Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 11
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May 26, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 11

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CHRISTMAS CAME A LITTLE EARLY TO CAMP CHIEF LOGAN THIS YEAR Santa Glaus Was Admirably Represented by Mike Coleman FROM TIME TO TIME, EVEN THE MOST ACTIVE CAMPERS NEED A REST BREAK They Are (From Left) Roberta Allen, Frankie Hurst, Carolyn Jones and Carmel Mylers A LOVELY DAY TO CLIMB THE CAMP TOTEM POLE Naomi Adams, 12, Adds Another Face To The Montage Get Movin', Baby! Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky What next, baby? During the past few days the Women's Libbers made a couple of more giant leaps and bounds.... Canadians are giving a new dimension to the slogan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- "The Mounties always get their man" (or whatever) -- with the announcement that they, too, will be recruiting women into their ranks. And, right here in Charleston, the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia passed a resolution supporting ordination of women to the priesthood. Take that Billy, Oral, Tommy-Bob and Junior. Also going on in "Almost" country is a big hassle on a drive by some Libbers who apparently want an equal opportunity at black lung benefits of their very own. (My departed father, a hard-coal miner for most of his life, would have gotten a big bang out of that one.) »· I LIBERATED my child bride, Shirley, right from the start of our relationship by helping her to find a job. In light of this, I figured we could have a friendly discussion about all of this. Right? Wrong. Her only printable remark on any of the above was, "It's about time the Mounties started using better bait." Our normal conclusion, for these heart- to-heart screaming matches is her winding up not cooking for several days. "You've got two hands," she rumbles. Well, in the near-quarter century we've been doing this number; if I obeyed each time, I'd be munching on a barbecued shoulder blade right about, now. So, there I was Saturday morning fixing my usual Plan B breakfast -- Uncle Sam laxative cereal (with flax seeds) swimming in ice cold beer, when all of a sudden whole new vistas opened up to me. It was like a religious happening. V f WHY SHOULD I wrestle with minor problems like: How comes South Charleston is going to lease and operate what I consider a very dangerous swimming pool? How comes South Charleston's recreation program is going to be revamped to include a commercial-type venture including a deal where Little Creek Park is to suddenly become sort of deal like the outskirts of Nashville or some such? If South Charleston wants in Show Biz, why not sell tickets to the council meetings? · . How comes I have a hard time remembering What's-His-Name, Our Governor? Why, indeed waste my time on all this trivia when I can present a way out for a multitude of world-shaking problems? Remember now, this is all optional and there is no disrespect or anything like that intended. x Also, remember that if things go right, this should almost melt the heart of the world's most icy Libber. NO ONE HAS TO actually get right out there and do any of this immediately. It's a suggestion -- take it or leave it. Just think, though, it could work. . .. At this point in time, we all just might be exactly ready for a woman president. The operations involved, though expensive, have been refined. They are not only tax-deductible but are also probably covered by most of your better hospitalization insurance plans. . . . The coveted, major place in history would really be nailed down. . . . No more shaving 21 times a day. My goodness, the ramifications are enough to make even a person-person's head swim... . But most of all; could anyone in his/her right, mind see good old, Southern Gentleman Sen. Sam Ervin being downright mean and nasty to the first lady president in our history? Two-three eyelash-battings would wipe Sam out. And,ylegally being a whole new person, that same president-person would be eligible for at least two more terms.. . . Oh, baby, baby, baby. . . .what next? HOLIDAY For Some Logan Youngsters, Christmas Was a Friday in May CHAPMANVILLE -- Christmas^ame a little early this year to a" group of Logan County campers. They celebrated Christmas Friday. Earlier in the week, they observed Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, Easter and Halloween. The week of special days is the brainchild of Thomas B. Orr, superintendent of Logan County schools. Orr decided four years ago it might be well to'get children out of the classroom for a few days each spring. He founded and secured funding for Camp Holiday, a two week program at Camp Chief Logan. Two groups of sixth graders visit the camp each summer. Each group of approximately 150 youngsters stays for one week. Funding