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The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, June 19, 1979, Image 2

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i Pace S-MtBROB HBKALD-TnMtey. June IB, 1B7B Letters to the editor Teenagers need examples CAB I read of the controverey In the echool personal weakness, wrhlch wre should try to ■ystem between concerned parents, and the strenghten,and In so-doing, buUd character dty schools, and-or the Health Department and self-worth, about the teaching of sex In the schools; I Last giant wondered what the reaction of the average reader would be. Would we feel outrage, pity or concern? Would some of us feel milpabiUty for the pli^t of these young people who are caught in the nuaoie f I am grateful to find that there are parents concerned enough to do something about the education of their young people. Ooncemed, It Is not surprising that many of our teenagers (adults as well) appease the erotic i4>petlte as carelessly as they abuse the phvalcal appetite. And. why not? Society has made aeif-Uratincauon the uou or une Times. To deny one's self of anything Is unheard of. Self discipline Is square, and guilt feelings about our actions send us flying not only, with their satisfaction today, but to the nearest psychiatrist, with the development of character, and their future happiness. I can remember when parents, concerned that their children have strong, healthy bodies, taught them that they must eat their vegetables, meat and potatoes If they hoped tor any dessert. I disliked okra, but I ate so many portions In anticipation of the chocolate cake, pie and Ice cream, that I have growm to love It. In like manner, children were taught that the erotic appetite must be controlled by self discipline until a person Is mature enough to accept the responsibility, and the con sequences of hls-her actions. Responsible, not only, to themselves, but to the person with whom they choose to share a sexual relationship, and to society, as well. At that time, schools respected the teachings of the home, and were grateful to those psirents who Instilled these moral concepts In their children. While It Is, well, known that all of us did not attain the Ideal, we did at least, strive for It, and recognise our lack of self control as a The nation was shocked at Watergate, and even more shocked at the cover-up, and yet, every day we teach or children, and each other, the art of cover-up We do not give a loaded gun to an enraged Individual, and advise him, politely,” Now. Here Is a gun. It would be best for you to calm down and control your anger, but If you can’t, and feel you must murder someone, please do It In a discreet manner. It would be terrible for you, and for society If you should get caught, and have to pay a price for In dulging your feelings. However, should you get caught, do not worry. We will have a lawyer standing by to get you out of your trouble.” Not yet we don’t, anyway. And yet, this Is the same principle we offer the teenager. Just at the age when their sexual needs, and curiosity demand fulfillment, we say,” Now. It Isn’t right to have sexual relationships In a careless manner. You should learn to control these natural urges and desires until you find someone with vritom to share the respon sibility of a home and family, but If you can’t, and feel you must have sexual relations, please take the pill so that neither you or society will be stuck with your self- indulgence. However, If you do not take the pill, and find you are In trouble do not worry. We wUi gei ywii It Is unrealistic to say that we have no problem with teenage pregnancy. It Is, even, more unrealistic to blame the teenager, living In a culture which offers pre pregnancy pills, and post-pregnancy abortion, many of todays teenagers have no concept of a need for self discipline of sexual or any other desire. And It Is hardest of all on the parents who teach their children moral suid spiritual principles. It Is confusing to their children. Many times the difference between the teachings of the home, the teachings of soclety,and the conduct of their peers make their lives unbearable. Never-the-less, my hat’s off to these parents, and the teenagers vdio consider the cost, and find self worth of value. To seek a cure for the problem of teenage pregnancy la to be expected, but a cure for the cause is needed. And, this must begin, not with teenager, but with those whose example he-she follows. <X)NNIE PUTNAM Kings Mountain IS gone The last of the giants Is gone. Cancer killed him at B:80 p.m. Monday, June 11. It would take some creepy, silent enemy to do It because mere mortals don’t slay giants. Bob Wlsehart wrote In The Charlotte News Tues., June 13 that he saw John Wayne In • • iis Hi. *»».