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September 10, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 17

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Nixon Michigan Lead Big, Newspaper Poll Indicates rUTTPfiTT fjn Tha TVit**n;i- KT«..._ __u rm_ » T DETROIT--W--The Detroit News said In a copyrighted story in its Sunday editions that its first pre-election poll indicates President Nixon holds a commanding lead in Michigan--a state he failed to carry in i960 and 1968. New Reclamation Effort Launched The Associafed Press West Virginia Surface Mining and Reclamation Assn. president Jim Wilkinson said Saturday his organization has initiated "a massive land reclamation program." "Although West Virginia has led the nation for the past four years in land reclamation," he said, "we intend to do everything possible to keep that position in the coming years." Since 1968, over 70,000 acres of mined land have been reclaimed in the state, Wilkinson said. "By continuing the many successful programs already benefiting the industry and expanding the efforts of the association, West Virginia can continue to set a pattern of outstanding land reclamation," Wilkinson said. The News said a sampling of 800 voters between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 showed Nixon would get 54 per cent of the vote to Sen. George McGovern's 39 per cent, with 8 per cent undecided. t* FREDERICK P. CURRIER, president of Market Opinion Research Corp., which conducted the poll for The News, reported Nixon was making inroads among previously hard-core Democrats. "The possibility of a Nixon sweep in the Nov. 7 general election in Michigan can not be discounted, even though the President lost the state in 1960 and 1968," the newspaper said. It added, "Despite his standing in the current poll, McGovern can find some hope in the Michigan voting patterns of the 1960 and 1968 presidential elections and must assume that the state's voters can be swung back in the next 59 days." Currier said a similar poll conducted a year ago showed Nixon with a 36-33 per cent lead over McGovern. »· ANALYZING THE VOTE in the latest .poll, Currier said the new Nixon strength comes from a shift by union members, by those in the 30 to 50 age bracket and skilled craftsmen and operatives. Soul Colds Are Rotten Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Last week sure was a lousy one. Normally, all of you know that I am really a happy-go-lucky sort of kook. But things do pile up and put one in a mood. I am trying to not think about, talk about or write about the unspeakable butchery at Munich. But, it is there, rattling around in the subconcious and adding to the mood. Over-all, the best description of the mood I've ever heard was by one of the world's pioneer cats. He dropped out before even he knew what it was he was doing and long before it became popular I knew him in Pittsburgh. His name was Henry "Dodo" Marmarosa and at one time, he said, he played in Dizzy Gillespie's jazz band in Birdland. Years later, Terry Marchal and I knew a piano player, employed at the time by "Shug" Davis in a Charleston "watering hole" called the Palm Gardens. This piano player said he remembered Dodo from his own New York days and that Dodo really did exist. Marchal, as usual, was not impressed. Anyway, the way Dodo used to put it was, "Man I've got a cold in my soul." A cold in my soul. I*WHY WORRY ABOUT only 11 more Jews, five Arabs and a West German? Haven't most of us lived through the slaughter of at least six million Jews, and how many Arabs and Germans? How many Americans? How many Asians? And others? And, isn't it a fact that there are very few people alive today who can truthfully say there was no wholesale butchery somewhere during that existence? Man's inhumanity to man is well- chronicled. Blood for blood and an eye for an eye never solved a thing. The popularity of these so-called remedies, however, never seems to fade Well, Dodo was right, There is such a thing as a cold in the soul. In fact, I am starting to think that we are about to witness a worldwide epidemic of it. As usual, as it develops, most of us will stand around wringing our hands and wailing, "What can I do about it, personally?" /. 