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Morgantown Morning Reporter (Newspaper) - April 1, 1977, Morgantown, West Virginia
The morning reporter the local scene Iii 12-a�?Friday, april i 1977-Morgantown, . Bus system May get funds by Evelyn Ryan morning reporter continued operation of Rural Public transportation rpt buses in three planning regions and possible expansion of the system throughout the state could result if the Senate finance committee s funding recommendation is adopted the committee has reported to the floor for a vote a recommendation that $650,000 be allocated As the state s Matching funds for operation of the Public transportation system for Rural areas one of the three operating districts is Region six where buses Are running in Monon Galia Preston Taylor Marion Harrison and Doddridge counties the system faced a fiscal crisis earlier this year when it was discovered that gov Jay Rockefeller s budget proposal contained no funds for rpt Region six transit officials were informed a week ago that funds will be available to continue operation of the 21 buses through the end of the fiscal year on june 30 a spokesman for the local rpt system said he understood that the governor was to recommend a financing level of $522,000, enough to cover the operation of the three existing lines and to begin two others that were close to operational status. However the regional officials Are not being kept posted on the Progress of financing proposals through the statehouse the spokesman said much of its information is coming from newspaper and radio dispatches a with that figure $650,000to me it Means funding for the whole state that figure was the original state Matching amount a the staf member said. The Rural transportation system started up with funds provided partly from Urban mass transit administration Federal Highway administration and West Virginia. The state provided 20 per cent of the Money and Federal funds were the rest this program is anticipated to draw $2 5-3 million in Federal Matching funds Airport expansion work on the expansion of Morgantown municipal Airport Hart Field continued yesterday under sunny skies. Work at the Airport will Cost $603,000 and will include expansion of the lower level of the facility for rental space for the . Navy. The project is being financed from Federal Revenue sharing funds. Studded tire removal now past due the deadline for getting those studded tires off your car officially passed a at Midnight last night. Waiting for a ride Een toy Craif there is nothing like a Little relaxation and an interesting Book after a hard afternoon of practising the too Yard dash. Jennifer Davis a ninth grader at Riverside Junior High school took some time out while waiting for a ride Home after track practice to catch up on her Reading outside the Morgantown High school gym. Be subject to a Fine of $5 to $100 As the deadline neared this week there was a mad Rush by motorists to comply with the requirement and get their summer tires on their cars Bob Dinsmor manager of Bob Dinsmore tire service said yesterday afternoon a it has been crazy All week a he said the lines started forming on monday and the traffic Hasni to let up a i figure it will be Busy All Day Friday and All Day saturday a Dinsmore said it usually takes to to 15 minutes to make the changeover. State trooper Robert Grubb said yesterday no special state police units will be brought into the area to enforce the state requirement he said regular troopers on patrol will Check to see that the studded tires Are off the cars. The state sets the deadline for getting the studded tires Oft the cars because the heavy duty studs designed to give gripping Power during the Snow can tear up the state s roads arid highways. Trooper Grubb said a there Arentt going to be any extensions on the time for getting the tires off. If there was going to be an Extension it would have come by Grubb said most people usually comply with the state Law but some out of state people done to realize the requirement is in he said the troopers will use their own judgment about handing out citations. The county magistrates have the discretion about How heavy a Fine to impose. Some Tine dealers around the Morgantown area ran specials this week for changing the tires several of the tire stores in the Morgantown area reported that business has a picked up considerably All week a some people always put things off. I guess a few wanted to make sure there was t going to be any one tire dealer said. Dinsmore said most area motorists have Only one set of rims which necessitates taking the tires off the rims and putting the summer tires on a a few people have two sets of rims which Means the process takes a lot less those Are the kinds of people i really like a Dinsmore said. Legislature to vote today on Power Bill Charleston electricity Consumers can expect some slight Relief in their monthly Bills if the legislature passes a Bill advanced in the Senate thursday. The Bill which comes up for a final vote Friday would reduce the business and occupation tax on electricity generated for in state use while increasing the tax for that produced for out of state consumption sen William Oates. A Hampshire sponsor of the measure said the Bill would reduce the average residential Utility Bill which ultimately incorporates Utility taxes by $1 50 according to Oates the a amp of tax rate for in state residential and Industrial electric uses would decrease from 5 72 per cent to 3 per cent the tax would also decline for in state Industrial Consumers from 4 29 per cent to 3 per cent. For out of state Consumers of electricity generated in West Virginia the tax would jump from 0 88 per cent to 3 per cent. The combined effect of evening out the a amp of rate would be an increase in a amp of Revenue of $3,961,987 according to figures Oates delineated in state Consumers use just 27 per cent of the electricity