www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 13, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT01/310139971 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT01/310139971 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Bailey, Charlene 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Brown, Jerry 2 p.m., Krantz

Cadle, Rihanna 5 p.m., Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot.

Doughty, Betty Noon, Doughty Family Cemetery, Coopers Creek.

Fisher, Roy 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Hager, Jake 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Johnson, Phillip 1 p.m., New Beginning Apostolic Church, Huntington.

Keith, Betty 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kinder, David Noon, Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

McFarland, Tiffany 7 p.m., Elizabeth Baptist Church, Bancroft.

Meeks, James 5 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Nichols, David 3 p.m., Taylor

Triplett, Olga 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Elder Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139983 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Elder Russell "Buck" Adkins, 91, of Sweetland, died October 11, 2016. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, October 15, at Ethel United Baptist Church, Scary Creek Rd., Sweetland, W.Va.Visiting hours will be 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.V.

Rhonda Aldridge http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139982 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Rhonda Lynn Aldridge, 49, of Alkol, W.Va., formerly of Boone County, died October 7, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Linda Browning http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139988 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Linda Sanders Browning, 63, of Hurricane, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Hubbard House.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 15, at Calvary Baptist Church, 118 Poplar Fork Road, Scott Depot, WV, by Pastor Pete Thompson and Pastor Aaron Karr. Burial will be Oaklawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

She was born December 29, 1952, in Charleston, a daughter of the late Orville and Lorraine Rexroad Sanders.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol Litton and Sandy Wilson.

She is survived by her husband, Rick Browning; one son and daughter-in-law, Don and Tonya Browning of Springfield, Ill.; two sisters, Karen Sanders of Cross Lanes and Barbara Yessman of Fla.; and two grandchildren, Bradley and Jordan Browning.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Calvary Baptist Church, Scott Depot Campus and after 10 a.m., Saturday, October 15, at the church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.

Betty Lea Carr and Vernon Ray Carr http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139996 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Betty Lea Carr, 85, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, and Vernon Ray Carr, 87, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Both passed away in Gadsden, Ala., where they resided since 1982.

Betty and Vernon were married in Fort Campbell, Ky., on December 2, 1950. They are survived by their daughter, Nancy Jean Carr Wedgworth; their daughter, Cathy Ann Price (Damon); two grandchildren, Wendi Ann Wedgworth Hardage and Betsy Ann Price; and one great-grandchild, Lillian Lee Hardage. Vernon is survived by his brother, Bill Carr of Buckhannon, and sister, Mary Lou Carr Bollinger of Gassaway. Betty is survived by her sister, Shirley Harris Goranson of Grove City, Ohio.

Betty Lea Harris Carr was born January 6, 1929, in Sutton, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Frank Harris and Nella Frances Nutt Harris. At the age of 9, after the death of her mother, Betty helped her father with the care and rearing of her three younger siblings. Even with this added responsibility she never missed a day of school, graduating high school. Betty worked as an operator at the phone company in Sutton and also in Akron, Ohio.

Vernon Ray Carr was born April 3, 1928, in Gassaway, W.Va. He was the son of the late Silas Carr and Leta Viola Stewart Carr. Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours in Korea, earning several medals. He was honorably discharged in 1951 with wounds to both legs and one arm, shrapnel in his lower spine, and hearing loss in his right ear. After returning from Korea, he began his career with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, starting out building tires. He took every opportunity to learn and grow with the company, spending many years in Goodyear Research and earning several patents through his research and contributions. The company transferred him to Tennessee in 1968 and later to Alabama in 1982. Vernon retired from Goodyear after 37 years.

Betty and Vernon's life together exemplified good Christian values and a strong work ethic. They shared a great love of family and friends, never met a stranger, or failed to help those in need. Giving their time by volunteering to help others was an import of part of their lives. Betty delivered meals to the elderly and infirm weekly for 18 years, helped the American Red Cross and local hospitals with many community projects, and was active with the local Greeters' Club welcoming newcomers to their town. For many years Vernon transported veterans one day a week to the Veterans' Hospital in Birmingham, he was a regular blood donor giving more than 18 gallons over the years, and he was a regular volunteer at the Gadsden Humane Society doing building maintenance to help keep the animals safe and comfortable. Betty and Vernon also shared a great passion for all of the animals on earth. They worked tirelessly for the betterment of all dogs and cats and strived to teach others about the responsibility we have to love and care for our pets.

