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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 N ews pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Established 1844 r JEFFERSON "No government ought to be without censors and Where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson PUBLISHED EACH WEDNESDAY BY The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. PUBI'ISHER Craig See MANAGING EDITOR Robert Snyder editor@ EDITORIAL STAFF Bryan Clark, Reporter Robert Smith, Copy Editor/Reporter Christine Miller Ford, Life & Business Editor Bob Madison, Sports Editor BUSINESS STAFF Jennifer See, Cara Young officemanager@ ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Karen Bowers Advertising Manager ads@ GRAPHICS STAFF Kim Schell kim Sharon Snyder sharon @ Rachel Painter-Fields rachel@ CIRCULATION STAFF Robert Smith ONLINE STAFF Rachel Painter-Fields CONTACTING US Office: 210 N. George St Charles Town, W.Va. Mailing address: P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 Phone: 304-725-2046 Fax: 304-728- 6856 E-mail: ABOUT DELIVERY (USPS 510-960) Periodical postage paid at Charles Town, W.Va and additional post offices POSTMASTER: Send Address Changes to The Spirit of Jefferson. P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Yearly in Advance: $27 in West Virginia and $29.50 outside the state. SUMMER F ROBERT SNYDER First-rate Third Thursday ABOVE: Quinn Taylor gets a grip dur ngthe corn-on-the-cob eating contest at Discover Downtown Charles Town's Third Thursday event on Aug. 16. Participants were asked to chow down as much corn as they could in j, ,<'f fi~i~ minutes. TOP RIGHT: Chloe Waldeck of Shepherdstown cuddles with a piglet, one of several animals in the petting zoo she started this summer. She brought her pig, goat and other petting zoo creatures to the Third Thursday event, which had a "Fields, Farmers and Fun" theme. Other fun for kids included a moon bounce, pony rides, face-painting, crafts and lots of contests, including hula-hooping, bubble-gum blowing and sidewalk chalk art. The next Third Thursday comes Sept. 20 and will include a Colonial theme. RIGHT: Kaileyne and James Taylor do their part to beautify downtown during the Chalk Art Contest. Anna Sokel of Sokel Makeup & Skin Care on Charles Street organized the contest, and prize winners in several cat- egories won $5 gift cards for ice cream at Skipper's downtown. Restaurants and downtown businesses offered special Third Thursday deals throughout the evening. Live music from the band 7th Son entertained crowds, who sat on bales of hay long after dark. Bill Norris of Inwood sewed as emcee at the event. the particular property. Hammer Lyn Widmyer was angry that r, rovo s al said many inmates housed at the fa- the county governments did not re- FROM PAGE A1 cility could be hardened criminals, ceive notice of the RFP that could I respectfully submit to you that bring the m-entry center to Jeffer- meeung, if you have been removed and im- son County. Jane Rissler, who lives on prisoned for "an extended period of "If the Federal Bureau of Pris- Kabletown Road, about three time.'" he said, quoting the RFP. "it ons is out soliciting proposals for miles from the proposed site. is unlikely that it is a parking of- this kind of use, not to let us know. said she was opposed to siting fense." as county commissioners I the facility in a rural area. After their three to four month think we should suggest that that "It is miles from public term at the halfway house expires, never happen again." she said. transportation, commtlnity argued Hammer, inmates will be re- "I too am totally opposed to this services and job opportuni- leased and avail themselves of local location, but there are locations ties," said Rissler, who also social services, which are already where I believe this kind of half- cited mediareports that sev- insufficient to meet the current lo- way house could be a~priate" eta inmates "had escaped from cal need. said Dale Manuel, s~g~ting that a MinSec facility in Hazelton. Virginia Graf, a resident who the Burr Industrial Park would be Pa in a single year. "I am also lives near the site, said she sup- an ideal location since it is close to concerned about MinSec's re- ports the mission of rehlbilitation to law dnforcement, jobs arid public cord on security and safety for which halfway houses are meant to services but is also far from resi- nearby residents," she said. contribute but thinks the Kabletown dential areas. . ~ Brian Bellman, who is not Road location would be unsuitable. Walt Pellish said~ was "unal- a Kabletown resident, said he "I do believe in rehabilitation of terably opposed to this project." thought fear of residents