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6 To The Editor BEST SUPPORT? BACKLASH! Dear Editor: Who is Albert Forrester? I looked through the phone books in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties and can't find him. Of course he's only been here five years, maybe he hasn't gotten established. I hope I'm wrong but he sounds like an escapee from D.C. government that wants to get involved in local affairs, good7 Before he sounds off too much, I'd like to tell him, don't put words in West Virginia mouths, it don't work! I'velived here and owned proper- ty for nearly 30 years, but I know bet- ter than to advise a West Virginia native on how or whom to vote for. Albert, you're the best support that Master has bad in the last ten years, keep up your good work! Sincerely, Fred E. Kennel Harpers Ferry OPPOSING VIEW To the Editor: Having lived in the Eastern Panhan- dle for over seven years now, I am beginning to see a distressing pattern in the actions and behavior of Charles Town Mayor D.C. Master. After a number of years of apparent- ly quietly administermg the town, Mr. Master, in a burst of emotion, blurted out how he thought women on welfare should be made sterile, thus bringing about a break in the chain of welfare dependency. Such feelings may be understandable, especially if one is frustrated at the many troubles that face you in an adnC|nistrative position, (and politicians are always putting a foot in the mouth), but what I find disturbing is the aftermath of this statement, which brought national at- tention to Charles Town and D.C. Master. The illustrious mayor got himself in the national news and, if I recall correctly, onto television. After a couple of years, Charles Town and Master had returned to the alaonymous sta*te of most small towns and their citizens when things are routine. At this time, Master again brought up his sterilization scheme -- but only the local newspapers gave him any space The national press just yawned this time -- they had heard it before, and this was not of national importance. Then the drug business took on the dimensions of a go-go growth industry, and Master again opens his mouth to espouse the legalization of narcotics, to be sold like "chewing gum," accor- ding to his original proposal. Since then, the illustrious mayor and fearless leader has been getting more ink (both locally and nationally), and has been on television twice, including a network talk show. Master is a hot property! Perhaps he is too hot for Charles :Town, considering the trouble he is go. trig through to get his name in the press, and that is just the thing Charles :Town residents ought to he thinking of. -Rather than spending time with his :veterinary practice and keeping an eye on his city, Master seems to be out to make himself a celebrity. If Master wants to be well known, :fltt is his right, but in his position, he 4hould be a celebrity for doing :something constructive. He could be a ,mad at conomng t, recognizing that growth in our area is inevitable, but pertmps can he directed tba pleasant formthat benefits new and old residents. Instead, he and the Jefferson County Commission have tried to stop development, as if it was so easy to just put up a wall and keep out the mobs. He could have been a man who would recognize that mass transit could he a very important tool in controlling development and tvoiding the traffic jams that are in- evitable with rapid population growth. Instead, he wants to abolish the inade- quate bus service we now have. , He cotfld have been a man who could tell teens to stay in control by staying ff drup -- that drup make your body fike an automobile that has no brakes and no steering wheel. Instead, his original plan would have had the dru sold over the comity to anybody -- and an you imagine the television com- mercials the clrng-Aling corlxwations vould put on the air? (The spoofs on Tijuana Gold that used to Into on Satur- day Night Live would come to life -- but not as spoofs l) Of course, none of these alternatives would have gotten D.C. Master on na- il television. But then, if Master fan f'md the time to make a trip to New York to appear on TV, maybe he kesn't have the time to run Charles Town. Or maybe the running of Garles Town doesn't take up enough of his time -- which makes me wonder if Charles Town needs D.C. Master. Anybody for impeachment? David P. Lubic 206 Clover Street Martiusburg, W. Va. 25401 Dear Editor: Vincent Parmesane apparently took some unintended offense at my reference to Sbepherdstown as a historic ghost town Shepherdstown is picturesque but bankrupt and I don't want to see that happen in Charles Town too. Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia and deserves to have its history protected and preserved. I fail to understand how that is achieved by "hiding from the In- dians". A town can be perfectly preserved and be perfectly dead which is unnecessary. There has even been talk of Shepberdstown having to disincorporate because of the failure to provide for economic health and vitality. I regret the severe problems Sbepherdstown faces and l'd hate to see Charles Town emulate the exam- ple. Charles Town believes that in- sisting it is still 1955 will make it so. Actions, or the lack of them, can have unexpected adverse consequences as they have in Shepherdstown. Charles Town has som hard realities to face and deal with which will not respond to leadership which lurches from one crisis to the next. Without vision and leadership, we have no hope of remaining prosperous and preser- ving our history and culture. Sincerely, Albert O Forrester BUY DIAPERS To the Editor: Now that my Spirit of Jefferson- Advocate has trickled its way down to me here in Dallas, I feel a response is due to Master-on-Drugs. First, I want to thank D.C. Masters for telling the world about my letter to him concerning drug legalization. Of all the letters he says he recevet rm-- just wondering why he picked mine to analyze in The Spirit? As for his numbers, "The majority of" zero tolerance people from Texas and California and "the older genera- tion" of 70 and 80 year olds "in favor of" drug legalization, I'm again wondering where the good mayor came upon them. Now, to his thoughts on the drug pro- blem. Where does the mayor think the "good ole dollar bills" are coming from to support another giveaway program. Surely, NOT FROM ME! I'm 57 years old and feel like I'm car- rying about 5 of the bums, welfare recipients, jailbirds, lazY, etc., and I conclude they are getting a bit heavy. The people of this nation are taxed to death now, much less buying a "free fix" for the dopers, with the expecta- tion that sometime in his lifetime he will "see the light...maybe." With my tax dollars, I would much rather buy free diapers for the il- legitimate babies ,of our unwed, teenage mothers ages 13 to 16, or a good bottle of Gallo for all our winos, or a new Ford pickup for all the hard- working slobs of this country. Oops! Now Fm getting on a second grade level of thinking. Lastly, I say this, only one good thought I relish, in the entire Master- on-Drugs hog-wash. "If they are bent on frying their brains, SO m rr!" Then, the funeral directors and all support businesses would prosper. From Texas Austin Kranenberg One-YEAR AGO-One J. Scott Shipe, secretary for the Charles Town Lions Club, is named Lion of the Year for 1968-87. Conrad "Connie" Hammann, of Shepherdstown, president of Halltown Paperboard Company, is elected to the Board of Directors of the National Paperbox and Packaging Association. MARRIED: Deanna Lynn Spunlch, Charles Town, and Michael Alan Bell, Evansville, Ind.; Margaret E. Vorous, Winchester, Va., and David C. Musick, Lebanon, Va. DEATHS: Lyle Shriver Catlett, 57, dies in Martiusburg Veterans Ad- ministration Hospital; Mrs. Grace L. Rosenberry, 81, dies in Rose Hill Nur- sing Home, Berryvflle, Va.; David C. Orr, 48, dies in Martiusburg's City Hospital; Raymond Lee Valentine,. Jr., 64, dies in Martinsburg VA Medical Center; Robert C. (R.B.) Bruffy, Jr., Bakerton, dies of injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Shirley J. "Jay" Eby, dies in Chatsworth, Calif.; Grmiville Eugene "Catfish" Penwell, 68, dies in Mar- tinsburg VA Medical Center; Horace Thornton, 43, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Gerald D. Bast, St., 78, dies in Washington County, Md., Hospital in Hagerstown; Mrs. Josephine Bielaski, 58, dies in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Nellie C. Oden, 76, dies in Martinsburg's City Hospital; Charles Henry Stiles, 62, dies at his home in Boomboro, bid. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1988 E:00,3wn Memory Lane... 1 Church members at the Charles Town Methodist Church pose o the entran- Robert Manuel (in uniform), Melvin Strider and C.W. "B,-,- ce steps in the year of 1918 or 1919. Some known members include Mrs. Anna photo was furnished by Mildred Barton Hoffmaster, now of /{ Editorial Byrd Jefferson Leads the Way onZomllg V-' A piece of history was made here last Thursday. Jefferson County, faced with the spectre of phenomenal growth during the next decade, became the first county in the state of West Virginia to adopt a zoning ordinan- ce. The adoption was not accomplished over- night. It was spread over a period of more than three years. It involved dedicated per- formances by appointed members of the Jefferson County Planning Commission, aided by input from the Citizens Advisory Committee, representative of many segments of county population, and from pvate individuals as well. Even after the original measure was drafted by the planning commission, the document was placed on public inspection, and public hearings by the Jefferson County Commission, the final deciding body, were not only conducted but the Commission responded to the suggestions of those who attended and offered nearly a dozen amen- dments which were in turn accepted unanimously by the planning commission. The final ordinance, now available (at a price) at the planning commission office, is not the severely restrictive measure utilized in some other communities. But it does provide the basis for controlling growth patterns that will stand the county in good stead in years ahead. It is a measure which should be accep- table to those who do not favor strong restrictive measures; and certainly it should be acceptable to those who feel it is not restrictive enough, inasmuch as it so designed as to be easily amended upon petition by those affected, and by prompt  action of the planning commission and the Jefferson County Commission. The ordinance (which does not become ef- fective until October 7 of this year) deser- ves the support of the majority of Jefferson County citizens because it provides a guarantee that growth control is available, and can be utilized. Rejection of the measure would, in the opinion of many, doom Jefferson County to