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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1978 ..SUPREME ARROGANCE several weeks ago Arch Moore, Jr., Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, told members of the West Virginia Press Association that the real serious problem in this country is that the country is not being run by President Carter, nor Congress, but by a lot of appointed bureaucrats who have been given too much power by Congress. This assessment by Moore certainly proved to a correct one,and it was borne out last week with the "invasion" of this area by a horde of Puerto Ricans sent into the area, over the protests of area fruit growers, supposedly to harvest the apple crop. This action by the U.S. Department of Labor cer- tainly was a clear cut case of supreme arrogance being displayed by a bunch of Bureaucratic blunders. For months the fruit growers of the areas had gone through the same worrisome and uncertain battle with the U.S. Department of Labor they have for the past several years, trying to work out an agreement for securing about 1,000 Jamacians to help them harvest their fruit crop. They thought this time they might be able to work an agreement in ample time to avoid the last-minute problems of past years. But about two weeks ago some stupid blundering officials of the Labor Department decided the fruit growers would have to accept Puerto Ricans instead of Jamicans to harvest the crop despite the fact that Puerto Ricans had never before participated in the picking of apples. The czars of the Labor Department said to the fruit growers, you take these Puerto Ricans and you pay them regardless of whether they can pick apples or not. It was then the Fruit Growers went into Federal Court to block the Labor Department's switch from Jamicans to Puerto Ricans. At the same time U.S. legislators from West Virginia, 'Virginia and Maryland lodged protests with e Labor Department against such a move. But despite a court injunction, and numerous ob- jections on the part of fruit growers and others, the Labor Department proceeded with the Puerto Rican "invasion" of the three-state area. About 150 were sent into Martinsburg, about 100 into nearby Hagerstown, Md., and some 400 into the Winchester and Mt. Jackson, Va., areas. And for the most of last week these une_xpected, un- invited, guests of the area really lived it up, all at the expense of the American taxpayer, and to some ex- tent the fruit growers of the area. Early last week the determined and stupid Labor Department officials paid $132 per person to fly the some 600 Puerto Ricar to Dulles Airport in Loudoun County, Va. Then there was the additidnal expense of busing them into areas of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. And on their arrival at their destinations in Martinsburg, Win- chester and Hagerstown, there was another ad- ditional expense of between $25.00 and $30.00 per day for their lodging, meals, drinks andyes, even free phone calls to their homes back in Puerto Rico? " While there have been many developments con- nected with this year's harvesting of the area fruit crop that were costly and certainly unwarranted, this latest episode has to be rated as the most stupid and most arrogant of them all. Several weeks ago the Fruit growers were not even sure they would be able to secure enough pickers to harvest the crop. Last Monday they were faced with more pickers than they could ever have provided work for. This dictorial display of power by the U.S. Department of Labor was most certainly a clear-cut example of to what extremes a federal department will go to jam their thinking and their wishes down the throats of the American businessman and most of all their lack of concern for how the American workers' tax dollar is spent. While we are not casting blame upon Our legislators in Washington for the shocking illustration by the Labor Department, and the extreme length to which it will go to impose it s arrogant views and decisions upon us, we do say they must share some of the btame for passing laws that give the Federal bureaucratic departments so much power that they now feel their authority supersedes that of the elected representatives of the people. With such power, the Federal departments have been, and continue to be, disruptive and one-sided. It continues to work against the needs and desires of business and the American taxpayer. And Congress can and must act to curtail some of this excessive power if this country is to survive. f i News Of Other Years 10-YEARS AGO-10 Donald K. Mickey, director of guidance Jefferson County schools, announced that two students at Charles Town Sr. High School have been named semifinalists in the 1968-69 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are Pamela B. Hoffman. Michael E Mays. The Bank of Charles Town took on a new symbol, bearing the phrase, "A Full Service Bank." As a member of the Foundation for full service hanks, he explained, the hank