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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 20,1978 Voting Machines Some eight months ago members of the Jefferson County Commission decided to take what we believe to be a step forward in modernizing Jefferson un ' Co ty s election process. The, Commissioners voted to move the county into the computerized voting process on a trial basis. The commission, has for some time realized the many and varied difficulties which have been developing over the years in the hand-marked and hand-counted election procedures used in the county. And they spent many months investigating the cost and feasibility of replacing this long out-dated system with voting machines and computerized counting of the ballots. After they had what they felt to be suf- ficient information on the proposed conversion, they made the voting public award of their intentions through +legal publications. The Commission an- nounced that the estimated cost of the switch in voting procedures would be about $46,000. It was pointed out that the County Commission could either purchase or lease the necessary voting machines and the com- puter that would be involved in the election. The Commission thinking was a lease arrangement on a trial basis at first, with the right to purchase later, with the funds spent on the lease arrangement being applied to the cost price when purchased. The Jefferson County Taxpayers Association, taking note of the Commission's proposed move +circulated petitions in the county and gained a suf- tm]ent number ot signers to require the Commission to hold a public referendum on the issue before taking any definite action. And come Tuesday, May 9, the voters of the county will have the opportunity to voice their sentiments on whether they desire to have the county's voting process modernized and speeded up. Of course, the demand for the referendm on the matter delayed any possible conversion for this May Primary election. And as a result, May 9 will be another long day and night for the men and women who man the county's 27 voting precincts. With each passing state and-or national election, especially the Primaries, the task of finding sufficient Democratic and Republican poll workers has become more and more difficult because the hours they must spend in the voting precincts are just entirely too long, too tiring and not the least too arduous. From 6:30 a.m., when the polls open, until 7:30 p.m., when they close is long enough, but under the present voting procedures, the poll workers' hardest job does not. begin unti! 7:30 p.m., when the polls close. And there have been in more recent years, numerous primary elections, where the poll workers have labored throughout the night in tabulating the votes. And for many of the men and women who have always han- dled this chore, 24 or more hours in one stretch is just voting macne and cbmputeriZed tabulating process which is already being used in some 10 counties in West Virginia, has definitely speeded up not only the voting process, but has cut hours upon hours off of the arduous task of tabulating the votes after the polls close on election night. Of course we will be the first to admit there will be some problems when the voting machines and computerized tabulating is introduced in Jefferson County. Mistakes will occur, Naturally the machines are not going to work just as they should the first time out. But after an election or two and the county election officials have + had time to iron out the problems, we are sure the process will work fine, and the election day process in Jefferson County will be much faster, just as accurate and certainly less ex- pensive than+ at present. We endorse the idea of computerized voting for Jefferson County and we hope when you go to the polls on May 9 you will give careful consideration to this matter. II  I I IIIIIIIII II II1"11 I I + I 1 I I I IIIlI I II I II News Of Other Years + _ lO -- YEARS AGO -- 10 Ernest McKee Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Hunter, of Duffields, near Shepherd- stown, and Stephen Craig Marshall, son of Mrs. Merlin Bly and the late P. P. Marshall, are chosen as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively, of the Shepherdstown High graduating class. DEATHS: Charles Edward Bragg, Sr., 46, of Hagerstown, Md., dies I unexpectedly at the Baker V.A. i Hospital near Martinsburg; Ellsworth C. Mansfield, 75, of Nansen, dies in local hospital after a long illness; Hall Thomas Thompson, 57, of Rt: ], Charles Town, dies in local hospital l following an illness of about three years; Samuel :E. Osbourn, 92, of Philadelphia, Pa., dies there; Mrs. Katherine Wysong Wetzel, 74, of Charles Town, dies in local hospi.tal; Harold Elwood Robinson, 60, of Mfllville, dies in local hospital after a long illness; Harold Forrest Osborne, 7S, father of Mrs. Robert W. Moss, of Sbepherdstown, dies at his home in Gulfpert, Fla., after an ex- tended illness; Albert J. Lacoste, 58, Maryland horse trainer, dies after a long illness; Mrs. Laura B. Hammond, retired registered nurse of KearneysviIle, dies in Win-: chester Memorial Hospital after an illness of about three weeks. The Mart/msburg