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2 The drive to provide public employees with the right to bargain collectively continues in West Virginia and it would be a safe bet to say that even- tually the taxpayers of the . Mountain State will be saddl- ed with this invitation to higher salaries and the right to strike, no matter the wording of any measure adopted by the Legislature and okayed by the Governor. If you think collective In short, it maintains the status quo, but also gives tacit indication that should there be similar cases affecting state or county government, it is like- ly the Supreme Court would rule any differently. The Legislature has stead- fastly, over the years, refused to pass legislation authorizing collective bargaining. It is generally recognized that the general public is not in favor of such legislation, and that's bargaining time is not yet where thevoteslie, legislators here, heed the action of the have learned, particularly in state Supreme Court, with an the primary election just opinion okaying municipal col- ended. lective bargaining writter by The biggest hue and cry for that arch conservative collective bargaining comes Richard Neely (now that thefrom the West Virginia Educa- primary election is over), tion Association, and from Think, too, about the fact those governmental entities that the West Virginia Frater- currently covered by civil ser- nal OrderofPolice (actually a vice, -- such as municipal labor union) has elicited a pro- policemen and firemen who raise from gubernatorial enjoy beth municipal andstate hopeful Arch Moore that he benefits, enacted on both the will introduce, and battle for local and state level. passage, a bill permitting There are certain areas police departments to bargain where there is no hedge collectively, and without bin- against penurious wage scales ding arbitration. (There would and poor working conditions, be a "specific" and we but that is primarily on the underline "specific," no strike state level at public institu- clause which undoubtedly tions (prisons and state would provide an avenue ofhospitals to be specific, and escape from any such sometimes on county levels) prohibition), where wage scales are Getting back to the state sometimes scandulously low. Supreme Court ruling, there It is, however, our observa- are several schools of thought tion and the observation of about its ramifications. One is others, that on many, if not all that it opens the door for col- municipal levels, and in the lective bargaining, making it majority of state departments, a state reality, workers have fared well The second thought, by without collective bargaining. veteran Associated Press Thus it is that we wonder political writer Herb Little, is why the WVEA, the FOP and that it changes little. That it others, so avidly labor in the simply gave the court's sanc- vineyards for collective tion to what has been going on bargaining? Is it just another for a long time in the absence weapon in their arsenal for in- of any state law that either ex- creased pay and benefits, a pressly permits or forbids col- weapon to hang over the heads lective bargaining with city of the legislators and public? workers' unions. We hope not. for home loans could be met for a number of years, with passage of this amendment and legislation authorized by the amendment. Only veterans can be served with such loans in accordance with Federal law. As many as 180,000 W. Va. veterans may be eligible for this Veterans Housing program. The second "amendment having to do with housing states: "To provide for equitable treatment of valuations of property by requiring the phase-in of such valuations through enac- tment of general law by the legislature to provide for the exemption of intangible per- sonal property from ad valorem property tax, while authorizing the legislature to subject certain such in- tangible property or its value to ad valorem taxation, by enactment of general law, providing certain mandatory exemptions from such taxation, and requiring that intangible property be sub- sequently taxed as Class one property." Proponents of passage of this amendment say it will permit equitable treatment for tax purposes of homes built before the state-wide reappraisal date and after the reappraisal date. The 1982 amendment which allowed for a Phase-in of property in- creases did not address taxation on the new struc- tures during the phase-in period. The amendment also clarifies language concerning exemption of money, stocks and bonds from value for tax There will be a total of five constitutional amendments on the November general election ballot on which the voters will