We want to celebrate the many wonderful years of love and devotion Vernon and Betty had together. They are together again and their love will continue through eternity. They will truly be missed by all their family, friends, and everyone who knew them.

Graveside memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 15, at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with the Rev. Larry Coffman officiating.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Larry Deitz http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139992 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Larry R. Deitz, 75, of Lizemores, entered into his Heavenly home with a beautiful smile on his face on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Larry was born on April 9, 1941, to the late Donnie William and Bertha Annis (Morton) Deitz. He was a former employee with the Steel Mill, Foundry, and a member of Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Lizemores. He was also a member of the Alliance Freewill Baptist Church in Alliance, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Deitz was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Nichols Deitz.

Larry is survived by his son, Ronald Deitz of Lizemores; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Morris (George) of Vine Grove, Ky.; one grandson, Michael Calvin Deitz of Alliance, Ohio; brothers, Robert Deitz of Axton, Va., and Estill Deitz Portland, Ore.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Lizemores, with Ministers Earl Elliott and Namman Moore. Burial will follow in the Elliott Cemetery, Lizemores. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com. Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Deitz family.

Debbie Dunfee http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139986 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Debbie Stiltner Dunfee, 49, of Scott Depot, died October 7, 2016. Funeral is 1 p.m., Monday October 17, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet with visitation two hours prior. Details at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Gary Fox http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139977 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gary Allen Fox, passed away at home, on October 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Peggy Jean (England) Fox.

Gary was born on July 18, 1947, in Waynesburg, Pa., to the late Eileen Fox and Minor Fox.

Gary is survived by daughter, Kimberly Gula (Jeff) of Cross Lanes, daughter, Heather Obeada (Augusto) of Charlotte, N.C., son, Brian (Lisa) of Clendenin, son, Shaun of Clendenin; granddaughter, Kennedy Fox; grandson, Todd Fox, Cooper Obleada and Dailor Fox; nieces, Melisa Bond, Madelyn Bond, Katie Bond, Vicky Black and Karyna Black; and nephew, Kameron Black.

Gary was a graduate of Serra High School in McKeesport, Pa., as well as the University of Baltimore. Upon graduation, he accepted a high level position in the Central Intelligence Agency, in Langley, Va. Gary held one of the highest security clearances available to Federal employees and was involved in numerous highly classified projects. After concluding his service to the CIA, Gary then obtained his CPA license and opened his own accounting practice which became his life's work, serving hundreds of clients for over forty years.

The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Reamer Gospel Tabernacle Church. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House.

Arrangements are in the care of Matics Funeral Home in Clendenin, WV. Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

Marion Garton http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139972 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139972 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Marian Garton, 91, of Nitro, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Garton family and arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Eddie Hill, Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/OBIT/310139980 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Eddie "Happy" Hill, Jr., 82, of White Sulphur Springs, died Friday, October 7, 2016.Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, October 15, at Rhema Christian Center, 3584 Davis Stuart Road, Lewisburg, WV. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the center on Saturday. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon.Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor in Beckley, WV.

Bulletin Board: Oct. 13, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0120/161019846 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0120/161019846 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Retired federal employees Charleston Chapter 0166 of NARFE, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, will hold its October meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday at the South Charleston Public Library, 312 4th Ave. All federal employees and retirees are welcome to attend. For information, call Robert Hardesty at 304-346-5250.

Unity of Kanawha Valley will host its monthly Open Stage and Coffee House with host Ron Sowell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Local musicians are welcome to come and share their talents in a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. The performers sign up at 7 p.m. General admission is $5. Admission for performers, seniors, and children is $2. Various coffees, teas, soft drinks and homemade treats are available at a small cost. Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road, corner of Bridge and Myrtle Roads.

