Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 21
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August 13, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 21

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Don't Relent On POWs -Randolph The Associated Press Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W. Va told friends and relatives of Vietnam war POW-MIAs Saturday the nation must not relent in its efforts to obtain release of Americans held captive in Southeast Asis. "Until these imprisoned Americans are freed, let us not falter in our work to overcome the barriers of secrecy and to insure that our prisoners in Indochina receive the humane treatment demanded by civilized nations," Randolph said. The Democratic senator, participating in a picnic and rally held at Coonskin p ark for West Virginia POWs and MIAs, said, "The people of the United States have been divided over the conduct of the war itself but Americans are against using these imprisoned countrymen as pawns in the 'game of war.' " Randolph said he has been voting to limit funds for the Vietnam War "for withdrawal purposes only--but always W M the provise that neither the fund withholding nor the withdrawal of our forces be effected unless and until our prisoners of war have been released." The West Virginia Air National Guard sponsored the picnic and rally. Friday night, campaigning at St. Marys in Pleasants County Randolph told a Democratic dinner meeting that the selection of Sargent Shriver as the Democratic vice presidential candidate "will significantly strengthen the Democratic ticket in West Virginia and nationally." Randolph, who is challenged in his re-election bid this year by Republican State Sen. Louise Leonard of Harpers Ferry, said Shriver "has substantial appeal in West Virginia" because of his campaigning here in 1960 for the late President Kennedy. GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, W. Fa., A W- 13 i ECOND RONT * IB FRUSTRATION Gaiety Lacking From Picnic Held by Families Of State POWs, MIAs, But Points Put Across SEN. JENNINGS RANDOLPH Expresses Concern Conditions at Weston: Legislators Are Culprits By Robert C. Welling The Associated Press All 131 members of the legislature should have toured Weston State Hospital this past week, instead of just three members of the Institutional Reorganization Interim Committee. One can't help but be both ashamed 1 and depressed walking through ward after ward and realizing that 1 per cent of the state's population must live under such conditions. *· THROUGHOUT the three-hour tour and conference with hospital officials, the legislators insisted, "Now we're tot on a witchhunt." Even if it was a witchhunt, the only logical conclusion was that the culprit is the legislature. The hospital just isn't getting enough money for basic needs. Budget surpluses spent for roof repair and rewiring are fine and necessary, but Statehouse Notebook a 100-year-old hospital with a population of 1,254, that has been neglected for years, needs lots of money. Patients in mental hospitals aren't there for punishment or for any wrong they've done to society. They deserve a decent living no matter what their mental condition. Decent means adequate clothing, pleasant surroundings, good food and people to give attention and care. "It's upsetting as you walk through the halls and see the patients just sitting around in trance-like conditions or lying on beds that don't begin to look comfortable. The wards frequently are smelly and not clean. Many patients never leave them. The staff is friendly, courteous and hard 1 working. There just isn't enough of them. The lawmakers like to boast that the institution has a $5.5 million operating budget this year compared to $5.2 million last year. This is a $300,000 hike, but the hospital saw $6.8 million as its minimal budget need. The additional $300,000 did little besides help the hospital adjust to cost of living increases. Dr. Richard Bracce, hospital superintendent, says the lawmakers do not make substantial budget increases, but expect substantial improvement. It's impossible, he states. If the state were in a financial crisis, overlooking mental health could be more readily accepted, but that isn't the case. Within the state there is much dissent and some dissatisfaction with the administration of the Department of Mental Health. But again, the legislature must ultimately be responsible to see that, money it appropriates is being spent as intended. If administrators aren't doing their job, they should be dismissed. · THERE IS LESS question about the top management at Weston. Bracce is young and effective and hasn't yet become disenchanted with the bureaucratic red tape he must go through. The business manager, B. Obed Poling, has a long background in hospital administration. Both are well qualified. The state has neglected for too long the hospital and the patients there. The idea that you give these people just costodial care is no longer humane. Bracce admits most of his patients won't become bank presidents or even tellers, but many could be given treatment and attention to improve their present vegetable-like living. Talk of a $250 million road bond amendment seems ridiculous when you «* the human needs at this hospital. If