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June 6, 1976

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GAZETTE-MAIL Hogs Outnumber Womanizers Columnist and former presidential speechwriter Patrick J. Buchanan wonders why so much fuss is being made about the indiscretions of poor Wayne Hays when, in fact, the whole Congress routinely diddles the American taxpayer. Buchanan observes that during the past 18 months our representatives in Congress: ··Raised their salaries by $1,700 and tied their pay to the cost of living, thus effectively insuring themselves against the inflation worries that bedevil the rest of us. ··Raised their stationery allowances by $1,250. ··Raised their district office allowances by 43 per cent. ·-Raised their air mail and special Hunt Merits Amnesty Our list of nominees for amnesty, which already included all the Vietnam War draft resisters and deserters, William Galley, and Rudolf Hess, has been expanded to include E. Howard Hunt. No purpose whatsoever is served by the continued incarceration of this unfortunate fellow, who believed patriotism required illegal acts of him. Even if he hasn't learned any better, nobody benefits from keeping him in prison for his role in the Watergate affair. As his daughter points out, all the masterminds of Watergate are at large, and the master crook, Richard Nixon, has been pardoned. She could have added that for the most part even the lowly Watergate soldiers have been freed. Only Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy of the Watergate burglary crew remain behind bars. Hunt should be freed at once and sent on his way with the admonition to sin no more. Liddy is a somewhat different case. It is possible that he poses a danger to his fellow citizens. The record shows that he once accepted what he thought was an assignment to assassinate somebody. But if Liddy can satisfy competent psychiatric practitioners that he is harmless, we will be happy to add his name to our list. delivery stamp allowances by 43 per cent. »-Added two staff jobs at taxpayer expense, increasing their staff allowances by $34,000 a year. ··Created a new budget giving each of them reimbursement of about ?5,000 for the cost of printing two newsletters for constituents. All this, Buchanan says, within a year and a half. But that's not all. Congressmen already enjoyed a $3,000 tax deduction to offset the hardship of living away from their home districts, and, if they live in the District of Columbia, are exempt from the District of Columbia income tax paid by less f o r t u n a t e residents. They get free p a r k i n g : free haircuts, free shoe- shines, free medical examinations, free prescriptions, $1,000 worth of free law books, free plants from the Botanical Gardens, free picture framing, free mailing privileges, free travel to and from their districts, free swimming facilities, free health club privileges, and free junkets all over the world. Taxpayers subsidize their congress- "Weren't any of you able to see anything! 6X97, JENKIN L JONES U.S. Going to Devil ((.') /.os Aiiffles Times How many followers the 10-year-old devil-worshipping Satanic Church really has in America is now a secret. Its founder. Anton Szando Lavey, claimed 20,000 card- carrying Satanists in 1972 before he ceased issuing figures. At $20 a head per year this was a devil of a good deal, which Lavey has cheerfully admitted. It all got underway after Lavey, ex- Roman Catholic, ex-circus musician, ex- police photographer, decided that all men are hypocrites. Good, thought Lavey, was what any man desired, be it money, sex or power, and whatever means was required had diabolic sanction. There has been one caveat, however. Getting thrown in the pokey is a nongood. So Lavey makes some obeisance to the law. And recently, he says, he has been trying to oust weirdos, doubtless attracted by sexual sanctions, from his California "grottoes." California has produced many amazing things and we may be about to see the first Puritanical Satanic Church in history. *· THE DEVIL BUSINESS got a big boost from the book and movie, "The Exorcist," which destroyed the sleep of readers and sent impressionable viewers retching to the restrooms. A number of divines, some of them perhaps with an eye on page one, dusted off ancient incantations and let it be known that they were ready to rassle with Beelzebub day or night. This turned on those personalities who only yesterday were searching fof Bridey Murphy, and we lurched a step or two back toward the Middle Ages. But devils aren't enough. We've got witchet, too. Dr. Lynn A. ^L-Millon of 'Oklahoma Christian CollegThas been doing some research into the resurgence of witchcraft and he believes there are now 20.000 self-admitted (of self-imagined) witches in the USA. Would-be witches (they prefer the Celtic "wiccas"-- "wise ones") undergo an elaborate cadetship of up to three years before they are permitted to join a coven, which is~12 witches, preferably evenly divided as to sex. plus a priestess. ». SOME RITUALS are held in the buff, the theory being that clothing interferes with the vibes of nature. This