Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 3, 1972 · Page 11
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 11

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 3, 1972
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Arch, Jay Styles In Campaign Vary By Herb Little The Associated Press Labor Day is the traditional starting line for hard campaigning, but it appears Arch Moore for a little while longer may stick to the role of hard-working governor too busy for much politicking. His Democratic opponent for governor secretary of state John D. Rockefeller IV -·Jay" on the badges and bumper suckers--iiasn't paid much attention to the Labor Day tradition either. Statehouse Note Book LITTLE Rockefeller has been hard at it for months. Now he's almost constantly on the road, following a tight campaign schedule thai leaves scant time for even token appearances in the secretary of state's office. By November, he may set a West Virginia record for voters met and hands shaken. Many people in the crowds he attracts stand in long lines to meet him. He never quits until, the last possible hand has been gripped. Only November will tell whether the eagerness to meet him reflects zeal to vote for him or whether it's more a matter of the 3-year-old multi-millionaire's celebrity appeal. One veteran Democratic officeholder, after watching Rockefeller spend several hours meeting people and shaking hands at the state fair, commented: "He's like a monkey in a cage. Everybody wants to see him, touch him and feed him a peanut." Meanwhile, Moore's avowed political activity so far has been limited largely to several dinners to which fellow Republican governors from other states have come to lend him a hand (noteworthy exception: Jay's uninvited Uncle Nelson of New York). This is not to say Moore has left the field to Rockefeller. The powers and position of the governor's office give him a broad avenue to get exposure without calling it campaigning. As the first four-year governor eligible to succeed himself, Moore has made skillful use of the incumbency opportunities--speaking at nonpolitical conventions; putting out news releases announcing road projects, federal grants and all sorts of goodies, and holding frequent TV-covered news conferences. On television not long ago, Rockefeller's press secretary complained that Moore's news conferences were "nauseatingly frequent." Nothing has been announced yet as to when Moore will abandon his statesman-above-the-fray stance and begin out-and- out campaigning. But Moore plainly likes campaigning and the record says he.'s good at it. It surely won't be too much longer before a fast-moving cloud.of dust on the horizon will mean the Arch Moore caravan is on its way. Not unexpectedly, considering the party's 9-to-5 registration advantage in the state, top Democrats -- when they're talking for quotation -- speak optimistically about the entire ticket's prospects in West Virginia this fall. But in private, not-for-atribution conversations, a matter discussed with concern by many Democratic candidates in the state is whether Sen. George Mc- Govem's presidential candidacy will hurt the state ticket. With a few exceptions, they're not very high on McGovern's chances of carrying West Virginia against President Nixon (although Nixon lost it by 66,000 votes to Hubert Humphrey four years ago). Some Democratic candidates express fear McGovern will lose so badly in the state the effect will carry down the ticket. One prominent Democratic candidate said McGovern "is bound to hurt the state ticket." Another, agreeing, said, "Jay is just going to have to carry us." However, these fears may overemphasize the importance of a presidential nominee's coattails to state candidates. In fact, the record indicates the coattails may not be important in West Virginia. Five of the last six Democratic governors, in winning election, ran ahead 1 of the party's presidential nominee. The exception was Hulett C. Smith, who couldn't match the Lyndon Johnson landslide in 1964. This tendency is even more pronounced on the Republican side, incidentally. In light of the last 10 elections, the GOP nominee for governor ran ahead of the presidential nominee. Adventure The elephant pictured here is just one of the attractions at the circus the South Charleston Jaycees are sponsoring- Sept. 25. Ticket sales, $2 for adults and $1.25 for children under 14, begin today. The circus, to be held at the Ar- lans parking lot, is to raise money for underprivileged children. For tickets contact Bron Miller at 343-3153. Shriver to Arrive Today Sargent Shriver, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will arrive at Kanawha Airport at 5:30 p.m. today to begin a brief tour of the state. Shriver, accompanied by his wife, Eunice, will deliver a brief address and hold a press conference at the airport shortly