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WHITESBURG, THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE NOTICE OF SALE of TV FRANCHISE CITY OF JENKINS On the 31st day of March, LETTERS Perspective LETCHER TO To the Editor: This evening, my eratic student's life allowing, I picked up the 6 edition of The Mountain Faale and came acton Marie F. Day's article on Cowan (p. 4). I tnrougnt aooui ner couiiiicuu, checked my U. S. Army wall map of Eastern Kentucky to get a better grip on things, and . . plunged into this reply. I can appreciate the deep frus- - , nation that many east Kentuck-aln- s must feel about the dismal . portrayal their region has received. Appalachla has been held up as a "moder depressed area by journalists, muckrakers, and government officials alike. The motivation for this behavior ranges from the deepest sincerity and conviction to the worst hypocrisy. The merit of these efforts varies from constructive to mere sensationalism. What can be said about the significance of thlscampalgn to expose the Appalachian region? Leaving aside sensationalism, let us consider the meaning of more serious efforts to describe the conditions of life In the mountains. The history of the U. S. economy has been one of periodic rises and falls of business activity. Despite numerous business cycles since the Depression, we have experienced a continuing Improvement in our standard of living. In the past six years we have experienced the longest continued expansion of our economy since the turn of the century. Unemployment Is at extremely low levels, so much so that some labor markets are experiencing labor shortages. But what of life In the "Mountain Region"? Has eastern Kentucky shared In this abundance? All the data on my bookshelf say, "Nol" Why has the Appalachian region not kept up with the rest of the country? The economic reasons have been reviewed again and again: continuing decline In the coal Industry, mechanization of the mines, the difficulties of Importing new Industries, and so on. The abuses of the lumbering and coal companies have been documented as well. But what are the political reasons for this ever present depression? Why has pur- - 1967, the City Council of Jenkins, Kentucky, adopted a resolution directing the sale at public outcry of a city cable television franchise. This resolution is in words and figures as follows; WHEREAS, there is a continuing public demand for adequate ser vice of cable television to the citizens of the City of Jenkins, and WH EREAS, it appears that it is to the interest of the public that a franchise be advertised and sold granting and entitling the grantee to use the public streets, thorough fares and other public places for the erection and distribution of cable television, NOW THEREFORE, be It resolved by the City Council of the City of Jenkins, Kentucky. I. There is hereby SECTION created a franchise or privilege to operate a home service television network in the City of Jenkins, Kentucky, which home service television network is defined as the transmission of television waves gathered at a central point and transmitted into private homes by wire, transmission lines and or coaxial cable instead of by direct reception of television waves by individual antenna; subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set out. SECTION It This franchise shall commence on the date that the sale thereof Is confirmed by the City Council of the City of Jenkins, Kentucky, and shall extend ten (10) years thereafter. SECTION III: The holder of this franchise shall be entitled to construct, maintain and operate wires, transmission lines, coaxial cables and other television devices and such other appliances as may be proper, useful or necessary to the construction, maintenance and operation of a home television network in all the public ways, streets or places in the City of Jenkins, Kentucky. SECTION IV: The holder of this franchise shall purchase, construct and maintain such equfp-men- t, wires, transmission lines, coaxial cables, towers and other transmission facilities as may be necessary to supply those inhabitants of this city subscribing to the service with good reception of and In flvc(5) other consplclous television programs. SECTION V: The holder of this places in the city for at least 15 days before the time of sale and franchise shall furnish upon deby causing the publication of such mand and upon the payment of fees to be fixed by the City Counnotice notice in a newspaper of cil and the holder of the franchise general circulation published In direct service for any television Letcher County, Ky. , for not set in the City of Jenkins. less than three (3) consecutive isSECTION VI: The holder of sues next before the date of tale, this franchise shall furnish a deto offer for sale at public outcry posit of fifty ($50. 