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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1978 Senior citizens of Jefferson Countyp beware of the new type of con artists who have made their way into the county and are trying to make their way in your home to con you into falling for the old Insurance hustle. While these unscrupulous hustlers had been reported operating in other parts of the country and even in some other parts of this state for some time, it was not until about 10 days ago that they showed up at several homes in Jefferson County. The con artists, or hustlers, are peddling phony medical insurance. They are, as they call themselves, insurance salesmen, but actually all they are trying to do is to take advantage of elderly people who are caught in a health-care squeeze. Since the current Government Medicare program won't meet the high costs of medical treatment and hospitalization, these con artists know that at least half of the elderly of the country over 65 have pur- chased, or are ripe for the purchase of private supplemental insurance policies. These fast-talking so-called insurance salesmen have somehow gained a list of prospective "suckers" as they regard them. They call it their "goose" list, and it contains personal details about potential customers who have been retired for some time, or who have just recently retired. Somehow these un- scrupulous "conners" seem to know almost to the day when a person retires. And they certainly do not waste any time knocking on the doors of these people. This is exactly what happened in Jefferson County just a little more than a week ago. These con artists seem to have been able somehow to glean information on their prospects that only certain governmental agencies, dealing with the nation's elderly, should and do have in their files. The procedure the agents follow is they appear at the home of the elderly and try any way they can dream up to talkthemselves into your home under various pretenses, Often the salesman will conceal his purpose until he gets inside the door. They use various lines of fast talk. Sometimes they even tell the elderly they are representatives of Medicare or some other federal humanitarian agency. Once in the home they make their sales pitch for an insurance policy which they claim will provide comprehensive "gap" coverage. This means they tell you their policy will cover everything that Medicare won't pay with respect to their health care costs. According to the Federal Trade Commission there is no such comprehensive medical coverage, so beware of their pitch. If the elderly already has a supplemental policy, the salesman tEies to get him, or her, to cancel it and purchase this extra coverage from him. The salesman does not tell the elderly prospect that Medical supplements, insurance carries an extremely high first year commission. And a result as much as 65-percent of the first year's premium may go into the pockets of the agent as his commission. In some instance all of the commission is pocketed by the salesman. While these "sharpy" insurance salesman are the only "con" artists reported operating in the county at this time, undoubtedly others with other ways of cheating not only the elderly, but others in the county, will be coming to offer you something for free, "a good deal" or some other financial help which is nothing more than a slick way of getting your money and then disappear never to be heard from again. If these so-called insurance agents, or other types of "con" artists should appear at your door, the safest thing for you to do is to report same to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and a law en- forcement agency in the county. The best way to keep from being "taken" by any type of "con" artist is to deal at home with your neighbors and friends, who do business every day in this community and this county. We note where the nation's railroads have asked for an eight percent increase in freight wages, citing the necessity of increased revenues if they are to continue to operate with any degree of efficiency. There is no question that America's railroads have been struggling financially. A new study by the U.S. Department of Transportation warns that unless steps are taken to deregulate the industry's freight carriers and make them more competitive with other modes of transportation, some $13 billion to $16 billion in federal funds will be needed to keep the trains moving through 1985. However, deregulation is only part of the answer. To attract new customers and make the rail lines more competitive with trucks, pipelines-and waterways, a complete restructuring of operations is called for. Excess tracks and facilities need to be eliminated; shared use of tracks between lines should be encouraged; and perhaps even a government takeover of some track beds needs to be considered. Part of the problem is that railroads, forced to maintain their own costly nationwide tracks systems, have a built-in disadvantage in competing against airlines with their heavily subsidized airl 0rts and trucks using government-funded interstate highways. There is blame to be shared by the railroads for losing out to other forms of transportation and" allowing their tracks and