The West Virginia University Putnam Extension Office of Families and Health will present the class, "Dining with Diabetes: A Program for Adults with Diabetes and their Families," at 6 p.m. beginning Tuesday at the Winfield Community Center. The class is designed to teach people using interactive methods how to juggle the lifestyle factors necessary to manage type 2 diabetes and/or pre-diabetes. The program includes five classes, and the cost is $5 each class. Each class offers food demonstrations, mild physical activity, class lesson and discussion. Classes will also meet on Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8 at 6 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes. Class size is limited. To register, call the Extension office at 304-586-0217. For questions, call Tim Sayre at 304-586-0217, extension 1333

The Region III Workforce Investment Board of Kanawha County will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the conference room located at the Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith St. The agenda is available at the WIB office.

Items for Bulletin Board may be submitted by mail to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301; faxed to 304-348-1233; or emailed to gazette@wvgazettemail.com. Notices will be run one time free. Please include a contact person's name and a daytime phone number.

Dear Abby: My husband won't stop talking politics when we socialize http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0507/161019847 GZ0507 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0507/161019847 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Dear Abby: My husband is very political, and around election time he becomes engrossed in news shows. He has a habit of showing his favorite political news clips to friends when they visit.

I am uncomfortable with this, as I feel our friends are too polite to decline, and they allow my husband to preach politics to them out of courtesy to the host. They are like-minded, politically speaking, and the few who aren't are not going to be swayed by comedy news shows.

I excuse myself from the room when he begins his sermons. I have asked him to stop doing this when friends visit, but he refuses. How can I persuade him to just have "friends time'' with no politics? - Politically Unmotivated

Dear Politically Unmotivated: You can't. You aren't going to change your husband. Fortunately, most of your friends are politically like-minded. Those who find his entertainment to be offensive will postpone seeing you until after the election is over. So stop stressing.

Dear Abby: Is it OK for a person who went to AA a few years ago and has gone totally alcohol-free, to start having a beer every other night or even keep a bottle of vodka around to have every now and then? Or should you stay alcohol-free to be sure that this issue doesn't happen again? - Alcohol-Free

Dear Alcohol-Free: For some individuals it may be possible to have an occasional drink without falling completely off the wagon, but I wouldn't recommend it. And as to keeping a bottle of vodka around to nip into "every now and then,'' I think that makes as much sense as keeping a box of chocolates in the house if someone is addicted to sweets. (And many of us are!)

Dear Abby: My sister-in-law wants to choose the gifts we give them. She doesn't have enough manners to smile, accept a gift and say "thank you'' as we were raised to do. She told us, "All those educational toys you gave my son, I donated them!'' I have donated much of what she has given us, but I would never tell her that.

She's now ordering toys and having them delivered to our home for us to wrap and give to her son. I had already bought a kaleidoscope, books, racetrack and a huge jar of little cars to use as rewards since he's 4 and still not potty-trained. She sent us a thank-you note (the first one ever) for the gifts THEY sent us to give my nephew, but did not mention the eight items I bought! Please help me cope with this extremely rude sister-in-law. - Trying To Cope in Texas

Dear Trying: I'll try. As I see it, you have two choices: The first is to decide to "go along with the program.'' The second would be to tell her she has taken all the joy out of gift-giving and, in the future, you will not be participating in the charade.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Evan Fleischer: Trump says he'll put Clinton in jail. It's a threat that should terrify us http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0409/161019857 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0409/161019857 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400

In the first half of the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Donald Trump said that if he won the election, he was "going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into [Hillary Clinton's] situation," thereby providing millions of viewers with an almost dictionary definition of an un-American moment.

When Thomas Jefferson was elected to the presidency in 1801, it was the first time a political party had transferred power to an opposing party through the political process. He characterized that moment in a letter to a friend as one in which "the order and good sense displayed in this recovery from delusion, and in the momentous crisis which lately arose, really bespeak a strength of character in our nation which augurs well for the duration of our Republic" and took the time to say in his inaugural address that "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists."

We could use a dose of good sense and order now: For perhaps the first time, the United States is considering a candidate for president who not only makes public threats against his political opponents, but also has all but promised to use the power of the presidency to persecute his political enemies. Not only does Trump's disregard for the findings of the justice system transmit a conspiratorial paranoia that could easily spark unrest, it foretells a future in which all Americans should fear dissent.

The FBI looked into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and found nothing worth prosecuting; in response, Trump implied the FBI is either lax or corrupt and claimed that the agency must have given Clinton "immunity" in its investigation. In other words, the FBI's finding must be invalid.