in people but I do not believe this But Pellish said he had taken these facilities was~ not always is a suitable residential area for this note of the universal opposition justified, kind of rehabilitation," she said, cit- to the project among advocates of "A lot of these people are ing the distance of, the facility from what he caUed "social justice" and motivated to get back into so- any educational institutions, public their unwillingness to live up to ciety," Bellman said, though transportation, public services and their beliefs when they would be he added that the minority who jobs. personally impacted. cause problems are a proper She also questioned the motiva- "I just have to sit here and won- subject of concem dons of private, for-profit re-entry der, where is the moral outrage Bellman worried such pub- services firms like MinSec.for social justice?" asked Pel- lic nervousness could translate "For-profit organizations are in it lish. "Aren't some of these peo- into an "incident" noting that for themselves, and they are not in pie part of the group that has been many area residents are "well it for service or the general good," held down, abused, victimized by armed." Graft said. some of the awful things that oc- Attorney David Hammer James Tolbert, expressed oppo- cur in the United States, according argued that allowing a rural sition to the proposal as well, and to what we see in the media and home on Kabletown Road to urged commissioners not to con- some of the political rhetoric we be used for this purpose would tribute to the mass incarceration of hear on a day-to-day basis? Where be a violation of both zoning African American and Latino men, is the moral outrage for the latinos, laws and deed restrictions on citing a book that compares mod- the women, the blacks who might em racial inequalities in incarcera- be part of this prison group? Don't tion rights to the Jim Crow laws of they deserve to be rehabilitated? the early 20th-century South. Sometimes I wonder if we are re- All county commissioners ex- aUy serious about what we latch on pressed opposition to the project, to, and all of a sudden the reasons ----annl~ *75700 and voted unanimously to send a for latching on to things go flying letter voicing their op{nions to Min- out the window when confronted 19 x 31 x 4 Includes: Sec find the Bureau of Prisons. with (Not In My Back Yard)." CLEARANCE SALE!! ALL POOLS MUST GO! :. ,If,/. Downtown Charles Town JEWELERS, INC. :" 304-725-7411 Price, P[0duct, Warranty & We Can t Be Beat Guaranteedt Reasonable Competitive Rates In a caring and loving home environment Between Charles Town and Inwood, 455 Paulas 0ircle Kearneysville WV 25430 301-535-1083 Sokel MakeUp & Skin Care Incredible Facials Expert Waxing Amazing Make Up Make Up Lesson Class Monday, September 24th, 6:30 pm Call to register!! 123 N. Charles St Charles Town 304-728-8801 | While America had a steady incarceration rate until the late 1970s, it has tripled since 1980 following the imposition of "tough on erime, sentencing policies like mandatory mumsl ~ strikes laws and than six times as likely as white Americans to be in prison, ~. fine Americans almost three ulafion ~ other industrialized countries, according to statistics from the UK-based International Centre for Prison Studies. An American citizen is almost five times as likely as a British citizen to be in prison, almost nine times as likely as a German citizen, and more than 10 times likely to be in prison than citi- zens of countries ruled author- itarian and dictatorial regimes who recewe sentences, fo~ similar offenses. Criminal justice scholars point to a number of possible causes for this phenomenon, including likely with longer sentences and which inhibit successful re-inte- gration into life outside of pris- on. . Halfway houses attempt to reduce recidivism rates by pro- - one and a half times as likely viding services to ptt~ote ~- as Russians, more than twice as likely as Iranians, and six times as likely as Chinese or Burmese the effect of halfway houses citizens - though many of these in Ohio showed that offenders societies corporally punish or treated in halfway houses had execute offenders, often extra- significantly reduced recidivism juridicially, rather than impris- rates, dropping from 49 percent oning them, which distorts these in the untreated population to 36 population. This little piggy needs a Deed. "lhis little piggy has no Will. This little piggy needs a Divorce. This little piggy got a DUI. This little piggy went wee wee wee all the way to David A. Camilletti Attorney At Law --~ 103 W. Liberty St Charles Town, WV (304) 725-0937 Cr'ct,~,~. Dixmorc~. Civ4~ Li#iffaWiot~ ae~er~ Prax2:ice~ q Lamtr I