of Charles Town was provided with the new symbol to help assure its wider recognition in the community as an institution offering, under one roof, every type of financial servlce -- a ii " department store of Finance. William (Bill) Peer, about 47, widely known promoter of country music and manager of his own country music organizatign, died about 12:30 today in Charles Town Hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks. Charles Town's Purple Panthers will be wearing for the first time, their brand new navy blue jergeys with gold numerals. Next year the Panthers will be, we hope, all decked out in their new gold pants . . MARRIED: Miss Cynthia Kowalski of Berwyn, Illinois to Guy L. Sisto of Berwyn, Illinois. Miss Katherine Renee Park, of Beacon Hill in Brownsville to Mr. Richard Michael Ebersole of Charles Town. DIED: Mrs. Emma Viola Strider, widow of Joseph E. Strider, who died in King's Daughter Hospital; Mrs. Leonora M. Moler, widow of Harry L. Moler. 20-YEARS AGO-20 "Westbury Fashions," manufacturers of Hagerstown, Md. purchased the building and other assets of the Ranson Manufacturing Co. in Ranson from Samuel Stein for $45,000. Miss Bonnie Lynn Derr, the 1958 May Queen at Shepherd- stown High School, was named a princess for the mountain state Forest Festival. WATCHING VIRGINIA'S ELECTION The County of Jefferson, and the State of West Virginia, will be keeping a weather eye on the mother state of Virginia in the November 7 general election. They'll not be looking for any political results on the individual office level, but rather at the outcome of balloting on a referendum that will either approve or reject pari-mutuel horse racing in the Old Dominion. The question that will appear on the ballot is remarkably straight forward. It reads, Question: Shall the Act of the General Assembly which authorizei pari-mutuel betting on horse racing and V"WP" "qP'V IV 'V r V V Wp,'p , V'r "WP" V "P"'r 'Wr V V "w" V Letters To The Editor Dear Sir, Did you hear the TV pundits express their horror and in- dignation because the California peasants had the temerity to pass Proposition 13, thereby preventing their state govern- ment from siphoning money i Dear Don, On behalf of the Charles Town Fire Companies, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your assistance with our 6th Annual National Fire Service Recognition Day 50th An- niversary West Virginia State also provides for its regulation become effective in the Commonwealth? Yes or No. Thus the future, if any, of horse race betting in Virginia will be a major issue over the next two months, a political issue with a difference. Sentiment for and against the betting bill slashes across ideological and party lines. It should be noted that even if the voters approve the measure, there is still no assurance that the tracks will be built. Under the measure's provisions, a local referendum ap- proving the tracks must be held in each locality before construction can begin. The legislation authorizes the establishment of a maximum of two tracks in the state. Those for and against pari-mutuel in Virginia are organizing camigns as slick and professional as any you've ever seen. Those against the measure call themselves "Virginians Opposing Pari-Mutuel gambling," a title intended to convey the basic objection to the measure. Those favoring pari-mutuel have formed an organization called "Virginians for Horse Racing," which is slightly fraudulent because horse racing is already legal in Virginia... betting on horse racing is not. from their pockets to the spendthrift politicians Despite the jerimiads, the sky has not fallen; despite Proposition 13, a mere thread holds it up. Now, however, there is a move that will surely make the sky fall. Serfs of the entire nation are gathering pefifions askin members of Congress and all state legislatures to vote YES on 23. What is 23? It is the House Joint Resolution 23, now pen- ding, and is also known as the Liberty Amendment. You see, the hoi pelloi have decided federal spending is outrageously high and must be brought under control. And, oh, so selfishly, the rabble want the government of the U.S. to refrain from engaging in any business professional commercial financial or industrial enterprise except as specified in the Con- stitution. The peasants also say that Horse racing has been billed over the centuries as "the Constitution or laws of any the "sport of kings." What horse racing is, basically, State, or the laws of the United States shall not he subject to the is big business. The sport is limited to a klatch of terms of any foreign or domestic finely-tuned thoroughbreds dashing around a dirt agreement that would abrogate track. Exclusive of the run, it is a money maker for this agreement." track owners, for horse owners, for those who work the tracks in any capacity, for the hundreds of business which provide necessary supplies for the track.., and for the tax coffers of the state in which the track or tracks operate. This