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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13,1977 REPLIES ABOUT THE ENERGY CRISIS In resimnse to Lela Gardner's letter, Sept. 29, 1977: Oct. 3, 1977 Dear Sir: Lela Gardner does not believe there is an energy crisis. She is right -- for now. But if we continue our accelerated rate of consumption of petroleum products we are assuring that there will be one for our descendants. Moreover, if we continue to increase our dependence on foreign oil we are inviting not only an energy crisis for ourselves, but the real possibility of a world war. Petroleum is a wonderful resource for modern society. It is not only the leading source of energy, but is the mainstay of numerous other industries, most notably agriculture, which is increasingly dependent on petroleum-based fertilizer. Produced by nature over hun- dreds of millions of years, it has been used by humans for only slightly more than one hundred years, since 1859. In 1920 slightly less than 450 million barrels were pumped out of the ground in the U.S. By 1970, that figure had increased eightfold to over 31/2 billion barrels. In 1974, world population was over 20 billion barrels, see World Almanac, 1951 and 1976. Ms. Gardner cites an estimate of 557 billion barrels in the world's proven reserve. At the present rate of production, that total will be consumed in 30 years. More, of course, will be found. But sowill production and consumption continue to in- crease as the rest of the world seeks to emulate the industrial economy of the U.S. Surely it is only common sense to recognize that the supply of oil is limited. When it begins to run out, unless we have developed sufficient alternative sources of energy, there will almost assuredly be an economic depression, and probably major war in the international scramble to corner the diminishing reserves. With the size of the nuclear weapons arsenals mained by the U.S. and the USSR, civilization cannot withstand an all out war And the crisis may develop long before our own supplies are exhausted. Our dependence on imported oil is great and in- creasing. What will happen if, for any reason, this supply is cut off? As I understand it, the Pentagon has contingency plans for military operations in the Persian Gulf area to seize the supplies we need. Probably Russia and perhaps China, Japan, Germany, India and others have similar plans. Through increased domestic production we may be able to reduce this dangerous depen- dence on oil from halfway around the world. But is robbing our descendants of their rightful heritage of domestic oil supplies an acceptable alternative? The only acceptable solution to the undeniable fact of a limited supply of fossil fuels is con- servation. The American people should set an example to the world of thrift and efficiency in the use of natural resources, rather than extravagance and waste, as has been the case in recent years. Our President, !Jimmy Carter, has proposed a I program to emphasize, by economic inducements, the importance of energy con- servation, and to try to gain the cooperation of all the American people in making necessary sacrifices to preserve our precious resources for future generations. No doubt the program is not perfect and can benefit from the careful examination and suggestions of the congress and American citizens. But let us oppose those short-sighted selfish interest groups who would rob future generations to keep their profits high. And let us oppose these same selfish sentiments when they assert themselves in our own minds. Ms. Gardner is right in her insistence that more laws and more bureaucracy will not suffice to solve this or other problems with which our society is faced. Conservation of our natural resources and en- vironment require a spirit of responsibility and cooperation the sacrifices which are so vital to our nation's future. Paxton Marshall RFD Box 119 Shepherdstown, W.Va. ABOLISHMENT PROPERTY AND OF LAND Dear Mr. Brown, "Abolishment of property of land..." is the first of the ten planks leading to Communism which Marx gave in the Manifesto. And "It can't happen here" seems to be the philosophy of Americans, despite the fact that even the liberal press reveal the way Communism progresses to engulf entire nations. And twice the American government has tried to control private property. What is government control -- except abolition of private property. Of course, whenthe govern- merit controls the property, you may still live on it, and may be permitted to pay higher and higher taxes on it but, if you cannot