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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1978 "UNCLE SNOOPER"TO STRIKE Your "Uncle Snooper" will soon be striking once again at your personal and private life. That's right the Federal Government is getting ready to conduct another nation-wide Census. And while it is not due to be taken until 1980, or just ten years from the date of the last one, the busy bee bureacurats in Washington, are already getting ready with a host of questions all designed to invade your privacy whether you like it or not. For sometime now a lot of most inquisitive people in the Federal government hive been busy designing questions for the censtm takers that will permit them, to find out many things about you, and your private affairs, that they do not really need to know just to take a census of the nation's population. They are supposed to get these questions on paper and ready to go to the printers by January 1979. Now don't get us wrong, we are not opposed to, but favor a U.S. Census being taken again. It will be in- teresting to see just how many legal and non-legal residents we have in the good old USA. What we do oppose is having to give up so much information about ourselves and our private lives to any governmental agency, especially when a head count is really all that is needed to determine the size of the population. It seems to us if the Census Bureau does a complete and accurate job of "head counting," it will be a big improvement over ten years ago when not everyone in the county and country was contacted by the Census takers. Sure the Census Bureau will make a trial run in different parts of the country on some of the questions to be carried on the forms to make sure they are doing a good job of "private snooping/' And if the questions they ask don't kick up too much of a fuss in these test areas, then the Census Bureau may add a few more additional and more personal questions before the final printing of the forms. If you are home when the Census taker calls and you try to "fluff" him off, you may wind up in trouble by being taken to Court and fined for failure to cooperate with those directed by your government to invade your privacy. And what kind of questions can you expect, other than how many people live in your household? Well here are some that will make both the short and long forms: "When did you last work, even if it was only for a Short time; another is have you been married more than once and if so how many times and did the marriage end because your spouse died or for what reason. How many babies have you had not counting still births; how much did you make last year from wages, salary, commission bonuses and tips; business or professional practice; farming; interest, dividends, royalities, rent; social security or railroad retirement; aid to families with dependent children,i other welfare; child support, etc. AI don't forg(t to tell them about any gift or donation. We don't un- derstand why the Government needs, or should have some of this information just for a Census. But then these days "big daddy" wants to know all kinds of things about you, even how your plumbing works in your home; how much do you figure your home is worth; also what race are you? We thought it was illegal to even use the word race in any advertising or questions. We guess it is just illegal for the individual to do this, but legal for the government to do so. Our one big question is why does the government want all this information anyway? What are they going to use it for? What concerns us is who besides the Census Bureau and possibly the Internal Revenue, will be privy to so much personal in- formation/about your private life. News Of Other Years I 10-YEARS AGO-10 [Alfred P. Collins of Greenville, Mrs Nina H. Pierce who was W.Va.; Miss Isabelle Butch, cited for doing outstanding work i daughter of the late Mr. and in the nursing field, decided to Mrs. W.W. Burch of Jefferson take her well earned retirement from the profession, at least on a full time scale. One of the major projects and activities of the Charles Town Senior Woman's Club each year is the preparation of a Year Book and dedication of the book to some outstanding member of the club. High honor was bestowed by the club upon Mrs. F.L. Bushong of Charles Town. Mike Kisner and Lawson McIvor play major roles to Panther offense and defense. MARRIED: Miss Lucy Shirley