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2 q! SPIRIT OF ,SEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 1982 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR April 22, 1982 Editor The Spirit of Jdferson Charles Town, WV 25414 The juvenile problem has reared its ugly head again. The Jefferson County Commission last Thursday listened to a shopping plaza merchant unfold a series of "horror" tales about juvenile ac- tions -- nab depredations -- during nighttime hours at the Route 340 east center. It is not the type of story that can be glossed over by those who suggest that "boys will be boys." Indeed, it is a case where the civil rights of business people are being fluence (plenty of money), and per- missiveness (practiced by parents and by those in authority, par- ticularly some courts) may provide the basis for this growing menace. Youth defies authority, because authority does not have the means to act, or has been deprived of any avenues it might pursue to punish or inhibit young offenders. This is the fault of the courts. The courts may well be acting, we believe, because they feel that parents do not want their wayward threatened by the actions of young children punished, because parents people who apparently believe they do not care, or because they simply are "above the law" because they cannot believe "their child" would are under the age of 18. It is a story of teenage drinking and drunkenness that leads to belligerence and downright flaun- ting of both legal and moral laws. It is a story that involves nothing less than the "soft" drugs, like marijuana, which may have already led to the use of "hard", habit- forming drugs. It involves not only the use, but the sale of such dangerous items. It-is a continuing story of inter- ference with the normal flow of business to the point where the buying public avoids the shopping center after darkness falls because. R will not subject itself to the overt actions of young hoodlums who would do better to channel their energies into something construc- tive. It is a story of littering, even destruction of property, and in the extreme, to defecation in public by the more irresponsible. It is not an isolated story. It hap- pens elsewhere. And because it is widespread, it makes one wonder what is happening to a portion of the younger generation. We say portion, because this element is in the .minority, thank goodness, and we hope it stays this,way. But because it is a loud and sometimes a violent minority, it makes itself felt, in a most destruc- five way. What created this phenomenon? There is a strong feeling that af- break any moral or legal law. The Jefferson County Commission will meet with the offended mer- chants (whose claim they are losing business because of the nighttime activities of juveniles is well- founded) and with .law enforcement officials on May 6 to Seek a solution. We wonder what can constuctively come from such a meeting, par- ticularly when local governments (county and municipal) are faced with juvenile pronouncements adop- ted by Federal and State courts who have listened to the "do gooders" who claim no child is bad, therefore no child should be punished. Such prolems were formerly han- dled locally, and when they could not be, were turned over to the state. We believe local authorities are best equipped to understand the juvenile problems best; know best how to handle such problems; and should be permitted to do so, even to the point of detention, incarceration and the imposition of public works on juveniles who are found guilty of wrong doing. Thus, it seems to us that local governments (particularly the coun- ties) must band together and make their wishes known to the State Legislature and urdmately to the liberal State Supreme Court. With the political clout of 55 West Virginia counties molded together, we believe the juvenile "problem, and many other problems, might ultimately be solved. Last week was supposed to have been the big week for the nuclear disarmament proponents. It was billed as "Ground Zero Week", and during this period the activists, isolationists and other extremist groups from all across the country, with a great big assist from the liberal radio and TV stations and some newspapers, did their best to make it an earth-shattering movement for their cause. But what was to have been a week when the so-called "grass roots" of America was to have poured by the thousands into the streets of more than 250 communities across country to demonstrate to the White House and Congress their displeasure over the national spen- ding on armaments, more specifically