after arriving. Early Monday Shriver and' his official party will depart from Charleston for a tour of Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley beginning at 8:30 a.m. ChorlMton, W. Va., Sept. 3, 1972 ECON1) RQNT IB Just Think How Nice... Always on Sunday by Terry Marchal SCENIC New Bill Working Through Congress Could Speed State Highway Construction All the planning in the world couldn't have produced two more boring television shows than the recent Democratic and Republican conventions. It was rather nice that ABC offered some alternatives to the tired old rhetoric that goes on and on and on. But even ABC got all excited about the conventions late in the evening. The Republican National Convention was supposed to be dullsville. Just a couple days of soapbox oratory for the incumbents. And the Democratic convention was a surprisingly ho-hum with all the players bowing out before the kickoff. As the TV cameras showed, few people on the conventions floors paid much attention to the speeches. *THE ONLY HIGHLIGHTS were the acceptance speeches. But even there, it was the same thing everyone's heard for the last year, punctuated by applause from delegates--most of whom had to be awakened at applause time. Why all three networks feel they have to cover the convention is beyond me. So, by way of a friend--Paul Heavener --comes a solution. The TV networks bid for rights to the Superbovvl, to the Olympics, etc. Why not let the networks bid for the rights to the conventions? The network with the highest bid gets it. And just think. The $3 million or so for the Superbowl puts dough in the pocket of the National Football League. The $6 million for the Olympics doesn't do that committee any harm. Either political party could use the few million dollars that could be obtained from the selling of television rights. Heaven knows the Democrats could use it. The sale of TV rights might pay that party's telephone bill. Fort Hill Interchange Contract Let The Associated Press The State Department of Highways has awarded what it says is the largest roadway construction contract in its history --more than $22.5 milliomn for Fort Hill i n t e r c h a n g e in Charleston of Interstate 64 and W. Va. 214. The project, which will require nearly 7',i million tons of structural steel for bridges over other roads and railroads, went to Vecellio Grogan Inc. of Beckley and Foster Creighton Co. of Nashville, Tenn. JUST THINK HOW NICE that would be for the TV audience. Only one network broadcasting each convention, leaving the other two free to broadcast more interesting things like the "Brady Bunch" and "The Lucy Show." The networks would probably like the idea. Especially one or two who earn the convention coverage rights. They could brag about it for four years, or until the bidding for the next convention started. Yes, sir, the Heavener plan could make at least one network extremely happy. Even though the Neilsens would probably show 90 per cent of the TV audience watching something else. By ROGER PETTERSON A bill now making its way through Congress will put the Highland Scenic Highway on sounder financial footing, and turn it into a West Virginia version of the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. It may also alleviate some-- but not all--opposition to the highway from conservationists. Construction on the proposed highway along the spine of the Appalachians began in 1965, three years after Congress approved it. Now, seven years later, the road snakes for all of 10.2 miles before dead-ending in a construction area east of Richwood. Flames As pretty as any beauty contestant you could find anywhere are these three winners selected during the recent Chesapeake Town Fair, staged for the hone- fit of the town's volunteer fire department. From left, are Kelly Rocher, named "Little Miss Flame"; Terry Lee Kinjr, "Tiny Miss Flame," and Debbie Cooper, "Miss Flame." The state announces new Interstate and Appalachian highway construction contracts as fast as it can, but this road has inched along at less than a mile and a half a year. It ws originally proposed as a 160-mile, two-lane road reaching from its present beginning atop Kennison Mountain east of Richwood, through much of the Monongahela National Forest, to Gormania on the West Virginia-Maryland border, traversing on the way some of the Mountain State's most remote and scenic land. Now, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1972 reclassifies the highway from a public land highway to a scenic and recreational parkway, opening a pipeline to six times as much money and making it strictly a tourist road closed to commercial traffic. The Public Land Highway program has held a low priority and the entire nation wide program was funded with only S12 million, a spokesman for Sen. Jennings Randolph. D-W. Va., said. Of that sum, the Scenic Highway