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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 15

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1976 NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION SEATING ARRANGEMENT Vermont North Dakota New Mexico Belle Plant Cancer Study Is Under Way Thisjs a Diagram of the Floor Arrangement for the 1976 Democratic National Convention West Virginia's Delegation Is Located to the Upper Right Corner of the Picture Composite State Convention Delegate Is White Male, 49 -APWirephoto By Jennifer Kerr The Atiociated Preit West Virginia's composite delegate to 49-year-old white male, according to a the national party conventions is a computer analysis of the 28 Republican TavernitesWin??? Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Aaarrgghh... and yuurrcchh, also. The tavernites got me. And, once again, for our country I performed above and beyond the call of duty. Yep, I did my sleazo, cheapo, but sincere, $12-Bicentennial act. I did fail in two categories -- I could not sing (terribly shy, you know) and being as there is very little mercy sifting about in this life, I did not pass out colder than a carp. For the record, only one tavernite wound up in jail after the festivities were concluded. What finally happened was that I sort of turned myself in to perform after tavern- owned Paul Keen threatened to withdraw my invitation to the Fourth of July picnic on the banks of Little Coal River. When I got to the tavern for the act, I found that preparations had been extensive -- the floor was swept. I was all dolled up in a red, white and blue tennis shirt and my feet were encased in a pair of socks decorated with large Liberty Bells (cracks and all) and a couple of '76es. Big Shirley, my child bride, said I looked just about as nice as I usually do. · It was all carefully scheduled. Just about the time the front door narrowly missed swatting me on the back part, out came the red tomato juice, the white ice cream and the blue food coloring and jar of vodka. Paul, of the heavy hand with the vodka, put together the three Bicentennial Baboom Floats under my careful supervision. I had never seen one before. They were ghastly. They did not come out in the hoped-for red, white and blue. They came out in a color that was some. thing between bilious green and a shade of brown that I do not want to talk about. The flavor probably could have been worse --maybe. I seem to recall that the Babooms made a noise. It was something on the order of a sizztinggg. I was marvelous with the sparklers. After that, everything else just kind of oozed along downhill. When it developed that I could not force myself to sing the patriotic songs in my Kate Smith voice, there was a rather long period of unseemly booing that made me even more self-conscious and even resulted in my pouring some of Baboom No. 2 down the front of my red, white and blue tennis shirt. Three days later Goodwill rejected the shirt even though it had gone through the washing machine four times. When the nonsinging problem solidified, some wiseacre went to the tavern juke box and called.up the currently popular barroom version of "Amazing Grace," a song that deserves better treatment. The curtain came down on the observance with Paul shaking the 12 Bicentennial Bucks out of the bottle on the bar. The cost of ingredients camejmt, Big Shirley's dol- lar came out (she couldn't attend and wanted her.money back), one souvenir buck for me came out, and that left just about enough to set up drinks for the house. Mission accomplished. I did hear one tavernite muttering, "What could we expect from a , and guy named B.S.?" The next morning I got the feeling that I had done my best when I discovered that I had kind of parked my car mostly on top of my neighbor's mailbox. Over-all, I guess Barnacle Richie Robb, our mayor in South Charleston, may have been right when he said it looked to him like my act would be undignified. I did not notice a single dignity around the tavern that evening. But in the big picture, we all won. Hee Haw people did not come here to relieve us of several thousands of dollars in Bicentennial funds. That money, of course, is tax money. · SPEAKING OF TAXES, I am sort of glad that Our Governor has, so far any way, been very careful to call the new culture center A GIFT to the people in the state. That's only about this far from calling it HIS GIFT to the state's people. GIFT? Hah. When it is like $14 million in taxes, the use of the word gift ranks right in there somewhere between Napoleonic and obnoxious. Other than all of that, I understand that the center is just splendid. It is ours and we should all use it and enjoy it at every opportunity. Naturally, I've got this little niggling question about the odds