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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 3,1978 THE METRIC SYSTEM The Metric System -- Will this country go for it, or will the American people do just what the Britains are now doing, say no to changing from the weights and measurements system this country has always used, just for the sake of change. Whether this country goes to the Metric System or not, we are now being told that millions of dollars in federal funds--our tax dollars -- will be pumped into the nation's educational systems in the form of federal grants to expand education of the Metric System. And this is to be done not only in the schools, but beyond the schools with general adult education programs in this field. In fact, distribution of the materials which describe the key principles and applications of the Metric System has already started in West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Education will be using some of the major retail outlets in key population centers in the state as a way of making available to the public the fancy and costly brochures. And as a supplement to these printed materials, th State Department of Education will also, using adult educational funds, make three educational wograms dealing with the Metric System, and supply them to the state's educational television stations. The propaganda which is to be handed out through the schools and other sources states that .most of the nations in the world utilize the Metric System. But what R does not say is that the people of Great Britain recently opposed the conversion to the Metric System of weights and measures in their country. They just would not accept it. And so the British government has now decided to drop the whole change idea. Unless the promoters of the Metric System can show better reasons for the change than they have so far,. we can only say we hope the American people will adopt the same attitude towards any changes in our present system of weights and measurements. It has worked very well for us for over 200 years. In recent years the American people have been bombarded with all sorts of propaganda about how every other country but the United States either is now using or will soon convert to the Metric System. We have been told by those advocating this costly change, that this country must think "Metric." The only reasons the promoters of the change have given is that the rest of the world uses it. To this we say "Big Deal and Whoopee." First, there are many nations in the world that do not use the Metric System of weights and measurements. And secondly, even if this country was one of only a few countries not using it- would that be so terrible. Americans have always prided themselves .on this country being a leader in the world. Now we are being told we must not lead, but must follow what other countries do. This philosophy is not what made America great. Since the founding of this great nation we have been able to grow and prosper without the Metric System. Millions of people from practically every country in the world have migrated to this country because they felt America was different and had more to offer. Isn't this proof enough that the lack of a Metric System has not in the least been any kind of a hin- derance to our country, its peoples, and its growth. We have never really given much serious thought to the Metric System as a proponent, or opponent. We just figured it was another one of those "kookie" ideas for change which the so-called "brain-trusters" come up with to spend a lot of not only taxpayers' money, but also some of your own pocket money, for just the sake of making a change and saying "now you see we are going to be like other countries whether it's for good or bad". Now we learn that in order to get support for change to the Metric System, something which the system's backers and the federal government have not been able to get any other way, the Federal government is going to pour millions of our tax dollars into the nation's school systems to promote it through special educational programs. The West Virginia School system decided sometime ago to take the federal monies and start teaching the Metric System of measurements beginning with the 1980-81 school year. We just thought you should know that not every country, nor everybody in the world does use the Metric System. And we doubt this ever will be the case. So don't believe for one minute if you don't know the Metric System, you're lost in this world. i i { I News Of Other Years I i 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 The Charles Town downtown shopping area gains another now business when Miller's Stationery Supplies store has its formal opening August 2, located at 115 North Charles Street, under the ownership of Russell Miller, Jr. Mrs. J. D. Yowell, of Charles Town, long active in many phases of Red Cross work in Jefferson County, is re-elected chairman of the Jefferson County Red Cross Chapter. DEATHS: Kevin Milton Johnston, 