Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 14
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June 23, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 14

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s ECOND BONT MONEY Nothing Wrong in Beer Gifts to Moore, Heiskell Says Secretary of State Edgar F. Heiskell III says he does not believe there was anything wrong with' the manner in which money was allegedly contributed by beer distributors to the 1972 campaign of Gov. Moore. And Heiskell said such contributionsif they occurred did not have to be reported as campaign contributions "unless the person (the contributor) comes within the terms of the financial agent of the candidate or the candidate himself." The Associated Press "THE ONLY legitimate object of an investigation can be a prosecution," Heiskell said. He said the statute of limitations had expired, making it a futile effort. "Now, newspapers and television stations can investigate for the sake of investigation and getting news stories," he said, but indicated that his office had too many other potential cases to work on to waste time on one which could produce no results. "I think it would be a disservice to investigate an alleged offense based on newspaper stories which is presently being investigated by the IRS which story failed to allege any election violations per se and had it documented any violations, still it wuld not have been prosecutable," Heiskell said.. LAST WEEK, The Charleston Gazette reported that a deputy beer commissioner acknowledged having collected money from beer distributors and had taken it to department offices. The official, Lonnie W. Bradbury, said the money was accepted by a former chief cashier and locked up in a safe. Commissioner James Ross said he later removed some checks from the safe and delivered them to the Governor's office. In an interview to be aired Saturday on Charleston television station WCHS, Heiskell indicated that, even if accurate, he saw no wrongdoing with that procedure. The story said the funds had not been reported as campaign contributions. Heiskell said an investigation into the contributions would have been futile because the statute of limitations had expired. State Firm Protests Wildlife Proposal A quick nap is enjoyed by Sue Wright; ah 18-year:pjd general ser; vices employe, on ^cement bench in front ot the Statehpuse. Peculiar camera : angle gives the Capitol the shape of a Roman colossus. (Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce) S. S. Hike To Begin In July Basic, supplemental Social Security income payments will be increased beginning in July. Paul Jefferson, Social Security district manager in Charleston, said payments will be increased from $140 a month to $146 for a person living in his own household, and from $210 to $219 fo§a;;cpip.le, , if those persons,have no other|ih(»h1iej ·" The supplemental security income'pro- gram pays monthly checks to people with little or no income and limited resources who are 65 years of age and over or blind' or disabled. The amount: people let; depends primarily on other income they might have. . ; Jefferson said payments'will also be increased to people who have other income and get reduced supplemental security income payments. The program is operated by the Social Security Administration. LEWISBURG - Inclusion of two proposed West Virginia areas in the national Wilderness Act would work an economic hardship on the involved counties and on some timber firms, according to West Virginia Forests Inc. Don Fogus, executive director of the organization, claimed in a prepared release that the financial status of the counties would be affected adversely, both as a result of diminished income from timber sales paid in lieu of real estate taxes and the reduction of timber as a commodity in local trade. *· FOGUS ALSO CLAIMED that if the proposed areas are set aside, coupled with the lack of timber available from the Monongahela National Forest due to the present court order, it could work a hardship on some of the firms operating in those areas. "Our association does not oppose the wilderness concept," said Fogus. "The controversy exists over the proper use of our limited land base in the public interest. It involves not only how much land should be set aside, but exactly which lands." He said such conflicting interests as recreation and the economy should be taken into account before wilderness statuses declared. ". West Virginia areas proposed for inclusion in the 1964 Wilderness Act are Otter Creek in Randolph and Tucker counties, and Dolly Sods in Grant, Randolph and Tucker "counties. The Senate already has passed the measure, and it's now awaiting action in the House. Bureaucratic ' Hit Huntington Editor Heads Press Group Don Hatfield, managing editor of The Huntington Advertiser; Saturday was elected president of the West Virginia Associated Press. Hatfield succeeds Richard Wesley, vice president and executive editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, as president of the association of daily newspapers which are members of the AP, · CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - It is a mistake for federal and state governments to "place ever heavier burdens on the small businessman," Sen. Robert C. Byrd, DrW-Va'., said Saturday.. ; In a speecfi to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Byrd said consumer protection was important, but warned that "store owners and other business people should not be strangled to death in bureaucratic red tape to achieve that laudable purpose." Emile J. Hodel, editor of the Beckley Post-Herald, was elected'vice president at the group's annual meeting. Tom Briley, West Virginia chief of bureau for the AP, again was named secretary-treasurer. The annual meeting concluded Saturday with a. luncheon and a discussion of new technology in the newspaper industry and how it is being applied in West Virginia. I||Raee for Speakership By Herb Little The Astociated Preii Jockeying and head-counting already are under.'