different colors of ink have sure raised the cost of the Primary elections in counties such as Jefferson where voting machines are not used. In some of the smaller counties, it was not only the added cost that proved to be a headache to the Circuit Clerk, there was also the problem that the smaller print shops who have been printing the ballots for years, were just not equipped to handle this kind of a fancy printing job. And so the Circuit Clerks had to try and find other printers that could do the job. In one county, the Circuit Clerk could not find a way to get the more fancy and costly ballots printed, so she just proceeded to have them printed as always as had been done in the past. Good for her. And while we are on the ballot printing gripe, we feel there is another way a lot of money can be saved on ballot printing in the future, if the state legislature would make certain changes in the election procedures. We specifically refer to the rotating of every candidate's name on a printed ballot which cost the printer many extra man hours and press time. And, oLcourse this extra effort runs up the cost of printing the ballots. Voting machines use a drawing system for placement of candidates on the ballot so why could not the same procedure be used for the printed ballot. Whitewash? In assessing the nicely-arranged testimony of Tongsu Park in the U.S., his immunity from prosecution, limited revelations, good works for the integrity of Congress, etc., no other conclusion than that of a whitewash can be reached. The South Korean admitted passing around $750,000 to various Congressmen -- and yet in leaving a House committee told reporters he hoped the "cloud over the Capitol Dome will disappear very quickly". Obviously, that's what a number of others under the dome hope, and most of them are reportedly Democrats. Reporters still feel the whole story has not been told, that much of the scandal has been hushed up, after long, long delays. In this connection, one recalls the self-righteous zeal of so many Democrats, and some Republicans, during the Watergate scandal. When the shoe was on the other foot, that zeal, and not Park's cloud, disappeared rather quickly. iiiii i i ii ii . . ii i , iiii | ii Letters ToThe Editor I IIII I I I II I II II II I I ] ,If I II  .... flllll I IITT 7[ - , Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: I am submitting this copy of a letter I have addressed to West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd for publication in the next issue of your newspaper: Dear Senator Byrd: With Lenten duties past there is time for reply to yours of February 28 concerning our correspondence on Canal Treaties. Senator, I did not i accuse you of "Duplicity" (your word): I merely affirmed your self imposed conviction of the point. Verify by comparison of your May 1974 "Byrd's Eye View" with your subsequent position. You were right in May 1974 and nothing has changed in the facts you recited then. Your constituency is justified in supporting you on the earlier position and adamant in requiring you to support their wishes of these long established facts. You "leveled" with us at the outset, and then came the "basic shift in attitude and policy". You claim 'no shillyshallying on your part' and that "from the start I have said that I would not reach a decision until I had made a very careful study of the treaties and their ramifications". This is in complete contradiction of your May 1974 position. Let us be the Judges as to "Change of At- titude". you say "It would have been more 'Political' for me to have withheld any statement of my position until the last moment or, even more political for me to vote in opposition to the treaties, Official Publication of Jefferson County -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS I OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH. News Editor L as that would be the popular centers in order that their minds thing to do". Further con- could he controlled at an early tradiction of your May 1974 age to believe in socialism words are, "My position is (Marxism.) based on a careful evaluation of Isn't this same approach now facts -- not misinformation and ,being used in our county? Aren't emotionalism". These words both parents of middle income you wrote me in February of this families being forced out of the year. If you expect us to accept homes to work in order to pay for your "careful evaluation" that the high cost of Government means nothing less than that you Bureaucracies? considered us doops. Many Isn't the ultimate goal of Gov. people have voiced their Bureaucracies to brainwash resentment of the fact that you citizens into believing in feel your judgment is so far socialism and in breaking up of su)erior to ours. We have the families and homes? same basic information which Now regimentation of small you possess - especially what children! Many children of sent to me - and in con- working mothers are cared for sideration of the contradictions by relatives or mothers who in the two sets of information prefer to stay at home, and earn coming from your office and extra money while at the same your unwillingness to truly time caring for their home, and "level" with the people. Perhaps their