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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer&apos;s ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1978 HAS REVISED RULES West Virginia's U.S. Senator Robert Byrd has revised the rules a bit. It's now "four strikes and you're out", but only in the case of U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. The Senator, commenting on Young's ill-advised statement in Geneva that "there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of political prisoners in the United States", deplored the statement and suggested that one more like it and Young should be called "out". At least three times previously Young had "strikes" called against him for making public statements not in line with the thinking of the Administration and President and he was still kept in the line-up for his Georgia buddy Jimmy. Now we learn it takes at least four "strikes" before you are out with Sen. Byrd and the Carter Administration. Byrd's statement came after Secretary of State Vance reportedly verbally, but quietly reprimanded Young for his remarks and suggested any re- currence of such irresponsible and inaccurate statements which does not represent the thinking of the administration, would bring more than a reprimand. President Carter, also reportedly told friend "Andy Young" that in the future to clear any such statements with the White House before making them. And while he publicly denounced Young's statement as totally inaccurate, out of the other side of President Carter's mouth came heaping words of praise for Mr. Young and how this country could not do without his services. In government organizations, as in baseball, there are weak links. In the Carter Administration there have been a number of such weak links...Bert Lance, Midge Costanza, Andy Young and Dr. Peter Bourne, to mention several. Lance is gone; Costanza has been demoted, Bourne has now resigned. Only Young remains, and many are wondering why. Because he, perhaps, did more to hurt President Carter, and the image of these United States, than any of the others. Young, in trying to worm out of the impact of the "political prisoner" statement, tried to stretch its definition to include a prisoner who comes from a background of poverty, is black or from some other minority group. This is preposterous. In relation to this situation, the national political polls...if you believe them...aU show President Jimmy Carter's popularity at its lowest ebb. There are perhaps a number of reasons why this is so. First and foremost, it would appear, is Mr. Carter's inability to show that he is capable of making hard decisions when such decisions need to be made. Secondly, Mr. Carter does not seem able to deal with a Congress of the United States as a president must do. He appears to bold hard to his original legislatin proposals without resorting to com- promise as so manybf hiredeceors have been able to do. Thirdly, all presidents watch their pre-election popularity decline badly during the first several years of their tenure, possibly because they are not able to keep "the myriad campaign promises they made in pre-election campaigning. Mr. Carter, as you will remember, promised an energy bill that would make this nation less depen- dent upon foreign imports of oil. The energy bill has been floundering around in Congress ior the better part of two years without making much headway. Mr. Carter promised there would be a slackening of inflation, and for a time it appeared this would be so. But prices have again started a strong upward spiral that promise to make the rate of inflation for this year much too much. Then, too, Mr. Carter promised to surround himself with bright, intelligent men and women who would provide him with the advice and experience that would make his term of office one to remember; and would reassure him of reelection in 1980. Mr. Young may be bright and intelligent. He may have done some things right during his tenure as U.N. Ambassador. But he is included to "shoot from the lip" all too often, embarrassing not only Mr. Carter but this nation as well. There are those who believe Mr. Young should resign, or failing that should be fired. None of these has happened, for the moment at least. Which leads an area editorialist to suggest that if Mr. Young remains with the Carter administration Americans might resort to "the 1980 solution"...a solution that would be felt more and enjoyed less Ly Mr. Carter himself. i i t News Of Other Years i i I0 -- YEARS AGO -- I0 A special high honor is bestowed upon Technical Sergeant Melvin R. Dodson, son of Mrs. Elsie Garrett and the late Edward F. Dedsen, of Charles Town, when he is presented a commendation medal by the U.S. Air Force, for meritorious service as Senior Controller Deputy Commander for maintenance 461st Bom- bardment Wing, at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas. Charles F. Printz, of Charles Town, prominent Jefferson County educator, public ac- countant and civic leader, is re- elected president of the Jef- ferson Finance Company of Charles Town, at the annual meeting of the stockholders. DEATHS: George Washington Painter, 84, of Charles Town, retired employee of the Powlmtan Brass and Iron Works, dies in the local hospital; Miss Leona B. Osbourn, dies at the Homewood Church Home near Williams- port, Md., where she had been s resident for ten years; Mr. Bernard Carter Mitchell, 86, retired Baltimore and Ohio Railroad trackman, of Engle, W. Vs., dies in the local hospital; Mrs. David "Louise" Kitzmiller 57, dies at W. Vs. University Medical Center in Morgantown; James Franklin Reel, 60, of Old Fields, dies at his home; Philip Lionel Black Ferguson, 3, son of Leroy Calvin and Rosalyn Black Ferguson, of Kearneysville, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Martinsburg; Amanda