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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1978 MIS-USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS Raymond B. Maloy of Harpers Ferry made an interesting point in his letter to the editor of the Spirit of Jefferson dealing with the West Virginia Depart- ment of Health's offer to screen the drug, marijuana, for the presence of "Paraquat", a herbicide detrimental to the user's health. He called it "outrageous" that such screening is available through the West Virginia Department of Health despite the fact that the possession, use or sale of marijuana is against the law, ranking as a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon in- terpretations by various states of these United States. Mr. Maloy goes on to say that it has hard for him to understand why we should aid and abet the use of marijuana in any way, particularly in view of the mounting evidence that marijuana can be harmful to the health. Well, sir, we found out how it all happened. In paternalistic Washington there exists the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, which studies the problem of the utilization and misuse of drugs. When that institute established the fact that "Paraquat", a herbicide used by the Mexican government to destroy marijuana crops, left a residue that could cause lung problems in smokers of the plant, it was no longer a matter of what was legal and what was not. Out went a directive, or informational piece, to state departments of health, outlining the dangers involved in smoking marijuana that contains "Paraquat", one that was duly received by the W. Va. Department of Health. This, in turn, prompted the good folks in Charleston "to decide that they should "screen" marijuana, upon request, to make sure it would not cause fibrosis of the lungs because it contained "Paraquat". So the word went out to 55 county health departments; and they in turn transmitted the word to the local population through the news media. Health officials admit that possession of marijuana is against - the law. This was verified by the prosecuting attorney of Jefferson County, Robert Skinner, who would comment no further on the matter except to say "it's against the law." So once again, we must report that in this nation of laws, a research organization has set in motion a ruling that circumvents the laws of the state and nation, and at least one state organization in West Virginia has followed suit, all the while promising confidentiality for marijuana possessers who ask for the screening process. On the record, we believe it to be a mis-use of public tax funds, particularly in view of the fact that the action, however justified for reasons of health, is against the law In sidebars to the matter, we are pleased to report that the Eastern Panhandl Mental Health Center's Drug Coordinator, DonaldMcNamee, has ad four responses to the screening  offer. AI*I hae been negative, opposed to the suggestion. There has been no request for screening, suggesting that possessors of marijuana are smarter than the health depart- ment, the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the State Health Department, and are not about to reveal an identity. And finally, it is reported that the Congress of the United States is talking about a measure that would require a coloring to be placed in "Paraquat" so that contamination would be easily recognizable. How they would require theMexican government to utilize this coloring is still another unanswered question. rVVVVVVVVVVVVVV Letters To The Editor Cliffside Motor Inn Harperts Ferry, W. Va. Aug. 9. 1978 Mr. Don Rentch Editor Spirit of Jefferson N. George St. Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Don: Enclosed is a copy of a letter we received here at Cliffside and thought it would be of interest to the people of Jefferson County, particularly those of Harpers Ferry, and ask that you publish the letter in the Spirit at your convenience. Sincerely yours, John N. Newcomer President TO: The people of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, the employees of the Cllffside Motor Inn, also to Mayor Paul Courtney, of Bolivar: My Wife and I have just spent our honeymoon of three days in this great part of the country and we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you and especially the honorable Mayor Paul Courtney. We are certainly glad we selected Harpers Ferry as the spot for our honeymoon and believe me we will return to that lovely spot in the very near future. I will always recommend this place on earth to any other honeymooners. We love you all. Mr. & Mrs. Gary Durha Norborne Glebe Farm Rt. 2 Charles Town, W. Va. Aug. 10, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson P.O. Box 231 Charles Town, W.