Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 43
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 43

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"Remember the Good Old Days if hen vce only worried about Russia getting one?" FANNY SEILER: Affairs of State Summer employment for youth used to be for the economically disadvantaged in state government, but the trend now is to employ young people who are oriented toward college, or are in college. The adjutant general's office hired four boys this summer with some extra funds in the State Armory Board's budget. All four are sons of officers in the adjutant general's office. The officers are William Marshall, Paul Martin. Gail Gobel. and Norman Southern. Two other boys and three girls were hired under Gov. Moore's summer help program, making a total of nine for the adjutant general's office. ·» ADJ. GEN. Jack W. Blair says he doesn't have any hard and fast rules on hiring. But he notes that the only applicants for the four jobs financed by the State Armory Board were the officers' sons. Adj. Gen. Blair says there is a stipulation that the young people have to attend college. The Governor's summer help program has a separate set of rules, and first priority must be given to disadvantaged individuals who apply. The selection is made through the manpower program in the Governor's office, not the adjutant general's office. The officers' sons are assigned to keep the grass and weeds cut, and help maintain the grounds, at the Armory. Incidentally, they have a good reputation for being hard workers. campaign committee for the general election .. . The first order of business for new Senate minority leader Frank Deem. R-Pleasants. was to be interviewed on television . . . Mrs. Carla Zando. secretary in the office of James dowser, deputy director of administration in men- tal health, is expecting her first child in January ... The wife of Ron Dean, assistar attorney general, gave birU to a nine-pound girl recently . ^GAZETTE *MAIL Charleston. Wesl Virginia .1 urn- 30. 1974 Page 2D Vol.18 No. 26 SHORTS - Del. John McCuskey, R-Harrison, finally emerged triumphant last week with Rhodes-St. Clair Buick, after being without his car for six days. McCuskey says the garage kept telling him that a part hadn't come in for his car until he lost his cool and asked the garage to forget the whole thing and return his car. The garage wanted $20 which McCuskey wouldn't pay so the garage wouldn't return the car. McCuskey was turned down by two magistrates which he said have business with the garage, and the Charleston Consumer Protection o f f i c e proved to be of no help, before Magistrate Larry Asbury took his case. A lawyer, McCuskey was aware that federal Judge K.K. Hall had voided the mechanics lien law in a recent case and he knew the garage couldn't keep the car by filing a lien for the $20. Asbury issued a writ and a constable went to the garage to see that McCuskey's car was turned over to him. McCuskey says he's changed his mind about magistrates, and they're not all bad ... When this reporter found out last Friday that Secretary of State Edgar "Hike" Heiskell HI was going to Russia, it was like getting Heiskell's office to confirm top military secrets . . . Sept. 4 has been set for the trial date of suspended- Labor Commissioner Robert McConnell and Sept. 5 for Walter Snydcr, suspended director of wage and hours division . . . Del. Harry Moats, R- Ritchie, gave the prayer one day last week and prayed for "the person who thinks in inches and talks in yards for sooner or later he'll say something he never even thought of" . . . JENKINL JONES Churches Hit Stop Robbing Blind '"; One of the more successful ventures -undertaken by the federal government "'was the Blind Vendors Program, -which was intitiated in 1936 under the "sponsorship of West Virginia's senior ;-senator, Jennings Randolph, then a ""young congressman representing the i-state's second district. * *. · Unlike most government programs, ^his one has cost the taxpayers almost k nothing -- and at the same time it has trserved its purpose in giving thousands , of blind persons the dignity of being ·^productive, sell-sustaining citizens in- r stead of wards of the government on ·Cwelfare rolls. '-. But the Blind Vendors Program has been on the downgrade in recent years ^insofar as federal government build. ings are concerned -- not through any '.'·fault of the program itself, but be"cause greed has caused others to mus- *-cle in on a good thing. i/ I n c r e d i b l y , the e n c r o a c h m e n t "comes from government employes i/who. backed by their unions, have * -been installing vending machines in ^public buildings to finance "employe "recreation associations" for support :-of entertainments ranging from bowling leagues and elaborate swimming:-tennis complexes to office picnics and 'such incidentals as flowers for sick :- employes, wedding gifts and supplies. ';. The takeover by the federal em- 'ployes has been outrageous. A spot .check last year by the Government ·^Accounting Office, covering 228 blind vendor stands in:postal installations, disclosed for example that the operations produced only $87,000 in profits for the blind while the employe associations retained $1.6 million for their "recreation programs." The