may also provide itchy witches with the added lagniappe of voyeurism. Modern wi'tches. Dr. McMillon asserts, are nearly unanimous in their claim that they are good witches. Not that they couldn't do great evil, mind you, but it is a tenet of witchery that good is returned to the doer threefold and evil likewise. What witch is going to invite a triple whammy. even if it's only for a small jape like inhabiting a cat and yowling? Witches have the comfortable theory that we get our hell on earth. So after death everyone, good or bad, goes to a rather pleasant resort called Summerland. There's really not much to do. but also nothing to duck, and the big feature is that each day the Sumrr.erlander grows younger until, at the moment of birth, some earthly witch reincarnates him and absorbs all his knowledge. At least, this is the way I read my scribbled notes taken at Dr. McMillon's church lecture, but since the notes were braced on a hymnbook, there may have been anti- witch vibes coming out of it which have me confused. Well-established covens will treat non- witches (giving "fulfillment," lifting curses and so on) usually at the rab of $5 per witch or $65 for the coven. TnaTs not too bad. A lot of docs charge that for lifting a wart. Well, of course, the great rationalists of the past--Francis Bacon, Voltaire, Joseph Priestly, Ben Franklin--are probably looking down in amazement at the rebirth of hoary goofiness. But they inaugurated the Age of Science which was supposed to solve all our problems. It did give us penicillin, pantyhose, the corn dog and a walk on the moon, but it also gave us pollution, overpopulation and--worst of all--the killer atom. No wonder a lot of people, sore dismayed, are running around trying to get some hold on mystic forces. *· WE IN THE NEWSPAPER business. Heaven forgive us, are also in on the game. We recount the f u l m i n a t i o n s of seeresses, citing their right guesses and ignoring their wrong ones, and we print double-talking astrological garbage because it is supposed to be good for circulation. But perhaps the main reason for occultist dementias is the decay of religion. When the old Roman gods and goddesses became ridiculous all kinds of oddball and even orgiastic cults, mostly from the Orient, swept the Roman Empire. Religion was in chaos until the clear voice of St. Paul began to be heard above the gibberish. So it is not remarkable that with many modern churches sloshing about in the morass of pseudosociology, people would seek contact with supernatural forces in other ways. Perfectly human. Too human. As S h a k e s p e a r e ' s M a r k A n t o n y mourned: "0 judgment, thou are fled 4a brutish beasts, and men have lost theiMeason!" men's cocktail parties and dinners, their restaurants, their medical insurance, their hospital stays at Walter Reed and Navy Medical hospitals, their commissary, and their plush retirement program. Furthermore, Buchanan relentlessly observes, congressmen are entitled to maintain office slush funds for their own purposes, subject neither to campaign spending limits nor the regulations of the Federal Elections Commission. They are under no obligation to visit their offices or do any work. Some statistics: During the past 18 months, the cost of congressmen has risen $110,000 per member. Over the past 20 years, while the cost of living rose 82 per cent, the price of Congress rose 560 per cent. How much longer can it go on? The answer is simple. It can go on until congressmen bankrupt the nation or until the people get indignant enough to throw the rascals out. Some congressmen are womanizers. A majority of them, obviously, are hogs. Cracking the Records The reason for it we doubt anyone can explain, but major league baseball attendance is cracking all records. Fans are filling ball parks-major league ball parks, that is-across the country. To date, attendance in Boston's Fenway Park is 100.000 ahead of the same period last year. Boston always has been a good sports town, but the baseball season is still young and this year's Red Sox aren't the winners they were last year. In fact, they've won fewer than they've lost. No one can quite understand the sudden renewed popularity of baseball. Assuredly, it's not because fans sympathize either with baseball owners, a notoriously contentious, greedy lot, or with the players, some of whom make the purse demands of Mohammed Ali appear trivial. In any event, whatever the cause, baseball is experiencing astonishing success at the box office in this Bicentennial year. Come to think of it that 200th birthday may be the trigger. Gun Statistics No Shock Each year handguns figure in a minimum of 300,000 violent crimes: 11,000 murders. 