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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 16, 1974
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"Ton see, fce's not a common criminal like us. He was the chief law-enforcement officer FANNY SEILER: Affairs of State Junk Bill Chances Up A new approach to junk removal proposed by two House Democrats from the Northern Panhandle has a good chance of passage by the legislature. A bill introduced by Del. Gust Brenda, D-Hancock, and Del. Charles Donley, D- Brooke, meets a lot of objections voiced when the issue was before the legislature on so many previous occasions. It would create a division of abandoned and junked property in the State Department of Highways, set up a special fund to finance the project, and provide for the sale of junk as a revenue source. The new division is more palatable because it would get away from the current REAP office where underlings are being investigated by the Purchasing, Practices and Procedures Commission. Based on reliable information, the PPPC is looking into complaints of irregularities. The bill also makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $25 to $500 or imprisonment of up to six months, to abandon a motor vehicle or to permit the vehicle to remain on public or private property. » THE MOORE administration proposal -- which called for a $10 fee on all new vehicles -- met objections because it didn't penalize those who scar the countryside with junk while making the innocent pay for its removal. .One of the hottest objections was to the fee. There's been some difficulty in finding out GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia June 16. 1974 Pap 2C Vol.18 No. 24 Name It Dynamite what private concerns, operating against competitors, charge the primary and general election opponents of the same congressmen. Representatives use Democratic or America's Founding Fathers would be nauseated by the rotten practices congressmen employ to retain their seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Certainly it was never contemplat- Republican printers, lodged rent free ed by those gentlemen responsible for in a tax subsidized house office build- drafting and approving the Constitu- ing, to publish their campaign litera- tion of the United States that the pub- ture at laughably low rates -- far, far lie's money could be used solely to below what their primary and general benefit re-election efforts of office- election opponents must pay for their ^ holders. Yet that's what's happening, as Peter Gruenstein of Capitol Hill News Service recently revealed in a splendid expose of congressional campaign evils. Large sums of the taxpayers' largess are spent fueling re-election campaigns of representatives and senators belonging to the nation's two major political parties. In addition, facilities whose costs are underwritten out of the same taxpayers' largess are dedicated to partisan political activity. Democratic and Republican campaign committees occupy rent free Capitol Hill offices. They receive utilities and maintenance courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, and offices are dressed up with government issue furnishings, also purchased by taxes. These committees are in continuous operation and have a single goal: re-election of incumbents. Senators and representatives can -and do -- use House and Senate recording studios and equipment to produce campaign advertisements at laughingly low prices -- far, far below literature from printing firms competing in the open market. Senators and representatives use congressional photographers, who likewise work out of rent free offices and whose salaries are taxpaid, to aid their campaigns. Their primary and general election opponents don't enjoy similar privileges. By now, surely everybody is aware of the awful abuses to which the congressional frank is put to help incumbents. Again, we say, it wasn't the intention of our Founding Fathers, when they set up this country's legislative branch, to provide its members with a hammerlock on their offices, to make them defeat-proof, or to allow them to serve so long that they often are so mesmerized by their own sense of importance that they think anyone who announces for their seat is betraying the republic. But, alas, that latter attitude predominates throughout the Congress: any attempt to topple an incumbent is a plot hatched in the Kremlin. The Congress of the United States is filled with pompous, narrow-minded. greedy, insufferable lackeys of various interests who haven't the foggiest notion of what democracy is all about. If they did, they would quit exploiting their public trust, in ways never imagined by signers of the Constitution, to secure re-election. It's high time service in the Congress was limited, six terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate or a total of 12 years for each assembly -- and no pensions. Presidents can serve only eight years, and were a 12-year restriction on congressmen ratified in a constitutional amendment, representatives and senators might concentrate on serving the public instead of them,selves and their re-election ambitions. No American should worry that a 12-year maximum upon congressional service will damage the nation or impede representative government. The evidence is all in the opposite direction. The longer congressmen remain in office, the more impossible they become -- arrogant, obstinate, selfish, ill-humored. Yet because of the unfair resources they vote themselves and because of their immoral, not to say unlawful, uses of tax dollars, they can't be dynamited out of Washington. Thus, limiting congressional service