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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE Im THURSDAY, JUNE I, 1978 WVEA AND SCHOOL BOARDS The West Virginia Education Association at their annual state meeting May 20, elected Ermalee Boice, of Ravenswood, a militant in the WVEA, and five other candidates on her slate of officers to head the organization for the ensuing year. And immediately following her election, she listed a broad and very liberal legislative packet which she said is endorsed by the vast majority of the school teachers in the state. The goals, which she stated, are so br6ad, so power grabbing and so costly, that If adopted by the West Virginia Legislature next year, would result in local school boards finding themselves in a terrible bind trying to cope with them. In fact some of the things the WVEA group is calling for in its new legislative packet actually infringes upon the sole responsibilities and rights of the county school boards who are elected by the people of the 55 counties in the state to run the public schools. While the new WVEA leaders deny Unionism is one of their main goals, they say they will press for, and hope to achieve next year, collective bargaining on the county level to gain input into the operations of the schools. Collective Bargaining is just a prelude to full Unionism. The WVEA will also be pushing hard for more spending on education to make the teachers' retirement system, already among the best in the nation, more fiscally sound; and while the WVEA leaders say that salaries are only a '.'minor" issue, still they will be pushing hard for a cost-of-living factor tied to the consumel; price index; also a $50 hike in experience increment; and also higheI bonuses for those teachers with advanced degrees. They also want a 25-student or less, ceiling in classrooms at least from the Kindergarten through the third grade; and more detailed methods for dismissing no-tenured teachers; along with a law making it a criminal offense to assault a school employee at work -- "a battered teachers bill", as they would call it. Now if the state legislature gives into the WVEA on all of these matters, and make no mistake about it, the WVEA does have a tremendous power, both inside and outside the legislature, just what will the local r school boards do? In short, is there a need for school boards? Yes indeed, school boards are definitely necessary, because it is this body which is duly elected by the voters of every county to run the school systems, not the WVEA. It is the school boards that the county residents want running their schools, not the WVEA. It is the only and certainly the responsibility of the school boards to focus attention on the quality of qucation they want for their children. And if the col boards are going to have to spend a major part of their fi(in such "housekeGpmg" functions as: school buses, athletics and other extra programs, along with bargaining collectively with a bunch of militant WVEA union organizers, etc., there will not be much time left for them to run the schools as they were elected to do. School boards must not defer their responsibility ,and authority to self- proclaimed experts. School Boards must continue to take the leadership role in improving the quality of education, and not leave this responsibility up to the individual teacher at the WVEA. What goes on in the public schools in West Virginia is not the private domain of the educators -- rather it is the peoples' business. And while we certainly expect the school boards to welcome and consider teacher input in its drive to improve education, it is not, and should never be the teachers who make the final decisions that affect the child inthe Classroom. The new president of the WVEA has made the statement that of all the persons connected with the public school., it is the teacher that knows what's best for the child, especially in the terms of what the curriculum should be. We certainly hope the school boards see this matter in a different light and refuse to defer to these so-called WVEA educational experts. The public schools belong to the people, and should at least reflect the views of the public and the elected board members. There are no pat answers to the educational dilemma any more than there are for problems in other institutions. But a good starting point would be renewed committment and cooperation on the part of parents, educators, ad- ministrators, and school board merrbers, not domination by the WVEA, or any other group that feels it has all the answers. i ii ,ll i =# 10 -- YEARS AGO --10 promotion of the sport in Jef- Dr. Donald C. Master, ferson County, is named prominent Charles Town Recreation Director for Jef- veterinarian, causes a smashing ferson Cmmty Memorial Park. victory over Nicholas Carson Ruby Propst and Margie who had served as Charles Grove emergevictorious with a Town's "Mr. Mayor" for 20 2 and 0 wfn for the Women's years. Scotch Foursome tournament DEATHS: over Nancy Ruth and Ethlyn John F. Stanley, 89, of McDonald. Kearneysville, dies in the Charles Town hospital after a long illness; Jerry W. Hare, 70, of Rt. l, Harpers Ferry, dies in the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown; William Ide Shank, 77, of Smithburg, dies in the Waynesboro, Pa., tIospital, after an illness of about 8 petition, with a total of 10% DEATHS: months; Eva Mac Webb, 68, of Millville, dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Bessie Lee Fadeley, 93, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Annie Lee Creamer, 51, of Shenandoah Junction, dies at her home. MARRIED: Miss Carolyn Sue Urqrhart of Charles Town, and Mr. John Nelson Burkey, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Editorials / Opinions / Columns / Letters West Virginia's- Award Winning Newspaper MAX BROWN--Er DON RENTCH--News EdiCt 4 *vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvyvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv, DROWNING TIME Already drownings are occurring in this section and area at a faster pace this season than in past years. There have been some half dozen in the past several months in different parts of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. And while we do not know just what precautions were taken by the victims that might have prevented the loss of these lives, we do know, or at least there was no report of such, that none of them were wearing life preservers There are a number of suggestions we would make .to swimmers, and-or fishermen, who take to the often swift, and in some areas, deep waters of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, which we are sure would be of great value in case of an accident. First of all the wearing of life preservers which now come in very light, not too costly and also not unreasonably uncomfortable style and design. We have never heard of a person wearing a life preserver and fishing from a rock or boat, being drowned in the event of his foot slipping or the boat capsizing. Some states require persons who are boating to wear life preservers, so why not a life preserver when fishing from a rock ledge or a boat out in the river. Another precaution is that fishing or swimming either in groups or close by others, so that a distress call migilt easily be heard and quickly responded to. It is always shocking to hear or read of persons unable toswim, going out in boats to fish, or just going boating without life preservers. Many drownings result from under-estimating the currents of the rivers and streams and in some cases, the ability or distance of the person to so swim in the event of a boating accident. And such mistakes are more than not paid for with a life itself. Like in everything else, precautions can save lives from drowning if they are ,just .taken. K"  K K  l AK Au- Ak AL. k. AK AL. ,- ,  AK AK AK Letters To The Editor May 29, 1978 Congi'ess has been trying to "save" Alaska by passing the Alaskan Land Bill. The House has already passed the bill, but passage of the bill in the Senate is doubtful. There has been much misinformation given about this bill and Alaska by the en- vironmentalists. For instance, they claim that Alaska belongs to "all the people." And lead you to believe that all of Alaska will Billy Warden, third. The full four-year college scholarship which is offered each year to an outstanding high school student by the Jackson- Perks Post No. 71, Charles Town American Legion, is awarded to Miss Patricia Rinaldi of Harpers Ferry. Mayor Nicholas Carson is returned to office for his sixth two-year term, polling a total of 538 votes against 362 for Charles F. Printz, his only opposition. DEATHS: Miss Almira Darby, formerly of Charles Town, dies in La Mesa, Calif.; Mrs. Laura Knode Derr, 77, of Shepherdstown, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Martinsburg. MARRIED: Miss Donna Elizabeth Rissler Uinta Farm, and Mr. Clyde Hitt, Jr., of Charles Town; Miss Victoria Belle Longerbeam, of SUmmit Point, and Mr. James William Leigh, of Leesburg, Va. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 Deanie Fleming is chosen as valedictorian and George Via, salutatorian 6f the graduating class of Charles Town High School. MARRIED: Miss Mary Crum, of Harpers Ferry and Mr. Lester Warren Harding of Brunswick, Md.; Miss Guilda Dillow of Harpers Ferry and Mr. Roy F. Cooper. DEATHS: Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth Brown Ron Kidrick, a 3-sport star at dies at heE apartment on Shepherdstown High School, Washington Street in Charles wins the State Schoolboy Class- Town; William Howard Tonsel is AA high jump championship fo r killed when struck by a truck on the second consecutive year, Payne's Hill, Rt. 340, east of clearing the bar at 6 feet and 2% Halltown; James W. Smith dies inches to lead the Cardinals to a at his home in Charles Town. tie for 10th place in the ,com- 50--YEARSAGO--50 'Glenn Edwards, of Charles Carl Robert Milbourne, first; Tvn, long acVe in Fred second; and points. Mrs. Alice Hagley Smith dies Robert "Bob" Starkey, of Oak at the local hospital; James L. Glen, W. Va., High School, is Shewbridge dies at his home in named as head basketball coach Harpers Ferry; John Franklin at Shepherd College, to replace Trail of Harpers Ferry, dies at George Hill, who leaves Jeanette, Pa. Shepherd to work on his doctor's 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 degree. Crosses of honor are conferred 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 on the following veterans of the Winners in the Jefferson county onconfederateMemorial County Road-e-o, sponsored by Day in Charles Town: C. C. the Jefferson County Junior Conklyn, T. B. Homer, Richard Chamber of Commerce were: W. McIntire, William Bussard, J. W. Rider and Dr. B. B. be open to development unless the land bill "saves" Alaska. Bbth ideas are false. 