Lee Rogers, of Charles Town, dies unexpectedly enroute to the Charles Town General Hospital; Marine Pvt. Ist Class Carroll S. Diendonne, 21, nephew of Lige Miller, of Kearneysville, is killed in action by enemy gunfire in Quang Tri-Provioce, Vietnam. MARRIED: Miss Sarah Elizabeth Myers and Mr. Cletus H. Atkine, both of CharlesTown; Miss Carolyn Lee Rutherford of Berryville, Vs., and Mr. Roger Lee Nicodemus, of Rippon. The two-day 36-hole Women's RECOGNITION DUE While their untiring efforts and outstanding ac- complishments have not made the news headlines as often, or as big as they rightfully deserved, there is a fine group of boys and girls at Jefferson High School who are long overdue all the credit and praise that can be showered upon them. We are talking about the boys and girls who make up one of the most well- rounded and best programs of instrumental and vocal music in any high school in this area and all of West Virginia. Shortly after the consolidation of the county's three high schools into one county-wide school, a volunteer organization was formed under the name of the Jefferson Fine Arts Association, with a goal of helping to build a musical program at the school, second to none in West Virginia. Knowing that they could expect only limited financual support from the Jefferson County Board of Education, mostly in the way of paying the salaries of the instructors, the organization had hoped to provide some financial assistance to all phases of the school's musical program. But it became evident very quickly that the purchase of uniforms, music and providing some trips for the band would require the full fund- raising efforts of the association members. The organization, under the fine leadership of Shirley M. Hunt, and with the full support and cooperation of David Wilson and Harold "Sonny" Chamblin, two very fine instrumental and vocal music instructors, has played a major role in giving Jefferson High an outstanding marching band and also a jazz band. At the same time, while the in- strumental musical units were gaining prominence in the area and state, Sonny Chamblin began the job of building two equally outstanding singing groups known as the Jefferson High Chorus and the "Pop Singers". To build both of these musical programs, boys and girls were needed, lots of them. They came, they liked what they saw and heard and they began working. Not only at becoming good musicians, but also in raising funds needed to finance the instrumental phase of the school's over-all musical program. Today, not enough can be said about these young people, who under the adult capable leadership, have been able to accomplish so much in such a few short years. Today, Jefferson High's Marching Band is rated as among the tops in the area and state, and the school Jazz Band, made up of boys from the marching band, has also won many accolades for the school and also themselves. Both are, and have been, under the direction of David Wilson. There is also two other fine musical groups at Jefferson High which have won state-wide honors -- the Jefferson High Chorus and the "Pop Singers", both made up of boys and girls who enjoy singing. The "Pop Singers" have in fact, gained such wide public favorl they are constantly being called upon for programs by organizations and groups far and wide.' And while this large group of young energetic people have spent many long hours preparing themselves to render good programs of music for the public enjoyment, they have also spent probably an equal number of hours to make the money needed to finance trips for the school band and themselves. These young people are always looking for ways to make money, and in the past several weeks we have attended dinners where they had been given the job of catering the food. And we want to congratulate them on the professional-like" job which they did. Their service was just great, they were most friendly and accomodating, and most of all, the food they served was more than ample and certainly deliciously prepared. The versatility of these young people is amazing. They not only serve up great food, but great music and they do both in a near professional manner. Mostly it has been the Jefferson High athletic teams that have been centered in the news spotlight, especially in sports, and little was heard of music and other extra curricular activities at the school. But in the past couple of years the students who have worked long and hard to give Jefferson an outstanding music program, have been shoving their way into the headlines. And this is as it should be. We at this newspaper, along with the many people in Jefferson County who have worked directly or indirectly with the various musical groups which | BAD MEDICINE CONSOLS 111E MIRACLE" MEDICINE O0[HING & GEl # Letters To The Editor July 24, 1978 DON'T STOOP TO EQUALITY The laws of every one of our 50 states now guarantee the right to he a woman -- protected and provided for in her career as a woman, wife and mother. The proposed Equal Rights Amendment will wipe out all our laws which, through rights, benefits and exemptions, guarantee this right to be a woman. ERA will replace these present laws with a doctrinaire equality under which women must be treated exactly the same as men. The Equal Rights Amendment is unrealistic because it con- stitutes an effort to convert men and women into identical legal beings, having exactly the same rights and exactly the same responsibilities at all times and under all circumstances, it attempts to conVt men and women into a unisex, to "neuterize" all federal and state laws and regulations, removing the "sexist" words such as male female, man, woman, husband and wife, replacing them with sex-neutral words such as person, taxpayer and spouse. If it is ratified, the Equal Rights Amendment will transfer from the states to