facilities to deteriorate. Antiquated management and labor practices, some dating back to contracts negotiated in the 1929's, still persist. Better management and more public ac- countability is needed, as is an end to feather-bedding and other outdated union demands. Computerization and the threatened loss of jobs was a primary issue in the recent strike which shut down most of the nation's'railroads, and the issue of productivity is one unions and management must come to grips with if the railroads, and the jobs they produce; are to survive. ~ Ak ~A AK Ak "dk Ak. AL- AL* ~ Ak Ak ~ Ak Ak .dk -A- AL. ,A dk, VV VV VV V "~tP" "~P"* V VV V'~IV V'~y'qV'V V ~"qr "v~v~~v~vvvv~vvv~v" Dear Senator Byrd: Don't look at the past so much! Hard work was necessary to survival - and the little extra harder that one worked provided that survival with some degree of comfort. Also any added money earned could be spent as one wished to spend it for things one wanted or needed in order to he a more productive person. Incentive to work - not lack of a desire for work, hard or otherwise - is the problem today. Our y()ung people-just in order to survive - must have two pay checks from which ever more is taken out for Taxes etc. The "older generation" also sees the fact that dollars they would like to have been able to spend in their younger years but which had to be saved for "Mandatory Retirement or Desired Retirement - are now rapidly dwindling and in fact are not enough at all in some cases to even provide the kind of living we had when we were "working." It does not give anyone a feeling of Incentive To Work or at least any more Incentive than it takes to provide just for his own needs - when on every side hard earned money is going out in ever increasing Taxes to pay for graft, waste, and for more and more "Programs" that overspend or spend foolishly. Taxes we all must pay to live in this free land and we are glad to do so but we do not want to see our taxes go fot- misuse and foolish spending. Senators and Congressmen raise their salaries and expense a counts when they need to do so - we cannot do this - nor can we mail things free, or entertain on so grand an allowance as they have at their disposal but we are 'glad to be able to have them spend our Tax Dollars for some of this - if they do a good job otherwise ! ! Senator, some of us live every night w th nightmares about our future that we thought was secure or thought we could make it so. DO You? Betsy Smith Dear Sir, "The mountain laboring scarce brought forth a mouse." Horace, the Roman poet, said that almost 2000 years ago. What a prophet he was for, although he said it in Latin, surely he was talking about Carter's visit to Camp David. Newcasters foretold that Carter would announce his antiflation program after the pondered there (as deeply as he was able) the problem of in- flation and its solution. And then forth came a mouse. A nasty mouse it was, of course, as rodents are. But it catches the eye of the public, so that people do not realize that inflation is really caused by government policies. Blame was cast on businesses, that have rising costs, and on workers whose living costs increase -- the fact that government printing presses work con- tinually spewing forth worthless money was ignored. The theme of Carter's talk was more or less that prices would not rise if everybody cooperated. But he did not mention shutting down the printing presses, although if you or I printed worthless money, we would go to prison. In his "anti-inflation" talk, did Carter mention the astronomical budget of over a half billion dollars? Did he mention the $57.9 billion deficit in that budget? Did he mention keeping his cam- paign promise of balancing the budget by 198o? The answer to that last question is no -- now he promises that by 1980 there will be a deficit ~)f "only" $30 billion. His entire talk was the mouse that Horace prophesied. We are supposed to focus our attention on it until price and wage con- trois are forced upon us. Lela Gardner i l Bill II : :l 10-YEAR8 AGO-10 Democrats win in the county balloting, but Richard M. Nixan wins the presidency. Capt. William (Billy)Warden, former Charles Town grid star was injured near DMZ in Vietnam. The Gordon Eismon Chapter of the National Honor Society announces that Sam Byrer has been elected as Citizen of the Month for October. Shepherd was handed another setback by Bridgewater. Air Force Major Edward A. Lloyd is presented Silver Star Medal for heroism in Vietnam operations. MARRIED: Miss Rebecca Jane Harman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gordon Har- man of McGaheysville to Mr. William Hale Hunter, son of l Mrs. James G. Hunter of Harrisonburg and the late James G. Hunter of Harrison- burg; Miss Catherine Fritts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fritts and Herbert Dinges son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Dinges of Charles Town; Miss Patricia V. Peer, daughter of Mrs. Virginia Peer Yontz, Millville, and the late Clarence W. Peer to Mr. Thomas N. Harwond of 'Brun- swick, Md. DIED: Miss Nettle Mae Hardy of Millville; Mrs. Mary A. Smith of Third Avenue, Ranson; Mrs. Virginia S. Porterfield, Rich- mond; Eugene Hildt Barnhart of Shepherdstown. 