Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 58
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 58

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 30, 1976
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I mfiu* GAZETTE-MAIL Editorial Pearson Warrants Support One West Virginia public official assuredly deserves to be elected this November: State Treasurer Ronald Pearson. Burke Ignored Fairness The chairman of the finance committee of the West Virginia House of Delegates is appalled by the vulgarity permeating public television. Does Del. Billy Burke, D-Gilmer, ever -watch commercial television? does he stand on the inele- gancies inundating this vast wasteland? With due respect for the sensibilities ;of Burke, screens on the sets of many West Virginians, save for public television, would remain dark all the days of the year. Moreover, how many West Virginia children are learning the alphabet and their numbers from Sesame Street, the Electric Co., Mister Rogers, and Villa Allegra? It is true that on occasion educational channels broadcast what might be called adult fare: plays touching upon subjects formerly considered taboo, medical programs, topical interviews i during the course of which an earthy comment or expletive may be heard, rebroadcasts from English producers, some of whose scenes leave little to the imagination. None of these offerings, however, is a command performance. Neither Burke nor anyone else is forced to watch public television any more than he is forced to watch commercial television. Compare, please, the meretricious and the obscene presented on public broadcasting with the meretricious and the obscene presented on commercial television. Any dispassionate judgment, we're confident, will declare commercial television eternal winner of both categories. - fairness dictates that the next time Burke arises on the floor of the House of Delegates to play the censor's role and to make an ass of himself he devote equal time to remarking upon the inadequacies of commercial television. Pearson's performance since he was appointed to office by Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr., subsequent to the arrest, confession, and imprisonment of his crooked predecessor, has been nothing short of sensational. State Treasurer Ronald Pearson is managing public funds as he would manage his own funds, making certain that taxpayers receive maximum benefit from the investment of their money. No longer are greedy bankers of West Virginia able to use the people's money for their and their stockholders' profit. It might have been thought that following the disgrace of former State Treasurer John Kelly that the West Virginia Legislature would have tightened up West Virginia's investment laws to insure that West Virginia bankers again couldn't take advan- tage of a corrupt public servant. As perhaps should havebeen anticipated, however, West Virginia lawmakers have shown no enthusiasm for that assignment. Neither, the truth be told, have bankers and their several lobbying organizations, most of whom and all of which are locked in battle over the issue of branch banking. Consequently, the law respecting the investment of idle funds remains what it has been, meaning if another Kelly occupies the state treasurer's office, public dollars very likely again will be used for personal and corporate profit. Incumbent Pearson has demonstrated he won't permit bankers to compromise him. During his months in office he has served the people to the utmost of his abilities, and his abilities are multiple and masterful. Of all candidates for public office on' either ticket Pearson warrants the people's trust and support, because he has given them his trust and support. Haunted by Good Works Judgug by our mail there are plenty of people out there who desperately vwt to believe that Jay Rockefeller is involved in a fiendish plot to make abortion an everyday affair in West Virginia. We're sure he isn't. We rather suggest that Rockefeller has a good many . other matters on his mind. But even if he were the crazed abortionist por- ' trayed by extremists, doesn't he have the means to conceal his wickedness from the voters? Rockefeller's problem is the existence on nonprofit foundations with which his ancestors sought to buy the good will of the American people. Jay Rockefeller has no control over the activities of these foundations. The foundations, as far as inquiry can show, don't promote abortion. One. it turns out. coopeVates with another foundation which compiles statistical data on abortion and birth control. This circumstance may account for the shrill cries. A dedicated extremist has no trouble in adding two and two and getting five. It all goes to show you that if the sins of your ancestors don't haunt you, their good works might. Cure Own Ills First. . . The devising of'an appropriate and worthwhile foreign policy may not be quite as impossible an assignment as some U.S. presidential candidates would have us believe. . Gov. Jerry Brown, asked to put forward his foreign policy, replied that his starting place would be the curing of America's internal ailments. What's so wrong with that prescription? Who deputized the United States to tell other nations how they should manage their