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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 17 '"" tters to the Editor From Page 4 Course. He is a long time member iing if some of their of the Jefferson County Planning .~11 ~ded duties were be- Commission, the Jefferson County ~muringthe day. Watershed Coalition, and the Charles Town Utility Commission. i not meant in any Mr. Hooper has also been on i the dedicated vol- the Board of Directors of the Boys ~erson County who and Girls Club, has helped to de- ~. It is designed to velop the park at Summit Point, ~pid response and /ViIlts on the depart-and drew the Master Plan for the 7. ~gram will foster aSam Michaels Park. He is a mem- I.unty-wide team ber of the Shepherdstown Mens :red de ambulance ser- Club. |zens of the county. It is hard to imagine a more c [-i~ fire departments qualified candidate for County ,d so~ memorandum of Commission than Mr. Al Hooper. n<1,~supPorting this en- We should all, Democrats and Re- le rues the relation- publicans alike, be lining up to ! c IIJefferson Countyvote for him on November 3rd. sur~thority and the five Sincerely, ~jjrtments They all Ot u ~fferson County is ~5-~ and the demand !medical services is ~rdingly. The vol- rshi, ps are not in- rtionally. Assis- ~a~rm of ambulance ~ch needed now by Is providing ambu- ~this three year ex- based on assessed of each class Jefferson would be a at $60,000 would ;20.16 the bill. The information and the county court very fair and the citizens of the ~pend to assist the a very much ance service. The levy is for ambu- only, (salaries, orms), training, volunteer), county medical services liability, mal- eqmpment, etc.) provided by may be spent on fire fighter 'olunteer depart- continue to have They will con- maintain and of their to fire and I:vnt. All fire depart- s are owned and olunteer organi- Y will need your operate. The special ambu- is to staff the paid Monday for faster re- ambu- wide. The Jef- Ambulance Author- and discussed for several years method at this time. personal opinions excess levy, on November 3. the volunteers by LEVY". M. Pittinger Paramedic Shepherdstown CHOICE FOR IMISSION I'm a lifelong that Mr. A1 best candidate for Commission Town District. a moment at Mr. opponent, Mr. has claimed success g a new Jefferson room building and Industrial Park as I under- attorney offered to room building and ty, and the SeVeral lots out of right of way, which has been called is. I have known an forty years, and appreciated his and truthful ap- he does. said that Commis- tends toward strict Oas on matters of tends toward ac- that this is be- good to have the rules person who ~Sagree with this and think we '. Hooper, who both and is disposed ~g Vigorous action been said that Mr. on the job. ~Well served to let him on his own while we take already Is probably best Tuscawilla also built several lic buildings in the library and all. He also de- the environmen- L Hills Golf June H. Newcomer, Harpers Ferry UNGER RECEIVES KOCH'S SUPPORT To the Editor: In the 1994 election, I voted for Harry Dugan for State Senate. I voted for him because I thought he was the better candidate. This year, however, I am voting for John Unger instead of Harry Dugan for the same reason: I think John Unger is the better candidate and would do a far better job repre- senting us in Charleston. When John first asked me to serve as the Treasurer of his cam- paign, I was reluctant to get in- volved, especially since John is a Democrat and I am a Republican. But party differences aside, I found John Unger to be an intelli- gent, articulate, honest, and hard- working young man who deserved a chance to represent the people of the Eastern Panhandle in the State Senate. So I signed on as Treasurer, and it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with John in this effort. As a retired Air Force Brigadier General and former Commander of the Martinsburg based 167th WVAir National Guard Unit, I am a big believer in military values: values like honor, discipline, and courage. I have seen all these qualities in John Unger. Although some have tried to turn this State Senate campaign into a mudsling- ing contest by using illegal cam- paign practices, John has behaved honorably and "took the high road", choosing to focus on issues not personalities. A political cam- paign is a long and difficult pro- cess, but John has exhibited admi- rable self-discipline in sticking to the long hours and hard work. And in today's political climate, we all know how much courage it takes for a person to put his neck on the line and take a stand for the issues he believes in. As a sen- ate candidate, John has done just that. Honor, discipline, courage I can vouch that John Unger has all three qualities, and they are the qualities that would make him a first-rate State Senator for us and one that we all can be proud of. I hope the good people of the Eastern Panhandle will join me in electing John Unger, a young man with the potential to be a great state senator. He is just the kind of person we need in Charleston representing our values, our inter- ests, and our future. Sincerely yours, Jack D. Koch, Brig. General USAF (Ret.) Martinsburg APPRECIATES SUPPORT To the Editor: We are grateft~l for the many people in the community who have expressed their support of the Eastern Management Develop- ment Center, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Project, in re- sponse to the objections of the McAteers, et al. to public use of the facility. When we obtained the zoning permit for the facility, a neighbor- hood compatibility hearing was held pursuant to the Jefferson County Zoning Ordinance. At that time, we advised that portions of the facility would be available for public use to fill a void in this area for a facility that could accommo- date larger size gatherings, and as a public service we have donated use of the ballroom for charitable fundraising events. We