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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1978 STATE EMPLOYEES UNION Recently, on June 20th to be exact, a small group of state workers spent West Virginia Day on the grounds of the Capitol in Charleston listening to reasons why they should organize into unions. There were not that many of them, for Charleston at least. Estimates set the top number at about 300. Most of these were young; many were simply en- joying a holiday. Entertainment, featuring the Booger Hole Revival Band; refreshments; and other inducements, had been offered to try to attract a huge gathering. The reason for the rally was deadly serious, -- to form a strong state employees union which could demand, as the speakers put it, "more than crumbs from the state's budgetary table." Delivering a speech described as "fire and brim- stone" was the newly elected president of the West Virginia Education Association, Ermalee Boice. Her delivery was shot through with political warnings. Teachers, she said, have made collective bargaining their number one legislative priority for next year. She warned against "right-wing ex- tremists" and added, "what we seek is human dignity." We suspect we will see the day when West Virginia employees are organized. It's a sign of the times. We know already that the West Virginia Education Association has been more of a union than a professional organization in recent years; and under Ermalee Boice it bids fair to come out into the open with. its unionistic demands. What Ermalee Boice and at least a part of the WVEA membership seek to establish is an organization which can demand what it wants and get it, despite what it costs. What Ermalee Boice and the teachers ultimately get may well be up to the people of West Virginia. There are some several developments which are not being taken into account by the "collective bargaining" adherents of, the WVEA. The principal one of these is the fact that college graduates, trained as teachers, are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment. For example, there are one thousand applicants for only thirteen teaching jobs in Washington County, Md. Similar situations exist in many communities throughout the nation. In many areas the school population is decreasing, because of a lower birth rate. All this is not conducive to the creation of a "buyer's market". In fact, it permits school districts to be far more selective in choosing employees; and it encourages taxpayers to suggest that school boards seek ways of reducing payrolls and costs rather than increasing them by leaps and bounds as has been th case more.recent years. In West Virginia, the great bulk of money expended by school systems comes from the State. But there are many counties where state funds are sup- plemented by special levies which help pay higher teacher's salaries and generally enrich the school programs. It is these special levies; even the school bond building issues; which could suffer if the public gets a bad taste in its mouth as the result of teacher demands. It may well be that the time is too late for Ermalee Boice and the militant teachers of the State of West Virginia. They would do well to look toward California and Proposition 13 before making demands that the public is not aboutJto accept. There was a time in the not too distant past when "crumbs" was about all the teachers got from the state's budgetary table. But this is not the case now and has not been for the past few years. And while it's true that West Virginia School teachers are not the highest paid in the country, neither are they anywhere near the bottom of the pay ladder. And we hope .the public will see to it, union or no union, that they never are far from the pay scale again. Teachers and state workers are, we feel, entitled to a fair pay scale the same as any other employee whether state or in the private sector. But they are not entitled to the whole loaf of pay bread at the cost of an additional burden on the already over-burdened taxpayer of the state. News Of Other Years |ii 10 -- YEARS AGO -- l0 William F. Benton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Benton of Charles Town, is one of two men given promotions by the Potomac Edison Company, to a position of assistant superintendent of, Potomac Edison stations. John H. Wyndham, controller of Powhatan Brass and Iron Works, is named to the position of Powhatan Control Manager. Laurence W. Lloyd, local weather observer for" Jefferson County, retires as manager of the local Western Union office, effective August I, 1968. DEATHS: Mr. Gilmore M. "Jack" White, 69, retired farmer of Middleway, dies suddenly at his home; Mrs. Robert "Mary Frances" Morris, 78, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Mamie B. Webster, 77, of Midd]eway, dies suddenly in Paw Paw while visiting friends; Mr. James Charles Ingrain, 53, of Lappans Cross Roads, Md., dies in the V.A. Center in Washington, D,C., following a long illness; Mr. William Vincent Marmion, Jr., of Harpers Ferry, dies in the local hospital; Mr. Son Jenkins, M, of Stanley, Va., dies in Page County, Va., Memorial Hospital; Mr. Josiah William Ware, IH, 79, prominent retired farmer and Charles dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Bessie Berman Ahalt, 87, of Ranson, dies in the locl hospital; Mrs. Melvin "Ethel May" Hardy, 36, of Washington, D.C., is killed when struck by a car while she and her husband are crossing a street in Washington. Mrs. Manning "Martha" Smith, acharter