17- year.old Charles Town High student of Charles Town, drowns in the Shenandoah River; An. droa Yvoune Dodson, infant daughter of James Hubert and Sandra Kirk Dodson, of Leetown, dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital; Mr. Boteler Moore Link, Sr., 57, of Shenandoah Junction, dies nnexpectedly at his home; Mr. Clarence Edgar Ott, 57, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mr. John E. Grimes, 77, of Lewisville, Clarke County, dies in the Winchester, Va., Nursing Home; Miss Helen V. Martin, 79, of Clmrles Town, dies at her home after a long ilness; THE RAILROADS ARE NEEDED The recent Interstate Commerce Commission public hearing in Martinsburg, dealing with the continuation of Amti'ak service on the B and O-C and 0 lines through Jefferson County, clearly demon- strates that the public wanted this service to continue. This is particularly true of what Amtrak calls its "commuter" service...the Blue Ridge, which operates daily between Martinsburg and Washington, D.C., and carries a heavy load of Eastern Panhandle residents who work in Washington. There are the people who would be most affected by any cessation of Amtrak "Blue Ridge" service. It is possible, of course, that the Shenandoah, operating between Washington and Cincinnati, might be eliminated without irreparable loss. But in that belief lies this rub. No matter hpw you look at the matter, the day is rapidly approaching when we may be forced...yes forced by a fuel shortage...to curtail our use of the private automobile and turn to public transportation to take us where we want to go and bring us back. At one time, the railroads provided this service. However, after World War If, the railroads suddenly discovered that passenger traffic was diminishing, losing ground to the private automobile and to the airlines. They did little, if anything, to promote travel by rail. In fact, it has been widely charged that the railroads themselves helped destroy railroad passenger service by adopting poor schedules; by deleting some of the special services offered passengers; and by generally permitting passenger rolling stock to deteriorate badly. In short, the railroads had discovered that the movement of freight by rail was much, much more lucrative than trying to move bodies. What the Federal government has tried to do through the formation of Amtrak, is develop interest in rail passenger traffic While Amtrak has made some progress, it still needs better promotion of what it offers before the public will again take to riding the rails. Perhaps this is because too many railroad men have been given positions of responsibility with Amtrak, and they tend to carry forward their built-in antipathy toward rail passenger service. There are those who would curtail the activities of Amtrak by withdrawing governmental subsidies that manage to keep Amtrak's head above water. So far, Congress has not bowed to pressures from these sources, witness to recent action of the legislative bodies that extended the current Amtrak schedules for another year. Those who charge too much government subsidy ought to remember that there are subsidies, direct and indirect, to all other forms of transportation. They ought to remember, too, that in case of national emergency, -- war or the like, -- railroads would be a must for moving not only supplies and materials, but Letters To The Editor IkAkAkAkkAkAkAkAkAkAkAkAIk JkAkAkAkAkAklk July 26, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch: I am, and have been a lifelong Democrat. I gave money to Jimmy Carter's campaign to help elect him and I admire and respect U.S. Senator Robert Byrd. Both the president and Senator Byrd are good Christians and'I love them as a Brother in Christ. And I would not vote against them because of just one issue. But in reference to the Panama Canal treaty I have one question for them to answer. Does it sound like the decision to give away the Panama Canal was made by men of intelligence? Sounds to me more like the thinking of a "peanut farmer's mule". And as for the Senators who voted for the Treaty, it sounds to me like the fellow who said after having two martini's he tried to hijack !an elevator and fly to Cuba. I hope that President Carter won't keep on making such serious mistakes and have to go to work for Playboy magazine because he has lost his job in the White House. In 1980, unless there is a vast improvement in his per- formance, James Earl Carter couldhe "Gone With the Wind." For Jimmy Crter it could be back to the Peanut Butter fac- tory where he will have two choices, "Smooth" 'and "Crunchy". I want to extend all my love to the people of Jefferson County, and if they would like to talk with me about President Carter's born again experiences, or any other subject, come to the Baker V.A. Center and visit with me. My address is: James Alien Burner Baker V.A. Center Bed 127 Martinsburg, W. Va. or P.O. Box 116 Summit'Point men and people as well. Whatever the cost, this nation must maintain e unauthorized strtke..Trash men basic portions of its rail system in such a manner thit 4 i2 New Orleans, Fxremen and ' l rodcemen m severat malor they will be fit and ready for whatever eventual y] "t'.  