And there's more. Angry that The Washington Post has printed negative stories about him and his campaign, Trump threatened Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in a May segment with Sean Hannity: "[The Post] is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos who controls Amazon," Trump said, adding that "Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. [Bezos is] using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed." Bezos, Trump claimed, "thinks I would go after him for antitrust because he's got a huge antitrust problem. Amazon is controlling so much of what they're doing. . . . What he's got is a monopoly, and he wants to make sure I don't get in." However veiled, the threat was clear: Trump has his sights set on the papers that slight him.

He made as much clear in a February rally in Texas, where he announced he will "open up the libel laws" so that "when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected."

More recently, Trump doubled down on his conviction that the Central Park Five - a group of five young men of color accused of the rape of a jogger in New York in 1989 and exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002 - are nonetheless guilty. At the time, Trump took out a full-page ad in the New York Daily News calling for the return of the death penalty. Still, Trump insisted last week on CNN that the accused are still guilty, calling their exoneration "outrageous."

This kind of thing isn't done. The United States may be a country of prison policies that - in some instance - need reform; it may be a country that's passed laws that have needed challenging in the past and some that need to be challenged today; but it is a country of the rule of law, not a country of might-makes-right. Under normal circumstances it probably wouldn't bear spelling out that we don't threaten the press here, that we consider innocent those who haven't been proven guilty, that we don't use the office of the presidency to punish political adversaries competing for the same role.

Emphasizing that there is a normal way of doing things in the face of something so transparently malevolent lacks the emotional luster of justice done - but worth doing, because in this election it has to be done. Just as basic concepts have to be carefully explained to Donald Trump, just as questions have to be teed up for him, so, too, does the American way of life and what it means to run for president have to be explained to him as well. That the presidential nominee of one of the major political parties in the United States of America has to continually have the fundamentals of American life pointed out to him over the course of his execrable 15-month campaign speaks volumes, and the fact that he's come so close to the highest office in the nation with little grasp of or respect for our country's most basic principles should be disturbing to us all. That he may have done permanent or lasting damage to the self-evidence of these principles should be equally discomfiting.

Donald Trump may like to compliment himself for being a supposedly law-and-order candidate who traffics in the arena of dominance, but America traffics in votes, due process, and the rule of law - yesterday, today, and tomorrow, regardless of what a thug like Trump says.

Evan Fleischer is a writer in Boston. He wrote this for The Washington Post.

Donna Willis: Women have a duty to their sisters this election (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0405/161019858 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0405/161019858 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Where one or more neighbors are gathered together in a black neighborhood doesn't necessarily signify a gang-related event, Donald Trump.

It's often a place where politics can be bandied about freely without censorship. During one such gathering the subject of the upcoming presidential election took center stage. I had no idea the level of disappointment my brothers and sisters are feeling in this year's picks, and how many are willing to forego the whole experience this year.

It was the level of disrespect Republicans have shown toward President Obama that holds the key to their willingness to say nah on voting. For the few blacks willing to stand publicly in support of a man like Trump, all I can say is its true "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."

Donald Trump is an enigma in the political arena. A tacky one, but an enigma none the less. He is so pompous, he actually believes he alone forced President Obama to produce his birth certificate. I, on the other hand, have to believe Obama is way smarter than that. In fact, I think by producing his birth certificate, he publicly proved before the world Trump to be the biggest fool on the face of the earth.

It might be petty of me, but I plan to cast my vote this November as a finely tuned political based payback, in return for Congress sitting on their rears collecting a check and accomplishing zilch on behalf of all America. Clearly they forgot President Obama was chosen by popular vote -- a ballot tally that black votes could not have accomplished by themselves. Intentionally violating one's oath of office is a slap in the face delivered to all Americans. Republican supporters might have cheered such behavior in Congress, but for me ,they embarrassed all of America before the world.

For those who think as I do, we can't march into our nation's capital and deliver a well deserved switching to some well deserving rumps, but we can vote in mass against them. I can't promise to support a newly elected president if he's a Republican. I'm many things, none of which is a hypocrite. If I have learned nothing else these past eight years, I've learned that disrespecting a sitting President of these United States is an acceptable behavior amongst a host of our society's members.

