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-- THURSDAY, DECEMBER I, 1988 Volumel SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE 4 i mmm EDITOR Edward "Pat" Dockeney ASSOCIATE EDITOR Edward W. Dockeney, Sr. ADVERTISING & GENERAL MANAGER R. Meade Dorsey ditorials Pearl Harbor Attack Hard Lesson Next Wednesday marks the anniversary of one of the most dastardly acts in the history of man, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The home of America's Pacific Fleet, as well as the location of bases for the Army Air Forces, the Navy and the Marine Corps, the island of Oahu was a bastion of American strength and up until that "Day of Infamy", the island was smothered in the scent of tropical flowers and the sounds of a nation at peace. The Japanese, however, changed all that .. After their attack, the Pacific Fleet lay shattered at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, and airfields were dotted with plumes of burning smoke from burning aircraft. After the attack and Americans had the chance to regroup a little, 2,403, women and children...were dead and the United States was at war with Japan. In 1941, the battleship was the vessel which signified a nation's might. On that fateful day, seven big U.S. battle wagons were moored on "Battleship Row", easy prey for their attackers. The pride of the fleet was the USS Arizona, which took a bomb hit in the for- ward magazines, ripping the ship apart early in the sneak attack. Altogether, 1,177 U.S. servicemen perished with the ship. Today, a memorial to those men spans the remains of the Arizona. The American Flag flies from a pole attached to the severed mainmast of the remaining hulk. The reverberations of the suprise attack on Pearl Harbor are still being felt today. In 1941, the United States was not anticipating entry into World War II and was ill prepared, as U.S. troops utilized weapons left over from World War I. After Pearl Harbor, it was decided that the United States would never again be so lax as to again let its guard down. And, for- tunately, it hasn't. Today, the premiere ship in the Navy is the aircraft carrier, along with a vaunted nuclear submarine force. The American military mans a sophisticated surveillance system in order to guard against attack such as the one the Japanese perpetrated upon the islands of Hawaii. And, the U.S. maintains forces that are strong enough to deter aggressors from at- tacking, as well as being strong enough to exact retaliation when it becomes necessary to take such an action. Although the marking of this anniversary is a somber one, the poignant story of man's inhumanity to one another is starkly por- trayed on the recently completed and com- pelling television megaseries, "War and Remembrance", by Herman Wouk. This is the sequel from the "Winds of War", which aired several years ago and mainly centered on the attack of Pearl and the en- trance of the U.S. into the war. This latest epic telecast deals primarily with the war in Europe, the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes against the Jews. It is indeed Ielevision at its best. it is sobering and thought-provoking and realistically depicts the atrocities of war, some, in fact, by American troops. It is paramount that we remember the lessons of Pearl Harbor. It was costly in lives and ships. Learning this lesson may well prevent our having to go through such an ordeal in the future, another "Day of Infamy". A Good Supreme Court Decision News of Other Years one.*YEGO--One Dixie-Narco booststhe United Way Combined Campaign with employee and other contributions. Middleway Climbers 4-H Club takes first place in the youth float division of the pre-Christmas parade held in Charles Town/Ranson. MARRIED -- Estella Cooke, North Bellmore, Long Island, N.Y., and Keith Mellis, Harpers Ferry. A retirement dinner is held in honor of the Rev. and Mrs. Arnold Hoffman, of the Harpers Ferry Gospel Chapel Church, after 30 years of service. DEATHS- Mrs. Howard (Goldie) Jeanette Fritts, 64, dies in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center; Eleanor V. Billet, 80, dies in Jeffersonian Manor Nursing Home; Mrs. Lemuel (Mary) F. Jarvis, 78, dies in United Hospital Center; Mrs. Eva Bell Schultz, 81, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Frances Naomi Shaw, 92, dies in a Winchester, Va., nursing home; William Quinton Ott, 71, dies in Berkeley Springs War Memorial Hospital; William Thomas "W.T." Hoskins, 41, dies in Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center; Dr. Robert P. Parker, 70, dies in Richmond, Va. The West Virginia Mountaineer cagers get off to a winning start in Laie, Hawaii, when they capture the Seaside Classic Tournament. Mark Cogie, Harpers Ferry, kills an ll-point buck weighing 155 pounds, bagged in the Blue Ridge Mountain area; Dwayne Clemmons, Ranson, hags a 10-point buck in Leetown. Ryan Hines, 18, son of Chester Hines, Charles Town, and the late Marcy Hines, is a Navy seaman aboard the salvage rescue ship U.S.S. Grasp (ARS 51). Mike Kisner, a junior at Jefferson High School, is chosen to participate in the West Virginia Scholars Academy at Woodland Mountain Institute. 10-YEARS AGO-10 Trooper Debra E. Difalco, Bowie, Md., is one of only four women troopers in the Mountain State assign- ed to the Jefferson County Detach- ment of the West Virginia State Police. A fire destroys a barn and a part of its contents just off the Leetown Road west of Ranson, and owned by Milton Longerbeam. MARRIED -- Tamara Kathryn Propst, Kearneysville, and Jefferey Cyrus Reightler, Charles Town. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Silveous, Leetown, are honored on their 35th wedding anniversary with a supper given by their children. Mrs. Sandra Foddrell, Manassas, Va., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fran- cis Redgers, Ranson, is selected for in- culsion in the 1978 edition of "Outstan- ding Young Women in America." DEATHS -- Mrs. Alice E. Bushong, 99, dies in Charles Town Knott Nurs- ing Home; Mrs. Mary Margaret Tabb, 78, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. William (Daisy) Helen Parker, 74, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Pauline Strother Hoffman, 82, dies at her home in Ranson; Mrs. Melvin (Mabel) Irene Penwell, 53, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Edwin (Elizabeth) M. Beachley, 77, dies in Ravenwood Lutheran Home; Mrs. Geneva Lee Brannon, 50, dies in Martinsburg Norborne Nursing Home; M/Sgt. Robert T. Eilertson, 77, dies in Martinsburg V.A. Medical Center; Frank Edward Terry, 74, dies in Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Elizabeth Trimble McKown, 87, dies at her home in Martinsburg; George Z. Folk, 65, dies in Hagerstown; Richard Grumley, 28, dies from a fall on a Maryland Heights cliff overlooking the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry. The first girls basketball team of Harpers Ferry Junior High School finishes season with a 3-3 record. The Hagerstown YMCA girls and boys swim team opens its dual meet season on a winning note when they down visiting Monocacy Swim Club, Frederick, Md., by a score of 376-203. Senior point guard Bob Dickman is named as Shepherd's basketball team captain for the 1978-79 season. Michele Rae Rosalez, 4, daughter of Mrs. Julia Rosalez, Ranson, is chosen "Baby Doll Queen" in the Miss Thanksgiving Pageant held at Wright Denny Elementary School, sponsored by the Hurricane Majorettes. 20-YEARS AGO-20 Danny Tabler represents county in beautification of home grounds com- petition at 4-H Club Congress. Christmas cards require six-cent stamps this year. Turkeys for Thanksgiving sell for 29 cents per pound. MARRIED -- Evelyn Frances Sine and Daniel Lee Jenkins, Harpers Ferry; Dona Leonard and Mr. Golliday. DEATHS -- Mrs. Florence Long Allen, 87, Rippon; Frederick C. Wilkes, 83, dies in Shenandoah, Va. 30-YEARS AGO-30 The laying of the cornerstone for the new $I00,000.00 addition to the Charles Town Methodist Church is held November 23. Miss Pat Wilt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilt, Charles Town, is nam- ed "Miss Charles Town 1958." MARRIED -- Mary Catherine Ware, Charles Town, and Howard E. Baker, Harrisburg, Pa. DEATHS -- Wm. S. "Phil, Bell dies at his home in Charles Town; George Edward Diehl, 82, dies at his home in Charles Town; Charles P. Snyder dies in Georgetown University Hospital; Frank E. Kemp, 89, dies in Charles Town General Hospital; Charles Ogden Elliott dies in Gateway (Md.) The home of Herbeftl his possessmns The ty mails out totaling $155,000 to be 1,933 individual DEATHS -- in Charles Town Abner O. Albin dies Harpers Ferry Pikt Kellisen dies in Hospital; Herbert Winchester (Va.) Mrs. James B. Takoma Park (Md.) Franklin Weathers, township, Pa. 50-YEARS and Bugle Corps of  awarded first prize Harvest Festival in Mr. and Mrs. Charles Town ding MARRIED -- Mary berry and James Heskett, Bermuda; Ranson, and Martinsburg. DEATHS -- C. his home in stown; in Knoxville, Tenn.; Jones dies at her Ferry. 