Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 42
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
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'Whetv? FANNY SElLER-AfMrs of State ^GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, Sunday, July 16, 1972 What a Week for Gossip: It was an unusually good week for gossip while Democratic bigwigs were in Miami Beach. So good that I'm going to reserve until next week, the top of this week's column in order to print all the gossip. SHORTS-Sharon Rockefeller is expecting a baby. It will be her and Jay's third child ... State Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell, has a job. He is training to sell insurance, and is going into business with an individual in Huntington. Nelson had to quit a good-paying job with Rep. Ken Hechler because a legislative amendment passed by the voters in 1970 barred anyone in the leg- Mature from holding a federal job ... Former State Sen 1 . Lyle Smith of Cabell County, has been appointed to succeed the late Frank Taylor Jr. on the Legislative Building Commission. Still to be named to the commission are appointees of the Governor ... Work on a new roof on a building at Weston State Hospital didn't start any too soon. When Hurricane Agnes caused the rain in June, the roof leaked so much that it shorted out the electrical wiring and 350 patients had to be evacuated. Patients confined to wheelchairs who were housed on the third floor couldn't be Page 2D Vol. 15 No. 27 brought down the elevators because the power was off. Sheets were put on the floor to prevent falls on the slick wet floor. Sources say the water leaked onto beds and into the patients' food'. The leaks had been there for years. In addition, roaches reportedly were numerous in this unit which housed patients from Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties. Deputy Labor Commissioner Noel Poling left the hospital in Ripley last week where he has been recovering from a heart attack. He won't be able to return to work for sometime but his recovery is considered satisfactory for a severe attack ... If all the Internal Revenue Service investigators in Charleston are investigating what's rumored, it's a big fish. But investigations can turn out one of two ways-with someone to prosecute or nothing ... The wives of two newsmen and the wife of a radio station manager work in state government ... After the Gazette poll came out last week showing Jay Rockefeller with a slight lead over Gov. Moore, someone recalled that Moore said he wouldn't debate Rockefeller with the comment: "You only debate when you're behind" ... Gov. Moore is caught in an embarrassing situation in Raleigh County because of bad advice from his office of federal-state relations ... Respect for the office of federal-state relations has declined to a new low of lows among highly thought of officials in Moore's administration ... TV Viewers Deserve More JAY ROCKEFELLER didn't disclose publicly his personal preference in the presidential race, but Democratic party regulars in the know say the secretary of state was a McGovern man ... Republican party strategists in West Vir- ginia were hoping for McGovern. They believe that will improve President Nixon's chances in this state, and by so doing help Gov. Moore ... Some city employes with tenure under Republican administrations feel they are on the hot seat or unwanted ... Gov. Moore is reported to have nearly lost his cool a couple of times at a meeting in Huntington over that controversial bridge. The crowd wasn't exactly on his side ... Dennis R. Leyden, the West Virginia University tax specialist who was hired by the legislature as a consultant, is working on his doctorate degree using a lot of West Virginia tax data ... Tom and Ellen Bartone are parents of a baby girl. He is on Rockefeller's private staff and she was with West Virginias for Rockefeller ... A Republican sage predicts his party will take 10 of the 14 House seats in Kanawha County ... Travel Director John Deitz says all those billboards promoting West Virginia around the state were donated by the advertising company, and the Department of Commerce spends all its advertising budget out of the state ... George Shears, who heads the Department of Highways roadside park program, says it cost $500,000 a year to pick up litter and the cost of picking up a beer can is more than the original cost of the can ... C. JUDSON P E A R S O N , director of Blue Cross, was insurance commissioner for ex-Gov. Cecil Underwood.The fight between Blue Cross and Insurance Commissioner Sam Weese surely doesn't touch on that split in the Republican Party between Gov. Moore £ and Underwood. . .Mrs. Cass Jj Collier, wife of the director of ff Veterans Affairs, quietly leftf- the employment of the State ^ Senate at the end of June. Her husband's retirement was announced