Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 31, 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 31, 1975
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Corpsmen Level Sign Identifying Completed Glades Trail and Overlook They Are (From Left) Robert Powell, Diana Simmons and James Simmons A Bird in the Hand... Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Overlook Finished In Cranberry Area The way Our Governor is not breaking any legs in a rush to either give Ashland ·Oil its illegal $20,000 campaign gift back or to provide us with a coherent explanation reminds me of an old Lithuanian. American saying. Naturally. . Well, this old saying was coined back in the golden age of American politics when it was still possible to trigger empurpling rage over someone greedily clamping his hooks into a ratty old vicuna coat. Ah, those were the d a y s . . . The saying I have in mind was first uttered by Bruce Casimir Rinkaitus, an ugly brute, in the dark, dank saloon operated in Pittston, Pa., by Chauncey "Shoulders" McGlenn. Old "B.C." (he made us call him that because he hated the name Casimir) first said it in Lithuanian. Then "Shoulders" (larger and uglier even than "B.C."), said, "Huh?" So, "B.C. V intoned the translation, "You show me a guy with a bird in the hand and . I'll show you a guy who ain't gonna fix my sandwich." . . . . . , Egad, what homey wisdom there'.'."'."" Especially when you consider that ' "B:C:" worked over at the slaughterhouse \on the outskirts of Exeter, Pa., and was a volunteer fireman when he wasn't keeping "Shoulders" company. . My own thoughts on the bird-in-the-hand. theory center mostly on the grip--light .and loose, light and loose . . . Anyway, it is time this particular Ash- ·land Oil bird be allowed to spread its 'wings and fly away. »- : JUST BEFORE DAWN the other day, I "stumbled on out of the bedroom, fell into my familiar slouch at the typewriter and wrote 387 pages of "Guadalcanal Diary" before slumping back onto the couch and into an uneasy sleep. A little later,.Big Shirley said I woke myself up by muttering, "It's a green hell," over and over again, in between snores. What has happened is that our house, like almost every other house in this valley, is becoming infested with all sorts of exotic house plants. This plant boom could ruin us. Our women are walking around crooning and mumbling to the plants because it is said the plants enjoy it and grow nicely. Our women are even playing soothing music for them and lugging them around to various parts of the house at various times of the day to catch the good light, etc. That is all sick enough, but, as usual, in our house it is even worse. Shirley's got philodendrbn curling out of the electric iron -- for nearly 20 years now, even my shoelaces have had to be permanent 1 press type. The kitchen range is a giant planter and I feel like charging Col. Sanders room and board. You wouldn't believe our refrigera- t o r -- a very rare, flowering iceberg lettuce that grows in the dark. I'm starting to think that we may have to drag old "I am not a crook" out of exile and press him into service to defoliate our homes as he did Vietnam. . UNDER OLD BUSINESS, all of you have probably noticed that South Charleston never has done anything about the cov- erup phase of the cat-torture case. That's a shame. Regatta Activities Here is the schedule of regatta weekend activities in Charleston: Today 9 a.m.-lO p.m.-Cruises on the Gateway Clipper will be offered. Noon--Acrobatics arid antics will be provided in the annual Regatta ski show. , 2 p.m.--The shoving contest among eight towboats will begin. 3 p.m.-Highlighting the week's activities is the fifth annual Sternwheel Regatta. Eight sternwheelers will vie for the victor's cup. The race course is from the South Side Bridge to the Kanawha City bridge and back. Monday 9 a m.-lO p.m.-Gateway Clippers excusions are available at the city levee. 9 am-Antique Car Show will be held at the Civic Center parking lot. More than 100 cars from a four-state area will be on display. The Kanawha Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will judge the event. MARLINTON-Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews have completed an overlook on the Highland Scenic Highway that provides a view of the Cranberry Glades botanical area, the U.S. Forest Service announced. This was one of several projects by the YCC this summer on the Marlinton Ranger District of the Monogahela National Forest. Others included the construction of seven campsites in the Williams River area, construction of two miles of hiking trail near Watoga State Park, improvement of native trout habitat with the construction of more than 40 stream structures, and thinning of 10 acres of pines. The highlight of the summer was the completion of the short trail and overlook adjacent to the Highland Scenic Highway Labor to Play Role in '76, Meany Says WASHINGTON (AP) - AFL-CIO President George Meany, who led a mass defection from the Democrats in 1972, says he expects labor to play a major role in picking the presidential candidate at next year's Democratic national convention. However, he warned that labor would again walk away-from the Democrats if they nominate another George McGovern or Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, who Meany called "the perfect political demagogue." "Certainly if the Democratic party is going to be run by the people who departed from Miami in July 1972 in control, there is going to be no liaison, really, with the labor movement," he declared. In a pre-Labor Day interview, Meany ruled out