children. Thus the children it is time for you to take a closer are kept in a home atmosphere. I look at your stance, understand such stay at home I believe what you said in 1974 parents have to include these and therefore I cannot accept earnings in income tax, thus your subsequent evaluation, paying into the tax base. Your determination to pursue the issue as of your last writing therefore has to be playing politics in a far more damaging fashion than what you referred to as 'popular'. It is worse than the election year political hopscotch played in the vote by Senator Randolph. And because of the fiscal, moral and strategic involvement; the treaties in acti6n would result in damage to the American way of life such as Isn't this too much for government bureaucracies to swallow? Aren't they forcing children out of home en- vironments and teachings of relatives into regulated social structures operated by "non profit" organizations? Non Profit meaning "not taxes", and controlled minds by Gov. Bureaucrats paid with tax money. Isn't it time for people to to make Watergate and realize that every "non profit" Koreagate pale into in- organization is subsidized by significance by comparison. It is every taxpayer. Every dollar therefore clearly indicated that not taxed and every piece of further defiance of public wishes property not taxed is supported is ample ground to begin the by '!taxpayers. Yet these same process of recall, non taxable groups enjoy all the Very truly yours, benefits that the taxpayers pay Pop Wheeler for. Isn't it time to say halt? Stop ., April5, 1978 letting, tax money he used to SpOof Jeffei-s6n chaflg the thinking of U.S. North George Street citizens and their children? Charles Town, W. Va. Sincerely yours, Dear EditOr: Virginia B. Kable It is a little unusual for a member of Congress to write to April 10, 1978 editors in another state, but I To the Editor think West Virginians should be Att.: Mr. Don Rentch aware of the substantial con- Dear Mr. Rentch: tribution Senator Jennings It is my understanding that the Randolph made in the recent column "Wild Wonderful West fight to improve the black lung Virginia" by Dr. James Moler program for coal miners, has been discontinued during the I represent Southern Illinois, campaign by request of his one of the largest soft coal opponents. mining districts in the country. It seems to me that this is an As one of the chief House unfair request, because Dr. sponsors of the black lung bill, I I Moler has been writing this news worked closely with Senator article for nearly a year and a Randolph in the effort to resolve half and it is not just a recent differences between the House column that is written for and Senate-passed versions of campaign reasons. the 'bill. And I know that West I have enjoyed reading Dr. Virginia miners should he proud Moler's article, because he has of the contribution Jennings kept us informed in many areas Randolph made in fashioning the about what is happening in our new law that makes it easier for County and State Government as miners and widows of miners to well as other interesting sub- obtain black lung benefits, jects. This column is one of the The bill which President most important reasons I pur- Carter signed did not do as much chase the Spirit of Jefferson. Dr. as Senator Randolph and I wanted, but it is a big im- provement. Many disabled coal miners who have been denied benefits in the past will receive them, thanks to his hard work. We worked for over three years to make these much- needed changes in regulations that were denying benefits to thousands of men who have damaged their health to help meet the energy needs of America. Jennings Randolph deserves a large share of the credit for the success we finally achieved when President Carter signed the bill on March I. Cordially, Paul Simon U.S. Congressman Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: Hasn't the time come to question the establishment of the "Little People's Place, Inc." in our community? Who was responsible for the expensive invitations sent out to special people to promote this child care center? Who are the board of directors? Since revenue sharing funds and Federal grants are expected to be used, shouldn't all facts he extensively published so that every taxpayer knows how and where his tax money is used? Why weren't the names of the board of directors included in the form letter sent in the in- vitations? Not many years ago, the citizens of our county were shocked that Russian children were taken from workin mothers a placed in child care Moler does more to inform the residents of this area in this article than anyone I know in Jefferson County. I sincerely request that this column be reinstated. Sincerely, Nina Kisner Vickers Robinson (Editor's Note: -- The decision to discontinue the weekly column entitled "Wild Wonderful West Virginia", written by Dr. James Moler, and carried in this newspaper for some time, was that of the management of this newspaper and as was stated in a note on the editorial page last week. It will not be carried again at least until after the May Primary election.) HARPERS FERRY BOLIVAR Mr. Reid Geronimo Dial 535-6528 The Fairview Lutheran Cemetery is in need of a