Otis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Carl Otis of Pa., to Mr. David LeGrande Anderson III. DIED: Mr. Clarence William (Bill) Peer, 48, of Hunter Street, Charles Town; Mrs. Veima P. Whirley, 71, of Summit Point, W.Va.; Mrs. Sarah K. Grimes of Charles Town; Mr. Charles Leonard Pendleton, Charles Town;.Mrs. F. Leslie Erhardt, noted sculptor who resided in Washington, D.C. She was the former Imogene Koonce of Harpers Ferry; Dr. John M. Trapnell, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Katherine Stehl of Hagerstown, Md. 20-YEARS AGO-Z0 Charles Town Chevrolet salesman Junior Wagner of Jeffermm Ave., won $2,707 in i : cash prizes in a sales contest. Mrs. Alma Stonesfer was honored for twenty-eight years of service to the Charles Town order of the Eastern Star at a reception at the home of Mrs. C.A, Hehle. MARRIED: Miss Katherine Butts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Butts of Bolivar to the Rev. Co.; to Mr. Alvey R. Ebersole son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christian Ebersole of Charles Town; Miss Sarah Lee Packer, daughter of Mrs. John L. Packer of Ben Avon, Pa. and the late Mr. Packer to John Dickson Snively, also of 3en Avon. DIED: John Garfield Jenkins 3 month old son of Bobbie and Julia Jenkins, Shepherdstown, at the home there; Raymond Wesley Barron, 4 month old so, of Carl and Barbara Hayne Barton of Shepherdstown, in the local hospital; Mrs. Edith Hindman Hovatter, wife of Willis L. Hovatter of Bon Air, Va. and a native of Charles Town, at her home in Bon Air; Mrs. Fannie Louise Miller, 93, widow of Robert G. Miller, at the home of a daughter Mrs. Ruth Reyer of Shepherdstown; Mrs. Aline Chafee MacDuff, retired employee of the U.S. Govern- m.ent in Washington, D.C. in the Simon Rest Home in Ranson; Arthur G. Sampsell, 73, of Hagerstown, Md. a native of Charles Town, in Washington Co. Hospital. 30-YEARS AGO-30 Charles Town High School enrollment shows 560 students. S.H. Stone, chairman of the hospital board and Dr. J.L. Van Metre announced the plans for moving into the new Charles Town General Hospital just completed. Announcement was made of the purchase of the brick residence on E. Washington, St. of Mrs. James F. Turner by Mrs. M.K. Bowers of Charles Town. Frank C. "Potsy" Johnston of Ranson was appointed deputy NEW VOTING METHOD EASY This November 7, Jefferson County voters will be subjected to a brand new method of voting. The day of the "X" is over for Jefferson. It will now revert to the day of the "punch." If there are those of you who approach this year's visit to the polls with some misgivings, then let us offer you great reassurance. The new method of voting is as simple as it can be. It is a matter of inserting a sharp punch in the hole next to the name of the candidate of your choice. You will have to turn pages in order to complete the ballot. The only writing you will have to do is sign the voter's registration slip; and, if you wish to write in candidate's names, there's a place provided for that. The new system has been called the electronic voting system. That's a mis-nomer. There's nothing electronic whatsoever about the way you vote at your particular precinct. The electronic title refers only to the method by which the ballots will be counted. There will be no counting at the individual precinct; the ballot cards will be transported to the Jefferson County Court House where they will be inserted in electronic cotmting computers designed to whiz through the counting process. The only thing that will not be counted will be write-in votes. One member of the Jefferson County Commission said the electronic voting machine title is mis- leading. He says the voting apparatus itself ought to be called a "device." And he's right. There are a lot of variables remaining in connection with this first test of the "deices" here in Jefferson county. It's already established that the county will require only half the number of poll workers as in the past; and these workers will have to know the score so they can aid the voters who need help. On the counting end, the computers at the court house are expected to complete the count quickly and expeditiously. With results coming from the precincts in very short order (with no counting required there). it should mean that results will be in and tabulated .well ahead of any previous year. In the meantime, there will be schools for the poll workers (October 16 and 17; additional dates