own affairs? More to the point, if the United States can't . crack its own problems, reduce its own miseries, relieve its own tensions, what influence is it apt to exert upon other, societies? A second presidential candidate troubled by his nation's foreign policy is Jimmy Carter. He thinks it's time the United States treated other countries as it would wish other countries to treat it. Simplistic? Perhaps. But for a country which is forever thumping its chest while proclaiming its Judeo-Christian heritage am ideals, Carter's recommendation has much merit, because in many inst ances we don't treat countries tha way - all of Latin America, for ex ample. Finally, in certain respects Carter's and Brown's advice, though not di rectly related, aren't unrelated ei ther. More attention to cultivating ou own garden might cause us to appre ciate the importance of doing unt others as we would have them do unto us. "Aof quite fast enough on the takeoff.'' Faniiy Seiler: Affairs of State No Grip on Energy Trouble Jenkin L. Jones Academies Have the Shakes (c) Lot Angelet Timet Among the devotees of pot parties and rock festivals such old MacArthurian saws as "Duty, Honor, Country" are the stuff of. laughter. Even among nonswingers, the chic of permissiveness and the great turnoff over Vietnam have rendered American prep school military training'so far out of fashion that some of the best of them have survived only by leavening the student body with nubile coeds. So it is hardly surprising that the federal government's three professional military universities-West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs--have the shakes and ague caused by the national virus of indiscipline. THE AIR FORCE Academy class that was graduated a year ago had'the highest attrition rate in its history. Forty-six per cent of entering students didn't finish. The figure was 36 per cent for USMA at West Point and 39 per cent for the Naval Academy. A substantial amount of the attrition, alas, was due to violations of the honor code that resulted in dismissals. Let's have it in a word--cheating. Commenting on 49 West Point cadets awaiting hearings on cheating. Cadet Timothy Ringgold of Phoenix. Ariz., recently told Army Undersecretary Norman Augustine that they "had done no more than almost every cadet had done." The Air Force Academy is currently reviewing an alleged cheating case that could lead to the expulsion of six cadets who have refused to resign. Thirteen other cadets left the academy in the past year after being found guilty of ethical misconduct by an honor panel. The common alibi for cheating is twoheaded: (1) "everybody is doing it," and (2) if the academic competition weren't so tough and if exams were easier and grades more generous more cadets could afford to be honest. Similar arguments are currently in vogue in public schools and civilian universities. MOST OF THE service academy dropouts, however, are voluntary and represent cadets who dislike or can't take rigid discipline. This has caused a curious report to be issued by the General Accounting Office in Washington which pleads for a slackening on budgetary grounds. Each dropout, argues the GAO. costs the taxpayers from $9,000 to $16,000 in no-value received, varying with the academy. Recent academy classes, the GAO points out, are products of the looser social standards of modern high schools. "The average dropout." it says, "tends to be an independent personality who needs to come and go as he desires, to say what he thinks, to decide for himself, to do unconventional things and to criticize those in positions of authority." The GAO mourns that such persons might make excellent officers, and suggests that the academies "re-examine their heavy emphasis on competition and stress." Now it is true that it is possible to Mickey Mouse good material out of the academies. Incessant bracing by the plebes. running between classes and accepting gross tyranny from upperclassmen is probably heading into the same oblivion now occupied by the hickory stick of the old-time school system. But let's not get too de-stressful. War is stress. War is competition, carried to the death. Successful training for war requires that kind of conditioning which will permit a man to function effectively under both. . ARMIES, NAVIES and air fleets staffed with officers not hammered on the anvil of difficult or unpleasant tasks, who want to come and go as they please, decide for themselves, do unconventional things and criticize authority, are going to lose battles. Close order drill has no relevance in combat. Soldiers haven't been marched in formation against an enemy in this century. But close order drill is mental conditioning for instant obedience to a barked command. It turns a mob into a manageable thing. Similarly, professional military life is generally much easier than academy life. But the batter who swings two bats as he steps up to the plate doesn't intend to use both. He wants the one bat to feel lighter when he faces the challenge of the pitcher. The man who can take academy discipline is less likely to be overborne by the real agonies of combat. Finally, there's that old corn about honor. But troops will follow an honorable and admirable leader who sometimes errs much more