on finding a parking place anywhere within at least yahoo- ing distance of the center. ... *· ONE MORE LITTLE thought about taxes and such. How come, now that I am part owner of a bus system, I still have to operate a small fleet of vehicles just so Big Shirley and I can go about our daily living? When the bus business was private the buses came to our neighborhood only during daylight hours. Now that it is publicly owned, nothing's changed. There's not been an Indian raid up here for quite a while. I am not quite simple-minded enough to see any comfort or joy in being able to get to work by bus during the day only to be ' practically stranded there in the evening. · I know I could swing it all by walking about a mile or so. In the same vein, I could also get back and forth most of the way by river-backstroking. One day there'd be these two winos in the shade of the Elk River Bridge, One would point out into the Kanawha and ask, "Who is he?" The other would mumble, "Oh, just some guy who is part owner of a bunch of buses." and 33 Democratic delegates. He has at least a college degree and probably, has done postgraduate work. He ·is most likely a lawyer, but perhaps a self- employed businessman or elected public official. He earns more than $25,000 a year. He does not belong to a labor union. The Associated Press surveyed the delegates to the two party conventions this summer. Besides their preferences among the candidates, they were asked their sex, age, race, education, occupation, union affiliation and income level. The surveys were tabulated by a computer. The Democrats, who meet next week in New York, had delegates ranging in age from 31 to 74, for a mean age of 49.531. The Republicans, convening next month in Kansas City, elected delegates from 28 years old to 72, for a mean of. 48.607. Thirty-two of the 33 Democrats, or 97 per cent, are white and one is black. The Republican group is 100 per cent Caucasian. The Democrats have 29 men, or 87.9 per cent, and four women. The GOP contingent is 82.1 per cent male, divided 23 to five. As for education levels, 69.7 per cent of the Democrats and 82.1 per cent of the Republicans have at least a college degree. Sixty per cent of the Republicans have postgraduate degrees, mostly law. The Democratic post-graduate figure is 36.4 per cent, also mostly law. The most common occupation in both parties is lawyer, taking in 18.2 per cent of the Democrats and 35.7 per cent of the Republicans. Some 15.2 per cent of the Democrats and 17.9 per cent of the Republicans are self-employed businesspersons. Another 15.2 per cent of the Democrats and 10.7 per cent of the Republicans are elected public officials. The other delegates are scattered among a variety of jobs. Five Democratic delegates are union members, 81.8 per cent are not. The entire GOP delegation contains no union members. No delegates in either party make less than $10,000 in yearly household income. Some 28.1 per cent of the Democrats and 29.2 per cent of the Republicans earn between $10,000 and $25,000. The rest-71.9 per cent of the Democrats and 70.8 per cent of the Republicans--make more than $25,000. Three-quarters of the Democrats, 25, plan to vote for former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter on the first ballot. Two want Sen. Hubert Humphrey, one still supports Sen. Robert Byrd and five are uncommitted. Almost half of the Republicans, 13, are uncommitted for the first ballot. Nine say they will vote for President Ford, while six are for former California Gov. Ronald Reagan. BySklpJohiion The du Pont Co. is attempting to determine if the cancer rate among employes at its Belle plant exceeds the rate among residents in general in the Kanawha Valley area. The chemical firm has kept cancer data at all its plants since 1956, and this data has been updated to include all of 1975 and part of 1976. Still to be obtained, however, is corresponding data for non-du Pont em- ployes in the Kanawha Valley. ALSO LACKING is the incidence of retired du Pont employes who have gotten cancer but have not died from it. Fred Winterkamp, plant manager, said it isn't known at this time whether, the cancer morbidity or mortality rates among past and present du Pont employes at Belle is higher or lower than the national or area average. Among all du Pont plants, the Belle plant has always had a cancer rate somewhat higher than the average, Winter- kamp said, although he contended it isn't unduly higher. The West Virginia Air Pollution Control Commission held'a hearing late last month on a program for controlling emissions of nitrosamines, a cancer-causing compound. Trace quantities of the compound were found in the atmosphere at and near the Belle plant last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and du Pont. At the