*Va. Dear Sir: My congratulations to you for the item concerning United Nations Ambassador Young. As you are no doubt aware many of our politicians, cloistered as they are in their ivory towers, are prone to lose touch with the common folk and make their own rules. As you have indicated this is probably what has hap-' pened. Mr. Young gets as many "strikes" as Mr. Byrd and Mr. Carter elect to give him. This is the way Washington operates. Sincerely, Walter L. Nalls U.S. Dept. of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service National Fisheries Center Leetown Rt.3, Box 41 Kearneysville, W. Va. Aug. 8, 1978 Editor and Staff Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sirs: The entire staff of the National Fisheries Center wish to thank you for your attendance and coverage of the." handicapped fishing area dedication, July 29, 1978, at Leetown. Your excellent press coverage of the fishing area and the dedication event contributed immensely to its Success, Sincerely yours, Robert E. Putz, Director National Fisheries Center August 12, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch: J. E. Carter wants to cram an energy bill through this session of Congress. To see how wonderful government programs are, let's use the report of Project Con- serve, Fuel and Energy Office, Charleston, as an example. Last winter Project Conserve sent West Virginians a questionnaire which could he returned at no cost. Meaning, of course, no visible cost because Page-Jackson, A Showplace When the 1978-79 school term opens on Tuesday, September 5, Jefferson County will gain another structure of extreme historical and scientific value to show off to the rest of the nation and world. This latest showcase which joins a long list of other historical and important sites and places in Jefferson County. is the all-new, all-modern Page-Jackson Elementary School which was only recently,completed on some 12 acres of land located just off U.S. Route 340, several miles west of Charles Town. It is the first of its kind in all of West Virginia, and one of the first ever con- structed in the country that will be relying mostly on / solar energy for both heating and cooling the building. The new intriguing and amazing structure has been under construction for nearly three years at a total cost of better than $2-million dollars, of which $1.2- IniUion came through state and county tax sources and the remainder having come from the Federal Government. It is not only something new in educational buildings, it will be a showplace for the rest of the world to come and see how the sun, the most abundant of all energy sources, is being used here in Jefferson County as a source of heating and cooling any type, or just about any size public building. Even though the structure is not fully completed and has not been officially opened for use, which will be on Tuesday, September 5, scientists, engineers, solar energy enthusiasts and students, as well as just plain folks, are already moving in to have a closer look and ask questions about the facility, according to Jim Ritchie, Principal of the new school. Mr. Ritchie says visitors from many states, and as far away as the state of Michigan, and the distant country of Australia, hhve already made a tour of this beautiful and clean energy-saving structure. The planning for this advanced building began as far back as January 1975,L when Harold Pickens was Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools and the late W. W. "Bill" Hammond, was a member of the board. They took the initiative in interesting the Energy Research and Development Agency in such a project. And while its completion has come a year later than was anticipated, one tour and inspection of the building says it has all been worth waiting for. This advanced model of solar energy heating and cooling has not only placed Jefferson County, but all of West Virginia, in the vanguard of the development of solar energy for not only the needs of the nation, but for the world as well. There is just one dark spot in this newest Jefferson County showplace --the fact that no money was available for completely equipping the new facility. And that's too bad. For some time now the some 25 teachers who will make up the school faculty have been working hard and long, giving of their time and efforts to move everything salvagable from the old Page-Jackson School into the new building. And while there is sufficient equipment and furniture in the neW building to properly handle the some 510 students of kindergarten through third grades who will be enrolled there, it would have been much nicer to have opened the school with new and modern furniture and equipment in some areas of the building that now look unfinished. But these things will come later as money becomes available. When the planners designed this new eciucational edifice, they said it would attract the attention and scrutiny of educators, industrialists, contractors,  energy experts and enthusiasts from all parts of the country and the world, and so they made provisions for a roof-top observation platform to accomodate some 30 persons at one time. They were right. Already they are coming, and many more will be coming to see and ask questions. For many years Jefferson County has attracted tourists by the millions to see its historic sites and places. And now more will be coming to see this new Page-Jackson School. a business reply envelope costs more tnan regular postage, there was also postage for the recommendations back to us and of course the.employees in the office of Project Conserve were paid. One question was: "How many windows in your house?" 