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This Week In History, 4-15-10

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

Fred Pell, Jake Bennett, C.C. Starcher and Arthur Miller have each succeeded in catching a big pike in the past few days.

 

Virginia won an important victory over West Virginia in a famous debt suit, and now it looks very much like we will have to pay the holders something like $48 million. That’s nothing! Only about $30 apiece for every man, woman and child in the state. Get yours ready.

 

How strange our ideas of growing old change as we get on in life. To the girl in her teens, the riper maiden of 25 seems quite aged. Twenty-two thinks 35 an “old thing.” Thirty-five dreads 40, but congratulates herself that there may still remain some ground to be possessed in the 15 years before the half century shall be attained. Fifty does not by any means give up to the battle of life. It feels middle-aged and vigorous and thinks old age is a long way in the future. Sixty remembers those who have done great things at three score, and one doubts if Parr, when he was married at 100, had at all begun to feel himself an old man.

 

 

1960, 50 years ago

The widespread distribution of television sets, which enhances the distribution of movies, along with greater use of the automobile, has produced a challenging moral climate in the U.S. One does not have to be an expert to notice the low moral tones of entertainment seen on television, in news-papers, on radio and in movie houses. Glamorized are the very forms of conduct which can be dangerous to immature minds.

 

In addition, 1959 was a terrible year for those who seek to develop a better moral climate for the young of the U.S. There were television scandals, creating standards among students, payola scandals--in addition to the chronic dishonest advertising, tax evasion and sports fixes.

 

A deteriorating moral climate in the U.S., brought about by too much emphasis on sex and pleasure and money, and not enough emphasis on old fashioned moral values and hard work, will result in the decline of the U.S. as the leading world power. The responsibility rests primarily on the shoulders of parents, and then on the shoulders of the church, school and society. In all endeavors, adults should back up those who seek to bring about discipline, order and morality in our community--especially among the young people. 

 

 1985, 25 years ago

 

In a petition filed with the circuit court of Kanawha County on Mar. 7, Paul Slack, former Calhoun school teacher, requests reinstatement in the school system, back pay and benefits, and an apology from the superintendent and board of education.

 

Slack, who lives in Chloe, was dismissed from his position as a seventh grade teacher at Minnora School following a two-installment hearing before the school board in June, 1982. Slack was charged with incompetence and insubordination.

 

The petition, filed against the W.Va. board of education and Calhoun superintendent of schools Ron Blankenship, seeks nine points of specific relief including “reinstatement as principal of Minnora Elementary School.” Although Slack is certified as a principal, and on three occasions applied for such a position, he was never employed as such during his tenure in the county school system. 

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