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May 30, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 17

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WOMEN Potential Power Cited In Address by Byrd Here Monday Armed Forces Bicentennial Band and Chorus, which will appear in concert in Charleston Monday evening, is pictured in a 1975 appearance at the City Haill Auditorial in Portland, Maine. Story on Page 1A. GAZETTE-MAIL C/inr/Mlon, r.l'n., May JO, 1976 ECOND RONT Page IB, By AM "Women are increasingly entering the front ranks of the political world." said Sen. Robert C Byrd, D-W.Va., at the Saturday night banquet of the fourth annual convention of the National Federation of Democratic Women at the Daniel Boone Hotel "The 20th Century has seen major changes in the roles that women play in society. The potential power of women in politics is enormous." he said. BYRD SAID THERE are seven million more women of voting age ir. the U.S. than men. He mentioned Ella Grasso. governor of Connecticut, drawing cheers from the Connecticut delegation. Byrd said there are three women lieutenant governors. 19 women in the U.S. House of Representatives, a woman in President Ford's cabinet, five women ambassadors and 47 women heading executive agencies in Washington. He said that more and more women are entering professions previously open primarily to men, citing women truck drivers and coal miners as examples along with lawyers, doctors, and scientists. "Long before women's lib was ever heard of, the top salaried member of my staff was a very competent woman," said Byrd. "Even women whose highest priority is the calling of wife and mother . . . care about the shape of their community, state and the country," said Byrd. Test Shows 'Sex Stones'Acceptable in Area A Florida firm trying to market a sexy -variation of the Pet Rock came to West Virginia to test the offensiveness of the product's name. ~ It discovered "fairly high acceptability" of a novelty item with sex in its name, but lower tolerance than in other parts of the country. The firm picked two other cities, one in the Midwest and the other in the West, "to The Anocialtd Prtu assess consumers' attitudes towards novelty or conversation items and also gifts related to sex." . Charleston was chosen as the third city for the 18-question telephone survey. "Per capita income is lower there (Charleston) than in many of the usual cities used for market surveys," said Neil Kalvelage, an executive of the Miami firm. "It is also in the middle of the 'Bible" Belt' and if the public was resistant to a product with sex in its name, that would more likely show up in Charleston. And third, the Kanawha County textbook protest of last year may have influenced public attitudes toward sex as a topic of public discussion. "In other words, we chose a location which we thought might be lowest in accepting this type of product in order to put our concept to a hard test," ne said. In the three key questions, 54 per cent of the respondents in Charleston said they would purchase a gift or amulet related to sex; 70 per cent said they did not object to the word sex used in packaging merchandise; and 78 per cent said they were familiar with the male-female symbols (used on the product package). In the other two cities surveyed, percentages were 5 to 10 per cent higher for those three questions. The Charleston survey was conducted in March by Appalachian Training and Development Services of Institute. The product, called Sex Stones, consists of two rocks. The buyer is supposed to carry one and give the other "to someone with whom you'd like to become close." According to the survey, 100 per cent of the Charleston residents asked said they thought the $4 price for the two pebbles was fair. He said that although television plays an increasingly important role in many candidates' campaigns, "nothing can replace grassroots organization. Not even a name like Rockefeller or Byrd. Someone has to get the voters to the polls." Byrd said that during his 30 years in politics, "things have gotten more difficult with every passing year. Despite the glamor, an elected official has to take a lot of abuse . . . It takes guts to run for public office and to stay in public office." THE ENCOURAGEMENT and support of campaign volunteers is increasingly important in this atmosphere. Byrd said. Following his address. Byrd played the f i d d l e , dedicating his rendition of "Cumberland Gap" to Democratic gubernatorial candidate John D. Rockefeller IV and Mrs. Rockefeller. Rockefeller introduced Byrd as a man with "an unequaled record of service" who has "the highest personal, moral and political standards." Byrd returned the compliment by saying that" Rockefeller, Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W.Va. and himself would make "a good team" for West Virginia. He called :for party unity following the primary. - · Present at the dinner and also Introduced by Rockefeller were the Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Joe Rahall: slate treasurer, Larrie Bailey and secretary of stale; A. James Manchin. Byrd, who unsealed Sen. Edward'M. Kennedy, D-Mass., »s Senate majority whip in 1971, Is seeking to succeed retiring Sen. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., as mijori- ty leader of the Senate. At a social hour before the dinner, Byrd confirmed earlier reports that 33 oi the 62 Democrats now In the Senate have pledged to support him. Even if the Democratic total goes up to 65 In the fall, S3 Is a majority. Two other hopefuls for the post, Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D-Maine, and Sen. Ernest F. Rolling's, D-S.C., have put the number of votes pledged to Byrd at 21 and 24, respectively. "I haven't been found wrong on a vote yet," said Byrd. Sail o n . . . Sail on. Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky 1 With All Those Lame Ducks Quacking, 4 Anarchy in Capitol' Quote 111-Advised "This is another barnacle on my ship of state." So saith Richie the Ropb,.ruler of all of -South Charleston, which includes Spring Hill.' ' ; It was said on a sad day for our Good Ri- - chie the 1.1 certainly hope that if someone gets around to writing Poor Richie's; Almanac that they will not forget to include that quote. Ship bf state? Hmmm. -.Anyway, what was going on was that he'd lost a court battle on a hiring and firing situation. Full details of that are not necessary here, the main thing is that although Mayor Richie is the most outstanding graduate, of former Mayor Al Poe's School of Mayoring, he apparently didn't get the right stuff about going to court- like coming out a winner. : ,.0h well, that will come with time I hope. I wouldn't like for anyone to get me wrong. I really like Richie and I think he's got the makings of a good mayor-thai is, once the Mayoring Schoolwears off! . Now, I don't know for exactly sure' about the ship of state 'business but I do agree ".fully with the barnacles thing. In fact, this would be a good time of year for him to steer his ship of state into a dry dock and get his bottom scraped clean of barnacles like: the fire chief problem, the recreation .problem, general morale, and the still unfinished cat-torture case. (I mention the morale thing because of Dan O'Connor. He was. overcome recently in Texas while trying to help people in a tragic accident which included the explosion of an ammonia tanker. What was he doing in Texas? He was looking, along with another South Charleston policeman, for a good job--as a policeman. You'll recall that National Coal Production Holds Steady during Al Poe's stint as mayor O'Connor was suspended for a week without pay for: talking to a reporter.)In the meantime, I'm going to be savoring that thing about the ship of state. · I. can see.it now-His Excellency B.S. Paiausky, alias Mr. Nice, ambassador from South Charleston to Alum Creek. Or maybe Ruth, or Dunbar, or Fink Heights, or Loiidendale, or maybe even, heaven help us all, ambassador to Huntington. : . '· » I HESITATE to mention this next thing because of some of the above. Anyway, the other day Big Shirley and I were out on the front porch when a police cruiser came through the neighborhood. This is pretty much an event in itself. The good part about it was the officer (no names, you'll notice) was combing the area, looking for an injured dog. This was heartwarming and I hope the officer will not get any static over it. I also hope that he will.not be suspended for talking to me. I am pretty sure he didn't know I work for a newspaper. the Aiiociattd Pren Cleveland Benedict should probably not have mentioned "anarchy in the Capitol" with'sb many lame duck state department heads quacking around. They might get ideas. The finance commissioner, himself one of the appointed officials who will be jobless with January's new administration, made his comment this week in the Great Supreme Court Lock-Picking Fracas. .The court expected to get three rooms on the fourth floor of the Capitol when the Department of Archives and History moved its musty books to the new Science and Cultural Center. Benedict thought otherwise, and changed the locks on the room. * THE COURT, summoning all its collec- Stateliouse Note Book Jennifer Kerr If the judicial branch of state government, which is supposed to sit back calmly and make Great Decisions, can adopt an activist, "anarchist" stance and take what it feels it deserves, a couple of puny rooms, why could not the executive branch, the alleged doers, retain the reins? AT A HYPOTHETICAL meeting deep in the bowels of the golddomed Capitol, near the former agriculture laboratory that was the site of the last pitched territorial battle, a group of bureaucrats gathered recently. A few details of a bloodless coup were discussed. The state police would refuK to acknowledge the new administration *nd let the newly elected governor move Into the executive mansion. Barbed wire would go up around the Capitol. The Science and Cultural Center would be revealed tor the bunker it is. Rockefeller would find .himself in jail in Marshall County on a charge of jay-walking. -'--.;.But the most difficult problem encountered was the title of the new leader come January under the new Republic of West Virginia. Should he be given the traditional banana republic appellation of Generalissimo or Air Marshal, or perhaps something moire appropriate, like Col. Baron or Head Hillbilly? Herb Little is on vacation. ; . Aid Appealed 'The Associated Pfesi National coal production remained steady during the middle of May, keeping ahead of last year's totals. The total production of bituminous coal and lignite for the week that ended May 15 was estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines at 13.870,000 tons. This was a decrease of 105.000 tons, or .8 per cent from figures of the week before. Production in the corresponding week of 1975 was 12.795,000 tons. The year's total, through May 15. was 249.315,000 tons. That was 2.6 per cent more than the 242.960.000 tons dug through May 17.1975. Here are estimated weekly production totals, in thousands of tons, for Eastern states for the weeks that ended May 8, 1976: May 1,1976: and May 10.1975. respectively: Ala 454 481 481 111 1.3021.2351.300 Ind 489 490 472 Ky 2,789 2.731 2.779 Md 101 88 39 Ohio 1.058 991 922 Pa 1.843 1.858 1,725 Tenn 172 209 172 Va --. 901 925 508 W.Va 7 2.468 2.438 2.288 IF YOU FEEL like you are getting a little more hum than drum' in your life, I think I. can help you. There is no need for dullness. You can be captain of your destiny. Several days ago, I noticed this ho-hum period starting to shape up in my life, so I took immediate steps. First I gathered up Bi| Shirley and a bunch of fishing equipment. Then I drove on up through Lost Creek into West Milford. And finally, I lost my wallet. In Buffalo Lake, reservoir for Clarksburg, 1 hope. The reason I say it went into the lake, I hope,' is that surely no salesman would sell a 40-pound carp 23 rooms of furniture on one of my credit cards. Anyway, you can see right away that the dullness got whipped. Of course, in order to make all of this work real, well, you've, got to do what I do-give yourself credit for being heaps more intelligent than you really are. For instance, when the state trooper told me I could get a duplicate driver's license for Jl at either the stalehouse or Putnam Village, I thought, "Aha, Putnam Village it is. There's no way I'm going into that parker's nightmare at the statehouse." Wrong. After driving nearly 50.miles extra. I found that I'd have to go to the statehouse after all. for a duplicate fishing license, also $1. Some 40 laps around the Capitol Complex convinced me that cleverness was in order for getting a parking place. 