outrage does not stop there. Not only are the bureaucrats and their unions stealing froin the blind and running them out of business, but they're also stealing from the government, since federal law provides that any revenue from vending machines in a federal building belongs to the building's owners, meaning the U.S. government and the taxpayers. The Comptroller General made this clear a few years ago and tried to put a stop to the stealing, but the civil servants finally wore him down to the point where he gave up -his complaints as "useless and ineffectual." Only Congress can put a stop to this injustice and outright stealing, but so far the House of Representatives has been so browbeaten by the arrogance and threats of the bureaucracy, particularly the postal employes, that nothing has happened. Sen. Randolph introduced legislation in 1970 and again in 1973 to correct the situation, but each time his bill died in the House after passing the Senate unanimously. Again this year Randolph is in the forefront of the battle, taking a somewhat conciliatory approach by proposing that federal employe associations share legally in the vending machine profits after the blind vendors receive income up to a. Ceiling to be established by the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Randolph's bill passed the Senate June 20 on a voice vote and it is now in the House Education and Labor Committee, which showed little enthusiasm for law and order on the-two previous occasions of its consideration of similar legislation. And the word is that the federal employes are girding their forces to hit once again at the soft underbelly of the Congress, which in this case is the House of Representatives. Surely even a member of the House should have the courage to stand up on an issue that involves justice for the blind and an end to stealing from the taxpayers. Sen. Randolph's compromise is more than reasonable. It would assure continued success for the Blind Vendors Program and at the same time would provide federal employes a legal share of funds they have been taking illegally. We urge the House to pass the Randolph bill; we particularly urge members of the West Virginia delegation to work and vote for it. It's Still Crime \ One recent morning, the residents of a Charleston street stepped outside to ^.learn that vandals had inflicted severe damage upon their cars, parked in ; .front of their homes. ". Tires were slashed, windshields vwere smashed, radio antennae broken. Householders surveyed the senseless vandalism with anger and despair. It woald have been unwise to choose that moment to ask why the people become incensed abont crime in the streets tat remain calm in the face of kinsizeil malefactkm in the political ite nvrhb. A The people are personally untouched by crimes in political and industrial circles, although they may suffer from it indirectly. But the vandal, the purse-snatcher, the mugger strike directly and personally. Having seen the handiwork of van- dais, we will try to avoid leaving the impression that our thoughts are too lofty to be directed toward minor crime. Criminals of both high and low estate should be brought to justice. Executive wickedness doesn't make the owner of vandalized property feel any better about it. \ 25 Years Later... What A Difference 25 Years And A Change In Jobs Can Make Department: "I am now going to address myself to a second issue which is very important. The point has been made that the President of the United States has issued an order that none of this information can be released and that therefore Congress has no right to question the judgment of the President. "I say that this proposition cannot stand from a constitutional standpoint or on the basis of the merits." Guess who expressed these sentiments? Rep. Richard M. Nixon uttered them in 1950 when the subject of "executive privilege" reared its ugly head during President Harry S. Truman's second term. ONE LAYER of granite on the statue "Lincoln Walks at Midnight" was covered by dirt for the flower bed, Arden Hodges of the Department of Finance and Administration said it was done that way to make the,statue look right with the planter and the rest of the grounds . . . Michael Gerrard. son of retired Morris Harvey professor Nathan L. Gerrard and Louise Gerrard, head of the West Virginia Commission on Aging, is author of "Citizen's Policy Guide to Environmental Priorities for New York City." Michael, who used to work summers in the Gazette newsroom, is policy analyst for the Council on the Environment of New York C i t y . . . The council is headed by Mayor Abraham Beame, whose executive board includes former Charlestonian William Ellinghaus, one-time vice president-general manager of the Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Co. Ellinghaus ended chaos in the New York City telephone system when it was being compared unfavorably to one that wasn't working in Moscow . . . Del. W. C. Field, R-Kanawha, told the House last week that in the four years the legislature tried to pass consumer protection legislation, if the banks would have "let us pass consumer protection, the bankers wouldn't have been defrauded by the Portugese Wine Co!" . . . There's a sign in Insurance Commissioner Sam Weese's office which says Blue Cross rate