member of the Ladies Golf Association, wins the Women's Handicap Championship at Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club. Ellis R. Williams, 40-year veteran at U.S. Steel's Moler plant, Eastern Limestone Operations in Millvilie, retires, as announced by W. Carl Benton, plant superintendnet. -- YEARS AGO -- 20 Members of the Leetown Baptist Church celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the church. DEATHS: Nicholas "Nick" Kellas, for 17 years chef at the New Central Restaurant, dies in the Win- chester Memorial Hospital; Miss Ella Rose Cookus, 81, of Shepherdstown, dies at the Simon Rest Home in Ransen; Mrs. Florence Leda Law, 74, of Engle, dies in the local hospital from injuries received in an accident. Official P.bli,'atio. of Jefferso,, Co..Iv - Established 1844 - EDI TORIA L S/OPINIONS DON RENTCH. Editor VIEWING STATE LOW For some time now we have thought for the most part that the American public's viewing taste, both in motion picture films and television shows in general, has been dropping to a lamentably low level. Just a glance at the film fare being offered in theatres across the country and in many instances the films selected for presentation to television audiences will certainly tell you this. The success which some children's nonsense films, such as Star Wars, Jaws and some more recent hokum based on "if" -- the U.S. astronauts really didn't go to the moon, is most astounding. But they make millions for the film producers, so they keep on producing. There is today, and has been for the past decade, the sharp eyes in the film producing business who are ready, wil!ing and able to take advantage of the general public's low viewing taste and today they even are striving to perpetuate it. Some years ago Church leaders became concerned over the types of films that were being produced and shown both in the theatres and on television and they threatened to endeavor to do something about it. Then the film makers stepped in and asked that they be allowed time to clean up their movies. They said they would prefer to police themselves, rather than be forced to by law. Well that was a false promise. In- stead of coming forth with better and cleaner movies that were not all about sex and violence, they just made more of the same, only some were even worse. The politicians in Washington screamed on the television screens about the terrible violence in the old-time Western films. So off the air they went. But in their place came rolls of film fare with even more violence, except it came not in the wild west variety, but in the more modern gangland type of violence. There also was a heavy menu of X-Rated sex movies which not only took over the movie houses, but some of it even moved into the television viewing arena. And just about every attempt that has been made to (Apparently W. Va. senators did not need be bribed.) Consider the firing of a patriotic major-general, John K. Singlaub, who spoke against withdrawal of American troops in Korea. And the firing of Judge Marsden, who dared investigate a Democrat. And, not content with the hatchet job on the U.S.JEC is promoting destruction of the civilized countries of southern Africa and has called on the Soviets to join the U.S. in resolving conflicts there, although the U.S. has no sovereignty in those countries. Sovereignty. Maybe that is the clue to the perpetual grin (grimace.) National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, said in Bonn, Germany: "A concentrated foreign policy must give way to a complex foreign policy, no longer focused on a single dramatic task such as defense of the west." (Meaning no longer defending our way of life.) "Instead we must engage ourselves in the distant and difficult goal of giving shape to a world that has become politically awake and restless. A wider and more cooperative world system has to include also that part of the world which is ruled by communists." In other words, we no longer defend our way of life -- we include and assimilate com- munist systems into a "wider fabric of global cooperation." No wonder JEC grins. Americans don't know what's going on -- and he finds that funny. Lela Gardner Charles Town, W. Va. June 30, 1978 To the Editor: The letter to the Editor (Jhne 29) by the Mayor of Charles Town brings to mind a recurring question in regard to P.I.A. (Pride in Action). When will this organization ever get around to extending its "pride" to the South-West end of town where some "action" will result in a more desirable view for local residents as well as out of state motorists passing through the area? Vivien Manuel June 29, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch: I am from Summit Point, W. Va., and have been a patient at the Baker V.A. Center near Martinsburg for more than a year now. The V.A. staff here is wonderful and magnificent, and I truly love this Center and its people. My friend, the late James W. Strider, of Charles Town, was here with me in our Saturday morning Bible Class until he departed. One day I saw Miss Cooker Carper of Leetown, a very lovely person and won- derful Christian lady. "Cookie" has been a blessing to all of us at the Center. I sure hope the Good Lord will send us more volun- teers like her. I was terribly sorry to hear about Mr. Max Brown's bad accident. Mr. Brown was always a wonderful person to me and I sure hope that God will bless and heal him very soon. The Rev. James A. Burner Summit Point, W. Va. Bed 127 Baker V.A. Center, Martinsburg, W. Va. I HARPERS FERRY