Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 13
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 13

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 2, 1974
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Don't Look Now, But There's no scarcity of reading matter in Kanawha County's Coonskin Park. These signs were spotted on a late-spring drive through the park. For fun-seekers who may overlook a warning or two, the park is equipped with guards who are quick to remind violators that they are breaking rules of the recreation area. Hello, New Jersey Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Unless someone has been stonewalling me silly and lying to boot, I think I can give some nasty rumors a decent burialv As far as I can learn (my investigative equipment includes only an ear to the ground, eye on the ball and nose to the grindstone) West Virginia will not, I repeat not, be building its own nuclear strike capability. A bunch of smart alecks around and about were buzzing that this was really the top-secret aim of Our Governor's trip to China -- nuclear bombs. They said he was going to use (with modifications) some of my plans of several years ago for bait. These were successful in bringing Ohio and Michigan to their knees. Surely you all can recall those That's where we slip a bunch of Mountain Staters in as advance forces and then after a suitable period offer to send them a lot more if they don't give us new industries and many, many tourists, or cash. ANYWAY, THESE wise guys were saying that Our Governor planned to threaten the Chinese along similar but even more skin-crawling lines. He was, they said, going to tell the Chinese how West Virginia's Air National Guard planes would parachute the entire state legislature into all sections of China. The legislators would then form welcoming committees for groups from such places as Huntington, Beckley and Wheeling. Everyone would be equipped with leaflets explaining how Detroit, once known as the shiny-car capital of the world, is now Mo-Murder-Town. (In fact, some say this is why the legislature is trying to avoid contact with Our Governor.) . Another spine-tingling threat consisted of smuggling in a couple of million pairs of steel-studded sandals for the guys doing guard duty on the Great Wall of China. Our Governor was said to be ready to prove that the studs would change the Great Wall into the Great Trench within 438 days, give or take a couple of hours. Another stomach-gurgling threat he supposedly was to make was one where he Mas prepared to give them Marshall Univ- ersity -- lock, stock and student body -with no strings attached. BY GUM AND BY GOLLY, I'm here to tell you that Our Governor, as far as I can find out, was not finagling around for his own nuclear bomb plans. Ask yourself: "In West Virginia, who needs it?" Where would we even find a place to test it? 'if it was exploded in the unpopulated areas, no one could tell how much it was tearing up because the strip miners have already been there. And, no politician in his right mind would drop it on a big population center like West Dunbar or East Nitro because those places are full of voters. On the other hand if it were dropped on Campbells Creek or Loudendale it would only make those folk feel very irritated. That would be dangerous. . .. ·· THE ONLY SINISTER motive I can see in Our Governor's trip at this point in time has got to do with remaining in office for term a f t e r t e r m a f t e r term a f t e r term. . . . In fact, I can practically see him sidling up to Mao Tse-tung and murmuring little questions into the age-wrinkled ear about how to hang in there year after year after year, etc. For now, I plan to bide my time and to keep one eye on the Great Kanawha River. I know that one day soon I will look at the river and see: *0ur swim-finned and water-winged Governor paddling upstream at the head of ranks and ranks of DAR ladies, Legionnaires, Junior Leaguers, Sunday School- ers, Girl and Boy Scouts, Libbers, strippers, Huntingtonians, and others. . . . »-A tarpon-fishing boat with a be-feathered and be-haloed Lysander Dudley dangling off a shark hook over the center of the ranks of swimmers. »-And A. James Manchin on a wrecker- equipped houseboat dipping out stragglers and lousy swimmers. . . . That night I will shave my head to the bone apd sneak across the border into New Jersey: I-MAIL Charkt".., W. Va., June 2, 1974 ECOND RONT Staff Photos By Ferrell Friend Residence Rules Suit Readied By Herb Little The Associated Press An adversely affected candidate is preparing a State Supreme Court challenge of residence restrictions in the 1973 House of Delegates reapportionment act. C. Bruce Secrist of Martinsburg has retained a lawyer to file suit to compel Secretary of State Edgar F. Heiskell III to certify Secrist as a Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates from the 35th Delegate District. The lawyer, Jerome Radosh, said he expects to appear before the Supreme Court June 11 to present the petition on Secrist's behalf. Radosh said he would contend the residence restriction as to the 35th District unconstitutionally denied Secrist a nomination in the primary election last month. The 1973 act, including the residence restrictions, has been upheld by a three- judge federal district court panel, but it has not been tested in state courts. »- THE ACT reallocated the 100 House seats among 36 delegate districts. As to nine of the districts, there are residence restrictions, all very much alike, to preserve a chance for small-population counties to elect delegates in districts which also include much larger counties; Berkeley and Morgan counties and one r^tosterial district of Jefferson County comprise the 35th District under the act. The district is assigned three delegates. Under the residence restriction, no more than two of those elected, and no more than two of each party's nominees, may be from the same county. In the May 14 voting for Democratic nominations in the 35th, the top three vote totals, in order, were for Paul L. Hoover, Joseph E. Caudle and Secrist, all residents of Berkeley County. Although Secrist ran third district-wide, Statehouse the residence restriction denied him the third nomination. As things stand, the third nominee is Terry T. Harden of Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, who ran fourth among the five candidates. This was one of four instances in which residence restrictions changed the outcomes of House races in the primary from what they would have been if based on vote totals alone. THE LEGAL precedents appear to be against Secrist in challenging the residence restrictions. While such provisions as to House elections are new, similar restrictions affecting elections of state senators, county courts and county boards of education have withstood successful challenge for many years. In two cases, these restrictions are laid down by the stale Constitution. It says that, in a multicounty senatorial district, the district's two state senators may not be from the same county. It also says that no more than two of the three commissioners of a county court may be from the same magisterial district. By statute, no more than two of the five members of a county board of education may be elected from the same magisterial district. -*··· «*4*-

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