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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE _ THURSDAY, JUNE 29,197 HELP THEM JULY 4TH-8TH Two big events are coming up in Jefferson County next week. The first Will be Tuesday, July 4th and the second on Saturflay: Jhly 8. On July 4th the Shepherdstown S :Club .will stage their fourth annual picnic celation for the pleasure and en- joyment of the residents of not only Jefferson County, but all ofe Eastern! Panhandle. This July 4th celation, the only big one to be held in Jefferson County, will take place at Morgan's Grove park, Joca on State Route 48, about a mile outside of Shephewn. And it will be a day for the entire family withi fill the real old-fashioned fun and fellowship that cambe provided by volunteer help and donations.  The festivities  begin at 11 a.m. and be climaxed at 9 p.m., with a big fireworks display. In between the opening and closing: events, there will be food of various kinds and erages galore, along with the old time cotton candy, there will be games, and for the children, vari0 Rinds of games, along with pony rides. Then of coursethere will also be music aplenty, both vocal and instrumental. And of course, picnic chairman, Clarezice:Kefauver, said you can bring along a picnic basket for yourself and the family and sit in the shade of the picnic shelter and trees, send the youngsters to participate in the games and con- tests and just wait around for the big fireworks display. On Saturday, July 8, the fnnual "Festival in the Park" day, will be held at Jefferson Memorial park, with Robert Oft, servg as general chairman, and lining up a progr very similar to the one to be offered at'Morgan's Grove TUesday, but without any fireworks as the Climax Both of these pr0jectsie being held as fund-raisers and so we urge the public to make plans to attend both and not only envy a day of food, fun and en- tertainment, but at the same time, help two great benefit projects. ADVERTISING SPENDING We have thought f0r aiong time that one sure way to cut down on, andpossib!y even balance the Federal Budget, would be for the'Government to cut down on the tremendous, spending annually on Public Relations costs and also the costs of advertising the various services which the Federal Government offers. For instance, the Federal Government is now spending hundredsof millions, or possibly billions of dollars, advertising the variety of services it offers to the public. Actually there is no accurate figure on these costs W the taxpayer, since the various organs of government are not required to report all such spending as such.  '" , But anyone certainly c'an readily hear and sjee the growing outlay of monies for these purses, Jusf by listening to the radi'o, and-or viewing television. More and more these dq:we are being told via radio or TV how to apply for this aid, or that aid, and how to apply for government grants, leans and in many cases, out- right gifts for thi s or that. And of course, to think up the ideas and formats for these programs there has to be high salaried public relations writers and ad- vertising men and women on the public payroll. Then of course, there are the thousands more who spend their time, and tha taxpayers' money, trying to tell the public via radio and TV of the great things their respective departments are doing to make your life better, but your pocketbook lighter. One tremendous savings in tax dollars w0d be the elimination of the thousands of huge billboards placed all across the country, in fact at just about every site where con- struction is taking place, in which Federal funds are being used. These signs go to great pains to tell the public just how wisely their tax dollar is being spent to give you, the public, something which you are already entitled to.'  The House Appriations Committee recently requested the OffiCe of.Management and Budget to require all FederaI agencies to report their ad- vertising budgets soit could be determined how many millions, or billions of dollarsis being spent. But it got very little response . . Generally speaking, t0 our way of thinking, it is not necessary for the Federal Government to spend millions, or even an  Stted half billion dollars to advertise its service: e are many other ways this could be done:imost for free. The temptation for bureaucrats to build bigger and more costly programs by adveising for more applicants, and or patronage is considerable, Congress should at least put controls of this heedless spending, or better still eliminate all of it which is not absolutely essential which would only be a small proportion of i t. JUST TO0 MUCH MONEY! If there was any m0reposttive proof needed that the present Congress a President have been doleing out our tax dollars with abandon, without taking a good look to see if the money thevarious Federal govern- meat departments: request In the budgets is really needed, it certaivdyhas been provided the past two months. ....... Yes, for the pasttwo months, the Federal Govern- ment has not been able to .spend all the money the President requestedia.his budget for the various federal agencies and a.ated by Congress. As a result, the Federal :ticit will be smaller than had been expected  while this is good and we are certainly not taking issue with the lack of excessive spending, this annoceme t of "thrift by accident" should prompt everyaxying American to ask the question...Just howl many millions and-or billions of dollars does Congress alprove ih the various departmental buts that is not actually needed? It's really something to be'concerned about when the Federal Governmt finds for two consecutive months, that the Presidt has recOmmended and Congress has acquiesed in providing more money than can be spent. Budget officials have said that the reason for this most unusual happening is that there was a down- ward revision in outlay estimates, whatever that means. We hope it does not mean that for the next two months the tax-payers tax dollars will not be spent extravagantly in order just to make up for the surplus shown the past two months. Of course we feel sure now that the budget officials have let it be known to the various governmental agencies and departments that they are not spending public funds as fast as they were supposed to, this will all change quickly. In fact we would guess that someone in government has already devised a way to see that the American taxpayer will not be shocked again by under-spending by the Federal government. v 'qV"V "v "v "V'V" "y'V '' "q ",qv'V "'V'V 'V" "V' "V - Letters To The Editor A FARM VIEW BY PAT WAIT One of the most bitterly fought issues of the 1970's, the Equal Rights Amendment, is headed for a showdown this summer in the Congress. Proponents of the amendment have managed to have a bill introduced to extend the time limit for ratification. The original amendment which passed the Congress and was sent to the states in 1972 called for seven years to allow the states to ratify. Now, coming up on 1979 with three states short, the proponents of the amend- ment want to change the rules. They want seven more years. They would be a tough team in the World Series. If they couldn't win fairly in nine innings, they would he after the "ump" for at least another seven. The "sense" of a con- stitutional amendment is that it must be passed in a "reasonable" amount of time so that it is consistent with t sentiment of the countrY at the time of its initial introduction. In thk highly technieal age which we!ive, fourteen modern years woId be equal to at least thirty horse and buggy years. Fourteen years would certainly he considered a generation. At the end of a fourteen year period, there could be many legislators who were not even eligible to vote when the amendment was introduced 'way hack in '72. As a matter of fact in the six years since it 'i ntroducedwas many things have come to pass which the proponents said in the beginning would never happen. Women in labor unions have lost their privileges "as women". No longer can they "pass" on the heavier jobs. If they are not physically able to do the labor in the next promotion step, they tese their senority and-or take a physical disability leave. In california, women working 'at night jobs 'for the Bank of America are no longer given cab fare or an escort service to their cars for their wotecton. The men working with them demanded equal treatment. The Bank of America found it too costly to extend the protection, so now the ladies take their chances, Under the Pennsylvania state Equal Rights Amendment, in Wlegand vs. Wiegand, Sept. 19, 1973, the state Supreme Court ruled that sections of the state. law which permit separate maintenance for the wife, alimony and support during litigation and attendant fees and cts are unconstitutional. The decisions of state courts which are working with their own Equal Rights Amendments are prime indicators of what kind of decisions can be expected eationelly if the amendment is ratified. This decision and many more like it are the reason that three slates which had passed the amendment in 1972, have not rescinded their vote. During these six years many states and proponents agree now that it will. Sylvia Porter has projected that women will have to come up with their own money for Social Security. Right now many women are collecting half again their husbands amounts simply became they are wives. Their husbands are "responsible" under the S. S. law for them. Let the amendment pass and that cannot possibly stand. No man can be "responsible" under law for a woman. Not even, I predict, for her debts. As a married nonworking woman wouldn't it be possible for my husband to disavow all the charges I sign. Couldn't I stay married, con- tinue to live in my home, as long as it is in his name, and file personal bankruptcy without debtors having any rights to collect...since no man would under the law have any responsibility for me? Congress can end this non- sense right now by voting down any extension of the time for passage of the Amendment. The majority of the people in the county have shown their disfavor in polls and rderen- sure Rap. Staggers'and Senators Byrd and Randolph know how you feel. City of Charles Town Charles Town, W. Vs. June 22, 1978 Mr. Don Rentch Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Don: Again, and now in this man- ner, I want to thank the Jef- ferson County. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the great Charles Town City Council, the best City Manager, J. Robert Cain, and the wonderful organization "P.I.A. -- Pride in Action" for the award. For these people of the county who were not in attendance, this plaque was presented in recognition of the work done in restoring and renovating Charles Washington Hall, both inside and out. It is, and was, with sincere ap- preciatlon that I accept this award. Very truly yours D. C. Master Mayor Charles Town, W. Va. June 24, 1978 I was shocked to read that the W. Vs. Democratic State Executive Committee voted unanimously to send a formal protest to the Democratic National Committee for selecting Memphis, Tenn., for the Dec. mini-convention. This became Tennessee had voted to rescind the Equal Rights Amendment. Is the Dem. Executive Committee saying that they do not believe in "States Rights"? Don't the people who live in Tennessee have a right to rnscd any bill passed that the people of Ten- nessee feel is unjust? Is the state Democratic Executive Committee saying that they endorse blackmail? Isn't it blackmail for one group to demand that no conventions Doesn't all this make a "farce of the "One Man One Votes" law? Can a small arrogant group at one stroke threw out "States Rights" and the '*'One Man One Vote" law? Let us see that ERA is rescinded in West Virginia. Virginia B. Kable Dear Sir: A home of our own -- that has been the dream of each American. A husband and wife work -- save -- do without other things to acquire a home. J. E. Carter showed his willingness to take from Americans dream. On October 5, 1977, he signed two UN treaties: The UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Both were advocated by the Soviets. Truman, Eisenhower, Ken- nedy, Johnson and Nixon had rejected the treaties, despite their high sounding names, because they deprived citizens of the right to own private property and committed our country to socialism. The difference between socialism and capitalism is the right to own private property. Under socialism, the govern- ment owns all property; under capital|zation, individuals own property. As finally drafted, the UN Covenants Carter signed would authorize "nationalization" of any private property "con- sidered necessary or desirable by any member country..." sanctioning the theft of private property. The Covenant on Civil and Political rights would permit complete censorship of the press and give communist agents the right to operate freely within the UN trying to overthrow'our government. Article 4 of the UN Covenant on ..,Economic, Social and Cultal Rights says the "state" (netibn) may subject rights to limitations to promote "general welfare". This means the federal government would he committed to involve itself farther in the economic, cultural and social affairs of our nation just when Americans want a cutback in government roles in these areas. Article U requires govern- ments to assure adequate "food, clothing and housing." Article 13 provides for government control of education, asserting that all school centers must "further the activities of the UN." Article 50 states "the provisions of the present covenant shall extend to all parts of federal states without any limitation or exception." Thus all power would be cen- tralized in the federal govern- ment -- a clear violation of the tenth amendment which reserves to the people "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Con- stitution, nor prohibited to it by the States." These UN treaUes will,not stop the oppressive rule by Com- munist dictators. Nor would they curtail the murderous activities of dictators. To prevent abridgement of rights of U.S. citizens, John Ash- brook introduced H. J. Res. 32, called the Bricker amendment because a similar amendment was introduced by Sen. John Bricker and failed to pass the senate by a single vote in 1954. Will our senators vote to abridge your right to own your own land by passing the UN treaties? Perhaps a flood of letters opposing the treaties would persuade Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph to vote against them. The same letters should urge adoption of the Bricker amendment, so that in the future could there be no un- derhanded attempt to take away our dream of a home of our own. Lela Gardner News Of Other Years "CCC..'C--'..'