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 2 - Hinton News Tues. Oct. 21, 2003 r -Moreand 00lorePeop00e are-Rea00ngour Newspaper 7 Because a recent survey found that The HINTON NEWS is the favored source for three out of five for local news and advertising items. Save $$$. Call (304) 466--0005 Monday through Friday, or send this coupon to the address below and we will bill you for your 52 week subscription. Name Address (please print) Pharmacy & Your Health City. State Zip. TEAR & MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS P. O. BOX 1000 HINTON, WV 25951 TROOPS AND AM ER! CA F! RST "When Mr. Bush told the American People he was against nation building, no one, including me, thought he was talking about America," said U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) in to the U.S. House of Representatives today on a bill that would spend billions rebuilding Iraq's economy. The ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Resources and senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure went on to ask the President to justify his priorities. The veteran lawmaker repeatedly asked why the President is overlooking needs in this country, and specifically in West Virginia, in order to pay for rebuilding [raq. I "Let me at the outset make clear my support for our valiant soldiers who are pursuing our enemies in Afghanistan, and who are securing the peace in Iraq," Rahall said. "But the bill before us today, just as it ignites the Iraqi economy and keeps Iraqi kids out of more debt - it costs America's great great grandchildren more long-term debt, while America herself crumbles." Congressman Rahall continued to question the priorities of this Administration when he questioned funding for: Iraqi health care but not the $1.8 billion American Veterans need for their health care; Iraqi teachers' salaries while the No Child Left Behind education initiative remains unfunded; $856 million to upgrade three Iraqi airports, a seaport and rail lines, while Amtrak is starved for funds and American ports remain vulnerable to attack; millions for building roads and bridges elsewhere despite a paltry White House underfunded proposal for road-building at home; and, Iraqi policemen although the President wiped out the federally-funded COPS program. And, for each line item, Rahall demanded, =why is that?" Clearly voicing his concerns with the Administration's proposal, Rahall declared, "The President needed the coalfields of West Virginia last election, but today his priorities lie in the oilfields of Iraq. If we can help Iraq pump oil, we sure ought to help America burn coal....Right in my own dis.trict of Southern West Virginia, I can point to pressing infrastructure needs: * In Raleigh County, just one of our wastewater projects is going to cost $6.8 million to serve 3,300 citizens in Glen White and Lester. This is a matter of public health, of bringing in new jobs, of fueling the economy. Where is the federal grant for that program? * Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg is 35 years old, and in need of a new terminal. The upgrade is expected to cost $15 million. Where is the federal grant for Lewisburg? * Greenbrier Valley Airport's parking apron, used for housing aircrafts, also needs a $10 million upgrade. Due to lack of funding availability, this project has already been broken into six phases in the hope of completing it. But where are the federal grants for these phases? * In Nicholas County, $7.3 million is needed for a water project to serve 562 customers who presently have no water service at all. Where is the federal grant for them?" Rahall added, "West Virginians are told by this President and this Congress that we can't afford federal grants! Not when we're investing in other countries, rather than our own." The fourteen-term U.S. Congressman also pointedly took issue with the tax money of his constituents being used to pay friends of this Administration in rebuilding Iraq after they have already received a billions of dollars in giveaways from the federal government, putting more of a tax burden on working men and women. Congressman Rahall added, =if we have to pay $87 billion for Iraq, why don't We do the wie thing and r011 bac th'e' colossal t giveaway ' to America's richest 1%, those making over $337,000? If we defer that giveaway to those making over $337,000, we could pay for the entire $87 billion." Rahall also added, =to those who would suggest we should rebuild Iraq at a time when we cannot rebuild America, I say that doing so costs our economy, costs us tax revenues in lost production, and costs American workers jobs as our