Washington Irving Class of 62 member proud of classmates
Margaret Ann Heflin Bailey e-mailed me recently to
say she recalled where I mentioned in BobnAlong that there were
some particularly interesting classes and class members who graduated from
local high schools.
A member of the Washington Irving High School 62
Class, she mentioned some classmates. Though I might be terribly prejudiced,
she stated, I am quite sure that few other graduating classes can surpass
the accomplishments of the 1962 group.
Jim Ashley, who works with software systems in Virginia, heeded
the challenge of our senior choir to Climb Every Mountain, as sung at
our graduation, and has climbed mountains in Alaska, Mexico, Switzerland,
France, Italy, Russia and Ecuador. David Anderson has been a referee in
the NFL for 16 years.
Dr. Barbara Birshtein is a scientist and professor
at New Yorks Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bob Caplan is director
of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. Bill Bowie owns a gas exploration
company in Clarksburg. Mike (Patrick) Frankhauser is an ESPN broadcaster.
Sam Ellis has worked on productions on Broadway in New York City. Wayne
Godwin is the sheriff of Harrison County. David Kuhl, an engineer, works
in the shipbuilding industry and had 26 ships supporting Operation Desert
Storm, including two that hit mines. Holly McMunn, a fashion consultant
in New York City, has worked at Glamour Magazine and also has helped plan
Macys Thanksgiving Parade.
Dan Wheeler is the surveyor of Harrison County.
Steve Zinn is a doctor who practices in adolescent psychiatry in Cleveland.
David Martino works as a physician in anesthesia in Columbus, Ohio. Several
have worked at the local gas companies Chuck Miley, Evan Bice and Bill
Albert Hoffman lives in San Francisco and sings
with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Danny Losh works in the casino
industry in Las Vegas. Many nurses have worked all across the United
States: Jane Davis, who is also an attorney; Lauya Stracke Spatafore,
Rae Ann Varner Porter, Margaret Ann Heflin Bailey and Beverly Wright Vassar.
Many teachers have worked with children locally
and from coast to coast: Bill Arnett, a professor at WVU; Nancy Byard Unger,
Sharon Conwell Ayscue, Guy Costello, Carol Ann Custer Rogers, Mimi
Hodges Kelly, Cheryl Holmes Anderson, Marilyn Hurst Lee, Sharon Linn Ryan,
Jon Rose and Steve Snyder.
Margaret Ann concluded, There are so many more
I could mention, for everyone in the WI High School Class of 1962 has,
in his or her own way, made an impact upon life, not only in the
U.S., but also all across the world. What a fine group! The Harrison County
education system should be proud.
WIs Class of 62 has indeed a fine representative
in Margaret Ann Heflin Bailey.
One thing I must clear up before stopping today.
First, Clioreta Post Criss of Nutter Fort, a frequent contributor to the
Telegram feature A Look Back in Time, called my attention to an error
in the caption under the Feb. 25 photograph of a group of people from the
old Chicago Dairy & Baking Company store in downtown Clarksburg.
I had stated that her father, Russell D. Post, was
the manager of the store. He was not the manager, but rather the butcher.
Said Mrs. Criss: It was under the second Chicago Dairy & Baking
Co. store that was located on South Fourth Street between West Main and
West Pike streets. Their bakery was on Traders Alley between Third and
Fourth Streets. This was in the late 20s or early 30s. I dont
remember how long it was opened. Im not sure who the owner was at that
time or the manager of the larger Fourth Street store.
The manager of the first Chicago Dairy & Baking
Co. was Roy Ash. It was located on West Main Street near Fourth Street.
Other managers I remember are Bill Morgan and Harry Kinnard. Kinnard sold
the store to James and Dot Arnett in 1950. It was still between Pike and
Main. Later, they bought the Waldo Hotel and moved the store there. They
were there a few years and sold out in September 1973.
Thanks, Mrs. Criss.