20-YEARS AGO-2e About 59 per cent of Jefferson County Voters cast more than 5,000 votes at the General election, with more than two of every three going Democratic. Feature of Blue Ridge Livestock Sales: Choice heifers, top $27; veal top $57.50. MARRIED: Miss Nancy Lee VanMetre, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Lee VanMetre of Charles Town to Mr. Frank Vernon Boozer of Norfolk, Va.; Miss Betty Lou Rouzee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rouzee of Charles Town, to Mr. Norman N. Wilt, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilt of Ranson; Miss Nancy Lou Popkins, of near Charles Town to Mr. Daniel Leon Armstrong, also of near Charles Town. Mrs. Peter Marshall, widow of the late Peter Marshall and author of "A Man Called Peter" was to be the main speaker at the Religion and Life Conference at Shepherd College on Nov. 12th. J DIED: Mrs. Anna, O'Bannon, wife of Charles H. 0 Bannon, at her home in Charles Town; William Costollo, 66, Green Hill t i d lifi Orchards, near Charles Town in Charles Town General Hospital; Charles "Wash" Dillow, 65, of the Mt. Mission section, in the local hospital. 30-YEARS AGO-30 O.A. Brandenburg, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co representative of Winchester, Va planned to move to Charles Town on Nov. 1st to take over the debit of John Emmert, who had resigned. The Episcopal Churches of Eastern W.Va. plan to unite in a service commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bishop R.E.L. Strider's consecration in the Zion Episcopal Church. Robert Genelet, a young farmer from France, was to arrive in Charles Town for a two- month's stay. DIED: Frank B. Robinson, former state senator and a leading figure in business and civic interests in this section fop 40 years, in the local hospital, John King's Daughters HOspital. 50-YEARS AGO-50 John T. Porterfield, Trustee sold the S.W. Thomas property at Kearneysville, including a house and acre of ground to David E. Kemp, an employee of the B&O R.R for $1,585. The heavy drop of apples in the Shenandoah Valley orchards after the beginning of packing season, complicated sales contracts. About 1,000,000 barrels of apples fell from the trees in a few days, entailing a loss of $3,000,000 to growers. Unusually warm and dry weather was given as the cause of the unexpected drop. MARRIED: Miss Rose Burner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Burner to William Chapman of Rippon; Miss 'Virginia WoOdward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Woodward Kabletown; B.F. Yates, vice )resident; W.O. Norris, Secretary and Daniel Heflebewer, Marshall. MARRIED: In Charles Town by the Rev. W.G. Eggleston, William B. Davis and Miss Nannie Kennedy Starry, beth of Charles Town; in Frederick, Md Samuel R. Licklider and Miss Sallie Kearney, both of this county. DIED: At his home in Bolivar, Edward McClone; at his home in Shepherdstown, Henry F. Cameron. ,SHENANDOAH JUNCTION Miss Lillian Myers Dial 725-5168 The many friends of Mrs. Bernard Snyder are glad she has returned home from Winchester Memorial Hospital, and are wishing her a complete recovery Miss Camilla Wiltshire has returned home from Vesuvius, Virginia, where she visited Mrs. A.J. Andes. Mrs. Andes returned home with her for a visit. Mr. and Mrs. Holden have returned to their home in Homestead, Florida, after visiting her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Holden. Mr. Holden was at one time county agent in Jefferson County. Mrs. Robert Wagner, of Middletown, Penna. spent the week end with her brother-in- law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Snyder. Mr. Dean Nichols was a patient in Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Charles Town, where he had surgery last week. His many friends hope he will soon be home. Mr. Darrell Hill of New York is visiting his aunt, Mrs. Pear] Nuckles and daughter, Miss Patricia Nuckles. Miss Camilla Wiltshire and Mrs. A.J. Andes, Mrs. J. Clive Myers were dinner guests of Miss Lillian Myers Wednesday. Mr. Chester Graves, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. visited his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Snyder over the weekend. Mrs. Cloma Varney, has returned to her home in San Antonio, Texas, after visiting her sister, Mrs. Pearl Nuckles and daughter Miss Patricia Nuckles. Mrs. Mildred Butts, Donna, Jonie and Mary Elizabeth were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Breeden recently. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Benner spent several days in Tenn. Miss Peggy Harpine visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Breeden recently. SILVER GROVE Mrs. Juanita Buzzard Dial 725-2240 Mr. and Mrs. Donald taub of Bunker Hill, Mr: and Mrs. Paul Staub of Va Mr. Ernest Seal and Mr. Earl Miller of Mar- tinsburg were visitors during the week with Mrs. Leona Staub. Lee Waters and Gary of Dargan, Md. were visitors on Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cogle and Susan and Donald. Mr. Jake Jacobs was a visitor on Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Everhart Visitors during the week with Mr. and Mrs. Dearl Grove were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nick of Chestnut Hill, Mr. Marshall Grove of Va. Mrs. Frances Rodgers and Mrs. Norma Smoot and son were visitors recently with Mr. Edgar Everhart and family. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rodgers and daughters were visitors on Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Walling of Hagerstown. Mrs. Sharon Longerbeam and daughter of Fox Glen were visitors on Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Chapman and granddaughter Amy. Mrs. Paula Smith and children of Martinsburg were visitors on Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Everhart and family. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitehair to Lewis A. Viands of Manning. and children of Shepherdstown 70-YEARSAGO-7~ were visitors during the week At a tournament near with Mr. and Mrs. John Leetown, honors were won by Whitehair and sen. Ernest Watson, Ist; Homer I Mr. and Mrs. Paul Carter of Dunaway 2nd; Perry O. I Hamilten, Va. were visitors recently with Mr. and Mrs: Ralph Cogle. DEFERRED FROM LAST WEEK Mr. and Mrs. Rob l ongand grandchildren of Ranson, Mrs. Elisha Longerbeam, Mr. Howard Cogle and Mark, Mr. Edgar Everhart, Wanda and Angle were dinner guests on Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cogle and Susan and Dunaway, 3d.; and Frank Gardner, 4th. Miss Mary Virginia Neill, the daughter Of Dr. and Mrs. William Neill of Charles Town was married to Mr. Keith Neville of North Platte, Nebraska. Cherrymeade farm of 266 acres near Middleway, owned by the heirs of Mrs. Kate Ham- mond, was sold to M. Lohr Capper of Winchester, Va. for Donald. $I0,000. [ Mr. Kenneth Staubs of Charles 90-YEARS AGO-90 [ Town, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smoot James H. Conklyn was chosen I and son of Park View Trailer president of a Cleveland and [court, Mrs. Shirley Chapman Thurman Democratic Club at! and granddaughter Amy were dinner guests last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Captain Rodgers. Mrs. Susan Rudy and son of Knoxville, Md. were visitors on Monday with Mrs. Frances Rodgers and Mrs. Shirley Chapman. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rodgers and daughters were guests over the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. ? ecil Walling of Hagerstown. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smoot and son of Park View Trailer Court were guest over the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Captain Rodgers. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rodgers and daughters were visitors on Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rodgers and son of Harpers Ferry. Mr. Gary Harriss of Dargan, Md. was a visitor during the week with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cogle and Susan and Donald. Mr. and Mrs. John Whitehair and son were visitors on Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Haugh of Waynesboro, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Everhart and family and Mrs. Darlene Cole and daughter were visitors on Sunday withMr, and Mrs. Ron Smith and children of Martinsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cogle and Mrs. Juanita Buzzard and daughter were visitors on Saturday 'with Mrs. Doris Stewart and family of Fox Glen. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Everhart and sons of Dargan Md Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitehair and children of Shepherdstown, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Everhart and daughters and Mrs. Jean Whitehair and son were visitors on Sunday with Mrs. Vanessa Everhart. Mr. Jake Jacohs was a supper guest on Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cogle and children. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Waters and son were supper guest on Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Stewart and family of Fox Glen. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Billman and David and James of Carlisle, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cole and Kim and Jeff of Leesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Seat of Martinsburg, Mrs. Ronda Barrow of Charles Town, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Staub and Pat and Greg were visitors on Sunday with Mrs. Leano Staub. Mr. and Mrs. Junior Howell and family of Gainesville, Va Mrs. Dorothy Grove and sons, Mr. Marshall Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Biaize Grove and sons, Mrs. Vanessa Everhart, Mrs. Hilda Piper, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Everhart and daughter, Mrs. Audrey Grove and son were visitors during the week with Mr. and Mrs. Dearl Grove. Rev. and Mrs. Little and daughter were visitors on Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Dearl Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Stewart and family, and friends Dale and Jeanie and children of Fox Glen were visitors on Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cogle. Mrs. Hilda Piper and Mrs. Vanessa Everhart were visitors recently with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Grey of Rt. 340. Mrs. Juanita Buzzard, Mrs. Sheba Cogle, Mrs. Lucille Waters and son and Mrs. Shelia Cogle were visitors on Monday with Mrs. Doris Stewart of Fox Glen. Mrs. Ruby Browning of Blue Ridge Acres were visitors recently with Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Piper and family. Mrs. Betty Jenkins and family were visitors recently with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cogle and children. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Waters and son Kenny attended a Bridal shower on Saturday afternoon for Raymond brother James Lewis and his finance given by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Waters and sons of Harpers Ferry. Direct Telephone Line Opened To Hi /Offices In order to become more responsive to the needs of the people of the state, the West Virginia Department of High- ways has established a toll-free "Highway Infor'mation" telephone line, Governor Rockefeller announced. The direct line to the central highway office in Charleston will overate Monday through Friday during regular Department of Highways office hours (from 7:30 a.m. top 4:00 p.m.)and can be reached by dailing 1-800-642- 9292 or in Charleston dailing 348- 9131. In making the announcement, Governor asked for the cooperation of people throughout the state. "This service will ensure that anyone can contact the Department of Highways when necessary. But we want to urge people to call their district office first and try to remedy the situation locally before they use the toll-free Charleston. ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO INC Donald G. Rentch R. Meade Dorsey Published Every Thursda 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. Telephone (304) 725 - 2046 Subscri Entered in the post office at as second class matter Ad Deadline 4 p.m. Monda wild, wonderful How big is the trucking in- trailers are dustry in our state? West than the Virginia's overloaded (over weight) coal trucks have been a on the topic of concern. At its annual West Virginia Greenbrier Convention the West Association Virginia Motor Truck Virginia is not ! Association passed several of economic interesting resolutions. Related trucking to the 55 mile per hour speed limit and vehicle weights the shippers do association said, "It has been vantages of the policy of the W.Va. Motor when the Truck Association to cooperate restricted. with public officials and The departments charged with the working with enforcement of laws relating to Kennedy to motor truck transportation." In trucking the convention session Sep- has tember 2, 1978 the organization deregulating t went on record urging all dustry. The members of the Association to focused comply with all laws, rules and as the regulations under which the The matter trucking industry operates. In another resolution the attention in Association mentioned, "In the Congress just perilous uncertain period which appears to lie ahead for the to extend the trucking industry, it behooves haulers. all affiliated with the industry in Congress. any manner to band together with the strongest possible ties Ead F. for mutual counsel, support and benefit." The industry wants to make twin trailer combinations legal in West Virginia. Currently A~ R~ these twin trailer combinations are legal in thirty-six states. Mr. Earl Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio Tree Ln have legalized these corn- pleted a binations. West Virginia never ditioning, did and, of course, there was Heating and little possibility for use until we got our interstate highways. To add twin trailers to Route 340 without a by-pass of Charles Town and dual road between the bridges would be one more "straw" on the problems of traffic. It is claimed that twin Diploma by Institute of finished the technical rides achievement. !!i i!ii~! By U q. Senator Fighting the Nation's Number Much of the work in the reduce it tO 95th Congress, recently ad- market journed, was devoted to airline finding innovative ways to a case in combat inflation--the na- designed to, tion's number one problem, tion among Nowhere are Congress' ing in anti-inflation efforts more consumers. evident than in its han- dling of the fiscal year ous a 1979 budget. President Car- as is ter submitted his suggested has acted $501.1 billion budget to lessness in Congress last January. tionary Congress reduced those federal figures once in May by set- programs ting a spending target of $498.8 billion or $2.3 billion way, t h e below the President's fig- rate ure, and again in Septem- fueling ber, by voting a mandatory ing the spending ceiling of $487.5 ready billion, for a total decrease Congress of $13.6 billion. $18.7 billiOrl By clamping a lid on ex- concentrates cess spending, Congress its tax has reduced the federal whose budget deficit to $38.8 bil- tween lion, which is about $11 aspects of billion less than the fiscal are desi 1978 deficit, $21 billion un- corporate der the President's pro- vestment jected budget deficit, and reduce the lowest since 1974. The goal, of course, in jor reducing the deficit is to the achieve a balanced budget. The Senate Budget Com- The energY mittee expects that contin- help redud~ ued spending restraint over imported the next five years will of inflation make it possible to attain of the that goal. More can Congress has f u r t h e r will moved against inflation by the high recognizing the high cost Congress of excessive government the first regulation and working to toward