all the lawmakers could take the tour they couldn't possibly make large cuts in the mental health budget during the helter-skelter of the final hours of the legislative session. When the budget document is being finalized, without having guilty coneciences. Herb Little is on vacation. By Rosalie Earle The day was slightly overcast, but there were the hot dogs, potato salad and everything else that constitutes a picnic --except the gaiety. The picnic Saturday at Coonskin Park was for West Virginia families of men who are prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA.) The picnic was held to help get the families better organized and to get a little publicity, said Mrs. Joe Rose of Clarksburg. + "MOST OF THE publicity up to now is how the parents and wives of the prisoners have suffered. But we want people to know how the prisoners have suffered, about the inhumane treatment, about their animal conditions," Mrs. Rose said. Her son Joe was a helicopter pilot in South Vietnam when he was shot down in February 1968. She and her husband 1 have not heard a word from their son since. They learned 13 months later that he was a prisoner after the Army captured Viet Cong documents. "The frustrating part is not being able to do anything as a parent for him," commented Joe Rose II. But he added that the plight of POW wives was much more difficult than that of the parents. For Mrs. Adlyn Wilson, wife of POW Maj. Glenn Wilson of St. Albans. the worst part of her situation was raising their three children alone. "Right or wrong, it's my responsibility. The end result is my decision. It's not sharing responsibility or at least sharing the blame." She said she had a friend whose husband was killed in Vietnam and who recently remarried. "She feels sorry for me because with the finality of death she can start her life over again. But I disagree. I know Glenn is alive and he'll be home and we'll have a second chance. At least I have hope and a future." Maj. Wilson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. MRS. MAYHEW MRS. WILSON MRS. HITESHEW ROSE MRS. ROSE Stan Wilson, was shot down Aug. 7, 1967, just two weeks before he was to come home. His family didn't know he was a prisoner until a person visiting North Vietnam bought back a letter. Mrs. Wilson said she got a letter at Christmas and one in May and' she was confident the letters were from her husband. "No one else can spell my name, Adlyn," she explained. Most of the POW families thought they are fortunate in the fact that they know of their husbands' or sons' whereabouts. Mrs. Stewart Mayhew said her son, Lt. William Mayhew of New Manchester, had been missing for a year before some released prisoners bought his name back. "IT'S NOT KNOWING that is so terrible. I feel so sorry for people who haven't heard. We're lucky." Mrs. Mayhew said she couldn't go anywhere without looking into the crowd and wondering if the people knew how lucky they were. When Mrs. James Hiteshew's son started flying, he assured her, "Mom, there's somebody higher than me who's looking after me." Mrs. Hiteshew said his words have helped her more than anything else. Lt. Col. James Hiteshew of Weston was taken prisoner five years ago. There are 17 POW and MIA families in Pinch-Quick Reunion Leaves 'Em All Wet AH unexpected dunking IK taken by young Beth Keaheij n.? she clorvns in front of a companion, Randi/ Scott of Pinch at the opening of the Pinch-Quick minimi. While- she flared, Rnndi/ didn't but an itindcntified iionlJi, slipped behind, the shed and flipped the. trigger bar, pliniging Bc/li into the, irater. Randif holds haxebaljs purchased from a cnnccKsinn xtand In hurl at the small trigger bar (arrnr-). (Staff Photo* hi/ Lewis Rahirs) the state, including five from Kanawha County. Not all the families were represented at the picnic, sponsored by the 130th Operations Group of the National Guard. Also attending the picnic were Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W. Va., Rep. John Slack, D-W. Va., Rep. Ken Hechler, D-W. Va., State Sen. Louise Leonard, R-Jefferson, State Sen. Mario Palumbo, D-Kanawha, State Sen. Si Galperin Jr.. D-Kanawha, and Del. Freda Paul, D-Cabell. What a Vacation Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palau8ky Every now and then, it is just more than human skin can bear. It doesn't even matter if I am functioning as Mr. Nice or Mr. Nasty. For instance, I take a little vacation. Never saw so much rain in one place. I wind up needing a canoe to get to the car. And I live on a hill. So, here I am feeling a little battered and old because my friend the eye doctor person has just decreed I must wear bifocals--no conversation or discussion. Bifocals. Soon thereafter I am peering over, under and through the line trying to watch my baby, Beth, slice her 17th birthday cake. Lordy, now that's old. SO THAT'S NOT enough? Okay, a little toward the brighter side. Many of you will probably be cheered no end to know that by the time you are reading this there will be at least one less Palausky at large in the world. Yesterday morning I was scheduled to inarch our middle child up the aisle to give her away in a wedding ceremony. Having the world's worst case of terminal shy, the odds were at 20-80 on my making it up to the altar. In