the Federal Government vast governmental powers which have been reserved to the states throughout our history. ERA will invalidate all state laws which require a husband to support his wife. It will impose on women equal financial obligations to support their spouses. ERA will deprive senior women who have spent pass over qualified men so that women will be hired and assigned on a one-to-one basis. The ERA pretends to be an advance for women. It will do nothing to benefit women in any area of the law. ERA will not give women equal pay for equal work or any new employment opportunities. The Equal Em- ployment Opportunity Act of 1972 already bars sex discrimination in hiring, pay and promotions. The Education Amendment was passed in 1972, and The Equal Credit Op- portunity Act in 1974. Many psychologists and psychiatrists are now holding workshops to manipulate and brainwash men and women about equal rights. ERA has already cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ex- 'President Ford appointed the National Commission on In- ternational Women's Year. The bill was introduced and not waiting for Congress to vote the money ! IWY opened an office in the State Department and hired 13 employees. It operated on secret grants from other federal departments during 1975. HEW Transportation, Interior Justice, Defense, Labor, and HUD. White House employees for years have been using government paid time, govern- ment paid telephones, and government facilities to push ratification for ERA. The National Organization for Women, NOW, openly planned to use tax-exempt contributions to ratify. ERA, to elect pro-ERA legislators, and to defeat anti- ERA legislators, and to boycott ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ......... Donold G. Renfch ..................... R. Meode Dorsey .................... Published Every Thursday at 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Year Entered in the post office at Ct as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday WEST wild, wonderful Who gives the federal agencies authority to require matching funds when they attempt to return some of our tax money to local political units. "It doesn't cost anything, it's federal money" is the overused phrase. Now we are feeling the effects in several ways not the least of which is through the use of matching funds where the federal agency gets us entangled in a maze of paper work and insignificant regulations. In this way they tell us how to improve our communities and our state as if they know so much more than we do. Why is that we continue to send our taxes Washington, pay bureaucrats to "count it out" and then tell us how best it can work for our neighborhood. They even use deficit spending to award money grants on a matching basis where we are called upon to put up cash. Have you ever heard this one, "in a few days, or next week 'the man' will he here to tell us what we can and cannot do". True to human nature 'the man' may be who enjoys the authority over thousands of dollars. While this writer has none of people could have go, the project. It's our t anyway. Several weeks discussed the public monies for returns. Now, agencies are re every dime expenditure so that the local use the money for income. If there is balance in the be local funds. If worker becomes falls in the wrong delivery is delayed, may arrive too payroll or bill In-so-far as state concerned, federal funds have a way of over a five-year time several dozen on the payroll and s some kind ha How do you tell these! that the money the beneficiary is no more. You picks up the tab once a go when the state and more taxes the details regarding the Bar- never enough to dane Industrial Center, it is Much of it goes clear that putting together up federally several sources of funding with while the federal bureaucrats representing in- something new volved agencies, there could be Wouldn't it nothing but costly delays and pay our taxes by added expense. How much less matching fund would the Cost have been and stipulating what how much time saved if our local :ould be used for? procedure, although according to previous opinions of the Supreme Court, the proposal of an amendment and ratification should be succeeding steps in a single endeavor. "2. A proposed amendment loses its potency unless it is ratified by the states within a Rodino, Jr., Building, 20510, and ask him the Sam Ervin on ERA extension. House Office Senators Byrd Senate Office years in the home as wife, mother, of their present right to he supported by their husbands. ERA may force every husband whose wife is not employed in a paid job to pay extra Social Security. This would cost each couple at least $948 a year in addition to federal taxes. ERA may compel the states to set up taxpayer financed child-care centers. ERA will make women subject to the draft on equal basis with men. Women and mothers will be subject to states that didn't ratify ERA. reasonable length of time after it WHO is promoting ERA? is submitted by Congress. The There are two very different 92nd Congress determined that a types of women lobbying for the reasonable time for the Equal Rights Amendment. One'ratification of ERA will expire group is the Women's March 22, 1979. The 95th Liberationists. Their motive is Congress cannot permit any radical. They hate men, state to vote on this matter after marriage, and children. They are out to destroy morality and the family. They look upon husbands as the exploiters, children as an evil to he avoided, by abortion if necessary, and the family as an institution which that date unless it proposes ERA to the states a second time, i.e., anew_," He explains that all other amendments to the Constitution have been ratified in less that four years, and that the 7-year them you do not" tension of ERA. Editor Spirit of Charles Town, Dear Sir: The following is have developed at JeffersonHigh School, military combat. ERA will ehmmate "All Girls" and "All under the Jefferson Fine Arts Association program, I ' ", " ' " . Boys schools and colleges agree that this outstanding group of young and most I ERA will eliminath sin,,le sex talented musicians, along with their directors and I fraternities and sarifi adult leaders, deserve more recognition than they lmother<laughter even.