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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY. AUGUST 31, 1978 SENATE'S INDIFFERENCE It now has become increasingly obvious that the United States Senate is totally indifferent, or holds complete disregard for the plight of the American taxpayer, despite all of the signs of a taxpayer's revolt around the country. We point to several recent actions of the Senate to provide our point. First there is the overly ostentatious and self- indulgent marble-hailed U.S. Senate office building to be constructed. Despite wide objections from the taxpayers and even from some of its own members, the Senate has refused to stop construction of an of- fice building which will most certainly be the most costly in the history of the country. This new nine- story building, the third such office building to be constructed, will have among other costly and lavish conveniences for the Senators, a rooftop restaurant, gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, a marble atrium, etc. Despite the fact that the building has a price tag on it of $135-million on it, the majority of the Senators feel there is nothing out of the ordinary in con- structing such a huge and costly structure to house only some 50 senators. They evidently feel these Senators need a building with rooms containing 16- foot high ceilings to use up the energy which John Q. Public is being asked to save, two bathrooms in each office, a big gymnasium, indoor tennis courts. This structure which now has an estimated cost tag of nearly three times that of 1974 when the building was first proposed, is more likely to cost the American taxpayer another $100-million before it is finally completed, or possibly as much as $235-million. Remember the Rayburn office building, how it started out fairly cheap and wound up as a costly boondogle for the U.S. Taxpayer. Oh yes, there is a small chance and only a small one, that theroof-top restaurant may be substituted with a public cafeteria on the ground floor of the building, or in some other area, where the just plain people, like the taxpayers, could go and gorge on some of that subsidized food, that is if they have enough left after taxes to make a trip to Washington. While this Squandering of taxpayers' monies on such an extremely costly building is one big example of how the U.S. Senate has in recent weeks shown its indifference to the plight of the American taxpayer, it is not the only one. Another outstanding example was the action by the Senate last Friday in passing an administration backed $46-million four-year extension of the Government's so-called public service jobs assistance program known as CETA. Doubtless the JUVENILE DELINQUENCY It is time, we believe, to issue a warning relative to juvenile delinquency, an ever-growing problem in virtually every nation in the world with the possible exception of the less affluent countries where existence poses enough of a problem to keep everyone busy just staying alive and healthy. The warning is simply this. If parents, social workers, social organizations, the courts and en- forcement agencies fail to control the worsening problems of delinquency, informal justice will take over and the consequences will not be pretty. The history buff will tell you that the pendulum theory is a lasting one. Like the pendulum on a clock, a specific trend in actions or activities can only swing so high on one side of the spectrum; then it begins its .descent and ultimately climbs the other side. The present wave of delinquency began, we believe, with a breakdown of authority...first in the home, then in the laws, the courts, the schools and in society in general. This breakdown, sponsored by per- missiveness of parents, spread into the courts of our land and in turn virtually handcuffed even the most responsible of law enforcement officials to the point where juveniles today thumb their noses at any suggestion of retribution because of wrongdoing. The affluence this country (and others) have en- joyed since the conclusion of World War Two was adjudged to be another factor. The value of worldly goods diminished; the promise of better things deriving from achievement disappeared; all sense of responsibility to preservation of property and the' rights of others became secondary. Adults in many instances .have provided little or no guidance, by either word or deed. Instead, most pursued the accumulation of wealth, and its attendant I , indulgences, with so much perseverance that children often became secondary objects in their lives. The story that I will get min and have a good time, regardless of the consequences to others and their children has often prevailed. It is a fact that juvenile delinquency, in all its forms, is prevalent in all levels of society. In the ghetto, crime exists