High bat- smen, behind the one-hit pit- ching of Mike Cox, who fanned 12, scores a 5-1 victory over Charles Town High School at the Baker V,A. Center diamond The Charles Town High Panthers win a triangular track Official Publication of Jefferso, C, ounty -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS/OPINIONS IMAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH. News Editor Limit Terms? Periodically, the question arises whether Senators and Congressmen should be limited in congressional tenure. Currently, there's considerable sentiment behind proposals to limit Senators to two terms and Congressmen to six terms (12 years) -- with perhaps a little added service if an unexpired term were filled at the onset. Fourteen different limitations'on length of service were introduced in Congress at the beginning of this session --more than all such bills in the last decade. And at least two Senators have been elected recently after pledging to serve only two terms (DeConcini of Arizona and Wallop of Wyoming). Since the number of terms a President can serve is now constitutionally limited to two (eight years), sentiment is growing to limit the length of congressional terms. There's much to be said for the idea that after twelve or fourteen years the eager- hess-to-serve, the energy and the enthusiasm of public servants is dimmed, and that younger, fresher men and women might be preferable. A recent Gallup Poll showed sixty percent of those asked favored limitations on congressional service. Congressional Quarterly also reports sentiment growing for a constitutional amendment to limit service. But all such efforts in the past have failed. And Senator Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), who heads the Senate Committee which will decide whether to push abill after hearings this spring by a subcommittee, is expected to let the bill die. There are two sides to every question and something to be said for experience and the seniority system. But the American people now obviously want terms limited and, eventually, the electorate's will should prevail. on the Flowing Springs Road, I 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 owned by Samuel Stone, is lMARRIED: destroyed by fire; cause is not I Miss StelEs Mae Everhart, of determined. I Loudoun Valley, Va., and Mr. MARRIED: [James Franklin Fritts, of Miss Nancy Seiders, of I Harpers Ferry; Miss Edna Wilt, Potomac Ridge Farm and Ar-]of Harpers Ferry and Mr. thm Edward _aretz, Jr, o [ Charles W. Taltono{ milton, Ernrium, Isd?; Mrs. Alice [ V4i.; Miss Co e/ord Anne Fisher, Shepherdstown, 1 Suyder, and Mr. Paul nder and Mr. Charles W. Duff; Mrs. I Foster, of Wilmington, N.C. Vera Gall Propps and George B. I DEATHS: Zamherlan; Miss Pamela Jean Mrs. Virginia Jett winiamson Demory of Charles Town, and] Mr. Luther James Nichols, of' Inwood; Mrs. Deborah Cheshire Pierce, and Mr. William Ernest Lockwood, of Charles Town. Mr. and Mrs. John Watters of Charles Town, are honored on their 45th wedding anniversary with a reception given by their children. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 MARRIED: Miss Naomi Keiter, of Charles Town, and Mr. Grover Jones, of Baltimore, Md.; Miss Marian Grim, of Charles Town, and Mr. Robert Giroux, U.S., Newport, R.I. , DEATHS: Mrs. Virginia Cameron, 64, dies in Nansen; James H. Rideout, 66, of Charles Town; Mrs. John J. Foley, 92, dies at home in Martinsburg; John H. Tomblin, 76, of Bluemont, dies in the. Winchester Memorial Hospital. Fire of undetermined origin does an estimated damage of $20,000 to a large stone house on the old Starry farm, now a part of the Willard Lloyd farm, near Nansen. dies at the home of a daughter in Cahries Town; Mrs. Mary E. Day, dies at her home near Shepherdstown; Mrs. Hannah Jenkins dies at the home of her daughter in Shepherdstown Mrs. Mary VanMetre Fun- derburg, dies at the home of a sen in Columbia, S.C. ;Columbus Marshall Utterhack, dies at his home near Charles' Town George W. "Bud" Fleming, of Millvflle, dies at the home of a daughter in Frederick, Md.; Dr. Nat T. Frame, one of the founders of the 4-H Club for rural boys and.girls. SO -- YEARS AGO -- $0 MARRIED: Miss Lottie Belle Russell, of Clarke County, and Raymond A. Jones, of Nansen; Miss Violet Manspeaker, of Martinshurg, and Harry Edward Wilt, of Charles Town. DEATHS: Mrs. Gertrude Show Albin, of Jefferson County, dies in Gar- field Hospital in Washington; Ernest Travis Barren, dies in the Charles Town hospital; Captain James Edward Wyatt dies at his home near Charles Town. and field meet over stown and Harpers Ferry, with 198+ points. The Charles Town High Panther batsmen drop a 7-1 battle to Front .Royal. The Charles Town High track and field team scores a 67-56 win over the Clarke County High boys of Berryville, Va. Miss Margaret Rosalie Orn- dorff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Ornderff of Sbepl)erd- stown, is chosen as the Apple Blossom princess from the W. Va. State Horticultural Society. Tech: Sergeant Roherf E, Tabler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Tabler, Sr,, of Rt. I, Red Hill, Martinsburg, receives the U.S. Air Force Com- mendation Medal at Duluth International