** ^ Depot Center for everyone To The Editor; I would like to let the cltlsens of Kings Mountain know the hassle they would have to go through to rent the K.M. Depot Center from Kenneth George. I talked with Mr. George around the first of May about renting the Depot Center for a birthday party for my daughter. He was hesitant about even talking to me, explaining that the depot was tor the senior cltlsens, not for children’s parties. When I told him It would be a 16th birthday party and around 80 teenagers would be there, he was even more hesitant. He gave me all kinds of excuses about how they would tear up the place and that he would have to get someone to come back that night and clean up after us. He even told me we could rent a room at the Community Center (which I did check In to and the room rents for $70.00 - the depot for $10.00). I In formed him we would have competent chaperones and we would clean up after ourselves. I told him I was for the senior citizens 100 percent and I was proud the C9ty of Kings Mountain could have such a won derful program for them, but the teenagers, also, needed a place to go where they could enjoy themselves. Mr. George went on to explain to me that the Federal Government had given several thousand dollars worth of grants to the city for the senior citizens programs and those programs had to be carried out. I explained to him that several thousand dollars worth of taxpayers money also went In to the renovation of the depot. On May 11,1 offered Mr. George my check for $10.00 for the rent on the building. He would not accept It saying he would have to clesu* it with the Mayor becaiue we would be dancing at the party and he was not going to be responsible for the floors if we tore them up. I took my check directly to Com missioner Corbet Nicholson and told him the situation. He said he knew of more people who had tried to rent the depot from Mr. George but would not pursue the matter. Commissioner Nicholson, In turn, talked with Mayor Moss. Needless to say, we rented the Depot Center and had a wonderful time. After we cleaned up, I sun sure Mr. George could not even tell we had. been there. The K.M. Depot Center U a beautiful building that smy citizen can be proud of. A lot of hard work and money was put Into It. The Depot Center U too pretty a buUdlng just to look at. It U a buUdlng that U to be used by the citizens of Kings Mountain. To you, Mr. George, I would like to say Uiat when you told me the buUdlng did not belong to you, I could not agree with you more. It belongs to the citizens of Kings Mountain, from the senior citizens on down to, yes, Mr. George, the teenagers of Kings Mountain. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Commissioner Corbet Nicholson and to Mayor John Henry Moss for their help on this matter. I am sure the teenagers, who were at the party, thank you also. Mrs. Jerry White Kings Mountain Commissioners list support surance ($2,000), vehicle depreciation ($7,200), ssUarles for director of 3H yesu’s, secretary for 2 years, two services aides, 1 A 2 yesLTs ($110,000). AU these figures total an approximate $148,000 through the Com munity Block Grant stnd the Kin gs Mountain general fund. Other monies contributed to the support of the aging program by federal grants under the city’s sponsorship Include Title 8 - $40,076; and Title 0 - $39,280, for a total of $84,861. The grand total to date is $234,811 for the aging program. The above totals do not Include the local match of funds contributed by the City of Kings Mountain In support of the Cleveland Food and Nutrition Program operating at the Depot Center, which Is supervised by To the editor. We, as members of the Kings Mountain Board of Commissioners, would like to respond to the letter published by Rev. Kenneth George In last week’s Mirror- Herald. The following statistics show tl;a ap proximate financial support rendered the lOngs Mountain Aging Program since Its inception In 1B78. The city has contributed two used cars ($1,800), two new vans ($18,000), office space (rent $7,200), utUlUes ($8,300), vehicle In- Clear up few points To the Editor: This letter la In response to the comments by Rev. Kenneth George which anpeared In the June 13th edition of the Kings Mountain ipg Kenneth George: Mirror-Herald. I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few points that ho brought out because I feel that the letter was indeed It Is a sad commentary when one very misleading. cannot communicate with the Elected First, I feel that 1 must disagree with Rev. xlayor and Commissioners. However this Is George on his statement