got $4.9 million, but it's not yet released and a new contract not yet let. The new designation will let the Scenic Highway share in a national pot that grows to $75 million in fiscal year 1974, and $100 million in fiscal year 1975. This new funding is expected to "substantially increase" the speed of construction, the spokesman said. Temple Israel To Celebrate High Holidays ~ The Jewish New Year or Rosh Has- hana, year 5733, according to Jewish tradition, will begin wilh a service at 8 p.m. Friday at Temple Israel on Kanawha Boulevard. Rabbi Samuel Volkman will speak on "Jewish Priorities" in the light of the congregations^ experience of 100 years in Charleston. Services will begin al 10 a.m. Wednesday. New Year's Day. Rabbi Volkman will speak o "The Sounds of the Shofar --Commentary on Jewish History." The word "shofar" designates the ram's horn, the sounding of which is a unique characteristic of Jewish New Year's day observance. A service for the children of the Temple Religious School will be held at 2:30 p.m. For additional information regarding High Holiday services and the Temple Religions School, c.ill the temple office at 342-5852. The new restriction on commercial vehicles, and environmental protection written in the bill, will cut back some opposition from conservationists. The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy had worried in the past that the road would be "an inroad to open up areas to natural resources," with coal and timber trucks vying for space with tourist caravans. BUT THE NEW MONEY and increased speed of construction will only fan the bonfires of conservationist discontent. The road "will penetrate three of the major wild areas remaining in West Virginia," the Conservancy said, "Cranberry-Williams River Region (already penetrated), upper Shavers Fork region, and the Dolly Sods-Flat Rock Plains area," the group has warned. The Conservancy has recommended the Scenic Highway be built by merely upgrading existing roads, rather than carving through the mountains, but Conservancy President Bob Burrell says Sen. Randolph has never answered letters on that subject. +THE BILL as presently written calls for continued construction of the road atop the ridges along the upper Shavers Fork watershed east of Webster Springs. It would then stop at its junction with U.S. 250, and a second round of public hearings would be held before it continued north toward Elkins. If it never goes beyond that point, short of the black bear breeding areas and trout streams of Shavers Fork, it would be "a whole new ball game .. . suitable for broad discussion," Burrel said. But if the federal government, prodded by Randolph's mighty Public Works Committee, pushes to extend the road, the Conservancy will be in there fighting. The Conservancy has already proven its readiness to fight. When Island Creek Coal Co. wanted to cut roads into the protected Otter Creek area of the Monon- gchela National Forest to prospect for coal--it owns the coal rights there--the Conservancy went to court and forced the coal firm to haul its prospecting gear by packhorse. Despite the Conservancy's clout, Randolph has the power of the chairmanship of the Public Works Committee and he has wanted the road for some time. And his success with highway projects in the past, has led to the nation's highway contractors listing him as a good friend. 4 Al-Fence-Co' Week Away Twenty-five artists have submitted entry forms to compete in Newspaper Agency Corporation's "Paint Al-fence- co" Contest. Sunday, Sept. 10. The competition is open to all area artists 16 years of ape or older. Their canvas will be an eight-foot high fence which surrounds the construction site for the planned $4.25 million expansion to the NAC building. The fence is on the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and McFarland Street. Area artists entering the contest may express themselves in a painting, collage or mixori media work. NAC is offering $100 as first prize. $75 second and $50 t h i r d . The contest will begin in a.m., Sunday, Sept. in. NAC will provide a gray latex base paint for artists to prepare the surface upon which they will work. Competing artists rr.ust provide their own materials for their works. Permanent media should be used. Heights and widths of the painting ;uea.s will be determined by the number of entrants. Artists may use whatever subject m a t ter they desire providing it is in good taste. Those interested in competing in the contest are requested to complete the entry form below and mail it to: Promotion Department, Newspaper Agency Corp., 1001 Virginia Street E, Charleston, West Virginia 23301. Yes, I would like to paint a section of the Newspaper Agency Corp. fence. Please enter me as a competitor. NAME ADDRESS CITY AND ZIP . . ST-R.TECT MATTER Age MF.DIT'M

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