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15 cents MOUNTAIN EAGLE IT SCREAMS! Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April 1, 1971 Vol. 63, No. 47 County will get recreation plan Letcher County will have the services of a recreation planner for several months this summer, and the Kentucky River Area Development District hopes he will set up a comprehensive plan for establishment of a recreation program in the county. KRADD director Malcolm Hol-lldsaid he hopes city and county officials will make use of the planning help to be offered. He said he would expect the plan to involve some recreation enterprises that could be self supporting and others that could be supported by the city and county goverhments. He pointed out that the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation of the federal Department of the Interior has money available for assisting local governments in recreation programs. Holliday's remarks came at a " reconnaissance hearing" held at the courthouse to talk about priorities In planning for the future of Letcher County. What many had thought would be a lively meeting of the Ky. River Area Development District (KRADD) In Hazard last week turned out to be relative' ly mild, with a confuted situation left basically unresolved. At a KRADD board meeting last month, lt had been decided to "look toward, and set ay TALKING WITH VOTERS Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford (center) talked with voters In Letcher County during a campaign visit here Friday. With Ford at the Letcher County courthouse are (left) Bill Collins, Whitesburg, Ford's county campaign chairman, and Don Polly. (Eagle photo). Ford campaigns in Letcher Democratic gubernatorial can- didate Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford brought his campaign for next May's primary nomination to Letcher County for a brief stop In Whitesburg last Friday. Ford, whose principal Democratic opponent Is former governor Bert Combs, spent several hours talking to voters In the street, at business locations, at the Whitesburg Hospital and also in the Letcher County Fiscal Courtroom. Ford appeared before a group of about 40 Letcher Countians at the courtroom. In opening remarks he stressed his campaign theme that he Is a "fitihter for the people, " citing past accomplishments which he felt entitled him to that label. He said that if elected, one of his first priorities will be to build "get-to-- it roads". He explained that while a good number of major highways have been built recently In Kentucky, the secondary access roads to get to the big arteries have been lacking. Calling education "the only thing that cannot be taken away from your children, " Ford pledged that he would concentrate on Improving elementary and secondary education In the state. Taking questions from the audience, he remarked that as governor he would "see to lt that those who are entitled to (black lung benefits) should get them. " In response to a second question, he stated support for the principle of organized labor unions, "when operated properly. " There should "be no prohibition against them, " he said. Turning to the matter of food stamps and welfare, the Owensboro democrat noted a study which reports that 51 per cent of all welfare recipients In the state today will "need help In the future. I think this Is right. " But, he said, "the other 49 per cent need to be looked at hard. " Work should be provided to welfare recipients, he stated, implying that those who refused work should be removed from welfare rolls. "But we must provide jobs for them, " he added. Pledging to "reduce taxes if we can, " Ford recalled his successful bill to remove the state sales tax from prescription drug purchases . One. of those listening to the lieutenant governor's comments then raised the conservation issue. "I live up on a hill. I love that hill, " the elderly man said. "If some few people want to tear that hill apart, what are you going to do about it?" To be honored The University of Kentucky Department of Journalism will sponsor a dinner at Lexington tonight honoring Tom Glsh, editor and publisher of The Mountain Eagle, and Mrs. Glsh. Harry Caudlll, Whitesburg, will speak at the dinner, to be. held at the Springs Motel. Th UK chapters of Theta Sigma Phi a nd Sigma Delu Chi. (Continued on Page 18) Ford responded with his usu- al response to the strip- - mine Issue: up the mechanics on, an open and ' hearing on related issues. That, the board had assumed, meant that there would be a single, open hearing to present all sides of the issue at some date In the near future in some such central place as strip-minin- g" strip-mi- ne Hazard. However, since that February meeting, KRADD executive director Malcolm H. Holli-day, Jr. , chose tc interpret the motion by placing discussion of "the coal Industry" as part of the agenda of the eight already-schedul"reconnaissance hearings" in the district's constituent counties. ed Holliday's contention was that holding one large, central meeting would be technically difficult and that KRADD might consequently be criticized "for denying people the opportunity to express themselves. " He stated that by holding the separate meetings, added onto the agenda of the previously planned reconnaissance hearings, the problems of logistics and goegraphical closeness to people would be resolved. However, Mrs. Bessie Smith, who had originally suggested that KRADD study the overall regional economic effects of strip- - mining, spoke for members of various citizens' (Conti nued on Page 4) "When land cannot be reclaimed, we'll eliminate Where it can be reclaimed, there will be strl ct enforcement of reclamation and pollution laws. " Moving on to the related issue of mineral severance tax. Ford explained his stand In favor of a tax only on coal. "In a lot of areas. It might cost more to administer a severance tax than would be gained from lt. " He implied that this would be the case with any efforts to place a severance tax on Kentucky's gas and oil production. He claimed that most gas and oil In the state Is not (Continued on Page 20) strip-minin- g. Combs on campaign for May's gubernatorial primary Intensifies, voters are faced with a barrage of statements, positions, counter- - positions and the like from the various candidates and their supporters. In an effort to help clarify some elements of the hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination for gover(As the nor. The Mountain Eagle sent identical letters to each of the two leading contenders, Wendell Ford ami Bert Combs, Seek mining ban Residents of the upper end of the county have sent a petition to Kentucky Director of Reclamation Elmore Grim urging him to withhold any strip- - mine permits for certain areas. Fifty-on- e McRoberts citizens signed the petition, the text of which follows: "We, the undersigned residents of the Upper Boone Fork area in Letcher County, Kentucky hereby petition the Division of Reclamation and the Director of Reclamation in the Department of Natural Resources to withhold and deny strip- - mining permits on Shea s Fork. Cheeping requesting private interviews. During his recent campaign swing to eastern Kentucky, former governor Combs consented to such an Interview. Lt. Gov. Ford has not yet so responded. The Interview was conducted In Hazard last week by Phil Primack.--Editor- ). Bert Combs, born In eastern Kentucky, was governor of the state from 1959-196Most recently a judge on the Federal Court of Appeals (a post he resigned to run for governor), he has chosen to seek the state's highest post once again because, he says, " the stare needs to get moving again. " InIn a long and terview, Combs discussed what have emerged as major 3. ng Branch, Bark Camp Branch, and other streams on the watershed above and adjacent to the community of McRoberts. We protest against the granting of such permits and assert that the land Is too steep to be lawfully strip-mined or issues auger-mine- d. "On the basis of past perfor- mance It is apparent that stripping in said areas will result in land slides, of streams, damage to wells, damage to cemeteries and damage to homes, lawns and gardens. We assert further that on the basis of past experience in this and (Continued on Page 8) sllta-tlo- n campaign issues, particularly for eastern Kentucky. At the same time, the conversation brought out what Combs regards to be priorities for government--and for government leaden. Sitting In a hotel room following a day of campaigning In Letcher County and elsewhere, Combs reflected on his past performance and programs. He particularly noted his key involvement in the founding and first actions of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). As first (Continued on Page 3)

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