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2 - Hinton News Tues. Oct. 15, 1991 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Who Won, If There Is A Winner? To the Editor and the People of Southern W.Va. It&apos;s over. It appears that the mul ti. year attacks on Jimmy Tassos and his family are finally over. The re- cent signing of the agreement Ath the Summers County Board of]:du- cation (and agreement with the State Dept. of Education) dropped all charges against Mr. Tassos and hopefully ended a long and arduous ordeal. But this may leave us with questions. Who won, if there is a winner? What happens now? It is questionable as to whether there is a winner in this long-stand- ing feud. Surely the local enemies will claim a victory since they reached two of their objectives. They were able to =get Mr. Tassos out of the school system" and they were able to create an unmeasurable amount of mental and emotional stress on Mr. Tassos, his wife and family. But if this is victory, we must pity these highly principled pillars ofour com- munity who see it as such. In actuality, the winner is Mr. Tassos. He was planning to retire at the end of this school year and now he can retire without having to go through another grueling session of budget cuts and personnel lay-offs and transfers. He must be declared exonerated of all charges since in America there is a doctrine ofinnocent until proven guilty" and his opponents never let the case come to trial. Now he does not have to continue the hard proc- ess of hearings, trials, attorney meetings, research and so on. His adversaries have declared him inno- cent through their actions. And why were these folks so in- tent in not allowing the case to come to a hearing before the local board or the state board? Were they really trying to end the ordeal and let things get back to normalcy? Of course not! If you could have seen the personal and political animosity and hatred that I saw emanating from Char- leston and Summers County, you would know beyond any doubt that if these folks thought there was any chance of gaining conviction, they would have continued until the end of the world! They were willing to let the case be tried in the ever-willing court of the media or in so-called hearings. But they did not want to have the case tried when due proc- ess was guaranteed, when Mr. Tas- sos could subpoena witnesses, and cross examine others. And the gag rule further indicates that they sire ply are not willing to let the truth come out. What would have been the result of continued litigation? Longer months of disruption for the Tassos family and the Summers County school system. Hearings and appeals. But finally total exoneration of Mr. Taseos on all counts. And then, the attackers would have been put on the defensive in civil actions that would, in my opinion, have cost them dearly. For this reason, the local and state =authorities" were,for all indi- cations, willing to settle at almost any cost. What happens now? Mr. Tassos and his family will go on with their lives. The state board and superin- tendent will put their attention on other things. The many other politi- cians and educators that were in- volved (and I think weql never know for sure just what officials and of- rices were actively involved) will breathe a sigh of relief that they're offthe hook. And the local board will go back to the business of trying to salvage a school system that so many were willing to sacrifice to get one man and some of his friends and co- workers. What is the final cost of all this? (1) $60,000.00 to Mr. Tassos. This is not exorbitant; 3/4 of this amount is the remainder of his contracted time with the school system; the rest will hardly pay for his attorney's fees; and there is no amount that could pay for the mental agony. (2) Years of unrest and upheaval in our school system that ultimately have affected our students in untold ways. (3) The possibility of a new high school, though with Mr. Tassos gone this becomes a probability if funds are available in the near future. And what lesson can we learn? Edmund Burke, a Brisith statesman in the 18th century said "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.  I and a lot of good men and worn of Sum- mers County did nothing. Is evil prevailing? Is this not a strong Iemmder to us to remain informed about happenings in all levels of govermr ent, to know our candidates and vote responsibly, to stand up and be counted for the important things of life? Yes, maybe Mr. Tassos is gone. But who will be next "Mr. "lassos"; what will be the next ex- pendable arena of battle? What are we willing to do now? Sincerely, Larry D. Deeds 611 Temple St. Hinton, WV 25951 Financial & Moral Irresponsibility CALENDAR WITH YOUR PICTURE ON IT iiil Letters are welcome, but no more than one letter each month will be accepted from the same writer. Pref- ervnco will be given to letters of 300 words or leu. Longer letters may be shortened or rejected. Letters must be signed and must include an ad- dress and phone number. The tele- phone nu tuber will not be published. Letterm will be edited for grammer, spelling, talee, syntax,, and libel. Names will not be withheld. Address them to Letters to the Editor, P. O. Box 1000, Hinton, WV 25951. _ , ,., By Roy C. Long Dear Sir: I respectfully submit this letterto The Hinton News as a "Letter to the Editor". "FINANCIAL & MORAL IRRE- SPONSIBILITY  Brings call for 100% Levy. I write this letter with a heavy heart, I am appalled and dis- appointed that this county has a body of elected officials as the pres- ent Board of Education, that has flagrantly done a disservice to the children, the taxpayers, the County as a whole and brought disrespect to themselves. The Board of Education stayed in the black for several years and about two years ago it started, The Ven- detta to get rid of the Superinten- dent at any cost. This is not second hand informa- tion, there was an ongoing controversy in the papers and I at- tended 6 to 8 Board meetings to see for myself what was going on and I did. These are a few of the