do what you want with your property, there is no purpose in owning it. American tradition is that a man's home is his castle. But if the Senate had had its way, that would no longer he the case. In 1973, the Senate passed the Land Use Policy and Planning Assistance act which would have meant a national land use policy dictated by the federal govern- ment (And, of course, the bureaucrats are smarter than and I are.) A storm of protest arose. The Indianapolis News said, "The potential danger is obvious, sine it is an axiom of economic life that he who controls the land can control the people who dwell on it". That bill gave the Secretary of Interior power "to coordinate planning and management of federal lands and planning and management of adjacent non- federal lands". (Meaning private lands next to federal which is not very visible in these lands will be managed also.) self-indulgent times. Whatever Moreover, that bill proposed to our opinions regarding the make grants to assist the States specific measures called for in , to develop and implement State the energy bill, we should be thankful that we have a President with the vision and courage to provide the American people with leadership to make ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILi Invites Residents of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar areas to a public meeting about En- l vlromental problems. A speaker from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, :D.C., will discuss the National problems of the :environment and local situations. An interesting i fllm about the state of Alaska will be shown. A discussion of local problems and a question l session will be held. Refreshments will be served after the meeting, which will take place at the Mather TrainJng Center, FIHmore Street. l WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19th at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-1t HELPINGTO SAFEGUARD HEALTH First-Aid ...Just a Reach Away m Play it smart. Keep your medi- cine cabinet equipped with house. hold first aid needs. Be ready to doctor up minor injuries. Your registered pharmacist has helpful remedies to promote fast healing of cuts and burns. again", for they certainly are persistent. Even though they have proposed land use bills in the last two sessions of congress, they're still trying. Moreover, they advance on every front, and have already gotten Conservation, Development, Air Resources, Waste Management, Water Quality, Geologic hazards, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Forest Practice and Coastal Zone Conservation. That is not enough for them. They will not be content until they control every square inch of the U.S. Do you own a home, a cottage, a place of business -- any kind of property? Remember, any piece of land use legislation is a danger to your control of your land. If you want to control your and, be on guard against any land use legislation. lla Gardner THANKS FOR THE SPIRIT FROM STUDENTS AT H. FERRY JUNIOR HIGH Office of The Principal Harpers Ferry Junior High School Harpers Ferry, W. Va. October 10, 1977 Mr. Max Brown, Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Brown: The students at Harpers Ferry Junior High School would like to express their gratitude to you and to the Spirit of Jefferson for continuing to send the school a complimentary copy of the paper during the school year., Many students anxiously await, the arrival of the paper on Thursday morning. If space permits, would you please print the enclosed an- nouncement in the Spirit of Jefferson. We would greatly appreciate your doing this as it would inform the people in the county of some of the worthwhile projects in which our school is 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 The Citizens Fire Company purchases an Aerofog "300" Fog Generator, which when used with an air sanitizer, will practically rid an area of smoke, oil, grease and other odors resulting from fires or other causes. The generator may also be used as a decontaminator, since it can reduce airborne bacteria and viruses in an area temporarily. Miss Deborah Nichols, representing the eighth and ninth grades, is crowned Homecoming Queen at Shepherdstown High School. Making up the Queen's court are Anne Grissinger, Donna Smith and Jackie May. Charles Town General Hospital begins new visiting hours. Visitors now come bet- ween 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., instead of only from 2-4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. This new policy was made necessary, according to Ad- ministrator Harry