generated in the state while out of state Consumers use 73 per cent. Yet he said in state Consumers pay $24 million while out of state Consumers pay just $5 million similar Bills Oates said. Have failed in the legislature for the last three years suicide logical escape from a world of grief by Gerrill Griffith one in a series death remains the ultimate foe of Mankind s strongest instinct the will to survive if the instinct is stifled by intense problems a self inflicted tragedy called suicide could result in making death the Victor. Suicide can strike at Many Levels of society leaving scars on the lives of the survivors As they struggle with the question of Why. Shii Sopher author Albert Camus once wrote that a an act like suicide is prepared within the silence of the heart As is a great work of however unlike the creation of Art the suicidal loss of a life presents Only unanswered questions to plague survivors and professionals psychologists sociologists and epidemiologists have attempted to answer the questions by compiling statistics and undertaking Case studies devoted to the mysteries of suicide a thinkers and College students began to think of life As not Worth decided to kill or. Donald Carter professor of behavioural Medicine and psychiatry and coordinator of undergraduate education at West Virginia i a varsity medical Center is one psychiatrist who has counselled the survivors of suicide and struggled with the unanswered questions he has formulated at least some answers to the question a Why suicide0�?� a the problem often lies in the fact that people Are More and More trying to convert their personal problems into medical ones a he said he explained that suicide attempts Are gestures for help from people with intense personal problems a these gestures Are considered a medical problem when the people involved should talk with their spouse or other persons in the Community who can help he said. Many problems could cause a person to sit in a lonely and dark room of despair with the cold steel of a revolver or a deadly bottle of sleeping pills representing the logical escape from a world of grief. Personal relationships alcohol addiction drug addiction and financial worries Are among the most common according to or Carter Wrhen a person makes the decision to end their life the attempt is made and if they survive the professionals become involved either medical doctors or psychiatrists or both face the responsibility of helping solve personal problems for the suicidal person a psychiatrists would rather treat people who Are really mentally ill a or. Carter said a psychiatrists Are not much of lovers themselves they Are no experts on the problems of love. It s wrong to give them that Job a the number one cause of suicide is family problems the Mountain state has had its share of people with problems. Of the 19.479 people in West Virginia who met their deaths in 1975, 200 of them ended their lives themselves. The figure represents Only one per cent of total deaths but suicide problems cannot be underestimated. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 20-24 age bracket and the fourth leading death cause for those age 15-19 and 25-44 on a larger scale suicide is ranked among the first five causes of death for White males aged 10-55 and is the second ranked cause of death for White males aged 15-19 nationwide. Or Carter is against the theory that people who commit suicide Are mentally ill. A i have been in psychology for Many he said a and in my opinion to Call these people mentally ill because they think about suicide is greatly Over using the concept of mental illness a he believes a cultural revolution took place in the late fifties and Early sixties that changed people s thinking about suicide. A thinkers and College students began to think of life As not Worth living or Carter said a they would a the world is not fit to live in they were rational and logical and in any decided to kill themselves combined with the conversion of personal problems to medical problems suicide has been whipped into the reported suicide rate for the i United states is Between to and 12 per 100.000 and the number of suicides in the country every year hovers around the 22,000 Mark according to medical texts most suicides Are a dyadic or two person events although the suicidal drama takes place within the mind most suicidal tensions Are the result of personal conflict Between two people keenly known to each other. A spouse and a spouse Parent and child or Lover and Lover Are commonly the key factors in suicidal relationships a the number one cause of suicide is family problems Quot or. Carter said. A society today has not done right by the family As a unit. There is just not enough political resources aimed at improving family life in the years around 1966 and i967, there was some kind of Effort in Washington to actually destroy the family Structure some people got into positions of Power and actually believed the family was a curse. A a lbs caught onto it and tried to set up legislation that would support family oriented programs. He helped put through Grants for human resource programs. A if the family could get More help More accessible help the troubles would be less dangerous occupations lower suicide rate. Have a How were the suicides of the Mountain state undertaken0 the statistics show that firearms were the most available and most popular method of suicide in West Virginia firearms were responsible for 72 4 per cent of the suicide deaths occurring during the year 1975 other suicidal methods do not even come close statistically. Suffocation hanging and strangulation represent la 8 per cent of the total with poisoning by Gas and by solids or liquids following at 6.6 per cent and 5 3 per cent respectively. Or. Carter said there Are two separate divisions in suicide those who attempt it and those who actually do it. He said the typical portrait of the