60-YEARS The state's at 8,612,000 bushels reports as of October I bushel. Returns of of votes for November vote was number ever polled Alfred E. Smith's 14,626,803. MARRIED -- Trapnell, Charles Purcell, Richmond, DEATHS -- Ellis home near Bardane; Moler dies at his in Bolivar; Miss Ann ie at her home in 70-YEARS her M. Derr dies in Hunter J. Miller Charles Town; Mrs. dies at her home 80-YEARS EL Wilson Nursing Home; Mrs. Adide C. for $2300. Petit, 88, dies in Charles Tow Genera[ MARRIED- Hospital; Holmes Win. Grove dies in C. Earl Robinson, Pittsburgh, Pa. Town. 40-YEARS AGO-40 DEATHS -- Miss The Rev..Ben Roller, rector of at the home of a Nelson Episcopal Parish in Jefferson dleway; Mrs. County, announces his retirement Washington, D.C.; from the ministry, dies in Martinsl)urg. More often than not, we have been prone to criticize what we have felt were "legislative" decisions by the West Virginia Supreme Court. We are pleased, indeed, to pat the high court on the back for its most recent fin- ding, a finding that reversed a judicial or- der that would have permitted the state to seize and redistribute counties' excess levies for schools. Unanimously, the court ruled that the West Virginia Constitution allows excess levies, even if that results in residents in counties with such taxes paying more than residents in counties without the levies. , The finding overturned a portion of the 1982 judicial find by Judge Arthur Recht and also brought to a deserved conclusion the 1987 ruling by Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Cook (where all this mess started in the first place) which said that if voters rejected a statewide 90 per- cent excess levy the state would seize por- tions of the money from counties with ex- cess levies and distribute the funds to all counties. There is something to be gleaned from the Recht-Cook decisions, and from the ultimate decision of the Supreme Court. The Legislature, continually ducking its respon- sibilities, should now understand that if there is to be additional support for education, it will have to be by legislative action, or through mechanisms already available to the state tax commissioner and to local assessors. Reappraisal, carried out in West Virginia since 1982 at a cost of at least $35 million, has not proven acceptable to the general public or to the politicians in Charleston. Additional revenues have been raised by the rulings of retiring state tax com- missioter Michael Caryl, who ordered county assessors to increase taxes by given percentages in order to meet financial requirements. This has worked over the past several years, and could work in the future. As for reappraisal, it may well be as "dead" as the excess levy idea, but if adop- ted as suggested by members of the in- coming Caperton administration, could well cause chaos in many counties in the state, including Jefferson. Legislative leaders, acting as statesmen and not politicians, must sit down with the leaders of "pressure" groups, negotiate compromises that will save the state money (and there are many), then adopt a program that will stabilize West Virginia's shaky financial picture and put the Moun- tain State back on the road to recovery. This can be accomplished, but only if all involved...taxpayers, legislators, industry, the unions, senior citizens, and others...are willing to join in discussions as "we" rather than "me". 6 Established 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company, Inc. 2 1 0 North George Street Charles Town, West Virginia Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Second Class Postage Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charles Town. W.Va. Charles Town. W. Va 25414 USPS No. 510-960 Annual Subscription Price Anywhere in The State of West Virginia $ ! ! .OO TQ Other U.S.A. Addresses $ I 2.00 Editor Associate Editor Edward "Pat" Dockeney Edward W. Dockeney. Sr. Advertising  General Manager R. Meade Dorsey Advertising Deadline Monday at 5:00 P.M, Worth Repeating "A bore k a fellow who can change the subject back to hk topic of conversation faster than you can change It back to yours." -Laurence J. Peter Canadian educator "I took a Journalism course on- ce. They told me if I put everything in a certain order, I vould be a Journalist." -Wells Twombly Amerlean sportswriter "Wars may be fought with weapons'but they are won by men. R k