nuclear weapons, tur- ned out to be not much more than a trickle of protest. The demon- strations, according to the advance notices of the metropolitan TV, radio and newspapers might even resem- ble the great protests of the Vietnam War era. But, instead of thousands, only hundreds turned out, despite the fact the metropolitan news media tried to make the event a major news item and Key did their best to get the people to join. As a matter of fact, the crowds were so small and so disappointing,the media in Washington resorted to a 99 But this did not stir up much en- thusiasm or excitement favorable to the nuclear disarmament proponen- ts. What really concerned us about all the speech-making during Ground Zero Week was that once again Dr. Roger Molander, a discon- tented bureaucrat, who was on the public payroll for years before he became a nuclear disarmament proponent, and his relatively small Dear Editor, The following letter was sent to members of the Jef- ferson County Commission and it would be greatly ap- preciated if you would print it here: To the members of the Jefferson County Commission Gentleman: At the April meeting of the Molers Extension Homemakers Club (mem- bership 33) considerable time was devoted to discussion of the shocking condition of the county roadsides. While we know that many other areas fight a running battle against littering and the indiscriminate dumping of trash by persons apparently devoid of pride and self- respect, the problem in this county is so serious as to actually affect the en- vironment and human health. In addition, one of West Virginia's most scenic areas is being destroyed: a loss mourned by decent Jefferson Counfians and visitors alike. We ask your investigation of, and action on, this acute problem, and assure you that in coming to a solution you may count on the full support and cooperation of every responsible county resident Respectfully, Molers Extension Homemakers Club, Anti-litter Resolution Committee, Pauline S. Hockensmith, Chairman Florence B. Mc- Millan Mary M.~g Nila B. Law Thank you very much for this and all past favors -- printing our club news -- bbcause it is greatly ap- preciated. Pauline S. Hockensmith group of followers had billed this week as a'time for a discussion 0f the pros and cons of nuclear disar- mament and the dangers of nuclear war. Had they followed such a for- mat, which had been dubbed April 26,1982 Latter to the Editor Dear Mr. Rentch The Staff of the S/mnandoah in Renso w nts to thank all those me~ who donated prizes fo~ our bake sale held Friday, April 9 and also those who supported the same in any way. The proceeds from the sale went to the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Building Fund Drive. Our special thanks also to the Spirit of Jefferson.Advocate for it's cooperation and support`The 11 to 7 shiR of the Shenandoah Home is also planning to have a cotmtry ham smdwich sale as a ho tal bunting project and anyone wishing to donate to the sale should call 729-3404. The 11-7 shiR at Shenandoah Home April 26, 1982 Letter to the editor Dear Mr. Rentch, There are none so blind as those who will not see. There is a crisis in Central educational, instead to turning it in- America.A crisis that en- to a pretty much one-sided cam- dangers the as wellas the paign of preaching terror and horror, as was done in most places, the project might have been worth all the effort and expense. But anyone who had any contact at all with the radio and TV stations during the week must have thought they were being subjected to a terrifying warning that the world was about to be destroyed. And, that the American people can no longer trust their own government or the people the voters elected to run the country. They seemed to be saying to Congress and the White House that they do not have enough in- telligence to stop a plunge toward annihilation of this country by nuclear war. And of even more concern to us was the fact that the promoters of "Ground Zero Week" did not limit their efforts to trying to scare adults small town meeting in Alexandria to into joining their cause. They even try to justify some news coverage, went so far as to use, at least on Newsweek magazine featured a television, small children to make it cover picture of the earth being appear that everyone in America is destroyed by a nuclear blast, and scared to death that mankind is Ted Kopel of ABC Nightline, who about to destroy the world and normally is one of the fairest and everything and everyone in it. most unbiased 'IV commentators, We might point Out that here in took his nightly program to the hot- Jefferson