person who attempts suicide is a Young female Between the Ages of 13 and 27 the Young woman has problems concerning her love life and has experienced deep depression the attempt by this Type of person is dramatic according to or. Carter. It usually takes place in front of someone so As to be discovered quickly. After the attempt i discovered the person is not resistant to being taken to the emergency room for medical help. Quot it is a signal for help a he said a there is really no sign of illness in the person once they Are in the hands of a medical person who can speak to them with some authority they will probably be alright medical persons in this Way assume the role of the profile of a person who actually commits suicide is a male of an older age around 45 to 70 years old or Carter said the person who commits suicide has been alienated from both society and his friends he is either divorced separated or has driven his friends away by his mental attitude a the person could be either a manic depressant Sutler from alcoholism or drug he said the attempt when it is made is usually not dramatic and is done privately there is often no note left behind and the person is noted to have spoken of death at least once within the previous month can a person be committed for attempting suicide0 in Monon Galia county it is possible if the criteria Are met according to Ward Stop Ormoson Galia county s commissioner of mental health if a person is number of suicides by month in . 1975 month number % of total january 23 11.5 february 13 6.5 March 14 7.0 april 17 8.5 May 13 6 5 june 21 10.5 july 21 to 5 August 13 6.5 september 13 6.5 october 15 7.5 november 20 10.5 december 17 8 5 total 200 100 0 believed to be dangerous to himself or others he May be involuntarily committed to a state institution for psychiatric care. A we follow the Law a Stone said. A i have heard the cases of people who have attempted suicide if they Are dangerous to themselves or others they Are subject to a hearing a the Law that Stone spoke of was the subject of a Battle Between some persons and civil libertarian thinkers. A More people attempt suicide around Christmas Many persons believed that anyone who would try to commit suicide is mentally ill while the civil libertarians believed that people should have the right to do anything they want to do they were against calling the people insane and opposed to their involuntary commitment to institutions. A the civil libertarians lost their Battle to Stop commitments or Carter said a the Law stands that if a person is judged to be dangerous to himself or others then he May be committed after a proper hearing the civil libertarians hate it Don t get me wrong however i would say about nine out of to psychiatrists do not believe in Locking up people but. We Don t want the patients if they Don t want or Carter sees some correlation Between the Overall state of society and the rate of suicides in the nation. For example he said when times Are harder like during the second world War or the great depression the suicide rate was lower than when times were easier he said the More dangerous occupations also enjoy a lower suicide rate he mentioned the Coal mining Industry As one major oct pation where risk is involved and a Large amount of suicides is not in fact the suicide rate in West Virginia where the Coal Industry employs a great Deal of the work Force has remained at a fairly constant rate Over the past five years. Fluctuations Over the period have gone from a Low rate of to in 1972, per 100,000 population to a High of 12.5 in 1974 Only once Over the past to years in 1969. Has suicide entered the Overall ranks of the ten leading causes of death in the Mountain state it ranks lower in West Virginia than in the nation As a whole or Carter also sees some correlation Between suicides and the holidays of the year he said it is True that More people attempt suicide in the Winter months particularly around Christmas time however he pointed out that the biggest Rise in attempted suicides occurs after easter time a people always believe easter represents a new beginning and their expectations run higher at that time of year. But after the Holiday their problems remain and Many attempt suicide a he said. He said Christmas is also a time when Many people believe they should be Happy Only to find their problems remain afterwards a ratio exists Between suicide attempts and actual suicides the ratio remains stable at one suicide for every eight attempts. Or Carter believes a special team should exist in every Community to help not Only the persons who attempt suicide but also the survivors of the persons who become the one successful suicide statistic from the eight attempts a i Tell All of my students that if a team does not exist in the Community where they plan to practice Start one a he said a but the biggest Rise in attempted suicides occurs after he explained that the team should consist of clergy members and professional Counselor that can help relieve the internal pressures that suicidal persons May experience Monon Galia county does not have an exact team to help the troubled however through the 24 hour answering service of the Valley Community mental health Center help May be obtained when needed according to or Ruth Panepinto of the Valley Community mental health Center a 24-hour crisis system will refer Calls to the proper Counselor when a trouble Call is received on the special line she said people Are on Call at All times to help with problems of a personal nature. At 296-1731, help for Monon Galia county residents May be reached people will always have the ability to end their lives and As Long As personal problems cause humans to feel the pangs of hostility despair shame guilt dependency hopelessness and personal pain the temptation of suicide will remain an ally of an entity called death
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