hearing, Earl McCune, safety chairman for the Association of Chemical Employes at Belle, contended there were sources of nitrosamines at the plant other than the one for which du Pont proposed a control program, and Ed Light, a staff member of West Virginia Citizen Action Group, said the nitrosamines problem may be only "the tip of the iceberg" in regard to possibly carcinogenic emissions from the plant. McCune appeared at a congressional subcommittee hearing on May 28 at Newark, N.J., and said the officers of his union "have become very alarmed" over the high incidence of cancer among em- ployes at the Belle plant. He presented a list of 54 cancer victims, including 28 who had died. k- ' 'MCCUNE EXPLAINED last week that the list was not fully authenticated. He said he personally knew about some of the cases, while others were reported to him by fellow employes or friends or relatives of the victims. He said the list was given to the congressional committee purely for investigative purposes. One of the greatest concerns of du Pont employes, according to McCune, is that the drinking water for plant personnel comes from the Kanawha River at an intake only a few hundred feet down- Sun Mail Second ^ j, i* Front ay", July 11, 1976 I stream from where a majority of the plar wastes are dumped into the river. A story in the June 27 edition of The Philadelphia Bulletin revealed that du Pont statisticians had counted 144 cancer cases among male wage earners at the Belle plant between 1956 and 1974. The Bulletin story said this compared to the 118 predicted on the basis of companywide figures. According to the story, the Belle plant; was one of only two out of 80 du Pont plants nationwide that had such high cancer rates. It was also pointed out that only. at the Belle plant is the Kanawha River used as a source of drinking water. Towns along the river get their water from Elk River. McCune argued that treating the water with chlorine "does nothing to destroy harmful, carcinogenic organic compounds." He said that on recent occasions plant management has stopped use of the drinking water for certain periods of time due to contamination. McCune said it isn't clear to him whether the cancer rate cited by du Pont includes all male wage earners, or just hourly workers. He said it apparently does not include female office workers. »· LIGHT, contending the nitrosamines emissions at Belle were only "the tip if the iceberg," listed a number of other potential carcinogenic emissions, but Winter- kamp disagrees with this list. "We don't agree, based on the best knowledge available to us today," he said. Winterkamp said du Font's own industrial toxicology laboratory had identified only 13 experimental carcinogens, or those that cause cancer in mammals. Winterkamp said du Font's study of its cancer rate, compared to the rate elsewhere in the area, should be completed within the next few weeks. He said the data will be made public. Election Hearing Opens in Lincoln HAMLIN--Allegations of ballot-tampering and extortion of campaign donations will be aired here Monday as Lincoln County commissioners begin hearing a contest of the sheriff race in the primary election. Jack Weaver, who lost the Democratic sheriff nomination by a scant 120 votes to incumbent John White, has filed a dozen laws of this state..." ··-"...The said John White...filed an improper after-the-primary and before- the-primary statement of his expenses and receipts for his campaign..." ··-"...In precinct 32 (McCorkle) individuals with no official status...had control of the ballot boxes prior to, during, and after said election with ample oppor- accusations of wrongdoing in the election. _ tunity to alter, spoil or tamper"with' said His contest petition, prepared by Del. ballots..." Charles H. Damron, D-Putnam, says Weaver has reason to believe that: ··-"...The said John White extorted contributions in violation of the criminal Hechler Looking for Help With Write-in Problems By Herb Little The Anociated Pren Rep. Ken Hechler struck out with the State Election Commission chairman and now is looking elsehwere for help with his enormous problems as a write-in candidate for Congress. Whether this will ultimately mean going to court, Hechler's attorney, Ray E. Ratliff, is not yet prepared to say. "We're really just doing our homework now. We're trying to deal with this in an amiable manner," Ratliff said. H echler, nine-term U.S. House incumbent from the West Virginia 4th District, withdrew as a House candidate in the May primary to concentrate on what turned out to be an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor. 