www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 09, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT01/310099967 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT01/310099967 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Baber, Norman M. 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Brown, Cora 11 a.m., Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Cline, Nealie 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Coleman, Horace W. Jr. 6 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

Dearien, Shelley D. 3 p.m., Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Doss, Oda 2 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Lambert, Ivan B. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

McClanahan, Sue M. Noon, Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Messenger, Forrest J. 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Moore, Elizabeth 1 p.m., Glenville First Baptist Church, Glenville.

Muir, Mildred L. 11 a.m., Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, Meadow Bridge.

Rose, Liberty M. 6:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ, Ohley.

Staats, Ruth P. 1 p.m., Cunningham

White, Mary A. 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Michael B. Adams http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099995 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Michael Bruce "Mike" Adams, 61, of Sand Fork, died Oct. 7, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the mortuary.

Sylvia "Smokey" Bailey http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099984 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Sylvia "Smokey" Anderson Thomas Bailey, 83, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015, following a short bout with cancer.

Smokey was a member of Dunbar Mountain Mission for many years. She was a faithful member of the Ladies Bible Study and church choir.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Robert and Martha Anderson of Chandler Drive; first husband, Rev. Carroll Thomas; and sister, Eva Stalnaker.

Smokey leaves her husband, Jerry Bailey, and sons, Steve (Debbie) and Jeff Thomas, to cherish her memory. Other survivors include her sister, Frances Dickson; three stepchildren, Brian Bailey, Brett Bailey and Jeri Jo Alley; three grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy and Justin Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Kingston and Cannon Thomas; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Cialia, from HospiceCare, for her care and devotion to our mother.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Dunbar Mountain Mission with Pastor Ray Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations in Sylvia's memory to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Joan Browning http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099996 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Joan Browning, 78, of Coal Mountain, died Oct. 6. 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Coal Mountain Community Church. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the church. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Donna Sue Campbell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099979 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Donna Sue Campbell, 71, of Blount, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

She was born Dec. 19, 1943 in Putney to the late Howard and Ina Ratliff Belcher. Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by sister, Marcella Johnson, and brothers, Maynard Belcher and Otho Belcher.

Donna was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton M. Campbell; her children, Melanie Campbell (Louie) Sanchez of Patuxant River, Md., Clinton (Tammy) Campbell of St. Albans, Kevin (Lisa) Campbell of Charleston and Selena Campbell of Charleston; sisters, Charlotte Willoughby of St. Albans and Alda Belcher of Hurricane; brother, Berkley Belcher of Charleston; grandchildren, Melissa Campbell, Kaden Sanchez, Kevin Campbell, Talon Sanchez and T.J. Campbell; and great-grandchild, Kaisley Campbell.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Curtis Mack officiating. The burial will follow the service in Campbell Family Cemetery, Blount.

Family and friends will gather for the visitation one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Donna Sue Campbell at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Travis S. Cogar, Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099972 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099972 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Travis Scott Cogar, Sr., 37, of St. Albans, passed away Oct. 8, 2015.

Travis was a contractor and worked with Cogar and Sons for 18 years.

He is survived by his parents, Paul and Nancy Cogar and Rita Shaffer Meadows; children, Kaly Michelle Cogar, Brianna Marcheal Cogar, Travis Scott Cogar, Jr. and Kamaya Cogar; brother, Paul Cogar, Jr.; sisters, Shannon Kimberly Doyle and Brandy Cogar; and a host of other family and friends.

A tribute to the life of Travis will be 2 p.m. Monday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Cogar family.

Kenneth L. Crites http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099986 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Kenneth L. Crites, 80, of Little Birch, died Oct. 6, 2015. Private graveside service was held Thursday, Oct. 8, at Barnett Cemetery, Birch River. Words of comfort and memories may be shared at stockert-paletti.com.

Garry L. Dixon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099990 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Garry L. Dixon, of Indio, Calif., formerly of Rainelle, died July 2, 2015. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Eakle Chapel United Methodist Church, White Sulphur Springs. Submitted by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.

Lottie "Sis" Enochs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099997 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Lottie "Sis" Enochs, 81, of St. Albans, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

Sis was the wife of the late Denver Enochs. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Polly Trent; brothers, Raymond and William "Bill" Trent; and sister, Shirley Fritsch.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Ron) Wilson, Richard (Teresa) Enochs and Teresa (JR) Newcome; grandchildren, who she adored, Andy, Charlie, Jenny, Leigh, Kristin and Kevin; 10 great-grandchildren; and her special niece, Tina (Tim) Richmond and their children, Adrienne and Don.