if necessary). The county administrator and other cooperating organizations plan to set up demon- stration booths, probably at local banks, during the month of October; and there will be demonstrations before requesting organizations. . Hopefully, by the time November 7 rolls around, any timidity about utilizing the new voting "devices" will have been dissipated by the planned educational program. But even if you don't see and try one of the "devices," be sure to go to the polls and vote the "new" way. You'll find it easy; and you'll find the poll workers well-schooled in what to do and how to do it. So don't hesitate. Vote on November 7. sheriff and jailer for Jefferson County. Sept. 1948 marked the 41st anniversary of the founding of the firm of Hyman Viener and sons, established in 1907 at Charles Town by the present senior partner, Hyman Viener. William W. Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Hammond of KearneysviUe, was appointed assistant secretary-treasurer of the Shenandoah Production Credit Association and the National Farm Association of Winchester, Va. DIED: Mrs. Elizabeth Rutherford, wife of Lewis H. Rutherford; George Lee Breeden, at the local hospital; Forrest S. Rutherford in Washington, D.C. 50-YEARS AGO.50 The Charles Town High School opened with an enrollment of 141 the highest in its history, being 20 more than the previous year. Dairymen and breeders who received premiums at Morgan's Grove Fair were: Bush and Perry whose herd of Guernseys from near Charles Town won 21 blue, 3 red and 3 yellow ribbons. Other winners were Harry Jenkins of near Duffields and Robert P. McGarry. MARRIED: Miss Margaret May Shirley and Mr. Charle, Creighton Tabb, both of Charles Town; Miss Frances Burzis daughter of Mrs. John C. Burns and Dr. Joseph Robert Schaeffer. DIED: George Willard Koonce the oldest rural carrier in the county. 70-YEARS AGO-70 Dr. W.W. Brown began the practice of medicine at Shenandoah Junction, having moved there from Pittsburgh, Pa. Thomas J. West bought "Bull Wallow Farm," 165 acres in Kabletown District, from Daniel Heflehower for $14,000. DIED: Near Chestnut Grove, this county, Mrs. Lizzie Wilt, wife of Thomas Wilt; south of Charles Town, Mrs. Virgie Roper, wife of Walter Roper, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nat Conrad, at the Bloomery, Miss Laura Conrad. 100-YEARS AGO-1OQ The farm of John J. Locke of 214 acres near Rippon, was sold to Caleb Burns at $50 per acre. Mr. George Tucker Brooke of Charles Town was appointed to the chair of .Law at West Virginia University. MARRIED At Locust Hill this county, by the Rev. W.H. Heade, Dr. Jol m D.M. Cordeza of Phil., to Miss Lizzie B. Packett, daughter of the late John B. Packett; in Charles Town by the same minister, M.S. Robertson to Miss Mary B. Dodson daughter of Thomas B. Dodson of Charles Town. II0-YEARS AGO-IIO The cornerstone of the new Methodist Church was laid in Shepherdstown, addresses being delivered by the Rev. M. Poisal and the Rev. Dr. Roszel. DIED: At the home of his father in Charles Town, Strait Ridenour, son of Samuel Ridenour, at her home in Baltimore Mrs. Mannie Lile Langdon, wife of Thomas P. Langdon. Panhandle To Have 16 Ddqms N Ubrapj Conference The three Eastern Panhandle counties will have 16 delegates present at Governor Rockefeller's Conference on Libraries which has been titled "The Great Info Show," to be held Oct. 12-15 at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. . Representing Jefferson County at the meetings will be Mary Haynes, Donald Miller, i Theresa Tutherford, Mike Tolbert and Pat Walt. Representatives from Berkeley County will be Peggy Batten, Ruth Dean, Mary Shipper, George Small, Roberta Small, Sara Steptoe, Nadia Elins and Michael Ford. The Morgan County delegates will be Barbara R. Norton, Betty Weaver, and Edgar H. Willard, Jr. Rockefeller said 350 delegates from all counties in the state will be represented at the meetings as well as school children, educators and hundreds of others who are expected to visit the three-day exposition calling attention to the services of today's and tomorrow's libraries. The statewide meeting serves as a prelude to a White House Conference on Libraries set for October, 1979. The Governor and First Lady Sharon Rockefeller are giving their full support to the con- ference. State Supreme Court Justice Sam Harshbarger is chairman of the state con- ference. Serving on the Advisory Committee for the