o. Fede a cm__ ar_ _. strike .... r_l occurs. The railroads must not be allowed to[employees are threatening to deteriorate to the point where, if an emergency cc-| strike. Many other large union curs, it would be impossible to call upon their services / contracts expire in the near immediately, future and huge demands are July 25, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson P.O. Box 231 Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Editor: Chickens come home to roost. Metro workers immobilize transportation in District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia by expected. Meanwhile inflation continues to increase and our dollar continues to deteriorate in world markets having struck an all time low with reference to Japanese currency. The OPEC nations are seriously corn sidering eschewing the dollar and demanding a different standard of payment for oil. If this doesn't shake your com- placency, it should. In February 1977 a letter to the Edit of the Washington Post stated "if the members of Congress help themselves to a twenty-seven percent pay raise, every man, woman and child in America will be justified in expecting similar treatment." Chickens do come home to roost. Yours truly, Walter L. Nails 8616 Regor Lane Annandale, Va. July 24, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson 210 N. George St. Charles Town, W.. Va. Dear Editor: Please renew my subscription to The Spirit of Jefferson Ad- v.ocate. Having left the Charles Town area a number of years ago, we have lived in the Far East and in Europe, but I find that my roots are still in West Virginia. I see so many familiar homes and get out my old Yearbook of 1941 and refresh my memory. . Sone time ago, I read Dr. Moler's "Wild Wonderful W. Vs.", regarding our roots, and enjoyed it so much. l especially remember Mr. Lowry, then principal of Charles Town High. I attended my first two years of At this point, the people who reside in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties and work in Washington need Amtrak's commuter service. In the broader picture, the nation needs not only Amtrak but the full facilities of the basic railroad systems. And we ought to insist that governments on all levels work toward preserving these systems. contest held at Jackson's Mill. her home on E. Liberty Street; DEATHS: John Atkinson Hopkins dies at William Carlyle McDonald, 11- "Mansfield"; home of her sister. year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. 70--YEARS AGO -- 70 Carlyle A. McDonald; Robert A party ,of engineers Lee Osbourn, retired farmer of prospecting for a gas pipeline the Middleway section, dies in from the West Virginia gas fields the local hospital; Howard to Baltimore, passes through William Wilt, 49, of Bolivar Charles Town. Heights, dies in the Winchester DEATHS: Memorial Hospital. Charlie Shick, employed with MARRIED: his father on the farm of William Mrs. LUcille Anderson Evans, C. Fraziernear Summit Point, is of Halifax, Va., and Mr. Robert fatally injured by failing under Samuel Knott, of Shepherd- the wheel of a hay loader. stown; Miss Mary Janet Dillow and Pvt. Ted Holder, of McCroy, Arkansas; Miss Margaret Ellen  To Feature Gore, of Charles Town, and Mr. Wallace S. Covington, of Fair. Exhibit Of Paintings fax, Va. Because of an increase in the wheat parity price, the average Paintings by rise-An (Ilse national support price to Munzinger) will be exhibited at , producers for the 1958 wheat Coolfont, Berkeley Springs, Mrs. Katherine Harding, 76, of crop is $1'. per bushel. August 4-27, in the Devonian Room. The public is invited to Leesburg, Va., dies in the local 30--YEARSAGO--30 the opening and to meet Ilse-An hospital; Mrs. Clifford "Mabel The building and grounds of on August 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Irene" Starliper, , of the the old Charles Town General For thepasttwenty-fiveyears, Shepherdstown Road, dies in Hospital are offered for sale by llse-An has studied, lived and King's Daughters Hospital in The Finance Corporation of the contributed to the art culture of Martinsburg; Mr. Richard board. Harris, 68, of Charles Town, dies A new Gulf service station, Munich, Germany. She returned to the states last summer to in the local heepital, known as Holmes Gulf Service, concentrate on interesting MARRIED: is opened at the corner of North houses, landscapes and portraits Miss Mildred Ann Dailey, of George and West North Street. in the eastern United States. Winchbster, and Mr. Carroll Malcolm M. Brown, fruit Presently, she resides in the Todd Smith, of Charles Town. grower and distributor of Washingten, D.C., area, where Russ W. McWatters, president Martinsburg, purchases the she has been commissioned to and general manager of Mrs. Robert Stewart farm and paint a number of houses of the Powhatan Brass & Iron Works in orchard of 750 acres near Federal