be asked to make decisions. Two of them will have a lot to do with housing. The two we speak of here are the Qualified Veterans Bond Amendment and the Equitable Taxation of Property and the Exemption of Intangible Property. The Veterans Bond Amen- dment will provide a tax- exempt home loan program for veterans which must be approved by the voters in the November election since the bonds must be a general obligation issue. The actual wording on the ballot should be "To authorize the Legislature to issue and sell general obligation bonds of the state for funding of a program to provide financing for owner occupied residences for qualified veterans, which bonds shall not be sold or issued so as to obligate the state for the payments of aggregate annual debt ser- vice on such bonds, other than debt service which has been refunded, which exceeds thir- ty-five million dollars, and to establish a separate fund for such purposes and providing for the levy of taxes sufficient to such bonds to the ex- tent that amounts of such fund are unsufficient therefor." At current long- term tax exempt rates, over $2 )-million in total could be obligated while retaining the $35-million annual cap on the debt service Under this amendment it is anticipated that the demands of veterans purposes. NEWS OF OTHER YEARS 10--YEARS AGO-do Acres; Mrs. Kate Higgs Vaughn, 73, MARRIED Tuscon, Arizona; Mrs. Lillian Mrs. Judy Ann Pratt, Leetown to Newman, Washington, D.C.; William Mr. Marshall C. Stickles, Jr. Henry Dixon, 94, Kearneysville; DIED Calvin Hinton, 30, Charles Town, Joseph F. Hardy, 3rd, Blue Ridge struck by a loaded Norfolk and SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1984 Opposed Amnesty Included In Immigration Bill U.S. Rep. Harley O. Staggers, Jr D- W.Va said today that he i~ proud of the hard work the House did to include the concerns of workers and taxpayers in the immigration bill, but said he could not support the amnesty provi- sions in the final version of the bill. Staggers said that the measure adopted by the House included language that would give as many as 12 million aliens legal status who entered the U.S. illegally before 1982. "Rewarding those who have violated existing immigration laws is unfair to those who have sought citizenship through legal avenues," said Staggers. The 2nd district congressman said that there remains too much uncer- tainity on how the amnesty provision of the bill will effect the U.S. job market. "If only 3 million illegal aliens were granted amnesty under the House adopted bill," said Stagges, "it could well cost over half a milliofi Americans their jobs. The fact that 8.5 million Americans remain out of work, despite recent job gains, this bill would only serve to worsen their prospects for employment." Staggers also noted that recent studies put the cost to taxpayers for implementation of the bill at anywhere from $8 billion to $13.3 billion. "In addition," said Staggers, "tax- payers would pay some $8.4 billion a year in unemployment and welfare payments to displaced American workers." Western freight train. Miss Paula Rodgers of Ranson was named "Miss Loyal Elite" for 1974. Ronald Grubb of Shepherdstown was named among the honor students in the West Virginia University School of Nursing. 20--YEARS AGO--20 Ranson's request for city delivery mail service is rejected by the U.S. Postoffice Dept. New officers elected by the Charles Town Woman's Club: Mrs. O.S. Bloom, pres.; Mrs. Sterling, 1st vice~ pres.; Mrs. Frank Humston, treas.; Mrs. Grayson Solomon, rec.-sec.; Mrs. Louise Corbin, cor-sec.; Mrs. Richard Adams, 2rid vice pres. A flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington is presented to the Girl Scouts of Charles Town by Charles Town Woman'.s Club th[ongh the efforts of Congressman Harley O. Staggers. The Rev. Douglas M. Bailey, III, a native of Clarksburg, W.Va. assumes duties as Curate of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town and Vicar of St. Johns Church in Rippon. MARRIED Miss Carol Ellen Merchant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Merchant, Charles Town to Mr. John J. Daunt, III, of Great Cacapon. DIED Miss Martha Phillips, 66, retired school teacher, Char!es Town in Charles Town General Hospital; Peter H.B. VanTol, 63, Charles~Town florist, a native of BosKap, Holland in the local hospital; Mrs. Ida S. Smith, widow of the late J. William, Smith of Charles Town in the Knott Rest Home. Mrs. Lucy C.B. Bailey, 55, wife of Floyd W. Bailey of Shepherdstown, in Kings Daughters Hospital. Ted Johnson, a teenage golfer from Millville wins the Open Division inthe Jayce~ tournament at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club and Dewey Noland of Charles Town wins the Novice Division. 