.-._..'CC.yC ;C_%%%%%%%'. I0-- YEARS AGO-- I0 and ripe mulberries at the same Donald Hetzel resigns as head time. baseball and assistant football DEATHS: coach at Charles Town High Robert ShirleyMcGolrick dies School to accept another at his home in the St. Margaret teaching and coaching post. Apartment in Charles Town; Shirley Riley is appointed as Miss Laura Jane Hughes dies at the new County Extension Agent 4-H in Jefferson County, ef- fective August 1, 1968, according to Franz I. Taylor, Area Director, W. Va. University, Area Center, in Keyser, W..Va The Citizen's Fire Company of Charles Town, is judged as the Best Appearing Fire Company without a matching unit in the annual parade staged through downtown Winchester, Va., in connection with the annual convention of the Northern Virginia Firemen's Association. MARRIED: Miss Mary Wilson Sager and Mr. Gerald McClellan Stum, beth of Shenandoah Junction; Miss Katherine Llewellyn Squibb, of Wheeling, W. Vs., and Rev. Manning L. Smith, of Charles Town; Miss Brenda Jackson, of Millville, and Mr. Bryan E. Hoffmaster, of Bakerton. DEATHS: Thornton O. Costello, 70, of Harpers Ferry, dies at his home; Paul Lewis Ballenger, 39, of Hfllsboro, Va., dies unex- pectedly n Moundsville; Mrs. Jewel Ann Hardy, 24, of Chestnut Hill, dies in the local hospital; Will B. Koonce, of Rosewell, Ga., and formerly of Harpers Ferry, dies in a hospital in Atlanta; Charles I. Lynch, 69, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Charles Town, dies in the V.A. Hospital in Miami, Fla.; Capt. Alfred Thomas Clay, 80, retired U.S. Navy officer of Shepherd- stown, dies in the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Fire which is believed to have been caused by lightning during a brief storm, does extensive damage to a two-story dwelling located on E. Liberty Street and to the contents of the house. The Charles Town tennis team scores their fourth consecutive victory of the season without a defeat, when they stop the Martinsburg team by a 6-I score in Martinsburg. Airman First Class Walter E. Carper, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. ,Waltcq'.:C, arpar, Sr., and a "security policeman in the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing in Ger- many, isa member of a unit that earns the U.S. Air Force Out- standing Unit Award for out- standing achievement in maintaining its combat readiness while converting from the use of the F-105 Thunderchief to the new F-4 Phantom. Mrs. Margaret Bloom of Ranson, prominent and most active civic leader in the Charles Town and Ranson area, and a member of the faculty at the Hillsboro, Va., elementary school, is re-elected president of the Loudoun County Education Association. The Rev. Manning L. Smith, formerly of Charles Town, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Manning Smith, of Charles Town, assumes the duties as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Moorefield, at St. George's Chapel in Smoke Hole 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 DEATHS: William D. Bowers, 86, retired employee of the Berkeley Woolen Mills in Martinsburg, dies at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.; James Grove, local restaurant operator, dies in the local hospital. MARRIED: Miss Catherine Butts, ot Bolivar, and Mr. Alfred_ P. Collins, of Greenville, W. a.; Miss Sandra Lee Payne, of Martinsburg, and Mr. Paul David Miller, of Kearneysville; Miss lna Mae Wllliamsen, of Rockingham, N.C., and Dr. Gilbert Leo Hendricks, Jr., of Jfferson County; Miss Ruby Ott and Mr. Lyle Estel Wilt, beth of Harpers Ferry. -- YEAR8 AGO-- 3O Jesse B. Judd is elected president of the Charles Town Lions Club, succeeding George Cole. Miss Sadie Buckner of Bolivar, has a tree growing in her yard bearing green pears the home of .her niece in Rich- mond, Vt.; Richard B. Smith, Jr., dies at his home "The Glenn" near Wickliffe; Mrs. H. E. Willard, of Alexandria, Pa., dies at the home of her brother in Frederick, Md. Jimmy Boyd, Melvin Zombro and Charley Owens are selected Ali-State. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 MARRIED: Harriett Elizabeth Dotson, of Halltown, and Beverly Douglas Taylor, of Charles Town. John W. Irvin is appointed Posflaster of Charles Town, for a four-year term on the recommendation of Congressman F. L. Bowman. DEATH: ' ' C. Triplett Hardesty of Clarke County, dies at his home "Pleasant Vale" near Summit Point. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 Dr. St. George Tucker Brooke, professor of law at WVU for 25 many citizens have taken a second look at all the im- plications of a woman not only having equal rights, but equal i responsibilities. That principal, ; hammered into'the constitution, can be taken to these extremes. Women will be drafted (if we Imve another draft) and will serve in combat alongside men, The first time some fellow on the front lines charges that he is being discriminated against and being shot at because ha is a man he will have women fighting with him. When the amendment passed 21 states in the first ten days of March and April, 1972, proponents said that this could not happen. Even shall be held in any state that has not voted for the Equal Rights Amendment or upon voting for this Amendment has. voted to rescind it? Is this Democracy at work? Perhaps it is time the Democratic Party (my party) lets all the people know just what they do stand for. To have a Constitutional Amendment passed under such undemocratic pressure would certainly be leaving the. Con- sltuation wide open for other unequal amendments. The most shocking d all is that our own Senator Robert Steptne must have been part ol this as it was a unanimous vote. ears, resigns because health. MARRI ED: Miss Ann Jacc of Shepherdstown, Ludwig Washingtonl D.C.; B. Mathena and Harper, both of County; Miss Johnson and Rodeffer, beth Robert L. tinsburg of Washington. :, DEATHS: Miss Mary dies in Summit Rebecca Jane Charles Town. Citizens Not Meeting I! The regular of Citizens' Fire Charles Towp July because the falls on the Fourth The president has ! all members be be the last before the firemen'S in September. Life joyable if more tried to it, y Dr, James Moler Let's take a look at our West Virginia debt. Several members of the West Virginia Legislature are asking questions regarding the fees being paid attorneys as 'counsel for the sale of bends Beyond this, no doubt the at- torney fees will become an issue in the coming election between Democrats and Republicans. Former Governor Moore was taken to task for selecting a favorite law firm in New York to handle the state's bends Before that an associate of former Governor Barron was accused of taking a fee from the bend attorneys who admitted they had assigned him no work. It has cost our state $571,000 iv counsel fees to sell a total of $700 million in be. It has cost ${00Oin fees tdmll $100 million school building bonds. Persons who held the original West Virginia Turnpike bonds thought that the legal firm which prepared and recommended the bonds should be held responsible but they were never able to make the point. It is predicted that by 1980 the Turnpike will be caught up with back interest payments and within twenty years may be able to retire the bends. If the Federal Govern. ment takes over the Turnpike, the bends will be paid off on schedule. The Turnpike needs someone to take it over and make it into a four lane highway. Our bonded indebtedness amounts to about $1,000 debt woman and child million pop. Highways, $797 aided school million; Housing Fund, 216 Regents, $161 $133 million; $28 million; $18 million. Armories, $5 field, Wetzel 41 school 10 city parks, million; five systems, bridges and million. Local revenUe of The last issue, Road Bonds rate of 5/ West Virginia fifty percent this straight the cost to the they bidder. There West Virginia enjoy the successful Any way yoU paying on rrowed moneY many years. ......... Byrd's.Eye By U.S. Senator B0bert Agriculture's Roller.CoaStS? When nature destroys a plight of t farmer's crop, through er. Wc drought or storm, he usu- ally determines that he ily must try again the next impose year. However, when a trois. farmer loses the value of the number his crop through unex- operatives. pected fluctuations of crop provide a prices, he understandably tary feels betrayed by an eco- ity nomic factor he cannot of these control, course, are Americans. Consumers and taxpay- eratives ers, as well as farmers, are at the mercy of fluctuating range farm prices. In the last quire a participat few years, those prices order to have jumped to new highs large scale. or plunged to record lows. native is A sudden increase in the cost of energy, boom-or- was 1977 bust price changes caused the one by world food shortages tested or surpluses, sudden and sharp increases in the first time. value of farm land, and This the impact of inflation on the cost of packaging and processing farm products have all contributed to the economic risks which farmers face. In 1977, American farm exports were valued at $24 billion--nearly three times ' the value of 1970's exports. Much of our I)alance of trade depends upon main- taining or increasing that agricultural export mar- .ket. Yet bumper crops in 1976 and 1977 translated into low uzit prices to farmersand painful busi- ness losses to many of them. Secretary of Agriculture Bergland has stated that there are four possible so- lutions to the economic through prices, reserve voluntarY pluses moved held in leased prices level fair FarmerS ntroi the time are ThiS is solution " but it and family is of all of t sumer$, 4