Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 17
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June 6, 1976

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

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Churleftun. I I . I n . . June ft. li~(t ECOND RONT .Page I B Ex-Gov. Smith, Mrs. Rockefeller Selected for Democrat Convention By Ann Hughey Former Gov. Hulett C. Smith and Mrs. Sharon Rockefeller were among the eight West Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention selected by the State Democratic Executive Committee Saturday during its annual meeting at the Charleston House. State Democratic Chairman J.C. Dillon Jr.. also named a delegate Saturday, said he expects all 33 of the state's delegates to back favorite son Sen. Robert C. Byrd at the convention. Twenty-five of the delegates were elected in the May 11 primary. *· THERE WERE no surprises in Saturday's vote. Dillon said before the meeting that he expected the committee to choose a black and several women. Among those selected were Leroy Harris of Rand, a Charleston businessman who is black. Mrs. Libby Stout of Clarksburg and Mrs. Rockefeller, wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Rockefeller. Most the remaining delegates chosen from a list of more than 50 nominees are prominent Democrats. The Democrats adopted a new delegate selection system this year. In the past, all delegates were chosen in the primary. But, to insure that women and minorities would "be represented on the delegation, the party adopted a system whereby a portion of the delegation is chosen by the ex- · ecutive committee. The executive committee selected delegates in the same committed-uncommitted proportion as those elected in the primary. *· ALTHOUGH the official results from the primary are not yet in. Dillon said that 20 of the delegates elected May 11 are committed to Byrd and five are uncommitted. The two uncommitted delegates elected by the committee Saturday were Dillon and William Watson of Wellsburg, a former state Democratic chairman. Those committed to Byrd are Harris; Joseph W. Powell of Hurricane, president of the West Virginia Labor Federation AFL-CIO; Mrs. Rockefeller: Smith: Mrs. Stout: and State Sen. Ralph D. Williams of Rainelle. At the meeting, Dillon repeated an earlier statement that the delegation is "not unfriendly" to any of the Democratic presidential candidates. Dillon then introduced a representative of candidate Jimmy Carter. J.B. Bleckley. a 30-year-old Georgian who asked for the delegation's support. While the votes were being counted. Bleckley said he was encouraged by the response of the West Virginia delegates he has spoken to. Dillon, asked what the delegation would do at the convention in the event of a massive swing to one candidate, such as Carter, said. "We'll leave that up to Sen. Byrd. I'm sure our delegation will support him until he tells us otherwise." Dillon called the state delegation "a real fine one. We have some conservatives and some liberals and all factions of the party in the state are represented. All are first class people and I'm sure the people in the state will be happy with their representation." L, Saturday was Old-Timer's Day in Poca. and the town's senior citizens turned out to display antiques ranging from Bibles to dolls. Above right. Mrs. Lula Parsons tends one of the three display tables while a slight breeze ruffles Hie pages of opened Bibles. At left. Mrs. Ada Ganis is shown in her colonial garb. The evenl was sponsored by the Poca Bicentennial Commission. (Staff Photos bv LcoCbaboti The flttociated Pre» All worried males can relax: 1976 is not the year when women take over West Virginia government. There will be no women on the ballot for statewide offices in November. The state Senate will add no female voices to that of lonely Sen. Judith Herndon of Wheeling. If all the women running for the House of Delegates win, there will be only a dozen among the 100 members. Even in the crowded races for delegates to the Republican and Democratic national conventions, women did not exactly sweep the field. Five of the 28 GOP delegates and three of the 25 elected Democrats are women. THE PROBLEM, from top to bottom, is that West Virginia women are not running for public office. For any candidate to run well for a statewide o f f i c e , he or she Fiddlin'Away Fiddlin' good time was had by Eric Cr .st, 8, of Charleston, and other participants in the violin festival that began Saturday at Morris Harvey College under the sponsorship of the college's music department With the State Capitol across the Kanawha River serving as a backdrop students learned the basics by listening to other violinists and then playing themselves. The festival will resume at 9 a.m. today and will be climaxed by a concert, open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. in thecollegefditorium. f f P h o t o by David Vick) should have enough exposure in perhaps a minor office for the purposes of recognition and experience. Therefore, one could argue that women cannot yet run for governor because they haven't won any other statewide offices. No woman has ever even been elected to the worthless post of secretary of state a position most chauvinists would quickly relegate to a female, considering the title. One woman was appointed. 