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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY. JUNE 8. 1978 The Taxpayer Revolt Taxpayers at all levels, federal, state and local, are now even here in Jefferson County, becoming in- creasingly vocal about high taxes. And with each passing month rumblings of a possible pending taxpayers' revolt are becoming louder and louder, across the country. While there are two taxpayers associations now in Jefferson County, one called the Concerned Tax- payers and the other, the Jefferson County Taxpayers Association, neither of these organizations have been too vocal about the high Federal and State taxes. Instead they have concentrated their efforts on taxes and certain issues at the local level. One of them, the Jefferson County Taxpayers, having leveled their criticism for the most part against the Jefferson County Board of Education and to some extent, the Jefferson County Commission, the two major county governmental agencies. We would suggest that they broaden their high tax complaints to include the excessive taxing and spending on the state and Federal levels. There's plenty to revolt about when it comes to taxes which now at all levels are the largest single item in most family budgets. Surveys show that a physical taxpayer has to work from January to early May just to earn enough money to pay those taxes -- before he begins to work for his own livelihood. And the end to the excessive tax increases is not in sight. Today, taxes are going up faster than personal - incomes. Even the cost of living hasn't shot up as fast as the average American family's tax bill in the past l0 years. We are sure members of Congress have been, and are today, catching some "flak" from some tax- payers, but as yet the Congress has given no in- dication of heeding these complaints. "Too much, too complicated and too unfair," are the phrases the taxpayers are using to size up the federal tax code. But the new budding taxpayer revolt is more broad- based than just that now. There are also a lot of runablings not only in this state, but other states, that should reach into the statehouses and the city hall. While the revolt is taking shape in several ways around the nation, it is now most visible in the moves being made already in some states to slap a lid on any more state taxes and certainly a curtailment of state spending, or both. Homeowners and other property owners are the ones becoming most vocal today in many of the states. They say and rightfully so in most instances that property taxes are too high and they are forced to carry too much of the over-all tax load. In a number of THE WORLD AWAITS YOU Wednesday evening the Class of 1978 of Jefferson High School ended its ties with their high school career. The some 300 of them, the largest class ever to be graduated from any Jefferson County High School, marched single file into the commencement exercises spotlight, received their high school diploma and then to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance", played by the Jefferson High Symphonic Band, marched right into the wide, wide world Yes, Wednesday night was indeed a time for celebration for these graduates. But after the sum- mer is gone, and there are no more congratulations, then will come the inevitable question: "What now?" Those who already have plans for going on to college, and even those just planning to get a job, must now begin to realize that from now on, it will be their own individual effort that determines their future success. The 1978 Jefferson High graduates, like all other high school graduates, may take some consolation in the fact that finishing high school has been something of an accomplishment in itself, these days.It is an indication of stamina and responsibility. But we suggest to the graduates that out in this crisis ridden world, you may not find it as easy to succeed as was expected. Now that school is over, the graduates must begin to realize that the main stream of life must be en- tered. Up until now, the student was placed in a ntrolled situation with teachers and school ad- ministrators as overseers, ready to help him. But now, you graduates must make your own choices concerning everything, starting with a career. The choice of a career will not be an easy one for most of you graduates. Some, of course, have already made that decision, but for most of you, it may take some time before you decide what you really want to do. Yes, the test of your wisdom will take on many forms, such as what career interest you have; what is your financial situation in relation to your career; and what is your family situation? These questions and many, many more, must be faced and answered. Graduates, just because you have finished high May 30, 1978 Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Editor: Wish to write a few words about our recently departed citizen, Frederick O. Byrer, of Charles Town, W. Va. I have known Frederick ever since he came to Charles Town and 1 found him to be honest truthful, free of jealosy, con- siderate, and a strong devotee of 'Judge Not'. My deepest sym- pathy for his family. Harry Morris May 29, 1978 The Hen. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. United States Senate Washington, DC Dear Senator Byrd: Although I am not one of your constituents. I still feel impelled to write you a letter of thanks for your stand on a matter which causes me a great deal of con- cern. I refer to your support of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget by the federal government. I learned of your feelings on this matter by reading in our local newspaper of your recent address to the graduating class at Longwood College. I have felt for some time that our country's greatest danger was not the Russians or Chinese, but fiscal irresponsibility by the legislative branch of the federal government. This can only lead to wild inflation and bankruptcy, or at best, an unbearable tax burden on our children in a few years It is my feeling that since Congress refuses to discipline itself, some outside restraint must be imposed. As you pointed out, the federal government is spending each week a billion dollars more than it receives in revenue. Last fall I wrote to Senator states taxpayer assertiveness against high property school, your testing has not stopped. You will taxes in shaking up some of the bureaucrats, probably find out rapidly that you really aren't as especially in such stales as.California, Michigaa! islnart as you thought you were, at least when you tr Minnesota. . .....   tdopen certain doors to future education if you have Whilehere in Jefferson County, property taxes areJ plans for same, and-or when you go seeking a job. You not nearly as high as they are in other parts of the ] will find out that the world isn t always such an easy country, they are gradually being increased here with place to live. But you will find it exciting, different the yearly increase in property assessments. And and worth every challenge you are put to. while some property owners are already saying their taxes are too high, they might as well expect higher property taxes in the near future since the first stel5 towards a revamping of the county's real estate values will begin this August on the re-evaluation of personal property and individual parcels of land. Now we do not pretend to have the knowledge to know what the best strategy would be for the local, state and federal legislators to follow, we do know some answer is going to have to be found, because the tax burden is just far too heavy. Of course,, the most alarming things is that the more government takes from taxes, the less power we have over how to spend our own money on our own priorities. As long as their is excessive spending, there is going to be excessive taxes and this means not only an emptier pocketbook, it also means less freedom for all Americans to spend their own hard earned money in the manner in which they would prefer to spend it. 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 S. Mack Wflkersen, Jr,, native of Christiansburg, Va. takes over as the new managex of Leggets Department Store ir Charles Town, succeeding Richard A. Lee. Pa, and Mr lYlichael M. Allen. of Rippon The Shepherdstown High Cardinal batsmen are stopped by the Martins'burg High baseballers by a 3-0 score in the semi-finals of Region 4 play, Dr. James A. Butcher is moving Martinsburg into the named by the State Board of regional finals against Keyser Education as president of High. Shepherd College to replace Dr. 20--YEARS AGO- 20 Oliver S. Ikenherry, who W. Gordon Eismon. principal resigns, of Charles Town High School, is DEATHS: named District Governor of Mr. Paul Rutledge Wilson, 66, Lions International 29 V. of Charles Town, and a retired Richard B. Crim, son of Mr. executive of the Standard In-and Mrs. George Grim, of surance Company of Detroit, Summit Point, is awarded the Mich.. dies in the local hospital; Chicago Tribune's ROTC silver Mrs Lora Burner Alger, 88, dies medal for academic in Media, Pa., where she had achievement at V.P.I. been residing with a daughter; Peoples Supply, Inc., plans Mr. William Eugene Trail, 60, of "Open House" for its new and Halltown, dies in the local modern mill located on North hospital; Harry Franklin Wiles, Sr.. 71, of Loudonn Heights, Va,, dies unexpectedly at her home; Mr. John Robert Miller, 67, of Shepherdstown, dies in the Baker V.A. Center', Mrs. Robert "Helen" Darr, 64, of Shenan- doah Junction, diesin the local hospital Sheila D. Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Randolph Jones. of Second Avenue, Ranson, is awarded the Powhatan Brass and Iron Works Employee's Fund Scholarslip for 1968 MARRI ED: Samuel Street. Miss Carolyn Rissler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rissler, of the Kabletown sec- tion, is chosen to represent Charleg Town High School at the Girls' State Assembly at Jackson's Mill. MARRIED: Miss Mary Case. of Green- wich, Conn.. and Lieut. Taylor Rogers Durham, II; Miss Evelyn Barren and Mr. Charles Leonard Fritts, of Leetown: Miss Clarissa Nichols of near Uvilla and Mr. Robert Lee Abshire, of Ft. Bragg, N.C Finishing school means the passing of one of the first and hardest tests you have had to take. It is in- deed an accomplishment to be proud of. Life is now yours for the taking. And by using a little common sense and with your full efforts and determination, you should be able to bring your future desires into the realm of possibility. Students, we are proud of you for your accomplishment in graduating from high school and we take this time to salute each and every one of you and wish you a good journey through life. defeating the Trinity A.C., of Washington, D.C.. 2-I. Charles Town Seniors receive prizes at awards ceremomes. with Patsy Ramey receiving the Strider lamp and Melvin, the Athletic trophy. DEATHS: Harold S. Anders. fatally injured by a truck on the Oakland farm: Pfc Charles Leonard Barm. whose remains arrwe in Charles Town from overseas, for re-interment: Dr. R. M Fau. prominent retired physician, dies at his home in Frederick, Md,: Mrs. Eliza Boyd dies in the local hospital. 