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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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Hit-and-Run FANNY SEILER: Affairs of State Shadowboxing Around The special legislative session last week was like watching a shadowboxing match. Only occasionally did anyone make reference to the real issue. All the maneuvering, either parliamentary or in oral arguments, was really an effort by Democrats to keep from getting in a box that would force them to raise taxes, and an effort by Republicans to get what Gov. Moore wanted, which Democrats feared might force a tax increase. Moore sent a long list of projects to the legislature he wanted funded before June 30 from a $13 million surplus. Republicans -- particularly House M i n o r i t y Leader George Seibert and Del. Judith Herndon, both of Ohio County, and Del. James Teets of Preston County -- tried to get bills passed to provide the funding. With three of the dissident Democrats on the finance committee generally going along with the Republicans present, the bills eventually got to the floor of the House. (They were committee Chairman Harry Pauley, D-McDowell, Gino Colombo, D- Harrison and Thomas Mathis, D-Logan.) For two days, however, Democrats loyal to Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, fought in parliamentary battle to keep the bills in the finance Charleston, West Virginia, May 26,1974 Page 2C Vol.18 i\o.21 4 Fighting Irish,' Too ;C Americans of Polish descent, bat~ tered by a ceaseless c u r r e n t of V "Polish jokes," occasionally counter ' by remarking that Copernicus was a Pole, and what do you say to that, - B u s t e r ? .;· .The nearest dictionary at this mo- · ment is Webster's New World Diction- ·~ ary of the American Language. It con- Let Agnew Act Part When Spiro Agnew talked about law and order he made clean distinctions between Good and Evil. When he talked about welfare problems, he made it clear that he wanted poor people to act like poor people. We want crooks to act like crooks, and we're burned up by Agnew's present willingness to trade commercially on his betrayal of the trust of the American people. He is using his name and former position to make every dollar he can, and if estimates are correct, he will make a million from his novel, soon to be published in nearly 30 countries. Agnew is barred from the practice of law, and no one expects him to turn to the welfare programs whose recipients he once derided. But we don't expect a disgraced vice president to make a million dollars out of his criminal conduct, either. firms that Copernicus, Nicolaus, was, indeed, "a Polish astronomer". The brand new Encyclopedia Britannica similarly declares Copernicus to be a Pole. "Copernicus," the Britannica says, "was born on Feb. 19, 1473, at Torun, near the Vistula River in eastern Poland, where his father was a merchant of social standing." Germans aren't so sure of this. Germany isn't anti-Poland. It's just that a lot of Germans think Copernicus was one of their own. In Milwaukee, where great numbers of Polish and German families reside, a gentlemanly debate is being conducted in the letters columns of the Milwaukee Journal. A German contender has taken the last word -- so far. He says the matter hinges on the location of the city of Torun, and proceeds to locate it in Germany. The city was founded in 1231 by the Teutonic Order, was colonized by Germans, and was at the time of the birth of Copernicus, a flourishing member of the Hanseatic League, a German intercity mercantile association. Even Cracow, where Copernicus studied, is declared to have been a German city and the Journal's correspondent turns a neat trick by attributing the declaration to a Polish historian, Jan Ludzisco. The city was destroyed by the Tartar invasion in 1241 and restored to prosperity by a Still Way With Will · . As we learned prior to April 15, the return envelopes sent with the West Virginia income tax returns were too . small to accommodate the tax form. Or the tax form was too large for the envelope. Some taxpayers forced the form into the envelope, not overly concerned with unsightly bulges. Others used scissors to trim the forms to fit. All wondered why the State Tax De- Apartment couldn't match forms to envelopes. . Our comments on the above matter -have produced another complaint against another agency of state gov- ;ernment. Why, asks a reader, can't the automobile registration cards sent out by the Department of Motor Vehicles be of a size to fit the standard wallet? If Motor Vehicles responds that the card is supposed to be kept in the car, not on the driver's person, our correspondent has the answer to that, too. Many people use old transparent wallet pockets to preserve registration cards attached to car sun visors. Motorcyclists, of course, have to keep them on their persons. Anyway, the registration cards formerly could be scissored to size. This year, printed matter covers them so completely that scissoring won't help. They have to be folded. There is hope. Bakers and meat packers finally got together on a problem that might be considered similar in nature. For many years, the number of wieners in a standard package didn't match the number of hot dog buns in a standard package. Now they match, more often than not. Where there is a will there is a way. r huge influx of German colonists, Lud- zisco