period. Hanson, is named as chairman Bardane for about f5,000. July 31, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch, Did you see the hatchet job on 'IV Sunday evening? It was called "Race War in Rhodesia." And was full of lies and misin- terpretations. It would take a book, of course, to refute the program properly. I have not that much space. There was the statement that blacks were "bereft of schooling, medical care and hope." I was in Rhodesia and talked with white people who said they had to pay for schooling for children of the black Rhedesians they employed as well as for schooling for their own children. They also had to pay for medical care for their employees. There are excellent hospital facilities for black Rhodesians -- in some ways better than those for whites. For some specialized procedures, whites must go to black hospitals. As for hope -- I saw black Rhodesians in all kinds of jobs. At the hotel where I stayed, the personnel was all black, the desk clerk, the bookkeeper -- everyone. On the subject of military service, the narrator tried to make it seem discrimination against blacks because they were not conscripted for military service. The fact is, whites are conscriptetl -- blacks can volunteer. The narrator tried to make it seem that white Rhodesians were afraid to let black Rhodesians have arms; the fact is that the greater part of the Rhodesian army is composed of black Rhodesians and of course they do have arms. All Rhodesians are united in the fight against communist forces trying to destroy their Country and against terrorist gangs that )rey on isolated Rhodesians -- black and white -- although many more black Rhodesians have been killed by the terrorist groups. There was some mention of black townships  a topic which merits a book. Black townships were set up to protect un- sophisticated black tribesmen from losing property to sophisti:ated whites. Whites are not permitted to buy land or to have a business in the black townships -- a subject not mentioned. Nor was it men- tioned that white Rhodesians must build houses for black Rhodesians in the townships, paid for out of taxes. A black Rhndesian was in- duced to say that he did not like living in a protected village. Protected villages are set up to protect the black tribesmen from terrorists who kill and rape. When I vas in Rhodesia we tent, unannounced, to a protected village. There was no ban on photographing. I took pictures of the men, farm workers, on a big truck, going back to the field after their two hour lunch period. Smiling men. I took pictul'es of women and children. Smiling women and giggling children. No ambunt of prior ordering could have forced everyone to look so happy. Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo were mentioned at length. Mugabe heads. Zanu ,which operates out of Mozam- bique and Nkomo heads Zapu which operates out of Zambia. There was no mention, in this TV program, of the slaughter of unarmed men, women and children by Mugabe's Zanu and Nkomo's Zapu including Zanu's recent murder of nine missionaries and their four children. There was deference to the opinions of those two terrorists as if murderers from outside Rhodesia should have a say in the Rhodesian government. There was an admission that Mugabe and Nkomo were communists because there was a statement that the disagreement between the two was about how much Marxism should be a part of a future Rhodesia. The timing of the hatchet program on TV was excellent just after our Senate voted to uphold economic sanctions on Rhodesia. Are they softening us up for an all out war against Rhodesia? of the W. Va. Fire School Board of Directors, replacing N. Clark Furr, also of Charles Town. The Charles Town boys tennis team manages to stay'in the championship play of the Mason- Dixon Tennis League by scoring a pair of victories and thereby moving into a post-seas0n playoff with the Winchester, Vs., team of the league. --YEAR8 AGO-- m Citizen's Fire Company dedicates its new modern $90,000 fire hall in Charles Town. James T. Blue of Shenandoah Junction, is the second place district winner in the Eastern Panhandle Soll Conservation DEATHS: Laura May W'dlinsham dies at the home, of her daughter in Charles Town; John Wnodrow Braithwaite is killed when the truck he is driving is struck by an N&W train at the crcasin8 south of i Byrd packing plant; Daniel N. Taylor dies at the home of, his sister-in-law i Hugerstown, Md. N -- YEARS AGO -- DEATHS: Joseph Badden dies it Bolivar; Mrs. Mary E. Mc. Cleary dies at the home of a niece at Flowing Spriqg; DufMrsl Mary Harmon dies near fields; Mrs, John H. Hall dies at Painting in water Colors and oils, the artist's landscapes are imbued with a German in- fluence. JESSE MAUCKS PARENTS OF BABY DAUGHTER Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mauck Route 2, Charles Town, are the parents of a baby daughter, Jessica Lynn, horn July 27, in Jefferson Memorial Hospital., The new addition y, eighed 8 pounds, one ounce. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mauck, Shepherdstown; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville Viands, Route 2, Charles Town, high school in Stanley, Va., and Lela Gardner was fortunate to have Mr. Lowry. as my principal, and his I00d00lge fiance as a teacher. I then N....__ I returned to Charles Town High and much to my surprise he had d Of Nal been transferred there, so I had four years with Mr" Lwry' who I k] M[ was very helpful to me after graduation in obtaining a job in Washington, D.C., :with the Aweli-known Winchester, Va., government, resident, Tom W. Baldridge, has I've seen lots of places in my i travels, but West Virginia (and J Virginia) are truly "God's Country". Mrs. Gertrude Seal Burwell Formerly from Shenandoah Junction been elected chairman of 1he board of trustees of the Jaycee War Memorial Fund, an "Educational and Patriotic Trust" that owes and operates a two block area in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The area contains the Jaycee 00pi00o[ ESTABLISHED 1844 * JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO,., INC ....... Donald G. Rentch ................... R. Meade Doroey ................... i 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 as second class matter , Ad Deadline 4 p. m. wild, wondert VItl00INI00 SHORT SUBJECTS Let's give Governor Rockefeller credit for living up to his promise of ctttting down on the number of state employees. The latest report shows that there are fewer people working for the State of West Virginia than were employed when Jay took office. During former Governor Moore's ad- ministration there were over 10,000 employees added. Some reports say 15,000. A high-up or inside Democrat told me the other day that of Jay's eighty, first and top level appointees, there are less than half left. The implied conclusion was that Governor Rockefeller has up-graded his staff from the original level of minimum ex- perience. The Governor still receives criticisms regarding salaries paid. He up-graded salaries of his staff in order to attract highly qualified men and women. Since many of the p- pointees were from outside the system those passed over complained. Jay truly wants a good performance by his staff and is willing to pay. Un- fortunately, experience in West Virginia politics was lacking at the beginning. Unlike the Ivy- league Kitchen Cabinet of John' Kennedy. Jay has had his problems. " Let's give Jay credit for trying to hold down capital ex- penditures and bringing about some consolidation of agencies. As Soon as he moves to make a consolidation, all the agency cry "wolf" and the Governor their private some cases has for the benefit too long. thing is that Senators any moe that constituents. will we ever mak work, When you cut workers and immediately County 'This is one popularity. Ma thought that would be democrats has changed Jay's Board of i county because College. It was he spoke the professional John SaunderS. strongly believes County should Board of had a stror since the days Sr., of Changes in Commission William qualifications been manager and ofl War Memorial complex, and houses the United States Jaycee National Headquarters. It is valued at more than two million dollars. Baldridge was the first president and c0-founder of the Virginia Jaycees, a former national vice-president, and the founder of the Jaycee War Memorial Fund at the 1944 National War Conference in Omaha, Nebraski. Plans have also en an- nounced for the "Million Doflar in the war memorial archives progress of the Jaycee heginning in 1 Miss. HOUSE & NYC The provide New term financitl hel p the avoid Byrd's.Eye By U.S. Senator NATO: Not a Military Thirty years ago, the leaders of i West was recovering from States' the devastation of World NATO and War II when a new dan- term ger arose--the threat of agreed to in Communist aggression. To sentatives preserve the hard-won Washington peace, the United States mit. and its Western allies The formed a political-military sist of alliance called the North program Atlantic Treaty Organiza- improve tion, which was to become and a the cornerstone of post- member war U.S. foreign policy, fense After three decades of cent per peace and prosperity in All of Europe, the United States heartened is again focusing its at- States' tention on the continent's ment to security. The reason for and were the concern is the steady buildup of Soviet-Warsaw Washington Pact men and munitions in Eastern Europe. Clear NATO's ]y, it is vital that the eral North Atlantic alliance "would be uP maintains adequate mill- ber tary strength." the During my recent trip to said the Europe as President Car- would ter's special emissary, .I paces discussed the state of and. NATO's defenses with al- ties. liance officials and with It is leaders of three NATO leaders countries  Prime Minis- of' ter James Callaghan of the forces to United Kingdom, Chancel- tary ]or Helmut Schmidt of stead, a West Germany, and Prime a clear Minister Leo Tindemans of that the Belgium. lies I reassured the European to meet