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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE .. THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1978 y ecently, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a state law that prohibited newspaper from publishing the names of juveniles in serlous crimes unless specifically permitted to do so by court order. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, newspapers in West Virginia faced punitive action if they cir- mmvented this law. Radio and television stations were not so bound, inasmuch as the law was Written before there was any such thing as radio or television stations. Obviously, this was not fair and equal treatment for the news media...denying the newspaper publishing rights permitted the spoken media only because of omission of their designations within the law itself. Now, the scales are evenfor the media. They also balance somewhat more evenly in the public interest. Because now, a juvenile cannot look toward anonymity when he commits a serious crime, a felony. He will, in these instances, be publicized as fully as would an adult. This, in the opinion of many, is as it should be. It does not mean that a newspaper, radio station or television outlet has the right to indiscriminately ruin the good name of any youth. Full discretion should be exercised before names of juvenile offenders are published. That, we are sure, is what most newspapers intend to do. Exercise cautionary judgement before publishing the name of any juvenile below the age of eighteen; but never losing sight of the fact that a felony committed by a 14-year-old can be just as serious as one committed by a 50-year-old man. It was the action of two Charleston newspapers, the Gazette and the Daily Mail, in challenging the state statute governing juvenile name publishing, that brought the ultimate action by the State Supreme Court. The newspapers published the name of a 14-year- old boy charged in a St. Albans High School shooting death. The Court ruled the aged state statute was in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Con- stitution. It ruled the statute a prior restraint on freedom of the press. Law enforcement officers and judicial officials are generally hailing the decision as a proper one, one that places crime...at whatever age level.An its proper perspective. We believe that newspapers, at least this one, can generally be counted upon to consider all factors- involved before publishing juvenile names...the age of the individual, the seriousness of the crime, and whether or not the individual has been involved in previous crime. We also be[ievethat when the word gets around, the sheer possibflRy there will be widespread publicity connected with any felonious action may, as some law enforcement officials believe, serve as a deter- ent to commission of the crime in the first place. THE LABEL REFORM These days, many of the politicians in Washington are trying to push their legislation through passage under what is referred to as a reform label. For in- stance, today, one of the most heavily used words in the vocabulary of most Washington politicians is "reform", according to Virginia's Senior Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Senator Byrd, in speaking recently to his constituents, told them that over the years in Congress he has learned to look with skepticism on any piece of legislation which carries the "reform label". He said in the past, he has found that for the most part, what the label "reform" means is legislation that is introduced solely for the purpose of misleading the American people into believing this is new and better legislation, when in reality it is just more of the same old thing. For right now there are three major so-called "reform" proposals before the Congress and Senator Byrd tells us none of these bills do any reforming. Instead, they will only compound the serious problems which the nation already faces in labor, economics and taxes. First, there is the so-called "Labor Reform" bill. This bill passed quickly through the house, with the full support of our own Congressman Harley Staggers, without too much debate or atention being paid to its contents and results. But during the recent long debate of the bill in the Senate, it was revealed that the legislation would actually upset the entire balance of labor-management relations in the United States, just to help big unions gain more power and easily win more representation elections. Senator Harry Byrd says the labor bill is punitive in design and would be inflationary in effect. Secondly, the Congress has been presented a "welfare reform" plan by Presidnet Carter, which would actually increase the cost of welfare by $20- billion in three years and would add another two million persons to the welfare rolls. They call it "Welfare Reform". Thirdly, there is the "Tax Reform". A number of