00) dollars to to the highest and best bidder at the clerk of the City of Jenkins the front door of the city hall in before commencing removal of the City of Jenkins., between the' any pavement on any street or hours of 10:00 o'clock in the alley. This deposit will be remorning and 2: 00 o'clock in the turned only Upon replacement of afternoon on some convenient the pavement and Inspection by date to be named In such notice official of thf r ty who is designand advertisements and upon by the City ated for that conditions herein stated; and Council. receive bids for franchise and SECTION yiu The holder of authority herein directed to be this franchise shall provide suitsold. able indemnity insurance for all III. losses resulting from the conduct The Clerk will report her acts, of said home television network, together with all bids received by and save the city harmless from her for such franchise to the City any action which may arise as a Council at its next regular or result of this service. called or adjourned meeting held SECTION VIII: The holder of after such sale, . this franchise shall have the right Pursuant to the direction of the to charge users according to the City Council of Jenkins, Kentucfollowing schedule: ky, as set forth In the foregoing Monthly service charge. . .$4.50 Resolution, the undersigned will, Penalty of delinquent accounts on the 6th day of May, 1967, at of 15 days 57 the front door of the city hall in SECTION IX: In June, 1969, the the City of Jenkins, Letcher Coun City Council of the City of Jenkins ty, Kentucky, at 10:00 A.M., shall be all iwed to examine the and 2: 00 P. M. , offer for public complete accounts of the holder sale at public outcry to the highof this franchise, andon the basis est and best bidder, a cable teleof profits or loss of the holder, vision franchise on the public may Increase or decrease the streets and thcrofares ol Jenkins, month' rate by as much as fifty Kentucky, which cable television cents. v$. 50). franchise shall be In the terms set SECTION X: The City of Jen forth in the foregoing Resolution kins reserves the right to reject and said sale shall be made in all any and all bids. respects in accordance with the II. Resolution set forth above and all The Clerk of the City of Jenbidders will be required to comkins is hereby directed after havply with the terms of such Resoling advertised the time, place ution. and terms of sale and the rights WITNESS, Oily Hoback Carter, to be sold by posting written or Clerk, tills 31st day of March, printed notices in six (6) public 1967. places in the City of Jenkins, InOily Hoback Carter, cluding the door of the city hall City Clerk of Jenkins, Kentucky. t A-p- rll . COUNTY THHE , 'THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1967 KENTUCKY EDITOR have added swings, improved the court, and repaired equipment. With the financial support which was given by the community dances, shooting matches and other sponsored these men certainly did a good job. , Although we received this much support, there have been' many "Arm Chair Critlct" who have not been as liberal with their support as they have with their criticism. Our basic purposes with the community center have been to provide organized recreation for the young people, and to promote total community development. My husband and 1 did not have organized actlvitet as we grew up and we know what a disadvantage this can be. We want the young people of Cowan to ' have the tame opportunities youngsters in other communities have. Why shouldn't Cowan have Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, H Clubs, dances, play guilds, and why should boys and girls have to leave Cowan to share tuch experience!? Why shouldn't the youth of Cowan know that the community it Interested in their well-beiand it willing to devote time for planning and organizing for their benefit? Along with our Interest in the youth we have been interested In total community development such as garbage collections, sewing classes, library services, and other worthwhile projects. To date our only success has been In Folk Dancing and outside recreation. These acti vires have brought out orderly crowds and bkeall poteful exploitation been Allowed to persist? Why have the conditions of waste and destitution brought on by exploitation not been remedied? In order to answer these questions we must ex- -amine the very fabric of American political life. In general, American politics can be characterized at pluralistic: a wide range of participants compete with one another over a wide range of issues. To the that various groups and interests can participate in the political arena, expressing their need and concerns over issues, .we think of our political system at democratic and fair. But what about the groups who cfginot or do not participate? What about the issues that ate not raised? The fact is that our society it basically middle-clas- s. That Is neither good nor bad. But It does mean that our