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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farrner's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. 19.88 4 i Reactions From Near and Afar At the risk of being accused of passing along another bunch of long stemmed roses, let us report that Jefferson County's zoning ordinance (the first to be passed in West Virginia) has attracted the attention of other counties. : Jefferson's planning director, Paul Raco, recently passed along the basis of the coun- : ty's zoning ordinance to an interested session : arranged by the Grant County Planning ." Commission : The reaction to Jefferson's ordinance, : which is not totally restrictive by any means, " has yet to be measured. But there is every " indication that Grant County, aware that ur- : ban sprawl is headed in its direction, may be : eager to evolve a plan which will enable that : in-state county to maintain at least a : semblance of its rural atmosphere while ! allowing for inevitable growth. A word to our friends at the Morgan : Messenger in Berkeley Springs. In a Spirit : of Jefferson editorial, published recently, we q* came out flatly for the idea of establishing five-member county commissions -, throughout the state. We so recommended : because Jefferson County, which has the on- :: ly five-member commission in the state, operates efficiently and, we believe, even- : handedly. The Messenger took issue with the proposition, saying that a three member commission, which Morgan has, quote "does the best job it can.., especially given local resources." We have no argument with this observation, because the Messenger is in a perfect position to judge the Morgan County situation. We are not. But Morgan and Jefferson counties need not look too far away to find a three-member commission which, according to reliable sources, is prone to bow to special interests, and, according to the same sources, is governed not by the considered judgement of its three members, but by the vested in- terests of a coalition of two commissioners. Sure, a five member commission would cost Morgan and other three-commissioner counties a bit more money. But wouldn't it make sense, particularly in areas like the " Eastern Panhandle where growth is ram- pant, to provide representation fully reflec- ting all segments of a mushrooming, diverse population? The Spirit of Jefferson-Farmers Advocate believes that it would make sense and re- mains on the record in favor of five-member county commissions (which would also reduce Preston County's even-stephen eight member group and help eliminate possible commission deadlocks). - Worth Repeating 'i '! 1 % o t '6 "Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy." Ralph Waldo Emerson,. ., poet and essayist "A politician thinks of the next election: a statesman, of the next generation." --James Freeman Clarke, clergyman and writer "The most difficult character who plays that part." in comedy is the fool, and he must be no fool Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author "Change in fashion is the tax which the industry of the poor levies on the vanity. of the rich." --Robert W. Chambers, French writer "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." Winston Churchill "When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff." Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman "Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing." Robert Benchley, humorist "If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you." Don Marquis, author :l ,I _NSURE YOUR FUTURE WIT pt. 18-24,1 NATIONAL FARM SAFETY WEEK sToP VANDALISM LETTERS To the Editor: I became aware today of the fact that someone has purposely defaced one of my opponent's campaign signs. This type of behavior is neither need- ed nor wanted by my opponent or by me. If this act was done by one of my supporters please stop this type of behavior immediately. A lot of man hours and material go into the making of these signs. Please, let's keep this election process clean and stop this needless destruction of property. Clark Hicks Candidate for Sheriff SUPPORTS MOORE To the Editor: Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., has been extremely generous with funding for the Eastern Panhandle. During the last three years he has distributed funds and Governor's Partnership Grants to dozens of projects throughout our region. In Berkeley County Governor Moore has directed over 21 million dollars to the betterment of the local communi- ty. That represents more combined dollars than it cost to operate the Berkeley County Commission, the Ci- ty of Martinsburg and the Town of Hedgesville. Their entire budgets for the three-year period was approx- imately 19 million dollars. The Gover- nor surpassed them in money allocated to this area. That represents 2 million dollars more than it cost over 55,000 residents to finance local government. Such governing bodies which depend on funding from real and personal taxes, fees, etc. The Governor's grants have gone to improve roads, bridges, water and sewer projects, health needs, fire and rescue services and cultural improvements. Berkeley County is not the only county to be the recipient of the Gover- nor's generosity. Those who live in Jef- ferson, Morgan, Hardy, Hampshire, Mineral, Grant, Pendleton or Preston counties should inquire of their local elected officials as to what Governor Moore has given their county or town. When Federal Revenue Sharing stopped, the Governor moved his federal and state funds to the rescue of every county in West Virginia. He certainly needs to be commended for the manner in which he supports the greater Eastern Panhandle. That's one of the reasons I support his re-election. Arch A. Moore, Jr., is a man of proven concern who will con- tinue to help our communites in every way possible. Is it any wonder people are saying "Moore for A Better West Virginia." Sincerely, John Evans Wright Berkeley County Commissioner :Down Memory Lane... This old photo needs very little explanation except to tell where It was on some Hqfild It needs to make more steam. This photo comes from the ' taken. This scene shows a man sitting in between the rails at Shepher-. extensive collection of local collector Ray Parks. dstown near the water tank where an early steam engine is shown taking EMS WEEK To the Editor: This week, September 18-24, has been named Emergency Medical Ser- vices Week. It is a time set aside to recognize the work of those who serve daily in emergency services systems. We in Jefferson County are very for- tunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers and professionals who are willing to come to the aid of their sick or injured neighbors at any time of the day or night. These volunteers have spent hundreds of hours in training programs to attain a level of com- petence in order to provide quality medical services in our several am- bulance companies. They respond at a moment's notice from home or job during the day or night whenever an ambulance call is received by 911. Knowing that they are providing vital community services is often their on- ly reward. Those in our county who have been treated by our ambulance and advanc- ed life support workers know of their capabilities and kindness. This week is an opportunity for the others in our county to recognize the service of these fine volunteers. As director of EMS at Jefferson Memorial Hospital I salute the countless volunteers and proflionals who make out county a safer place in which to live. It is worth noting that our fire and ambulance companies are in constant need of support. This support comes in the form of an occasional thank-you, from financial donaUo and, most im- portantly, from volunteering your ser- vices to help. Please support theseim- portant community servants, and allow them to grow to meet the needs 'of our expanding county. Sincerely, George Kennedy, M.D. Director, Emergency Services Jefferson Memorial Hospital RETRACTI( To the Editor: I demand ferson County for Sheriff, Robert statement published in tinsburg Journal of quote, "Criminal activitY Town in 1987 has cent." It is this that concerns me didacy. The only training tion he ever received in l was paid for by the City Town. Scare tactic AARP concerning the drug raid in town lasting effects", untruth, be did NOT learn it training courses. To quote problem 18 months as dealers underground." Another me--he did NOT give Charles Town leaving the Police simply walked off the job blem. At the least dictates treatment better Very l ANOTHER To the Editor: I disagree with the believes that the should enjoy full benefitsl citizenship. Once a person themselves into a secret one which insists anonymity, then they tain rights. The Klan has an history of bombings, assault, gun deny peaceful THEIR constitutionally rights. In this century alone, : been linked to over Haw killed while in a Birmingham goal Department has it on violent subversive The Klan functions as as individual. Their is conducted under secrecy. Considering pose, as long as the staying a law-abiding citizens precedence. Established 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company. Inc. 2 10 North George Street Charles Town. West Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Charles Town. W. 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