4 Well, for openers, just remember that a cold in the soul is very contagious and therefore you should leave everyone else the hell alone. Above all, don't try to cheer each other up with witty sayings and jokes and such--especially ethnic ones. Break out of character, act like a person. Lay off your friends--let them mess themselves up for a change. »· THE LAST TIME I had a real bad cold in the soul, I managed to escalate it into a small domestic war with my better-half, known here and there as Shirley. As I recall it now, we had gotten to the point where we were not speaking directly to each other. If we had something to say we'd just proclaim it loudly to the ceiling, knowing that the silent one of the moment was hanging on to every word; just hunting for a way to end hostilities.' Anyway, I decided that the only really effective thing for me to do was to become an alcoholic and drink myself into an early grave. I rushed to our liquor cabinet (an antiqued piece of a dresser purchased from a second-hand junk shop, and could find only about a half a fifth of vermouth. Working with the tools at hand, I got a glass and ice from the kitchen. As I walked into the living room (Shirley had staked out our bedroom as her exclusive turf for the duration of hostilities), I declared loudly to the ceiling, "Here's the lonely old guy getting ready to drink himself into an early grave with ice and cheap vermouth!" Nothing. So, thinking her hearing had gone with her reason, I repeated it--a bit louder. Aha. results. I thought I heard a muttering bounce off the bedroom ceiling. "Speak up there, ceiling," I shouted. "No one likes a muttering ceiling!" As I swirled the cheap vermouth and ice cubes in the glass I heard it. clear as a bell over the defiant, clinking: "Bottoms up, dear." Soul colds are rotten. ^^^By *M» w*» w GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, W. »'«., 5e P J - JO, J972 ECOND RONT IB* Gospel The Second Annual West Virginia Gospel Music Festival began Saturday nt Onkes Field, South Charleston. Some of the scenes included three ~ year - old Scott Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thompson of St. Albans, who listened while he knelt on a blanket ( l e f t ) . Listening at the gate was a pretty trio of young iadies (top right). They are, from left, Cindy Burnette, Debbie Duffle and Becky Burnetts. Three of the singers who performed were, from left, Richard and Robert Griffith and their sister, Joyce, who played the piano. The festival will resume at 2 p.m. today. (Staff Photos by Ferrell Friend) 'Other' Sex Tries to Break Coal Mine Creed By George Vccsey @ NEW York Times Service CLEVELAND, Va.--In the working creed of the underground coal miner, two of the most enduring beliefs are these: That women are bad luck in a mine; and that a miner can always rely on his "buddy" in a time of crisis. But what if his "buddy" were a woman? The question comes up because four women recently applied to work underground for the Clinchfield Coal Co., causing no small amount of comment in the traditional masculine world of the coal fields. While a handful of women have apparently worked in tiny "family" mines, union and coal authorities do not recall women working at larger company mines. "A woman is not as quick-thinking as a man," said Bobby Tompa, a miner for 17 years. "I've seen men slaughtered, butchered like beef. I'd like to take my wife in there. I believe that would change her mind." But he opposite reaction comes from Lindsay Alderson, a disabled miner with 28 years of experience who said: "Some women would make good miners if they got the chance." »- THEIR OPINIONS are not ventured in the abstract. Tompa's wife, Catherine, is one of the four women who applied. So is Mrs. Tompa's mother, Katie, the wife of Lindsay Alderson. And Mrs. Tompa does not think any crisis a few miles inside a mountain could be any worse than the peril of raising four children, which she is already doing. Democrat Sheriff Nominee in Logan ~ Quits Candidacy LOGAN, W. Va.-w-Claiming "Logan County has had enough bad publicity and lawsuits/' Democratic candidate for Sheriff Harry Dingess ended his campaign Saturday. In announcing his resignation from the Democratic ticket, Dingess said. "I re cent years, the Democratic party in Logan County has received more than its share of bad publicity. . . I've been informed by a source I consider reliable that still another suit will be filed in the near future if I am the Democratic nominee." Dingess cited "legal technicality" as the reason for the threatened suit, in that he worked for a short time for the outgoing sheriff, contrary to state law. "One time my little girl was choking," said Mrs. Tompa, a solid woman in her late 20s. "She was eating a pork chop and it got stuck. I didn't have time to think. I had to rake it out with my fingers or she'd die. I stuck my finger down there--and I got it out. I think I could handle anything that happened in a mine just as well." No woman in the coal country Is ignorant about mining. They see their men die or lose their limbs and retire prematurely because of too much coal dust in their lungs. They also see their men bring home paychecks of $40 or more per day from union mines. The money got the women thinking. Mrs. Alderson had worked for 20 years in a nonunion garment factory making $2.10 an hour. When she took two weeks of sick leave, she was demoted to $1.65 a hour and she got mad. "We were sitting around in the cafeteria, talking about equal rights," said the wiry grandmother. "I had been watching a show on television the night