to a great extent because of conditions; in the middle and upper classes it exists in spite of conditions. The use of drugs and loose morals, often emulating adult morals, seem to be at the root of juvenile delinquency today. Drugs cost money and a non- working juvenile must then steal or prostitute himself to gain that money. When young people often in their teens decide to live together outside the bonds of marriage, they create situations with which they cannot cope. 2omprehensive Employment and Training Act, first The courts are lenient, often because of laws pax.qd in 1. h hI,4 ,m, i,hh too, o,a written by do-good defenders of the young and women, It would certainly be incredible considerin I aooptea ny lacaa]smal leglslamres. tins may well ' ".'Y be - true here in West Virgini where ajuvenile law the bllhons of dollars that have ben spent on it, if 1 ,. _ some persons have not been constructively assisted. ! mat promises very little punishment for even the This act, CETA, which was intended to train the hard- most flagrant offender has been adopted and is core unemployed for productive jobs in the private sector, has done virtually nothing towards providing full-time and permanent employment for these people, and thousands of other unemployed. Their plight is still about as pathetic as ever since their employment is only temporary and dependent en- tirely in the future of Congress continuing to pour more billions of dollars into the program every time its funding runs out. The CETA program, like so many government hand-out programs, had good intentions five years ago when it was launched. But it has not done the job and therefore should have been cut back some in size. But the Senate provides more of the same temporary relief for the hard-core unemployed. Yes, the U.S. Senate has become totally indifferent to the plight of the American taxpayer when it comes to spending his hard-earned money. But come elec- tion time we wonder will the taxpayers remember their public servants as squanderers, or send them back to the Senate to continue this needless and seemingly endless taxing and taxing and spending and spending. News Of Other Years ] [ i j I i I T| I i ]0 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 Naomi Barrow, of Charles Town, sales representative for the General Telephone Company of the Southeast, wins an all expense paid trip to Clearwater, Fla., by being selected from the West Virginia - Virginia Division to attend a General Telephone System Seminar held there, leading them in sales during the period of January I through June 30, 1968. Fire of undetermined origin completely destroys the entire east side of the County Home on the Jefferson County Farm on the Leetown Road. The Rev. Franklin R. Linton, pastor of the Mannings Assembly of God, submits his resignation to the congregation, to accept the pastorate at the Shepherdstown Assembly of God. Because of the damage a fire of undetermined origin did to the Rippon Elementary School, the Jefferson County Board of Education decides to transport the students to the Millville school until repairs are made. DEATHS: Clarence Randolph Gray, 56, of Martinsburg, dies in King's Daughters Hospital; James Alfred l-lanes, 78, of Samples Manor, dies at his home; Mrs. Agnes Saville Jamison, 75, ot Sharpsburg, Md., dies at the Martin Manor Nursing Home in Hngerstown; drs. Louise H. Muller, 92, of Summit Point, dies in the local hospital. MARRIED: Miss Mary Hope Cockey, of Monktou, Md., and Mr. Edwin Frederick Hoeltzel, of Paoonlan Springs, bid. Polly Moore becomes the new Women's Club champion of Sleepy Hollow, in an exciting 36- hole match against title bolder Nancy Roth. The Orioles, sponsored by the Community Oil Company of Charles Town, are the cham- pions of the Jefferson County Pony League, going through the season with a 13-2 record to win the crown. John laul Laycock is selected by the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District supervisor as the Eastern Panhandle Conservation Farmer for 1968, selected from county winners in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. William R. Harrier, Assistant Cashier of the Bank of Charles Town, attends the short course in bank auditing held at the University of Richmond, sponsored by the Bank Ad- ministration Institute with bankers from 22 states represented in the school. The Cardinals, champions of the American Division of Jef- ferson Little Baseball League, bested the Dodgers, champions causing some anguish on the: part of conscientious prosecuting attorneys and judges. We can suggest, as so many have in the past, that this trend be turned around by more attention to children in the home; by stronger action on the part of the schools, churches and social agencies. So far, these suggestions 'have not worked. The situation worsens. Whan can happen, as we have suggested, is that informal justice may ultimately prevail, meaning, in a Sense, vigilante action on the part of private citizens. And, for society in general, informal justice, while it might solve the root problem, could turn out to be worse thaTl which we presently endure. of the National Division of play, by a margin of two games to one in the post-season playoff series, completed on the Natiodal League diamond at the Legion field. The Braves break a 4-4 deadlock and go on to defeat the Cubs by a 6-5 score for the third place spot in the standings of the 1968 National Jefferson Little  Baseball League. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 MARRIED: Miss Janice Ott of near Charles Town and Mr. Melvin Hostler; Miss Jane Eackles Watson and Mr. Donald D. Dopson; Mrs. Louise M. Ed- wards and Mr. Robert F. Trail, both of Charles Town; Miss Betty Jean Lambert of Blakeley Farm, and Mr. David Birkitt of Charles Town. DEATH: Richard Martin Longerbeam, ll-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Longerbeam, of Har- pers Ferry, drowns while fishing in the Shenandoah River just below the dam at Millville. Donald Kable is named director of transportation and maintenance for Jefferson County schools. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 S. H. Stone is elected Ist Vice Commander of West Virginia Legion. Gordon Eismon is the new principal of Charles Town High School. Dr. Oliver S. Ikenberry, president of Shepherd College, announces the appointment of Mr. Don L. Phillips, coach at Bethany College, to be head football coach and Associate Professor of physical education at Shepherd College. Legion stops Frederick 6 to I, is given a 7-0 sethack by Viscoe; Lefty Buckner holds the heavy- hitting Hustlers to 6 hits, the locals getting 5 hits off Eddins. MARRIED: Miss Louise Keskett Ware and Mr. Turner Allen gamey. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 Court fixes the orchard levy at 50 cents an acre for trees 10 years and over, and 25 cents per acre for trees less than 10 years old. MARRIED: Miss Mary gamey and Mr. J. Ralph Hoffmaster. DEATHS: Mrs. Virginia Andrews dies at her home in Charles Town; Mrs. Katie M. Shaull dies at the home of her son near Middieway; Jim Appell is killed by an avalanche of falling rock at the Blair Limestone Quarry near Millville. Grant-In-Aid From Shenandoah College To Karen F.irlelon WINCHESTER, VA. -- Karen Eggletou, a 5'9" forward from Jefferson High School in Charles Town, has received a women's basketball athletic grant in aid from Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music. Eggleton, a double digit scorer under Jefferson coach Mike Cook, will see action at forward for Shenandoah, where she is expected to strengthen the inside shooting and rebounding. She was a first team All- tournament selection in the Berkeley Springs Invitational Tournament and was in- strumental, in the 17-2 record Jefferson compiled last year. The team lost a close one in the West Virginia Regional, bowing to Martinsburg in the regionat opener. Eggletn plans to enter the business management program at Shenandoah. -There are more than 5 million :motorcycles registered in this country according to figures compiled by the U.S. Depaff- merit of Transportation. HEY, BIG SPENDER... i00i, LETTERS TO "rile EorroR I August 21, 1978 Dear Mr. Rentch, Because our government wants to destroy the anti- Communist government of Rhodesia, I would like to tell some things about that country that are not generally known. From 1890 until 1923 Southern Rhodesia, now Rhodesia was what could be called a "settler community" and was ad- ministered, not by the British government, but by the British South Africa Company. From 1923 on, it was owned by the people of Southern Africa because they bought it. In 1923, Southern Rhodesia was given the choice of self- government or inclusion in the then Union of South Africa. They chose self-government as the result of a plebiscite. The British Crown bought the British South Africa Company's claims for 3,750,000 pounds...The new Southern Rhodesia Government paid 2 million pounds to the British overnment for their country.  