Judge Bedell showed infinite wisdom and
mercy in sentencing
Harrison County Circuit Judge Thomas Bedell had every
right to sentence Michael Vernon Wildman to prison for burning the imprint
of a cross on the lawn of a black Quiet Dell family and he did. But then
he suspended the sentence and ordered Wildman to perform 200 hours of community
service at the predominantly black Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Clarksburg.
In doing so, Judge Bedell may have given the young man an opportunity to
turn his life around.
The 20-year-old Wildman was convicted in February
for violating the civil rights of the Raymond Parker Jr. family after pouring
gasoline in the shape of a cross in their lawn and setting it ablaze.
At the sentencing on Wednesday, Bedell could have
sent Wildman to prison for 10 years. The prosecutors asked that a message
be sent by sending him to the county jail for at least one year. But Bedell
was concerned about what would happen to the young man if he were to go
There are groups in that society who will target
him for violence, said Bedell. What worries me is that if one group targets
him, he will be forced to go to another group and they will teach him more
hate and racism. I feel that if we sentence him to the maximum, we may
be creating another racist.
Bedell was fearful of producing another John King,
who was recently sentenced to death in Texas for dragging a black man behind
his pickup truck.
Instead, he ordered Wildman to work for the church
and attend a course on race, class and gender relations at Fairmont State
Bedell told Wildman that he was at a crossroad.
He said Wildman could either make the best of a horrible, awful situation
or go to prison.
The judge admitted that he might take some heat
for going easy on Wildman, but he may have done something much more significant.
He gave a young man the opportunity to contribute something to society
instead of locking him up until the year 2009.
We hope Mr. Wildman appreciates this second chance
and makes the best of it. We also hope he remembers that wise and generous
judge back in 1999 who saved his life.
Todays editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial
board, which includes William J. Sedivy, John G. Miller, Julie R. Cryser,
James Logue, Kevin Courtney and Cecil Jarvis.
Term limits needed
now more than ever
There is more at stake in enacting term limits
for politicians than simply ruling that an incumbent office-holder may
not seek re-election after a designated number of terms. We feel that number
should be no more than two in any instance.
To effectively end politics as a lifetime sinecure, thereby making
congressional service a leave of absence from a productive, private-sector
career, requires that terms be short, says Doug Bandow, senior fellow
of the Cato Institute and author of The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology.
He adds that a dozen years is a short career, although
it is more than long enough for legislators to become more concerned about
their relationships with each other than about their relationships with
What many people forget especially those in government
is that the founders of the United States strongly believed in rotation
in office. They left term limits out of the Constitution because they did
not foresee that politics would be a career for so many people. West Virginia
is a prime example of this, in our view.
What could be more important today than reversing
the pernicious rise of a professional political class?
Our government will never function as it was intended until leaders
realize that there is a great gulf that separates the rulers from the ruled
in our country. Perhaps it is not convenient for them to do so.
Eric OKeefe, who wrote Who Rules America: The
People Vs. The Political Class, said, Into the abyss will tumble our
republic, the grand experiment in self-government conceived in liberty
and consecrated by genius, experience and the hard work of citizenship.
OKeefe argues and we are in agreement that
the problem is that our representatives are, in fact, not as representative
as they would have us believe. In fact, they are a separate class which
identifies its interests with those of the government rather than the people.
He says when the interests of the government in
which they serve and the people they putatively serve conflict, it is
invariable that they side with the government. No surprise there.
The fact is that there are those who have spent
far too long within the cocoon of incumbency.
As we see it, short term limits would remedy the mistake of allowing
politics to be a career for so many people.
Granted there are some good men and women who, in
fact, are voted in to office time after time and manage to effectively
produce term after term. We applaud them. They know who they are. We know
who they are.
It would be a shame that their efforts would have to be sacrificed
because of the repeated ineffectiveness of others.
In the final analysis, we must assert that term
limits must definitely be instituted in the United States, in West Virginia
and in counties and municipalities thereof. The taxpayers are not in the
personnel placement business for those seeking easy money.
Robert F. Stealey
Telegram Editorial Board chairman