1 counted them and put down the number. Next: "How many windows with storm sash?" I put down the same number because all windows have storm sash. For this the recommendation was: "Install I0 storm windows, estimated saving, $40 to $50 a year. Estimated cost, do-it- myself: $205 to $25.5. Hiring it done, estimated cost: $265 to 1;315. This recommendation caused a certain amount of mental confusion. As all my windows have storm sash, were they recommending that 10 of them have two sets of storm sash each? Or were they recom- mending that I put in 10 new windows and put storm sash on them? There was also a question about insulation in the attic -- I believe it asked specifically if there was rock wool to the top of the floor joists, I answered that there was -- the spaces between the floor joists were filled with rock wool to the top. Apparently that was not enough insulation. Project Conserve recommended 3-4 inches of ceiling insulation, although it did admit that it would not be "economically justifiable at the present time" as it would save only $15 to $20 a year. Again I had difficulty in visualizing what was recom- mended. Since the floor of the attic is covered with 6 inches of rock wool insulation, I wondered if they were recommending at I also install a drop ceiling and put the additional 3-4 inches of insulation there. Or did they want me to pile up the insulation in the attic? They also recommended that I Sower. the thermostat to 55 degrees at night. A number of years ago I asked several dif. ferent heating contractors if I would save any fuel by lowering the thermostat at night and was told, by each one, that I would use as much, or perhaps more fuel to bring the temperature up the next day than I would use if I kept an even temperature. In addition, I would have the house too cold for several hours in the morning when I just got out of bed, thus risking a respiratory infection. Now Project Conserve disagrees with the heating contractors. Who is to be believed? Should I risk pneumonia because of Project Conserve? All in all, the report of Project Conserve did nothing except to get me hot under the collar, which did not conserve energy. Think of hew hot under the collar we could all be if there were a national energy bill with such stupidities on a national scale. Let's hope Carter's energy bill is not passed. Lela Gardner Aug. 12, 1978 Dear Sir: I would like to applaud the action taken by Commander Eugene Whisner and the other members of VFW Post 3518 in Keyser, W. Va. They voted unanimously July 5th to bar President Jimmy Carter and I I I News Of Other Years 10 -- YEARS AGO --1O retired merchant at Summit Mrs. J. Edward Saville, of Charles Town, completes a nine- week study tour in Europe sponsored by W. Va. University. DEATHS: Retired Rear Admiral Morton C. Mumma, Jr., 63, and formerly of Berryville, Va., dies in a hospital in Tuscon, Arizona, where he had resided for a number of years; Cletus Atkins, Jr., 43, of Charles Town, dies in the V.A. Hospital in Washington, D.C.; Clyde Clinton Thomas, 71, of the Shannondale section of Jefferson County, dies unex- pectedly in the local hospital; Louis Peter Mello, 63, of Ranson, dies unexpectedly enroute to the local hospital; Miss Mary Estelle "Heckle" Gibson, 88, of Harpers Ferry, dies in the hospital. Earl Viands, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Earl Viands, Sr., of Charles Town, is chosen "Best Drum Major" in the Flint Hill Firemen's parade. Duane Andrews, general manager of Ranson Products, Inc., long active in Lionism locally and in the district and a past president of the Charles Town club is named Zone Chairman of Lions In- ternational, District 29-1, Region 1, Zone 1, and also a member of the District (vernor's Cabinet. The Charles Town netmen prove why they're rated as one of the top teams in the area, when they beat Winchester, Va., by the score of 7-2 in the Mason- Dixon League Championship match played at the Oatesdale Park tennis courts in Mar- tinsburg. J. E. Givens, assistant general manager of Southern States Cooperative, is elected to a one- year term as chairman of the board of the American Institute i of Cooperation. 20 --YEARS AGO -- 20 The new $90,000 modern elementary school in Ranson is being completed by S. L. Minghini and Son, contractors. Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Jacobs of Ranson, celebrate their golden wedding an- niversary with a reception given i by their four children. MARRIED: Miss Joan Margaret Cross, of Shenandoah Junction, and Mr. Grenville Lee Mercer, of Charles Town; Miss Shirley Mae Fields of Ranson, and Pvt. 2nd Class William E. Monroe, of Philmont, Va.; Miss Doris Elaine Fritts, of Charles Town, and Mr. Harry Thomas Hern- don, of Shenandoah Junction. DEATHS: James Merkey, 52, trainer and horseman of Jefferson County, dies in King's Daughters Hospital; Eugene Bartlett Timberlake, 85, of Winchester, a Point, dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 The Dr. William Neill house on East Washington Street is purchased by Mrs. D. Z. Royer. Dr. Oscar C. Stine and wife purchase from Mrs. Corn M Lucas, George R. Lucia and Elizabeth S. Sheetz and husband, the 119 acre Elmwoed Farm south of Shepherdstown for about $30,000. W. B. Snyder, Jr., takes over the direction of Shepherdstown Register, weekly newspaper which had been published by the Snyder family since 1882. DEATHS: Mason K. Bowers, retired Jefferson County farmer and' merchant, dies in King's Daughters Hospital; Dr. A. P. Stauffer, oldest practicing physician in Hagerstown, dies at his home there; Frank Walker, cashier in the W. Va. Liquor Control Commission, dies of a heart attack in Hagerstowm Marvin Eugene Staubs, of Harpers Ferry, is instantly killed at the steam plant of the Potomac Edison Light and Power Company, al Millville; Harry Files Magruder, of Marlowe, dies at his home there. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 C. P. Weller, lessee of Charles Town's municipal caverns will open them to the public; visitors enjoy boating in a metal covered boat in the caverns. In the track and field events at the Citizens Military Training Camp at Ft. Thomas, Ky., John C. Skinner, of Charles Town, is first in the 100-yard dash; Cleon Eliiott of Ranson and Edward Miley of Charles Town, also won honors in athletics. DEATHSi Mrs. Julia Upright Straleman dies at her home in Brunswick; Mrs. Lawrence A. Osbourne dies in Baltimore, Md. MARRIED : Miss Eloise Burleigh of Harpers Ferry, and Joseph Thompson of Lynchburg, Va. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 The Farmers and Merchant Deposit Co. completes a new bank building on Main Street in Charles Town, opposite the Court House. The first ice from the C. L. ,Robinson Company ice plant in Ranson is delivered in Charles Town. DEATHS: John J. Jobe, formerly of Jefferson County, dies at Hampton, Va.; Aaron Heflehower, formerly of Jef- ferson County, dies at a hospital in Williamsburg, Va.; Mrs. Annie Crunkleton dies at i Kabletown. Senators Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd from any VFW I activities because of their support of the Panama Canal treaties. The VFW post then placed a large advertisement in the Mineral Daily News-Tribune announcing their action. Now that Panama has the Canal, Foreign Minister Nicolas Gonzalez Revilla has moved forward on what nationalist forces in the U.S. warned would be the second step in making the Caribbean a Soviet lake. He is now calling on the United States to giye up its Guantanamo naval base in Cuba and provide self- determination for Puerto Rico. The formula for conquest, which the Communists have used quite successfully, is simply : "External en- circlement, plus internal demoralization, plus ther- monuclear blackmail, leads to progressive surrender." Sincerely, Homer N. Loveday Charles Town, W. Va August I, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va: Dear Editor: I quite agree with your editorial about the Metric System. We have gotten along without it for 200 years so why should we start it now. Instead of spending money to educate children about the metric system we had better spend that money teaching them hew to read, in my opimon. If Great Britain can get along without it why can't we. Just because other countries have it is no reason why we should have it too. I feel it would only cause more confusion in this confusing world we are living in. Why do that? I would appreciate it if .you would have more in your paper about who to write to about this matter. Sincerely, Nancy A. Ambrose August 7, 1978 Mr. Don Rentch Spirit of lefferson Charles Town, W. Va. On behalf of the Potomac Little League I would like to thank you for the fine coverage our two All-Star teams received in the Spirit this past month. Were it not for the Spirit, few people would know that our Senior Division All-Stars won three District Tournament  games and were beaten by Martinsburg twice, 3-1 and 2-1. This says a great deal for the team Jefferson County fielded since Martinsburg went on to easily capture the State Tour- nament. Likewise, few people would have known that, with out- standing play, the regular Division All-Stars beat Mar- tinsburg for the, Area Cham- pionship and as a result ad- vanced to the District Tour- nament in Philippi, W. Va. Though we were beaten 1-0 in District play, once again the quality of the young men chosen to represent the league was cleat:ly visible. Incidentally, I also wish to publicly thank the Bank oi Harpers Ferry, Cavalier., Exxon, Butts Drug Store, the Bolivar Beauty Salon, Courtneys Auto Parts, Harpers Ferry Realty, Newberry's, J. C. Penney, Kable Oil Company, Mr. W. Dick Walker and the many individual contrilmtors whose financial assistance for the tournament was invaluable to the league. Without their help and, of course, the regular seasons sponsors help to the teams in our league we wouk not have been able to have sucl a successful season and tour- nament. We look forward to a continued close relationship with your paper as we begin our second twenty-five years of service to the youth of Jefferson County. Very truly yours, Michael M. Johnson President Potomac Little League ISTABLISHED 1844 | JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC .... ..... PubliC} R. Meade Dorgey .................... Ma