enthusiastically than they will follow the clever acknowledged rascal. When a man has his life on the line he searches for that ephemeral thing called trust. There are times when there are no substitutes for stiff backs. And if taxpayers lose a few million bucks in the aborted military training of the undisciplined and the cheaters-well, sorry GAO-il coold be worth the money. $L Even though almost everyone in the United States has been aware of a serious energy problem for three years, Congress hasn't come to grips with a real energy policy or plan because of its short-sightedness on energy matters. That's the way Dean Bill L. Atchley of the College of Engineering at West Virginia University sees it. : Atchley didn't pull any punches in a speech prepared for delivery to an Industrial Engineering Conference last month. Congress, he said, is the only group in . this country that isn't aware of the serious energy problem. It hasn't passed any legislation to encourage greater domestic energy output, and has decreased the domestic supply through many new governmental regulations, he said. · i · * · ' ' . WHEN THE OIL embargo hit, Atchley · said, this country was importing about 22 per cent of its energy. "Today, we are importing about 50 per cent," he said. "Last year this country paid $26 billion ' to other countries on oil imports and $2 bil-, lion on gas imports. A nation as great as the U.S. should not or cannot afford to continue to spend at this rate for imported energy," he said. · In the meantime, Atchley said, coal production during an energy crisis is less than it was 20 years ago. The reason, he said, is because new agencies have been formed which put but new regulations that caused 20 per cent of the coal mines to shut down. But there were others, he said, pointing to the Federal Power Commission which set artificially low well-head prices for natural gas and. discouraged exploration. The Atomic Energy Commission's licensing procedures have delayed construction and operation of nuclear power plants, adding to the country's dependency on foreign oil, Atchley said. However, he believes, nuclear power must be controlled and the number of plants determined by the availability of uranium. Atchley said the Federal Trade Commission has seemingly made a crusade out of preventing mergers of oil and coal mining companies which he views as absolutely necessary in order to obtain capital for exploration and expansion. The dean thinks the Environmental Protection Agency, by delay tactic and unrealistic environmental standards, has addded to the dependence on foreign oil and gas. and has discouraged research connected with utilization of coal and new extraction approaches. Mass transportation systems must increase 10 times, and the country needs an .energy czar who isn't bound by unnecessary government regulations, the dean said. · SHORTS-The prison records of Roy West and John Joseph Bilotti were among those subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney John. Field. West was known around Charleston when he was in the lumber supply business, house construction;and other opera-" tions prior to an Indictment which former Prosecutor Pat Casey got against him. Bilotti was sentenced from Marion County in April 1972 and was given a medical respite in August 1972, which he violated, and as a result'lost his freedom. Bilbtti's family has had a long struggle, trying to. get him out again, and several articles have appeared in Fairmont newspapers about . the effort! Bilotti became a campaign issue when former Democratic State Chairman Bill Watson'issued a release in 1972 that noted Bilotti was working as a clerk in a Charleston hotel during his furlough. Former Moundsville Penitentiary Warden Donald Bordenkircher recommended Bilotti for a Christmas clemency. The hottest talk at the county level is a report that JP Herb Pauley, who converted from Republican to Democrat, was '. trying to get Hoppy Shores to run for county commissioner on the Republican ticket. Shores-served one six-year term on the Kanawha County Court, now known as the county commission . . . Highways Commissioner Bill Ritchie walked out on the New River Gorge Bridge last Thursday. The bridge is 876 feet high - the highest east of the Mississippi as well as being the ' world's longest steel arch bridge ... House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Ra- Itigh, addressed the St. Albans Rotary Club last week.. .Rep. Ken Hechler is going to conduct a write-in campaign for his congressional seat, a reliable source says, noting Hechler has been mending his fences for such a move.. .Democratic State Chairman J. C. Dillion is vacationing in Myrtle Beach. S. C.. .Jay and Sharon Rockefeller vacationed in Florida after . the primary and got rain while Gene Hoyer. a Rockefeller employe, went to Myrtle Beach and found sunny weather.... SOME OF THE Democratic women's; clubs didn't get an invitation to the National Federation of Democratic Women's" meetings in Charleston this weekend... In; the unofficial tally, ex-Gov. Cecil Underwood got 78,100 votes and Gov. Moore go£ 71,494 for. delegate to the Republican Na-' tional Convention. . ; Secretary of State James McCartney has purchased a 1974' Cutlass Olds as his official car, turning back