20 years ago, but lost in the next election. Phyllis Given, a Charleston member of the House of Representatives, ran for the Democratic nomination for that post this year. Without much money to spend and refusing to pay to get on candidate slates, she nevertheless received 22 per cent of the vote in a four-person race. Ahead of her were two candidates much more well known outside the Kanawha Valley, p a r t i c u l a r l y winner A. James Manch'in, whose fame (or is it notoriety?) is boundless wherever in West Virginia there is junk. The only other woman running for statewide office was Ruth Carnes. a Clendenin woman who sought the Democratic nomination for treasurer. She received 16 per cent of the vote, finishing third behind Larrie Bailey of Fairmont and former assistant treasurer Don Adams. K GOING FURTHER DOWN the government scale, women also are just not flocking to run for the State Senate and the House of Delegates, particularly younger women who belong to women's groups. And within the bodies, women do not hold any important committe posts. In the Senate, lone woman Sen. Herndon, an extremely bright Wheeling tax lawyer, belongs to the minority party. In the House, the most outspoken and active women delegates have been Del. Given and Del. Jackie Withrow of Beckley. They have been put. mainly, on "women's interest" committees such as education and health. Two delegate districts do have all-woman slates for November, both on the Democratic side. Incumbent Sarah Neal of Rainelle and Betty Crookshanks of Rupert are opposing two men in the 20th District. Incumbents Jae Spears and Julia Pitsenberger of Elkins have no opposition in the 30th District. Among the GOP convention delegates, the women winners were two judges' wives. Sen. Herndon and two former legislators. Priscilla Haden, a schoolteacher and wife of U.S. District Judge Charles Haden, and Ellie Flowers, wife of Supreme Court Justice Edwin Flowers, placed well in the at-large voting. The other three led their Congressional districts, Sen. Herndon in the 1st, former Sen. Louise Leonard in the 2nd and former Del. and nominee for a House seat this year Jody Smirl. IH*i'HE BALLOTING for GOP at-large convention delegates means anything. Gov. Moore's elective powers ;ire slipping, but not much. Moore was beaten for first place among the 16 at-large delegates by former governor Cecil Underwood, now the Republican gubernatorial candidate. However, the federal extortion trial of Moore and former aide William Ixjy could not have hurl them too much (they were acquitted less than a week before the primaryi. Moore still finished second and Loy sixth, in unofficial tabulations by the Republican party. Always on Sunlny By It. S. I'alansky CECIL UNDERWOOD might consider it an omen. Gov. Moore a curse. But Underwood's portrait is right outside the door to Moore's office, looking ready to step inside. The portraits of all the state's former governors line the Capitol's first-floor halls. How Underwood, who was governor from 1957 to 1961, got such a choice spot is unknown. Most Capitol tourists this summer will see Underwood's picture as they walk into Moore s reception room: maybe Democratic opponent Jay Rockefeller should demand equal time. Statehonse i \ Note ! \. Book ; By Jennifer Kerr Parade of Flags June 14 in Dunbar A parade of flags will begin Dunbar's Festival of Flags at 7 p.m. June 14 in downtown Dunbar. The festival is one of many Bicentennial celebrations sponsored by the Dunbar Bicentennial Commission. Nume/ous flags will be posted at the Dunbar Plaza during a special ceremony. There are weeks and m o n t h s when ;i (,'iiy shouldn't even bother to heist himself up out of bed . . There I was last week, doing Hie nicest thing in my power for the c i t y of Souih Charleston-getting out of town lor ;i couple of (lays. Naturally, as soon as 1 turned my back, all heck broke loose For openers, the hospital hnssle heat zoomed upward and upward with the f i n a l s o l u t i o n edging more m i l e s a n d m i l e s away. And, if that weren't enough, t h e good people of South Charleston f