30--YEARS AGO---30 MARRIED Miss Mary B. Albin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Albin, Shenandoah Junction, to S. Sgt. Frank Plum, Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.; Miss Margaret Dophin Farley of Spanishburg, W.Va. to Mr. Archie Boiling Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Smith of Charles Town. DIED Robert M. Morgan, 72, retired Stan- dard Lime and Stone Co. employee at his home near Halltown; Mrs. Dorothy Brown of New York City; Mrs. Lucy Morgan Johnson of Shepherdstown; Bushrod Corbin Washington, 89, former resident of Charles Town in VA Hospital near Ashvflle, N.C. 40--YEARS AGO---~ Word is received from the War Department that Sgt. Lee Shipley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shipley of Middleway is wounded; Corp. Joseph Redman, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Redman is in Normandy. MARRIED Miss Elsie Dfllow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Dillow of Millvllle to Mr. Charles Fortney of Martinsburg. DIED Mrs. MaRie Dillinger Roberts, wife of Clyde Roberts formerly of Mid- dleway at her home in Washington, D.C.; Robert White, veteran carpenter of this county and resident of Bardane, in Kings Daughters Hospital; Mrs. Emma K. Heinz, long-life resident of Kearneysville at the home of her son Samuel Heinz. 60--YEARS AGO---60 Moore and Leslie complete grading of the Charles Town-Martinstmrg road to the Opequon Creek. MARRIED In Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, by Bishop W.L. Gravatt, James W. Bartlett to Miss Margaret Baylor Alexander, both of Baltimore. DIED In the Charles Town General Hospital, William F. Lippitt, Jr son of Dr. W.F. and Mary Craighifl Lippitt Uorto Rico, in Columbus, Ohio; WHEN A FISHIN ' TAKE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR June 25, 1984 Dear Mr. Rentch, Those who object to the U.S. giving aid to the people of Nicaragua, who are fighting the Communist San- dinistas, should carefully study the Sandinista's sacriligious creed, which was published in the pro-government newspaper, El Nuevo Diario. Ap- parently the Sandinistas are trying to join Nicaraguan Catholic beliefs with those of Marxism-Leninism. West Watch republished the creed for the benefit of Americans. The "Creed" follows: "I believe in Sandino, the father of our people's anti-imperialist revolu- tion, who was bern of a proletarian mother and descended from the line of Diriaguen, Estrada, Castor and Zeledon. He was a proletarian with a strong conscience, self-educated, a patriot and a nationalist, anti- imperalist and international warrier, like David who slew Goliath. "I believe in Sandino, the organizer of the E.D.S.N made up of workers and compesions who fought in the mountains, valleys, towns and cities against the Gringo Imperial legions in defense of our native soil, or sovereignty, and our national honor. He was betrayed and assinated by a Judas, the step-son of Uncle Sam, who repaid him with years of military dictatorship and dollars. His murderers and desecrators of his corps were granted amnesty through the: complicity of a Liberal- Conservative congress. I believe in Carlos Fnesta Amador, his beloved son, who inherited his ideals and furella warefare tactics, who was the founder of the FSLN, our political-military vanguard, who is placed upon the alter of his country beside his revolutionary father, whose ideology was enriched with new revolutionary philosophies; pro- letarian in nature, which .we have transmitted to his closest comrades-in- arms. "I believe in the Sandinista peoples" Revolution and in the wise political- military guidance of our national leaders of the FSLN, who are working for the well-being of the Nicaraguan masses, who were once exploited and excluded and are fighting for peace in Central America. "I believe in the doctrines and strug- gles of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Che, great teachers and leaders of the working class which is the productive and moving force behind the class struggle that will permanently destroy the exploitive, anti-Christian and dehumanizing class. "I believe in the construction of a socialist Marxist and Leninist society. I believe in the immortality and veneration of our heroes and martyrs. I believe in the power of the people in the hands of the worked and compe- sions and in their existence until the end of time. Amen." If help is not given to the people of Nicaragua, the fighting will end and a "socialist, Marxist, Leninist society" will be formed there. And it can spread. We, in the U.S. could suffer the fate of the millions who have fallen under the control of a "socialist, Marxist and Leninist Society." Do we want that? Or do we want to help the Nicaraguans? Lela Gardner GIVE THE UNITED WAY Thomas P. Earnshaw, 45, a native of Charles Town, in the Frederick, Md. Hospital; Mrs. Clara Custer Bowers, 45, formerly of Summit Point. 