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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY. MAY 25, 1978 POSTAL PIRACY Well they've done it again. Next Monday, May 29, will really be a double Memorial Day because in addition to observing it as a day for remembering our War dead, it will also be the day that will mark the death of the 13-cent stamp and the birth of the first 15- center. Yes, whether you like it or not, starting Monday you will be paying two cents more to mail a letter, but you won't be getting any better service for your added money. In fact, the manner in which the Postal service has been operating, it may even take longer for your letter to reach its destination because these new stamps are bound to confuse some of the postal workers. This latest move in the inflationary circle wasn't unexpected. In fact, it fits the general pattern of everything the government controls or has its hand in, costing more and more each year. Widespread citizen dissatisfaction with the United States Postoffice prompted Congress in 1970 to at least make an attempt to re-organize the country's mail system and hopefully make it more dependable, efficient and possibly less costly for the public's needs. The experiment has not been successful because under the present set-up the U.S. Postal Service is neither a private enterprise, nor a government-operated agency. Under the present set- up the Postal Rate Commission has the power to do just about as it pleases since it no longer has to be responsive to either the Congress or the Public's , needs. Under the present set-up the only time the Postal Service is concerned with Congress is when it needs some more financial bailing out. It hasnowunto itself the sole right to pirate the pockets of every American who makes use of the postal services by deciding what it shall and will charge for its public services. During his election campaign, President Carter was quoted as saying: "Over the last five years the Postal Service has been a classic illustration of wasteful, imprudent and inefficient management. And we must recognize that the Postal Service represents an essential public service for the people of this country." We agreed with him then and even more so now. The Postal Service has offered no solution to its huge financial deficit year after year and its inef- ficiency in seeing that the mails go through and as quickly as possible. The only solution the Postal Board has come up with is to once again increase the cost of mailings, while giving less service by cutting out Saturday mail deliveries. Neither the Congress, nor President Carter has shown too much concern over the postage cost in- crease, but Congress has demonstrated great concern over the elimination of Saturday mail deliveries. In fact, so much so that the House of Representatives put through a quick bill recently that would give the legislatiohodies of the U.S. Gqvernment once again the veto power over'any service cutbacks, lcluding postoffice closings which would affect their political patronage. Since 1970, when the U.S. Postoffice system was re- organized, supposedly to make it more efficient, less politically oriented and hopefully to provide better mail service, the cost of this service has jumped from 6-cents for mailing a first class letter to the new rate of 15-cents. And if your wondering why newspapers are increasing their subscription rates, take a look at the 29.6 percent rate increase for second class mail which covers newspapers and magazines. Third class mail is also scheduled to go up 20.3 percent. But the biggest jump is in parcels which will go up by about 36.8 percent. Despite the more than doubling of the mail rates since 1970, the service has steadily become worse. Some good examples of how slow the service is today are the following recent experiences we have en- countered in this newspaper office within the past several weeks. For instance, a legal advertisement was mailed from Hagerstown, Md., on April 28 as a certified registered letter for which the company mailing the letter paid 98 cents. The letter was not received in the Spirit of Jefferson's office until Monday, May 15, which was the date it was signed for and picked up at the Charles Town Postoffice. That is 17 days just from Hagerstown, Md. On two other occasions we have had advertisements and these all involved revenue to the company, mailed from Winchester, Va., on a Friday and not received at this newspaper office until the following Friday. Some fast service wouldn't you say. We do not know what the White House and-or Congress, is going to do about the nation's serious postal problems, if anything, since neither of them want the problem dumped onto their doorstep. We do know that one or the other, or both, are soon going to have to do something because the way things are going now, there is a "big bust" coming. And when it does come, creditors won't be able to afford the high cost of postage of sending out their monthly statements, because if inflation keeps on mounting as it has been, no one will be able to pay anyway. v Y V VV "W" V qW"V"WY'Y "P"V'Y "V" V V V V " Letters To The Editor May 22, I978 Dear Sir: "A frightening situation has arisen" according to a letter in this column by Miss Barbara Culler who then advocates legislation which would, she says, keep Alaska s fate from being decided by a few. A frightening sittion has indeed arisen, but it s not what Miss Culler thinks. The situation is the danger of the loss of more Constitutional power. Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution states: "Congress shall have the power...to exercme exclusive legislation in all cases what- soever, over such district (not exceeding ten square miles) as may, by occasion of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of government of the United States and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall he for the erection of forts magazines, dock.yards and other needful buildings." You see, that limits the power of Congrq to those enumerated Editorials / Opinions / Columns / Letters West Virginia's. Award Winning Newspoper MAX BROWN--Ed/tor DON RENTCH--News Edltot LETS ACCENTUATE POSITIVE Now that the Primary Election is over and the politicians (not all of them, however), have proclaimed what they believe to be all the bad things about Jefferson County, especially those charged with running the two county's government agencies --the County Commission and the Board of Education--we suggest it is time to accentuate the positive side of Jefferson County. And there certainly is one. For too long now the thinking has accentuated the negative. It is now time that we turn around this negatism foregoing our minds, and assume the at- titude and actions that has made Jefferson County a good, and certainly most desirable place to live. The many, many newcomers that have come, and are coming every day into Jefferson County to live, have undoubtedly already done this or they would not be coming here. They already have seen a lot of things about Jefferson County they like. So let's all take a look around us and see what's happening in Jefferson County these days. In the midst of heavy economic problems in other parts of the country we seem to be riding high, wide and handsome. There is so much going on around the county economically these days you almost need a scorecard to keep track of the new projects that have sprung up in Jefferson County in the past few years and others that are either in progress, or on the drawing boards for future completion. Since most of the criticism in the past election was levelled at the County Commission and the members who make up the county's governing body, let's take a quick look at just a few of the major projects which that body has been able to provide the county, without any increases in taxes other than normal property -assessment increases. For instance, Jefferson County just recently was cited by the State of West Virginia for having one of the top county-wide landfills and one of the first of this kind in the state. And this is cer- tainly a project that was long overdue and benefits every resident of the county. Then there is the ex- pansion and modernization of the Jefferson County Court House's tax offices and records area, along with the Circuit and County Court areas; the county also is one of but a few in the state that is moving ahead at a fast pace on providing more and better recreational facilities for sidents in all parts of the county. And although it is not moving along as fast a its officials would like, nevertheless, an industrial, park which will eventually be a real economic boom to the county, is being developed. Jefferson County also now has five fine, and for the most part, well- equipped fire departments which do an outstanding job at relatively minor cost to the county taxpayers. The county now has county-wide planning designed to provide some semblance of orderly growth in the county. It has good schools, most of the buildings being of relative new construction. Hundreds of new homes have been constructed in all parts of the county, along with major expansion and im- provements to many businesses and industries. Two huge new governmental facilities now under con- struction will soon be completed which means hun- dreds of new job opportunities and new people coming into the community. One low-rent housing develop- ment is already under construction and others will come. These are just a few of the many services and new facilities which have come about in the past few years. And while there is still a lot which needs to be done Jefferson County is definitely on the move. It is growing and is going to continue to grow, so we might as well forget the negative thinking and accentuate the positive. By doing this, things will move at a more rapid pace. But there is one thing to remember, as we grow, so will our problems: And so, if we must be critical oi those trying to solve these problems, make your criticism constructive and try and help to build up Jefferson County instead of tearing it down. places. Miss Culler takes the side of conservationists who wish to "save" 100 million acres of public land, 70 million of which will be under the National Wilderness Preservation System. She says that will leave 250 million acres available for resource development and commercial use which she says is a fair compromise. Who is she to tell the state of Alaska what is fair? The State of Nevada was in the situation in which the federal government tried to keep control of land within its boundaries. T: David Norton, attorney, in analyzing the position of the state in asserting ownership over lands within its boundaries, says: The provision (of the Con- stitution) denies all federal agencies in Washington authority to exercise control over land in any State unless it is I. acquired by purchase; 2. obtained with the consent of the State Legislature, and 3. used for one of the specific pt