annual conference and "Great Info Show" are: Sid Allen of Hun- tington, Barbara Bonfili of iAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiA-- Dear Sir: Several weeks ago a letter from Mr. Jay Hoak published in the Spirit of Jefferson indicated that Mr. Beckett appeared before the County Commission to promote a renewed interest in zoning on his own behalf. Please be advised that Mr. Beckett was acting at the behest of the Planning Commission. I made a motion that he appear before the County Commission and make the request. It was seconded and passed unanimously. Donald T. Phillips Dear Sir: All people are equal but some are more equal than others. The above paraphrase from Animal Farm is particularly appropriate Hghl now. Women's Libbers want to change the rules -- to extend time for ratification of ERA so that they can force states that have rejected ERA to vote on it until, out of sheer exhaustion they change their minds and vote yes. But states that have ratified ERA are not to be permitted to change their minds and rescind their ratification. It works only one way. Cartoonist Dick Haler said he would approve time extensiov for ERA if Congress would pass a law stating, "It shall be unlawful for time to run out until the Redskins are ahead." The analogy between Hafer's Law and ERA extension is ap- propriate. Time cannot run out for ERA ratification until the Libhers win. The unfairness of the time extension bill that apparently our Senator Robert Byrd wants passed is obvious even to proponents of ERA. (Always excepting NOW, of course.) They see that if a state is given the opportunity to change its mind one way -- i.e., to vote yes when it has voted no, other states should be given the op- portunity to change their minds and vote no. Senator Jake Garn plans to introduce the Fair Play Recission Amendment to the ERA extension bill. It is time for any fair minded person to notify Senator Jennings Randolph that wewant fair play and ask him to support the lair Play Recission Amendment. Lela Gardner Dear Mr. Rentch: For almost a month, the "mouth" of Shepherd Grade Road has been closed by massive excavation. Many residents of the Grade, plus Scrabble and the Whitings Neck area in Berkeley County, soon discovered that they could by- pass the long detour by going through the property of the Bavarian Inn. Mr. and Mrs. Asam, proprietors, are to be com- mended for their quick response to allow hundreds, maybe thousands, of cars to go over their property. It was at great sacrifice and some abuse, unfortunately, but the Asams felt it was their way of meeting their obligation to the community. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the Asams for their quiet gesture. I, for one, intend to personally thank them for their action. Why .don't you? Clayton E. Doing Burkittsville, Md. .Editor's Note: We of this newspaper staff also express our appreciation for the kindness and consideration which Mr. and Mrs. Asam are showing in making a part of their property a detour route for public motor vehicle traffic in their area of the county. It sure represents an unselfish and most kind community gesture towards all motorists. Morgantuwn, Forest J. Bowman of Charleston, W.E. Chilten III of Charleston, Warren L. Cooper of Ravenwood, Leon Copeland of Charleston, John Dietz of Charleston, Carole C. Ferrell of Charleston, Thorold Funk of Charleston, David Gillespie of Glenville, Mary Louise Graham of Beckiey, Robert Hayes of Huntington, Charleston Major John Hutchinson, Lola McClure of Huntington, Robert Munn of Morgantown, Lewis McManus of Beckley, Joseph Powell of Scott Depot, Ruth Ann Poweli of Fairmont, State Senator d. Small Business, Administration Meeting Od. 18 The Planning Your Business Small Business Administration Conference will be held Wed- nesday, Oct. 18, from 2 until 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Civic Center, E. Washington Street, Charles Town. Small Business Ad- ministration representatives who will he present will be Bill Robert Rogers of Madison, AI Boyles, business management Shepard of Charleston. specialist and Zed Williams -. " . management assistance officer Virginia Simmons of Cross Free ........... .......... un u[eramre wm Lanes, rlarom mlm oz v " ' ' ........... a affable and questions will be narlesmn, t;nanes 9parlecK ol welcome Charleston, Del. James Tecta of Terra Alta, Edwin Wiles of All businessmen as well as Charleston, Shirley Mills