Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 13
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 13

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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Kicking Off the Fair The St. Albans Town Fair gets under way officially on Monday, but received its unofficial start Saturday with a gala parade. Above, Wendell Withrow, 15, of 943 Baier St., peers through a gaggle of balloons as the event wends its way through town. The tag end of the parade (right) finds some youngs majorettes and a rider and two horses. (Staff Photos by Lawrence Pierce) 1,1. GAZETTE-MAIL Charfenlon, V. Va.July6,1975 ECOND RONT State Prison Inmates Get V. A. Promises to Help Millions at Stake Bonus at Picnic M. U. Get Med School J n j\ ew Formula HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Veterans Administration says it will help Marshall University obtain a new medical School, Rep. Ken Hechler, D-W. Va., said "I've talked with the Veterans Administration in Washington and with President (Robert) Hayes at Marshall University. I have been assured by the V.A. officials that they will continue to work with Marshall to help the university reach its goals to that the medical school will become a reality," he said. Re-Elation Bid Rejected By Perry Noah E. Perry, president of the West Virginia Young Democrats, announced that he will not seek re-election during the organization's annual convention in Charleston July 17-19. Perry said he chose not to run because the Young Democrats prohibit support of candidates during primary elections. An employe of Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass, Perry said criticism of the organization might result if he remained an officer. He said "a number of personal reasons" were also involved in his decision not to seek re-election, but he stated that he will remain active in the organization. Freshman Sen. Gary Hart, D-Col., will speak during the convention, to be held in the Daniel Boone Hotel. "Not only will the V.A. make sure the $15 million in federal funds will be available for Marshall, but also that the V.A. hospital system will provide residency slots for the medical students." The medical school's future was jeopardized last week when the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting agency for medical schools, would not accredit the proposed school, but gave it new requirements to meet. ."Marshall does meet the guidelines of the Veterans Administration Medical Training Act and it also meets the intent of Congress," Hechler said. Protest Charges Against Gregory Are Dismissed WASHINGTON - UP) - Charges of protesting without a permit were dropped Saturday against comedian and activist Dick Gregory. Gregory had been arrested Friday in front of the White House where U. S. Park Police said he carried a sign protesting what he described as Central Intelligence Agency involvement in domestic assassinations. The charges were dismissed in District of Columbia Superior Court on the motion of the prosecution. Gregory had carried a sign saying "CIA -- Protesting Conspiracy Inside America." He had spoken earlier at the convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. By Herb Little The Asiodated Press Millions of dollars of potential new state tax revenue from electric utilities are the stake in current State Tax Department efforts to put together a valuation formula. The formula will assign a manufactured product value, for tax purposes, to electric power generated in West Virginia and transmitted to other states. The money involved goes steadily upward as coalrich West Virginia increasingly becomes a generating site for electricity that is sold and used elsewhere. State Tax Commissioner Richard L. Dailey has technical and legal personnel working on the complex task. He says he is hopeful they will be able to come up with a proposed formula by the end of August. The effort is a further phase of litigation, commonly called the "VEPCO case," that arose in the 1960s, was decided by the State Supreme Court in 1973, but still has not run its full course. The case involves the business and occupation tax status of power generated at Virginia Electric and Power Company's big Mount Storm plant in Grant County. A small part of the Mount Storm output ultimately goes to VEPCO customers in five West Virginia counties. But the overwhelming majority -- more than 90 per cent at the time of the court case -- goes to customers in other states. Electric companies, including VEPCO, long had paid the state BO tax, at the public utility rate,, on power sold to their West Virginia customers. The VEPCO case arose when the tax department tried to collect the tax, at the manufactured product rate, on the huge Statehome Note Book LITTLE The Instant It Happened "Mr. President..." "I wish you didn't have to call me that," Harry Truman told reporters in the first shock of Franklin Roosevelt's death. Three and a half years later, many Americans were still loath to call him that. Just how many was a question that would bring the sweetest triumph for an underdog in the history of presidential politics and the loudest pratfall among experts since the first colonial bookmaker. Writers, public opinion pollsters, politicians -- everyone was saying Truman couldn't possibly beat Thomas Dewey in 1948. Haberdasher, infantry captain. Pendergast machine graduate, senator, compromise nnninee for vice president, presi- dent by accident, feisty, testy, Election night, Nov. 2. 