County the program which bed of Hberalism, Harvard Unlver was presented at Jefferson High sity, one night during the week. School was more objective and educational than most, and had it not been for a few biased and scary comments of a few of the people connected with it, would have been above any criticism. freedom loving people there. Some will shrug and say that the governments of central American countries did not need our standards of human rights. They've on the evening news, that clvtl and human rights are violated in central~ America. They never stop to think that there are no civil or human rights in a country under control of the Reds. And now there's a Red title in Central America. But led by TV news casts, Americans ignore the plight'of central American governments friendly to the US and com- pletely ignore our own national interests. The Red fide in central America can sweep north, to our undefended, southern border, all 1400 miles of R. As the Red tide sweeps mrth, first will come the millions of refugees from Guatemala, E1 Salvador, Hmduras. Nlcaragea. will swamp all facilities, since they were never planned to swarm. There will be boat people, too, headed for Lo sinna, Alabama, and Florida. There will be problems of food, sanitation and heslth. After the refugees will come the Army. Probably the Soviets will use central Americans as surrogates, but - tbe,A my wnl be equippecl and supported by air power. How can out southern berder be protected? Evm in peacetime the tmrder has not been able to keep out II by Barry ER YEARS ,~bO - -- O~O ~ O ~b 10- YEARS AGO--10 DIED Lawis Franklin Ramey, 64, Ranson; Arthur S. Krause, 60, Mercersburg, Pa.; Mrs. Edna Lancaster Wynkoop, 57, Charles Town; Roger C. Harding, 58, Neersville, Va.; Mrs. Lena Christine Barron, 63, of the Howin~ Springs Road. Col. Meade Dorsey was appointed to the Board of Governor s of St. Margaret's School at Tappahannock, Va. Mr. and Mrs. John Snyder of Bolivar were honored on their 45th wedding anrnversary -with a party. Justin Windholm, Leetown and Doug Allara of Charles Town are ranked in the top of their class at Charles Town High. Mrs. Howard James is named the new president of the North Jefferson PTA Association. ~--YEARS AGO.-~ James E. Gore of Ranson is appointed Postal Inspector for the Atlanta, Georgia Division. J. Errol Ward of C~mrles Town is elected president of, the Charles Town Hospital Board of Managers. Also elected are: Lowell Hetzel of Bakerton, vice-pres.; J.T. Mentzer, Harpers Ferry, treas.; Mrs. HJ-I. Hunter sec. DIED Harvey H. Lehman, 68, at his home on Preston Street; V~.lliam B. Glassford, 67, in Hopemont Sanitarium; John Hugh Melvin, 73, in Columbus, Ohio; Paul M. Little, Jr. 40, Thurmont, Md.; Louis R. Becker, Harper~ Ferry; Leslie Charles Sperow, 9, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Ernest C. Feltner, 79, Berryville; Mrs. Emma Grace Staley, 69, Frederick, Md.; Holmes C. Johnson, 73, retired laborer of Ranson in Washington, D.C. MARRIED Eleanor Dorrene G ngeby, daughter of Mr. an{l Mrs. George Gageby of Engle, became the bride of Donald L Hale. son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hale of Hampstead, Md in Uvilla Methodist church. 40--YEARS AGO--40 Montague IAppitt, formerly of the Rippon neighborhood, who had been in business in Washington for some years bought the Mill Creek Farm on the Opequon northwest of Middleway from Charles Butler Miller of Martinsburg. The Rev. O.V.T. Chain- ber .lain; former rector d St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Weston, W.Va. accepted a call to be the new rector of Nelson Parish. DIED Art be home of his sister, Mr. George W. Marlow, near Mechanicstown ; James Albert Urton, believed to have been the oldest person in Jefferson County at the age of 97, in a M~ hospital; Berkeley Bownmn a native of Berryville, Va. but very well known in Charles Town. the swarms of Mesicans who sneak in because they crave the better life. But an Ar- my??? With military hard- ware? Americans must be made aware of the danger in our hemisphere. The Americanism Educational Lsaguc is starting a Carib. bean special Alert Truth Campaign beaded by William T. Hutson, a veteran of World War H and a former F.B.I agent. They want to ~ the red flood.tide by saRu-ating grass roots America with facts about the red danger in central America. The present administration will listen to the force of the American people. Lela Gardner Aprn Ima Letter to the editor Dear Mr. Rentch, We are hearing a lot lately about the ability to wage a limited Nuclear war and for sorvivul from such a war as a possibility. Wars do not stay