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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE- Thursday, June 2, 2005 e 4 The recent announcement that the 130th Airlift Wing's flying mission in Charleston by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) is bad news not only for the targeted flying unit and its personnel but also its sister unit in Martins- burg, the 167th Airlift Wing. To shut down the flying unit and transfer the 130th's C-130 Hercules aircraft would result in the loss of hundreds of well-paying jobs in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding counties. In ad- dition, such a closing would result in the loss of federally funded firefighting equipment and per- sonnel at the Charleston airport, which means that the City of Charleston would have to add about $1 million to its budget to provide fire ser- vices at the airport. Apparently, part of the decision by Defense Sec- retary Rumseld's staff was based on information that the 130th Airlift Wing cannot park 12 C-130 aircraft at the Charleston facility. This informa- tion is incorrect. Together, the 130th and the 167th have pro- vided worldwide airlift and supply missions and have been honored for outstanding service to the nation and its people. The 130th has an exem- plary record, second to none in the Air National Guard and has been recognized by both the Air Force and the Guard as the "best in the force". Currently, the Martinsburg-based 167th Airlift Wing is undergoing transition from C-130 aircraft to C-5 airlffters, the largest aircraft in the military inventory. Part of that transition includes adding several hundred jobs to the Martinsburg payroll, all of which would likely go to individuals living in this area. However, if the 130th Airlift Wing loses its mission, most of those folks would be giv- en first opportunity at any job openings that be- come available to local folks, thus denying the lo- cal workforce the opportunity to secure high-pay- ing employment. Officials indicated that the av- erage salary at the local base is between $40,000 and $50,000. The Air National Guard is a bargain in this day and age, with only seven percent of the total Air Force budget expended for its operations and, as we see it, there seems seems to be no reason to gut the 130th in order to upgrade other units, partic- ularly since the Charleston unit has been provid- ing outstanding support to the active duty force. We urge any and all individuals to write their elected officials in Washington to help save one of West Virginia's proudest traditions and units the 130th Airlift Wing. "L,' 8 J f |11111 |111 Letters Policy We welcome your letters to the editor, but there are a few rules that must be followed so that such submissions may be considered. First, all letters must be signed and contain a current address and telephone num- ber. We do not publish the address and phone number unless requested by the writer. No anonymons letters will be considered and at no thne will this newspaper withhold the nmne of the author. Letters should be typewrit- ten and double-spaced, but clear, legible handwritten let- ters will be acceptable. All letters will be published on a first-come, first-served basis. Letters about private dis- putes are generally not acceptable unless they involve matters of clear and pressing public interest in the editor's judgment. Letters of thanks are also generally unacceptable. The Spirit makes available space elsewhere in the paper for such items. Each letter is judged on its own merit and those consid- ered libelous will not be pub- lished. All letters should be sent to: The Editor, Spirit of Jefferson-Farmer's Advocate, P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 2S414. " ingui zen o/ Jefferson County The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Spirit of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate are soliciting nominees for this prestigious award. Nominations must be into Crossword ACROSS 49 Harsh 93 Storage 2 Raines or 41 Declaration 88 1 Singer 51 Latin I sites Wilcox 43 Rock salt Home word 95 Bum 3 "Boss" 44 -- acid 8g 5 Gusto 52 Help in a remedy Tweed's 45 Transmit by 9 Complain heist 96 Steep rocks nemesis bytes gO 13 Helium and53 Baseball's 97 Curl up with4 Hilo hello47 LAX letters g4 hydrogen No/an Cather 5 Croatian 4g Cul-de- --- 18 Israeli 54 Hiawatha's 99 He Chi -- capital 50 Freud topic 95 aidine transport 100 Mobile 6 Slaughter 53 Mend 19 Cultural 55 Very coldhome? or Cabell 54 Lerner & 96 ~rp. 57 King's 102 Dogpatch's 7 Lobe Loewe 20 'Picnic" quarters Daisy -- probe? musical 98 playwright 59 Brilliant bird 103 Famous 8 "CheedoF 56 Dutch 100 21 Actress 60 Common fellow? 9 Ached for export Baddeley antiseptic 105 Scrape by,10 In reserve58 Roller- 101 22 Strauss' =--- 61 Prone with =out- 11 Taj town coaster rach 63 Shepard or 106 Stout 12 --- -do-well unit 104 ~ ~qrathustra" relative Lawn 59 --- -jongg Snead 13 23 "Chacun a 64 Poet in the 108 End of ornament 60 Perfect 105 son --" past remark 14 Comes to examples 24 Lassie's 66 Particle 118 "Peter Pan" terms 62 -- ear 101 father 67 Middle ofextra 25 Diva remark 119 Comic Jessye 72 Writer Sahl 26 Start of aParetsky 120 Seaport or remark by 74 Memo Canal Milton Berle start 121 Circus 30 Iron --- 75 Brenda orsound 31 Center of Brandon 122 Put on gravity? 76 Gob 123 Disodented 32 --- Pea 77 Speaker 124 Run in (Popeye's 79 Singer neutral kid) Neville 125 --- Taft 33 Health 81 "Barry ----" Benson resort' (75 film) 126 Stereo 36 Swore off 86 Defamation component 40 "Little Man 87 Shoelace 127 Trawler --" part gear ('91 fiim) 88 Charity 128 Tumbled 42 Mock 91 French 129 TV's =--- the 46 Polished airport Press" the Pontiac 92 "Unaccus- 48 R&B's tomed --- DOWN Johnny am ." 1 Page w 3O E3 1 9 47 15 Big rig 63 Furtiveness 16 Jack of =Rio 65 Mil. group Lobo" 67 Sheik spot 108 17 --- 68 Destiny Bemardino, 69 Siegfried j CA slew one 109 I 21 Response 70 Itch 27 =Heavens 71 Strive 110 to Betsyl" 72 m plexus 28 Montand or73 Greet Eos Tanguy 78 Vintage 111 29 Cosmetician 80 Musical Lauder syllables 112 33 Trade 82 Postman's 113 34 Sunscrean Creed word 114 ingredient 83 Wee 35 Lipinski serving leap 84 "Eugene 115 37 Happiness Onegin" 116 38 Actress character Hagen 85 AMEX 117 39 --- Tin Tin rival 40 Logical 87 Simian 118 m t3 14 42 5O m 55 56 56 the Chamber office by Friday, June 10th. Winners will be determined by a select panel of judges and the award will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday, June 29th. Criteria: Citizen of the Year nominees can be anyone who resides in Jefferson County and they need not be Chamber members. The winner will be selected on the basis of his/her contribution to Jefferson County, not in connection with their employment. Nominating Instructions: 1. Fill out all appropriate spaces on the Fax to (304) 728.8307 or mall to: Jefferson County Chamber of l P.O. Box 426, Charles Town, " Z tin,jai hed itizen the NOMINEE'S NAME NOMINEE ADDRESS NAME OF NOMINATOR REASONS FOR NO ! i~iii;i!!:!!i! i!i *if more space is required, attach a letter of no more than 150 words and mail or fax with the above form. 68 98 103 ~2005 by O5 King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. Answers on Page 20 f 71 91 129