9 p.m., Truman spontaneous and all Missouri -- they said trails in early returns. 10 p.m., Truman the little man from Independence was too losing in heavier returns. Midnight, some- small to fill those outsize shoes. thing begins to turn. 4 a.m., Truman wins. Truman already had made much history The morning after the long night, he by 1948 - at Potsdam, Hiroshima, the heads back to Washington by train. In St. first United Nations conference in San Louis, someone hands him the edition of Francisco, the airlift for the Berlin block- the Chicago Tribune that would trauma- ade. the launching of the Truman Doc- tize experts for decades... trine, the Marshall Plan, the NATO alii- Traveling with the President, Byron ance. Still, they were saying he couldn't Rollins of the Associated Press lumbers to possibly be elected in his own right, with the back of the train, shoots two pictures, all those five-per centers, strikes, high unloads them with an AP stringer, lum- prices. the birth pains of the civil rights bers back to his car and hits his berth with fight, the fragmentation of the party by a absolutely no thought of anything special presidential candidate from the Deep except his first sleep in 20 hours. South and a radical from the Midwest. ' portion of the Mount Storm output'that was sold in other states. VEPCO appealed to Grant County Circuit Court and won there. But on an appeal by the tax department, the State Supreme Court reversed the circuit court in July 1973. The. Supreme Court ruled that an electric company generating power in West Virginia was subject to the BO tax at the manufacturing rate "upon the value of all electric power so manufactured and transmitted outside of the state." The court said this "does not constitute a tax on interstate commerce." VEPCO appealed unsuccessfully to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to docket the appeal. That did not end the matter. The reason is that the court case did not reach the issue of how to establish value on which the electricity would be taxed. " The State Supreme Court sent the case back to Grant County Circuit Court for that purpose and for consideration of possible penalties. Last year the circuit court in turn passed it back down to the tax commissioner for the same purposes. For a time after that, the matter was on the back burner in the tax department. But an effort is now being made to devise a formula. In most cases under the BO tax, the sale price of goods or services sold in the state is the taxable value. But the sale price of West Virginia-produced power in other states can't be used i this instance because of the interstate commerce obstacle, avoided so far. Somehow, the formula must determine a manufactured product value that does not depend upon the sale price in other states. It will affect several West Virginia power plants of other companies besides VEP- CO which transmit substantial portions of their output to other states. However, their out-of-state deliveries are not proportionately as large as the Mount Storm plant's. All this is not to say the state hasn't been realizing any BO taxes on electricity as a manufactured product, as opposed to taxes at the utility rate on only that portion sold in the state. The VEPCO case, even before it was decided in the Supreme Court, prompted the legislature to try to close the loophole. It amended the BO tax law in 1971 to make clear the state could tax, as a manufactured product, the portion of West Virginia power plant output that wasn't already being taxed at the utility rate on the basis of sales in the state. However, in the absence to date of a valuation formula, it's doubtful the state is realizing as much as otherwise would be the case. Dailey says electric utilities have been reporting s manufactured product value on their BO tax returns. This value is pretty much decided by the utilities. Dailey says it's reasonable to assume they have been under-reporting on the theory that, while the ultimate formula probably will require them to pay more, they will have had to use of the money in t]J» meantime. Robert C. Welling MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Acting West Virginia Penitentiary Warden Arthur McKenzie was so pleased with Saturday's summer picnic for inmates and their families that he extended it 90 minutes. No major incidents were reported as more than 1,100 persons crowded into the large square yard of-the century-old maximum security prison for the second annual summer picnic. »·· MOST FAMILIES brought homemade food, such as fried chicken, ham, hamburgers, while inmates provided soft drinks and watermelon. The event had been scheduled for just five hours, but McKenzie was so impressed with the way things were going that he extended it. Two chartered buses brought families of inmates from the Charleston area. Parked vehicles ringed the block-long walls of the