before. There was one of those women's lib people on from New York. I don't even remember her name. But when I thought of men making all that money in the mines, I figured we could too.' »- A DOZEN women from the garment factory visited the Clinchfield office in the company town of Dante. There they met with Jim Knuckles, the company's employment supervisor. When four of the women f Patty Osborn and Helen Miller were the others), actually filed applications, Knuckles told them Clinchfield could not discriminate under federal law but that the company was not hiring right no\v. "We look for people with specific skills," said Knuckles in a telephone interview. "We look for people with mechanical aptitude who can operate equipment. It's the same thing as office work. We wouldn't hire somebody with clumsy hands to be a typist. Some women are very mechanically inclined. You've got women race car drivers who are very good. But I couldn't say what will happen. We get 25-50 applications a day right now. And we don't have many openings." "I worked at the factory and came home and cleaned out the barn." Mrs. Alderson said, "then I stayed up half the night taking care of my six kids. I think I d like to come home from the mine at 3:30 p.m. and sit around on the porch." Strip Limitation Proposal Criticized By Herb Little The Associated Press An industry spokesman says prohibiting strip mining on slopes steeper than 20 degrees, as proposed in Congress would knock out between 65 and 70 per cent of West Virginia strip production. "That would eliminate surface mining in all of southern West Virginia and put most of northern West Virginia in jeopardy," Ben Lusk said. He is executive secretary of the West Virginia Surface Mining and Reclamation Assn. · THE 20-DEGREE limitation was a last-minute addition to a strip mining regulation bill approved in Washington last Wednesday by the House Interior Committee. The provision bars removal of earth over coal deposits on slopes greater than 20 degrees, in effect prohibiting strip mining on such slopes. The practical effect, of existing West Virginia law is to prohibit stripping on slopes exceeding 33 degrees. The 25.9 million tons of coal produced by surface mining in West Virginia last year was 22 per cent of the state's total production. On tho average, slopes in the northern part of the state are somewhat, less steep than in the south. But Lusk said northern strip mines would be "in jeopardy" under the House bill because it might not be economically feasable to mine permit, acreages containing some slopes under 20 degrees and some over. +· MUCH STRONGER than more suspicion by now is the thought that Gov. putting a $250 million bond issup amendment, for primary and secondary roads, Moore has abandoned--if he was serious about it, in the first place--the idea of calling another special session of the legislature. Moore ??.id in midsummer he was thinking of calling a session to consider Statehouse Note Book LITTLE on the November ballot. He said he planned to poll legislators to obtain their views on the advisability of the session and the bond issue proposal. At an Aug. 16 news conference he said there was still a "good prospect" h would call the session. He acknowledged his inquiries to legislators had not yet been put in the mail, but said "they are going out." That's the last, anyone has heard about it. As recently as last week, this writer couldn't learn of a legislator who had received such a letter of inquiry or who knew of any other legislator who had o- DEL. WALTER ROI-LINS, D-Wavne supplies some historical d a t a of more than passing interest to Moore and Democratic gubernatorial nominee John D Rockefeller IV. Rollins wrote: "There hss never Ix-en a governor of West Virginia whose last name began with tte letter 'R'. On the otherhand there have six whose last names began with the letter 'M': Mat hews. MacCorkle Morgan, Meadows, Marland and Moore." Del. D. P. "Sheriff" Given. D-Webstpr, ran for the Democrats' 12th Senatorial' District State Senate nomination in the primary and lost. Now the word from Webster County is that he's planning a write-in campaign for re-election to the House. What's novel is t h a t , if our informants are correct. Given plans to distribute stickers imprinted with his name to sav* his supporters the trouble of writing it on the ballot. Statehouse sources say it's legal. The Democrats nominated former Del. A. L. Sommervillc ,lr. in the primary for the Webster House scat t h a t Given'new holds. The Republicans had no primary candidate . . . Commerce Commissioner Lysander Dudley, indefatigable spreader "of the ]'Almost Heaven-West Virginia" slogan, insists it happened at a meeting he attended in Wheeling recently. The priest delivering tho invocation concluded with, "and when we get there, Lord, please let it be almost West Virginia."

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