The family extends a special thank you to Angel's Touch Personal Care Home in St. Albans for their support, respect and loving care.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with Minister Kenneth Carter officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

John Francis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099977 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 John Francis, 81, of Hurricane, husband of Rosemary Jones Francis, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at Cabell Health Care Center, Culloden.

He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Whitman, a son of the late Morgan and Iva Mae Dyer Francis. His sister, Barbara Butcher, also preceded him in death.

John was a 1953 graduate of Logan High School and attended Western State in Gunnison, Colo. He attended Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans. He was a retired sales engineer, having retired from Long Airdox Company, and formerly worked for Persinger Inc.

John's passions were his family, golfing and gardening.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Larry Husk and Vicki and Todd Rule, all of Culloden, and three grandchildren, Mikelle Workman and husband, John, of Huntington, Dr. Kyle Johnson of Portland, Ore., and Seth Husk of Huntington.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Brian Dean officiating. Visitation with the family will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.

Donations may be made to Grace Baptist Temple, 1901 McCorkle Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, or to a charity of one's choice.

Condolences for the family may be sent at www.chapmans-mortuary.com.

Boil-water advisory http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009486 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009486 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:01:32 -0400 The Department of Health and Human Resources has lifted the boil-water advisory for customers in South Meadow Bridge, W.Va. 20, and Patterson Mountain Road to Summers County.

Nitro High dismissing early because of power outage http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009487 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009487 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:58:50 -0400 Nitro High School will dismiss students at 10:30 a.m. because of a power outage, according to a recorded message from Kanawha County schools.

GOP in tumult after McCarthy's withdrawal from speaker race http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/ARTICLE/151009488 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/ARTICLE/151009488 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:47:01 -0400 By ALAN FRAM By By ALAN FRAM Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jolted by political lightning for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.

GOP lawmakers, who lately have acted more like feuding relatives than a unified party, were meeting Friday to discuss their next move. On Thursday, Republicans munching barbecue at a closed-door meeting where they seemed ready to coronate McCarthy as their candidate for speaker were aghast when the Californian rose and told them he wouldn't seek the job.
Facing opposition from a band of hard-right conservatives, some McCarthy supporters said he concluded he would have fallen short of the 218 votes needed when the full House formally elects the speaker. Others said he could have won but GOP lawmakers backing him would have infuriated conservative constituents back home, jeopardizing their own careers.
"It was only going to get worse," McCarthy said in an interview published Thursday night by The Wall Street Journal. He added, "This was for the good of the team."
McCarthy's announcement leaves the race to succeed the departing Speaker John Boehner wide open. The Ohio Republican delivered his own shocker on Sept. 25 when he said he would retire from Congress Oct. 30.
"Two people now have taken themselves out of the running," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. "And I hope we will have candidate who can lift up our party."
Boehner said he would remain in his job until a new speaker was installed, an ironic consequence considering conservatives' desire to shove him out the door. That election was set for Oct. 29, but its date is now uncertain.
Attempting to calm the waters, 19 Republicans including several committee chairs wrote GOP lawmakers that they shouldn't pick a speaker until agreeing on "a shared set of goals and governing vision that benefits the nation and our constituents."
McCarthy had two rivals for the post, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla. Neither had broad backing among the House's 247 Republicans.
Several other potential candidates surfaced. Chief among them was Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP's 2012 vice presidential pick. Boehner and McCarthy were pressing him to seek the job.
At midday, Ryan, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said he was uninterested in the top post. With pressure mounting, he later declined to flatly rule out a run.
"I think our conference will come together and unify. We'll find a way to do it," he told reporters.
And on Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa said in a nationally broadcast interview, "I think that I can be potentially a candidate." Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Issa said the Freedom Caucus is being unfairly accused of being willing to shut down the government if its members don't get their way on conservative causes such as stripping Planned Parenthood of its federal funding.
"They've been denied by the K. St., if you will, influence," said Issa of the House conservatives, referring to capital city neighborhood where many lobbyists are based.
The tumult was escalating as the GOP-run Congress hurtled toward showdowns with President Barack Obama over spending and borrowing. If not resolved, those face-offs could result in a partial government shutdown or an unprecedented federal default.
Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., believe either scenario would severely wound GOP prospects in next year's presidential and congressional elections. Some conservatives seem eager to use the confrontations to dare Obama to veto GOP priorities like cutting government spending and halting federal payments to Planned Parenthood.
After McCarthy revealed his decision to his colleagues - lawmakers said he did so standing beside his wife, Judy - the five-term lawmaker told reporters, "If we are going to be strong, we've got to be 100 percent united."
McCarthy had been strongly opposed by a band of 30 to 40 conservatives called the House Freedom Caucus. They consider him too close to Boehner, whose leadership team had punished some conservatives by removing them from committees.
Underscoring the distrust buffeting the GOP, conservative Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said he believed the leaders postponed the speaker vote because McCarthy couldn't win.
"The question in my mind is, are these free and fair elections?" Massie said. "If they don't have the votes next time, will they postpone it again?"
Other Republicans fired back. Moderate Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a McCarthy supporter, said he'd predicted that Republicans who forced Boehner's departure "will try to frag the next guy. That's what we just saw happen."
Spotlighting the turbulence, Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., became the second lawmaker in a month to leave the Freedom Caucus. A McCarthy supporter, he said he has "a clear idea of the qualities a leader will need" to unite Republicans. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., quit in September, complaining that the caucus' tactics were hurting the GOP.
Speaking to reporters, McCarthy dismissed a suggestion that his decision was related to a letter by conservative Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. It said leadership candidates should withdraw "if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress" that would be embarrassing.
Jones said his letter was based on problems of past lawmakers including former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., who abandoned a bid to become speaker after admitting to extramarital affairs.
"I have no idea what anybody does up here after 5 o'clock," Jones told a reporter.
Associated Press writers Erica Werner, Andrew Taylor, Mary Clare Jalonick and Matt Daly contributed to this report.