175,000 armed robberies, 100,000 aggravated assaults, 4,000 suicides, and 3,000 accidental deaths. In Vietnam, d u r i n g those years when U.S. involvement reached its peak, 42,300 Americans died in combat. Meanwhile, back in mainland USA over the course of the same years 103,000 civilians were murdered, 80 per cent by handgun. But these sickening statistics should shock no one. What can any reasonable person expect in a society where, practically speaking, the handgun is unregulated, uncontrolled? Altogether 20.000 state and municipal statutes say who shall, who shan't own handguns and under what conditions this deadly weapon may be carried on the person. Only four states have restrictive gun laws: New York, New Jersey. Massachusetts and Hawaii. But how can four states dispose of a problem that afflicts all 50 states? Fanny Seller: Affairs of State Election Unites Democrats Overtures are being made, and meetings are taking place to try to bring the Democratic party together for a united campaign in the general election. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Rockefeller has met with Joe Powell, president of the West Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, since the primary. The federation has backed Jim Sprouse. Dave Callaghan, one of Rockefeller's political aides, has been meeting with other key people who were active in the campaigns of primary opponents. Callaghan also was the political half of the T. R. Samsell team in the Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Hulett Smith. *· EARLY SIGNS indicate that the federation will back Rockefeller in the fall. It worked for him in 1972. There have been three meetings alone with labor officials and Rockefeller people, based on reliable reports. The federation has a convention in August, and it's possible that there will be some disagreements over which candidates to back at the state and national level. But. if push comes to shove, don't expect the federation to remain neutral. It's support will more than likely go to Rockefeller. Meanwhile, Rockefeller invited the nominees to Board of Public Works offices and their wives to a social gathering in Charleston last weekend. Those who could, attended. Atty. Gen. Chauncey Browning Jr. was on vacation, and Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass wasn't able to attend. Political prognosticators say there is about an 18 per cent anti-Rockefeller vote, but the Democratic party should be able to unify to elect the party's nominee for governor. However, they aren't going to overlook the fact that Gov. Moore might back former Gov. Cecil Underwood, and that sore losers in the Democrat party might sit on the sidelines or back the Republican nominee. There has been some early speculation that Mayor Hutchinson's supporters won't back Rockefeller. But six months before the election is too early to predict the final outcome. *· SHORTS -- A fan of this column says Berry Hutchinson, wife of the mayor, was overheard telling George Sharp in the Hutchinson for Governor headquarters that if Jay Rockefeller won the nomination, she would be available and hoped Sharp would enlist her support for Cecil Underwood. Sharp, who has been Mrs. Hutchinson's personal lawyer for years, wouldn't confirm or deny it. He said he'd welcome the support if Mrs. Hutchinson wanted to back Underwood . . . Cecil Underwood, incidentally, hasn't decided which hat to give George Sharp in the campaign. There had been speculation that Sharp might succeed Tom Potter as Republican state chairman . .. Cecil Underwood has reportedly made overtures to Gov. Moore for the chief executive's assistance in the campaign, but so far has drawn only a blank. Moore has been out of town part of last week, plus the week before, which may account for the lack of response . . . An independent survey around the state indicated that Sen. Hubert Humphrey was slightly ahead of Sen. Robert Byrd as the favorite for president on the Democratic side . . . Del. Martha Wehrle and Del. Lyle Sattes were the only delegates to attend a public Vol. 20, :Vo. 48 Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail June 6, 1976 Page 2E hearing last Thursday of the West Virginia Health Systems Agency, which will establish policy for health care services in the state after July 1 . . . Labor believes it delivered 80,000 to 85.000 votes for Jim Sprouse . . . The Democratic party's Jefferson-Jackson Day fund-raising dinner will be the weekend of Aug. 14 ... Gov. Moore reportedly will name Jim Clowser commissioner of mental health this week when he also announces bids for the multimillion dollar mental health complex in Kanawha County. If Clowser moves from deputy director of administration to commissioner look for some changes . . . »·· THE DEPARTMENT of Mental Health is having to build at least 10 more feet on top of the original foundation design for the mental health complex because the federal government insisted the complex be above the 100-year flood plain to qualify for federal money. That's going to cost another S300.000 to $400.000 . . . The fund raising reception for Jim Sprouse next Sunday is being planned as a gala event, not the expected sad affair for someone who lost. Rudy DiTrapano and Jim Mcln- tyre will be MC's and the plan is to capitalize on funny things that happened in the campaign and poke fun at everybody and everything . . . De'l. Phyllis Given, D-Kanawha, is said to have had a lot of people suggest that she run for the House again on a write-in campaign . . . Democratic State Chairman