Published Every Thursday at 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price .... $7.50 a Year J Entered in the post office at Charles Town as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday ii- m ii i , i wild, A711qr11 wonderful 2Lt.TP VI00INIA _ i If the present tax reform ef- order to qualify for govern forts succeed in raising to 87 grants. percent the number of federal Our churches may also f income tax payers who take effects of higher : standard deductions instead of deductions. It will take 8 itemizing their deductions it tithe to get the tax credit stands to reason there will be The United Way expectS less of the voluntary and year to be a real struggle charitable contributions. Heaven knows we need t] Leaders of volunteer breaks but included shOU organizations, local charities and philanthopies have fears that fewer people will be sup- porting tax-exempt services. Taxpayers are becoming more conscious of the amount of their taxes that are being used by the government bureaus to support the less fortunate. They are also looking with askance at some of the government grants that are awarded to political sub- divisions to carry on services that were once supported by tributions.Vlunteer charitable con- while living". /| Taxes are being pushed higher I Resea rh F ' i and higher by inflation and the i combination of inflation and e t SenateO00 taxes leaves very little in some family budgets for generous participation in charities of their ][  | choice. U.S. Senator Robert BYrd E Services now being provided announced passage of  by bureaucracy-type govern- appropriations bill thaf' ment agencies are much less funding cuts for researcbE .. G efficient and much more costly Veterans AdminiStrlE I administratively, therefore hospitals, fed4, ::i donations are being withheld The measure could aff and this adds more opportunities research projects currenl: for the folks in HEW etc. progress at Martinsburg West Virginia has its full share Center, according to the h0e' of private colleges. With the contributions being reduced and inflation affecting expenses they are nearing the breaking point. The new tax reform may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. It will not be unlikely that these private schools request some support from our state budget to cover the loss in donations and the cost of in- flation. Now the question -- will it be cheaper and better for our state to subsidize the private colleges to compensate for their lesses or should we let them fade away. Church schools are giving up their religious identity in some continued incentive support church and cb supported institutions. Our and dedication should be i enough and maybe this will strengthen the c se giving. This we will awa Foundations and reli] i institutions are receiving | : legacies and gifts through t F The tax advantage of l ones fortune or portions d charity are becoming gt than the advantages of "[ F director, I. V. Billes. .,t Billes said cancer r,: being performed, at Ac0a about $135,000 annnally I geriatrics research at a ' about $50,000 annually.. F Billes said he exl cancer program to con said the geriatrics projed be discontinued, but for other than financial. . i The Senate actio  cumvented some Fe  cf government considera would have phased out programs next year ai than fifty VA hospi i b Coal: The Nation's Insurance Pol Coal, West Virginia's fuel and gas greatest natural resource, Under the may also be America's in- ule, the plant suranee policy in the event operation by 1983, of a world-wide oil short- ing the energy age that could come as of a 20, early as the mid-1980's, refinery. To mute the impact of If the soaring oil prices, the fed- proves successful, eral government plans to could be enlarged use domestic coal as a syn- merical size, thetic substitute for ira- 30,000 tons of ported oil. into the energy Since World War II, of 100,000 barrels af scientists have experi- SRC liquid fuel, mented with processes to itmated cost of turn coal into a liquid fuel. barrel, could also The most promising tech- bargain if the ;eal nique is called solvent re- oil continues to fining of coal or SRC, West Virginia which, in its most ad- chosen as the site vanced form (SRC-I), plant because of its produces a liquid that dant coal reserve meets clean air standards extensive river a and can be used in existing shipping systerqs, liquid fuel boilers, proximity to At present there are two utilities and small SRC pilot plants-- where need for one in Wilsonville, Ala., great. and a larger one in Ta- The plant could t coma, Wash., which use a drawing card, attt from six to 50 tons of coal energy-intensive ind a day to make liquid and to West Virginia, s solid fuels, as being a good On a much larger scale, for our native co L: the U.S. Department of The Energy and a subsidiary of is contingent Gulf Oil Corporation plan approval to build a $450-$600 rail- am certain that, lion SRC-II demonstration predictions of an plant )n a site near Mor- shortage and ganto. W. Va. Each day Carer's call to ,Jsel the phnt would convert tic coal instead of ! 6.000 tc's of high-sulfur oil, the SRC coal int clean-burning is bright.  / I