SRT OUR VIEW Your Right To Say It Support KMHS In State Event If you haven't been to a Kings Mountain High School baseball game recently, you owe it to yourself to attend this week's State 3-A championship series at Lancaster Field. The Mountaineers will be hosting Rockingham County High of Reidsville tonight, Thursday and Friday, with the winner of the three game series being crowned the best 3-A team in North Carolina. The local team is one of the finest we've had here, and anyone who loves to see a powerful offense will love this team. It has sent 45 home runs rocketing out of area parks in 28 games, and that's the most of any team in the history of North Carolina prep baseball. The Mountaineers are loaded with talent. In addition to the hard hitting, they also have a solid mound staff and play good defense. But, one of the team's best assets is the character of the players. They're 20 of the finest young men in the Kings Mountain area and they always conduct them- selves in a sportsmanlike manner on and off the field, and, win or lose, they always give their best effort. This is the type of team that could very well bring Kings Mountain High School its first state champi- onship in a major sport. But, even if that doesn't hap- pen, you can be sure the Mountaineers will represent the school and community well. / We hope to see thousands of fans at this week's se- ries. We welcome the fans of Rockingham County. Both teams deserve the support of their communities. Let's give Rockingham County a good, Kings Mountain welcome and let's give our Mountaineers our best support by attending all of the games and cheering them on. After it's all over, win or lose, let the players know that their efforts were appreciated. Old-Timers Honor Roll The #derald is accepting nominations for its sec- ond annual Old-Timers Honor Roll. 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Sidewalk Survey GROVER'S 1935 CHAMPIONS - This is the 1935 Grover High School basketball team which won the Cleveland County championship. Standing in front is mascot Bonnie Moss. Front row, left to right, Marjorie Bird, Sue Beam, Ada Mae Moss, Lucy Crisp, Lib Bird and Margaret Herndon. Back row, Majel Stewart, Aldie Biddix, Coach Briggs, Letha Bumgardner and Mary Hughes. You Don't Need An AK-47 I own a shotgun and a pistol, neither of which I have ever fired. This is by way of saying I am not for gun control. Oh, I wouldn't mind giving up my guns, pro- vided everyone in this country reciprocated. But, until that day, I will keep mine for protection of my home and family. But I have very little patience with those that advo- cate the continued sale of semi-automatic weapons to the public. Let's face facts — those things are designed for one thing — to kill people. I don't hunt. I will grant you your right to go out and shoot animals if you like, but I can't do it myself. I've been hunting once in my life. I jumped a rabbit and drew a bead on him as he was going away from me. I was armed with a shotgun and could have killed the rabbit, but as I sighted down the barrel, I said to my- self, "What in the world are you doing? You aren't go- ing to shoot that animal." I know hunters will ridicule me, but I just can't kill an innocent creature. But don't try to tell me people need AK-47's or some similar weapon for hunting. I don't but it. This whole semi-automatic weapons thing has got- ten out of hand. Now, President Bush is involved . But his logic is hard to follow. The president says he will ban the importation of semi-automatic assault weapons if a federal review board finds they aren't used primari- ly for sporting purposes. Wonderful, but what of those versions that are produced in the U.S.? Bush would al- low those to be sold to the public. Now what does that accomplish? The President says we can limit the magazine ca- pacity on the domestic models to 15 rounds instead of 30. Does that mean it is impossible to limit the import- ed models to 15 rounds? Realistically, that means very little. Squeezing off 15 rounds as opposed to 30 would kill a person just as dead. Come on, Mr. President! Do you think the public is made up of congenital idiots? My dictionary defines the word sophistry as, "rea- soning that is superficially plausible but actually falla- cious." President Bush, a life member of the National Rifle Association, is dealing in sophistry. From The Word Of Sports — The University of Kentucky has hired Rick Pittino, formerly of the N.Y. Knickerbockers, as their new head basketball coach. They're paying him six million dollars for seven years. That translates to over $850,000 per year...to coach basketball. There was a time when colleges were for | acquiring an education. Coaches used to teach subjects | like health and physical education, etc., and run their athletes through workouts after class. In some cases they were paid a small amount in addition to their teaching salaries. Today, they demand and receive big bucks. Don't get me wrong, I love college basketball and I'm not against making money, but $850,000 a year to coach basketball? Doesn't it seem odd that a college coach can make that much money and a college athlete can be penal- ized for accepting a ride to the bus station from an as- sistant coach? Remember when N.C. State was put on probation because a member of the Wolfpack Booster Jim Heffner Club bought David Thompson a jacket to wear to his first college basketball game while he was in high school? The world of sports gets weirder everyday. Over in Gastonia, one of the junior high schools has just re- tired the jersey of a 16-year-old football player. That's got to be a first around here. I grant you the youngster is probably an outstanding athlete. He participated in five sports. I'm not knocking him — I wish him noth- ing but the best. But retiring his jersey on the junior high school level can best be described as ridiculous. Update — I've written about my Uncle Mose, late of York, §.C., in the past. The other day, I remembered another story about him. In the mid-fifties, Mose pur- chased an automobile, a green 1949 Mercury as I re- call. As far as I know, it was the only car he ever owned. One day Mose and one of his sons were driv- ing down the highway when the hood of the car came up. Undeterred, Mose kept driving as he remarked to his son, "Now, how in the world am I going to be able to see with that contraption in the way?" In The News — The other day I read a piece, in an out of town paper, about the state of Florida outlawing the sport of dwarf tossing. As I'm sure you know dwarf tossing is a sport that originated in Australia. These lit- tle people are thrown, for distance, on a large bed of pillows. It's all in good clean fun, and nobody gets hurt. The little people seem to have more fun than any- body else. I saw dwarf tossing the first time on a Linda Ellerbe television show several