Airport, Minn., for meritorious service as a weapons supervisor at Nha Trang AB, Vietnam. Sharon Victoria Rudacilla, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Rudaeille, is elected citizen of the month d March by the Gordon Eismon Chapter of the National Honor Society. Joseph P. Christian, Jr., of Charles Town, who is connected with the Melvin T. Strider Company in Charles Town, is named president of the Jefferson County Jaycees, when the organization holds its annual election. Miss Peggy Baker, a sophomore at Shepherdstown High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Baker, is chosen as Shepherdstown's "Queen of Charm" at the annual Charm Revue, sponsored by the Shopherdstown Band Parents Association. A 50-ft. house trailer located 'Dear Sir, Where should national priorities lie? According to "The American", the official voice of the American Party, "Thirty- seven percent of Carter's t502 billion budget will go for 'social' and welfare programs. We are now a 'Welfare State' with welfare far outranking education and defeuse" Is that the way our money should he spent? First, let's see what the Constitution says. in the Preamble, we read: "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for a common defense, promote general warfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Con. stitution for the United Slates of America". There is no mention of social or welfare programs. Moreover, the nineth and tenth amend- meats indicate that any rights .and+ powers not specifically granted the federal government are reserved to the states or to the people. That phrase "general welfare" refers to the well being of all -- not to giving relief or food stamps to some. Unfortunately the federal government has become in- volved in welfare. "The American" says: "During the past seven years, your federal government has stolen billions of dollars from mu and your grandchildren to give food stamps to 600 percent more people at a cost increase of 2300 percent. The food stam program cost $5.6 billion this year. In ]98], $6.2 billion". There is no justice and my f eneral welfare is decreased when my money is taken from me to give food stamps to someone who dosen't work. The Constitution does speak of providing for the common defense. The money spent on welfare exceeds that spent on defense at a time when there is a greater need for a strong national defense than ever before in our history. Clare Booth Luce said that we are now spending less for defense than at any time since ]950. She spoke of the way the Soviets have embarked on one of the most massive military build ups ever witnessed in the history of the world. The facts are that in mid-]976, the Soviets had many more offensive weapons than the U.S., according to the Department of Defense Annual Report for FY ]977. Despite that, Carter cancelled production of the B-I Bomber. The Soviets are, of course, rushing production of their backfire. Surely it is time to reassess our priorities. Survival as a nation depends upon a strong national defense. There will he no way to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity if we are so weak that the Soviets can overshelm us. Lela Gardner 713 S. Ivy St. Arlington, Va. Dear Editor, This is my second letter concerning the flower situation at Edge Hill Cemetery and should concern many. It is in answer and agreement with Mrs. Hunter and a few others who have spoken out. It is,indeela pitif.sitution, *but," :tmles"mbre peopie are interested and protest and speak out we will get nowhere. Practically everyone in Charles Town and Jefferson County owns lots or has someone buried there and should he concerned. Why don't more people speak out or get up a petition? A few can't do it alone. I live away and don't get there often. Please see that this gets in your paper. Thank you. Sincerely, Mrs. Edna Wilson Hamm NIPPON Mrs. Austin Niodemus Dial 725-9098 Indian Lore was the theme of the April meeting of the Bullskin Happy Workers 4-H Club held at the home of Patty Mead. Ex- citement filled the air as each 4- Her arrived in costume to hear Indian legends presented by Jason Mickey. Authentic game stones were displayed and then used when members par- ticipated in an Indian ring game while Mary Margaret Mickey played rhythms on the tom-tom. The county 4-H Round-Up contest to be held April 24 at 7 p.m. at Jefferson High School was discussed with several members deciding to participate in visual presentations. President Leslie Skinner an- t nounced that 4-H Club Sunday ' would he observed May 7 at 7:30 at the Bardane Community Center. Barbara Zigler gave an illustrated talk on American Indians while Patty Mead presented one on Saudi Arabia. Since she had lived 3 years there, her talk was lively with personal experiences. Mike Chapman's visual presentation involved instructions in making and using a rope halter. A folk dancing workshop will be conducted by Dennis Barren and Louise Blue on May 3 at 7:30 CANDIDATE FOR. JEFFERSON COUNTY Board of Education Charles Town District MAY PRIMARY April 13-4T-- Poi. Ad By Candidate COFFEE, TEA OR LOWER FARES? Whittington's 29 anniversary. AARP Has Meeting At The National Retired its regular Asbur Educational total of 103 The program planned an with formal Rev. John Lee known to Williams gave teresting" talk, duties at the which he had The travel report on its planned now is a Amish to take this Elsie Hough, The next AARP's annual Hilltop House on, p.m., when the club will meet in the barn loft at Shannon King's at Rion Hall Farm. Jason Mickey, club reporter. Brian Whittington celebrated his 4th birthday with a party on Sunday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Penwell, given by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Whittington. The young people spent a very enjoyable evening during which the guest of honor was the recipient of many gifts, and refreshments were served by his mother. Favors were given to each guest that attended. