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Unlverjjty of Kentucky Serials Dcja ttmtnt EUzabcth Hanson uk, Library MOUNTAIN EAGLE Tf Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April SCREAMS! 13, 1967 Vol. 59, No. 48 Meeting draws few By THOMAS ' N. BETHELL The Committee to Save the Jobless Fathers Program has a new name -- - but It's still the same organization. meeting Sunday At an open-a- ir the Committee voted to change Its name to the United Poor People of Eastern Kentucky. The name change resulted from a widespread belief among Committee members that the Work Experience and Training (Jobless Fathers) Program is pretty much a thing of the past. They reasoned that the Committee might become a thing of the past, too, unless it began to focus more broadly on the problems of the poor In Eastern Kentucky. The name change is thus supposed to represent a new attempt on the part of the Committee to come to grips with the whole range of issues that involve regional poverty. Actually, there Is no real way at the moment to know for sure Just how dead the WE&T program really Is. It certainly is in a state of general confusion -- - and if the confusion lasts long enough it might result in the death of the program. For the immediate future, men being most of the 1500-od- d cut off the WE&T program are being looked after -- - one way or another -- - which is one reason that attendance at the Committee meeting last Sunday was pitifully small. Although the Committee gave away a $50 door prize and advertised the fact In advance, oriy a handful of Letcher Countians showed up at Blair Lake to bid for the prize. The moral seemed to be simple: protest meetings don't bring out crowds unless they have something very specific to protest against. In this particular case, most of the men on the WE&T program have had to assume that if they are cut off, someone somewhere will find something for them to do that will keep on br inging them a regular check. And they have also largely given up on any idea of having a voice in their own affairs. They seem to be justified on both counts. It is true that someone, somewhere, will find something for them to do. In fact, substitute programs are already going into effect this week. It Is also true that the men on the WE&T program do not have much say about what happens to them next. But for that matter, neither does anyone else around here. The real problem is in Washington and Washington, Frankfort in where Congress has chopped back funds for domestic spending In order to finance a stepped-u- p war in Vietnam, and in fort, where a disinterested state government has been unable to come up with anything Imaginative in the way of ideas or cash to keep the WE&T program Views differ The three substitute program: will at least keep most of the men who are cut from WE&T a slight distance removed from starvation. But 40 weeks of training will pass quickly, and the man who can't find a job after it ends even though he may be a qualified mechanic In the state's eyes -- - will be In a bad fix. Somebody needs to be doing some hard worrylnp about that fix before it actually happens. The state isn't likely 40 weeks to do the worrying from now takes us into January, 1968, and by then there will be a new Governor, and the problem can be dumped In his lap when the time comes up. If he Is a Republican, he can hang it all on Edward T. Breathitt; if he Is a Democrat, he will need another excuse -- - but In either case he will have a comfortable four-yecushion before he comes up for a vote. The problem seems to rest with county officials and, even more than that, with groups like the Committee to Save the Jobwhich, less Fathers Program of course, has another name now but still has to cope with the same staggering dilemma. The United Poor People of Eastern Kentucky are not, in they were, fact, united if there might have been more than 25 of them at last Sunday's meeting. By not being united, and not showing up, they missed a good show. Harry Caudill delivered a riproarlng attack on politicians. Judge Elmer Begley, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, proclaimed himself the champion "of the poor, and Lester Burns, Republican candidate for Attorney General, did him one better with an emotional story about how he gave his very own shoes to a barefoot man he ran into while campaigning. Best of all, Joseph Hall of Neon and James Meade of Deane provided some first-ra- te music -- - Hall playing banjo, harmonica, and' kazoo, and Meade on guitar. Inas a good show, and it would have been better if more people had been there to see it. The fact that they weren't says a lot about the apathy surroundand ing the WE&T confusion provides a difficult challenge to the United Poor People of Eastern Kentucky-Committto Save the Jobless Fathers Program. Next time out, they will need more than a good show -- - unless they are going to go the way of other organizations hereabouts that have given themselves- dramatic names and promptly disappeared. The result Is that nobody here in Eastern Kentucky, where the problem is, has much to say about how to solve It. The county judges, who would like to see the program kept alive, and the merchants, who need the revenues that the program provides, are as powerless as the WE&T men themselves. If there Is any answer to the problem, It may possibly lie in new plans for new programs to replace WE&T next year. Meanwhile, the next few months men being will see put to work in three strictly temporary programs which have been hastily put together to ab- miu 1 ng Students learn health Students at Letcher High School got a large dose of information on health services and health careers at a Health Fair Program at the school Friday. Speakers included Dr. Richard Keeler of the Letcher County Health Department; Elmer Banks and Carl Johnson of the Voca- - Gordon road to be paved FRANKFORTBIds. for grade, drain and traffic bound surfacMountain-ing on the Bledsoe-Pin- e Gordon (Ky. 510) Road in Harlan and Letcher counties will be received by the Highway Department on May 4, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt and Highway Commissioner Mitchell W. Tinder announced today. The project will begin at Ky. 221 in Harlan County and extend northeasterly to 0.305 mile north Couneast of the Harlan-Letchty line, a distance of 2.493 er miles. ee sought New borrowers who register the Letcher County Public at Li- brary next week will be helping the library as well as themselves. The library is taking part in a contest sponsored by the State Department of Libraries, which will award 300 new books to the library which registers the most new patrons during National Li2. brary WeekApril The contest offers a second prize of 200 books and a third prize of 100 books. Each library which takes part will receive a "Thorn-dik- e & Barn hart 'Beginning Dictionary. " The library Is located on the ground floor of the Letcher County courthouse In Whitesburg at the rear of the building. It is open from 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. Saturdays and from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. Mondays. 