increase requests are hazardous to your health . . .Del. Phyllis Given, D-Kanawha, has been nominated for vice president of the National Society of Stale Legislatures. The election will be in August. The organization will be merging next January with the National Legislative Conference and National Leadership Conference to become the National Conference of State Legislators . . , STATE POLICE say they have to wax there own cruisers -- like they did years ago -- when they bring the cars in for servicing each 10,000 miles . . . Is it any wonder the State Senate has power in the majority party ranks? Sen. Robert Nelson, D-Cabell, is Democratic county chairman in Cabell. Sen. Warren McGraw, D-Wyoming, is county chairman in Wyoming. Sen. J.C. Dillon. D-Summers. is state chairman. Sen. William Moreland, D-Monongalia, is on the executive committee in his county and Senate President W.T. Brotherton Jr., D-Kanawha. is cochairman of the Kanawha County Democratic A massive computerized study of U. S. church membership has just been released by the Glenmary Research Center, a Roman Catholic agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, in cooperation with the National Council of Churches and the Lutheran C h u r c h , Missouri Synod. All is not well. , It reveals that church* membership in relation to the general population increase is at a standstill. Even the Catholics in the last two or three years seem to have arrived at zero growth. Most interesting is the indication that "liberal" churches, that is those that have identified themselves most strongly with social activism, are suffering massive defections in favor of more orthodox or Bible-centered denominations. THE UNITED Presbyterian C h u r c h , w h i c h slipped a $10,000 contribution to Angela Davis under the ambiguous heading. "Marin County Legal Defense Fund," has, according to its conservative lay committee, lost 350,000 members and $6.7 million in giving to the General Assembly during the past five years. Among the various branches of Lutheranism, the Missouri group, which is counted as the most conservative, grew 49 per cent in the past 20 years while the U. S. population was increasing 35 per cent. The most liberal group, Lutheran Church in America, grew only 21 per cent. Southern Baptists, who are ) pretty traditional, increased their numbers 45 per cent. The fundamentalist Pentecostals and Seventh-day Adventists went up 75 per cent. The vigorously proselyting Mormons n e a r l y doubled. And the. Church of God headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., went up 120 per cent. BUT WHAT'S wrong with social activism? Certainly Jesus was an activist. The early Christians, in contrast to the static paganism of Rome, took a lively interest in the poor and heavy laden. Aren't the "liberals," as they constantly tell themselves, operating in the truest Christian tradition? The answer may be no. There is a growing suspicion among many American Christians that their conclaves and conferences have been seized by very special kinds of activists who may be throwing their weight behind turmoil and even revolution and that headquarters offices have been packed with the like- minded. I have been reading the spring issue of IFCO News, the house organ of the Interre- ligious Foundation of Community Organization, sponsored by the National Council of Churches. ' Its African Liberation Support Committee reports: "The world imperialist system festers in Africa and engulfs the Western hemisphere as well. In,the USA we know it as monopolycapitalism, in Africa as imperialism. Wherever it appears, its cornerstone is the white ruling class in America." *· AN ARTICLE, on the Wounded Knee trials by Marilyn Clement, IFCO associate director, begins: "We must stand together or. we'll all go under at the hands of this desperate government, "As attorney William Kunstler stated, it is 'A trial whose purpose is to shut mouths, to stop ideas.'" Just what shooting up the village of Wounded Knee and holding 11 of its inhabitants as hostages had to do with free speech Ms. Clement didn't get around to saying. But she did quote Dennis Banks, the paroled burglar, whose bond for the Wounded Knee caper was helped by an $85.000 contribution from the United Methodist treasury. Said Dennis: "Thousands of years from now someone may lift a page from history and shed a tear for Bigfoot Lamont, Kent State and Attica and recall the era of Dark Ages." An article on Vietnam excoriates the United States for supporting Thieu in his alleged cruelties but has nothing derogatory to say about the Communists. The question before the House is: How much of this church-supported activism stands in behalf of Christian principles and how much is good old orthodox Marxism? What's at the end of the road -- heaven on earth or the concentration camps of the Gulag Archipelago? · »· SEIZING CHURCH conclaves from the dispersed and confused center is a cinch for a dedicated minority, particularly after the committee chairmanships are secured. But one wonders how many of these people are religiously oriented and how many are simply riding a convenient vehicle. Not only laymen but increasing numbers of preachers are being amazed at what is wrought in the name of the church. So amazed, in fact that 200 conservative congregations