to a 12-year maximum will be a great boon both to the people and to better government. just how much it costs to operate REAP. Expenditures made public were well below the $1.7 million that the $10 per car would produce annually. While the sale of junk is the only current method of financing in the Brenda-Donley bill, there is a reliable report that the House Judiciary Committee might consider an additional $1 to $2 on the existing $2 title transfer fee. There are .about 600,000 transfers made annually, 117,000 of which are . new titles. The new proposal is believed to be far easier to administer, and less confusing. But the bill has something better than that going for it. The-Senate just may pass it. SHORTS - State Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell, was accepted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to participate in a trip to the Soviet Union June 26-July 19, but he won't be able to go because of the special legislative session. Ten Democrats and 10 Republicans were chosen. .. .Grady Colin Kelley. the newest House member, sits in the same seat in the lower chamber that P. Henderson Kelly did when he was a member from Fayette County in the late 1940s and 1950s... .How sweet it must have been when Sen. Alan Susman, D-Raleigh, and Senate majority leader Lafe Ward, D-Mingo, were named by Senate President William Brotherton Jr., D-Kanawha, to escort Gov. Moore to the joint assembly to address the legislature last Tuesday. Both men beat opponents who got in the race with Moore!s blessing After it was reported that an employe of the Office of Emergency Services was using office space to prepare meals and stay in long past w o r k i n g hours, a foreign substance was put in the engine of another employe's car, and soap was put in the radiator of a third employe's vehicle. . . . Charleston lawyer E. Glenn Robinson has notified Judge Paul N. Pfeiffer in Washington, D.C., that Ohio Power Co. successfully burned 28,000 tons of low-sulfur West Virginia coal in its Kammer power plant near Moundsville where; American Electric Power -- the parent firm -threatened to burn Western coal.., .Opponents of the pro : posed.transfer of M o r r i s Harvey to the state can't reconcile President Marshall B u c k a l e w ' s report to the board of. trustees last Nov. 15 with the push to give the school away. Buckalew said: "Morris Harvey College has a vital role to fulfill as an independent institution of higher education in West Virginia and will continue to fulfill that role with Vitality and vision. Even in the face of a declining student enrollment with resultant financial problems, there are strong reasons for continued optimism about the future of the college".... of a committee to study the Department of Public Safety. .. .The word being circulated is that Northwestern University has been asked to work up a promotional system for state police... .Noah Floyd was re-elected Mingo County Democratic chairman, and the report from that county is that Floyd will be named after the general elec- tiofl to the county court when one member resigns Charlie Damron. a lawyer in Putnam County, is a Democratic nominee for the House from Putnam, while his brother. Ervin "K. 0." Damron. is a Democratic nominee from Mingo County.. . .Del. Charles Cline's amendment that earmarked more money for local service roads in the lirst special session, was re tained by the House Finance CommiUee last week State Sea. Mario Palwnbo. D-Kanawha, took his little boy with him to hear Gov. Moore's speech. That night at home, the boy told his parents he liked the Governor's speech and the legislature but he liked Sesame Street better. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Stocks Short Editor: I thoroughly agree with H. C. Taylor's comments about your stock listings in both the Sunday Gazette-Mail and daily Gazette, (letters to the editor J u n e 7) I composed a rough draft of a similar letter several months ago but did not send it. At that time I composed a space allotment over a period of several months and found a wide variation in . the number of stocks listed each week. The number of stocks (and mutual funds) listed apparently depends on the amount of space left after the advertisements are placed. The more ads you've sold, the less stocks you list. I add my vote for complete New York Stock Exchange listings each day or Sunday only. If not that, please be consistent with your listings and don't chop out some of them because you've sold too many ads. I maintain daily charts of a number of stocks and frequently use the Sunday listing to catchup after vacation, etc. Last Sunday I gave up because about one third of the ones you normally list were missing. Bill J. Erdman, 1542 Autumn Rd., City Makes Plea · Editor: A dozen or so years ago, I was invited three times to present the Sunday school lesson at the Roane County annual homecoming. Each time, I quoted statements Jesus had made;;. . .Although I was quoting Jesus, some dining. . c l u b members said I was a Communist and should not be invited back, which I haven't been. Evidently, they had not read the 2nd, 4th and 5th chapters of Acts. Apparently they had not read other sayings of Jesus either, such as, "All. things work together for good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose," and "He who gives up family and virtually everything for my cause amd the Kingdom will receive now in this life an hundred fold more of about everything, and in the Good Will Needed Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi -- the name is pronounced Saint Georgie -is today seeking a cure for cancer in failure - a disaster. The answer waits for a genius