prison, including ones with license plates from North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Illinois. McKenzie said one family from North Carolina left their home at 2 a.m. for the trip here. The-summer picnic is one of two annual events when families are allowed to spend considerable periods of time with inmates. McKenzie said the success of Saturday's picnic would virtually insure a third annual Christmas party irt Decem-. ber. As guests entered the yard, their picnic baskets were checked for possible contraband, but the acting warden said at the end of the day that there had been only one attempt to smuggle anything in. That was a six-pack of beer. An inmate count 'was made at the conclusion of the picnic to make sure none had left with his family. MOST INMATES SPENT the time sitting with their families at picnic tables. Others took part in athletic events while the children played games. Mrs. Cathryn Cassell of Grafton brought some homemade Italian food for her son-in-law, inmate Kevin Stewart. He agreed that the picnic lunch was better than the usual bill of fare in the prison mess. McKenzie said all inmates in the institution were allowed visitors Saturday, including those in the hospital, psychiatric ward, the maximum security North Hall and those in protective custody. The inmates were allowed to take the remain's of the picnic lunches back to their cells to eat this weekend. The guards planned to again check the food for contraband before it entered the cellblocks. Several inmates were disappointed that members of their families'did not show up, despite promises that they would. One from the Charleston area remained just inside the entrance throughout the day, hoping his brothers would make their promised visit. He also kept another eye on a picnic table he had reserved. Finally, at about 1 p.m., he told some fellow inmates their families could use the table. Merry 4th of July Always on Sunday LyB.S.Palausky What have you done for your country lately? That question occurred to me Friday while I was thinking about taking a sip of a drink I'd just invented for the Bicentennial. The drink, which I have named the Bi-. centennial Ba-Booom Float, is really great--also even patriotic. Naturally, it is red, white and blue. You fill a glass, half way with tomato juice, add a scoop of white ice cream and then fill the rest of the glass with blue vodka. You get blue vodka by adding blue food coloring. I'll be the first to admit that I looked at my .invention for a long time before putting lip or tongue to it. Oh, I really don't expect the world to beat a path to my door or even to say thank you in poem or song for my giving it the Bicentennial Ba-Booom Float. After all, how many of you can name the heroic first person to eat a raw oyster. Also, you'll note that I do not stipulate vanilla ice cream. For some of us, vanilla is an automatic yucch. Anyway, back to the main question. The first thing that popped into my mind was income tax. Hah. That's not a voluntary thing. For most of us. it is taken, not paid. There's a lot of negative things many people do that help--like not littering, not hurting anyone, not breaking laws, not being bigoted, not bothering others, not damaging yourself, and not forgetting to vote and the like .,. But. how about positive things? It is a tough question. You'd probably need at least three or four Ba-Booooms to start the good answers flowing. *· A PRETTY UNRELIABLE source tell me that South Charleston's new mayor is nice to him. What can I say? I strive mightily to be nice to everyone. Ask my child bride, Big Shirley. I will admit to being worried about it. For instance, my innards churned and growled a couple of weeks ago when then Mayor-elect Richie Robb announced that he was becoming the star (and only) pupil in the Al Poe Mayoring School. Then things got a little better after Mayor Robb took over and only waited through three deadlocked votes before making a move to settle an issue that could have lasted for years. The losers in the issue, however, are now making noises that hint that the hassle will last for years anyway. But, it is still progress and I did heave a sigh of relief. During the last "ssshhhh" of that sigh, I learned that South Charleston was kicking off its Bicentennial observances not only with watermelon and fireworks, but with Mickey Mouse, Smokey the Bear and Santa Claus. Siiiggghhh. IF I HADN'T BEEN busy entertaining a sick friend. I could have gone down to Oakes Field for South Charleston's Bicentennial Merry 4th of July. I could have clambered up onto Santa's knee and asked for a final settlement and accounting in the cat-torture coverup case. I'd have reminded him that the statute of limitations has not run out on the illegal coverup phase of the case. I'd also have let him know that he wouldn't have to wait until Christmas to do it. Then. I'd have smiled sweetly, tugged gently on his beard and sobbed softly. "Is that you in there. Richie?" And, he probably would have said, "Ho, ho. ho. ho. ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho. pondering whether I. Mr. Nice, plan to be #0. ho. ho. ho. ho. ho. ho, ho^

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