wrote. Cracow, too, was a member of the Hanseatic League. Warming to the task, the letter writer next asserted that Copernicus spoke only German and Latin, never Polish, and in his latter years was elected as counselor to the Bishop oi Ermland in Prussia, an office that required German birthright, according to another Polish historian, Jan Was- jutynski. We have no comment, although a natural attachment to the underdog's position aligns us with the Poles. We suggest that if they are backed into a corner they produce Ignace Paderewski. How many persons of any nationality have ever been world famous pianists and prime ministers at the same time? No, you can't count Harry Truman. And as an argument to be held in reserve, what about all those great athletes on the "Fighting Irish" football... team of the University of Notre Dame? Pet Control Biggest Ache Most complaints from citizens to their municipal governments, according to a survey of mayors and councilmen by the National League of Cities, are about dog and other pet control problems. We would have put dogs up near the top but guessed that chuckholes in the streets would be No. 1. It was No. 4. But mayors and councilmen believe, according to the survey, that dogs and chuckholes are minor irritants. Their most difficult chores are zoning and budgeting, in that order. The mayors and councilmen rank the major problems facing them this way: Zoning, budgeting, establishing growth policies, developing new city programs, refuse and solid waste disposal, law enforcement, streets, fiscal and tax policies, public transit, and revenue sharing. As you can see, the people who run the cities have problems which makes a complaint about an unleashed dog seern petty, indeed. But a lot of things depend upon the point of view. The householder who sees his carefully nurtured plantings ruined by somebody else's dog isn't in a frame of mind to concentrate on the city budget. committee because the 1974-75 budget hadn't been approved, and there wasn't enough money for the budget in March to satisfy the House which defeated the budget bill. »· MISS Herndon would move to report a bill out and Teets would second it -- or Teets would move and Miss Herndon would second. Then Del. Gust Brenda, D- Hancock, would likely move to adjourn and Miss Herndon would call for a rollcall vote to put everybody on record. Sometimes the committee adjourned and sometimes it would recess, depending on how many votes one side or the other had in the committee meeting at the time. Finally, Del. Larkin Ours, R-Grant, made a little speech on the floor of the House. He said the Governor had set priorities, which the chief executive had a right to do, and the legislature could either raise taxes or prepare a budget within the revenue estimated by the Governor. Moore's revenue estimates, however, strike the Democratic leadership in the legislature as being very conservative. Even if the state has a $23 million surplus -- which the speaker maintains -- unless Gov. Moore raises his revenue estimates to put the surplus in the estimates, the legislature can't spend it. And when it comes to taxes, Republicans stop sticking together and most join the majority party in opposing an increase. ? *· SHORTS - Del. Jody Smirl, R-Cabell, won't withdraw from the 5th Senatorial District race until the Wayne County executive committee fills two vacancies on the senatorial district executive committee which must name her replacement. Mrs. Smirl has to move from the district because her husband was promoted by the Chessie System. The family hopes to live in Martinsburg, although his office will be in Maryland. Billy Campbell is rumored as the likely successor to Mrs. Smirl to oppose Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell. Nelson and Campbell ran that race four years ago. . . Col. Lawrence Craft was admitted last week to Charleston Memorial Hospital for surgery. Craft is on sick leave although he has announced he is retiring soon from the Department of Public Safety. . . The Purchasing, Practices and Procedures Commission reportedly voted to turn over the staff investigation of B a n k i n g Commissioner George Jordan's expense accounts to Kanawha County's Patrick Casey for the grand jury. . . With United Mine Workers Union President Arnold Miller present in the balcony Friday the House passed a resolution asking the federal government to stop coal imports. The House Rules Committee didn't report the same resolution out in regular session, but it was a little different ballgame after the primary election. Del. Ernest Moore, D-McDowell, who led the ticket for Democratic nominees to the House in his district in the primary with COMPAC backing, sponsored the resolution. . . ^ ONE of the main subjects under consideration during spare time at the special legislative session was the speaker's race. Don Kopp, D-Harrison, was reportedly picking up support, and Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, had all the Democrats in his office to talk about his bid to keep the position. There was one missing link, about 20 new members to be elected in November. . . Del. Tony Whitlow, D- Mercer, was unable to attend the special session because he couldn't geta leave of absence from his job. . . Del. Ivan White, D-Boone, feels COM- PAC is a disaster, and if he had to do it over again he wouldn't vote for the $80,000 for COMPAC as a member of the