Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 13
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 13

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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·S»v» GAZETTE -MAIL H. ECOND RO1NT Page IB Two Gray-Hair Boards Further Confuse Issues By Jennifer Kerr The Astociated Pren In the manner of an anthropologist's dream of traditional society. West Virginia has an apparent policy of seating the village elders on committees dealing with sensitive issues. The state's two boards that handle education-both dominated by gray hairs-faced two ultrasensitive matters in the past two follow the new Title IX amendment to the federal Education Act. THE REGENTS were threatened with federal contempt charges when they met last Monday to try for the third time to handle the abortion question. Although the Supreme Court decisions were made in 1973, the West Virginia Legislature has refused to pass an abortion : regulation law to , , . . r . .. replace the abortion-prohibition law that weeks. And crotchety members of both j J ^ sajd the court - s dedsions boards made remarks revealing their lack of sensitivity. Both boards then made deci- ,sions seemingly designed to complicate the'issue further. -: . - ... ' voided. And, ruled U.S. District Judges Robert Maxwell and K. K. Hall, that :-meant the university hospital.could not refuse to give abortions. V '' Board member Earle T. Andrews, 73, of Berkeley Springs spoke up: "Who answers to God in these circumstances? The judge?" · Hickok clutched his legal papers'and mumbled, "You'll have to leave that to your own conscience." The members then individually commented on their positions, most saying tlicy opposed abortions'but felt obligated to obey a court order, . But Okey Patteson of Mount Hope, a 76-year-old former.governor, had some Bi- 'centenhial thoughts on the subject. .Coincidentally, both, matters relate to women and both involve federal orders. The Board of Regents, which has responsibility for the state's, colleges and universities; has been under federal court order for more than a month to permit abortions at West Virginia University Medical Center to comply with U.S. Supreme Court decisions. . . - ' . . . . . ;." · The Board of Education, which oversees primary and secondary schools, tackled the problem of when to schedule girls' basketball to assure equal; opportunities to '-'This Constitution was prepared and written 200 years ago and this was perhaps Responding to Maxwell's first order, the .before abortion was heard of." He paused Regents.amended the hospital policy.July .slightly, perhaps for abortion's endless 21, but limited abortions to the first three history to pass before his eyes. "Or at months of a pregnancy. Hall then gave least before the abuse of abortion," he them until last Monday to go all the way amended himself, evidently considering il- with the policy. ' . legal'butcher-style abortions not an abuse.; Before the meeting started, board members chatted and passed'around a colorfu) ,Moral standards have deteriorated," antiabor ion leaflet with gory pictures of he continuedi warming up on a standard aborted fetuses. The board s,lawyer. Jack Rotaj . y eiub lecture; , And as moral stand . L. H.ckok of he attorney general s office. ards have deteriorat ed, crime has gone up summarized the legal histoiy of^the prob- ; Times have changed ^ p le be . lem and recommended that the court s Ueve jn cohabitation and living toge t h er." order be obeyed. y; · Like good upstanding citizens cowed by the power of law, the board did alter the policy, but vowed to appeal the court order right up to the U.S. Supreme Court that started the whole thing. And the new poli: cy was not enough to keep/hospital offi- .cials, who maintain no doctors there will perform abortions after the first three months, out of Hall's court later, in the week.. . . Fertilizer Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Fellow mushrooms. I salute you on this fine morning and sincerely hope each of you is getting your fair share. The mushroom thing comes from a quote at Ashland Oil's Thursday'stock- holders' meeting. Originally it was meant to cover the stockholders, but circumstances being what they are. I don't think the author would mind expanding a bit to rover West Virginians, too. The author of the quote. Dr. John McCrea. a chemistry professor with the .University of Pennsylvania, was full of righteous anger, throwing around terms like -- "hogwash. looting, whitewash, organized crime, etc." He hit the heights when he was discuss- As mentioned above, Atkins is making restitution. As mentioned in various and sundry news stories a lot of guys who got' Ashland money are practically getting in line to give it back. What do we have here? The only lines 1 see forming are made up of people eager to take Our Governor off'the hook by saying they think they might be the ones that got the money if there was any - maybe. Over-all, the main impression the casual observer can get as the pot boils and bubbles is a rather steamy whiff of, "What money?" And. when you think about that for a while, that's not a bad ploy. If you can _ cloud it up pretty good with questions of ing a proxy statement by the company who got what and when and where, even- which discussed the illegal use of corpor- lually it can boil down to "What Money?" ate funds for political contributions. "What it (the company statement) really should say." he said, "is that shareholders are treated like mushrooms. They are kept in the dark and have a lot of manure piled on them." '· Now. that's what I call hitting the nail on the head. H fits all of us in West Virginia to a T. One other little thing in the report on the meeting kind of grabs me. It is this: Ashland Oil President Orin Atkins currently is And, when you get there, how could anyone expect restitution? . . . Oh me. ch my. Just please dim the lights and pass me another large helping of that organic fertilizer. BREAKING TRADITION, I think 1 feel the urge to say something nice about something. Big Shirley, my child bride. repaying the company $175.000 over the defines me as a niceness addict. My trou- next five years because of his role in the il- ble. she says, is that 1 ordinarily only take niceness fix out in the woods or along- legal money-giving. He now makes $315.000 annually. The way I interpret all of that is that pretly soon now. he'll have to be given