who sees the light." In the opinion of this eminent man lions and enjoyed talking about it at dinner. We have improved a little, but today the world spends $220 billion on JAMES Scott, an employe in Gov. Moore's office, is a great-grandpa. . . .Troy Huffman of Mason County beat Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass 17-3 for Mason County Democratic chairman. . . .Del. Phyllis Rutledge. D-Kanawha. has named Pat Maconey as campaign manager for her bid at the circuit clerk's job ---- Del. Jody Smirl, R- Cabell, received a handsome plaque from the West Virginia Federation of Republican Women for her eight years in the House. The plaque was made in Hagerstown, Md., where her husband has been transferred by the Chessie System ____ Del. .Phyllis Given, D-Kanawha. is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the National Legislative Conference in Washington Thursday and Friday. . . . Del. Ted Stacy. D-Raleigh. is a loyal party man so he's su PP° rtin g Democratic candi- f^ 0 " ut ^blSflS ' 5* who switched parties 'and is his research laboratory at Woods of good will what is the world's great- armaments while half its children go r u n n i n g as a Republi- Hole. Mass. Earlier this fall Arthur S. Freeso interviewed this brilliant scientist, who won the Nobel Prize for isolating and identifying ascorbic acid. Vitamin C. Freese's article was published in the November-December issue of National Retired Teachers Assn. Journal. What. Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi was asked, is the status of a cause and cure for cancer? "Every week," he replied, "yon read about a breakthrough in cancer, but cancer research is stuck completely -- it doesn't move at all -- and that usually signifies that some basic idea is missing withoit wfcich tbe problem cannot be soiveiL Yot can't make Jfplan to cMqi«r cancer, aifa crash program is only a sfctrtcit to est danger? "The United States Army! Every (Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi's emphasis) army- is a danger: The greater the danger because an army wants to grow and grow, it wants to be used, to be needed. A considerable part of our tax dollar goes into instruments of destruction and killing: but I am convinced that life could be very beautiful, very- healthful and happy, very elevated -if we would spend our money on knowledge and beauty, which are the most essential ingredients of life." What is the world's greatest hope? "We think of ourselves as the finished products of nature, but we're just developing. If I had been born in ancient Rome, I would have taken rhy children to see Christians eaten by to bed hungry, without enough protein to build a functional brain. That's a terrible crime and I'm bitter when I see it. "I hope that in another thousand years mankind will develop and no longer behave like a crazy ape -- that our tax dollars will go for beauty and knowledge and the production of useful things, not bombs."-' What is the world's greatest need? "Intelligence -- clean, clear, honest thinking. Then peace comes by itself: for once you're intelligent, you don't invest all your money in killing your fellow men." We wish '· add a postscript to the last questi i COIK srning the world's greatest need. It's more men of good will on the order of an Albert Szent- Gyorgyi. can Leon Ginsberg, dean and professor of social work at West Virginia University. is the author of a long article on the rights of mentally committed persons in the May 25 issue of The Nation magazine. Ginsberg has been studying the problem for 10 years. Ginsberg, incidentally, was world to come life eternal. . . . " When I think of how delightful we can make this world by conducting human affairs pro- pertly. and how short we fall of doing so. I think of what Alexander Hamilton contended for at the time our Constitution was adopted. He wanted an aristocracy, which he termed a rule by the best, instead of democracy, which he regarded as a rule by the worst. At a banquet in New York, the toastmaster called upon him to give a toast to democracy. He rose and said. "Your people, sir. is a great beast," and immediately sat down. If being for a best possible state of affairs for everyone's benefit makes me a Communist, I plead nolo coatendere. Horace S. Meldahl, 209 Davidson Bldg., City. New Life Born Editor: Once again, with breathtaking awe, we are witnessing nature's age old-drama. Spring, in all its dazzling glory, is here -- spring, a scene in God's continuous panorama. . . . New life is born on every hand. Once more, the grass is green, frees are adorned with a new coat of leaves. The master of creation, .the bridegroom of love, sends his deepest affections as he studs the ' earth with millions and millions of flowers, so beautiful words cannot describe. Birds sing merrily as they build their nests. God has filled their hearts with love... .Across the meadow, we listen to the bawl of the new-born calf as it watches the playful antics of a dozen week-old lambs. Yes, spring is a renewal of life, a new beginning a reflection of the beginning of life eternal. Summer dramatizes-the period of preparations Autumn, in-all of its beauty, exe- plifies the peak of life on . earth. -Winter protrays the tombs. Spring.:. ;)1 . .is for those who prepared through the summer and reaped a full harvest in the evening time of life. Benjamin F. Rhodes. Healthy Heights. Rt. 9. Box 28. Morgantown Memory Lane Editor: Remember when: We skated on Hackley's Pond in winter? The first professional baseball (and basketball) teams played here? The first high school track meet was held here? When Glenwood Country Club had a golf course in West Charleston and caddy fee was 10 cents? When