was approved under Title II of By Kay Michael the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal program. Only students from ESEA schools are eligible to attend. They are chosen by their teachers and principals in accordance with federal guidelines. GAZETTE-MAIL W. F«., Afay 26, 1974 ESSENTIALLY, ORR said, the outdoor program is designed to ease the transition of young people from the last year of elementary school to the first year in junior high classes. By drawing together sixth graders from all county ESEA schools, the youngsters are able to form friendships and work patterns that may carry over to their junior high years. A typical classroom sports picnic tables rather than desks; canvas tarps rather than plastered roofs; and trees and woods rather than concrete walls. ECOND Orr camps out with the children. However, he isn't their superintendent, he's their "camp boss." William Williams, assistant superintendent, subs as the camp's head chef. Highlight of the week each year is Christmas. The lesser holidays are celebrated early in the week. Christmas comes on Friday. Campers never fail to react to Santa's pearance after Christmas dinner. He appeared this year, complete with a bag of gifts. One youngster couldn't help but notice that Kris Kringle was black. "You can't be Santa Claus," he insisted. "Your're a black man." "I spend my summers in Florida," Santa replied. RONT IB Miller Wants Strike-Bound Hospitals Off Fund List PIKEVILLE, Ky.-United Mine Workers (UMW) President Arnold Miller has asked his union's trustee to the UMW Welfare and Retirement Fund to attempt to remove the Pikeville Hospital and the nine Appalachian Regional Hospitals from the list of medical facilities eligible to receive fund money. Miller said he took the action because neither hospital complied with an earlier letter calling for the signing of contracts with striking employes by May 20. *· IN A TELEGRAM read to a rally of striking hospital workers in Pikeville this weekend, Miller said, "The United Mine Workers of America stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the United Steel Workers (USW) in their attempts to win decent wages and working coditions." CWA has been on strike at Pikeville Hospital for more than a year. The USW has been on strike at Appalachian Regional Hospitals since April. Miller said the call for the fund to cut off the hospitals from the eligibility list has the full support of his fellow officers as well as rank-and-file coal miners in Kentucky and West Virginia where the hospitals operate. "UMW coal miners don't want to see thier hard-earned welfare money finance hospitals that turn their back on the legitimate needs of their employes," he said. "The Pikeville and Appalachian Regional Hospitals can afford to sign decent contracts with their employes. Until they do so, the UMW is asking the fund to cease support of these institutions." The welfare and retirement fund paid approximately $8 million to the Appalachian Regional chain in 1973, and $500,000 to the Pikeville Hospital. In order for the fund to approve Miller's request, at least one of the other two trus- tees would have to agree to the action since the welfare fund is run by a three- member board of trustees. WHEN THERE'S NO BRIDGE, YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN Paul York Leaps Across (Staff Photos by Leo Chabot) Bonus Bill Sparks Question of Legality By Herb Little Parks and Forests Open for Summer West Virginia's state park and forest recreation systems are now open for the summer season, the Department of Natural Resources announced. Traditional summer pastimes such as swimming pools, nature' programs and game courts will be open through Labor Day. In some park and forest areas a few vacation cabins still remain available for week-long rental. Advance reservations for cabins and lodge rooms throughout the system remain considerably ahead of previous years. An increase in advance books of Civil Liberties Meeting Planned MQRGANTOWN-The first statewide conference af the West Virginia American Civil Liberties Union is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at West Virginia University, v Open to the public, the conference is designed to offer information on how community resources can be used to maintain constitutional civil liberties, awareness of situations that can cause problems in maintaining civil liberties, how to deal with problems at home, insight into current, civil liberties legislation, and fellowship with others in the state who share concerns about fundamental rights and responsibilities. .