Harrier, by the elimination of the visitor's reception room at the hospital due to space shortages. Two Charles Town men are among five inducted into the Potomac Edison Quarter Century Club. Austin H. Bowers and Jesse L. Price, both have completed 25 years with the organization. They will be joining 574 other men, 396 of whom are still working for the company. The Ranson Civic Club once again has decided to take charge of decorating the community for the Christmas season. Duane Andrews, general manager of the Ranson Products, Inc., has announced that all hourly employees of the company have been granted a pay raise amounting to six and two-thirds per cent of their hourly rate. In addition, the company will implement a broader vacation policy. DEATHS: Mrs. Walter Samuel Gifft, of Chestnut Grove Md., is dead on arrival at Washington County Hospital in Court Won't Consider Hagerstown; Joseph Lawrence Shipe, of Harpers Ferry, dies unexpectedly in Charles Town hospital; Katherine L. Mills, infant daughter of Capt. Clarence R. and Dorothy Haggerty Mills, Jr., formerly of Shepherdstown, and now of Germany, dies one day after birth; Douglas Lee Simpson, Charles Town, is dead on arrival at Charles Town Hospital; and Lewis Randolph, of Harpers Ferry,' dies unexpected at his home. MARRIAGE: Miss Anne Burr League, of Charles Town, and Mr. George William Stocks, also of Charles Town. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 DEATHS: Dr. Robert Vinson Shirley, of Ceredo, W. Va.; and Upton Scott Martin, in Rich- mond, Va. MARRIAGES: Miss Emily Moore Clipp and Mr. W M. Fred Martin; and Miss Betty Engle and Mr. Charles Kidwiler. 30'-- YEARS AGO -- 30 DEATHS: Mrs. Virginia S. Milbourne of Charles Town; Erward J. Lloyd, in Hager- stown; Humphrey Wilt, Sr., of Chestnut Hill, and Mrs. Ella Rhodes Willis, in Hagerstown. MARRIAGES: Judge D. H. Rogers and Mrs. Thomas G. Jones; Miss Mildred Ann Graves and Mr. Charles Mercer. 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 DEATHS: William L. Gore, of Charles Town; Griffith Sonnelly, BUY ANY STUCK & ALGER PHARMACY, Inc. DIAL 725-2i -- CHARLES TOWN Hours: Dally 8:30 a.m. to 10p.m. Sundays- late I:00p.m. land use programs" but it specifically forbid states to compensate property owners whose property decreased in value because of land-use laws. Think of it. You pay a federal income tax which the federal government then uses as "free money" to give the states so they can set up land use programs that deprive you of property or decrease its value. Who says the reds aren't smart? Moreoever, Muskie and others like him discussed "sanctions" unless the states compiled. "Sanctions" means coercion. There would also have been a federal roster of all lands with a data center with a file on every property owner so someone in D.C. could dictate how you could -- or could not -- use the property you worked so hard to acquire. In June 1974, the House narrowly defeated Morris Udall's Land Use and Planning Bill that labor leaders, en- vironmentalists and liberals supported. So you were safe for a little while. But land use planners seem to follow the old adage, "If at first don't succeed, try, try Nationwide "live wire" claim service. Anyti .me, any place, 24 hours aday. When a Nationwide policy- holder has an insurance claim. a cell on the nearest phone. gets action started. And in most cases, within 48 hours after proof of loss, the Claim is settled. Ceil a Nationwide Agent. Ask about our "live wire" claims service. It's an importa part of Nstionwide's blanket protec- tion for your family or your business. LICENSE.TIRE & NOTARY SERVICE presently involved. After the paper printed our article about, the Labels for Education Imc0gram last year, we received many labels from people who had read that issue of the Spirit of Jefferson. One lady in California even sent us a large envelope of labels. Once again, let us express our gratitude for the aid which the Spirit of Jefferson has always provided. Sincerely yours, Mrs. Linia L. Overly Librarian House of Delegates W. Va. Legislature State Capitol Charleston, W. Va. Clarence E. Martin, Ill 119 S. College St. Martinsburg, W. Va. Oct. 5, 1977 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va, Dear Sir: I wish to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle for the courtesy and hospitality shown the members of the W. Va. Legislature during their recent visit to this area. The willingness and cooperation of our local citizens to meet with the interim com- mittees and discuss and identify our local problems should greatly assist cur local delegation in