is no less true of the Jefferson county situation where two tracks now exist, and where horse racing has become an integral economic factor in the community dating back to the 1930's. Many of the hundreds of persons who work the two local tracks live in Jefferson County. Many Jefferson county businesses furnish the myriad number of items utilized at the track. The State of West Virginia realizes millions from track operations; and counties now share in the tax bonanza. One suspects this leads us right to the nub of what we've been thinking.,, that if Jefferson countians... Moreover, the plebes want the activities of the U.S. government which violate the intent and purposes of 23 to be liquidated and the properties ane facilities affected sold. Their final monstrous suggestion is that three years after the amendment is ratified, the 16th amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. shall be repealed and thereafter Congress shall not levy taxes on personal incomes, estates, and or gifts. What is the 16th amendment? That's the one which permits the income tax -- allows the federal government to siphon off large parts of your income for federal spendthrifts. It's the amend- and many others who reside in West Virginia . . ment that makes a nightmare of could vote in Virginia November 7 they'd vote "no" to each year from January 1 the pari-mutuel referendum, through April 15. Not from any standpoint of morality about horse of course, if the Liberty racing or betting, but from the very practical, Amendment were passed, the TV pansophists would predict viewpoint that if Virginians do approve pari-mutuel the dissolution of the earth, at betting; and ultimately the site for tracks in the Old least. Dominion; that the competition would very well damage the Eastern Panhandle racing picture. DIED: Mrs. Anna Margaret Rouss, 84, widow of Dr. A.M.S. Rouss and resident for many years at Avon Wood Farm near Kabletown, in the Andrew Rown Memorial Nursing Home in White Sulphur Springs; Eugene Franklin Kilham, 65, a native of Harpers Ferry, at his home at Hayfield; Miss Florence Lee Hesser, 77, for- merly of Charles Town, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Walter Glenn Moler, 75, prominent Jefferson County farmer in the Uvilla section, at his home on S. George St., Charles Town, Charles Edmond Gayhart, 35, an assistant linemen and truck driver for the Potomac Light and Power Co., electrocuted by a power cable accident. Mrs. Margaret Ann Carter Winston, 65, widow of the late William Winston and resident of Kear- neysville, in King's Daughters Hospital. Martinsburg. 30-YEARS AGO.30 Trade Board members discuss the possibility of a county fair next year. MARRIED: Miss Hilda Russell of Bolivar to Mr. Leon Marriman of Brunswick, Md.: Mrs. D.R. Houser of Bakerton to Mr. E. Lee Cross of Tunnelton W.Va. The engagement of Miss Wilemina Phillips, Church St. to Mr. William Stuck of Grafton W.Va. was announced at a bridge party given at the home of Miss Phillips. DIED: Warner T. Whiting, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Whiting of Summit Point, in his store in Hagerstown, Md.; George Kearns, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Brooke Ringer in Middleway, Miss Martha V. Coyle of Summit Point, in the Charles Town General Hospital. 70-YEARS AGO-70 Real Estate Transfers: Robert N. Hardesty to Miller B. Bane, 20 acres near Summit Point for $4,025; Amelia Rau, agent for mna Falks to Katherine and Ann Riddle, Lot with im- provements on Gilbert St. Bolivar for $425. MARRIED: In Charles Town by the Rev. J.T. Williams, Miss Riddle Rodeffer of this county to Mr: L. Leon Metro of North Tonawanda, N.Y. DIED: At her home near Zoar this county, Miss Anne V. Foley. But wouldn't it be heaven, not to live in terror of IRS and to keep the money you earn? This peasant is joining the rabble and signing the petition. Lela Gardner Dear Mr. Rentch: Would you please publish the flollowing as a letter to the Editor: This September a neighbor will he coming to your door and asking for a contribution for the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed. By giving what we each can afford, our community can proudly join forces with the Mental Health Association in West Virginia and work to fight mental illness. The need is tremendous. 1. One out of ten people need help sometime in their life. 2. 50 per cent of all hospital bed in this country are occupied by people with mental or emotional problems. 