16-2- this summer ' available for school dropouts beginning in May 37 jobs jobs for 37 high school dropouts will become available In Letcher County under the Neighborhood Youth Corps program durSix-mon- th ing May. The program provides work and special education for high school period. dropouts for a Enrollees must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and must have been out of school for at least six months. They also must show an economic need for the job. The jobs next month are becoming available because 37 young men and women are completing a working period and are not eligible to work further in the Neighborhood Youth Corps. More Information may be obtained at the NYC office in the basement of the courthouse In Whitesburg. The office Is open from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. Monday through Friday. The Neighborhood Youth Corps program for ycutlis Is operated by the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council through funds provided by the U. S. Department of Labor ..ist Poverty. is part of the War th clamation act were expressed this week. Members of the "Appalachian Group to Save the Land and the People" told Gov. Edward T. Breathitt the law is not working and would not be enough even If It were enforced to the letter. The group visited Breathitt In Frankfort. It includes citizens of Eastern Kentucky whose land Is being affected by strip mining operations. A coal industry spokesman, on the other hand, defended the efforts to reclaim strip-minlands and said mine operators are trying diligently to comply with the 1966 law. "We recognize the need for a constructive law, aad regulations, and we hope that intelligent and efficient enforcement will be carried on for the good oTtTie industry, " said William B". Sturgill of Hazard, a leading strip mine operator. He spoke at the sixth annual Kentucky Industrial Coal Conference at the University of Kentucky. Sturgill said newspapers and state officials "do this industry a grave Injustice when they take Isolated cases of Irresponsibl llty and make it appear as though this Is the pattern the Industry Is following. " Gov. Breathitt told the citizens group that the law is new and he wants to give It a fair chance to succeed. He said he would do all he could to make it work "to the fullest." Coal Industry members attending the conference In Lexington heard that the Industry faces a shortage of trained technicians to operate the expensive machinery now used in mining operations. ed TYPING THE BLOOD of a Letcher High School student are Dr. Emery Lane and Mrs. Anne Hall of the Appalachian Regional Hospital. The fuieer-stickltook place at the Health Fair program at the school. Dr. Lane and Mrs. Hall have been active in a campaign to type potential blood donors for the hospital's blood bank. --- New borrowers t I ar --- alive. Opposing views of the effectiveness of Kentucky's strip mine re- tlonal Rehabilitation Service; Dr. Lundy Adams, Dr. Emery Lane; Mrs. Anne Hall, laboratory technician at Appalachian Regional Hospital; Mrs. Rose Gardner of the Women's Auxiliary of the Kentucky Medical Association; George Brosl of the Council of the Southern Mountains; Robert Mlnger, J. Hart, Mrs. Stephen Combs, Miss Bonnie Grlffle, Reuben Watts, Bernard Watts and Jimmy N. Collins. Their topics included public health, rehabilitation, physical fitness, careers in the health field, nursing, hospital administration, hospital auxiliaries, mdeical practice, laboratory technology. The fair was operated by the school's Future Nurses, Future Teachers, Beta and Travel Clubs. Members of the planning committee included Mrs. Lundy Adams, Mrs. Beulah Back, Manuel Amburgey, Miss Stella Ison, William Banks and D. C. Taylor. Winners of a contest for the best health poster were Jerry Mayes, Letcher; Lenajent, Carcassonne, and Larry Back, Ulvah. Ward here Saturday Henry Ward, candidate for Governor on the Democratic ticket, is scheduled to speak here this Saturday, April 15. Ward, who will compete for the Democratic nomination In the May 23 primary election, will give a campaign speech at the Letcher County Courthouse at 1:00 Saturday afternoon. Funeral rites held for Emmett Blair Emmett Blair, 78, died at his home in Whitesburg, Wednesday, April 5. He was born on March 11, 1889, in Whitesburg. He was a graduate of Bryant Stratton Business College In Louisville. Mr. Blair was former Letcher County school teacher, civil engineer, road contractor, and, in recent years, a coal operator. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs: Rosa Parks Blair of Whitesburg; one son, Jack Blair, of Lexington; and two grandchildren, Mark and Michael Blair, of Lexington. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Friday, April 7. Ministers were Rev. David Motrow and Rev. McCoy Franklin. Burial was in the Blair family plot at 31air Cemetery, Whitesburg. Polly-Cra- ft Funeral Home of Jenkins was In charge of funeral arrangements. th THESE FIVE LETCHER COUNTY GIRLS took part In the re- gional music festival at Plkeville recently and came home with three ratings of superior and three of excellent. They are (standing, left to right) Lynn Tompkins and Patrese Hamilton, and (seated) Vaughn Manwarlng, Jeanle Price and Deborah Proffitt.

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