proposals claim this title, and some may be meritorious, Sen. Byrd states, but too many of these so-called "reforms" -- including the recom- mendations of the administration -- would do little or nothing to help the hard-pressed, middle-income workers who are now and have been for a long time, paying most of the bills for the expensive and wasteful government programs. Senator Harry Byrd says the kind of reform that the American citizenry needs and really wants, is a curb on excessive government spending, and excessive government regulation. If we can achieve these ob- jectives, we can get rid of theirdlation problem that is stealing from the paycheck of every working man and woman in the nation. We heartily agree also with this statement of Senator Byrd. .,dk k .dk Ak .d ,dk A. Ak .,dL k AL. ,dk .d AL a,..A..d ,d ,A,, .A. A wVV VV VV VNP"VV V VVVVVV VVV" Letters To The Editor Ik - .dk . Ak.Ak -L .dk.dk..L .,IL Ak . . 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We have had the Cemetery Association search their records for the name of Florence Thorns (Toms) Smith or John Calvin Smith but they were unable to find them in any of the four cemeteries. We have reason to believe that Daniel had a brother by the name of Louis and that he had been killed. We also have information that Florence may have had a sister by the name of Abigail Thorns. If any of your subscribers would be able to give us any information about the above mentioned family, we would really appreciate it. Even in- formation which may not seem important but would give us some sort of lead as to where to get more information. Thank you for your cooperation. Yours truly, Arden E. Smith 401 E. Herman Battle Creek, Ne. 68715 July 10,1978 Dear Mr. Rentch, Motherhood and apple pie. Superficially that once ex- pressed Americanism. The deeper meaning 'was that motherhood -- including the family -- was revered. Then came the International Women's Year, started by the UN and carried out by radicals in the US. The family and motherhood were denigrated. Lesbians, who never can become mothers, were glorified. Women had rights -- including the right to control their bodies. The radicals did not mean that a woman should control her body by preventing a new life from living its first mouths inside her body. They meant that she had the right to kill the new life that was growing within her body. Thus the radicals succeeded, to a certain extent, in denigrating motherhood and weakening the structure of the family. But they saw that there was more they could do. Some women persisted in having children. (If a nation is to sur- vive, there must he women who hear children.) The women who bore children persisted in wanting to rear their children within the structure of the family -- and wanted to teach them values. What were the radicals to do? The antifamily forces have a plan. It is the International Year of the Child, modeled in IWY. The UN is launching plans for the IYC. The Children's Com- mission is urging the, Carter administration to appropriate $1,360,000 for an IYC to he headed by chairthing Jean C. Young, wife of Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young. The IYC would have 25 members selected byCarter. Would cooperate with UNICEF and would "conduct studies,. inquiries and hold meetings" deemed necessary. Would have free use of US mails (although the/American sap pays 15 cents i to mail a letter.) Would have its i propaganda printed by the US Government Printing Office. John Rector, administrator for LEAA's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Justice Department's official IYC representative, said, "...the child is not to be regarded as merely an appendage or ex- tension of the family unit..." Robert K. Dornan says that this IYC would become an all-out assault on the family and the following might happen: 1. Children might gain the right to sue their parents for being forced to attend church. (Government would pay the attorneys.) 2. Parents might have to pay the minimum wage to children who did household chores. 3. Programs for children currently run by state and local governments might he trans- ferred directly under control of the federal government or the UN?' 4. Public schools might con- duct "behavior modification" programs under UN super- vision, to make American children better "world" citizens. On June 5, Senator John Sparkman introduced S. 3161 which could bring about all these things and is now pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If you feel that you should rear your own children, without in- terference from the government and the UN, and if you feel that the family should remain the basic building block of American civilization, you should express your opposition to S. 3161 to Senators Randolph and Robert Byrd immediately. Lela Gardner July 8, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson P.O. Box 231 Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Editor: In a recent issue of the Ad- vocate, Senator Robert Byrd discussed inflation. In his brief summary he told how inflation was reducing the value of our dollar. Also he explained how it was measured and that various new indices were being developed in order to delineate accurately the impact on various segments of our population. All of this was very in- teresting. It is to be hoped that in the near future he will explain what had caused inflation, what it is really doing to our country and what can be done to correct it. Perhaps he will admit that it is bankrupting the country and that we are approaching a serious recession. Perhaps he will admit that ,recklS government spending is   most egregious cause of in- flation. And perhaps he will realize that those who should do something about it really can't because they have alas, negotiated themselves into an untenable position. I thought you might be in- terested in the enclosed entitled "The Government Inflation Machine". I ha,e sent a copy to Senator Byrd. It should be must reading for everyone in the U.S.A. Yours truly, Walter L. Nails Twenty-three Chosen Attend Youth Camp In Berkeley County Twenty-three Jefferson County youth have been ac- cepted to attend the second Youth Opportunity Camp next week at Camp Frame, Hedgesville, Berkeley County. The choice was announced by Harold E. "Gene" Darlington, camp administrator. These seven to thirteen-year- olds will be among 124 young people who will gather for a wholesome variety of spiritual, educational and social ex- periences. It is made possible through the efforts of various state agencies, voluntee}s, concerned citizens and some funding by the Governor's Office of Economic and Community Development. Young people attending from Jefferson County are: Christopher, Gerald and Honey Davis; Krista and Linda Dozier; Thelma and Williarh Twyman; Melvin, Paul and Steve Hallman; Marilyn and Robert Voorhees; Russell McDonald; Billie, Connie, Kevin and Russell Woodward; Hazel, Joseph and Yolanda Pinckett; and Gerald, James and Jeffery Ruby. CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD SERVICES Pastor William P. Reed an- nounces the following services: SUnday School, I0 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Children's Church at 11 a.m., on lower level, Jeanette Longer- beam, Director; Christ Am- bassadors meet at 6:30 p.m.; Evening Service, 7:30 p.m. Church van will run to camp meeting at Falling Waters, W. Va. Everyone meet at the church at 6:30 p.m. What has become of the old-fashioned voter who used to cast his ballot on the basis of principles? AAAAAAAAAAAA  AA AAAAA AAAAA 10--YEARS AGO--10 Yowell, of Charles Town. Tammy Lee Hicks, daughter Lightning destroys the large of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hicks and barn on. the Robert W. Mc- Keith Wayne Kain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Kain, are the grand prize winners in the baby contest staged by the Bolivar Civic Association held in the Harpers Ferry High School auditorium. Miss B. J. Allara and Miss Cynthia Cain represented Bee Line Chapter, NSDAR American Heritage Week, at Cedar Lakes Center. DEATHS: Mrs. George "Marguerite" Barnes Hill, 70, of Vlenne, W. Va., dies in St. Joseph's Hospital in Martinsburg; Levi Corder, Jr., 44, of Ranson, dies at his home; Charles Henry Mercer, 46, of Perry, Ga., dies unex- pectedly enroute to the local hospital; Mrs. Anna S. Peacher, 86, retired foreman for the Southern Shoe Company, dies in the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown; Mrs. Howard "Helen" Palmer, 61, of Hagerstown, Md., dies in the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.; Andrew Fako, 79, a Domiciliary patient at the Baker V.A. Center for 20 years, dies there; Mitchell M. Browh, 62, formerly of Hager- stown, Md., dies at Kensington Gardens Sanatarium; Henry E. Yates, 80, of Rippon, dies in the local hospital; Luke F. French, 48, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Mary Belle Sperry, 83, of Bolivar, dies in the University Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.; Linwood McKay, of Silver Spring, Md., is found dead after a fall from a ladder at a trailer where he was camping on the Mission Road [south of Charles Town. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Jenkins are given a surprise 50th wed- ding anniversary celebration by their nieces and great-nephew, at the home of a great-niece in Strasburg, Va. MARRIED: Miss Diana Conner, of Charles Town, and Mr. Michael L. Shores, of Point of Rocks, Md.; Miss Linda K. Viands of Shenandoah Junction, and Mr. Frank Cogle, of Harpers Ferry; Miss Peggy A. Withers, of Ranson, and Mr. Robert D. Davis, of Charles Town. rshall Brown, of Charles :n,'and a member of the Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club, noses out Bill Benton for the President's Cup Cham- pionship of the Sleepy Hollow Club for1968, by a single stroke on the final hole of play with final scoring being 141 for M. Brown and 142 for B. Benton. The Blues score a 67-47 victory over the Grays in the big All- Stars battle in the Jefferson Memorial Park Basketball League on July 4th. Patricia Sager, of Charles Town, is named as a business manager and treasurer of "The Lamp", the student newspaper of Powhatan School in Boyce, Va. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 E. M. Whiting and Douglas Cooper of Winchester, purchases the auto business of Jefferson County,. Inc., from J. David Cormick farm with an estimated $,35,000 damages to the barn and contents. DEATHS: Hezekiah W. Sager former farmer and tore operator of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Mary Margaret Snyder, 83, of near Summit Point, dies in the local hospital; George LaTell Fraley, 85, retired farmer of Shepherd- stown, dies at Moore Rest Home in Charles Town; Mrs. Anna Wright Roberts, 76, dies at her home in Bunker Hill. MARRIED: Miss Lucia Hedwig Scholz, of Kaiserlautern, Germany, and T- Sgt. Ray H. Longerbeam, of Summit Point. Mrs. George R. Heidrich of Hermitage Farms, of Charles Town, is named executive secretary of the Jefferson County Chapter American Red Cross, succeeding Mrs. John D. James. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 The Moose Degree Team wins state title at Beckley. DEATHS: Mrs. Ella Whittington dies at her home in Shenandoah Junc- tion; Dr. A. R. Crawford, den- tist, dies in Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, W. Va.; Mrs. Ernestine Ardella Lake dies in Shepherdstown; James Bowers is fatally injured when his auto overturns on the Warm Springs Road; Mrs. Lula May Spinks dies at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Dorsey; Miss Katie B. Leslie dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital; Sam Galloway, veteran stock dealer of Jefferson County, dies at his home; Kenneth Burr Kisner, dies at his home in Charles Town; Mary E. Hardy, 9, drowns in the Potomac River. MARRIED: Miss Enid Dean McKoin, of Richmond, and Dr. Millard K. Bushong, of Charles Town; Miss Charlotte Massie Hawthorne, of Winchester, Va., and Lt. Joseph Pembroke Dorsey, U.S. Army, of Berryville, Va. ; Miss Mable A. Johnston, and Mr. Marion K. Breeden, both of Charles Town. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 MARRIED: Miss Bessie Cloud Ferguson, and Mr. Frank H. Carey, of Flint Hill, Va.; Mrs. Sallie Lancaster and John A. Emmert, both of Charles Town. DEATHS: Mrs, Annie V. Riley dies near Summit Point; Mrs. Ann Carey Randolph, formerly of Jefferson County, dies in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Miss Mary McIntyre, of Kearneysville, dies in a Martinsburg hospital. 90 -- YEARS AGO -- 90 W. L. Erwin purchases the interest of L. J. Brackett in the Harpers Ferry Sentinel, becoming the sole owner. MARRIED: Miss Mozelle Woodridge of Roanoke, Va., and Charles A. Johnson, formerly of Jefferson County. : DEATH: William H. Bane dies suddenly at his home near Middleway. C & 0 A dvi00ff ICommi00ion Wdll Meet July 19 The C&O Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission will hold its next meeting in the Martinsburg Room of the Martinsburg- Berkeley County Public Library, Martinsburg, on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Among the items :o be discussed are: 1. access to the Town of Brunswick camp- ground; 2. interpretive signs and exhibits; 3. review of 1979- 1980 construction program; 4. Harpers Ferry Road im- provements; 5. Georgetown planning activities; 6. Potomac River safety program alter- natives; 7. Cumberland ter- minus; 8. Williamsport Basin study; 9. special $93 million appropriation; 10. naming of special areas of the park. Persons wishing further in- formation concerning the meeting or who wish to submit written statements may contact Superintendent William R. Fallor, C&O Canal National Historical Park, P.O. BOx 4, Sharpsburg, Md., 21782, phone 301-945641 or 301-432-2231. Minutes of the meeting will he available for public inspection two weeks after the meeting at park headquarters in Sharp- srg. Most of the good things that come to indi- viduals in life have to be paid for in some manner. PSC Orders C&P Refund Customers Customers of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Com- pany in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will be getting refunds witfiin the next two months as the result of an order issued by the State Public Service Commission. The commission Ordered C and P to refund nearly $7 million in higher rates charged West Virginia customers since 1977. The order permitted the telephone company to continue charging $10.5 million in higher rates in effect since August 6, but ordered the refund of $6.9 million. In addition, the PSC denied a request to raise 10-cent pay phone calls to 20 cents and left unchanged long distance rates. C and P serves residents of Berkeley and Morgan counties. Jefferson County is served by General Telephone Company of the Southeast. C and P filed another petition for a rate increase on May 15 for $37 million, including a proposed 25 percent increase in basic residential and business rates, a 17 percent boost in in-state direct dialed toll calls, and a more than doubling of typical residential telephone connection fees. The PSC began hearings on this proposed package last week. Carter asks for $50 billion highway plan. ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFEB$ON PUBLISHING CO., INC ....... . Donnld G. Rentch ................... , ....... : ........ . R. Meade Dorsey Published Every Thursday at i| 210 North George Street | Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 ] Telephone (304) 725-2046 [ Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Ye , . Entered in the post office at charieso 1 as second class matter  j Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Mond F "Come out of the stands on to the playing field," is a quote from Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, as he responded to fifteen thousand Kiwanians in Annual Convention in Miami, Florida. Kiwanis !International gaves a Decency Award to a prominent American each year. The award is for contributions to which standards of conduct and personal example to youth, The first such award was made to Shirley Temple Black years ago. Since then Decency Awards have gone to Walt Disney, Raymond Burr, Art Linkletter, Pat Boone, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. The Miami news media called the decency award to Tom Landry the Super Bowl of Awards. This writer has been attending Kiwanis International Con- ventions for thirty years and cannot remember any public figure receiving a greater standing ovation than was given Landry in Miami. Three separate times the large audience rose to its feet to ap- plaud, once when he was in- troduced (walked on stage), once when given the award and later after he had spoken his response. Landry was reported in the Miami papers as the God- fearing, God-loving National Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After a few fun-comments about football his response to Kiwanis for honoring him went immediately to the things that seem to challenge decency. He condemned per- nography, obscenity, gay rights and practically anything else that counters morn, apple pie, Anita Bryant and the American work ethic. He hit the young people had who voted in a pool to place Anita Bryant among the most hated persons. Tom Landry pointed to the t By Dr. Jamll Mol==rb. ' Proposition 13 as  people coming out on to the playing ting into the act. le we could not sit bY; decency to be destr0 who would exploit  our way of life.  I additional appla. called upon KiWi I involved and r i: morals to high  working with i young people he had to learn u i approach to foo helped him in his to life. When LandrY  "They may nota 1 I stand for or how , listen." We all worked for him at years and I!0 Kiwanians are still , the impact of ' five minute sp% paring it with . more length and I It all causes this   a fayrite' "Wh'tlI can t,,'N SO loudly, 'l say." Chades " Two and the late North Street, were of Science Mrs. Gloria graduated from public affairS University MaY Franciene magna cure 1977, from District of Education, Teachers' Both continue The English poet, Robert Browning, expressed the desires of most human be- ings when he wrote, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be--the last of life, for which the first was made." Yet, throughout the history of mankind, the last of life has usually been far from "the best." Im- pairment of the senses, loss of the ability to work, or even painful disease has seemed a more likely pros- pect for the final years of - life. That is why many peo- ple dread and fear old age. Yet, America, is grad- ually, becoming an "older" nation. In 1940, only 7 per- cent of all Americans were 65 years of age or older. In 1970, that percentage had grown to 10 percent, and by the year 2000 it is expected that more than 12 percent of our citizens will be more than 65 years of age. Part of the cause for that shift in age groups is the lowering of our birthrate and the de- crease in the size of the average family. A second, and even more powerful cause, is the better health care provided for all Amer- icans today, from birth on- ward. Babies have a better chance of being born healthy and strong, and our medical teams have conquered many diseases which killed or crippled people in earlier times. Some commentators have jumped to the erro- neous conclusion that these statistics tomatically for younger struggle to 30 milliOn who are at the on Aging, indicates likely definition "old". entists healthy do not orate age, lieved. ,qk had I] which which .',;L aging 1; oril bat * human one e healthy 'r was after used The these of I