Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 28
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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GAZETTE-MAIL Editorials WVU Not Place for Moore Surely the person who submitted the name of Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. to the list'of possible presidents of West Vir- ginia University jests. Moore's academic credentials for such a critical office -- chief execu- Voting Best Weapon In 1972, more than 50 million Americans eligible to vote chose to sit out the general election. If these "no shows" had cast ballots they might have changed the outcomes of a number of races. Failure to vote on the part of large numbers is a quick and sure way to minority rule, a slower route to despotism and loss of liberties. The Bureau of National Affairs Inc., based in Washington, has issued a pamphlet in which it advises readers that in 1884, less than one additional vote per precinct in one state would have elected James G. Elaine president. Elaine lost to Grover Cleveland in New York by only 1,149 votes. If he had captured New York's electoral votes, Blane would have won the elec- tiqn. The bureau has no answer to the question of why so many people throw away their precious right to vote, but it suggests a comparison with other democracies. It is a comparison in which the United States comes off looking bad, indeed. Here are the percentages of participation in recent elections in seven nations: West Germany, 91.2 per cent. Sweden, 90.8 per cent. Denmark, 88.2 per cent. France, 83.5 per cent. Norway, 80.2 per cent. Israel, 78.5 per cent. United States, 63 per cent. All the European countries listed above supplied to the United States citizens eager to live in a land of free people. Unless their descendants employ their best weapon for maintaining freedom--voting--an ironic chapter may be added to the story of immigration to America. tive of the state's major educational facility and one of but 72 land-grant institutions to be accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools -- are exceptionally thin. Granted, university presidents should possess qualifications other than education, but certainly one of the prime attributes must be a zest for scholarship and an appreciation of scholars. Nothing in Moore's background indicates his has been a life devoted to the search for scientific truth or to the pursuit of knowledge in general. And a university president must be able to get along with his faculty. One shudders to think of the Great I Am abusing professors and deans-in the manner Moore has abused subordinates in his "administration and state legislators. Were the miffed at the provost of instruction, for example, would he decline to invite him to an official function, as he declined to invite the 'Let me warn You again that A public jobs Program Would be Inflationary' Jenkin L. Jones How New York Was Saved (c) Los Angeles Times J Historians generally agree that the year M80 marked the beginning of the solution Jo what had hitherto been felt were insolu- able financial and social problems of New Vork Citv. : That was the year when relief recipients and public employes for the first time formed a clear majority of New York City voters and the process of liquidation got pnder way. ·" Two major events of 1980 were actions Jy the city council doubling the compensation and halving the hours of all municipal .'employes, and declaring it public policy 'that police power would not be used ·against rent strikers. For a time it appeared that this beneficial effect would be nullified as long lines of emigrants to New York formed at the airport in San Juan, but the city council met this by clamping a ban on the admission of new residents. The availability of better housing emptied the slums of upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Most of the old buildings were demolished cheaply by a series of fortunate fires which occurred during a strike by firemen and waterworks em- ployes. Scientists from all over the world flew in to witness the amazing spectacle of hundreds of millions of rats swimming the Hudson River to New Jersey. ; TWO BENEFICIAL effects occurred l-immediately. Vastly increased employ- ;'ment opportunities in municipal service · actually lowered the demand for public as- ;:sistance. Rent strikes, which quickly 'spread to all sections of the city, added to ·'the spending income of tenants, thus stim- ; ulating retail trade, saloons and recrea- \ tion industries. « Refusal by Congress to grant any more *loans to add to New York City's current 5$100 billion debt to the federal government jwas feared by some as a serious blow to Hhe city, but actually compensating bal- Jances were already in progress. J The city council, in an effort to make up if or the loss of federal subsidies, quadrupled city taxes on all citizens earning jmore than the average salary of police and ifiremen, and imposed heavy city income j levies on all business and industry. » Immediately, the vast majority of citi- izens thus taxed moved out of town as did .'the industrial payrolls. This opened up for Jfurther public housing vast numbers of MtMdium-to-fine apartments. THE DISAPPEARANCE of business and industry improved the quality of life. Financial institutions found that because of instantaneous computer communication they could settle in pleasant places like Winter Haven, Aspen and Big Sur. This left lower Manhattan as delightfully quiet on weekdays as it had been before on Sunday mornings. Because the garment industry moved largely to Dallas, midtown became a place of peace. As commercial life vanished, the demand for hotel rooms dried up and families that had missed out on the apartment- grab moved into the Pierre, the Park Lane, the Plaza and the Waldorf, still mainaining their rights as rent strikers. Other hotels were abandoned. By