Fayette County faces $450k budget shortfall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009489 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009489 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:43:15 -0400

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Fayette County officials say they're facing a $450,000 budget shortfall next year as tax revenues decline.

The Register-Herald reports the decline in revenue is linked to a drop in coal value, industrial personal property value and business personal property value.

County Assessor Eddie Young says state officials estimate Fayette County will see a $20 million decrease in appraised coal value. Coal is appraised on reserve and actively mined coal.

The county expects a $60 million decrease in the assessed value for industrial personal property and about a $10 million decline in business personal property value.

Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com

Retired Air Force colonel named executive director of WVU Alumni Association http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009490 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009490 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:41:45 -0400

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Retired Air Force Col. Sean Frisbee has been named executive director of the West Virginia University Alumni Association.

The association announced Frisbee's appointment Thursday.

Frisbee earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from WVU in 1989 and master's degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Air University.

Among his past responsibilities in the Air Force, Frisbee was program director of the F-22 stealth aircraft weapon system at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and vice wing commander of Iraqi Air Force Development in Baghdad.

In recent years he has been involved in several small business and startup firms. He is president of electronics firm IES Global Inc., which designs and produces systems for the oil and gas industries.

The WVU Alumni Association has chapters in every state and 135 other countries.

Hearings planned on proposal to close 3 Boone County schools http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009491 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009491 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:33:14 -0400

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - Public hearings are set on a proposal to close three elementary schools in Boone County.

Media outlets report the meetings will be held in November on county schools Superintendent John Hudson's proposal to close Wharton, Nellis and Jeffrey Spencer elementaries and move their students to existing schools.

Hudson says the three schools aren't financially efficient enough to operate.

He says the county school system has lost millions of dollars in the past two years, mostly from lower property tax collections.

So far, meetings are set for Nov. 2 at Wharton Elementary and Nov. 9 at Van Elementary.

Officials: 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009492 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009492 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:16:50 -0400 The Associated Press By The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A shooting outside an Arizona university dormitory early Friday left one person dead, three others wounded and the suspected shooter in custody, a school official said.

The gunfire erupted in a parking lot at the Northern Arizona University, school public relations director Cindy Brown said.

The lot is just outside Mountainview Hall dormitory at the northeast side of the Flagstaff campus, she added.

Student Maria Gonzalez told The Associated Press that she at first suspected firecrackers.

"I was studying for an exam so I looked out the window and see two people running, and that's when I realized they weren't fireworks they were actually gunshots," she said.

The first police call about the gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. PDT.

Brown said she didn't know what caused the shooting and also didn't have any details about the suspect and victims, their conditions and whether they are students.

On its website, the university said that the campus was stabilized and the campus was not on lockdown.

"How am I supposed to feel safe where I'm learning," Gonzalez said.