1 finally solved it by leaving the car at a kindly service station for gasoline I really didn't need. The final excitement came when I learned that it was going to cost me another $1 to replace the S3 trout stamp-another ripoff considering that 1 have not even tried to see a West Virginia trout for many years. ' Upon being told of the trout stamp $1. I guess I got sort of empurpled, bloated around the jowls and etc. I searched around in my head for the proper words to express my towering anger and anguish. What finally came ont was: "Slip Johnson will hear of this!" Nome CTen smiled. WASHINGTON (AP) - The governor of Guam appealed Saturday for food and other goods to aid residents of the Pacific island left homeless in the wake of Typhoon Pamela. In a telegram, Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo said the typhoon last week caused "heavy damage to individual and family homes and properly, to government facilities and private businesses." "On behalf of the people of Guam, I appeal to my fellow Americans to extend their helping hand to the thousands who were left homeless," Bordallo said. The territorial governor noted that "the need for food and other goods is great. Assistance at the national, group or individual levels will be most welcome." - tive wisdom and dignity, hired a locksmith and picked the new locks, taking over by the venerable judicial cannon of Possession Being Nine Points of the Law. Benedict, in turn, ordered Chief Justice Thornton Berry Jr. and his band of black- robed squatters to move, threatening to take the court to court. · "I'm not going to play little boy games, changing locks in the night," Benedict sniffed. "We're not going to lie over and play dead," Berry countered with appropriate dignity. Berry also mentioned perhaps the root of the problem: that Gov. Moore, miffed that the court wouldn't let him play Governor a third time, to Benedict to retaliate by taking back the rooms. , Moore, of course, is the lamest of the ducks, his power slipping away like dirty bathwater down the drain. As a Republican, he can only sit in his office and contemplate that soon it will be occupied by beloved Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Or, less likely, a Republican who is also not a favorite of Moore's, Cecil Underwood. Scholarships Given Paper Carriers Ten newspaper carriers have been given {500 college scholarships by Charleston Newspapers. Gazette-Mail scholarships were given to Lee Roy Honaker of Charleston High, Mark Edward Coby of Ripley High. Thomas J. Connelly of George Washington High. James Scotl Musick of St. Albans High, Michael Stephen Witlen of Logan High. Julian Edward Whitehurst of South Charleston High, William Robert Finch of Nilro High, Neal G. Feagans of George Washington High, Kenneth Robert Nuttall of Gauley Bridge High, and Jeff Powers of George Washington. The students were selected from 16 applicants. -.' Each competitor was asked to write an essay on what being a carrier meant to him. Their district managers filled out questionnaires designed to learn how carriers performed on the job. Questionnaires were also sent to customers and business contacts on each boy's route. Officials at the school the boys attend also filled out forms listing the boys' grade averages and over-all performance in school. Parents were asked to agree to pay the balance needed to finance the students' education. Bicentennial Band Emcee Has Varied Media Background The narrator for the United States Armed Forces Bicentennial Band. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. McCorkle, has an extensive background in radio, television and theater productions. For the past 10 years, he has been associated with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, serving as disc-jockey, field reporter and studio anchor man. Sgt. McCorkle will perform with the band when it appears in a free mnr°H ;Charleston on Memorial Day. In 1972, while working in the Middle East. Sgt. McCorkle was selected to receive the Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in the media for a documentary on the American flag which be produced entitled "And Yet I Still Wave." Sgt. McCorkle's theatrical background began in high school, where he was a member of the dramatic honor society. He then worked with the Spokane Civic Theater in Washington, where his ability won htfn roles in sncb productions as "Dark at Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. McCorkle Bicentennial Band Announcer the Top of the Stairs." "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Fantasliks." after enlisting in the Air Force. Sgt. McCorkle organized and worked with theater groups everywhere his assignments led him. Wive's clubs are somehow quick to spot his willingness to help organize and emcee fundraisers in military and civilian communities alike, lor Sgl. McCorkle often finds himself involved in such projects. As narrator with the U.S. Armed Forces Bicentennial Band and Chorus. Sgt. Tom McCorkle's warm baritone voice will introduce the band's performances to audiences through the United States. Canada. Mexico. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, during America's 200th birthdav. His appearance in Charleston will be on the Kanawha Boulevard side of the State Capitol grounds. The concert, sponsored by the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission arid The Charleston Ga- zeliejf will begin at 7 p.m.

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