listed in the Constitution." Attorney Horton cites the ease of Pollard vs. Hagan, 3 Howard 212, 11 Lawyers Edition, 565, in which Congress tried to retain control ovy.r public land in the state as a condition for ad-' mission of Alabama and Mississippi to the Union. In this 1845 case the Supreme Court said: "Such stipulation would have been void and inoperable; because the United States have no constitutional capacity to exercise municipal jurisdiction, sovereignty, or eminent domain, within limits of a state, or elsewhere, except In cases in which it is expressly granted..." A similar situation applies for Alaska, where Congress is now trying to pass legislation to control the wilderness within the state, although the state legislature has not given per- mission and the land has not been purchased for any of the specific purposes for which the Constitution permits the federal government to purchase land The fact that Congress is trying to usurp powers of the sovereign state of Alaska by trying to Control land within the boundaries of the state is the alarming sittmtion. It is one more step n destroying our Constitution. If you were so misled as'to write your congressman about "preserving the wilderness", write him again saying youwant him to vote constitutionally. H you did not write before, write him now, opposing efforts of Congress to usurp rights of the sovereign state of Alaska -- and destroy our Constitution. Lela Gardner Jackson-Perks Post No. 71 American Legion Box 330 Charles Town, W. Va. May 19, 1978 To the Editor I read with interest your editorial "Take your choice of days" which appeared in the Spirit of Jefferson issue May 18th. That is exactly what the American Legion Post 71 is going to do regarding its annual Memorial Day services at Edge Hill Cemetery. For years we have had our services always on May 30th, the traditional Memorial Day. This year the services will be held Monday, May 29th at 11:00 a.m. Why did we change? Very simple. The Post Color Guard and Firing Squad are all working at their jobs, mostly out of town, on Tuesday, May 30th. Without the assistance Of these men, we feel the services would not have the dignity, pomp and ceremony it has had in past years. Hence the change. James P. Morison, Memorial Committee Member Harpers Ferry Junior High School Harpers Ferry, W. Va. May 19, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir.: The students at Harpers Ferry Junior High School would llke to express their gratitude to you and the Spirit of Jefferson for continuing to send the school a complimentary copy of the paper during the school year. Many students anxiously await the arrival of the paper on Thursday morning. Sincerely yours, Mrs. Linda L. Overly Librarian May 8, 1977 Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Editor: Would you please send me a copy of your fine April 27 Spirit of Jefferson. This Tonnerville mail service has lost my copy of the Spirit for that week and I can't afford to miss a single copy of it. Obliged. Oscar E. Wendie 2086 Reeves Rd. Warren, Ohio 444 wnd, "I[A71UIC00rI"00 wonderful V V .L00O .L VII:IGINIA By Dr. James Moler Several media headline writers have referred to the primary election results in Jefferson County as indicating a trend toward conservative government. Without taking sides, this author observed that in 1976 voters turned down a zoning plan. In 1977 voters almost but not quite approved increased levies for schools. Now in 1978 voting machines 'we approved by a small margin. Would this indicate a trend ? Heard in the recent election campaigns was a repeated reference to the county having money in the bank. The in- vestment of public funds has been a recent development especially on the county and school board levels. Both of these agencies of government are beginning to boast about how they increase their budgets by prudent investments basically throughout short term interest bearing savings. Our county has the benefit of interest returns on approximately seventy percent of the funds 'handled by our sheriff. If the county has a half million to a million dollars in- vested by the day, week or month, you can figure what earnings would be at 6 or 7 percent. Taxes are paid twice per year and revenue sharing plus other funds come in at other times. Expenditures are spread out over the year which makes for the short term investment op- portunities. Relying upon a Charleston Gazette study, Jefferson County l0 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 James M. Moler, of Charles Town, president of Kiwanis International, leaves Jefferson County to charter new Kiwanis clubs in Norway, Sweden and! Italy, while also attending the Constitutional Convention of Kiwanis International-Europe in Zurich. Switzerland. Jeff Roth, a most consistent winner for the Charles Town High track and field team in the 440-yard run, scores another victory in this event' at the Class- AA Regional meet held at Cobourn Field in Martinsburg. Five boys from Charles Town High School are given special recognition at the annual high school athletic banquet held in the school cafeteria; they /re -- John Lorenz, best foul shooter; Mickey Walker, top scorer on the track team; Alex Doleman, most outstanding defensive player on the 1967 football team; Larry Carr, top rebounder on the basketball team, and Paul Johnson, top offensive player on the basketball team and the most outstanding senior award. MARRIED: Miss Nancy Ann Cunningham, of Baltimore, Md., and Lieutenant Commander