i n a l l y got a little peek into the wheeling and dealing by our grand recreation muckety-muck. Hob Anderson. His activities include swapping away one chunk of Little Creek Park for constructing an armory, of all things, in the park to negotiating for another chunk of the park in a 530 million deal involving a .shopping m a l l hack in there near the wilds of Davis Creek or somewhere. To my way of thinking, $30 million deals wind up with a lot of large numbers--very large, for a guy who seems to have a lot of t r o u b l e with the fact that a tennis net ( t h a t ' s i n the recreation field i should be three feet t'.'fi inches, nonmetrir) high. A lot of you might have trouble with this: next statement. considering what I've just said. But. I do think South Charleston should at least try this on for size: Let Bob A n - derson settle the hospital hassle. He does t h i n k big. And. he does get things done. As a fast, for-instance of getting things done: Several years ago there was a nice grove of large trees on the hill behind Glendale Cemetery. The land belongs to the recreation department. A couple of nearby people thought maybe youngsters were up to hanky-panky in among the trees. Anderson got w i n d of it. He says, "Aha. I ' l l get something done!" He did. He had the trees clearcut from the h i l l . He said he'd put some recreation-type stuff up there. He didn't. Now there is deep underbrush all over the hill, and I've heard that some people think there is now more opportunity than before being as hanky-panky is easier in underbrush than in among large trees. Also, I never was able to learn what happened to all of that firewood from the hill Anyway, if South Charleston would wise up and turn Thomas Memorial Hospital over to Boh Anderson, I think he'd have it all cleared up in a jiffy. Naturally, all of us down here in Hoo- Haw City would be bloated with pride for just being associated with the largest, most splendorific Hop-Scotch Arena of the Earth and at Least Half of the Universe. For medical treatment, we'd be stopping at neat little first-aid stations all along Bob Atr-j'.rson's Bicentennial Never-Ending-Bicycle Trial. M E A N W H I L E , BACK to "Barnacle R i c h i e " Robb. boy mayor of Hoo-Haw City. ;iml how he fits into these latest developments When last on the surface, he was bemoaning Hie colleclion of "barnacles on my ship of state." 1 wonder if he's checked lately to sec whether or not his key to the city still fits. With the penchant. West Virginians have been displaying lately for picking locks, changing them at night and locking each other out of everything you can imagine, 1 think he should try his city key immediately. I also gel the feeling thai he'll probably have to ask Anderson's permission to even get. a good look at the lock. Maybe r i g h t now t h e l i m e is exactly right for the total review ol South Charleston's recreation program that, the mayor's been talking about. I'd h;ile to come home some evening to find that my house IKK! been replaced by a bobsled run that, would soon be replaced by the nation's only red. white and blue, straight up and down Bicentennial Pi/za P a r l o r . ( A n d e r s o n is also in charge of Hoo-Haw City's Bicentennial celebration.) LIKE I SAID up there at the start, Big Shirley decided that, this area needed a couple of days of pence and quiet from me and lhat therefore we should get out of town. We did. We went over over to Sherwood Lake--I won't give a travelogue on it. because it would just get Bob Anderson scheming on how to annex it to the city so that, he could get around to "solving" it. So. we got to the lake in fine shape and in fine spirits and weather. Within -A half-hour of getting there we were fishing. Zip. like that Big Shirley was busy landing a good-sized catfish. One of my big duties in life is removing Big Shirley's catfish from the hook. While doing this one. his zillions of little rasp-like teeth stripped most of the skin, muscle and some bone from my index finger. With the sudden, agonizing pain. I automatically and inadvertently went into the clumsy hopping around that spells out rain dance in rny neighborhood. The immediate cloudburst was followed by about 17 or 18 sunbeams---just enough to frame that magnificent lake in a fantastic rainbow that lasted for six minutes before the chilling rain took over for at least the next 72 hours. We had a nice time despite the deluge. We caught enough fish. I got to carry my little boat around. I didn't lose another wallet. Also, I didn't even think once about Our Governor during Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdife. 'j Over-all-just glorious.

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