BOLIVAR Mr. Reid Geronimo Dial 535-6528 Recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Elsea were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Elsea from Ocala, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Butts from Anchorage, Alaska, and Mr. and Mrs. William Lance of clean up the airlanes and the motion picture screens, have met with the cry of violation of the first amend- ment -- which deals with the freedom of speech, etc. Only the campaign which the National Parent- Teacher Association "inaugurated sometime ago, has had any effect the film producers, and even that only to a limited degree in the field of violence nothing with respect to the flood of shows in which sex has been displayed too publicly, especially to the eyes of children. Actually there's no simple solution to this problem with the rcourts and others in high governmental authority being so liberal in their thinking. And un- fortunately it's true that without some special all-out effort, a generation at least will go by before the average intellectual level can be lifted by just a small degree. But our schools, commercial and public television, the print media, should right now begin to do a better job in helping to lift the level of the taste and intelligence of the American People, to the point it will no longer be profitable for the film makers to exploit ignorance for profit. When this happens, and only then, will films made up primarily of excessive violence and sex disappear from the theatre and television screens. MARRIED: Miss Ann Throckmorton Evans, of Charles Town, and Mr. Jack Getzendanner; Miss Mary Catherine Jackson of Harpers Ferry. and Mr. Ehert M. Norton, Jr., of Alexandria. Va. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 Henry M. Snydor, for 13 years associated with Jefferson County Schools, resigns to take a teaching position at Austin College, Sherman, Texas. DEATHS: Carter F, Costello dies at his home on the Gibson farm near Mechanicstown; Jerry Hum- mer, formerly of Charles Town, dies in a hospital in Winston- Salem, N.C., from injuries received in a bicycle "accident: Howard Wm. Price dies in the local hospital; the remains of Charles Y. Gracey arrive in Charles Town, where' services are held at the Melvin T. Strider Funeral Home. MARRIED: Miss Betty Ellen Fulk, of Clay Hill, near Charles Town, and Mr. David V. Strider; Miss Betty Jane Hill of Luray, Va., and Mr. Norman E.'Kisner, of Charles Town; Miss Odessa Stanley, of Hardy, Ky., and Mr. James Hubert Snyder, of Charles Town. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 MARRIED: Miss Sue E. Henson, of Bunker Hill and Mr. Robert Lamon of near Bakerton. DEATHS: Mrs. Sadie M. Marshall dies a{ .her home in Zoar; William H. Anderson dies ,at his home in Charles Town; Randolph C. Colston dies at his home in Summit Point; Dr. Huff G. Lewis dies in Garfield Hospita] in Washington, D.C. v .,qp,- -Wp..qr .,qp. v qp. V lp..WT V V q;,.Wp.- .qlp,. ,WW. V .qp. ip. V .lp.. Letters To The Editor Dear Sir. Why does J. E. Carter smile so much? I would like to present a theory as to the reason. Whatever muscles are active, the result is not a smile of friendship. I have the following theory as to the cause. He is forwarding the purposes of the State Department Publication No. 7277. "Freedom from War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World." In that publication, the U.S. plan was to Pinance and man a military complex under the UN over which we have no control and at the same time the U.S. would disarm itself One need but look at the "achievements" of the Carter administration to see what he has done to disarm the U.S. unilaterally, There will he no B-I bomber, although the Soviets are building their Backfire as rapidly as possible. There will be no neutron bomb although it is the effective weapon against the 48,000 tanks the Soviets have which cbuld overrun Europe i 72 hours. There seems to be no end to the Carter "achievements" that weaken the U.S. Consider the bribing of senators to sign the infamous treaties "giving" our Canal to a communist dictator and paying him for taking a piece of worth millions ..... wEsT wonderful VIR00INI& This headline shook me,: Our churches and charity "Hancock Employees Highest organizations, are often called Paid in State". The Department upon to send contributions to of Employment Security (W. southern West Virginia coal Va.)reported that the average company areas. During the coal weekly pay for workers in miners strikefoodstamps were Hancock County, West Virginia issued to persons who, when was $282.23in 1976the latest data working, make $100 per week available. The second highest more than our people and our was McDowell County with people are paying for the food $265.23. Twenty of West Virginia stamps. Do we need a counties had weekly wages for "Proposition 14"? workers over $200 only one of Now the coal industry has which was in the eastern dropped because of demand. panhandle and that was Grant President Carter made County. Many Grant County reference to this when he was in people work at the Virginia Charleston several weeks ago. Electric Power Plant. Major steel companies are Jefferson County ranked 41 buying less coal and more among the 55 counties. It is noted western coal is being used by the that all of the first twenty power companies. Every ton of counties on this list are coal or imported steel affects the industrial counties where wages demand for coal and likewise are high compared with the imported automobiles reduce agriculture and