the coming session. I particularly would like to express my gratitude to those local organizations and in- dividual citizens who were responsible for the activities during this visit. Their efforts were especially appreciated. Many of the visiting legislators expressed the sen- timent that this was the most beautiful area of the state they had visited and its citizens the most friendly and cooperative. I cound not agree more. It made me proud to represent this area. Again, my thanks and ap preciation to all. Sincerely, Clarence Martin, Ill Vice-chairman Committee on Gov't. Organization The U.S. Supreme Court an- nounced on Monday, Oct, 3, that it will not review the Federal Communications Commission's 1975 and 1976 rulings establishing a registration for telecommunications terminal equipment. These FCC rulings permit customers to attach their own registered equipment directly to the telephone network without telephone company- provided protective "couplers" as required in the past. The Supreme Court's refusal to consider the telephone in- dustry's appeal of the rulings will permit the FCC to put its equipment registration program into effect in the near future. This will mean that customer- owned main and extension telephones, private automatic branch exchanges 'swit- chboards', and key telephone sets, instruments with buttons CUT YOUR FUEL BILLS Sierra Stoves are constructed of heavy steel plate Won'f warp, crack or burn out Burn efficiently with lillle attention or mess. Holds tire for hours The Sierra can pay for itself in a single season. Two models to choose from No. 150 $373.00 No. 300 $429.00 WESTERN AUTO STORE Charles Town SPIRIT Of JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE ESTABLISHED 1844 MAX BROWN DON RENTCH EDITOR.PUBLIsHER NEWS EDITOR PUBLISHED WEEKLY AT THE OFFICES OF THE JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC.. 210 NORTH GEORGE ST., CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Subscflption Pflce $7.50 Per year SECOND CLASS POSTAGE AT U.S. POST OFFICE CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Changes of address, Undeliverable Copies, Orders for 8ulmerlptions and Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: P.O. Box 231 Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 CONSOLE 23" 25" 7978 J and this Black White for just The SENTRY Ouck-on sunshine lure tube portable 100% sohd- slate s*s Perma-sel fine-lun, ng Supertane Sales 116 E. Washington St. Charles Town, PHONE 725 - 29]5 in Parkersburg; and Mrs. Lucy lines -- without "couples" L. Eby, of Charles Town. provided by the phone company 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 if the devices are not registered DEATH: Mrs. Roberta with the FCC, they will, as in the Colston, of Charles Town. past, he allowed connection to MARRIAGES: Mr. Bertrand the network only through phone G. Benton and Miss Bessie F. company-provided couplers. Hutchinson; Ira H. Irvin to Miss Since June 1976, customers Meta Howell; Mr. Lewis O. Hale have been permitted to directly and Miss Henrietta Watters ; and connect their own data corn- Mr. Walter G. Nelson and Miss munications equipment and Virginia Osbourn. ancilliary devices such as 90 -- YEARS AGO -- 90 automatic dialers and an- DEATHS: James Whittington, swering sets. Coin telephones of the Billmyer's Mill area, lost and party-line phones are not three children from diptheria; included in the FCC program. Daniel Lefever, of Hedgesville. "We shall give our best efforts to making the program work", for handling two or more lines, said Charles G. Farris, may be connected directly to executive vice president, phone company lines -- except telephone Operating Group of party lines and coin telephone GTE. For The Jefferson Giver's Fund seven percent of being reached at each a month, or $12 a reach the goal. Pledges may dropping a note to Box 430, Charles phoning 725-5514. ,.at* Buying for best way to debts paid. 1129 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg - 267. 8011 522 South, Winchester, Va.. 703- 662. 3473 "WE'RE YOUR KIND OF FARM CREDIT SERVIC SHORT.1100M LOAN FOR MANY Full-time farmers.for any AND ALL Farm and family NEEDS. PART4ime farmers-financing for Current farm Expenses, machinery, Cattle and property improvements. Rural Home Owner.for Remodeling, or any type of property improvements. CURRENT INTEREST RATE 7.75% CURRENT INTEREST RATE 8,5% me-roB to00- b/Rm FOR the full.time farmer, part -time farmer, and Rural Home Owner. NEED A LOAN Editorials / Opinions / Columns / West Virginia's- Award Winning Newspo' MAX BROWN--Editor DON RENTCH,News _ .