this time all New York City bonds were in a specially created Standard and Poor's rating: Z. Doomsayers were claiming that the city had reached the end of its rope, when an engineer discovered that it would only cost $800,000 to dismantle Williamsburg Bridge and the scrap was worth $2 million. In view of the reduced population all traffic could be handled in the tunnels. So all the other bridges were taken down and sold. Then one by one the skyscrapers vanished since all had become city property through tax sales. New York City quickly became the largest used metal and marble market on earth, and the harbor boomed as ships hauled it away, chiefly to West Germany, Japan and the Arab world. THE ART in the Metropolitan Museum was auctioned off for $400 million, and there were eager buyers for the dinosaur skeletons at the Museum of Natural History. Thie council distributed the proceeds as "citizens' dividends." The final change for the better occurred when the power went off. Con Edison, long in bankruptcy and unable to buy coal, finally ran through all the paper in the city's files and archives and then had to sell its boilers. When the air conditioning, furnace blowers and elevators stopped everybody moved out, thus ending the people problem, which was New York City's basic weakness all along. The last person to leave was the mayor, who handed a quit-claim deed to Jake Eag- lefeather, resident of a shack on Huckleberry Island off New Rochelle. Eagle- feather was the last survivor of the Canarsie Indians who sold Manhattan for $24 worth of beads and trinkets to Peter Minuit in 1626. "I give 25 bucks for it," said Eaglefeath- er, "mainly out of sentiment. Since the sewage quit the fishing is better, but the hunting will be lousy for yean.". president of the West Virginia Senate to the opening of the state's Science and Culture Center? Faculty members expect and, by virtue of their learning in their chosen fields, are entitled to peer treatment from administrative colleagues, including the top administrator, the president of the institution. Under President James Harlow's guidance West Virginia University has made outstanding progress the last several years: His successor must be a scholar and administrator capable of filling immediately the position of head of the state's number one university and also of taking his rightful place among the foremost educators of the nation: someone like Harlow or Dr. Irvin S. Stewart. Moore -- admittedly he doesn't know it yet -- is a typical West Virginia politician whose time in office and power are rapidly running out. A university isn't the proper setting for a vain, arrogant, venal ex-governor. Think About This. . . A Cnetu: sports section story of July 9 advised readers that "Summers-, ville Lake in Summers County looks like the best bet for weekend fishermen. in West Virginia..." ,, , All right, all right. We know Summersville Lake isn't in Summers County. But it ought to be, along with the city of Summersville. Some demon of perversity, we submit, put Lewisburg in Greenbrier County instead of in Lewis County, where it obviously belongs. Just as Berkeley Springs ought to be in Berkeley County and Morgantown ought to be in Morgan County, Barboursville, by rights, belongs in Barbour County. Why isn't Grantsville in Grant County? You may wish to ponder these matters next weekend while you fish in Bluestone Lake, which is in Summers County. Try not to think about the fact that Bluestone Dam, which forms the lake, is on New River, not Bluestone River. Pamphlets Patronizing Out in the corn belt they're riled up about Purdue University and Earl Butz, and we can't say that we blame them. Midwest farmers are suggesting, with appropriately rude gestures, that they know where Purdue University- ought to stick its instructional pamphlets. The pamphlets containing material prepared at Purdue at a cost of $119,000 and printed at a cost of $347,000, purport to advise farmers on occupational health and safety. They were distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which Earl Butz heads. It seems that the language of the pamphlets is incredibly patronizing. A Nebraska senator said it is "arrogant, and insulting." , We tend to agree that Purdue should re-evaluate its program for instructing farmers. Maybe the teachers, should take a few lessons on an actual, farm. If they were to do so, they might not. be moved, the next time they produce' an instructional pamphlet, to warn that hazards cause accidents and that manure can make a wet barn floor slippery. We're totally certain that farmers knew this already, before Purdue, Butz, and the federal government undertook to educate them. Fanny Seiler: Affairs of State Press Preview Gala Even for the cynical -- which is characteristic of the press -- last Thursday night's press preview of the $14 million Science and Culture Center .turned into a gala occasion. The center was impressive and 3ov. Moore was in good form as he guided over 100 persons through the still uncompleted facility. There was plenty to see in the uncompleted stage, and Moore weaved in and out of exhibits of a log cabin, a country store, a riverboat with its mimitheater a miniature display of all the first ladies of the state with their inaugural gowns, a mini- theater which tells the story of the state's emergence through a film presentation, an instant library and others. He laughed when Pearl M. Rogers, acting director of Archives and History, upstaged him by making an appeal to the group to contact legislators about funding for the center. "You know these people aren't going to do that," he quipped. Moore got in a few barbs at his critics. When he invited his guests to the "Green Room" for champagne, the Governor joked from the stage of the 485-seat State Theater that he wanted to put a Green Room in the Capitol, but House Finance Committee Chairman