Southern Rhodesia settlers became the only community in Imperial history which had to pay for the privilege of self- government, according to L. H. Gann in History of Southern Rhodesia. The British government contributed nothing and did not interfere in the government of Rhodesia and it was recognized as a self governing colony. Then in 1953 it made the disastrous decision to join the Central African Federation. When that federation was disolved by the British govern- ment in 1963, it was assumed that Southern Rhodesia would receive the treatment given Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This was not to be although economically and politically Rhodesia was more capable of controling its own destiny than were Zambia and Malawi, both of which proved unstable, and inefficient in spite of massive financial and technical aid. Instead of receiving aid, Rhodesia has prospered in spite of economic sanctions. The black people of Rhodesia have better living conditions and economic conditions than the black people of any other country of Africa, except for i South Africa. Blacks from other African countries try to enter Rhodesia, knowing that their lot will be bettered. The U.S. Government has two excuses for trying to destroy Rhodesia. One --they use the excuse of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, although I do not understand why Americans should condemn a country that has declared independence from England. They also use the excuse of the condition of blacks in Rhodesia -- having been fed falsehoods by the press. The hypocracy of the U.S. government is evidenced by the fact that it ignores the fact that other African countries, except for South Africa, have extremely repressive regimes where black dictators slaughter their black subjects or subject them to horrible tortures. It is time that we demand that our government stop interfering with an anti-communist country and to stop trying to interfere in the internal affairs of Rhodesia. Lela Gardner August 26, 1978 Dear Editor: Despite U.S. opposition, the World Bank approved on August $ a $60 million interest-free loan to Vietnam for an irrigation project. The United States cast the only vote against the loan when it came before the bank's 20-member beard of directors. Is this all the U.S. could have done to prevent this 'Backdoor' aid to Hanoi? You be the judge. On August 3, the House, in- cluding Rep. Robert H. Mollohan and Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II voted 203 to 198 to funnel U.S. tax dollars to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Uganda through the World Bank and other in- ternational agencies. The vote was on an amendment offered by Rep. C. W. Bill Young, R- Fla., to this year's foreign aid bill. The amendment would have PROHIBITED these agencies from using U.S. contributions as aid to the four countries. The amendment was voted down, 203 to 198. Rep. John M. Slack, Jr., and Rep. Harley O. Staggers voted FOR the amendment. 31 House members did not vote. On August 14, CBS presented a program "God's Smuggler" which was about Bro. Andrew, a man who has spent over 20 years smuggling Bibles into Com- munists countries. He was asked what the implication was behind the wheat deals with Russia ad all the trips to China. Bro. An- drew replied that it was profit behind all of those moves and he was convinced that if the Russians had empty stomachs they would over-throw their government. He also said that we keep Communism going both in Russia and in China by sup- plying what they can not produce, such as detection devices which the secret police use to trace and apprehend Evangelical church leaders. Sincerely, Homer N. Loveday 8798 Fla. Ave. Marmet, W. Va. 2531 August 26, 197 Spirit of Jefferson Dear Mr. Rentch: What a joy it was to see so many dedicated young people, giving everything they had to pot on a musical that would try even the artistry of professionals and do a job that was excellent. "Godspell" was all of that. We hear of shopping mall gatherings of young who have no place to meet and the troubles involved. Here we have a place for them that serves them and where they cannot help but be of service and pleasure to others. Youth is not now -- as it never was -- "going to the dogs" as a group. We always dwell on the bad and expect the good. Then something like this comes along to definitely show us where the emphasis should be. To comment on a very gracious lady who has taken on a new career at over 80 and wants criticism to help her do a good job if it is needed is a wonder to think about seriously. She has lived a full and active life and could give advice in many capacities. The best thing she is doing is to show us a way in which everyone can grow older and still be of service to the world. She has good health and acts accordingly by being in- dependent and does not expect others to do for her what she can do for herself. She is living a life that only adds to the benefits of this community by the fact that she is such a part of it. "Hats off" to Jess Hunter! And we will not criticize because we need to learn her secret before we can begin to criticize. I also agree with Mrs. Conklyn on ERA. The Bill is full of things that do not benefit women and it would seem that since more time : is needed to get it passed that there should be a very careful study made as to where the problems lie before we letit pass and become law. Our charitable contributions are now up for scrutiny and this is too bad. Much that