80---YEARS AGO---80 M.J. Rohr is awarded the contract for the construction of a store building for Palmbaum Brothers on W. Washington St. DIED In Shepherdstown, Lawson POf- fenberger; near Kabletown Jesse Mercer, 63; in a Washington Hospital, Mrs. Frank Fowler of Gaylord, Va. MARRIED In Washington, D.C Maurice F. Castleman to Miss Nellie Osbourn, daughter of Decatur Osbourn of Clarke County; in New York Willoughby Taylor, formerly of Charles Town to Miss Myrtle Gunter of New York. t~ttttt~ttttttttttttttt t t t ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO INC. DONALD G. RENTCH EDWARD W. DOCKENEY R. MEADE DORSEY Published Every Thursday At 210 N. George St. -- Charles Town, W. Va. Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Or 725-2047 Subscription Price: In Jefferson County Out of Jefferson County - $10.00. 5% Sales Must Be Added for all West Virginia Entered In The Post Office At Charles ToW As Second Class Matter -- USPS510-960 Ad Deadline 4:00 P.M. Monday tit tttttttt t t t ttttt tt t Jitter@ The Animal Welfare League of Jef- patron chaz ferson County is renewing its efforts through allocations toward the establishment of an animal municipalities shelter which can house and care for ty unwanted cats and dogs. Town and RanSOn Representatives of the League, Nan- contributed. cy Rutherford, president, Harold Hall Hall als0 said that and Cindi Kesecker, appeared before would be about $52,000 a the Jefferson County Commission last that might be reduced Thursday, askin~ the Commission to volunteer work. And consider providing a two-acre piece of land for the proposed building, evenly, 50-50, betwee~ Although the League outlined its public sources. financial needs as well and indicated has resources of $34,0001 it would welcome help from both the to the shelter. private and public sector, Mrs. In making its Rutherford emphasized that acquiring clearly indicated it the land came first. From that point forward, she said, "we'll take it a step Fairgrounds~ on the at a time." There, when finances Earlier, Hall reminded the Commis- plan a 65 by 30 foot sion that the League had first broach- ed the idea of a shelter in 1981, and in . a special cat room 1982 had offered a plan to the Commis- sion for its consideration. Hall said the plan called for a small scale animal shelter located on an easily accessible highway at a cost of between $75,000 and $98,000. He said the construction and operation of the shelter would be financed ~gh tic field and electric The the land request and would be an answer within the next two In another piece of Thursday, payment of overtime workers who primary election, Senior Citizens public payroll. l ti iti Received was 1JlSl, C V ~ support for the gram from Senior Citizens Activities for the received without week of July 2rid - 6th: asked for office Monday, July 2nd -- 10:00 a.m. Approved was Special Brunch for Senior Citizens at Don Giardina, of VickY the Ranson Senior Center and the secretary in his office. Bolivar Community Center. Please Close call Betty Watkins at 725-9500 for ays re rvations. There wm he no lunch Committed To served that day. Tuesday, July 3rd- II: 30 a.m. Ran-l~isl son Senior Center Lunch; 10:00 - 3:00 ature Senior Advocate Assistance Visit at the Ran~n Senior Center; 2:00 Free Guitar lessons for Senior Citizens in nomination for the the Senior Center Dining Room. Senatorial District io Wednesday, July 4th -- The Senior June5 Center and Nutrition sites will he clos- on a visit to Jefferson ed in observance of Independence remains committed to Day. attitude tc Thursday, July 5th -- S:00 - II:00 of and Senior Citizens Fishing Trip to Leetown Fish Hatchery. Please call to rebuild ?25-4044 or 725-54.q8 to sign up. This will force once again. be the only fishing trip in July. Close said he is most j Friday, July 6th -- 10:30 a.m. the support and Preventicare Exercises at theRanson publicans of the Senior Center Dining Room; 11:30counties him a.m. Ranson Senior Center Lunch; 12 COP nomination for noon Bolivar Community Center and that he Lunch for Senior Citizens. carry If you would like more information November any of the events or programs listed underdog in a here, feel free to call 725-5496 or Seaate. 725-4044. Close also The Jefferson County Senior Center Judy, Ill, is a member agency of the Jefferson County United Way. a clean and