-Ii-wili have received in the past..Yes, your recognition is [ require police departments to long overdue, eliminate physical tests and to Presidents Cup Tournament ends in a two-way tie for first place between Jo McWatters and NanCy Roth, each with a 36- hole total of 148. The Senior Champ of '68 for the Seniors Weekend at Sleepy Hollow in a 36-hole medal play, Oscar Wilt comes in with a net score of 67. Z0 --YEARS AGO -- 0 Real and personal property assessments in Jefferson County, are assessed at $34,585,595 The M&K Supermarket is sold by Mr. and Mrs. William McGee of Ranson, to Mr. Don Schreiner, of Baltimore, Md. MARRIED: Miss Georgma M. James, of Charles Town, and Airman 1st Class Charles E. Nilsen, d Peekskill, N.Y.; Miss Lopis M. Marcus, of Leesburg, Va., and Airman 3rd Class David Willard Tomlin, of the Bloomery. DEATHS: Ernest E. Harwood, 86, Jef- ferson County farmer, dies in the Simon Rest Home in Ranson: John Clinton Hummer, 36, of Charles Town, dies in Monmouth Memorial Hospital, in Long Beach, N.J.; Mrs. Agnes Faherty DeLauder, of Harpers Ferry, dies in the Garlick Convalescent Home in Hager- stown, Md.; Charles Logan Magaha, 74, of Jefferson County, dies in the local hospital. . The West Virginia State Board of Education approves ap- pointment of Dr. A, G. Slonaker as academic dean at Shepherd College. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 39 The Sports Center building purchased by Francis N. White, is to be turned into a super- market. DEATHS: Theodore G. Nicewarner dies in Clarksburg; Eliza Jefferson dies in Winchester Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Louise Mock Trimmer. dies at her home in Charles Town; Emily Jane Smith dies at her home in Charles Town. MARRIED: Miss Dora F. Moler and John M. Kimes; Miss Edith B. Baumgardner and Mr. William K. Psillas, both of Charles Town. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 A wheat " harvester and thresher combine, a new machine for this section, is to he used on the I. D. VanMetre farm west of Kearneysville. The B&O Railroad advertises a round trip excursion from Charles Town to Niagara Falls for $17.70. DEATHS: William Wetzel dies athis home in Harpers Ferry; Harry B. Baylor, Jr., dies in an auto accident in his home town of Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. Sarah E. Ballenger dies at her home in Pitcairn, Pa.; Blackburn Smith a member of the bar at Berryville, Va., dies in the Maryland University Hospital in Baltimore. 70 --YEAR8 AGO -- 70 MARRI ED: Miss Beulah Van Camp and Thomas Link, formerly of Duffields. DEATHS: Mrs. Sallie Freeman dies at Halltown; Thomas Gallagher, formerly of Harpers Ferry, dies in Cumberland, Md. keeps women in "second-class citizenship." There is another type of women supporting the ERA from sincere motives. It is easy to see why some business and professional women are supporting ERA -- many have been in a situation where the woman does most of the work and some man gets the bigger salary and the credit. Men and women write to your legislators and ask them to oppose extension of time for ERA. Gladys Houser, Charles Town, W. Va. July 24, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch, Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted for an ex- tension of time for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. However, ERA must still go to the house and the senate before there can he an extension of time for ratification. Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., sent a statement to each of the members of the House Judiciary Committee which, among other things, states: "1. Congress does not have the constitutional power to extend the seven year period fixed for state action by the original resolution of March 22, 1972..." !638He, explained that H. J. Res. the resolution to extend ratification time, makes two actions of the ratification limit is much longer than any other amendment has taken therefore any extension is unreasonable. He says that the power to define a "reasonable time" rested with the congress that proposed the amendment -- not a subsequent congress. As he says, "The present Congress cannot amend the past." "3 What has just been said is emphasized by the express language of the ratifying resolutions of at least 28 of the states which describes the proposed amendment they are ratifying as one which will he valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislators of three-fourths of the states within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress..?' He adds that 28 states ratified the amendment as one that expired March 22, 1979 if it were not ratified by the required three-fourths by that time. Therefore the wording cannot he changed without voiding the ratifications of states that ratified the previous wording. Sen. Ervin said much more, of course, in his communication to each of the members of the Judiciary Committee. Yet the Judiciary Committee decided to give Congress the power to vote to grant an extension of time for passage of ERA. I suggest you write to Peter W. the Class held on SaturdaY,' the Cliffside Ferry. First of all, the committee hard so we as together, and the Newcomers ployees who and the lovely Our the fact that the group who great distance the ferson County 'attend. reunion in five bethe 20th sincerely graduates ferson County attend and bigger and for all and sets of school. said that kind of many sets