years ago and in was hilarious. Offbeat, I'll admit, but funny just the same. But some organization, the Society for Prevention of Dwarf Tossing or some such group found the activity objectionable and took their complaint to the state leg- islature. And, of course, a politician can be convinced of anything if he's guaranteed a certain number of votes in the next election. My question is: With all the troubles in the world, and especially in Florida where people run around shooting one another everyday of the week, why do lawmakers give time to every wild- eyed splinter group that comes down the pike? The next thing you know they'll be enacting laws against cat juggling. Closing Out — Recently, I penned a short piece on Wyatt Earp and a letter poured in from all over. A reader asked what I knew about John Wesley Hardin. Not much, I'm afraid, but I'll find out. And if I come up with anything interesting I'll pass it on. Are there any relatives of any of those old-time Westerners out there? If so, drop me a line — I'd love to talk to you. MICHEAL HANNON ON COOK I am going to Dollywood with my family and swim in swim meets once a week. I am going to £0 swimming and ride my bike. What Are You Going To Do This Summer? RONNIE LEDFORD Junior High WANDA SMAR Second Grader West School I am going skating in Shelby at Kate's skating rink with my friends. 1 am going to ride my motorcycle. Florida with my Church group. CARLA MOORE Junior High CHAD ADAMS Junior High I am going to go to Carowinds with my brother and friends. I am going to Sign Letters Dear Editor: I read your article of June 3, 1989 with much inter- est about "Be Alert, Citizens, It's Election Time." I, too, would like to say that the "Citizens Alert" newsletters that are circulating around town from time to time are not worth reading, because they have not been signed. At some time or another, we will have something bad to say about someone at city hall, but we don't attack them in an unsigned letter. I know that Mr. White cannot buy and sell without the approval of the whole board. I know that uniforms will not cost what Citizens Alert wants you to believe they will cost. Yes, we all knew that water and sewer rates were going up before the bond vote, so let's let that drop. Yes, I agree that the city needs to have its existing water and sewer improved and keep it up. Also, I agree with uniforms. Yes, it's coming election time. I, also, urge citizens to please study the candidates that are running. Do not let me or anyone else tell you who to vote for. I'll be working for the person who I think is the best person. You do the same. By this time, you are saying, "Sam, you have made a 360 degree turn.” Not so, only 350 degrees. I still do not agree with everything that goes on at city hall. Yes, I am the author of the first petition that was out calling for a vote where we have a mayor or manager form of government. I also withdrew my support of this petition April 5 because it was clear some people had turned it around to help themselves or someone they want elected come election day. I owe no one an explanation why Harold Phillips comes to my home and why I have been seen with him. But, for those who have asked, Harold has been a long-time, very good friend of the Sam Teseniar fami- ly. Harold and I don't see eye to eye on some things that go on at city hall, but we are still friends, and I'll not turn my back on him. Once again, unless a letter is signed, it's not worth your time to read it., Samuel B. Teseniar Good Editorial To The Editor: Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! It is a genuine pleasure for me to write compliment- ing you on your editorial condemning the publication "Citizen Alert" and the men responsible for the print- ing and its distribution. These men are out of power and control of Kings Mountain's City Government and are willing to distort and lie about facts concerning the conduct of city business. They are vicious enough to attack city officials on management level on the most personal basis without regard to the true effectiveness. of their job performance. What is worse about these personal attacks is that they are not personal when they name names in print. It would make no difference who actually held the job. If we had different people in these positions their attacks would be leveled at them. The sole purpose of these publications is to discredit the efforts of the present administration in the eyes of uniformed and non-thinking people. In the process they believe that charges if repeated often enough and, if left unchallenged, they would again control city gov- ernment. My chief regret about your superb editorial is that you were unable to provide the names of those respon- sible for publishing "Citizen Alert". I am confidant that you been able to do so, the printing and distribu- tion of this material would cease. If knowledge of those responsible becomes know, whatever aspirations they have for regaining political power in this city will be shattered. A solid majority of Kings Mountain vot- ers will keep them out of office. Very truly yours, B. F. Maner Thank You Dear Editor: It would be impossible for me to list the names of everyone who played a part in the success of our coun- y ty's first Project Graduation. Therefore, I hope all of those people — whether they participated as a planner of the event, as a volunteer worker on May 31, or through a donation to the activity — will accept my sincere appreciation for making Project Graduation be- come a reality for the seniors of our county's four high schools. I had the privilege of attending the event for a few hours and was impressed with both the organization of it and the opportunities it presented the students who were there. I am proud that our school system was in- volved in the support, planning, and implementation of the project. I hope we can look forward to many more Project Graduations in the future. It is a wholesome activity which is well-deserved by the young people it seeks to honor. Again, many thanks to those who made it possi- ble. Sincerely, Bob McRae, Superintendent Kings Mountain District Schools Letter Policy The Herald welcomes your letters to the editor for publication in each week's paper. We ask that you use the following guidelines when submitting letters: Letters should be brief and to the point. If possi- ble, type and double space them, but sign them in ink and include your full name, address and tele- phone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit the letters for spelling, libel, and any other reason, and reserve the right to reject any letter for any reason. Under no circumstances will unsigned letters be published, and hand-delivered letters will not be published. Mail all letters to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 769, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086.