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Penweil and daughter Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Wenwell Whit- tington, Mrs. Lyn King and children, Cheri, Michael and Brandi, Mr. and Mrs. David Wiley and children, Christina and Chad, Mrs. Marie Everman and daughter, Christine, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Barnett and children, Shari and Michael, Mrs. Barbara Jenkins and son, Grog, Jr., Mrs. Connie Richards and daughter, Angle, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Nicodemus, Mrs. Vicki Whittington and children, Shannon, Jason and Brian. The Nippon Go-Getters 4-H Club wilsponsor a skating party on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Berryville Roller Rink, for members and guests. Jeff and David Jousen, Jr., were weekend guests at the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Breeden and family. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hough were Sunday dinner guests at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kearns. Mrs. Betty Eusey was a Sunday dinner guest of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ceravalo and family. After dinner, Marvin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Ceravalo joined the family and they celebrated Karen Ceravalo's 2nd birthday with ice cream and cake. : Mr. and Mrs. James Fritts wero among those attending the birthday dinner at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hileman in Mt. Mission on Sunday. Mrs. James "Barbara" Fritts was 89 years young. We wish Mrs. Fritts a happy birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Morris of Baltimore, Md., were guests of her mother and husband, Mr. and Mrs. James Fritts on Saturday. Mrs. Judy Housden of Frederick, Md., was an over- night guest of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Breeden on Saturday night. Guests on Sunday at the Breeden home were Mr. and Mrs. David Housden and sons, Jeff and David, Jr., of Shenandoah Junction and Mrs. Louise Somers and daughter Shelly, of Renson. i Mr. and Mrs. Tony Ceravalo were callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ceravalo and family. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Nicodemus were Sunday night guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Fiddler and family. Mr. and Mrs. Wager Penwell and sons, Timmy and Lee, of Charles Town, and grandson, Bartley Painter, were Friday night guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Fritts. Mr. and Mrs. Baker Penwell were hosts to a birthday supper and party at their home on Monday evening, given in honor of Mr. Penwell's mother, Mrs. Barbara Fritts on her 89th birth- day. Ice cream and cake were served to the guests. Those present for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Coates and daughter Robin, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Hahn and son Pety, Mr. and Mrs. James Fritts, Mrs. Barbara Williams and children, Theresa, Crystal, Dell and Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Baker Penwell and daughter Ginger. Mr. and Mrs. Troy Ceravalo were Sunday night callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rankins+ + Mrs. Kay Comer of Shenan- doah, Va., was a last Saturday i guest of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Breeden and family. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Nicodemus were hosts to a dinner on Sunday night in honor' of Mr. Nicodemus' sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Speck nurses. We believe listings at Realty Alexander have rea tgage Washington, Cooke. SPIRIT of JEFFERSON Farmeds ESTABLISHED IB44 MAX BROWN EDITOR.PUBLISHER Published Every Week at The JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO, 210 North CHARLES TOWN, SUBSCRIPTION Price: $7.50 per Second Class Postage at CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. 2 ,11' Subscriptions and Other M , Items art ,- P.O. BOX 231 CHARLES TOWN, w.VA. ELECT Charles "Chis" Strider, Jr, t* k** ** r*.k 4r.k**.k, 4r,.k t Democrat Ic Cand idate For Jefferson County Comrnission Kabletown District A lifelong resident and always worked for the County and it's +people. Road, RFD1, Charles Town. Al)ril 13-IT pol. A YOU HAVE A MAY 9th PRIMARY FOR THE HOUSE OF VOTE THE CANDIDATE WHO HI VOICE OF THE PEOPLE BIAN( A M. JAM CARING... Honest... Fair To All THE ONE WHO KNOWS YOU WILL SERVE YOU BEST PD. For by Citizens for Bianca James- Marvin C. P