3. Children are as likely as adults to be emotionally disturbed. So please help by contributing generously when your neighbor asks for a donation for mental health. Bellringer Chairperson Mrs. Louise Rogers John F. Ware bought the Dear Editor Firemen's Association Parade. The publicity through your newspaper was most helpful and aided in a successful parade. Once again, I says thank you. Sincerely, Paul M. Biller, Co-Chairman Parade Committee  Susan Knott Named To Run Delegate Seat - ............. . WEST wonderful VIRGINIA [STABLISHED1844 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 Fall Coloring Green Bank's Nestled in the mountains of Green Bank, W.Va., are four giant, ear-like discs, poised and listening to sig- nals emitted by celestial bodies as far away as the edges of our universe. The discs are actually the 85-foot wide, oval- shaped antennae of the National Radio Astronomy Sky-Scanner There was a finding the necessary in the Naval budget to run the Virginia my urging, ferred money departments to Green Bank using the present While the radio Miss Leone Casson of Fountain Hill, Ark., to Mr. George Ben- jamin, son of Mrs. Sadie Ben- jamin and the late Herbert Benjamin of Bolivar; Miss Anne Whitel Trapnell to Mr. James A. Hart III: Miss Genevieve A. Cosma of Manchester, N.H. to Cpl. Lewis O. Moreland, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Moreland of Charles Town. DIED: Maurice O'Brian, N. Lawrence St. was killed while at work at the Blair Limestone plant near Millville; Charles Town's most distinguished educator; Mr. Wright Denny at Charles Town General Hospital; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Waidner at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, The Rev. and Mrs. W.D. Keene, in Washington, D.C. 50-YEARS AGO-S0 The sale of cattle and hogs held on the Eugene Baker Farm north of Leetown by H.O. Bradley, was a success, the proceeds yielding a total of $3,048.80. Nine milk cows brought from $100 to $175 each. MARRIED: Miss Elizabeth Houser, daughter of Mr. and Henry Castleman farm of 149 Many, many thanks to the acres south of Myerstown. entire cast and the director of Contest Starts 90-YEARSAGO-90 the recent production of God James A. Green of Harpers Spell at the Old Opera House. Ferry was appointed to a Their fresh exuberant spirits position in the P.O. Department were an excellent witness to the in Washington. Christian Gospel as portrayed in S.W. Lightner was appointed principal of the Bolivar School with J.R. Barnhouse and Miss Rose McGlone as aSsistants. Col. Simpson K. Donovan of Columbus, Ohio, after an ab- sence of 29 years, was a guest for one night at the Carter House in Charles Town. the play. Their acting skill was great and their singing was dear and strong. I would class this production to be one of the greatest things to happen to Charles Town since I moved here 5 months ago. Thanks IeO-YEARSAGO-100 again for an outstanding MARRIED: In Charles Town evening. by the Rev. W.H. Heade, T.M. Sincerely Caldwell of Knoxville, Tenn., to Rev. Nancy J. Webb Miss Jennie T. Kearsley, McKnight and McElroy daughter of Maj. G.W.T operating a planing mill in Kearsley of Charles Town. Charles Town, started the George H. Fagg sold his farm practice of blowing the engine of 387" acres four miles from whistle every morning at 8:30 to Charles Town, to Maj. James warn chaildren of the time to get Lawrence Hooff for $23,000. ready for school. 110-YEARS AGO-lie The John Taylor farm in this county, owned by John M. Coyle was sold to Jno. W. Neal of Mason Co., W.Va., at $80 per acre. a*** The only unvarying law we know of is that on tipping. The receiver never refuses the tip. At Old Ubrary The Old Charles Town Library invites children, kindergarten through third grade, to enter their Fall coloring contest. Booklets may be picked up at the circulation desk and must be returnekl by September 27th. Prizes will be awarded to each group on September 30th. The Magic Show, free to all, is also to be on September 30th at 2 o'clock in the library auditorium. This show features Dave Sharps, better known as Dr. Dave, and his partner Karen Leslee. Right now they are entertaining at Glen Rock, Pa., and on October 15th they will join a Carnival Cruise Line from Miami to San Juan. From all reviews this should be a great event, especially for children. Dr. Dave was a West Virginia University student last year and has attended several other Observatory's radio inter- ferometer--a highly sensi- tive radio telescope built in the 1960's to probe dis- tant galaxies. About 150 West Virgin- ians, employed at the ob- servatory in technical and administrative positions, came close to losing their jobs recently. T h e National Science Foundation, which built and operated the telescope, moved its research facil- ities to New Mexico. Two Southern Hemisphere coun- tries were interested in the telescope. Any change in ownership would have meant replacing the West Virginia staff. However, the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington wanted a powerful radio telescope to gather meas- urements f o r navigation a n d time determination. Rather than build a new tnterferometer at a cost of $3-$5 million, the Naval Observa1ory decided to contract with the National Radio Astronomy Observ- atory to use the Green Bank equipment. ferometer was used for' special problems, the servatory plans to for more such as precise time. Beginning in the Naval hopes to take ings of the exact of stars, planets, celestial