'Now he. is trying to mount a write-in campaign for re-election to the House in November. The 4th District candidates nominated in the primary are Democrat Nick Joe Rahall II ofUeckley and Republican E. S. "Steve" Goodman of Huntington. * · * "AS A WRITE-IN candidate in a district where five of the eight counties use voting machines, Hechler faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Few voters know how to write in on a machine without asking a precinct official and thereby surrendering secrecy. Information printed on the machines offers no instructions for write- ins. Hechler and Ratliff contend the 4th District voting machines - there are three different kinds in the five machine counties (Cabell, Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wayne) -- do not conform to state law. They also argue that, as Ratliff said in a letter to Election Commission Chairman William R. Ross, "as a practical matter these voting machines do not permit a voter to cast a write-in vote." They wanted Ross, a West Virginia University professor of political science, to call a commission meeting to review the machines' compliance status. Ross, with whom Hechler and Ratliff met in Morgantown last Tuesday, declined. In a letter to Ratliff after the meeting, Ross disagreed about noncompliance of the machines. He said the commission certified them for use in the state after evaluation by qualified examiners and they meet the minimum requirements of the voting machine law. Ross said he therefore will not call the requested Commission meeting. "As far as I'm concerned, that's the end of it," Ross told this column. * * * RATLIFF PLANS to pursue the matter next with the secretary of state's office, which, however, is entering the picture on its own. Secretary of State James R. McCartney and his deputy in charge of the Elections Division, Alan R. Simmons, plan to examine voting machines Monday in Logan, Wayne and Cabell counties. This will give them looks at each of the three machine types in use in the 4th District. Their purpose, Simmons said, is to develop information to acquaint voters with write-in procedure on machines and also for the guidance of pool workers in write- in situations. As to the printed-sticker method of write-in voting attaching a gummed stick- Statehome Note Book LITTLE er bearing the write-in candidates' name, Simmons said "apparently it's feasible" with voting machines as well as with paper ballots. "We'll know more after Monday," he added. r THE HARBOUR County town of Junior (pop. 513) is right up there among the leading practioners of the art of grants- manship. In an order this month authorizing Junior to build and operate a sewer system, the Public Service Commission noted how the little municipality was putting together the $2.1-million financing package:Grants from three different federal agencies and one state agency, a loan from a fourth federal agency, and use of portions of federal revenue sharing allocations to both the state and the county. Apparently the only significant drain on the municipal treasury will be postage for mailing grant applications. ··--"...Numerous voters were aided by the election officials of precinct 32 in an unlawful manner... Their ballots were filled out and cast for them by said officials without a proper determination of the voter's intention and without the voter's knowledge or expressed desire as to how he wished to vote..." »--"...At least two Democratic voters at precinct 32 voted only board of education ballots, leaving their Democratic party ballots blank, yet no Democratic ticket ballots were blank at the time of the subsequent canvass and recount..." ··--"...Many ballots at Precinct 32 were cast by voters...who weren't properly registered, and in some cases by persons who were impersonating individuals who were registered..." Incumbent White carried the McCorkle precinct by a wide margin. Challenger Weaver hopes to have the ballots from that precinct thrown out, which would put him in the lead for the sheriff nomination. Lincoln County commissioners have set 10 a.m. Monday to begin hearing the contest allegations. Property Tax Bill Becomes Law in Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. James A. Rhodes allowed to become law without his signature Saturday a major property tax reform measure holding promise of restraints on future industry and homeowner tax increases. The governor said he felt the intention of the legislature in enacting the voluminous bill was clear, and that to veto it would have been "a futile act." However, he said he has several objections to certain features of the legislation, and hopes that the legislature will give it " some more consideration. Rhodes said because the bill eliminates tax millage rollbacks in voted taxes on public utility property, property taxes paid by utilities may increase by as much as $200 million in the next five.tears V

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