new fence. A Memorial Fund was started about eight years ago, the first donation being made by the Koontz family. The fund now has a balance of $1,010.00. Anyone wishing to give a donation as a memorial to their loved one may do so by con- tacting Mrs. Lester Webb, P.O. Box 164, Harpers Ferry, Phone 535-6567. Mrs. Ruth Holmes, Mrs. Hilda Creamer and Mrs. Carrie i Donovan, attended a gospel concert in Jefferson, Md., last Saturday. Mrs. Albert Elsea spent last Thursday with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin ]hepherd and family in Lovtsville, Va. Mr. nd Mrs. Steve Spurlock and his mother from Leesburg, Va., visited Mrs. Albert Elsea last Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kern from Silver Springs, visited with 1 friends in Harpers Ferry on I Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Zombro and children from Brunswick, Md., visited his mother, Mrs. Ella Zombro on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rowland and son visited his mother, Mrs. Mattie Singhas last week. Mrs. Mattie Singhas had Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Poston in Rippon. Mr. and Mrs. William Anders and son Duane, from Charles Town, visited Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Robinson on Sunday. Mr. Richard Robinson from Waldorf, Md., spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Robinson. Recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Crock were Mr. and [Mrs. Charles Logston from Springfield, W. Va., and Mrs. Dorothy Timbrook and daughter PUBLIC SALE Of Valuable Antiques Due to ill health and having to make my home with my daughter I will sell the following located 108 Church Street in Shepherdstown, W. Va. SATURDA Y, A PRIL 15th Beginning AT 1 P. M. 3 piece Victorian living room suiip. ,alnut marble top pier mirror with marble base, 2 walnut shadow box picture frames, walnut table, mahogany 6 corner table, wicker flower stand, organ lamp stand, 2 cane bottom chairs, walnut hall tree with mirror and stand, brown marble top wash stand, brown marble top dresser with bevel edge mirror, walnut platform rocker, old high hack walnut bed with marble top dresser with mirror and marble top wash stand with mirror to match over 100 years old. (This is an ex- ceptionally nice bedroom suite); 4 cane bottom chairs, treadle sewing machine, 4 handmade quilts over 100 years old, hat pins, 2 radios, walnut drop leaf table, bridge lamp, cherry side board, child's tea set, Japanese dishes, marble top chest of drawers, what not shelf, depression glass, cut glass picture, bone handle carving set, bevel edge walnut wall mirror, metal bed, lawn chairs, can opener, 2 1. r. chairs, 8 day clock with oak what not shelves, coffee table, some silverware, Hoover vacuum sweeper, candlestick holder and snuffer, brass base lamps, garden tools, lot of old books, lot of picture frames, dishes, pots, pans and articles too numerous to mention. Terms of Sale: Cash. Nothing to be removed until settled for. Auct. Note: This is some of the nicest antique furniture that has been offered for sate in Shepherdstown. Not responsible for accidents on premises. Lunch rights reserved. MRS. BE'FrY CROSS 'Auct.-Eard "Ned" Morrow Clerk-K. Cookus --COtGl-r- 267,4949 April 13-1i Martha, from Augusta, W. Va. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fritts, Mrs. Vontella Meadows and Brenda Fritts were recent dinner guests with Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Zombro near Winchester, Va. Mr. Bob Fritts entered the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Tuesday for tests, but will be transferred to Newton D. Baker Hospital near Martinsburg. R. D. Ott, Key Club Members at Convention Robert D. Ott, lt. governor o/ Fifth Division, Kiwanis In- ternational, just returned from the Key Club Convention in Huntington, where over 450 young men gathered to carry on ;the business at hand. Governor Jay Rockefeller was the keynote speaker of the convention on Friday evening. Five students from Jefferson High School, who were Key Clubhers, accompanied him to the convention. They were Gordon H0ckman, Terry Hill, President Dale Zeigler, Cliff Umscheid and Tom Vitez. Mountaineer 4-H'ers Have Monthly Meet The Mountaineer 4-H Club held its monthly meeting I Wednesday, March 15, at the I home of Mrs. Linda Johnson. I The meeting began with the 4- [ H song and the pledge. Two[ reports and three presentations I were given. One of the report by Geri Burnham table. Another we3 ! Lucy Burnham, group about how equipment in final presentation Judy Matlick, a spoke on hoW presentation. The club will sale on Saturday, front of Stuck Pharmacy. The .... begin at 9:30 a.m. *$$$ We don't back to the good ( and buggy anyone else, thought. YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN MAY 9th PRIMARY ELEC FOR THE HOUSE OF DE VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE WHO HEARS VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -- AND BIANCA M. JAMES CARING... Honest... Fair To All... THE ONE WHO KNOWS YOU BEST, WILL SERVE YOU BEST Pd. For by Citizens for Bianca James - Marvin Browning, TRIAS Hahn Pow-R-Pro mowers comply with existing ANSI industry safety standards. 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