Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 13
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July 20, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 13

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l«u. 1*75 ECOND ROXT Page IB Flood Protection Study Authorized by Moore TAc Fre«i Visiting Pennsylvanians glide across Coonskin Park's pond. Mr. and Mrs. Pat Pechunka of Uniontown were in Charleston Saturday visiting friends. Their friends's dog, Brandy, decided to trail the pedal boat. He apparently changed his mind. (Staff Photo by Leo Chabot) s Office Scandal Gov. Moore has authorized a study to determine if small watershed dams could provide adequate flood protection for Lewis County. The approval came following months of efforts by the Upper West Fork River Watershed Assn. to have such a study conducted as an alternative to the planned Stonewall Jakkson Lake project. The association, made up largely of land owners in the area to be covered by the dam, claimed the lake would destroy hundreds of acres of valuable farm land and would provide no more fllod protection than the inexpensive smaller dams. » THE LEWIS COUNTY Chamber of Commerce contends that the smaller, more inexpensive dams, would not provide the recreational or water supply advantages of the larger dam. . In a letter to Kenneth Parker, president of the watershed association, Gov. Moore said the study would be carried out by the water resources division of the Department of Natural Resources. The Weston Independent said the announcement came as approval neared on a feasibility study 'to be carried out by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. "Speculation is that Gov. Moore approved the study and charged the sta^ agency to carry it out when approval of the study to be carried out by the federal government was immiment," the Independent said. "Nevertheless," said Parker, "we're delighted that approval has finally been given." »· IN ORDER TO PROCEED, the $85.7 million Stonewall Lake project needs only the Governor's signature on a cost-sharing recreational contract between the State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and settlement of a federal suit brought against the project. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks a temporary injunction against fur- ther action by the Corp and asks that another environmental impact statement be submitted. It claims the first impact statement was "vague, incomplete, misleading, erro neous, and filed in perfunctory and conclu- sionary language" in "noncomplianct with regard" to federal guidelines." Water Resources Action, Not Study, Urged The Kanawha County Planning Commission wants action, not further studies, on water resources management in the Kanawha Valley area, the commission has told the Army Corps of Engineers. In a letter to Col. Scott B. Smith, district engineer at Huntington, commission president Robert E. Flint said "an overriding desire of the commissioners is for implementation of various river bank erosion measures, construction of recreational accesses, marinas, etc., rather than further studies." Following a meeting last week, Flint said "this will be the principal recommendation to our congressional delegation relating to further expenditures involving the Kanawha Valley area." Flint told Col. Smith that the commission "is the most firm in its position relating to conduct of population, housing and similar socio-economic studies." He said three or four such studies are already under way calling for this data. "Let's stop paying for repeating ourselves over and over, as well as creating another series of 'differences of opinion on data' that we have experienced in the past," Flint added. After reviewing a proposed study plan by the corps, the commission asserted it was "so broadly described it is difficult to envision the end product." It recommended that specific descriptions of projects be used. »· THE COMMISSION also recommended to the Corps that the urban study portion be expanded to include Boone and Clay counties as well as Kanawha and Putnam. Many of the water resource problems of the Charleston metropolitan area originate in either Boone or Clay counties, the commission said. The commission opposed another recreation survey, claiming that existing studies should be utilized, and it recommended that greater emphasis be placed on storm drainage problems, stream dredging and related needs of the region. The commission suggested the establishment of an Urban Study Management Board to assume responsibility for conduct and management of the water resources study. flight Have Been Centennial By Herb Little The Auociated Pren If it had broken a few months later, the state treasurer's office scandal centering on ex-treasurer,John H. Kelly,,and four bankers indicted with him would have been a centennial of sorts. One hundred years ago next January, West Virginia's fourth treasurer, John S. Burdett of Taylor County, was convicted in a State Senate impeachment trial and removed from office. As far as can be determined in admittedly hasty research for this column, Burdett remains the only state-elected official in West Virginia history ousted from office by impeachment. His trial took place in Wheeling, then the state capital. LATE IN 1875,,the House of Delegates voted articles of impeachment oh.;corruption charges against Burdett and State Auditor Edward A. Bennett of Marion County. Their successive Senate trials, first Burdett's and then Bennett's, extended from December 1875 to February 1876. Presiding was Judge Alpheus Raymond, State Supreme Court president. Statehouse Note Book LITTLE With more than the required two-thirds majority, the Senate on Jan. 29, 1976, found Burdett guilty by a 19-4 vote on two of the 21 articles of impeachment that had been voted by the House. The Senate found it "unnecessary to pass upon the remaining articles." The Not-So-Good Earth Always on Sunday bv'TVrrv Marshal The House had voted eight articles of impeachment against Bennett. Two were subsequently dismissed. In February 1876, the Senate found Bennett not guilty on the remaining six articles and he completed his term. Burdett and Bennett were both Democrats. Then as now, both legislative chambers were Democrat-controlled. The impeachment articles against Burdett involved alleged arrangements with banks in Charleston, Charles Town, Parkersburg and Lewisburg, none of which is still in existence. It was charged that Burdett guaranteed to maintain certain amounts of state funds on deposit in the banks in return either for bank payments to him or loans to his son, who was chief clerk in the treasurer's office. While events almost 100 years later make this history sound somewhat familiar, no impeachment is involved in the Kelly