infrastructure crumbles. The surest way to not be able to help Iraq, if that is the President's goal, is to further hurt America. To shortchange America's infrastructure." "Meanwhile, by failing to win the support and aid of the world community, the task of rebuilding Iraq became America's responsibility alone. And, who pays for these government contracts in Iraq? They are being paid for, by the workingmen and women in West Virginia, and throughout our Nation. Is that fair?" Rahall asked. Rahall suggested that this Administration turn its eyes inward to address a slumping economy and failing infrastructure needs, eWe have an economic stimulus package that we could pass right now to provide much-needed jobs, and get us out of this so-called "jobless recovery," which is no recovery at all," he stated. "But, President Bush opposes fully funding the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century to reinvest in America while we reconstruct Iraq." =Mark my words, this will not be the last time the administration comes calling for cash for Iraq. Estimates are that it will cost us more than $400 billion," Rahall warned. "With that amount of money we could afford to provide seniors with a meaningful prescription drug benefit under Medicare. But, we won't be able to afford it because of the lack of priorities." :=As I said at the outset," Congressman Rahall concluded. =I have total support for our troops. ,It is my hope that in the following hours and days we can fix this bill. Fix its priorities, putting the American soldier first, and getting the American taxpayer some relief. But, when we have so many great needs here at home that are being ignored, we need to focus on our needs at home first. Then let us see how we can best serve America abroad.  Anything you're good at con- tributes to happiness. --Bertrand Russell Wright on! The Wright broth- era built the first U.S. Army plane In 1909. It flew 42.5 miles per hour. LETTERS POLICY Letters are welcome, but no more than one letter each month will be accepted from the same writer. Preference will be given to letters of 300 words or less. Longer letters may be shortened or rejected. Letters must be signed and must include an address and phone number. The telephone number will not be published. Letters will be edited for grammar, spelling, taste, syntax, and libel. Names will not be withheld. Address them to Letters to the Editor, P. O. Box 1000, Hinton, WV 25951. Tipple of The Holley & Stephenson Coal & Coke Co., Eskdale, W.Va. about 1912. unknown. COAL STRIKE SUMMER OF 1912: Mr. P. B. Murray of Coalburg, W. VA., a retired General Yardmaster, after a long career working on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's Cabin Creek Subdivision, compiled a journal of train wrecks and things that happened during his career. He presented the journal to Engineer W. A. Womack who in turn gave it to Engineer J. E. Holt. Mrs. Holt, in her desire the book be preserved, let me have the journal and it is to be given by me to the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society in due time. Readers of this column will be interested in an item Mr. Murray iLenned in the journal he titled "Summer of 1912." At the time of the occurrence, he was night yardmaster at Cane Fork. The coal miners on Cabin Creek were on strike and it was a very dangerous time to be working in the proximity, especially with the railroad that served the mines. As in most cases, when there is a strike, all but the most needed employees are cut off. Train Dispatcher W. W. Adkins, Night Roundhouse Foreman H. A. Nicholas and Yardmaster Murray were the only employees working at Cane Fork this particular day. The mine at Republic ordered twenty- five empty coal cars to be loaded early the next morning. When a crew was needed Mr. Murray had to call OLD FASIHON CHRISTMAS DINNERS Tickets go on sale October 15th. for the Christmas Dinners at the Graham House, December 5th. and 6th. Starting at 6:00 P.M. with social hour, dinner served at 7:00 P.M. and entertainment following dinner. $25.00 per person. For more information and tickets please call 466-2117. Photographer them. About 12:45 a.m., he started to call a double-header for 2:30 a.m., to deliver the empties to Republic mine. Mr. Nicholas had engines No. 5 and No. 224 ready for the crew. Mr. Murray went to Ohley, about one mile below Cane Fork and called engineers E. W. Reese and J. S. Ray. They accepted the call and he returned to Cane Fork and went to fireman J. F. Hurt's house but he would not answer. He went to fireman E. E. Cunningham's house who advised his wife and baby were sick and he couldn't leave