of other interested people wlo Moundsville, Nicholas Winowich might be contemplating entering of Charleston and Joe Hoffman the business world are invited to of Wheeling. attend this conference. ' |1 '11 I I 0000ii!I o I [00!!Byrd's.Eye View [ : : ...!it.. I The Case/or In the heat of Indian summer, it is hard to re- member the bitter cold of the last two winters. We forget that schools and factories closed, and people shivered in frigid houses because of a natural gas shortage. The Senate, at this writ- ing, is considering a nat- ural gas compromise bill that would help prevent future gas shortages, and gear our national energy policy toward reliance on domestic, i:ather than im- ported, fuels. At the present time, gas sold in the state in which it is produced is unregu- lated and brings a higher price than gas sold in the interstate, federally-regu- lated market. The result of such a dual price system has been surpluses of gas in the producing states and shortages elsewhere. Another serious conse- quence is that industrial users, afraid of disruptions in gas supplies, tend to burn foreign oil, or costly liquid natural gas imported from abroad, rather than domestic natural gas. Re- liance on imported oil is a chief cause of inflation. The natural gas compro- mise bill would begin to phase out the distinction between interstate and in- trastate markets in order to create a national mar- ket. Federal pricing regu- lations would be lifted from all newly discovered gas by 1985. The bill en- Compromise courages increased and un- interrupted gas supplies, gradual price rises and in- dustrial use of domestic gas instead of foreign oil. Most importantly, pas- sage of the bill would help restore the international community's faith in Amer-. ica's ability to deal with long-term energy problems. Other nations are watching us to see if we have the fortitude and self-discipline to curtail our appetite for foreign oil. European leaders, during my recent trip overseas, re- peatedly told me of their concern about the United States' failure to enact a national energy policy. There are already tangi- ble signs of international doubts about America's global influence. The U.S. dollar has lost 30 percent of its value against strong currencies. Other nations think we are simply print- ing more dollars to buy foreign oil, thus, flooding the world with worthless currency. Passage of the compro- mise gas bill would sym- bollze U.S. resolve to deal with energy needs, and would do much to restore confidence in the dollar, correct our balance of trade deficit, and cut infla- tion, It is my hope that Con- gress will accept its re- sponsibility, rise above re- gional and vested interests, and vote in the nation's in- terest for the compromise natural gas bill. [STABLISHED 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 maIter Ad Deadline 4 p. m. Monday T wonderful VIRGINIA I read the other day that one of mr West Virginia Supreme Court Justices refused to have plastic glass storm windows put on his office windows. He wanted glass storm windows because glass is made in West Virginia. For the purposes of energy conservation the Capitol is being equipped with storm windows. The word had hardly gotten out until complaints were heard from the chemical workers in the Kanawha Valley only blocks from the Capitol Building. These workers claim that chemicals for making the "plastic glass" comes from their production and deserves as much consideration as glass. Certainly both are true. As close as Berkeley Springs we have the Sand and Glass Works. West Virginia is known the world over for its glass. Caroline Kennedy used West Virginia glass in the White House and I hope it is still there. People from all-over come to our glass display shops in Morgantown, Weston, Huntington, etc. to buy the fine sets and in most cases hand-blown pieces. When my wife and I traveled for Kiwanis International to many places around the world she took gifts of Seneca glass, one of the most beautiful of our West Virginia products. within sight of We are a chemical center more and more products being developed from chemicals. The display our chemical plants literally hundreds of products including down to bathing suits. ] When we think in termS1 local products we have remember the markets out of West Virginia and outsidt the United States. Our glassl chemicals figure in the bal of payments. 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