Duane rai,ks in the upper third of the fifty-five counties as to in- vestment returns. Our county commission leads the three eastern panhandle counties and is surpassed in the eastern half of the state by only Hardy and Grant counties, The school board invests its funds likewise and beth of these agencies report at the end of the fiscal year. Several years ago this short erm investment opportunity Was not available and these monies were in bank checking accounts. State Treasurer Larrie Bailey has just gotten a bill through the legislature that will allow him to invest state monies to an ad- ditional advantage. He says to the extent of 20 million dollars which will put the state earnings from investments over $100 million. If we had enough to invest, maybe we wouldn't have to pay taxes ! ! ! State monies placed in local hanks is now on savings except 'the banks that regularly handle the checking accounts. The new bill requires that banks have 25 percent of their loanable funds in home mortgages before they can bid on a state savings deposit. Many banks in the state do not qualify especially where they have large industrial business. When the interest ceiling is raised, it is expected that more hanks will qualify and that more mortgage money will become available. The short-term in- vestments by county, boards of education and state cannot he pet into long term mortgages but this should level off. It's all good neWS. Alan Hansen, U.S.N.,'Of Osage, Iowa. Miss Cindy Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe R. Payne, of Charles Town, is installed as Worthy Advisor of the Charles Town Assembly No. 46, Order of Rainbow Girls, at the Asbury U.M. Church. The Charles Town High track and field team close out their 1968season in a blaze of glory by completely routing six other rivals with a total of 107/z points in the Ciass-AA Regional meet staged at Cobourn Field in Martinsburg, Four members of the Panther relay team set a new Class:AA Regional record covering the distance in 1:03 in the annual Regional competition at Cobourn Field in Martinsburg. The Shepherdstown High baseballers capture the Section 4 championship on the Shepherd College field with a 6-0 victory! over Charles Town in a sectional playoff game. Kenneth Ray Bah'on, of the Sunrise Neighborhood 4-H Club, is chosen as the local winner in the. W. Va. Conservation Art poster contest, announced by the local W. Va. Department of Natural Resources. CAPITAL CREEK REGUi TAXAT May 12, 1978 Gentlemen: I would appreciate it if you would please print the following in your "Letters to the Editor" column: I am interested in genealogical information on the Ogden and Watson families originally from the Middleway, W. Va., area, especially John Jacob Ogden, born 1845 in Middleway, and Sara" Ellen Watson, born 1843 in Middleway. Subsequently they married and moved to Parkersburg, W. Va. Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, ' Mrs. Thomas A. Townsend 79 Ferris Lane Poughkeepsie, New York going back to January. It that he is th The portunity to the Delegate so Mr. Moler next delegate. voters of this offered a from the two a viable two exist. Dear Sir: Enclosed is s Spirit of which I look May 16, 1978 To the Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: In reference to your story of to receive. Frances and G home very being nesr our .dlll a our good and Max is imp lear: happy to lrIrl =, May llth concerning the victory accident. of James Moler in the :,ii- Democratic Primary, does your !iqJ-- paper not notice that he still has ii to face an elecqon in November? You state that Mr. Moler will be Measuring Inflation ! If you got a raise this year, how much would it really be worth? If you are retired, and living on a pension, will your bene- fits be adequate to cover higher prices? If you are making an investment, is your return going to be fair? The answer to all these questions lies in the rate of inflation. Although that rate decreased last year, it is still one of our major problems. It is es- sential to correctly meas- ure this increase in the dollar cost of things we buy, in order to-better un- derstand and control our economy. The nost important measure of inflation is the monthly Consumer Price Index, which is compiled in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report com- pares what a "market bas- ket" of goods and services eost this month,  com- pared to what the same items" would have cost last month, last year, or in the base year, 1967. Thus, if the CPI is 186, as it was in December, the cost of the "market basket" was $186 for the same items which cost $100 in 1967. The - "market basket" items which are used in this survey reflect the pur- chases of the average ur- ban worker and clerical workerabout 40 percent of the total population. Items measured run the gamut from bread and but- ter to television and bowl- ing fees, from pediatric health care to funeral services, from tricycles to the goods S measured are so that the' rately show spending The relative each item in basket" maY flecting people come. For of the come was the years However, 6 took only that incame, revision accounts for cent of purchases. l Beginninfe dex publish  of this year, l publishing  workers'  FLOI an updated -vrv ket" and a  su,ey. In . Bureau has  .-l index, re chases  secant Of This ne Househol spending bY" citizen tl the seif.en professiona and clerical about 801 oew 00ive usa rate yardS: inflation, s of tools t planning l old eneY Second Clus Postage at u.S,