UMW international board. Darryl Ely is employed at $915 a month in the Department of Employment Security, but it's hard to find him in his office... Employment Security Commissioner Clem Bassett must be in his office sometime, but it's never when I call for him which has been several times in the last few weeks. . . There are complaints that Madge Richardson in the office of Emergency Services prepares her meals in the state office and even stays nights. R.L. Weekly, who's in charge, confirms she probably does have some clothes in the closet at the office, but says she spends a lot of her time working and may be in the office from 5 a.m. to II p.m. . . . Ralph Brown, former Democratic sheriff in Preston County, has a good chance of being elected to the House of Delegates in the new district which includes a few magisterial districts in Preston with all of Monongalia County. . . House Finance Committee Chairman Harry Pauley, D- McDowell, came in last in his home district in the primary election, and carried two precincts in the district. . . · DEL. Robert Stone, R-Monongalia, became the father of a baby boy last week... House Majority Leader T.E. Myles, D-Fayette, reportedly has had some offers to be a lobbyist since his primary loss... Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell, says he didn't accept COMPAC donations since he's employed by the UMW. . . Sen. Ralph Williams, D-Greenbrier, says his policy was simple on accepting campaign donations, he didn't accept any. . . Del. James Copenhaver, R-Kanawha, says the wives of nine state policemen transferred recently belonged to the wives association which pushed for a pay raise for their husbands. One of the policemen also was the head of the FOP in the South Charleston headquarters. It might have been a coincidence the men were transferred, but that's not how they feel in the field. . . Jack Catalano, Democratic nominee for Kanawha County Court, Jack Pauley, county clerk and Assessor Dempsey Gibson were in Las Vegas after the primary. . . The rumor is that three persons employed at Weston State Hospital may be leaving after July 1, so as not to be dismissed... Mrs. Doris Crigger, Republican nominee for the House of Delegates, visited the House Judiciary Committee to see it LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Nader Careless Editor: Nobody looks forward to challenging Ralph Nader, but the considerable inaccuracies and misimpressions in his recent column on the Georgia Power Project (GPP) demand that the record be set straight. Mr. Nader identifies GPP as a "citizens' group," implying wide public support, though their numbers are few. He fails to give the project's definition of itself, "We are socialists, working toward a time when the company will be run and managed by its workers and consumers. We believe this is necessary also for many other economic and political institutions which so dominate our lives." We believe that Georgia Power Co. is far more representative and responsible to the citizens of Georgia than they. For the record, Georgia Power Co. serves over one million customers throughout the state of Georgia, including many rural and municipal power systems. Our rates are some 20 per cent below the national average for investor- owned utilities. For the future, we are investing billions to meet our customers' needs. The project, on the other hand, has done little but obstruct. It is ridiculous to state that the GPP started in response to "the continuous rate increases" and rubber-stamping of Georgia Power Company's wishes by the Public Service Commission. Quite the contrary. After decades of reducing rates, the company in 1971 asked for rate relief and received barely over half the amount needed. That single rate hearing was certainly no rubber stamp. The company was obliged to file again in 1972 and first encountered the GPP. We doubt they were singularly responsible for the fact that Georgia Power received only $17.8 million of that $47.9 million request. It appears instead that the commission did not believe we needed that much. The cutbacks in the 1971 and 1972 cases led in early 1973 to the suspension of two hydroe- lectric and two nuclear projects vitally needed to meet future energy needs. The commission, in granting most of our request last December, noted that "1973 earnings were insufficient to assure the company's ability to finance those projects at reasonable cost." If we accept the GPP's boast that it helped block rate relief, then they helped add some $50 million to the cost of those delayed facilities. This cost, due to inflation, didn't have to happen. Other points are too complex to settle here, but we must take exception to the fol: lowing: 1. The labeling as "sleight of hand" the inclusion of future plant construction investments in the rate base. Without means to finance these hundreds of millions of dollars, it would become impossible for electric utilities to build and the public would face eventual shortages. 2. The contention that advertising and donations are designed "to strengthen the company's political power." The right to advertise is basic to the American system; the commission recognizes this. The project's view leaves only, spokesmen such as themselves to promote distorted views and information. 