in the car he rented from the motor pool. The car .cost his budget $3,100. McCartney said some of the other constitu-! tional of ficers have been doing it this way,; and he should have, too. Then, he said, he wouldn't have gotten all those stories about his high travel expenses. Although, he noted, this method won't be any cheaper. The motor pool car was costing him. $200 a month, he added... Federal-State Relations is doing a lot of remodeling and redecorating just prior to the end of the fiscal year... A. James Manehin, Democratic nomU nee for secretary .of state, says if he's! elected, he'll rim the secretary of state's; office so citizens will be proud of it, and the "private" signs on the doors will be rei moved. Manchih didn't take any time off, for vacation after the primary, and contuv ued to make speeches... Del. Kemp Me- Laughlin, D-Kanawha, is said to.have been upset because his name was dumped from some of the Mayor Hutchinson slates in the primary when he ran for auditor. McLaughlin was out of town over the holiday weekend.. . Del. Phyllis Given, D-Kana: wha, is selling real estate since the prima; ry when she ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state.. . '· ATCHLEY SAID many good and positive improvements in the environment come from realistic environmentalists, but the problem has been a few radicals with a large influence on EPA decisions. He says an effective national energy policy must be developed now and should include the utilization of coal, a return to free enterprise, and the development of research and development centers in energy states to work with state agencies, industries and universities. Vol 20. No. 47 Charleston, Weft Virginia Sunday Gaxette-Mail May 30, 1976 Page 2E A RECEPTION will be held June 13 in Charleston for Jim Sprouse to help raise money to pay off a campaign debt of $25,000 to $30,000. Tickets are being sent out for the event... Mrs. Berry went to Morgantown with her husband, Chief Justice Thornton Berry, last Tuesday to attend the Judicial Assn. seminar after she told this reporter Berry had already left. The chief justice of the Supreme Court said he had gone to get gas in his car... If Sen. Warren McGraw, D-Wyoming, wins the circuit judgeship race and bows out of the Senate, the person to succeed McGraw would appear to be Del. Dan Burleson. D-Wyoming. But one politically astute individual says that may not be so because COMPAC didn't help McGraw in the judgeship race. .. Del. Larry Tucker, D-Nicholas, says his race didn't turn out to be close with a 4.000 vote margin... House Finance Committee Chairman Billy Burke. D-Gilmer. is running for speaker. During the two days the legislature was in Charleston, it appeared that Judiciary Committee Chairman Albert Sommerville. D-Webster. and Del. Charles Damron, D-Putnam, hadn't yet made up their minds, whether to run for the newly created circuit jndgeships in their respective areas. Sommerville, if he comes back to the House, would be expected to get Jay Rockefeller's blessing for speaker after the general election. Even wjtbout it, Sommerville would be ahead in the race... \ EVEN THOUGH Gov. Moore veoted the $10,000 membership fee to the Southern lit terstate Nuclear Board, because"of it| nonproductive work for West Virginia, officials who attended the meeting in Winston-Salem, N. C., last week, said two people from the Governor's Commission on Energy, Economy and Environment were there - John G. Herholdt, Jr., and Thomas V. Reishman. Speaker McManus got to eyeball Aubrey J. Wagner chairman of the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, whose policies with regard to West Virginia coal, the speaker has publicly disagreed .with before. .. Zelma Lawson, a staff member of the House, is a grandmother. Her two-month-old granddaughter weighs 11 pounds. 12 ounces... Marston "Marty" Becker, brother of Workmen's Compensation Commissioner Hick Becker, is marrying Cecilia Underwood, daughter of the former governor, in June... A lot has been said about how labor lost so much in the primary election when Jim Sprouse was defeated. The West Virginia Labor Federation. AFL-CIO, got. a candidate nominated for the Supreme Court -- Darrell McGraw -- who ran for a 12-year term, and not the eight year term Sprouse gave up on the bench... Sprouse, incidentally, is working. He had a case before the court last week... Jay Rockefeller attended the Wesleyan College commencement this spring... Cecil Underwood was giving speeches last week.. . I finally heard a logical reason for the Daily Mail's first edition story a few weeks ago that said Secretary of State James McCartney was going to mail out letters to circuit clerks, ordering Gov. Moore's name removed from the ballot immediately after the Supreme Court decision. Signals were changed a little, one report says, because Gov. Moore got in touch with McCartney and when the secretary of state told the chief executive what be was going to do, Moore hit the ceiling. When McCartney had a news conference on April 8 a little later that morning, he said the letters would be ready to be mailed oat after the Governor's motion to stay the enforcement of the court's order was disposed of by ijje Supreme Court.

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