recently defected from the Southern Presbyterians. H a v i n g in m a n y cases grabbed the reins, the left wine hasn't vet solved the problem of what to do if the horse lies down. Buttoning one's purse and moving off are still unalienable rights. i RALPH NADER WASHINGTON, D. C. The early signs of the crushing economic burdens which faulty nuclear power plants are placing on electric utilities portend greater trouble as the number of such plants coming on line increases. Although utilities are not eager to concede these mounting costs, preferring to emphasize rising oil and coal prices instead, the following recent developments should be raising concern in the financial community: ^Boston Edison's Pilgrim nuclear plant has been shut down for deficiencies since December of last year. The company admits to a cost of $300,000 per day to buy replacement oil. *The Michigan Utility, Consumers Power Co.,'recently withdrew plans for a common stock offering. One significant reason was its Palisades nuclear plant which has been out of operation since last August. a breakdown that is costing the company five cents a share in earnings per month. The utility also announced a layoff of up to 5 per cent of its workforce: the Palisades plant's problems was one of the reasons. ^Consolidated Edison, the giant New York City utility, is now being questioned by the Atomic Energy Commission as to whether its serious financial straits permit sufficient funds to meet its safety responsibilities toward its two nuclear plants. One of these plants has been the subject of bitter disputes between Con Ed and the reactor manufacturer over costly design deficiencies. ··Jersey Central Power and Light Company's offering of 200,000 preferred shares was put off earlier this month due, in part, to a leakage discovered at the utility's Oyster Creek nuclear plant. THESE developments unfold there will be greater pressure on the AEC to disclose more information about how much of a drain such plants are in utilities around the country. With 45 plants in off-again, .on-again operation and 1,000 nuclear plants expected to be built by the year 2,000, the problems of managing these plants are only beginning. As fossil fuel costs level off -- and the government could do much to bring down these prices imposed by the petroleum-energy monopolies -- the nuclear plant factor as an economic burden will become clearer. Fuel adjustment clauses-are automatically passing on higher oil prices to consumers but higher nuclear plant costs have to go through more traditional rate approval channels. Hitherto, the controversy over nuclear power has centered on the catastrophic risks to health, safety and property should a plant have a major accident, releasing large amounts of radioactive gasses, or be sabotaged. Now two more fronts -- the high costs and unemployment that result from trouble-plagued reactors -- are opening which should begin to concern the banks, other institutional investors and those labor unions which have been silent on the safety issue. Nuclear plants which lead to financially troubled utilities in turn affect safety maintenance should the pressed company start cutting comers. Sir Alan Cottrell, the just- returned chief scientific adviser to the British government, pointed out the tough standards which must be maintained for the "light water reactors" used in the United States. In a current letter to the London Financial Times, he wrote: "I nope that the safety of the public in this country will never be made dependent upon almost superhuman eanneering and opera- tional qualities. There are plenty of examples, including recent ones, from various fields of activity where most carefully designed and maintained engineering projects have gone disastrously." WestingHouse and General Electric insiders know very well the telling truth of Sir Alan's warnings as they struggle against the tide of design defects in the reactor systems which they manufacture. Serious safety hazards, lack of plant reliability leading to frequent shutdowns, the worry of sabotage, theft of weapons grade materials, and transportation crashes involving deadly radioactive materials are spreading unease through sections of the nuclear establishment inside and outside of government. »·' : IN CONGRESS, the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, led by the two retiring nuclear, hawks, Chet Holifield and Craig Hosmer. is trying to quickly push through an early- ten year extension of the Price Anderson Act. This infamous law. which would ordinarily expire in 1977, severely limits the amount of money damages which would be paid to victims of a nuclear plant holocaust covering hundreds of square miles. So massive, in terms of hundreds of thousands of casualties and billions in property losses, would be the result of such a big nuclear plant accident or sabotage, that private insurance cannot be obtained beyond a fraction of I per cent of a big accident's devastation. Outraged over the Joint Committee's power play, senators Hubert Humphrey arid Walter Mondale have pledged to fight the bill on the Senate floor. It could be the first lengthy debate on nuclear power dangers before the full Senate -- a commentary on how long it has been overdue.

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