the event that I did make it and you were there wondering why I was looking so bulky; I know the way things go in my life and I figured the groom would probably demand trading stamps. I was ready to offer him his choice of colors. Well, at least they were to be married in church. That's something these days. I guess that later on, if the marriage looks like it is going to work out, I could always demand that they be married by a justice of the peace. My child-bride, Shirley, and I must have had things backward. First a J. P. tied the knot for us and then later on we packed up all three of our kids and took them to our church wedding. The children seemed to enjoy the event a lot more than I did. However, I have only one qualm about our Marcia's marriage. She's thrown her lot in with a "junior." When they have a boy-kid I have this fear that they will give him a name ending in a "the III." It's this speech thing I've got. How will the child feel with a grandfather calling him "duh tree?" SEVERAL WEEKS AGO. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a set of car keys made for my son. It set me back a mere $1.55 for openers. First shot out of the barrel, we found that the ignition key would not go into the lock. We took car and key back to the key person. He was gone to Boone County, so his helper took a crack at making it over. The car liked this one much better. So well, in fact, that it refused to loosen its grip on said key. So. six hours and another $33 later, I had a brand new ignition system in the car. The old one had this here bad key stuck in it. Now, I'm out $34.55 and thinking dark thoughts about a lawsuit because the key man tells me more or less (and angry to boot) "Tough luck, Clyde." I don't guess I'd better sue. In my world. I'd wind up in Moundsville just in time to go first in their revitalized all- electric 'icunger. But. everything has its bright side. My son. Dan. is the first, and only, in the neighborhood with a $34.55 key to the trunk of the family car. Being a student of human nature, I now that most, of you will he just (turning with the desire that your kid should have a $34.55 trunk key. " To keep this as exclusive as possible and fo foil wnuld-he social climbers, I want all of you to know that I will provide this key-maker's name to only the first 157,311 callers. SOMEONE ASKED my son the other day what I meant by doing a little careful drinking during my vacation. Quick as a biscuit at a boarding house, he shot back, "He doesn't plan to spill any." The other highlight of my vacation occurred Thursday evening. Terry Marchal called collect from Indiana to tell me what a grand time he was having on his vacation and that I should write our column this Sunday. Now, that's a buddy. Oh, by the way, I nearly forgot. All of you people there on the West Side who are having trouble getting to the garbage centers are in line for a little favor from me--Mr. Nice. Right. You have my official permission to .take your garbage to Marchal's front porch. If the porch is full when you get there, just pitch it on over the fence there. Collect. Always, he's calling me collect Reading Project Cutback Forced By Lack of Aid By Judith Casio The Hiintington Herald Advertiser HUNTINGTON, W. Va.-W-"We won't go out of existence but we may have to cut back and operate smaller projects until we can get back on our feet," is the prediction of Mrs. D. C. Carlson, president of the board of directors for West. Virginia's Reading l s Fundamental (RIF) project. Mrs. Carison bases her forecast on the continled shortage of local funds plaguing the RIF program since its inception in the fall of 1969. The program, originally one of seven pilot projects in the U.S., was funded for two years by a $15,000 annual grant, from the Ford Foundation, IBM and the National Home Library Assn. Working through area schools and operating a bookmobile during sum.ner months, RIF has distributed new books free of charge to children in remote parts of six counties: Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Mercer and Putnam. Operating on the premise that reading should be fun. the youngsters are given freedom to select from more than 200 titles, books which should genuinely interest them. Once chosen, the books are theirs to read, trade, keep or whatever. "Many children in the state have never had the joy of owning a book," Mrs. Carlson said. "We are trying to fill the. gap where library facilities don't exist while at the same time encouraging interest, in existing facilities." Saturday the board was to have met "to take a long look at the cold, hard facts and decide what to do. We do not have the funds to run the regular f a i l progrRm," Mrs. Carlson explained. '-Our funds just barely cover this year's summer program which ends Wednesday." She said RIF has approached several civic organizations in search of financial support but "we just have not. been able to attract that kind of money locally." According to Mrs. Carlson the regular program costs $8.000 a year while the summer work runs about $6.000. "If our project must be reduced in scope," Mrs. Carlson said. "I would like to see some local clubs adopt schools or areas themselves and earn,- on the distribution."

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