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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, AUGUST I0, 1978 Congratulations Potomac Stars Congratulations are most certainly in order for Jefferson County's Potomac Little League All-Stars. While neither of the two teams from 'Jefferson County that participated in the post-season playoffs, managed to win a state championship, both of them did themselves, and Jefferson County; proud with their outstanding performances. The Regular Division All-Stars from Jefferson County cleared a major hurdle in their first post- season . playoff game by upsetting the Martinsburg All-Stars by a 5-2 score to win the area championship and move up into district play. And in district play they dropped a close heart-breaking 1-0 decision to Grafton, the team which went on to win the DistriCt crown and move into the state playoffs. In the district battle with Grafton, the Potomac Stars gave up a run in the first frame on three hits and that was all Kent Dillow allowed the Braxton county boys. But that one run was enough despite the fact the Potomac Stars outhit Grafton and on two occasions had opportunities to at least knot the score and possibly take the lead and the game. The Potomac Senior Stars, after losing a heart- breaking 2-1 decision to the Martinsburg Senior Division Stars, fought their way back into the tour- nament from that opening round defeat, to beat the Taylor County and the South Branch All-Stars, only to run once again into the same Martinsburg team that had defeated them in the opening round. This time again it was a slim 3-1 margin that the Potomac Stars lost. After that game, Martinsburg went on to win the state championship handily and also win in Regional play in North Carolina. in the Senior Division of play the Potomac Stars fared far better against the Martinsburg Stars that did any other team in the state as the Martinsburg Stars rolled over their state opposition in easy fashion, scoring many times more runs in each game than they scored in the entire DistI:ict tournament. In fact, Martinsburg scored more runs in just their opening game against Logan than they did against the Potomac Stars in both games. So this certainly speaks well for the strength of the Potomac Stars, who had the pitching to go all the way, but could not seem to come up with the timely hitting whichthey needed in the two crucial games with Martinsburg Both John Mahoney and Richie Chrisman turned in fine pitching exhibitions every time out, but against Martinsburg the Potomac Stars just could not solve the offerings of Gary Noll who hurled five-hit ball at them in both games. There is no question the toughest competition either of the Potomac Star teams faced, came from the Martinsburg Stars. In one instance, the Regular Division of play, they were able to score enough runs to win, in the other, the Senior Division, they fell shorl by jone run in one game and two runs in the other:: And as we said it the beginning/even though they ditl not make it to a state championship, their per- formances against the teams that did, certainly shows the Potomac Stars ,ere tough to stop. A Good Protection The COnstitution of the State of West Virginia has a very wise provision, one we should never dispense with. It requires the state to maintain a balanced budget every year, which is something the people in a lot of other states would appreciate having as a part of their constitution. It is true, of course, that clever lawmakers and governors have managed in more recent years to cir- cumvent this portion of the constitution by getting the people to approve the floating of more than a billion dollars in road bonds and other debts. But these are not a part of the general budget. This is not to say that the Mountain State has not had its problems with financing; and, even with so- called improvements, continues to encounter new problems. Back in 1918, a budget amendment was added to the constitution, but it created no great havoc, and despite the machinations of the seven-member Board of Public Works, which drafted the state's budgetary requirements until 1968, things went along reasonably well. That Board of Public Works was composed of six elected andone appointed public official. It was true they vied for the tax dollar. They sometimes made what many considered to be outrageous reqvests. But the Legislature always had the final say. The budget, until 1968, was a creature of the Legislature. Although there were disagreements; although certain public departments may not have fared too well if they earned the ire of the Legislative bodies, nonetheless it appeared to work reasonably effectively . Proponents of the Modern Budget Amendment utilized every disagreement; every excessive demand; and every protestation