case. Kelly resigned from office a few days before he pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore this month to extortion, bribery and mail fraud and pleaded no-contest to an additional mail fraud count. ACCORDING TO State Tax Commissioner Richard L. Dailey, talk about legislation to exempt this year's federal income tax rebates from the state personal income tax is needless wheelspinning. As Dailey reads the state income tax law -- and he's the man who administers it -- the one-time federal rebates are already exempt. While this is not true in some other states which impose state income taxes, Dailey says "West Virginia has no concern." Last week, House of Delegates Speaker Lewis N. McManus, D-Raleigh, said he was having a bill prepared to exempt the rebates from state on 1975 income. Instant It Happened Last year was my first venture in gardening. Before that, I had never grown anything but crabgrass. I rented a tiller, plowed up my backyard, waited until my blisters healed, bought some seeds and planted. In just z matter of days, plants began to appear in that little patch of plowed-up earth in my backyard. I was elated. I battled slugs and creeping grass and birds to keep those little plants struggling along. I patted them and talked to them and kissed them and pulled the blades of grass away from their healthy, growing bodies. *· BUT THE SUN was merciless. It beat down "upon my struggling garden. I had to water it every other day. But the heat was winning. The struggling plants began to wither. The crabgrass kept coming back to attack. A week away on vacation spelled the end of the garden. Between the sun and the crabgrass, I ev- 'entaally lost all my vegetables. Except the radishes. The red ones and white ones sur. vived everything. And they multiplied. I - pulled dozens of radishes a day from the garden of withered plants and blooming crabgrass. My family learned to hate radishes. But they kept growing. I teamed to hate rad- Uites. I tried to stomp them out But they kept growing. "* Radishes and crabgrass. That's all I could grow. THIS YEAR I TRIED again. While digging and planting I said little prayers about getting some rain this year and a cure for crabgrass. I must have prayed too hard. It started raining and kept raining. Crabgrass and radishes thrive on rain. Corn and beans and cucumbers and carrots don't. My onions drowned. My turnips were strangled by the thriving crabgrass. Slugs attacked my beets. The more grass I pulled, the more the rain washed it back into the garden. A month ago, I surrendered. Last week, however, I looked out the window at the backyard, at a garden where the crabgrass was four-feet high. And what a surprise I got. There was corn growing, reaching, towering above the crabgrass. Somehow, it survived after I had stopped talking to it and kissing it and patting it. It had learned to live with the crabgrass. We've been eating delicious, golden corn for the past few days (It does have a grassy flavor, but it's still good). And this past Friday, while wandering in the grassy jungle, plucking corn from the stalks, I saw another strange plant popping above the grass. I struggled to pull it out. On the end of the plant was a five-pound, white radish. I'm going to save it in the refrigerator, stem at* all. And next year, Til use it to club the crabgrass. Wesley an 9 s Gas Well Nonproducer BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Wesleyan's effort to save on utility bills by drilling its own natural gas well ended in disappointment. The firm's well, located on college property near the school, was dry, authorities said. The college had hoped to find a gas supply in the Benson sand layer that would supply from 40-50 per cent of the school's annual need. Wesleyan now pays $117,000 annually for gas. But the well it drilled wouid not produce enough to supply a small home, authorities said. "The odds of hitting an average producing well are about 9-11 for this area," said Kirk Treible of the college's development office. College officials had hoped that the $45,000 investment in the well would produce $500.000 worth of gas during the lifetime of the well. oth* wells. "Without victory there is no survival," Winston Churchill said of another war, another time. During the cruel winter of 1950 the South Korean people, fleeing southward before a locustlike swarm of Chinese Communists in a war that does not promise victory, learn that survival is sufficient when there is nothing else, nothing at all, and life itself worth any risk. After four months of fighting, the North Koreans have been pushed all the way back to their Chinese border, the Yalu River, and Gen. Douglas MacArthur has promised his men they will be home by Christmas. Instead, winter comes to the mountains and bleak fields of North Korea not only with bitter cold but also with chilling toigies and whistles and the brazen clang of cymbals as the Chinese horde pours across the Yalu; by Christmas the U. N. forces will be in headlong retreat. t Pyongyang in earlywecember, amid the cries and confusion of frantic evacuation, Associated Press photographer Max Desfor finds a pontoon bridge across the icy Taedong River still intact. He hitches a ride across in a crowded jeep with other correspondents and on reaching the far side heads downriver. Suddenly he stops; his eyes not believing the sight he sees. Across the jagged skeleton of a bombed- out bridge thousands of refugees are crawling like ants, but slowly, so slowly, each carrying a pitiful bundle. Some have fallen into the nearly frozen water below. Others cling to the twisted girders motionless, exhausted beyond endurance, perhaps dead. In wartime the word "refugee" tends to lose its significance, merely another category among numbing lists of ever increasing numbers -- dead, wounded, missing: rarely, in fact, are numbers of refugees accurately known, rarer still their misery appreciated. Desfor leaps from the jeep and runs out on the slippery bridge as far as he dares, a drop of 50 feet between him and the water. He shoots four pictures and makes the statistics of the homeless forever real. Max Desfor parachuted with his camera deep in North Korea and by the time he made his way south to Pyongyang he had seen.war's cruelties as close as one can. He is an expert on misery. Still, the sight of the refugees crawling across the bridge stuns him. "Those poor, miserable souls," he whispers.'He cannot help them. There is no purpose in remaining- He makes his way to an airfield, asks the pilot of the last plane leaving to take his film to Tokyo, then helps the retreating army burn the field.- That done. Desfor rejoins the troops trudging south. His picture was published DOL 5. 1950. 7 *

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