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'Fine, Cousin--And How Are Things With You?" FANNY SEILER-Affair* of State Hylton: Pluses, Minuses Selection of State Sen. Tracy Hylton, D-Wyoming, as the Republican candidate in the ninth Senatorial District would have advantages and disadvantages for Gov. Moore and the GOP. With Hylton, a strip mine operator, on the Republican ticket, it would give Moore a source of funds and organization in two strongly Democratic counties. And it would get Hylton back on the ballot after being defeated by Del. Warren McGraw, D-Wyoming, in the Democratic primary. But the two running against each other again would bring back the issue that was so prominent in the primary--abolition versus strip mining. It's that issue mat would work to a disadvantage for Moore and probably other Republican candidates in districts where the registration is close between! Democrats and Republicans. Hylton's presence on the ticket would bring out into the open Hylton's close associaton with Gov. Moore, and plainly put Moore on the side of the strip miners. Strip mining versus abolition has been gradually turning into a partisan issue based on the polls. More Democrats are favoring abolition and more Republicans are favoring strip mining. Most politically knowledge- Mayor Hutchinson's attitude able persons don't give Hylton toward the garbage strike, much chance of beating Me- Graw, an abolitionist. But it would give Moore an organization and a way to get money K^GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, August 20, 1972 Vol. 15 No. 31 Page 2D Don't Bite the Hand That- With the Nov. 7 election not far off the White House has changed its tune respecting press bias and antipathy. Spokesmen for the Nixon administration have announced the press won't be an issue during the campaign, as it has been an issue throughout the last three years. The decision is understandable. It would be silly of President Nixon and Vice President Agnew to castigate an industry, the majority of whose representatives backs them in their re-election bid. Most newspapers within the next three months, any analyst worth his keep can predict with certainty, will crown the Nixon-Agnew candidacies. Since 1932, Editor Publisher has sampled the nation's daily newspapers each presidential election year. Results of these surveys show that customarily and overwhelmingly the nation's press has given unqualified editorial endorsement to GOP nominees. There was a single exception, in 1964 when President Johnson opposed Sen. Goldwater. President Nixon, despite his frequent criticism of the press, fared well at its hands the two previous times he ran. In 1960, an Editor Publisher poll revealed he received support from 57.7 per cent of the newspapers responding to the magazine's poll and 70.9 per cent of the circulation represented in the poll. Former President Kennedy won 16.4 per cent of the papers and 15.8 per cent of the circulation. (The statistics don't add up to 100, because some papers tapped neither nominee.) Again in 1968, Mr. Nixon was favored by 60 per cent of daily newspapers answering the Editor Publisher questionnaire and 69.9 per cent of the circulation. Then Vice President Humphrey had a sparse 14 per cent of the dailies behind him and only 15.8 per cent of the circulation. Editor Publisher quadriennial polls, perhaps it should be noted at this point, reflect the political sentiments of the national press. In 1968, for example, the poll included 60 per cent of the country's dailies. That 60 per cent had 80 per cent of the nation's total daily circulation. The American press traditionally has demonstrated a decided--almost one-sided, in fact--preference for Republican party standard bearers. This marked partiality in those two strong Democrat counties. Moore is reported to be frantically working to get organizations in southern counties, and with the help of dissident Democrats such as Assessor Tom Godby in Logan, who has joined with Republican Buster Scaggs, former president of Buffalo Mining Co., and former Democratic State Sen. Noah Floyd in Mingo County. IN PIVOTAL areas, the partisan line up over abolition and stripping could have an effect. For instance, donors to McGraw's primary campaign lived in Putnam County which is part of the Fourth Senatorial District that has Del. Orton Jones as the Republican candidate. Jones might be unfairly identified on an issue because of the partisan lineup, some politicals feel. In the old Marsh Fork District of Raleigh County, there are Republicans who opposed Hylton and who may take offense to his name on their ticket after a defeat in the primary. That s e n t i m e n t might merge with the abolition stripping feelings on a statewide basis. The final decision on the Hylton selection is to be made this week. SHORTS--Rumors h a v e Sen. Edward Kenney visiting West Virginia the last of September or the first of October Insiders think it will be the best "Kennedy" trip ever with apperances in Southern West Virginia, and 1 one nightly appearance in Northern West Virginia . . . Charleston's garbage strike caused a lot of concern in the Democratic party as it planned for big fund-raising events and the state convention. . . Demo- weren't