3. The challenge to our growth projections. The project accepts projections of others because they are lower. Yet we are the only one obligated to provide service and we would be unable to use these future plants if the projected d e m a n d were not there. The others lose nothing if they're wrong; those we serve have much more to lose and no recourse if we err. 4. The incorrect claim of a Federal Communications Commission ruling in their favor on the Fairness Doctrine. The facts are: The project challenged two Georgia TV stations on the doctrine. As a result, the FCC asked the stations to respond and each offered to let the project's spokesmen appear. 5. The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the commission's rate decision, but, it warned that "adjustments in JENKIN L. JONES Real Tragedy The saddest fallout of Watergate has little to do with Richard Nixon. It has little to do with the wounded mystique of the American presidency, lacerated by the incredibly crass and profane musings engraved upon the tapes. The real tragedy is that it stopped in its tracks a rolling and greatly overdue counterrevolution against "liberal" philosophies that had been pretty generally in control of the country for 40 years. Let it not be forgotten that Sen. George McGovern, who represented a logical extension of this philosophy, took a shellacking in the electoral college exceeded only by the Alf Landon debacle. Although the Democratic majority in Congress came out of the '72-j election in good shape, it did so only because most of its members scuttled and ran from the party standard-bearer. Thus in the dawn's early light on postelection day with only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia floating on gray and empty seas, it appeared that the end of the tax- tax, spend-spend,elect-elect formula was at hand. Then came the growing revelations of Watergate and all was apparently restored. The President, struggling for survival, lost any sembl- anpe of cohesive conservative policy and compromised all over the place. The rampant liberals have been in paroxysms of joy. The bright prospects loom of a veto-proof Congress next fall, cast in the McGovern mold, after all. And the nation's conservatives, red-faced at the deleted expletives, are bickering among themselves and apparently in full retreat. Yet W a t e r g a t e w i l l not make basic liberal theories right. Only time would test in action. Her brother-in-law -- Del. Ervin Queen, D-Logan -- is vice chairman of the committee. . . Del. Pam Shuman, D-Brooke, ran a good race in her district for the primary. Her uncle -- Bill Watson, former Democratic state chairman -- may have been able to help her. . . Bill Loy tallied about 15 votes less than Del. Robert Harman, R-Mineral, in the same precincts although both were unopposed in the primary. Loy came in about 10 votes behind Sen. C.N. Harman, R-Taylor, in precincts in that senatorial district, where both men were unopposed... Del. Jody Smirl, who was unopposed for the State Senate in the 5th District, was the biggest Republican vote getter in Wayne County where some other Republicans were also unopposed on the ticket May 14. rate base. '.. historically considered reasonable are rate- making devices that may border on constitutional confiscation." 6. Mr. Nader's statement that Georgia Power's rate structure discriminates against residential customers and encourages w a s t e f u l usage by industry and commerce. Rates are based on cost to serve by a publicly elected regulator. We cannot accept Mr. Nader's personal opinion as more valid than that of a duly elected commission served by a professional staff. Mr. N a d e r ' s audience should recognize his approach as careless. If corporations were as insensitive to opposing points of view and as mindless of facts as he is proving to be, there would be more serious public issues to be settled. Donald C. Deaton Director Public Information Advertising Georgia Power Atlanta, Ga. Thanks for'Health' Editor: May I congratulate and thank the Sunday Gazette- Mail on its wonderful messages, the "ABC's of Health." It is very helpful to read of perhaps the most important part of one's living and chat is health. I could go on and on but I am sure all know the blessings of good health, especially that "well-being" feeling. The one about cigarettes and the way carbon monoxide replaces oxygen while smoking. I have a theory that perhaps cancer is the death of cells due to improper nutrition and lack of oxygen. Why do the cells die. Why the mutations? The articles on vitamins and minerals were two wonderful ones. I read my bread labels very closely now as Roman .Meal, to get the most in vitamins and minerals. Thanks a million for the "ABC's of Health." Fred Coleman, 128 Kent St., City them. And if they are wrong -- or mostly wrong -- time will catch up to them. There is good reason to believe that they,are mostly wrong, and that when the agony of Watergate fades into history the d i s e n c h a n t m e n t which produced the Nixon landslide will reassert itself. A veto-proof left-liberal Congress could be a one-time thing. »· WHICH OF THE liberal theories has worked? Why has dependency risen steadily in the face of record outlays for relief and social service? Where has busing improved school performance or added to racial goodwill? What has been the history of inflation as the nation has locked itself into steadily escalating Great Society pro- Cont. on Page 3C.

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