.way-..in a prospective race for the West Virginia House speakership in the 62nd Legislature.- :'C' 'v It" seems probablei that Del. Lewis N, McManus, "who has taken more than his share ef lumps as speaker; will have to beat serious opposition to win another term. However, the opposition has riot yet fully taken shape. Among the 44-year-old Beckley bachelor's fellow Democrats, the only one who now says unequivocally that he is running is five-term Del. Donald L. Kopp of Clarksburg, industry and labor committee chairman. Kopp, 39, has been a spokesman for AFL-CIO views in the House. Two' other Democrats prominent in . speakership speculation have shown interest, but af this stage neither counts himself in the race nor out of it. They are three-term Del. Albert L. Sommerville Jr, of Webster Springs and two-term Del. Charles R. Cline of Pirieville. Sommerviile, a 40-year-old lawyer, has been chairman of the vital judiciary committee in the 61st Legislature and, as such, a key member of McManus' leadership team. Cline, also 40, is a weekly newspaper publisher. He was accorded generally high marks for his handling of House reapportionment legislation last year as chairman of theSpecialRedistrictingCommit- tee. . OF COURSE, speculation about Demo- · cratic incumbents as speaker candidates assumes their re-election in November and Democratic retention of House control. The choice will be made in a caucus of incoming House Democrats after the election. Sommerville said, "I haven't decided to get into it I wouldn't unless I could win." In a reference to McManus, who was finance committee chairman before he was elected speaker in March 1971 to succeed the late Ivor F. Boiarsky, Sommerville said: "My main interest in being speaker would be in having an excellent chairman of finance." The tenure of the 61st Legislature has been a time of tribulation for McManus as speaker On numerous occasions his leadership team tost control to Republican Gov. Moore when a handful of dissident Democrats voted with the GOP minority. Last year such a coalition ousted McManus appointee Billy B. Burke of Gten- ville from the finance committee chairmanship aid installed a Democratic friend of the Moore administration, former Speaker Harry R. Paidey of laeger, *,in his place. i- Bat any pwsfciWy that Moore might try Statehome Boolt LITTLE to engineer election of Pauley as a^pro-administration speaker in the 62nd Legislature vanished when a primary election defeat in McDowell County last month made Pauley a lame duck. dates for House speaker or Senate president have a way of shaking down to just two or three when caucus time arrives. The dropouts, depending on their support and who inherits it, sometimes become prospects for posts filled by presiding officer appointment. . One such post that will have a new occupant in the 62nd Legislature is that of present House .Majority Leader Thomas E. .Myles of Fayetteville, Myles, who has held the post two terms: under McManus arid Boiarsky as-well as in three prior terms, was a May primary casualty in Fayette County. Mentioned as a possibility to succeed Myles if McManus continues as speaker is the present majority whip, Del. Walter Rollins of Kenova. Reportedly also interested is Del. Charles E. Lohr of Princeton, now House Education Committee chairman. LARGE FIELDS of earlybird candi- 'Pot'Hearings Waived by 2 WVU Students WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP)--The president-elect of the West Virginia University student body and a fellow student Saturday waived hearings on charges stemming from alleged possession of marijuana. Howard L, Skidmore Jr. of Clarksburg, W. Va., the president-elect, and Christopher Anderson Jr. of Morgan town, W. Va., joined their attorneys in the brief proceeding before. Justice of the Peace John Daily. Their cases go to the Greene County grand jury, which convenes in August. Skidmore and Anderson were arrested by state police May 31 along Interstate 79 near here for alleged possession of nine ounces of marijuana. Fund Cut OfM.H. Decried Eugene Harper, president of the West Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Saturday denounced the House Finance Committee's deletion of $2 million needed to fund Morris Harvey College if it is incor- . porated into the state system. That action came as the House advanced to passage stage a bill to incorporate the college into the public system of higher education. "Such action," Harper said, "is totally irresponsible. It only confirms the deepest fears of state college faculty that the admission of Morris Harvey will be to the detriment of an already underfunded state system. "West Virginia presently ranks 48th of the 50 states in faculty salaries, and the over-all disparity in higher education is widening because West Virginia also ranks very tow in the percentage of increased appropriations to higher education over the past two years." Harper said Morris Harvey's admission to the state system must not be at the expense of sister institutions. "On the contrary; if Morris Harvey is to be of benefit to the state system, higher education funding in general must be in- cifased, not decreased. I urge immediate correction of this intolerable situation." lii Together Meeting his brother and sister he hadn't seen in person for years is Taufik Hourani (center) of Brazil after he arrived at Kanawha Airport. He hadn't seen his sister, Mrs. Ar- breeza Zegeer (left) for 92 years and his brother, Edy Hourani for 41 years. All are native s of Lebanon. Mrs. Zegeer and Edy Hourani now lives in the Kanawtd Valley (Staff Photo If Lawrence Pierce)

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