pleased with which esientUlly was refusal to negotiate... Gov. Moore's fund raising dinners reportedly were heavily attended by state workers.. . Jim Welden, gubernatorial press aide, will combine his vacation and honeymoon as an alternate to the Republican National Convention. . . Democratic gubernatorial nominee John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV finished a campaign tour of eastern counties last week and will be in northern West Virginia this week. . . W. R. "Red" Shumate, a member of the senatorial executive committee which will nominate a candidate to oppose Warren McGraw, is an employe of Lucas Tire which displayed Tracy Hylton campaign signs on its property in the primary. . . Mrs. C. C. Phillips Jr., another member of the senatorial executive committee, has a sister married to Joe Witt who was with an oil company that did business with Sen. Hylton before it was destroyed by fire two years ago. . . The Purchasing, Practices and Procedures Commission is to hear a report this afternoon on charges of falsification of records involving a trip State Police Supt. R. L. Bonar made to the Bahamas as a result of John Davis, former law partner of ex-Gov. W. W. Barron, displaying state papers. . . Frank Ellison missed the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner Saturday night for the first time in several years. He had made plans prior to the announcement of the dinner date to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with his ABC newsman Jim Kincaid did a good Job, in my opinion, on the documentary on strip mining, called "An Echo of Anger" that was aired last week. Kincaid is the newsman who, when be ran into press restrictions imposed by Gov. Moore at Buffalo Creek following the tragedy, let Gov. Moore know he didn't need the Governor's help. Kincaid said he had walked halfway over Cambodia barefooted and could find his way around Buffalo Creek without Moore. Kincaid acknowledged the story was true . . . Thornton Jarrett n, who was arrested on narcotics charges last week, is coordinator of civil defense for the State Department of Highways... The newly appointed Oil and Gas Conservation Commission wants to meet this week, if p o s s i b l e . Gov. Moore is charged by the new law with formally calling the first meeting. Two names have been mentioned as likely candidates for the job of commissioner to implement spacing of deep wells... Some organizations which endorsed road bond amendments in 1964 and 1968 are asking for information before they endorse Gov. Moore's proposed $250 million bond amendment.. . A big sign was erected last week in front of 2016 Kanawha Blvd. Jay Rockefeller's private office . . . The sign says West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee. All statewide Democratic candidates have their headquarters there. . . Over 50 newsmen accepted invitations to the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, some from Virginia... Wood County Young Demo- wife, Ruth. They are traveling crats must be in disarray in Mexico City and Acapulco based on reports heard in Charleston. ... State Sen. Alan Busman, D-Raleigh, plans to devote at least nine months full time to the Senate presidency if he is elected. Susman says he has his business interests set up so they won't need too much attention from him ... Four years ago, $1 million Wasn't unusual for a gubernatorial campaign, if everything was counted like food, gas and transportation.. . Some Democrats say they are finding n e w s p a p e r s around the state don't give them equal treatment with Gov. Moore... State Sen. Si Galperin has become a fulltime worker for presidential candidate George McGovern in West Virginia. . . Lt. Col. Lawrence Craft is going in the hospital this week for surgery- Craft, incidentally, stopped using a state car to go home to Weston on his days off after it was reported hi this column that Craft took a state police car to Florida to attend the funeral of a former state policeman... The Department of Finance and Administration is paying $500 to J. Lewis Hark, of Charleston, to survey and prepare topographical maps of the proposed Governor's Mansion Square between Dufy, G r e e n b r i e r and Virginia streets and Kanawha Boulevard. Hark was a long-time employe of the city of Charleston. He retired when Mayor Hutchinson took over.. . . . Marvin Crouch, the longtime Hubert Humphrey supporter, is trying to cause a lot of trouble for his own party. Crouch doesn't like Jay Rockefeller, and says he isn't going to vote for him. Crouch is employed by a coal company. Gov. Moore will be staying at the Saxony Hotel while b« attends the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach this week. He said he understood the hotel was pretty seedy. . . Gov. Moore says the state of Illinois will entertain the state of West Virginia at the national convention today at the Playboy Plaza. . . The Aug. 26 edition of Saturday Review offers a story on Jay Rockefeller and a picture of a beautiful, green West Virginia hillside. At no point does the author confuse our state with Virginia and the only misspelled word is "Kanawah" for "Kanawha.". . . The same magazine, same edition, quotes Sen. Jennings Randolph and mentions Gov. Moore in Harry