last week. The Colliers plan to live in Florida. Veterans reportedly were upset last winter after Mrs. Collier's increase in salary became a public controversy... The Department of Highways has a good roadside parkprogram and it's too bad the CaMioun County road supervisor episode gave it a black eye. ..Some people are asking why the Democratic majority of the Kanawha County Court allows Republican Hoppy Shores to make announcements.. .It's u n b e- lievable but a petite state house employe seen going down the hall has hair only a foot shorter than her miniskirt.. .That latest court suit filed by Citizens to Abolish Strip Mining will give the Moore Supreme Court a real test. Will the court enforce one of its own orders--issued when there was a Democratic majority--or sidestep the issue which involves Natural Resources D i r e c t o r Sandy Latimer . . . A Tallahassee. Fla., man has been employed by the Board of Regents at a fee not to exceed $2,800 to screen and recommend candidates for the presidency of the West Virginia Northern Community College... A. James Manchin, unsuccessful candidate for secretary of state in the Democratic primary, is trying to become director of the planning region in his home area created under a new state law ... Gubernatorial aide Sam Kusic had a convertible to ride in that now famous Wellsbug parade. Nobody saw his opponent, Sen. William Tompos. . . »· AND FROM Miami, Gazette insider L. T. Anderson a n d m s f r i e n d Wil- liam Thaw kept me posted: Delegate Robert L. Childers was committed to the McGovern position on California, got sick and had to leave the floor. He called alternate Robert Hatfield who voted against the McGovern position.. .Tim Barber, the cool attorney, was in Miami... When Pierre Salinger mentioned his old friend Bob McDonough, the applause in the West Virginia delegation was sparse.. .Nattiest West Virginian in Miami Beach was labor leader Miles Stanley, whose knit suits and wide ties weren't exactly George Meany s t y l e . . . T h e Everglades Hotel which housed the delegation was referred by many as the " M i a m i Milner".. .The pool at the hotel was on the roof giving to speculation what would happen in case of a leak.. .When Kennedy b u m p e r stickers were pased out on the floor Tuesday night there weren't enough to go around.. .Larry O'Brien, an old friend to many in 1 West Virginia, did an outstanding job as chairman of the convention.. .The air conditioning at the convention hall was super and the TV lights hurt little. *· -. FORMER STATE policeman Preston Gooden, who was fired for criticizing the Department of Public Safety, is in business for himself in Martinsburg, selling fire alarm systems. His case was remanded last week from circuit court to an appeals board that Gov. Moore still must appoint.. .Former state policeman Lionel Herrald, who left a job with the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, was a quiet supporter of Jay Rockefeller, and reportedly was asked by a top state official if he would support Moore--to which he responded "no". President Nixon's veto of legislation that provided financing for the next two fiscal years to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) was perhaps to be expected. Even so, the veto was unfortunate and hardly in the public interest. Congress had authorized $65 million in this fiscal year and $90 million the following year. The President said the congressional measure "offers a poor approach to public broadcast financing" and urged Congress to approve a one-year budget of §45 million that would have been $10 million more than the agency received last year. But the President's veto stemmed from considerations other than funding. A two-year appropriation for any federal program, it ought to be self-evident, is superior to a single year's allocation. Furthermore, Congress's higher bequests than the one-year amount recommended by the administration are a "poor approach" to financing the CPB only if it is concluded that the CPB should have No-Fault Idea Kremlin Plan? It Had to Happen Department: No-fault insurance has been labeled a Communist conspiracy. Thus it joins the subversive company of Social Security, peace, civil rights and the minimum wage. It was a claims lawyer, naturally, who detected the hand of the Kremlin in the no-fault concept. But don't panic. The American Medical Assn. once said the same thing about Blue Cross. less money than Congress obviously thought the organization should have. The real reason behind Mr. Nixon's veto is his opinion that the CPB. which, said the President, was "originally intended only to serve the local stations, is becoming- instead the center of power and the focal point of control for the entire public broadcasting system." If public television is to succeed, this concentration of power and control is inevitable. Production costs of quality programs are quite beyond the resources of local publicly operated and financed stations. To date the accomplishments of CPB have been modest. They are certain to remain so for the time being. Congress is in no mood to fight the President with November's elections just ahead. An interim solution to CPB's financial distress no doubt will be found. But the ample funds CPB needs to realize its potential, and Congress tried without success to provide, aren't in sight. That's a shame. Public television and viewer?