limited once they start, they escalatel Fallout from the relatively small bombs dropped on I-nroshima and Nagasaki to end a war not start one, spread all over the world even bere to onr U.S. A, Soldiers remmL from pacific Are combat and the "Test Bombs" dropped in our Nevada desert mined put to have some mtber unforsam effects among the people living near the test sites and some of tbe sclentlm wa'king with the pro -ts received doses that made then have to stay away from further radlatlou expomres for some time after the projects were No deeqe of mdtat~ k mfe as we are fkding out now! So we 8re tal about fall out frem a much large Bomb mxt the pollution of much of the water and land and crops as well as people being exposed to doses of radiation to which they might never be exposed and we expect to survive as we now know life to be? Forget it!! the cave dwellers, high rme cities, and such will survive but modern man with his needs for all kinds of complex tools, cars and all the other necessities he has c~ne up. with for a mccessful life will have some changes to make. This may sound like doomsday but I believe there ,re enough of us who wiq want lo let our leaders know that we ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFEg ON PUBLISHING CO INC Donald O. Rentch Edward W. Dockeney Assoc I R. Meade Dorsey Published Every Thursday At 210 North George Street Charles Town, W Va. - 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price: In Jefferson Count a year: out of Jefferson County, tax must be added for all West Entered In The Post Office At Charles As Second Class Matter - USPS510- Ad Deadline 4 P.M. Monday A R~ert From Congre~n~ ~ SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ~OMY WASHINGTON -- It should come as no surprise that the principle topic of discussion here in the Congress is the economy. It is understandable that many Americans are in. creasmgiy concerned about want our nation to be strong For example, slightly over a but we do not want to see it year agO, the cost d living was destroyed either. How much ~ at an annual rate of overkill do you need! The nearly 15 per cent. Today R is more you have the more you below five per cent and the are temptedto try it out! Even trend continues downward. Omventional w~ today has a According to figures released bigger lethal ability than it last week, the consmmr price ever had before and so we index registered an actual know we can destroy our- decline during the month of selves with quite a bit of eaee. March for the first time in Do we want to do so? Do we years. The Congressional want to live on a ruined earth? Budget Office es~nates that To think abeut such thlngs ts an hun/ly earning the job of us befm'e it is the average income for a too late to change course, family of four will have $1,f~7 Betty Smlth more purchasing power in Ben Lea, Charles Town,~ 1982 than they would have if the policies of previous ad- minisU tious had In addition, the prices fur ftsisbed p ts, intermedim April a zl crude material all Lett to the F.ARor declined in February for the necessary to imrchase unifonm and to pay the le ue retry fee for our ball team: New CentrM Restaurant, Webbers Creamer's Texaco, Peark Grocery, Nolsnd's Auto Sales, Blue Ridge Grocery, Browning's Foodland and Mso tlmso who tmked l ee mxl calms for our that uction taken last year wili ther 10 per cent rates for every July 1st. I essential to the to keep more of earned dollars to save as America's economic troubles, interest The recession is only now ,below the 21 bottoming out. Unem- early 1981. We ployment and interest rates bring then rmmin unacceptably high and the gross national product West Virginians conUnues its decli~ in the the district lately first quarter of this year. economy. Most These facts are certainly not forgotten cause for concern but they federal s pen, should also be considered in dominated the pight of the good news about last year. They the economy, and good news rampant does exist, skyrocketing the not-so.distant have me is reason for optimistic about and confident economic pro out I Mmre tMs In the us plant our seeds are cu]n'vstion, those be grow lo yield tbetr the seeds for recovery ml cut tax Amerkam. herein Imdget for neat demonstrate serious about consum level. For eatable" the prema ou all of us are paying Just m in significantly less for gasoline garden, we mt tt J oil than we we'e a careful year ago. seeds tf they are We should also renmmb the expected ! we ahe we " eeo~(O many halm mira. toward lower LmTyHawkiJohnOtt exlmndlng job Mmmgersof"GoedOleBoys" stable prices Slow-PltchSoahanTmm c mes for every