CaudilTs backward look at the Buffalo Creek disaster. MARY McGRORY To Pass on a Better Country © Washington Star Syndicate WASHINGTON-Among the antiwar ads in newspapers hi the heart of Nixonland twice before. By Tuesday night, she Yes, Amtrak's Alive Here Some editorialists have noted that the failure of Amtrak to revive the railroad passenger business tends to prove that critics were wrong when they accused railroads of driving the passengers away. We suspect both the editorialists and the critics are right. Anyone who actually believes the railroads courted the passenger trade simply had no experience as a passenger. And it is a statistical fact that Amtrak hasn't brought the passengers back. Not everywhere, that is. Something, however, has brought passengers back to the two trains operated for Amtrak by the CO through West Virginia. The trains have been crowded for most of the summer, and there was standing room only on both of them only a week ago. A fan of the Cincinnati Reds, who uses the trains to reach Riverfront Stadium, reported difficulty in finding a seat on a recent trip. He said he took the liberty of asking a rather harried conductor if it were some kind of holiday or if there was any particular reason for the crowded train. No particular reason at all, the conductor told him, adding that 54 pa.s.iengers had boarded at Prinrp, which is thel station for Beckley and several sizable communities nearby. A young lady told us of having to stand on the eastbound train she boarded for a recent trip to Washington. The conductor eventually found a seat for her and explained that other seats would be available at Prince. In view of these events, it is possible that Amtrak might wish (1) to add more cars to the Cincinnati - Washington s e g m e n t body has the right to feel miffed lenged the President from the at the press, it is Democratic party left . comes to mind. So does . r tf ^AM. T-.L.** A _1_tL^ 1_ -- f f\t-* _ presidents and n o m i n e e s -- a thought that may have occurred to right" Mr. Nixon and may account for But one person is going the policy change toward the press. down to what cou l d be two It should surprise no one that gheVa MaSachSSrS the President isn't anxious to bite named Kay Warden, who in- the hand that so often has petted tends to pass the time in her him and his predecessors. £ otel ""£ at , thc £ ont £ ine " bleau waiting for a knock on the door or a ring of the telephone from dissidents she isn't sure will be there. Mrs. Warden, a rich, happy sculptress, wife of a Massachusetts Institute of Technolo- «, i. r-i. Sy professor and mother of through Charleston, (2) establish five, has placed antiwar ad- its headquarters at Prince, and vertisements in the three ifj. ' ami dailies and in the Repub- (3) schedule d a y l i g h t trains lican convention paper as through West Virginia, whose seen- T, 11 ' j n thtem ' 1 u h , e pfh^j ery might attract even more pas- Nixon" get out of Vietnam, sengers. and invites people to come in Q T,-,T »,,or,4- A~,f i i. t. around or call up for a little but that I'd rather pass on a in any event AmtraJt has shown dialogue on the subject. good country. That sounds that people will ride trains, at "I may not hear from a corny, but it's true, and they least in southern West Virginia sin S le soul ." she says- "But A survey to determine Just why ^^ffiAfSZ triey ride them in this area might place at one time--how could be extremely helpful to Amtrak l resist?" ^ operations policy. composition exhorting Nixon loyalists to defect from the President's war policies. It's a unique and maybe even eccentric way of protest, but Mrs. Warden thinks that peace people talk too much to each' other and that the only way to get to Richard Nixon is to get the people who might get to him. A native New Yorker and g r a d u a t e of the Dobbs- Ferry school, Mrs. Warden was a volunteer for Nixon in 1960, while her husband w a s working for Kennedy. She turned against the war in 1967 and against Nixon in 1968. It was his May 8 speech on the mining that took her from her pleasant round of sculpting and tennis playing. She called in her children, three boys and two girls who range in age from 26 to 13, and told them of the expensive counterattack she had in mind. "I told them I could pass on the money to them, MRS. WARDEN has placed agreed with me." She decided to storm Ohio, because it's right in the middle. She composed a full-page ad asking middle-aged, middle-class Americans to write to the President that the war was a mistake, and placed it in 12 Ohio newspapers. She Shera- not- her home address, explained her project to the nervous manager and waited for results. m * · SEVERAL OF THE CALLS were very hostile. One voice told her, "Communists like you ought to be shot." Another said, "All you Kennedys should go back to Massachusetts." Mrs. Warden is a registered independent and never met a Kennedy in all her 47 years. About 100 people came to her room, including a whole class from Ohio State. Back home in Weston, she got 500 letters, two to one in favor. Several writers enclosed small donations, although none was solicited, and one offered her a German shepherd for protection. On June 14, she went into Kansas because its junior senator, Robert