'Ac- .'ording to Mickey Edwards, "Much of Alaska is already set aside for preservation in a natural state and the state government supports setting aside even more." Conservationists, however want all they can get. H.R. 39 proposes to protect 115 million acres in parks, wildlife refuges, wild and-scenic rivers and forests, including 55 million acres designated as wilderness. Moreover, 19 million acres of existing parks, refuges and multiple use forest lands would be reclassified as wilderness. In the end, Alaska would have a total of 74 million acres of wilderness. In contrast, California has 2.3 million acres of wilderness Wyoming has 3.5 percent of its acres classified as wilderness. But Alaska, which has a sixth of the land of the United States, would have nearly 20 percent of its land categorized as wilder- ness. This means that Alaska would have 500 percent more wilderness than the remaining four-fifths of the country. According to a Stanford Research Institute study, seven known mineral deposits are located in the land that would be locked in: the wilderness and therefore could not be mined. These minerals, including cobalt, tin, nickel and others, and also probably gas and oil, would, by 1990, provide $1 billion annually, create 20,000 to 40,000 jobs nationally, and reduce the balance of trade deficits. The entire nation would benefit from a more favorable balance of trade, if the economy had an additional $1 billion and if there were that many more jobs. But the wilderness that con- servationists wants established would benefit only the very few who are inclined to backpacking and who can afford to fly to Alaska for that kind of thing. Surely there are not so many people who can afford that kind of thing that they would he too crowded on the land Alaska has set aside for wilderness, so that the extra millions of acres the conservationists want are not needed. How would it be if the shoe were on the other foot and Congress was considering a bill to make 20 percent of West Virginia into a wilderness that belonging to "all the people" but could be used by only a few of the ultra Yich. Fortunately, Senator Robert Byrd said he would not bring the bill to the floor because he would not like a bill that affected only the state of West Virginia crammed down his throat by Congress. If you agree, why not let him know? Mter all, he's probably getting letters from the other side. Lela Gardner Route 1, Box 200 Kearneysviile, W. Va. May 24, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: We hope you will allow us to use your column to express our deep appreciation and to priase the volunteer firemen. We had a fire at our home recently. The )romptness and concern shown by these fine men made the tragedy more bearable. They deserve more credit than what is given to them. We also want to say a very special "thanks" to our families and friends who have expressed concern by calling, visiting, bringing food, and offering help. We will never be able to tell these people how much their caring has meant to us. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Layman, Jr. and Family New Books-At Library Here John Knowles, a native West Virginian, has written his latest novel A Vein of Riches about the coal boom in West Virginia during the first quarter of this century. The influence of money and power over the family in- volved make for complex situations in thier lives. 'Three light enjoyable novels are Stranger's Forest by Hill; Three Seasons at Askrigg by Rossiter; and'Guinever's Gift by St. John. These have just enough mystery to carry the reader through the story meant for light bedtime reading. All children are reminded to sign up for the Mini-Read-ln on or before June 8. Put on the calendar June 15 at 2:00 in the auditorium to be present for a movie cartoon, skit and crafts. The record section of the children's room has been very papular. These records check out just like a hook. Adults are reminded to look through the collection in the record browser next to the front windows. There are classical as well as con- temporary ones from which to choose. Region 9 Sets Public Meet On June 6th The third in a series of si public meetings on the Regional Development Program will be held by the Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council on June 6, at 7: 30 p.m. at the Martinsburg Public Library. Region 9 staff members will present a slide program outlining the plan and solicit comments on the suitability of the regional focus and goals at that time. It is important to gain community input into the plan )eforeit is adopted by the Region 9 Council and is submitted to the Governor on June 30. For additional information contact the Region 9 office WEST wox00derful VIRGINIA By Dr. James Moler Let's be serious about West Virginia's road problems. Currently our most important natural resource is coal and currently our most important manmade resource is roads. They are related in more ways than one. By estimates of engineers, it costs $5,000 to $6,000 per year to maintain each mile of primary roadway when it is used properly. It costs close to a million dollars per mile to reconstruct it or build it over. Reliable estimates indicate that it will take up to I0 billions of dollars to bring our West Virginia highways up to par over half of which can be credited to overweight trucks, the most of which are coal trucks. Our roadbeds, both primary and interstate, are not designed to carry truck loads of coal weighing up to and even over I00,000 pounds. We are told that weight limits are not being enforced and to do so would stymie the coal industry therelore mine-to-market roads are being ground to dust. When a new strip-mine is opened a whole new set of roads become victims of excessive weighted trucks and equipment. There is no way a two cents tax on gasol!ne will replace these highways. Quoting from the federal in- terstate system, the sturdiest roadbed we have was engineered to serve no heavier than 18,000 pounds per single axle and 32,000 pounds per tandem axle. Even hour after hour of this weight will damage the roadbeds much less up to three times the weight. Ac- cording to Robert Sherrill a special reporter, "The great dilemma is that the resurgence of the coal industry has brought great wealth to the owners and exploiters but the transportatior of that coal to market is robbing the residents of the region of their roads and