·early 12 per cent was noted as of May 1, according to Mrs. Velma LeRoy, reservations manager. "The energy crisis simply has not affected our parks and forests," she said. »· SEASONAL attractions such as the Cass Scenic Railroad also are open for the summer. The railroad, a restored logging railway, carries passengers to the summit of the state's second highest peak -- 4,842-foot Bald Knob in Pocahontas County. Using old steam Shay locomotives, Cass offers daily trips on a shorter two-hour tour at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and the four-hour round trip to Bald Knob at noon daily except Mondays. The railroad, which attracted more than 75,000 riders in 1973, also serves as the center of attraction for a number of other points of interest, such as two museums, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a restored company store, a brand new West Virginia Arts and Craft Center, and hundreds of thousands of acres of national and state forest land. Cass trains will operate on the daily schedule through Labor Day, then on Saturdays and Sundays only through October. Fully-equipped family vacation cabins are still available at Babcock, Twin Falls and Holly River state parks, and Cabway- lingo, Greenbrier, Seneca and Kumbra- bow state forests. Persons interested in cabins should con- tactsWest Virginia State Parks, Reservation Office, State Capitol, Charleston, W. Va. 25305, or phone 348-2766. (area code 304). Despite passage of a second round of legislation, difficulties may remain to be surmounted before West Virginia can start accepting bonus applications from its Vietnam War veterans. Foremost, there is the possibility that bills passed in the just-ended special legislative session may draw vetoes from Gov. Moore on the same grounds that caused him to veto substantially similar bills passed by the regular session in March. Also, even without further vetoes, a basic constitutional question remains that could cause delay, at least, if someone takes it to the State Supreme Court. And finally, a couple of new legal questions that haven't been involved before were raised in the House Friday shortly before the special session ended. ». THE 1973 constitutional amendment in which West Virginians mandated payment of the bonus also authorizes sale of up to $40 million in bonds to finance the program. In addition, the amendment contains provisions on how the bonds are to be paid off. These provisions, as the Republican Governor reads them, require the legislature to earmark a new increment of revenue -- that is, a tax increase or some other new revenue -- to meet principal and interest payments on the bonds. But the legislature's Democratic majorities have refused to let Moore maneuver them into voting higher taxes, or higher liquor prices, in an election year -- especially an election year in which the state is running up a revenue surplus. Twice now, once in the regular session and again last week, the legislature has voted in effect to put a tag on revenue the state already is getting and saying this is earmarked for bond retirement to whatever extent it's needed. The earmarked revenue in both instances is state liquor profits. The legislation requires a liquor price increase only if the available profits won't cover the debt payments. This is a contingency so far out that only a catastrophic dive in ABC store sales could dictate a price increase. *· THE FIRST time the legislature took this approach, Moore responded with a veff message saying the 1973 constitutional amendment "in plain and simple language. . .directs the legislature to levy and collect an additional tax to support these bonds." Now the legislature has gone the same route again. New questions raised in the House Friday involve a Senate amendment put into the legislation the day before by Sen. Alan L. Susman, D-Raleigh. The Susman amendment provides for issuance of "interim certificates" of no more than 18 months duration before issuance of the bonus bonds. This was meant to enable the state, in effect, to borrow money»from itself. The certificates would be interest-bearing shortterm securities sold by the state to one of its trust funds such as the workmen's compensation or teachers retirement funds. * ». THE IDEA is to buy time. Susman said the certificates would enable the state to obtain cash to start the bonus program while waiting hopefully for a more favorable market in which to float the bond issue and for a determination of how large a bond issue will be required. No one quarreled much with his concept. But House Minority Leader George H. Seibert Jr., R-Ohio, argued the interim certificates were outside the scope of Moore's proclamation setting the special session agenda and therefore could not be constitutionally considered. And Del. Cleo S. Jones, R-Kanawha, contended the wording of the Susman amendment permitted issuance of the interim certificates only to the parties who would be the ultimate bond purchasers and not to one of the intended state funds. Despite these objections, the House approved the legislation with the Susman amendment intact. Statehouse Note LITTLE

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