of the Legislature to sell the public on passage of the amendment. For more orderly government, they said, make the govern0r responsible for the budget. That's about what we did when we approved the amendment. The first thing we found out, through Governor Arch Moore, was that a smart governor could manipulate the entire state budget, which he did by the simple expedient of under-estimating rdvenues. The amendmenfread: "The legislature should not in- crease the estimate of revenue submitted in the budget without the approval of the governor." As a result, Governor Moore once built up a surplus of $239 million dollars in one year. And he, more often than not, dictated through legislature, how this money would be spent, Basically, it was un-budgeted money accumulated through a loophole in the con- stitutional amendment. Now, there's another possible loophole. The Modern Budget Amendment contains the language "no item relating to the judiciary" shall be decreased." Now some have taken this to mean it could not be decreased over the previous year's appropriation, but a panel of judges, asked to rule on the matter, says g the legislature cannot reduce the amount requested by the judiciary for its annual appropriation. First, we do not believe that the framers of the modern budget amendment intended that a governor should be permitted to deliberately underestimate the state's revenues to create what might be called a "false surplus." Rather, we believe that revenue estimates ought to be as accurate as such estimates can be, and should reflect the state's economic health and capabilities. Neither do we believe that the writers of the modern budget amendment intended that the judiciary should be able to request any amount of money it wants and get that amount. Rather, increases in the judiciary budget should .be left to the discretion of the legislature and the governor as we attempt to main- tain the necessary balance between the three gover= nmental branches. There is but one method to correct these apparent flaws. Amend the constitution again, and do it as quickly as possible. Never, however, let anyone talk you into permitting any move that would in any way weakenor do away with the brightest feature of the West Virginia con- stitution.., that section which requires West Virginia to maintain a balanced budget every year. It's our protection against unbridled spending, as effective, or even more so, than Proposition 13. k. ,dk ,dK ,dlb. ,dlk AIk Ak..d A Ak..d Al Ak ,dK ,al AkL.dlk Ak Ak A  . Letters To The Editor Charles Town, W. Va. August 5, 1978 Dear Sir:. I feel the school board is to he commended for putting surplus property on the auction block. It is time the public realizes that the schools are financed mainly with property taxes. The Senior Citizens Lobby was responsible for pushing through the Homestead Act in. West Virginia. This exempted every property owner over 65 years old $5,000 on their property tax, regardless of how wealthy they were. This meant a loss of $147,000 in county revenue the first year. It is probably much higher now as more people reach the age of 65 and more retired people move into the community. This raises the question of why the school board appointed a ministers wife to a teaching job? Why should any person who lives in a tax free home be allowed to receive a salary paid with property tax money? Any property not taxed forces property taxes higher for those wlo do pay property taxes. Also those who do pay property taxes have been forced to pay for the education of children of parents who live in tax free homes. Hasn't the time come to ask why anyone in the United States is allowed to live on tax free property other than the President of the United States, and the governor of each state? Let us demand that ali surplus property whether owned by local, state, or federal govern- ment he returned to the tax roll. Virginia B. Kable August 7, 1978 Dear Sir: Recently congress passed HR 13385 which provided a "tem- porary" increase in the national debt from $700 billion to $798 billion. Staggers , Slack, Mollohan and Rahall all voted for the increase. ' At the same time, HUD con- tinued to appropriate millions to various regions of the country, a quarter million here, two million there, and so on. If there is such an astronomical national debt, how can HUD or HEW give money to various regions? Aren't they part of the U.S.? ' Why do HUD, HEW, and other agencies continue to give money despite the enormous national debt? The answer is that each bit of federal money is used to pur- chase a bit of local sovereignty so that in the end the entire country will hesubservientto the federal monster. Each region in the U.S. is the recipient of the gracious largess -- gracious except for the iron controls over the