40 -- YEARS AGO -- 40 The old Charles Town Library property on East Washington Street is transferred by Miss Elsie Murphy to the Trustee, the" Helen Plot Murphy Memorial. DEATH: Mrs. Adelaide Higinbotham dies at her home near New Oxford. Pa. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 DEATH : William Farmer, for many years a resident of Charles Town, dies in Lynchburg, Va. The Rennet Mill property near Wheatland, including a flour mill, a dwelling, and 11 acres of land, is pirchased by J B. Louderback from Mrs. Berdie V. Cartmell for $2,000. 90 -- YEARS AGO -- 90 "Shannondale Springs" and farm of 189 acres east of the Shenandoah River. is sold to Col. J. Garland Hurst for $32.75 per acre. DE ATH: Oscar M Lucas, a Con- federate veteran, dies at his home in Jefferson County. Letters To The Editor Jeffersonian Manor, Inc. May 30, 1978 'Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: I had the occasion recentlyto be admitted to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for minor surgery which required my confinement for several days. I have, in the last two years, had a number of our Nursing Home residents admitted and I have always been extremely pleased with their care. This however, was my first opportunity to evaluate this facility as a patient. I hasten to report i found a clean, professionally ad- ministered facility, staffed by competent, considerate and housekeeper who was so con- cerned that she had thrown away my half completed crossword puzzle. In my view the community is fortunate indeed to have its own hospital and one of which it may be justly proud, especially when there are areas in the state where even the presence of a phymcmfl m a rarity. We are inclined to take so much for granted and while we often complain, we rarely take the time to recognize excellence. In this case the foregoing needs to be said and I want to be one to say it with a special thanks to the Nursing Staff for their attention and care in my interests. Sincerely, Byrd of West Virginia, asking if he would support a con- stitutional amencm elt prohibiting deficit spnt[ilg except in time of war or national emergency. His reply was to the effect that Congress needed the authority for occasional deficit spending to combat recessions. Since we have had deficit financing for 18 or the last 19 years, I am not sure what his definition of "occasional" would be. I sent the same question to Senator Jennings Randolph, but he apparently was too busy to reply. President Dwight Eisenhower grew so exaslerated at Congress for continually overspending that he cried out, "In heaven's name, if we can't have a balanced budget in time of peace and prosperity, when can we ever have it?" I only wish that more people in Congress would act in the best interests of the pople, as I feel you are doing. With best regards, William C. Perry 418 S Mildred St. Charles Town, W. Va. tually vote directly on the issues that affect their lives. A Congress of sort.s would still be necessary, but its job would be merely 'to introduce legislation, research the issues, and discuss the pros and cons over public television. The ac- tual final voting would be done by the people from their homes. Since most Americans wouldn't be able to watch these day-long Congressional broadcasts, summary program could be televised every evening, say at 6:30. Then at 7:00, by simply dialing a certain combination of digits on their telephones, people could vote for or against the various bills of the day. Let the same system of political checks and balances prevail as now exists. The only difference would be that the population at large would hold the legislative power now vested in some 535 Congress members. This would be the ultimate evolvement of democracy -- government of, for, and by the people. And the most amazing part is the price tag: almost nothing, because practically all the necessary technology already exists in our homes. I am contemplating an effort to bring this idea to national attention. I solicil your com- ments, pro or con. Please write me and tell me of your interest. Perhaps America is ready for this next step forward. David Chase P.O. Box 891 E1 Cerrito, Calif. 9453O May 23, 1978 Dear Editor: For all the good intentions of its theoretical design, our present political system is fraught with corruption and malfeasance. A clev6r lobbyist can persude even the most well- meaning representative to short change the interests of the people at large in favor of some narrow special interest. I propose an alternative to this situation. It is called true democracy. We were all taught in gram- mar school that our so-called "representative democracy" was established in 1789 because we couldn't have 3 million citizens voting directly on legal issues, as in the true democracy of ancient Greece; so we set up a Congress which would theoretically represent the full population. While this rationale made sense in 1789, it no longer holds up. In the technological Colder Fall, Winter, Eady Spring, Reason For Highe00 Fuel Bills BY L. W. LLOYD, SR. The National Weather Serviue released the degree day figures for Charles Town last Thursday, covering the heating season from September 1. 