them. Mr. Murray then called brakeman R. Kincaid and J. E. Jacob s to fire the engines. Mr. Murray now had two engine crews to run the locomotives and started calling the train crew. He called conductor I. L. Creasey who said his wife was sick. Conductor R. I. Hamilton and brakemen C. P. Livesay and Clarence Coyner accepted the call and he started walking to the east end of Eskdale to call brakeman Pat Watkins. As he reached a point just east of the bridge at Eskdale, two men, in dark shadows, proceeded to throw rocks at him and he made a hasty retreat back to Cane Fork. He gave the crew the twenty-five empties and told them to call brakeman Watkins while they took on coal at Eskdale. On arrival at Eskdale, they walked up to John Allen's Store to call brakeman Watkins and discovered several rails had been taken out of the track. The train returned to Cane Fork and reported what they had found. Road Foreman of Engines J. W. Eubanks was notified who promptly advised there was nothing he could do about it. Trainmaster E. L. Dock, of Handley was called and he went to Cane Fork on local passenger train No. 114. The State Militia was called out to guard section foreman E. R. Spencer and crew as they repaired the track. The crew with the empties reached South Carbon and General Manager C. A. Cabell told Mr. Beck it wasn't safe to go to Republic, there had been a lot of shootings up there all morning and instructed him to set the empties off at South Carbon and send the men home. Shortly afterward, Martial Law was declared and soldiers set up camp in the school yard at Eskdale and patrolled the town at night. Mr. Murray secured a pass from Major Tom B. Davis to get pass the soldiers. He was also afraid of the soldiers and was given a sQldier to accompany  him when he:wt out to call a crew. , .... A short time after the ordeal, Mr. Dock ordered Mr. Murray to report to Attorney Knight in Charleston, W. VA., who took his statement about the occurrences. A few months later, Section Foreman Spencer and Yardmaster Murray were instructed to report to Attorney Knight at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. They were taken to the U. S. Capitol before a full committee where they, and several coal operators from CalVin Creek were questioned at length about violence during the strike. This investigation became a part of the Congressional Record and Mr. Murray was able to read his statements when the record of proceedings was published. Day Drean00 Cbffee Ho00e o. ? d" Come and Relax at Hinton's very own Coffee House! Serving a wide variety' of coffee flavors. Open Monday - Friday from 9:,00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Located at 317 Second Ave. Owners: Rebecca & Scott Blunt Hot Dogs: .80 each Attention Elderly and Disabled Residents of ttinton October 5th. to October 11th. was National Fire Prevention Week. honor this event, the members E ]of the Hinton Fire Department will I [ change batteries in smoke | { detectors for the elderly and | disabled residents of Hinton j/ The Fireman will provide this service, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Throughout the Month of October The Hinton Fire Department will provide a 9-volt battery. If you would like to have someone check your smoke detector, please contact City Hall at (304} 466-3255 for an appointment. .BIG FOUR DRUG STORE COR. 3RD AVE. & TEMPLE ST. HINTONW. VA., PHONE 466-2323 E1Hsola, R. Ph. Ipecac Not Best For Many Poisonings Generations of Americans have kept a bottle of ipecac in the medicine cabinet to help induce vomiting after suspected acci- dental poisonings. Recently, however, use of ipecac syrup has declined and some poison control centers have stopped recom- mending ipecac. Some evidence has been produced indicating that ipecac is not the best way to treat many poisonings. Also because ipecac syrup has been misused by bulimics, the government is considering pulling the product from the over -the- counter market. A review of childhood poisoning cases from the past year indicates that few children ingest enough poison to do real damage and giving ipecac does not seem to make a big difference. There is also a lack of proof that ipecac-induced vomiting improves survival after instances of severe poisoning. New guidelines concerning the use of ipecac are expected later this year from the American As- sociation of Poison Control Centers and the American Acad- emy of Pediatrics. Also, many hospitals are moving away from induced vomiting as a poison treatment in favor of the use of oral antidotes or activated charcoal. Missing Since Oct. 10th. 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