--an audience bound to grow and grow as private television gets worse and worse--deserve more consideration out of the White House than was received in the executive veto. Indeed, the stiff competition of a CPB might compel commercial television to offer something other than a vast wasteland of repetitious pap. MARY McGRORY A Witch Might Be Useful A 95-pound Air Force lieutenant who had written to the inspector general concerning certain security infractions at a Texas field, reports the Miami (Fla.) Herald, soon thereafter became an ex-officer in the service of her country. She was dismissed, mind you, even though results of the investigation she triggered proved to be valid. The Air Force said it didn't like the way she wrote up her report. So, the Air Force re-evaluated her and sent her packing. Most Americans jolly well know that what the Air Force really didn't like was her exposing something wrong with the Air Force. Today the lieutenant wishes to return to her service but is being denied because, as one major declared, "It was generally known here that she was practicing witchcraft." Powers that be who run the nation's military from the Air Force to the Army to the Navy to the Marines to the Coast Guard are becoming increasingly arrogant and contemptuous about criticism. In addition, the military's profligate misuse of the taxpayer dollar is a national scandal, yet to hear the pitiful bleatings of poverty that emerge out of the Pentagon it might be thought that Congress had placed all services on starvation rations. If the Air Force did have a sorceress in its ranks, instead of dismissing her, she should have been put to work conjuring up at no cost to taxpayers some of those expensive jets that always exceed the original cost estimate by about 10,000 per cent. ' « ¥ Wrong From the Start M I A M I BEACH - Right from the start, to borrow a campaign slogan, I have been wrong about George McGovern. The competition for the 1972 is keen, I realize, but I false-prophecy trophy about 1972 is keen, I realize, but I think my credentials are just about impeccable. In April 1971, largely to get in out of the rain, I stopped in at his campaign headquarters on Capitol Hill and had a long talk with Gary Hart and Rick Stearns, who were the only two people in it. They explained to me, while I tried to keep a straight face, how it would come about. McGovern would survive New Hampshire, suffer Florida, take Wisconsin, California and New York, while picking off some nonprimary states, and capture the nomination. Good lads, I thought patronizingly, bright lads, except for this silly notion about McGovern. · MY ALIBI basically is that I come from Massachusetts, and everybody in Massachusetts knows that only a Kennedy can run for the presidency. You need a devastating smile, a million dollars, a big name, don't you? Sen. Harold Hughes told me that McGovern would not last the spring. John Lindsay told me that, much as he hated to do it, he would kidnap George McGovern's youth. Fred Har- ris said he would sweep the assembly lines. Everybody else told me that Edmund S. Muskie would take it all. How could he lose? It was true that Muskie was asking to become the leader of people whom he was just then following into a stand against the war they had taken six years before, but Richard Nixon told me Vietnam would not be an issue, and surely he would know. In February, while Richard Nixon was clinking glasses with Chou En-lai, I went to New Hampshire to chronicle George McGovern^s hopeless quest. I followed students through snowdrifts!. I was sorry for them. So touching, so doomed to disappointment, because Yankees dote on their neighbors. Everybody knows that. Gordon Weil, McGovern's assistant, told me that factory workers were' beginning to come up to the senator and wish him well; That's the sor t of thing aides, always say during campaigns. I did go to.