that the open forum uq^ case. Is the only method of communication with have not called me at home or at my the mayor and commissioners. In the past I work. I am available before and after each have always been available to Rev. George, scheduled and advertised meeting of the whether by phone, or In person, and will BosLrd of Commissioners, every second and continue to be In the future. fourth Monday night, which you should at- Secondly, I foel that It should be pointed tend. i have never refu/sed to talk with out that there la no Intention on behalf of the anyone personally or on the telephone. All City of Kings Mountain to discontinue the Aging Program for the Senior ClUsena of our community, and I for one have always supported this program. At no time, to my knowledge, has the Kings Mountain Aging program been Included In the City budget, other than through the Community Development Block Grant, which no longer their project due to Ineligibility. As noted In the statistical report, the city of Kings Mountain has been most generous to the Senior Cltlsens. In closing I would like to again point out the fact that It Is our intention to continue the Aging Program for our Senior Cltlsens. Oorbet H. NioholsoB rv,mmlaa<nnMr • District 8 Communication not lacking Appreciates improvements up and cheered when his Rooster Cogbum herolcly cut down bad guy Robert Duvall’s gang In a stunning shootout. The movie audience I saw "True Grit” with didn’t exactly stand and cheer, but we did voice aloud our ’’Alright, big John!” And the night Wayne was awarded the Oscar tor his Cogbum role I did let out a warwhoop that had my family looking at me strangely. And the night the news bulletin came on that Wayne had died I unashamedly shed a tear. Like Wayne held that ”My country, right or wrong,” I held ”My main man, right or wrong.” Like Wayne, I too felt as long as America was Involved In that mess In Vietnam, we should have stomped the Vletcong Into the ground. Did that make me a hawk? Or did It mean the same basic beliefs that Wayne, a mldwestemer, grew up In were the same beliefs we. In the south, grew up In? The latter I think. Personally, though, I was never really Interested In 'The Duke’s politics (rw anyone else’s). I went to his movies (aiid re-watch them on TV) tor the same reason he made them. For entertainment. The grunt and scratch actors bore me to tears. They did when they became the rage and they do now. With John Wayne you knew where he stood. He (on screen) never had to sell out like the rest of us in everyday life. When someone shot him the bull he an swered by saying ’’You’re a liar!” We have to smile and politely say, I disagree with that. Wayne solved problems. We just prolong them. How did Wayne become a giant In the film Industry? If we knew the answer to such questions In advance wouldn’t we be the fortunate ones. In looking back over Wayne’s film career TOM MclhTYRt; It Is amazing that he ever did. He started off In sUent films In 1838 and when sound came In he made one cheaple western after another; fUms which probably never played any of the large American clUes. As a youngster, back In the 1940’s, I used to hunker down with my bag of popcorn In the old Gem Theatre In Belmont and watch The Duke In those cheaple westerns. Of course, the theatre owner must have really been a cheapo himself, because those films were 10- 18 years old when I saw them. I also saw Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard and Tim McCby films on succeeding Saturdays-all from the I980e. But somehow, those heroes did not have the sustaining appeal that Wayne possessed. It wasn’t until the late 18408 the Gem began showing Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, although both had been around for several years by then. I have never figured that one out. And the Gem never did run the Three Mesqulteer films that Wayne made for Republic during the 19408. I saw thsoe on TV later. It U said and written that ’’Stogecoach” made Wayne a star. That In 1888. But It wasn’t until about 10 years later that ha really began to shine on the screen as far as stories and production were concerned. But It took Wayne and Bob FeUows, a part nership, In the early IBBOs to reaUy put Wayne squarely In the eye of the movle- golng public. PYom that point on he really began growing Into a giant In the en tertainment field. It Is also strange that Into the 1870a, when the moviegoers showed a decided preference for film heroes with hangups and monumental flaws, that Wayne as the unlntlmldated hero, was still packing them In. No typical abuser Cleveland County Department of Social Services, and Is a totally separate project from the Kings Mountain Aging