uncontrolled growth, even if another or- dinance were adopted within the next five years, simply because, in the meantime, under present regulations, available land areas would be gobbled up by developers and unrestricted sprawl, without regard to any esthetic factors, would take place. In short, it is far better to have at hand, and on the books, an ordinance that will provide the basis for controls, than to have no ordinance at all. We commend the Jefferson Planning Commission, the countless number of in- dividuals who worked on advisory commit- tees or of their own personal volition, providing input for the measure, for what has to be their full concern for the future of Jefferson County, in which many have lived, prospered and enjoyed, and who wish to enjoy its benefits in the future. By Robert As I was Valley I reflected ing Software Valley! Virginia, and on state's economic A century ago, the infancy of boom. The mature1 out of that boom Virginia with familiar--coal, chemicals, gas, labor-intensive But we live ing economies, terns, changing .1 changing compefi/ Throughout my ed to promote W tional industries. / cCOrmcema?d my i; But, t L00.g new ec0n000i00 'nia's fu west Virgl fu stage for West Vi: the world not as it i. might like it to be # ing, but to compete  That is one of the I joined in launcz.l Valley movement. Survival in toY largely a matter d technological ste rivals. Industri matter of bei g ,. _.-------_. . Repeating "Truth never damages a cause that is just."--Mohandas K. Gandhi "You cannot live without lawyers, and certainly you cannot die without them." Joseph Hodges Choate, lawyer and diplomat News of Other Years intensive. .._ Through the Sot" ment, I hope t,_t West Virginia s ee'lL 00hnology, dustries in our staW of flexible compute./ and that we can  business and econ our state never tS': here. :i ] Above all, w economic foundafia c_n an0000omeo support their f Certainly, we .c federal programS  quality of life in o in of rising cries for fler largesse is an un l 1 In the final analys future rests p00vateen0000V00 through o-, - : Mary Lee Starling Lyon, a resident of the Jeffersonian Manor Nursing Home in Charles Town, observes her 100th birthday. Jockey philip Grove, a Frederick, Md., native is honored following his 3,000th career victory at the Charles Town Races. I--YEARS AGO-10 President Jimmy Carter pays Harpers Ferry a surprise visit as he tours the historic Jefferson County town. Indians finish in third place in seasonal play of the National Division of the Little League. The Astros roll through a perfect 15-0 season to capture the American Division championship of the Jeffer- son Little Le_gue baseball. MARRIED: Deborah Deanna Har- dy and Alex James Nagy, both of Harpers Ferry; Cynthia Gay Ganon, Charles Town, and Michael Noll Wilson, Martinsburg; Cynthia Marie Vickers, Charles Town, and Densil Lynn Nibert, Point Pleasant, W.Va. DEATHS: Howard Edward Shreck, 84, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. tsahell Harm, 65, dies in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Hospital; Mrs. Harry (Gladys) Evelyn Schlack, 74, dies in Martinsburg's City Hospital; Miss Mabel Lorraine Miskell, 88, dies in the Knott Nursing Home; Mrs. Helen E. Aguiar, 73, dies in Arbutus, Md.; Mrs. Lillian Irene Mykers, 75, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Csrles Franklin Engie, 65, dim in Jef- ferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. May T. Johnson, 65, dies in Martinsburg's King's Daughters Hospital; William O. DeLauney, 78, dies at his home in Sharpsburg, Md.; Robert Lee Hill, 50, dies in Martinsburg's VA Medical Center; Mrs. Elizabeth P. Huff, 73, dies in Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va.; Marvin Ed- wards, 83, dies in the VA Medical Center, Martinsburg. 20-YEARS AGO-20 Tummy Lee Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hicks and Keith Wayne Kain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Kain, are the grand prize winners in the baby contrest staged by the Bolivar Civic Association at Harpers Ferry High School. Miss B.J. Allara and Miss Cynthia Cain represent Bee Line Chapter, NSDAR, at American Heritage Week at Cedar Lakes. 30--YEARS AGO-30 E.M. Whiting and Douglas Cooper, of Winchester, purchase the auto business of Jefferson County, Inc., from J. David Yowell, of Charles Town. Lightning desVoys the large ham on the Robert W. McCormick farm with an estimated $35,000 damage to the structure and its contents. DEATH: Hezekian W. Sager, former farmer and store operator, dies in the local hospital. MARRIED: Miss Lucia Hedwig Scholz, of Kaiserlautern, Germany, and Technical Sergeant Ray H. Longerbeam, of Summit Point. Mrs. George R. Heidrich, of Her- mitage Farms, of Charles Town, is named executive secretary of the Jef- ferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, succeeding Mrs, John D. James. 40-YEARS AGO--40 DEATHS: Mrs. Ella Whittington dies at her Shenandoah Junction home; Mrs. Ernestine Ardella Lake dies in Shepherdstown; James Bowers is fatally injured when his auto over- moting Established 1844 Published Weekly on The Jefferson Publishing CompanY, 2 1 0 North George Street Charles Town, Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Second Cl.J , Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charu; T'. Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Annual Subcription Price To All U.S.A. Addresses t I Advertming l::)eadline Monde t 5..00 P'ld'iill "