Brown said the wounded were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, which said it couldn't release any information on conditions.

Both university and Flagstaff police are investigating.

The Flagstaff shooting comes on the same day that President Obama is scheduled to visit Roseburg, Oregon, where eight students and a teacher were shot and killed last week at Umpqua Community College. The gunman in the Oregon shooting wounded nine others before turning the gun on himself.

NAU plays a major role in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff.

The 4-year public university has more than 25,000 total undergraduates.

Daily Mail editorial: Marshall attracts highly qualified candidates http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009513 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009513 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 03:00:00 -0400 Marshall University has spent nearly a year searching for a permanent president, and it appears that search may soon come to an end.

As the Gazette-Mail's Samuel Speciale reported, the school announced Wednesday its three finalists for the top post, vacated after former President Stephen Kopp died unexpectedly in December.

A curriculum vita for each candidate is posted on Marshall's website, and the campus will host the three men in the coming weeks to allow students, faculty and staff to interact with them. For those who can't attend the in-person meetings, each will be broadcast live online.

Each candidate boasts a vast amount of both classroom and administrative experience and - on paper - look like they'll be a good fit in Huntington.

Jerome Gilbert is a provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University. He has a doctorate in biomedical engineering and served in the classroom as a professor of agricultural and biomedical engineering from 1993 to 1995. He served as head of that department for eight years.

Denis Wiesenburg is a professor of marine science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He's also served as provost and in various vice president positions at the school. Before becoming an adjunct faculty member, he as an oceanographer and researcher.

Christopher Maples is president of the Oregon Institute of Technology - the only candidate to currently serve as president of an institution. He studied paleontology and geology and has served on various boards and committees related to those fields as well as academia.

Marshall University is a school that continues to grow and thrive. It offers more than 100 degree programs to more than 13,000 students. More than $23 million is spent yearly on research.

Earlier this year, the school celebrated the openings of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex and the downtown Visual Arts Center, as well as the Chris Cline Athletic Complex.

Kopp's vision was that Marshall would become a player in the region, attracting students and athletes to Huntington to become part of the school's storied tradition of success. Interim President Gary White has followed the same line of thinking, and it's that visibility that likely grabbed the attention of Gilbert, Wiesenburg and Maples.

Marshall University has attracted three highly qualified candidates as potential presidents. A school of Marshall's caliber - and potential - deserves a leader with a vision for the future.

Daily Mail editorial: The question nobody's asking on the VW scandal http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009514 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009514 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 02:00:00 -0400 Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins, Jr. raised a good point in an essay about the Volkswagen scandal.

"Volkswagen's behavior may have been bad, but did it ever make sense to mandate that passenger cars, after 2008, be restricted to 0.07 grams of nitrogen oxide output per mile?" Jenkins asked in a Wednesday commentary.

The 0.07 grams target is a 90 percent reduction from the nitrogen oxide output of the average car on the road today, he wrote. "It represents about 1/40th the output of the average full-size pickup (gasoline or diesel), of which more than 10 million are on the road."

That raises some important questions: What level of emission reductions are reasonably achievable on passenger vehicles, how much will it cost per vehicle to achieve those targets and who decides the targets and what scientific and cost/benefit analyses do they use?

It's not that car manufacturers shouldn't work to produce vehicles to perform at the lowest levels of emissions reasonably possible.

But, writes Jenkins, "Unasked is whether America's expansionist clean-air bureaucracy, after its successes of the 1970s, hasn't already gone well past the point of diminishing returns in its pursuit of cleaner air."

Even President Obama's former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein wrote in his 2002 book "The Cost-Benefit State," "As government controls get more severe, the benefits of increasing severity diminish, to the point where 'the last 10 percent' may do very little at all."

Yet consumers pay higher prices for diminishing returns. New U.S. fuel efficiency standards to double average miles per gallon to 54.5 by 2025 will add $3,000 to the cost of every vehicle, the Heritage Foundation reports.

The standards may reduce competition among automakers too as Fiat-Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne has called on the industry to consolidate so as to lessen the burden of duplicative investments to comply with government rules.

And worse, the administration's 54.5 mpg target was never the product of science and engineering, Jenkins writes. "It was the product of the White House PR machine's desire for an impressive-sounding 'headline number.'"

Yes, we, as a society, should keep pushing to reduce pollution and increase efficiency. But the targets set must be reasonable achievable and based on science, not headlines.

Editorial cartoon for October 9, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009517 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009517 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400