rural areas, the use of U.S. steel. How do you judge wealth? We The Business and Occupation are generally rated as one of the tax returns in West Virginia wealthy counties and our real were down around $5 million estate is among the highest in from tax estimates the last sale value. State Senator Pat reported month, This also Hamilton was my guest several reflects the production of coal. weeks ago and he couldn't get Income taxes were up an over the beauty and wealth of inheritance taxes  were up by a Jefferson County. On the other sizeable percentage. If we are hand. if you go by the Depart- going to gear the budget growth ment of Employment Security of our state to taxes from coal his county pays an average wage both B & 0 and income, we need of $50 more per week than we do a stable market. That we do not here. have at this time. Heck's, Felsway lShakespeare Summer Merger Approved Festival At Ferpj Charleston. W. V a.,- Heck's, Week-End July 7-9 Inc., (NYSE - "HEX") and the Felsway Corporation (ASE) The Shakespeare Summer announced today that their Festival will be continued this respective Boards of Directors year with the production of have approved the previously- "Comedy of Errors" at Harpers announced merger of Felsway Ferry National Historical Park into the Heck's organization and on Bolivar Height Friday, that definitive agreements have Saturday and Sunday, July 7, 8, been signed. Consummation of and 9. the merger remains subject to, various conditions, including All performances are free and approval by the Felsway open to the general public. stockholders at a meeting ex- "Comedy of Errors" will peered to be held in late August begin each evening at 8:30 p.m. or September, 1978. "The Shakespeare Summer The merger calls for the ex- Festival, in its eighteenth season change of $20 in cash and one- of free professional theatre, is quarter share of Heck's common made possible by a grant from stock for each outstanding the National Park Service. The Felsway common share. The festival is Washington's oldest exchange of Heck's common free professional theatre. It was shares will he made by a founded in 1961 by Eilie Chan- prospectus which will be filled herlain. ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ........ Donald G. Rentch ................... , R. Meade Dorsey ................... . Published Every Thursday at 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Entered in the post office at as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday DON'T BET ON IT Woodstock, Va. The Senior Citizens Satellite of rpers Ferry and Bolivar had monthly covered dish lun-! cheon at the home of Mrs.! Barbara Armstrong in Harpers Ferry, with 41 in attendance. The seniors enjoyed visiting with friends they had not seen for some time. Anyone over 55 is invited to join the group. The]/ meet weekly at the Bolivar U.M. Church on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Mrs. Robert Dotton, her daughter Lisa and son Michael of Lewiston, N.Y., are visiting Mrs. Dotton's grandmother at the Cavalier farm. Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Crock visited with relatives in Springfield, W. Va., over the weekend. Mrs. Gilbert Smallwood, Mrs. Hilda Creamer, and Mrs. Carrie Donovan, attended the Trinity Gospel Church picnic at the Bardane Community Center on Saturday. The Bolivar:: Vacation Bibl held July i@141 each evening, welcome.  Mr. from but will Don't supper starting at 4:30 by the Bolivar the Bolivar Children under 6-12 years $5.00. WILL of Charles E. 1 p.m. Family invited to Senator Carter Byrd's.Eye By U.S. Senator Paying jor Taxpayers in each of the other 49 states have watched with interest as California voters made their decision to limit the tax on property to 1 per- cent of the 1975-1976 as- sessed value. "Proposition 13" has become an instant code word for tax re- straints and ax rollbacks, throughout the country. The citizens of Califor- nia resorted to an extreme solution because they had an extreme problem. Cali- fornia taxes have been among the highest in the nation, and the highly in- flated real estate prices in that state have compound- ed the problem, so that in some cases one year's tax was approaching the origi- nal cost of the property. For the average middle- income family, the tax cost was a heavy burden, and for the fixed-income home- owner, the tax cost had bcc(me prohibitive. West Virginia has had a tax rate limitation since 1932. That early and sen- sible decision has kept lo- cal and state property taxes in West Virginia at a more modest level. It has been a strong factor in keeping local government aware of the need for sound fiscal policy. As a result, West Virginia prop- erty taxes for fiscal year 1974-1975 took only 2.2 percent of state residents' personal income, as corn- with the SecurRies and Ex, change Commission shortly. On For 15 years, the festival used the Sylvan Theatre on the June 23, 1978, Heck's common stock closed on the New York Washington Monument grounds as its home base. In recent years Stock Exchange at $11% per share and Felsway common a mobile stage has enabled the stock closed on the American cmpany to fulfill a tradition from Shakespeare's time; Stock Exchange at $21 per share, performing outdoor, pared to the 4.3 percent Gc U.S. 5.97 fornia I Howcver a crious problem. creased increased ' even more. creased the total because higher though has gone in the Big ural mahdi. have been groups ottr ment cific prob difficdlt where to much, fully. inated, has for of it without defense be