the first brick street in the U. S. was torn up here? Slab Town was known to everyone? When boys used to'swim in the water works reservoir on Capitol Hill? When they skated on Kanawha River? When the first automobile and adding machine came to town? When coal companies had banks make payrolls up using gold and silver because if it . was stolen, the theif could not transport it over the mountains on a c c o u n t - o f the weight? When it cost five cents to walk across the South Side Bridge. When national bank notes came from Washington. .. in sheets of five and they ( "had to be cut and the bank president's name and cashier's name stamped on each bill? When Mother Jones' boys' suits, sold by Frankenberger's had a penny in the coat pocket? When they moved Morris Harvey College from Barboursville to Charleston and everyone said, "They brought it here to bury it?'"AndjTiany, many more.. % S: G. Campbell; ·".'..4.1.1 People's .··.·" Building, . . .... City' , .../ JENKIN L JONES Riot of Today V University of Hawaii, but much to the relief of WVU President James Harlov». he turned it down Dr. Harlow is doing a book review for The Sunday Gazette-Mail 9- THERE'S a belief by some that Sen. Pat Hamilton. D- Fayette. would run for Senate president with Gov. Moore's support There's a feeling that House Speaker Lewis McManus. D-Raleigh, is dragging his feet on appointment Prof. Irving Kristol of New York University has raised two fascinating questions: Are free men doomed to expect a happier life than they can ever achieve? And in -their disappointment, will they lose their freedom? IN AN ARTICLE in the current issue of the Alternative, Prof. Kristol points out that Western man's insatiable desire for perfect social orders firest led him into millenarianism. The medieval Christian concluded that the world was hopeless and he yearned for the second coming when human institutions would vanish and all those worth saving would be reborn in perfection. When the age of-reason came upon us, beginning about 250 years ago, philosophers became more optimistic about life on earth. They believed that our brains would prove our salvation and that if man only became sufficiently rational the perfect state would emerge. There followed the age of science in which discovery was counted on to give us ail limitless riches, health and ease. But science had distressing fallouts, like overpopulation due to the prolongation of life, smokestack and water pollution and the chilling specter of cataclysmic weapons. P- SO NOW HOPE has turned to the age of government, based on the theory that laws and public servants can cure our ills. In the endless proli- ferafrn of government. Kristol rprs the advance of authoritarian states that will, of course, destroy freedom. Stable or reactionary societies are characterized by a limitation on human expecta- 'tions. Many years ago Stuart Chase quoted an exasperated American salesman in Mexico who excoriated the peons for their "damned wantless- ness." In progressive societies a steady escalation of wanting was credited with putting a spur to industrial and commercial vigor. Within limits this was true. The man who wanted a Model T tended to work harder than the man who was content with the old buggy. His desire was translated into more jobs, not only in Detroit but in the mines and the salesrooms which generated wealth spread among more people so that they, too. could buy more. The whole power of advertising is aimed at making people discontented with what they have so that they will forever be crowding up to the selling stalls. *· THIS WAS not unsound as long as it impelled people to save so that they might buy. But then it was discovered that if credit were vastly expanded people who had not saved could become buyers. Millions began to view their new worth not at the figure at which they could liquidate but at the figure at the outer limits of their credit. And this produced citizens who were so deeply in hock that they could stand no bad news. Hence the demand arose for guaranteed prosperity, fun employment, endlessly escalating wages and "security" from cradle to gra$e. AH th§ the politicians have been promising to deliv- er by force of government. But the trouble is that this brings up the hard political choice between the taxes necessary to support a pep pill economy or resorting to fiat money which will eventually ruin the currency and destroy security! This may explain the peculiar "death wish" of liberals, that is, the pursuing of policies which would inevitably result in the totalitarian state, a complete negation of all the human values and freedoms which the liberals claim to cherish. In such a state, philosophical liberals are the first to be strung to the lampposts. » STILL, THE. totalitarian state has one great advantage. It can stop the runaway of expectations. It can say "These things you shall not have" and still survive. The totalitarian state is mil- lenial. It claims that the second coming has come, that the perfect order is here, that further revolution is unthinkable and that the state not only has the right but the duty to squash those who would buck perfection. No free government could survive the shortfalls in consumer production that are chronic in Russia. But the Kremlin says "This is the best of all possible worlds" and continues to rule. "Utopianism,"' says Kristol, "dreams passionately of a liberation from all existing orthodoxies -- religious, social, political - but sooner or later it must wearily and gratefully surrender to a new orthodoxy which calms its passions, even as it compromises its dreams." -V It's a UmghL

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