political tystem revolves around the problems and concerns of the middle class. And most middle class people are not concerned about working condition! In cmI mines. They do not know anything about coal mines. Unitl a few years ago, most people did not know anything about Appalachla. John F. Kennedy was shocked at the working conditions of Appalachian coal miners--bnot until he went to West Virginia for the Presidential primary In 19601 The values and procedures which underlie our political system--"th- e rules of the game" best suited. to the needs of a middle-clas- s society. When problems arise 'that are strange to the middle class, such as violence In our urban slums or poverty in Appalachla, they tend to be necessarily because someone it against slum dwellers or mountain people, but because these problems disrupt the system. Alliances between groups are threatened! confusion prevails; people become afraid that they will not be able to get what they want. In short, the problems of Appalachla and of our cities never become Issues. They are not raised for public debate. No one can take tides. There can be no political struggle in order to solve them. Therefore, they remain ex-te- n: ut re o-t- he 4-- ng have been well chaperoned. (I expect the ".arm chair critics' tfould approve the county Sheriff at a proper chaperon. ) But in a recent. survey conducted in the community regardlng'the Community Center, such corn-meas these were received: Community Center a good idea but no time to helpj dances are wild affairs, not chaperoned; activities need more supervision! not serious enough in efforts; all play no work; never have attended, but will not attend nor let children attend. This Is what so depresses me. How can people make comments tuch as these when it takes about three evenings of work to get tlx Interested persons out for an organizational Boy Scout Meeting, or to get enough people out to start a garbage collection tystem. How can these people sit back and criticize others who are buy try-ln- g to initiate some worthwhile activites, even if It does involve a few mistakes? Isn't It better to be making mistakes and doing something than to do nothing? How can people justly say that activities are not properly chaperoned when they (the Cowan citizens in this instance) ate the ones who should be chaperoning. Why don't the parents of youngsters come out to these affairs and see that they are properly chaperoned? Why do they expect everyone else to carry out their responsibilities; and if they are going to give this responsibility to others why don't they quit criticizing and support those others? Mr:.. Kendell Ison Cowan nu Tlphon Talk By ART WILLETT Your Telephone Manager DID YOU KNOW? Unsolved. The need is to draw attention to the problems of Appalachla in order that they may become Issues, so that those who want to solve these problems can oppose those who wish to stand in the way, This is why it is important for writers and government officials to portray life In Appalachla, to point out the injustices and the hardships, and at the same, time, to point out the worthiness of the mountain people. But to point out the Wrongdoing and disaster Is not enough, Nor Is It enough to complain that you're being "run down" when the truth is exposed. Rather, It it necessary to be realistic, to survey the damage-and--Mrs. Day has done to point out the vlotorles. Then you must get to work: with all the realities In mind, you must set out to make yourselves heard. David Weinberg 403 College Avenue Ithaca, New York 2 PAGE INFORMATION IS NOW REACHED. BY CALLING From Whltesburg Neon 7-4- 6-4- 11 11 m' as When the need arises for you to call Information be sure to dial the new number shown above. Do not call operator, as faster service can be provided If you use the special information number. In case you should forget the new information can- be found on page 3 of the new 1967 telephone directory. ' Community support To the Editor: Recently an article appeared in The Mountain Eagle about the Cowan Community. I thought this was very interesting. I share in Mrs. Day's belief that Cowan and other Letcher County communities have many blessings. I am a life-lon- g resident of Cowan. My husband and I taught for three years In the Cowan community and ptesently are social workers. We have been involved for the last four years in what is known as the Cowan Community Center. Along with other community members we have received cooperation and support in our efforts to establish a community center. There have been four unemployed fathers assigned to the center and their work Is certainly very evident. The building has been painted, the grounds have been landscaped, picnic grills have been built, and they There has been no change In the number to call for REPAIR SERVICE. FROM: Whltesburg NEON dire, Operator Operator , 'S .Uli

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