Dole, "says what I most abhor." At the Jayhawk Hotel in Topeka for two days, she was again plugged into the anguish of middle America over the war: "He's our President, and it's unpatriotic to criticize." "He didn't start it-he's ending it." "If we don't fight them there, we'll fight them here." "Did those 50,000 boys die in vain?" "What about the blood- bath?" "How will it affect the economy?" ONE W O M A * N DROVE. through the rain from a house divided. Her collegiate daughter hated the war; her soldier son supported it. "I look into your face and I see the face of the enemy'" she told a shaken Kay Warden. Many women called from small towns to voice cautious agreement with what she said, fearful of saying it "out loud in front of the neighbors." "Your neighbors have been calling me all day," said Mrs. Warden to them. "Why don't you speak out?" Her mail from Kansas was ten to one in favor. She admits she hasn't had much effect on the President. But she wants to make one more try at the foundations of Richard Nixon's strength at his moment of triumph. "I know I won't be welcome," she says. "But I can stand it. I've got a good life. The important things of life are where thel belong." People ask her why she doesn't just go to work for peace candidate George McGovern, as her husband has done, but she says, "Whether or not we get a new president, this destruction could go on until February. I can't believe this country is so brutalized it won't try to pull him back from where he's going." tiers to the Editor When It's Gone, What's Left? Editor: Our organization would like to take exception to some of the implications contained in Skip Johnson's Woods and Waters column Aug. 13. There are certain basic facts involved in any discussion of the so-called "reclamation" of strip mined areas. ^·Reclamation of stripped areas in West Virginia is an extremely poor substitute for restoration of these areas. In almost every case, the topsoil is lost, leaving in its place a mixture of shale and powdered rock incapable of growing anything but the most coarse grasses. On steep s, even these grasses do not prevent the mountains from sliding after heavy rains. When topsoil is gone, the original hardwoods, such as oak and walnut, will not grow on these areas for hundreds of years....As a result, West Virginia's potentially long term hardwood timbering industry is being eliminated... ^·Studies have repeatedly shown that when acid forming earth near coal seams is exposed, as is particularly common in the stripping of the less steep hillsides of northern West Virginia, sulfuric acid is formed and will contaminate wells, streams and other water sources for hundred and I perhaps thousands of years . . . ..The appearance of a green covering on what was once a strip mine belies the damage to nearby water supplies as the acid percolates out of the ground... »Any discussion of treating acid contamination by manmade methods must be considered in the light of recent evidence. An 11-year study by the United States Geological Survey in the Beaver Creek Basin of Kentucky, as well, as another study in the Elkins area, have repeatedly come to the conclusion that once a water supply is polluted by strip mine acid, no amount of re- .clamation will ever purify the water again. If, however, such a method of purification were to be perfected, we should all consider who would pay the costs of this purification for the next 500 years after the strippers have regained their bond money and departed. In spite of the attempts by R e c l a m a t i o n Chief Ben Greene and others to defend the removal of coal by the stripping method, West Virginians should contemplate the condition of their state after all of the strippable coal has been removed in the next 10 or 20 years. The few jobs afforded by stripping will all be gone, leaving in their wake a staij with no hardwood forests, no pure water supplies, streams choked with fish kill- J ig mud and with hundreds nd hundreds of miles of high- wall scars. Dr. M. I. Mendeloff Jr., President, Concerned West Virginians, Inc., Box 286, City Good GOP Coverage Editor: Thank you very much for your good coverage «f the State Republican Convention. I particularly appreciated the pictures by Mr. Ferrell Friend that reflected various participants. He end Bob Welling did a very good job. Mrs. Jody G. Sciirl Cabell Delegate 507 Forest Road Huntington, W. Va. Spirit Captured Editor: Your photographer, Lawrence Pierce, Happy Sailing, Gazette-Mail page one, Aug. 13, really captured the spirit of almost heaven, West Virginia, in his photo of Governor and Mrs. Moore enjoying the scenes while waiting in Richwood's Cherry River Fesitval parade line up. I was impressed too, by the innate thoughtfulness and courtesy of Governor and Mrs. Moore, you captioned them shoeless, in removing their shoes to avoid damage to the convertiable loaned to the festival for parade use. How many people would have been so considerate? The picture on page 12 were good top, but happy sailing is a classic. It not only captures the essence of our festival, but also the distinguished character of the man we are proud to call our governor. Virginia Echols, Richwood

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