one does, ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ......... Donald G. Rentch ...................... R. Meade 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 Charles Town as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday s ii i i T wild, A'--rlD wonderful J.l... VIRGINIA Have you ever counted the anker trucks that pass through Charles Town on Route 340 each day and thence across the Shenandoah River bridge? Many of these are marked "flammable". If the truth were known, many persons woulcl abandon Charles Town because of the very dangerous chemicals carried down our main streets by trucks. The odds are against accidents of serious nature while passing through town but one never knows. Truck accidents leaking dangerous gases are happening almost every week across the country. Railroads are even more prominent in the accident column. The shocker, of course, is the statement by our Superintendent of State Police when he declared publicly that his agency, the State Police, had no way of keeping track of potentially dangerous shipments that are on our highways. In addition he is reported to have told legislative leaders that his men had not bad special training equal to the task of major poison gas leaks. The bad railroad spill on C & O at int Pleasant is still being studied. When the crossings were blocked by the wrecked train, firemen, police and workers all volunteered to do what they could. Now the effects are showing. Strong men are suffering from the poison and it is expected that cancer will develop from the 20,000 gallons of epichlorohydren the C & O wreck. This we is a deadly remember, of course, spill contaminated the water system to clean. Just west of us the railroad had a frightened families The West Virginia has several tunnels. main throughway for going north state. Wouldn't one of these tunnels tanker wrecks or There are no by-passes tunnels. Traffic is so fatalaccidents so high Turnpike that odds are less than on othe Virginia roads. There is to avoid close dangerous cargo. Yes, we need a Charles Town, trucks on their way Interstate 81 and Baltimore and exposure to dangero gets greater everY Hopefully a proper program will be firemen and police. importance is for our police to know when danger is near by. tendent Mooney should full cooperation and be spared these hazards pass. he does out of a wish to be helpful up to the limits of what he feels he wishes to do. Now he must do so much before he can do more and what less he does due to his own wishes does not count as a !"deduction". Where does this leave the gift because we wish to give it as we see the need? Maybe there never should have been any set amount involved but now that there is, I wonder how many will do what is required? More than likely, giving will not be as easy to obtain from many who give little or much because they wish to do sO. One more area of our lives is now going to be decided by others than ourselves and with no degree of certainty that it is for things we would like to see happen. Taxes are necessary but so is "representation". We fought a war once over that but "History does repeat until a lesson is learned". Is this the time? Sincerely, Betty Smith Ben Lea Box 536 Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Rabbit Breeders I [September Meet IBardane Center The September meeting of the Potomac Highland Rabbit Breeders Association will he held on Friday, September I, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will he at the Jefferson County Com- munity Center in Bardane, located on W. Va. State Route 9 halfway between Charles' Town and Kearneysville. The public is invited to attend. A highlight of the business meeting will be the planning of a rabbit show in the Fall. The club has decided to sponsor another show due to the success of the Spring show. It is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5. Mter the business meeting, Les Keeney, prominent breeder and registrar will present a program on the advantages of registering pedigreed rabbits. Keeney will be available to register rabbits after the program. If you pla rabbits, they must earmarked, and you their pedigrees rabbit. The Potomac Rabbit Breeders affiliated with the Rabbit Breeders the national sets standards for commercial and Anyone who raises cordially invited to meetings and vantages of Rt. 340 Closed Until All vehicles than 5,000 pounds to traverse the bridge across five to This was Knepp, a district Maryland's state Administration. The ! effective Monday primarily affect other Knepp said the be closed will be pouring must not be One lane of finished, to alternating Knepp went on steel the new lane as t poured. Heavy could cause the rods sets, premature wear surface. Once the October...the be opened to In the 340 bridge using bridge at Maryland 17 orthe Williamsport.