J. C. Dillon is confronted with making a decision about whether to move the state headquarters from Terrace Park East to Rockefeller's campaign headquarters where there is enough room for other candidates running statewide to use ... U.S. Attorney John Field will be on a panel discussing "How to Conduct a Criminal Trial" at the West Virginia Trial Lawyers meeting in Charleston June 26 ... Back in January a memo was sent by Douglas Skaff to the staff of the Governor's Manpower Office which said: "Due to the misplacement and misuse of toilet tissue in the Governor's Manpower Office, we no longer have a supply. In more common terms, if you would like to bring your own roll, please do so. We will not be able to purchase anymore until February" . . . COMMERCE COMMISSIONER Ralph Albertazzie is going to be campaigning for Jim Sloan, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second D i s t r i c t . . . A federal lawsuit involving well over SI billion has local connections. Michael Masinter, son of Edwin B. Masinter of Charleston, who owns B 7c B Loan Co., which advertises itself as the smallest department store in the world, was one of two lawyers to protest new U.S. Agriculture Department regulations that would take food stamps away from more than 1.66 million families. Young Masinter, when he isn't filing billion dollar law suits, works for a public interest, publicly funded, agency based in Florida. Among other activities, Masinter has been working with and trying to improve the lot of Florida's badly exploited migrant farmers .. . Some professional Democrats not aligned with Jay Rockefeller in the primary have said since the election that no one. including widely popular Sen. Robert Byrd, could have stood up to the organizational and media campaign put on by Rockefeller in the past primary. It was an awesome display of power and money, they say. Rockefeller, however, doesn't believe Byrd is assailable .. . Incidentally, the individual responsible for Rockefeller's volunteer organization was Sally Richardson, and she'll be doing the same in the general election . . . Some Democrats have been trying to get Del. Donald Kopp. D-Harrison. to run again for speaker of the House if Del. Albert Sommerville. D- Webster, decides to run for judge . . The State Senate passed a bill to take care of the 7:30 voting deadline, but the House didn't respond during the 62nd legislature. Senate President William T. Brotherton Jr., D-Kanawha. said he'll reintroduce the bill if Gov. Moore puts the subject on his call to the special session . . . A fund-raising reception for State Auditor John Gates will be held at the Daniel Boone on June 17, sponsored by the "Gates Again Committee." Tickets are S25 each. BEFORE THE primary, some individuals close to Mayor Hutchinson told a reporter that, in reality, they'd be happy with 70,000 to 80.000 votes in the prim ary. He got about 25,000 . .. Del. Charles Polan, D-Cabell, led the ticket in his county . .. Atty. Gen. Chauncey Browning returned last week from a two-week vacation . . . West Virginia is the 14th highest state in the number of members in the Teachers Retirement Fund but it's last in the amount of money invested per each member. There are also more nonteach- ers in the fund than teachers. They include bus drivers, cooks and others in the school system .. . Insurance Commissioner Donald Brown will be attending the National Association of Insurance Commissioners this week in New O r l e a n s . . . Gov. Moore sent a letter dated May 10 to school service personnel, saying he'd asked the legislature to raise their pay and to contact their legislators about it. (Continued on Page 4E.) Letters to the Editor Support Pearson Editor: I was delighted to see vour endorsement of Ron Pearson's candidacy in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. Not only has Pearson brought honesty and integrity to his office, but he had greatly increased the efficiency of the operation. He has worked out the state's cash-flow requirements on a daily basis, and keeps any funds above daily requirements invested. This is one reason that returns on investments are the fourth largest source of state revenue. We do not have all the data we need to make comparisons, but my hunch is that no other state derives as large a proportion of its revenue from investments as West Virginia. Another major accomplishment for which Pearson must be given primary credit is that of upgrading West Virginia's credit rating in the New York financial market. Although Moody's refused, to budge from its Al rating! Standard and Poor's moved West Virginia to a double A just before the last highway bond issue. It is hard to say precisely how much this will save the state of West Virginia over the next 25 years, but it no doubt will make a difference of several million dollars. This improvement came at a time, incidentally, when both Moody's and Standard and Poor's have been downgrading the credit ratings of Eastern states, particularly those in the Northeast. William H. Miernyk, Regional Research Institut-r Morganfown '

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