an AFL-CIO endorsement of President Ford. He also called Democrats McGovern and Wallace "completely unacceptable," and added that he wouldn't support a ticket with Wallace as the vice presidential candidate, either. ! "I'd like to see a liberal Democrat in the White House. . . like Harry Truman or someone like that," he said. However, he offered no preference. Recreation Center To Open in St. Albans The St. Albans recreation center will open Sept. 9 for elementary and junior high students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for high school students and adults on Thursdays and Fridays. Hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays. that offers a view of the glades and surrounding area. The YCC was established in 1970, and since that time approximately 540 youths from 15 to 18 years of age have worked on various projects on the Monogahela. Twenty youths worked on the Marlinton Ranger District this summer under the supervision of Pocahontas County teachers Robin McElwee and Sidney Goodwyn. Youths Put Finishing Touches on Guardrail .Teannette Tripplett and Wayne Burgess Swing Brushes jA/ETTE-MAIL r/urleilon, H . I n., Augufl 31, 1975 ECOND RONT Page IB The Instant It Happened Third-Term Attempt by Moore Looks Less and Less Likely By Herb Little The Aiiociated Preu It may be the heat or the stupidity, but we're almost ready to predict Arch Moore will decide against a third-term attempt, if he hasn't already. Don't overlook the "almost." A chicken streak caused us to stick in the qualifier, although it's looking more and more as if the legal and political pitfalls of a third. term bid may be too hazardous even for West Virginia's intrepid Republican Governor to navigate. Consider first the legal problem. The entry period for 1976 primary candidates opens Jan. 5 and closes Feb. 7. Not until that period can Moore try to file as a candidate and be furnished an issue for a lawsuit when someone tries to block him. Supreme Court justices resent, rightfully so, discussion that considers their party affiliations in speculation about how they might decide a case. But it inevitably is mentioned that Moore would be taking his case before a Democratic court. The party split on the court is 3-1 now, with one vacancy. It will be W as soon as Moore appoints a Republican justice to replace James W. Sprouse, who resigned this past week to announce as a Democratic candidate for governor. Statehome Note Book LITTLE Although he has said no more about it lately, Moore hinted several months ago that the state court's parry makeup might cause him to bypass it and seek another channel for litigation on third-term eligibility. Moore, of course, is not the only Republican with credentials to be a credible candidate for governor. Others are available. But it takes a tot of time and effort, especially for a nonincumbent, to put together all the elements of a serious gubernatorial campaign. And Moore's domination of the party is~ so complete that no other Republican with all his rivets is likely to make a serious effort so long as a Moore candidacy remains' a possibility. Suppose Moore, despite the obstacles, decides to try for a third term. That would mean going to court, with a high risk of losing in a decision that apparently could not come before next January, or even February. A decision at that late date against Moore's eligibility would leave the Republicans with previous little time to fill the sudden vacuum by fielding one or more other GOP candidates before the Feb. 7 close of the entry period for the May 11 primary. Whoever the GOP primary winner might be with Moore out of it, the May- November span would be a short time in which to give the nominee a buildup to offset the long headstart yielded to the Democrats. In Sprouse, the Democrats already have one major contender in the field. They are almost sure to have at least one other before long in John D. Rockefeller IV. (Pteue Tw» to Page IB, C»l. 1 After 23 years of teasing pictures out of everyday events, this was just another parade to Bill Beall of the Washington Daily News. But the editor had a fondness for the Chinese, and the Chinese had a fondness for parades. So when the Hip Sing Chinese Mer chants' Assn. decidaled a new building in Washington's tiny Chinatown, they held a parade. And Beall drew the photo assignment. It was a hot, sultry tenth of September, 1957, and Beall, at 204 pounds and 36 years, had one main thought: get the picture and get back. He stood there click- ing away at the great paper dragon as it went by. steeling himself against the rattle cf kfirecrackers. Out of the comer of his eye. .. Beall sees the little boy step from the curb, intrigued by the floating paper dragon with people legs. But after two unsteady steps he faces no paper dragon but two long legs in blue. The policeman bends down like some vastly older brother, and says in essence. "The firecrackers will get you if you don't watch out. v Beall whirls and catches the picture. Whatever else was said was lost in a fresh barrage of firecrackers, and the fickleness of memorv. All that is left is the picture. Back in tne newsroom. Beall developed his film, confirmed what his eyes saw "through the camera sight. He told the editor, "I think I have a real one." The picture won prize after prize. The boy, Allen Weaver, grew up. The cop. Maurice Cullinane, became assistant chief of police. Some years after the parade, the newspaper brought cop and boy together again. But the same gentle electricity was not there: the magic of an instant was gone.

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