Program, which Is responsible only for transportation of senior citizens of our area to needed services. In the four years the services to the elderly, the Kings Mountain Aging Program has reached approximately 200 elderly persons (out of a possible 3,000 within the city, and 11,(KX) In the county) with services. JAMES CHILDERS JAMES HOUSTON CORBET NICHOLSON NORMAN KINO WILLIAM GRISSOM JAMES DICKEY City Commissioners messages are delivered and answered. I would have been glad to talk with you at any time If you had tried to talk with me. I am definitely In favor of the Senior Citizen Program and will do all In my power to keep It going—under any circumstances. I suggest all citizens read the report concerning the Aging Program that Is ap pearing on this page. JAMES J. DICKEY Dlst. 6 Commissioner Kings Moimtaln To the Citizens of Kings Mountain: I, Verlee Mask, employed by the City as Director of Davidson Pool, wish to thank the Public Works Dept, and City Officials for the Improvement and beautification at Davidson Pool. I can truly say that the City of Kings Mountsdn has really done a fine job with the Improvements. I am Inviting all cltlsens of Kings Moun tain to come and enjoy themselves this summer at beautiful Davidson Pool. All of us with the Parks and Recreation Department are striving to make your recreational facilities the finest In the area. The parks and facilities are yours to use, enjoy and be proud of. In return, your help In protecting these areas Is needed and ap preciated. Let’s all work hard to keep the facilities In good shape. VERLEE MASK Director of Davidson Pool By LINDA MILLER Special to Mirror Herald The female drug abuser? You may know her. She could be a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend. She could be your wife, your mother, your sister. She could be you. Who U the typical female drug abuser? Drug treament program staff members Christine Massey and Ajuba Joy can give you a variety of descriptions. They see all types at ’’Transition,” a drug treatment program for women located In Wake County. Actually, there Is no ’’typical” female abuser, although many people think of the skid row junkie as Apical-just like the Image of the ’’typical” alcoholic. What la becoming more prevalent today Is the middle class female who abuses prescription drugs—tranquallzers such as Vallum and Librium. She may get them from her doctor, a well meaning family member or a friend. In a drug oriented society which en courages the use of tranquilizers, sedatives and pain klUers to cope with life. Transition Is a unique program. It meets the many needs of female drug abusers so they may live drug free lives. Christine, coordinator of the program, explains, ’’drug abuse Is one way of escaping, making It easier on yourself. We teach coping skills, ways to deal with life, instead of reinforcing escape.” Transition Is located at 610 Peace Street In Raleigh. It provides many services and learning situations tor women Including counseling, graduate education degrees (G.E.D.) programs, and group classes In assertiveness training, values clarification and goal setting techniques. Funded through the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and a matching grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation In Winston-Salem, this free community service Is offered through Drug Action of Wake county. Drug Action Is a private, non-profit agency which provides treatment, education-prevention and outreach progrtuns. ^ Programi such as Transition are funded by NIDA through the N.C. Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, MenUl ReUrdatlon and Substance Abuse. (Competitive grants tor local treab ment, education and outreach programs are awarded to accredited public and private non-profit alcohol and drug agencies throughot North Carolina. For further Information on grants ap plications, contact: Joseph Tallent, Chief, Planning Branch, DHR, Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. (Competitive grants tor local treat ment, education and outreach programs are awarded to accredited public and private non-profit alcohol and drug agencies throughout North (Carolina. For further Information on grants ap plications, contact: Joseph Tallent, Chief, Planning Branch, DHR, Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse, (818) 783-4006, 830 North SaUsbury Street, Raleigh, N.C. 37611. What’S your opinhrn? Wo want to hear your opinlan on ttUnga of Interest to you. A40i’*66 **1 correapondenoe tar this page to Reader Dlalo|ue, MIrrar- Herald, P. 0. Drawer 768, Kings Mbuntatn, N. C., 88086. Be sure and sign proper name end inolude your address. 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