way the money is spent. These controls mean that each federal" dollar erodes local control and increases central power. An example of loss of local control because of taking federal money can be seen in the schools. HEW has given money -- now HEW dictates. And the school officials obey -- they are afraid of losing what looks like an attractive federal dollar. The children are penalized. Many local officials in many parts of the country think they are getting "free" money because they get it from the federal government without raising local taxes with the consequent grumbling from their constituents. Why does it not occur to local officials that they can spend less if there is not the money to spend? Certainly with a "temporary" national debt of $798 billion ($798,000,000,000.00) there is not much money left to spend. Lela Gardner AUg. 6, 1978 Box 521, Rt. 2 Harpers Ferry, W. Va. The Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Editor: As a taxpayer, I was outraged to learn from The Spirit of Jefferson -Advocate that screening of marijuana samples suspected of paraquat con- tamination is available through the West Virginia Dept. of Health. As far as I know the sale and use of marijuana is at least a misdemeanor in this state and it is hard for'me to understand why we should aid and abet its use in any way. This is particularly true in view of. the mounting evidence that use of marijuana can be harmful to health. I have written the Governor protesting this misuse of the taxpayers funds and urge you to do likewise. Sincerely Raymond B. Maloy BLUE RIDGE ACRES Lucia M. Downing 725-3291 Last week Jean Taneyhill, Evelyn Price-and Melba Street went to a peach',rchard and picked a whole bushel. The next day the ame trio plus Lucia Downing went over to Sbepherdstown for lunch at the Yellow Brick Bank. Understand Jean and Evelyn spent some time looking for the yellow brick. Trudy and Bill Russell bad Eleanor and Ralph Munroe of Baltimore as weekend guests. They entertained at cocktails for them and the guest list included Billie and Gone Protov, Lydia and Bob Owens, Hazel Kerner Carmen and Harvey Howe and Robert Smith and friend Dottle. Mary Bell's cousin, Brother Dick arrived last week to spend the month of August and be lost no time in getting around. He'll probably also have to spend some time consoling Mary when she celebrates her big birthday this week (I know the feeling). Have a Happy Birthday! I passed Hazel Kerner on the road one day and sure was surprised but also very pleased to see her driving. Keep it up Hazel. You were doing just fine. i Ruth and Roy Larch en- tertained former residents Catherine and George Funk this past weekend and had a Happy Hour for them attended and enjoyed by Mary and Bob Bell B. J. and Cal LaMotte, Lil and Bill Craghead, Brother Dick Bertha DeVese and Gladys Gooch. Hve you all heard that Pat Wintermeyer has decided to stay with us? She is busy re- arranging her home a little to accomodate a washer and dryer and freezer. That's good news. Endm Funeral Home In Sdd To Reginald 00rley Enders Funeral Home in Berryville, Va., established in l 1892, was recently sold by i Charles Enders, Sr., to Reginald.! Shirley. The funeral home was begun try Enders' father, John H. Enders, and it has been in the Enders family for S6 years. , , ,, I can t do all I nce could, Enders said. I sold it because I LESSONS TO BE LEARNED ' WAKE UP I ' News Of Other Years 10 -- YEARS AGO-- l0 John Porter Burns, Jr., of Charles Town, is selected as first runner-up in the Maryland Cooperative Milk Producers' Seventh Annual Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest at Turf Valley Country Club in Friendship, Md. The Ray. Gerald M. Anders, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Anders of Halltown, and a graduate of .Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., is ordained and installed as associate minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, N. C. MARRIED: Miss Pandora Marie Ball, of Berkeley Springs, and Mr. Robert Thomas Benton, of Charles Town; Miss Sally Louise Spangler, of Front Royal, Va., and Mr. Charles Edward Miley, HI, of Berryville, Va.; Miss Marilyn Alice Eaton, of Harpers Ferry, and Mr. Lester Eugene Reed, of Bolivar; Miss Elizabeth Douglass Bushoug, of "Arcadia" in Berryville, Va., and Mr. David Bruce Potter, of Easton, Conn.; Miss Kenna Delores Fritts and Mr. Paul Thomas Caton, both of Alexandria, Va.; Miss Barbara Wiley, of Round Hill, Va. and Mr. Donald Ceravalo, of Charles Town. DEATHS: Daniel Franklin Myers, 65,.of RFD I, Charles Town, dies unexpectedly in the Washington, D.C., Hospital Center; Mrs. Ida Perry Lippitt Yates, 92, of Washington, D.C., dies in Washington; George Roush McKee, Sr., 77, of Shepherd- stown, dies unexpectedl at his home; Alvey Lee McGowan, 67, of Dargan, Md., a retired laborer, dies in Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.; Mrs. Gladys Augusta Dunn, 60, of Bolivar, dies unexpectedly at her home. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ring, of Middleway, are surprised by their daughter Sandra, with a 25th wedding anniversary celebration at the Ring home. The Braves edge out the Cubs for 3rd place in the National Division of Jefferson Little League, when they score a close 6-5 victory over the Cubs. 2O -- YEARS AGO -- 2O The month of July is the Wettest one for many years with the total rainfall measuring 6.49 inches for the month. The General Telephone Company buys the West Virginia properties of the Central Telephone Company. MARRIED: Miss Jennie Joanna Jenkins d Harpers Ferry, and Mr. Lewis Viands, Jr., of Leesburg, V; Miss Lois Joan Willingham of Charles Town, and Mr. Ervin E. Jenkins, Jr., of Ranson; Miss Mary Alice Heffner, of Moorefield, W. Va., and Mr. A. Lindon Shobe, formerly of Ranson. DEATHS: Mrs. Harriet Shade Snyder, 75, of Inwood, dies in the Winchester Hospital; Percy Carrington Randolph, 60, a native of Millwoad, dies at his home in Boyle; Edward Carroll Smith, 80, native of Keyser, W. Vs., dies at the'home of a daughter in Mechanicstown; Virgil Majors, 78, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital. 3o -- YEARS AGO -- 2O T. A. Lowery is appointed County Superintendent of Schools, after being principal of Charles Town High fr nine years. Mr. Luther Rexroad of Sugar Grove, W. Vs., Pendleton County, and a graduate of West Virginia School of Pharmacy in Morgantown, is added to the staff of Scott and White Drug Store in Charles Town. DEATHS: J. M. Lancaster, Richmond, Vs., dies of a heart attack; Dr. Compton Riely, well-known orthopedic surgeon of Baltimore, Md., dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Mar- tinsburg; Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Porter; Mrs. Martha White Snyder, newspaper publisher, postmistress and leader in civic affairs, dies in Duke University Hospital in Durham, N. C. MARRIED: Miss Huh Taylor and Mrs. John C. Ware, of Charles Town. S0--YEAR8 AGO--  Miss Catherine C. Kaln of Winchester and Mr. Boyd Hinton of Summit Point. DEATHS: Harry Marriat, of Harpers Ferry, Spanish American War veteran, dies in the local hospital; Miss Anna A. Watson dies at the home of Mr. Lee Oshourne. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 78 Henry Wirgman of Romney, is appointed principal of the Shepherdstown Elementary School. DEATHS: Israel A. Beck, formerly of Vincennes, Ind., dies at the home of his son-in-law, C. M. Wetzel; Miss Sailie Johnson dies in Charles Town; Mrs. Mary Osbourn Rouss diez near Kabletown. felt it would be best for all concerned." When John Enders moved from Brucetown to Berryvflle he started his business. He was not only an undertaker, but he also made and repaired furniture and did odd jobs in his shop. Making bee hives and supplying the area with honey was another facet of Enders' early business. "He did anything from putting down matting to making beehives," Enders said of his father. The Enders Funeral Home began with a horse drawn hearse. 'I used to go with papa on the horse hearse. He hired horses from the livery stable until he could buy two. Then he bought his own horses," Enders recalled. "We drove many miles with the horses. We went to Charles Town and Martinshurg. That's a long ways with a horse hearse. He bought his first funeral coach in 1917 or 1918." In the early years of Enders Funeral Home, all the caskets were made right in the shop. Enders said he followed in his father's footsteps in the funeral home because "I was horn here andl didn't know anything but funeral direction from the Start/' EnderJ attended the Renaurd Embalming School in New York City. Shirley, who took possession of the funeral hom July 1, and had been working' at Enders for about three years, is from Gaithersburg, Md. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Shirley. Dr. Shirley is now deceased, and about ten years ago Mrs. Sh!rley married Charles Enders, Sr. Shirley has worked in funeral homes since 1961. He worked in a funeral home in Betbesda, Md., for five years and served another apprenticeship in Virginia later. He attended the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, then worked in Stover Ft/neral Home in Strasburg. Shirley also opened a funeral home in Martinsville for a cemetery company. "Work teaches work," tndian proverb ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ......... Donald G. Rentch ...................... R. Meade Dorsey .................... Mcm Published Every Thursday at 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Vs. 