the,splrit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." -----Gen. George S. Patton. Jr. To The Editor TIME LIMIT To the Editor: After reading the recent article about the five or ten-mimite lime limit to be imposed upon citizens of Ranson at the town council meetings, I thought I would respond as a citizen of said town. I understand that the meetings are attended mostly bythe same people each session, so I don't quite unders- tand how much business pertaining to Ranson is there left undone, that one would have to spend much more than a few minutes to state. Inasmuch as things are not being taken care of pro- perly, then maybe in a case or two, one might take a little longer to stress a lit- tle  toa matter. Is this a way to curtail the size of at-, tendance or curtail citizen input? After all, everyone there has been married long enough that the honey- moon should he over, and your mar- riages should he secure enough to he able to stay out after 10 p.m. After all, council members freely ran for these offices, and were voted in on the pretext that each one would devote time necessary at these meetings and whatever else is needed. When voting rolls around again, it most certainly will be remembered at the election polls for sure. Freely you all ran for council and now you want to take away our free speech. Isn't this act, if proposed and pass- ed, against the Sunshine Law and also, against the most famous law, the Con- stitution of the United States of America which entities one to freedom of speech. Alma Lee Brown CONCERNED To the Editor of The Spirit: As a citizen of Ranson, I am very concerned that you (Ranson govern- merit officials) have decided to curtail community involvement in Ranson by timing citizen input at Rauson Council meetings. Some questions. Mr. Jay Watson-What's appropriate time? Mr. ltamillSpeeding up council meetings and strict on dialogue...for whose benefit? Thought you bad adults on council that could stay out after 9 p.m. Ms Hatzer-conncil ordinances entail two readings. If yon can't speak at the first reading, then how can you speak at the second reading? Citizens cannot respond. They cannot get a financial statement before the meetings, so how. can they have a voice in government if they can't understand what Hatzer reads off, since it sounds like mumbo- jumbo to the citizens. The mayor says that citizens' questions can be handl- ed by department heads during regular hours. Now we only have two department heads in Ranson, the Police Chief and Ms Hatzer: ff they can't answer our questions, then who do we go to? Really, isn't this saying we don't want or need citizens' input? Silence today, Hitlerites tomorrow. It's frightening. Matthew Engle TRAILER TALK To the Editor: Not all small dwellings are shacks. Not all trailers are shabby eyesores. Lincoln was raised in a cabin. A great bishop lived in a trailer. Either abode could bave been a hovel. But hoth were homes, history-making homes. The White House and a Cathedral were in their respective futures. So what about trailers? And low cost housing? Both have a poor image because of the cases of shoddy and many times 'trashy' conditions created by the occupants. Both have a poor image depending upon the vi- sion of the occupants and the life sup- port needed for living up to their dream. The poor image is earned by those who fail to measure up to 'de- cent' appearance. Unfortunately, many of us have come to "hate trailers" and low cost homing because the shoddy living done by the indif- ferent. Hating it will not correct it. So innocent trailer and tow cost housing dwellers sometimes suffer mental anguish and "'shoddy" human treat- ment. And, some who are incapable of "measuring up" become enforced semi-vagrants or join the growing number of homeless. Obviously, help is ! capable; discipline indifferent and to be granted to well as far more be accorded As of the present, justly restricted, and looked upon as t intruders of the the ( to table regulations for lifestyle. Let's work for a needs ale asked for developers. This ment of Human agencies: sion, all in Legislature. We moral responsil developers and to ( ble life is limited to their homes. to negotiate a shou}d not need to gain their human trailers is in the help and if we hinder. st LONGEVIT / To the Editor: The following mpted by your retirement of the presidency of have all served which is national average. 30's at the time The youngest at  meat was horn December 1, office September CmtinaedOI