highways". A special study by the Ap- palachian Regional Commission projects that 52 percent of the roads and highways used to haul coal will be inadequate within a few months. There are those who have said that the coal strike this winter saved millions of dollars in road building and repair since the winer was so severe. Even the striking miners complained about non-union trucks and unqualified drivers hauling extreme overweights spilling coal over the roads. Will we wake up one day and discover that in order to save our coal industry we must float billions in additional bonds and taxes we can't afford. For- tunately our area does not have the cod J-truck problem but if it as all highway taxes to keep up mine-to-market roads, when will we get our ten-cents worth for farm-to-market and orphan roads. Something needs to be done and now. SPIRIT of JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE ESTAILISHED 1844 MAX BROWN DON RENTCH EDITOR-PUBLISHER NEWS EDITOR Published Every Week at The Offices of The JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO. 210 North George Street CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 2S44 SUBSCRIPTION Price: $7.S0 Per Year Second Class Postage at U.S. Post Office CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. 25414 Changes of Address, Undeliverable Copies, Orders for Subscriptions and Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: P.O. BOX 231 CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. Byrd's.Eye By U.8. Senator Robert O, Appreciation/or an Ancient Rite Centuries ago, long be- within the fore the Appalachian moun- tional River rains were formed, the seB, ed, as river which we call the ownership of "New" River was already However, land running through what is was "incom now North Carolina, Vir- purposes of the ginia, and West Virginia. River" This ancient stream con- Under the tinued to dig its own chan- tional Park nel as the mountains rose be provided with around it, so that today its banks rise as high as 1.300 feet above the valley floor in West Virginia. Anthro- pologists have suggested that this river was one of the pathways which early man took in traveling to the Atlantic ocean on his long trek from Siberia. Na- turalists report that there are at least 23 kinds of plants and animals alive, in West Virginia's segment of the New River, which are found nowhere else on earth. As one of the most dramatic and beauti- ful spots in the nation, the New River Gorge is a part of our national heritage. The Senators from West Virginia have introduced legislation to provide pro- tection for the 60 miles of this ancient river which lie in our state. By designating this scenic area a National River, and by placing Lt un- der the management of the National Park Service, it is believed that the ecosystem and environment of the riv- er can be protected, while still allowing for the de- velopment of the area for the use of both residents and visitors. The nine small communities lion to purchase the protection of [tself or for the of visitor cess roads. number of New River River are as hi# lion per year b 3 million spend about $42 nually, and healthy velopment, serving the historic beaUtY gorge. This under study years. As the reviewed by Senate ings will be an opportunity state officials, terested public to ommend changeS, passed, the neW, River would Virginia the new national area. -Visitors states would be to share with eitement and one of America'S tural which lie River Gorge. Hello, stranger. Searching for answers to all those who/what/## questions about your new city? it's my job tole As a WELCOME WAGON Representative, you get seltled in the neighborhood. 't" infO" By bringing you some useful gifts. Commum Y.M, Advice on reliable businesses in your new neighbom"" And more. A WELCOME WAGON call should be one of the vsfi first nice things to happen when you're new here, - THANK YOU! After 32 continous years of operating a Photography and Gift Shop Business in Town, ! have, effective as of Today {Jun Shop phase of my Business operations to Tol, ownwer and operator of Van Tol however continuing my photographic commercial basis at the same location and Phone Number. It has been most gratifying and a have served m many of you fine Jeffcrson yes, others outside Jefferson County over period of time. And to you who have been patrons down through these many years heartfelt appreciation and "'SAY THANKS." And May I suggest to you that you give Van Tol the new owners of the Gift Shop me kind of loyalty, friendship and given to me. TankS 66r RESOLUTION For Our Late Friend, and Worker FREDERICK 0. BYRER !iiI ii i! ,'q "Whereas, Frederick 0. Bvrer. who died urwxpectedlv May 23. closely associated with the Demtwratic l'arty and especially as a m party's Executit,e t;ommittee, for a number of years, and was committee at the time of his death, did contribate much to the ty and the execntive committee during the time he was "Whereas, in addition to his exceptionat serrice and t endeared himself to" his nnmberless friends and colleagues by I tiredly known as "'Fred,'" and further b e has distinguished community anti county throagh his participation in alany . affairs; and "Whereas, we his. colleagues and friends of the Executive Democratic Party in Jefferson (;ountv, wish to express on Democratic party and more especiath" "the execntire committee" grief and sense of toss at his passing, and to honor him for and to also express in saute measure oar deep appreciatinn to e e orts on beh o th ) r , r oma "tree' effectir ff all f e 1 emoc atic Exec, tirt " " ty for which it operates. Attorney Frederick 0. Bvrer will be we can say and u, extend oar heartfelt condob, nces to the beloved family. Lale C. Tabb, irman of the Democratic Party in