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Year Entered in the post office at Charles Town as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday Dr. George Pickett, the State Health Director who replaced the long tenured Dr. N. H. Dyer a year ago, is now giving some assessments regarding the state hospitals. He has said publicly that we should seriously con- sider getting out of the hospital business. Every year at budget time the quality and needs of state hospitals becomes a big topic for discussion. Locations in the state where the hospitals are being operated put up strong fights to keep their hospital, expand its services and employ more people. The competitive salaries among hospital staffs even becomes an issue among legislators representing the various areas. Hospitals need trained per- sonnel. In a report to a legislative committee Dr. Pickett stated that only 51 positions requiring doctors are now filled. Twenty positions are vacant and that would only be a minimum. Of the 51 doctors now employed in the state hospitals, 43 are graduates of medical schools outside the United States and only three of this number have license to do private practice according to the report. It takes some graduates of the foreign medical schools several years and longer to pass the examinations for private practice in West Virginia. The first step seems to be getting a job in a state hospital until a license can be earned. This means a continuous change of staff. The average salary paid to these state hospital doctors is below $25,000. Claims are being made by patients and their families challenging the professional staffs. In Dr. Pickett is saying, it is impossible to operate funded and managed In a report published s days ago listing doctors on the West University Medical School a number were being paid more than the President. A salary $50,000 and up is order to secure the prepared and highest These doctors also privilege of using some d time for private especially in the areas suiting. While this outside  brings in more cash it is vice and expertise our state medical We noticed the the State Hospital at discontinued taking pX until the sff can'be to full measure or equal load. There is the Women's Prison at Springs to the Hospital facility. Zion Ba00)tist Sponsoring Bus TdP The Zionites of the Baptist Church chartered bus to Dominion Thursday, The fare is $9 for adults for children, ages will leave at I0 a.m. and from Kings Dominion at For reservations call Allen, 725-8356; Mr. Patterson, 725-7796 or napearl Williams, Byrd's.Eye View By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd Paving the Way/or Peace Turkey, strategically lo- cated on the Soviet Un- ion's border, has long been a close and valued ally of the United States. The friendship is based on Turkey's western-style de- mocracy and a cormnon membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion, the post-war alliance created to protect Western Europe from invasion. Greece is also an old and trusted ally, as well as a fellow NATO member. For the past 3% years, the two countries have been feuding over the Mediter- ranean island of Cyprus, which has both Greek and Turkish residents. In 1974, the Turks quelled a coup on the island mounted by Greek office and Cypriots who favored a political union between Greece and Cyprus. Congress imposed an arms embargo on Turkey because the Turks violated U.S. law by using Ameri- can weapons in the inva- sion. Also, it was felt that an embargo might pres- sure Turkey, which still controls the northern third of Cyprx% into making concessions. The U.S. Senate has adopted an amendment I introduced to repeal the 42-month-old embargo while making further aid to Greece, Turkey and Cyprus dependent on resolution of the conflict. The amendment also pro- vides for an additional $35 'million in foreign military sales credits to Greece as well as Congressional re- view of progress in the Cy- prus negotiations. The embargo has served its purpose in registering our discontent and hss come has not brought and Greece closer to ment, and it has dized Turkey's strength and ability tribute to NATO's Unable to" get parts or modern the Turkish army haS forced to cannabalize equipment. The Turkish army second largest in and its diminished capability leaves the of southeastern cluding Greece, nerable to Soviet Such an attack is a bility, given the dented Soviet the southern fla central front. European leaders NATO officials I with on my Europe were urging that the States lift the weakened Turkey NATO, I was told. .There are that Turkey are ready to Cyprus, and lifting bargo improves phere for kish Cypriot offered to the Greek city so that some Cypriot refugees to their homes under an interim, I U.N., In repealing embargo we ing our back on Our goal is to and Eastern maintain the NATO and make just Cyprus I