Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 55
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July 13, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 55

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Sunday Gazette-Mail Letters to the Editor ./" The Page Opposite Elvis Art Nearly Blew Fuse /: Charleston. W.Va. July 13,1975 Page3E Shell Game In State? Editor: Herb Little, Statehouse Notebook columnist, is all wet when he says that the no- deficit provision in the State Constitution has saved the taxpayers money over'the years. He is also saturated with moisture when he refers to revenue surpluses over the past few years. For six years, by clever scheming, the Constitution has been bypassed and current obligations have been incurred and payment deferred for long periods of time. By failure to make ample provision each year for the retirement of road bonds, it became necessary to use large sums of road maintenance and repair money in the State Department of Highways budget to service bond retirement. The department let our roads go to pot for six years. An accumulation of $110 million in vitally needed road work has piled up. Attempting to correct this the State Department of Highways is using borrowed funds. Since the borrowed money is a direct obligation of the SDH budget this merely perpetuates the shortages and adds $70 million to future budget interest payments. By neglecting to make sufficient matching contributions to the teachers retirement fund each of the past six years a deficit of $130 million has been piled up. Withholding of the contributions has caused a loss of $30 million in earned interest to the fund, for effect, the money for unpaid contributions has been used to pay teachers salary raises. What a macabre joke on the instructors--meeting their pay increases out of their own pension fund. Then there is Gov. Moore's solemn promise of "no new taxes and a prompt return to the 1968-69 budget figure'' made in 1969. While this is just a moral obligation failure to carry it out has soaked the taxpayers millions of dollars in extra taxation. To add it all up, while taxes have been doubled during the past six years, even allowing for inflation, there has been achieved a total of unpaid debts and obligations far in excess of the spurious surpluses claimed by the state administration. At the end of every one of the last six fiscal years, current, unpaid obligations exceeded the so-called surpluses. The people of the Mountain State have been slickly skinned by a now-you-see-it and now-you- dpn't shell game. · Frank M. Hazleton. Bellview Station, Fairmont Optimism Up In Soviet, EdstEurope (C) New York Times Service Editor: I am fuming and ready to blow my fuse, so I just had to write you before I completely flip out. I am writing to you concerning the awful picture that your so- called artist Taylor Jones drew for the Sunday Showtime section of your paper of July 6. Honestly this man must be completely nuts or so jealous of Elvis that it has warped his mind... Elvis Presley is not a fat slob like he is depicted in the picture by this so-called artist Jones. I went all the way to Mur T freesboro, Tenn., to see him on May 5 of this year and believe me he is not terribly f a t . . . He is such a dynamic personality and such an entertainer that it is well worth my money each time I see him and a little bit of middle-age tummy is not going to stop my going to see him. But for someone to draw him as this big. fat slob is too much for me to sit back and watch. This man gives his heart to his fans and even though he has not been well this past year, he is still putting his all into his shows for his f a n . . . If he saw this horrible picture, I wouldn't blame him if he called off his concerts in your precious state. No one would blame him, at least not his loyal fans such as myself. I am really ashamed of t h e . . .(paper)... for allowing this picture to be published... From what I've heard West Virginia can use every bit of revenue that they can get. I think Taylor Jones is as lowly a creature as ever has been hatched out. If you ask me, people have a low enough opinion of West Virginia without allowing this to happen... I'll bet that if he doesn't have one already, someday he will have a middle-age spread and I hope it is the watermelon type gut that will make him sorry that he ever drew this picture of Elvis... Mrs. Donna Bavely 107 Powtan Dr., Lynchburg, Va. Jones can be so mean to nun. He is doing West Virginia a big favor. West Virginia has already got enough of a name without someone like the Charleston paper making fun of a man like Elvis. What have you got that is so much better than Elvis, that you can put yourself so far above him? You, as well as myself, should be trying to make West Virginia a better place and correct some of the horrible things that have been said about us. I lived out of West Virginia for 14 years and believe me, I was almost ashamed to move back . . . I have been to Elvis concerts and he is the greatest; believe me, he is anything but fat. You, as the self respecting editor of a newspaper, should either go or see to it that Taylor Jones goes (if they'll let him in) to see Elvis before printing smart, rude, disgusting pictures like you did. This Jones has to be sick to do something like this and I can't believe that the Charleston paper would permit this picture to be published. IF the man can't draw, maybe 1 could give him a hand or even better my seven-year old son would be happy to draw a picture for your next edition of Show- time. I have heard so much lately about your paper and how really mean and rude your reporters have been acting that I have decided to give up your paper. You will probably say so what? Well I have news for you. There are several others up here that have decided the same thing. My advise to you is to print an apology as fast as possible to Elvis and his fans Mary F. Godson, 529 Gatewood Ave., Oak Hill Prejudices Are Seen Editor: I have a few things on my mind and I have to write this letter. The topic, "Elvis Presley." On July 11 and 12 Charlestoni- ans were honored by three performances from the greatest entertainer worldwide, the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. We've never had it so good. For months now I have been reading critical letters or opposing letters about Elvis and I think you are prejudicially doing him wrong. I feel that the radio stations don't play enough of Elvis' music. A few years ago, Tom Jones gave a concert here and a lot of you said Elvis couldn't draw the crowd that Tom Jones had. Lots of you didn't realize just how well Elvis is loved by the people of Charleston and surrounding areas but you found out fast when the three shows were sold out... Taylor Jones' drawing on the from page of Sunday's Showtime showed ignorance on his part. Evidently he wasn't fortunate enough to purchase tickets to the show. After all. that is the reason for all the cynical remarks from the press -- no free tickets. .. I've heard it said that most of the people that bought tickets to see Elvis are 40 or older. Let me assure you I am 23 years old, one of the younger generation.. . I've been a life-long fan of his. I have been to his estate. Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard, Highway 51 Memphis, Tenn., on three different occasions hoping to meet him and some day I will. Elvis Presley is the only entertainer that I spend my money for records and tapes... One thing I'd like to say before I finish this Letter: Elvis recently had a tour in various cities in Virginia. He said he received the warmest welcome from Virginia that he has ever received anywhere. Come on let's show Elvis how well we West Virginians like him and make him.. .want to come back to Almost Heaven. West Virginia. Miss Brenda Sue Metten, Rt. 8 Box 500 H, Charleston Taylor Jones By Taylor Jones Stock Page Disliked Editor: For many years I have been dismayed by the totally inadequate and slipshod treatment of the financial and stock market pages, or more accurately page, in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. Even the "selected" issues normally listed are frequently cut in size, headings are often transposed and poor judgment is shown in what material to include. It is clear your overriding concern is to keep your stock market data to one page. Somebody in the · composition room seems to have authority to chop and cut at his whim, so long as the one page requirement is met. Sunday, June 29, was the final insult. You published stock market data that was one week old, rather than the past week's data. The seriousness of this error should be self event. That the editor and publisher of the Sunday Gazette-Mail have little interest in the financial page of their paper is all too obvious. Otherwise, you would not have tolerated the sloppy, cavalier attitude towards this page that has persisted these many years. In this you are short changing the many readers of your paper who have an interest in the stock market. Is it too much to ask that once a week, the Charleston newspapers publish complete stock exchange listings? After all, other newspapers, serving much smaller communities publish complete stock quotations on a daily basis. Surely the people of the Charleston area have a right to similar expectations. The interest and demand for complete stock listings is clearly present. I find it difficult to believe that the economics of newspaper publishing do not allow this in the Charleston area. If you cannot provide this service at least you could give a full explanation of why not. At a minimum, we are entitled to expect greater care in the composition room P.G. Naylor, 2106 Kanawha Blvd. E, City MOSCOW -- There is cautious but growing optimism among Soviet and East European leaders that the long unfulfilled Marxist prediction of the spontaneous collapse of Western capitalism may finally be at hand. Communist predictions during past economic crises that the collapse of the West was imminent have proven unfounded, so the language currently in use is fairly restrained. But leading economists and political theorists in the Soviet bloc leave no doubt that they believe the current economic crisis in the West is qualitatively different from earlier ones, and that it will be vastly more destructive to Western economic and political traditions than any of its predecessors. Certainly, much of the present Communist reporting on Western economic troubles is intended to improve domestic morale. Such news presumably makes people in European Communist countries feel less unhappy about rising prices in their own area. But more than anything else, there appears to be real satisfaction on the part of governments and their spokesmen that the classical Marxist purists are at last on the verge of vindication. "In order to keep any faith alive," an East European critic of the system said, "you can keep things going for years and decades on words alone, but sooner of later you have to produce a miracle or two proving that your faith is justified. A real collapse in the capitalist West, however partial, would breath new life into Communist theology everywhere." It seems doubtful that the Soviet Union, for one, cares very much what kind of political and economic systems prevail in the United States, at least insofar as their effects on domestic American affairs may be. But the neutralization of the United States by any means, economic or other, would obviously be a boon to the Kremlin. To the extent that the United States and ' its allies are weakened in every way. they are vulnerable to the expansion of the So, viet sphere. Becasse of this, news coming · from the West S. genuinely cheering to many here, and this attitude is expressed in press reporting of Western reverses. Final Straw Noted Editor: You've heard of the straw that broke the camel's back? Well, the July 6 effort by B.S. Palausky broke this readers' endurance and silence. I sincerely hope the Sunday Gazette-Mail delegates Palausky extra jobs more befitting his journalistic talent such as emptying ashtrays and sweeping up at night. Otherwise he must be the most overpaid columnist in Charleston. Palausky is the epitomy of destructive, rather than constructive criticism. That is when his column^even makes sense, often it is sheer drivel. What would the poor man write about if South Charleston did not happen to be the home of an ancient Indian burial mound? This topic has been so beaten to death that if it were not for his latest victim, the South Charleston Fire Department (I hope his house is never on fire) and the so called "cat torture scandal", I'm sure he would be back to where he must have started his writing career, writing graffiti on the' John walls in junior high school. Ex-Mayor Poe, another of Palausky's favorite targets for venting his frustrations, has hardly given up his mayor's seat when the new mayor, Richie Robb begins to feel Palausky's poison pen. Shouldn't he at least give the young man a chance to fall down before he starts kicking? The only person in South Charleston who gets a kind word is "child bride" Shirley, who surely deserves a medal for tolerating such an overbearing bore. There is no doubt in this reader's mind what the initials B.S. stand for in B.S. Palausky. Linda Spadafora, 1066 Greenland Circle, South Charleston Artist Called 'Siefc' Editor: I am writing in reference to your Sunday Showtime picture of Elvis Presley. I think that this is the lowest thing that has ever been done to a great person like Elvis. I am not a kid running after Elvis. I am a griUrn woman with grown children. It hurt me when I looked at that picture. Elvis has been so good to people that needed help and yet someone like this Taylor Semi-Annual Storewide \\ Nothing's changed but the price!" Men's Tropical, Vested, Year-Round, Trio Suits 99 10Q99 to ia Regularly *110 to *155 Your choice of over 1000 Famous Name suits, including Kingsridge, Arthur Richards, Yves St. Laurent, Cricketeer, Johnny Carson, and our own exclusive Barrister Collection. 100% texturized polyester, polyester and wool, linen blends in solids, checks, plaids and stripes. Tremendous selection in regulars, shorts, longs and extra longs. Special Group. 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