1977 through May 31, 1978. The degree days totalled 5637. An average amount of degree days based on long-term averages would be 4769. The difference of 868 degree days represents a colder than seasonal Fall, Winter and early Spring, by 18 percent, and ex. plains to many the reason for their high fuel bills. The Weather Service also issued their computerized outlook for the summer season. and it indicates the very great possibility that this summer will be cooler than average, in the Ohio Valley and West Virginia and throughout, the eastern states. The far west is expected to he very hot this summer. Classes For Candy Stripers To Begin Jefferson Hospital Classes for Candy Stripers for Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, will get underway Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the hospital. The classes will he held June 14, 15 and 16. The classes to be taught by a nurse, must he attended in order for the volunteer work to con- tinue in the hospital. The junior hospital volunteers program is sponsored by the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and is open to any girls or boys, age 15 or 9th grade in school, who is interested in helping with the needs of the hospital. Applications are available at the Admission Desk at the hospital or from Mrs. James Fletcher, 213 S. George St. Since the hospital is larger, there is a great need for volunteer services. Boys as well as girls are encouraged to enter this volunteer work. CORRECTION In last Thursday's edition, in the Hospital Notes story, it wa laoted that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rickard, on May 20. However, the story should have read that the son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Rickard, of Charles Town, on age of today, we have the means May 20. by which Americans could ac- SPIRIT of JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE ESTABLISH|D 1844 I AX BROWN DON REHTCH EDITOR.PUBLISHER NEWS EDITOR Published Every Week at The Offices of The ,{EFFERSON PUBLISHING CO. 210 North George Street CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. 25414 SUBSCRIPTION Price: $7.50 Per Year Second Class Postage at U.S. Post Office CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. 25414 Changes of Address. Undeliverable Copies. Orders for Subscriptions and Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: Miss Betty Jeannine Gruber, P.O. BOX 231 and. Mr. Ronald Dyer Rissler, 20 -- YEARS AGO-- 30 compassionate personnel from JamesS. Hecker both of Charles Town; Miss ,The Charles Town American the excellent staff physicians Administrator CHARLES TOWN, W,VA. SheilaMitckell of Hooversville, Legion opens their season bla right down to the little . Jeffersonian Manor, Inc. /,,/////,,, , ..... ,, RELUCTANT LAMBS TAxPAYEP$ wild, wonderful By Dr. James Meier Words spoken at the memorial service povided by the VFW in Edge Hill Cemetery Sunday, May 28, 1978. Have you ever stopped to think of the conditions under whieh you and I would be living if our country had never lost a military man on foreign soil? I read a report the other day that showed where over one-half of the families of the earth receive less than $1.000 per year (American money) and many as little as $200 per year. Comparatively speaking, our U.S, family average is between $12.000 and $15,00 per year. One week we read about war men we remember season Men our hearts Veterans of Those who degtroyed our wealth people Veterans. in defense of our honored by and old. At this our thoughts aggressive and stripes. We for our in areas of Asia Another week forefathers we read about conflict in South self.respect, America and there is continuous political struggle in the countries of dramatic Mrica. Several years ago I spent opportunities to over a month in Africa and at we thank our that time traveled from country faith we can to country across boundaries as May this easily as going from state to no less state in the U.S. Today tourists derstanding are not allowed m many areas, preciative Two years ago I spent a month in South America and tensions were high but only in Chile did we find a curfew. We have television pictures portraying war conditions from across the world. We also have movies re-creating war scenes and the destruction of lands and people. But we do not really know what it is like to have these kinds of shooting wars in our country. Why do we enjoy a land free of shooting wars -- a beautiful privilege? It is because of the By U.S. Senator mina who made sacrifice. continue in that of you and strength. FORD The tection Ford Motor recall 240, Ford and I Crime Against Om During most of the 200 believe that year-old history of the ment has United States. .kmencans that a have felt a strong sense of little bit pride in their goverm'nenL be missed.. We use the word "our" fieial expla when we speak of our by country, our army, our feel "they Capitol. our federal high- Governrnen ways, our Congress, our flag, We have contributed a voluntarily to the defense A new of our nation, in most problem cases. We have had a re- markable record of paying which our raceme taxes honestl'y the worst and voluntarily- 97'/. ae- gering au cording to IRS records, prol dlT1s. Even today, when many .f ,luticC taxpayers complain about to take high taxes, that wfluntary and nd honest recot:d stands are settinf as a symbol of our belief grams to in our system of self-gov- gators wi ernment and in obedience is clear to the law sources However. a recent report hwated t hy the General Accounting both frn tl Office, and reports fr.m facl that the Department of Health. ported Education and Welfare, out of have brought to light a tar. 10 :;erious new problem which Medicare affects our ggvernmen! and cents ()at which affects each one of aid dollar us as taxpayers Those re- ts a clcM" ports concern tile apparent lion outright fraud in many government pl,ograms The with GAO estimates as of lhi  high as $15 l)illion being that it stolen fraudulently every "our" year. The men arid wt)rnoll means who arc taking this money against are not members of or- cares ganized crime not hoods cans. or robbers or muggers, have They are ordinary Ameri- nation cans who have come to @