Billy Burke wouldn't let him. The Green Room, he said, was a place where artists and the governors went to meditate before a performance. »- BUT, MOORE SAID, turning to a serious subject, the center would need funding from the legislature in years to come, even, he added, joking again, to pay the $12.95 which a performer said it cost to get the Putnam County Pickers, a musical group, to perform that night. Then the Governor added that he had a hard time, sometimes, getting $12.95 from the legislature. One of the comical lines made by Rusty Wells of the Pickers sounded like it was stolen from Gov. Moore's dialogue with the press. Wells thanked the audience for being so nice, and then quipped, "You could have been a little nicer." The center's director Norman Pagan let the Governor do the talking and smiled when Moore joked on stage that Pagan returned to West Virginia from the Kennedy Center in Washington after a little arm twisting and a good salary. Frederic Glazer, director of ttie State Library Commission, said the library section would make available for the press (without charge) typewriters and telephones for Charleston calls. The public can find many pleasures in the center too, and Moore said someday the U.S. Post Office may go along with his proposal to have cards and letters mailed from there and postmarked, Science and Culture Center. SHORTS -- Two invitations were mailed to State Sen. Mario Palumbo, D-Kanawha, for the black tie event at the Science and Culture Center this weekend, and both were returned by the post office with the explanation that Palumbo wasn't a senator in Washington. The invitations, however, were addressed to Palumbo'-s residence in Charleston . . . Deputy Mental Health Director James dowser was invited to the black tie affair, too, apparently the only one in the Moore administration with less than director or commissioner status to be invited outside the Governor's own staff. Richard Weekly, director of Emergency Services, wasn't invited and neither were the heads of the two legislative staff offices Jay Rockefeller wanted Jim Sprouse to be West Virginia's democratic national committeeman, but he. turned it down because the present committeeman, Rudy DiTrapano, is Sprouse's close friend.. .Jay Rockefeller has had two polls taken since the primary election, but he isn't saying what they showed. Although he won't tell what was in the poll with respect to Jimmy Carter, Rockefeller says Carter will do well in West Virginia. He's personally "really pleased about Carter"... U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph , D-W.Va., reportedly isn't going to have any hearing on new appointees to the Tennessee Valley Authority Commission until after the next president is elected. If it's Jimmy Carter, he's expected to appoint someone who's more favorable to Eastern coal than the present commissioners.. .House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, and Senate President William Brotherton Jr., D-Kanawha, accepted an invitation to a black tie reception and dinner sponsored · by the West Virginia Library Commission in appreciation of Gov. Moore. It was at Berry Hills Friday night... JIMMY CARTER'S staff man, J.B. Bleckley, spent the night with Jim Sprouse at Sprouse's farm. Several of Sprouse's political friends were invited so Bleckley could talk with them too.. .The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly going to approve American Electric Power's creation of a Utah mining subsidiary, Black Thunder Coal. Indiana and Michigan Electric and Ohio Power, both subsidiaries of AEP, would jointly own Black Thunder, and blend the Western coal with Eastern high sulfur and Midwestern coal,.. The mother of State Sen. Sam Kusic, R-Hancock, reportedly also lost her special license number for her car.. .The State Farm Commission is said to have laid off between 30 and 40 farm employes when it took over the state farms July 1,; and reportedly the institutions which formerly owned the farms absorbed the em,-, ployes.. .EdyHourani, who keeps the perr sonnet records in the Department of Finance and Administration, goes into Saint Francis Hospital today for two days of examinations as a f ollowup to three operations he had in April and May.. .United Mine Workers President Arnold Miller says he can remember about 1,500 telephone numbers. Once he calls a number, he rarely forget it... »· THE WIFE of Harold Casali had a baby boy the weekend of the Fourth. His name is Jonathan David.. .There's a rumble of some kind of squabble in federal-state relations over who's in charge of planning and development.. .Capitol parking guard Fred O'Connor and Mike Knipp changed a flat tire for a lady last week who had just had a throat operation and was stranded near the Capitol.. .P.L. Gainer; former executive secretary of the state sinking fund, has opened a real estate office in Lewisburg....Former Del. W.P. "Sheriff" Given, D-Webster, says his race against State Sen. Richard Benson for the Senate was "some kind of an election." It involved a six-county recount, 423 actual missing ballots and 1,205 ballots .that couldn't be counted in the recount, he said... Pilots employed by three departments of state government get paid $126,540 'collectively for salaries. Public Safety has three helicopters, and four pilots; highways has three planes and four pilots and natural resources has two helicopters and one Piper Cub.. .The legal division in the Public Service Commission has been having luck finding homes for kittens and puppies. A sign advertising free kittens at Dan McDonald's house went off the board in the secretary's office Thursday and was replaced by one from Joel Shiffman who was giving away puppies. 7 Think We're Overloaded It' z* Vol. 21, No. 2 Charletton, Wen Virginia Sunday Gaxette-Mail July 11, 1976' Page 2C

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