also dis- cussed at the hearing that we were considering making the fit- ness center available for non- guests; if the Qovernment would permit it, which they have, and that the lodging rooms also would be available to the public when not in use by the Government. Mrs. Kathryn McAteer was present at the public hearing and no objec- tion was raised to these uses at anytime by anyone. The permit was obtained in July 1996, and construction started in the spring of 1997. The fact that the project would be available for public use was well publicized and yet, the objecting parties waited until the project was nearly complete before they sought to preclude public use of the facility. In response to their objections, the Zoning Administra- tor, who administered the permit process and actually drafted the permit, determined that we are in compliance with our permit. We have endeavored to con- struct a first-rate facility that, al- though designed primarily to ac- commodate the Federal govern- ment, offers some much-needed amenities to the people of this area. On behalf of the entire staff, we appreciate your continued sup- port of our efforts and look for- ward to serving the community. Very truly yours, The Federal Group Kenneth F. Lowe, Jr. Erwin Asam Michael G. Callas COWAN FAMILY REUNION Dear Editor, I, along with about 180 other Cowan family members, attended the Cowan family Reunion in Harper's Ferry back in July of this year, and I would like to express my appreciation, through you, to all of Jefferson County ibr helping to make this reunion such a memorable event. I've travelled and made my home in many places round the world, and I don't think I've ever been anywhere as warm and hospitable as Jefferson County. I'd like to offer special recogni- tion to the Jefferson County His- torical Landmarks Commission. They provided a great deal of background information and other assistance to the organizers of the Cowan Family Reunion, in the preparation stages as well as dur- ing the reunion. The work they've done on the Peter Burr House was impressive. I'd love to see them do the same thing with the Cowan Family homestead, "Cattail Farm" on Cattail Run. It was such a meaningful and surprisingly emo- tional experience for me to visit these, the Shepherdstown Presby- terian Church, and other histori. cal sites such as the which were familiar to our family over 200 years ago. By extension, through my photos of the reunion events, these sites have had quite an im- pact on people here in Western Australia, where most people know very little about their family beyond their parents or grandpar- ents, and a building over 50 years old is an historical site. (Mrs.) Nikki Stinson East Carrington Australia CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS Dear Sir or Madam: On November 3, West Virgin- ians should vote "No" on two overly broad proposed amend- ments to our state constitution. (1) Amendment No. 1, the "Lo- cal Option Economic Development Amendment", would authorize the Legislature to let counties and municipalities offer special tax breaks ("tax increment financing") to some businesses. The amend- ment was proposed after our state Supreme Court struck down the Tax Increment Financing Act as being violative of the state consti- tution. Amendment No. 1 could benefit a proposed business (even a Wal-Mart) that convinces elected officials and a simple ma- jority of voters (instead of the 60% normally required in excess-levy elections) to give it certain tax ad- vantages over other businesses. That amendment would allow such a business to avoid paying some taxes, such as the regular levy, on improvements to property. For up to 40 years, the money not used to pay taxes would instead be used to pay bondholders. (2) Misnamed the "Judicial re- form Amendment", Amendment No. 2 would, in effect, ~ part of the Judicial Reorganization Amendment approved by the vot- ers in 1974. West Virginia used tO have a hodgepodge of courts of original jurisdiction, from justices of the peace and municipal and circuit courts to common-pleas, ju- venile, and domestic-relations courts. The 1974 amendment re- placed the original-jurisdiction courts with just municipal, magis- trate, and circuit courts. Amend- ment No. 2 would allow the Legis- lature to create a new hodgepodge of similar specialized courts and could weaken the separation of powers between the judiciary and the Legislature. Please vote "No" twice on Elec- tion Day. Sincerely, Thornton Cooper Chairman, RECANT FOR SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS JUSTICE JOHN McCUSKEY For House of Delegates: Delegate Charles S. Trump, IV (51st District) Delegate Vicki Douglas (52nd' District) Delegate Larry V. Faircloth (53rd District) Delegate John Overington (54th District) For County Commissioner: R. Gregory Lance (Jefferson County) For Amendment #1: Local Option Economic Development Amendment For Amendment #2: Judicial Reform Amendment The EPBA is a growing independent political committee, consisting of local business, professional and community leaders who are dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the free enterprise system through political action. A Two-Thirds favorable vote is required for an endorsement. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CIVIL JUSTICE REFORM EDUCATION LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND TAXING LABOR MANAGEMENT RELATIONS The members of EPBA sincerely, believe that the candidates listed above will do the most to promote free enterprise principles and interests in regard to those critical issues. OVEMBER 3, 1998, EPBA STRONGLY URGES YOU TO VOTE J LOWER TAXES LOCAL CONTROL OF SCHOOLS FEWER FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS LESS GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF OUR LIVES AND BUSINESSES Paid for Eastern ; handle Business Association leton, Chairman, Conrad Hammann, Vice-Chairman Ken )le, Treasurer. t