bodies. measurements will to set the Naval atory's Master Washington. The sidered to keep accurate time in --precise to second per 3,000 settings are mine the submarines, as well as in communication lites. West Virginians pride in the work  continue Green Bank. In role, the continue to make on the world and our national that good government on the state and local levels is essen- tial; and because she wished to offer to the voters of Jefferson County a choice for represen- tative to the West Virginia House of Delegates, Knott decided to run for this office. Her knowledge of and experience with governmental functions qualify her for the job, she feels. Have you ridden from and have kept the downtown George Street Certainly we could not through Ranson and observed extraordinary costs to theplacing of new electric power the overhead wiring in poles? If so you could not have Town and Ranson o missed a glance at the many derground but one wonders wires and connections attached long we can afford the Susan (Sue) Knott (above) to these poles. Its a maze of unsightly and clumsy will be the Republican candidate wwes running from pole to pole structure we have now. for the West Virginia House of and to the many outlets along the one of these days we will I t Delegates from the 36th way. How could we have to transfer electrical Delegate District. Endorsement escaped serious injury and death without cable as solar of Ms. Knott was announced by from this web-like coverage of transmitted. William H. Wheatley, chairman George Street. The experts say of the Jefferson County This writer began to ask dividual solar energy Republican Executive Corn- questions as to why not put these (units) will always be mittee, underground while or instead of pensive if properly Knott, a life-long resident of planting new poles and making dependable. The real Jefferson County, is currently so many new connections. The say, will be to have a residing in Harpers Ferry She answer, as usual, was money It collect the solar has lived a large portion of her would' be prohibitive in cost to to a generator on life at Willow Well, the Knott relocate this maze underground, converting it family farm near Shepherd- With our underground rock and shipping it to stown, structure, that answer is consumers by wire or Receiving her education in probably true. We are told, this be true, and it is local schools,sbe was graduated however, that much of Charles the most plausible, then from Shepherdstown High Town and Raoson sits over abe using power cables School; earned a B.A. degree rambling cave filled with water, to come. from Shepherd College from Has anyone ever explored the Wouldn't it he a better which she graduated with a possibilities of using this un- some government double majorinpolitical science derground cavity to string employment funds to and history and secondary electric cables, phasing this transmittal education; and earned an M.A. There are towns and cities, of electrical energy degree in history from West I'm told, that derground than the Virginia University wires or cables. They started ir productive involvemen For the past seventeen years, early years to go underground of us observe each week. Ms. Knott has taught in the public high schools of Jefferson colleges, studying "Clownology" Kind of Country" by County. In addition to her and Business Administration. "lce for Your Life teaching duties at the high Story Time, held each WI- Brown" by Schulz; school, she serves as Director of l nesday morning at 10:30, lost Missions" by Waiters. Student Activities and the ad-some of its group to kin: visor to the Student Govern- dergarten and school but gained JEFFERSO ment. new ones this past Wednesday. AUXILIARY Being inspired by the energy, Twenty-five pre-schoolers The Jefferson optimism and concern of youth, seemed to enjoy the stories told Hospital Auxiliary will it is Ms. Knott's belief that their and the film strips shown them. first meeting of the new talents are untapped and that New Book Time includes the Wednesday, September their energies should be con- following fiction titles: "The 7:30p.m. structively directed toward Glass Flame" by Whitney; Please note the change worthwhile projects. With this "War Comes to Castle Rising" for this meeting All belief in mind, she has spent the by Craddock; "Thursday the are urged to attend. last eight summers directing the Rabbi Walked Out" hy ,... Youth Conservation Corps for Kemelman; "A Dangerous You can go a long the National Park Service at Magic" by Lynch; and "Ex- in the world if Harpers Ferry National cellent Women" by Pyre. Historical Park at Harpers Non-fiction titles are: "People your business to Ferry, Cape Hatteras (North of the Lake" by Leakey ; "ANew your own business. Carolina) National Seashore, .... Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and City of Refuge n . National Historical Park in J J Hawaii. Because she is vitally in- terested in politics and believes By U.S. Senator Robert C.