a raise lo help him cope wilh the high cost of living, inflation, recession, the burden of Ihe repaymenl and elc. In the meantime, he's got terrific job security . . . Whal dummy would fire someone who owes Ihem $175.000? a side some lake or stream. Anyway, here goes: Charleston's bicycle Irail up Ihere in Kanawha City is seven miles of pure nice. It winds scenically along the river and through some fine tree-shaded neighborhoods. And. wonder of wonders, after several times around. I am here to tell you that not one dog has come raging at us to play the game of eat a leg. I know that Shirley keeps telling me that il is all for exercise, but I keep getting the GETTING BACK lo our own little old spore-filled corner of mushroom counlry. lei's medilate a few seconds on restilulion feeling lhal her main goal is lo have me - you know, giving il bat*. see how nice the rich people live ... ' ·*? rf A * ? THE BOARD of Education earlier this month was passed the bounced-around issue of when high school girls should play basketball. Many women coaches prefer winter, feeling any other season would be shuttling the girls out of sight in violation of the new federal law mandating equal sports opportunities by schools. Other coaches and most principals favor fall, realistically arguing that girls cannot hope to compete with boys for facilities and crowds in the winter. ^ The high school principals voted for fall. . but the Secondary Schools Advisory Com-. mission Board of Appeals voted for winter. Then the matter came before the Board of Education, members of which have an average age of 61. Some members were not present, but the board voted 3-2 to allow schools to hold girls' (but not boys', .despite a proposed amendment to that effect) basketball seasons in either fall or winter. A fair solution? Only if one intends to leave girls' sports in their present stunted condition, since the ruling makes scheduling and statewide tournaments in either season impossible. During the discussion, member A. H. Spangler of Bluefield, a 64-year-old insurance man. offered a suggestion to solve the scheduling problem. He said he believed girls should play- only intramural sports, and stay away from between-schools competition. That anthropologists taking notes on West Virginia might observe that maleness, rather than age. might be the problem factor. For Spangler's backward remark on girls sports is topped by one by Arble Morgan, age unknown, (boys') basketball coach at laeger High School in McDowell Counly. He told the Welch Daily News he didn't want his little girl playing baseball or any other sport lhal mighl be rough. "It could prove detrimental to a girl's heallh if she were hil in the breast wilh a baseball. I also object lo a girl throwing Ihe shol pul or jumping the hurdles." he said. (Herb Little w on vmcmlion.) -4' Movers Participants and spectators':alike seem to be having a good time during the Gorby's Grand Trophy Parade through downtown Charleston. Saturday. The fellow tooling along on the tricycle (left) draws a lot of laughs from viewers along Capital Street, and happiness is a ride on dad's shoulders for Amy Fisher, 5, (right), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fisher of Pinch. Amy grew weary in her role as a 4H banner bearer in the parade,, so dad took up the slack (and Amy, too). The parade was the opening event in the fifth annual Stern- wheel Regatta. See another, picture on Page 1A. (Staff Photos by Lawrence Pierce and Leo Chabot) The Instant It Happened Outside, the fog was thick. Inside, the mood was warm and cozy. In the plush Belvedere lounge, men and women sipped their cognacs or danced to the sentimental music of an eight- piece orchestra. A murmur of quiet bidding rose from the cardroom. In the cabins, some passengers were already asleep, their last night out. On the decks, the late strollers were getting their last whiff of sea air. In the passageways, others picked their way around the luggage, packed, tagged and ready for customs. The orchestra signed off the evening with "Arriverderci. Roma. 1 ' The Italian liner Andrea Doria. sailing southwest in a gentle sea, would be in New York in the morning. A few miles away, the Swedish-American liner Stockholm steamed northeast" on her first night out of New York en route to Copenhagen. A lovely wave danced off her sharp bow. which had been reinforced for ice in northern ports. Fog spoiled the view, but ship's officers assured passengers there would be pleasant nights ahead. By 11 p.m.. July 25.1956, both ships were sailing in opposite directions through the busy lanes south of the Nanluckel lightship, a stretch of sea off Massachusetts which sailors call "The Times Square of the North Atlantic.'' And at 11:22 p.m.. the mighty prow of the Stockholm hit the starboard side of the Andrea Doria aft of the flying bridge and. in a great roar of grinding, crunching metal, penetrated 30 feel. Then there was a shudder of ship frames and a shower of sparks and the two vessels jerked apart. On the Andrea Doria. deck strollers were slammed against bulkheads and curdplayers were thrown to the floor. Tables were torn from their sockets and sleepers were jerked from their beds and bounced against the walls and in the screaming confusions, passengers racing for the decks met passengers racing back to their cabins for their families and their lifejackets. The ship began to list badly and water and oil sloshed through the corridors. Death made incredible choices. Linda Morgan. 12. was lifted from her upper bunk and somehow ended up alive on the retreating bow of the Stockholm. Her younger stepsister, in the lower bunk of the same cabin, was killed. In the adjoining cabin, her mother lived: her stepfather died. Before dawn, nearly all of the 1.650 survivors were safely aboard rescue vessels. Fifty-one others were lost, some under crashing steel, others in the dark sea. And at 10:09 a.m.. July 26.1956. the Andrea Doria raises her stilled propellers to the sky and sinks in 225 feet of water. Up above, Harry Trask of the Boston Traveler is having trouble maneuvering his Speed Graphic and his 200-pound, five-foot-four frame in the tiny Beechcraft Bonanza. The Andrea Doria lies over on her side. "Circle her as light as you can." says the photographer. "Lean forward." He finds the room to play the camera behind the pilot's back. The ship lunges and Hany Trask shoots is*

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