- a Franco-American club in' Manchester and sat between two millhands who thought McGovern was great, and 1 went to a meeting at the Stark Fellowship Center in/Littleton and saw something,' I had never seen before. The candidate was listening to people and they were listening to him. He would go through the school lunch program item by item with them; they didn't seem at all bored. But, good heavens, the man was drab. Nobody clawed their way to his) side or ran after his car in the streets. The American people insist on glamor in their candidates, don't they? AFTER FLORIDA, I announced in print that the primaries would prove nothing, and should be called off at once. In spite of which, George McGovern went to Wisconsin and dealt inevitable Ed Muskie a mortal blow. By the time I got to California, I had learned my lesson. McGovern's campaign managers, who finally were in phase with the pollsters, told me he would win by 30 per cent. He edged out Hubert Humphrey by a bare 5 per cent. Then George McGovern got robbed blind in the credentials committee, and I realized at once that this meant his organization which did so well on doorsteps couldn't handle the backroom. The convention, I predicted, would be chaotic, messy, divisive. When the hardened pros of the anit-McGovern conspiracy ratified the theft of California, the new young delegates would rage and 1 storm and bolt and the old hands would curse and fulminate and George McGovern would finish as he had begun, a good man but not equal to the rough stuff. Whereupon, his troops put SETTEES TO THE EDITOR f 1 Protect Our Black Bears The Democratic Committee Fund Drive Would Like $500,000 and a Parachute!' Editor: , I am deeply concerned? about an article in The Sun-, day Gazette-Mail written July 9, 1972. This article "Woods; and Waters" by Skip Johnson,, revealed that our state animal, the blacK bear is being killed in large numbers. In mountainous counties of Eastern West Virginia,. 12 black bear have been killed so far this year. The 12 *were accounted for as folAows: eight were recorded on,"hunts initiated by sheep ownors who suffered losses caurad by bears; three others have been killed illegally, and one was killed on the highways. These 12 bears represent approximately one-third of , all legal \ bear taken last fall during hunting season. I realize that a farmer cannot afford to lose sheep, each one representing income, but at the same time West Virginians cannot afford to lose their state animal. I believe a solution can be reached. For example, if a sheep is killed by a bear the farmer should call a conservation officer. The conservation officer could investigate and determine the damage. The farmer could recover the value of the dead sheep from a fund set up for such a pru- ppse.This fund could be ob- ained by setting aside a percentage of revenue from the sale of hunting permits. I, as a native of West Virgmia and hunter, would gladly pay an extra fee for a hunting permit each year to see my State animal, the black bear, protected from becoming extinct in the future. Haven P. Davis, Oak Hill Student Asks Help Editor: I am a lifelong West Virginian, a native of McDowell County, currently a graduate student at the University of Akron, and am beginning research directed to a study of the influence of the coal industry on the development of small towns in Appalachia. In doing this research, I am looking for coal company rec- on a display of muscle, guile and control that had the old hands hanging on the ropes. As for the convention itself, it was a model of decorum, crispness, attention and affability. There was less balderdash, complacency, parading of hacks, hustlers and horrors than ever before in history. Everybody stuck to the issues. Nobody said anything irretrievable. ^ I NOTED with great interest that the torch of the "McGovern can't win" movement had passed from the press to the party regulars. Of all the caucuses -- black, women's, gay, youth, Indian -- none was more vocal and determined than the disaster caucus. Everywhere you went, you ran into somebody over 30 who could detail the doom. No way, no chance. Nixon will cream him. McGovern will lose the Jews, the Catholics. Nixon will make peace. McGovern will lose the South, the North, the West, the big states, little states, farm states, industrial states. The way I heard it on the floor, he'll be lucky if he takes Mitchell, South Dakota. I know how they feel, I've been there. But I cannot join the "McGovern catft win" guild for the second stage of the journey. I'm ready now to concede that George knows something about the American people that I don't, and may even know what he is doing. ords such as wages, housing, work conditions, disasters, etc., diaries and letters telling of life in the early coal camps, church records, school records, county histories, newspapers and any information dealing with life as it was and how it changed in the coal camps of our state. I would like to request t h a t persons possessing such items contact me to arrange a loan of those items or donate them to me for my research. I would be most interested in hearing from anyone having any of the items mentioned above or anything they think may be of interest to me. Thomas Scott King, Drawer N, Northfork

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