actions that went on that are known, Lord only knows how many that are not known. They rebuffed the Superintendent's recommendations at every turn and caused thecoun to lose the new school, over Eight million dollars that would not have cost the Summers County taxpayers one penny. Continued to hire personnel when the Superintendent told them and told them they could not afford it, I have been there when Mr. Kessler and Mr. Tassos warned them of the oncoming defecit, ifthe practices was kept up. They fired Mr. Ziegler (said they wanted someone who knew school law) and hired Mrs. Bayless on 1/I0/ 91 and thru July 1991 had paid her just under $12,000. Just to tell them they had better pay Tassos and get rid of that issue before Mr. Tassos brought legal action against some members and got in their personal bank accounts. I do believe that Mr. Ziegler could have told them that. Don't you? They gave Mr. Tassos a Six months vacation (Paid) of course and then gave him appx. $72,000 to get him to agree to resign with his pen- sion and not to bring any legal action against the board or the members. That cost around $100,000. "Link and Pin" couplers of early days of railroading. Photo from The Train Dispatcher, Apr. - May 1969. Brakeman setting handbrakes in a snow storm. Photo from Scribner's monthly, May 1888. TIlE JANNEY COUPLER, ONE.ARMED MEN AND BRAKEMEN: The following is an article by old time railroader, J.B. Swope that first appeared in Mr. John Faulconer's column,"Hinton Around," March 20, 1958, reprinted for its historical value and interest: One who has been privileged to live through an eighth of the 19th and more than half of the 20th cen- tury has experienced more changes in ways of living and methods of work than occurred in all of the ages of men's existence from the begin- ning until the Eighteen-Eighties. The changes in railroading are as vast as the changes in other activi- ties. "In the late nineties (1890's) a boy in Hinton could now and then see one of the old locomotives with the broad funnel stacks, similar to that Jones." They were referred to as "Dinkies" - probably a corruption of "dinghy." About the turn of the cen- tury the C&O, then one of the most progressive of railroads as it is now, brought in the "compound%ngines, which by using steam a second time, got more power, consequently more speed and bigger loads. "Then an improved and larger locomotive (1500's) appeared so large that the "smoke-stacks" had to be little more than holes in the top so they could clear the tunnels And about the same time the Janney or automatic coupler came into use, gradually replacing theli nk-and-pin that had been in use from the begin- ning. "Perhaps, since few persons of today know of them, a brief descrip- tion would be of interest. The link was just that, an oval loup of iron or steel, fifteen to eighteen inches long; the pin a straight shaft of steel something over a foot long and from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch in diameter, with a flange near one end to hold it in the hole in the end of the coupling on the car. The coupling bar was grooved so as to receive the link. aTe make the coupling the draw- bars had to be so close, of course, that a pin could be dropped through both ends of the link; and as the fitting was perforce <necessarily> loose, the free end of the link had to be supported until the drawheads were nearly touching. There were devices, such as rods, to support the links; but these were frequen fly bent, broken or lost, or too cumbersome for the time and place; hence it was a common practice for the brakeman to hold the link with his hand until the groves in the drawhead received it, then GET HIS HAND AND FINGERS in the clear. With the three or four inches of space between the bars being closed at whatever speed the car was making, a vivid imagination may evision the swift- ness and dexterity required in the brakeman's hands. Frequently, one failed in his timing, and empty shirt sleeves, seen all over the railroad town, told what the result usualy was. One-armed men were common in Hinton at the turn of the century. "Since this started out to be a recounting of the experience of a brakeman of the early days, a dis- gessi0n as to what sort of men were required for this job, is in order. Since the "airbrake" was yet un- used, braking of trains was the mamml work of BRAKEMEN. For this purpose a large iron wheel was arranged just above the end and a bit to the side of each car, with a shaft extended down to the rods and mechanism that actuated the shoes. Although contrary to company rules, many brakemen had pick handles handy which hickory clubs would be inserted between the spokes of the wheel to afford powerful leverage. ATTENTION THE FIRS T ()F HINT()N Continued on page 7 seen in the TV rendition of "Casey coo00o, 1991 CHIRSTMAS CLUBS MEMBERS THE FINAL PAYMENT FOR CLUBS WILL BE *  Tues. . oct 22 TAKEN THROUGH OCTOBER 7 i. I,,IIJLI,_00I,00I I:A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS00 00o:oo ,o CHECKS WILL BE I00w,T. 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"On a dark ni ght, with this walk a sheet of slippery ice, snow and sleet filing the air, and, perhaps a fearful gale adding its velocity to that of the train the brakeman had to work his train with an old lantern as his only light. "Add to these difficulties the fact that many cars were gondolas either empty or loaded vith l" coal while others were i]a rues loaded with such piles  das even "Tarsan-of-the-apes' could not have climbeq and one may' begin to understan,t the sort of men tt, b xk en ,,ere. "Oftentimes it Lccame necessary Continued on page 8 COR. 3rd AVE. & TEMPLE- ST. HINTON, Wa, PHONE ,1,8-2323 , "':':' i:':':':':':':':':':':':: iiii:i::ii::::i!!i ............ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i!!! Mark Ellison, :i!i! !  R. Vh. Osteoporosis" Special Problem for Women Osteoporosis is the most com- mon disease of the bone seen by physicians An estimated 24 mil- lion Americans are affected by this condition. 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