Obama as the 44th President of the United States had the misfortune to follow behind the Bush/Chaney administration. Economists tried to explain to us in everyday language before the first vote was cast for the Bush/Chaney team, that voters and their children and their children's children would be financially indebted for decades if we supported a Bush campaign. Did we listen?

No we did not. Even I recognized at the time that whoever followed behind them would need more than the allotted two terms to put even a dent in cleaning up such a fiscal disaster, and I was right in my thinking. And if the truth be told, many voters have yet to realize you can't cut taxes and have funds to address our infrastructure failings or job needs in a struggling economy.

Minority and poor voters are a powerful force to reckon with if we vote in mass. And why should we? Well, according to data collected and published by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, data shows under 2013 to 2015 tax codes in West Virginia, the second highest percentage taxpayer on state and local levels had an average yearly income of less than $10,000. Yep, that means poor people pay taxes, something American politicians love to deny.

I strongly believe poor and minority groups are the backbone upon which the banking and financial industry ride all the way to the profit zone. The credit reporting system currently sanctioned for some unknown reason under federal code is a moral and ethical travesty, and a gluttonous sin in these economically hard times. It is setup to take advantage of the most economically disadvantaged sector of our society, most of whom are poor and/or a member of a minority race.

Americans economically disenfranchised often feel powerless under the weight of poverty, however they are not alone in their thinking. Politicians have caused most of the economical pressures felt by the middle-class. So I'm stumped in understanding why they constantly vote Republican, and against their own interest.

Instead of sitting at home on couches, minorities need to be the first in line at the polling stations. Women have a duty to say no to a man who uses negative remarks against another sister. Blacks should be afraid of living in a community that under a certain candidate capable of ensuring their communities exist under martial law. Poor people no matter what race they are attached too, are far more likely to gain a college degree under a Clinton administration.

A promise of a tuition free future for their children far outweighs a promise of a lower federal tax rate. Rates that will in all probability be a "pass-the-buck" process, which will in all honesty cause state and local taxes to soar in order to provide money for projects the federal level will no longer be able to help fund. Simply put, under Trump's economic plan taxes will go up just not on the federal level.

Trump is like a bad boyfriend who becomes a bad husband if you marry him. He's demeanor now will be his demeanor tomorrow. The good he might, and I stress might, do will be overshadowed by his tendency to speak first and apologize second. Two divorces and three marriages tells me he has a problem with commitment and keeping his word.

First Ladies represent us all in one way or another before the world. Enough said on that subject.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Hillary Clinton is my choice of the lesser of two evils. She has yet to taunt even one of our enemies during her campaign. Benghazi happened! Hillary wasn't in charge of the attack, had no prior knowledge an attack was imminent, none of her emails leaked out giving exact coordinates to where our people were in Benghazi, and nor was there any directive from her telling officials to stay put until help comes, unlike Twin Tower employees who were instructed to stay put by emergency services workers on 9/11. It's understandable why men might not want to vote into office a woman as President, especially one with her experience. Whether she sat in public office for one year or 30, what she has never done is sit on her duff and do absolutely not a darn thing for eight years but cry foul. So her husband cheated on her. I believe it's written somewhere "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones", and a bunch of men in this country are living a future shattering existence.

Black people really didn't care that Bill and Hillary settled their differences their way. It wasn't our marriage or our business. While now ex-President Clinton was still in office I had the honor of meeting him face to face on the first floor of our State Capitol. He came to my office and greeted my co-workers and their children in attendance, simply because I asked him too. I can understand why Hillary forgave him in the end. President Clinton has a heart of gold that shines all around him.

Trump, on the other hand, believes he knows all and sees all, a perfect specimen in his own eyes. Heck fire, he knows more about ISIS than our generals, which gives me pause considering he's a businessman and real estate mogul. So who and what does he know that the CIA and FBI might not know? Interesting. He knows exactly what black people and their communities need to improve their circumstances, yet blacks fail to agree on those points themselves.

As for feeling good for not breaking the law by paying zero taxes, our school aged children, fixed-income elderly and the disadvantaged say thank you, Donald. I have yet to meet one person whose willing to tell Trump, "now Donnie you don't have to ignore those loopholes your fellow millionaires helped fill up our income tax regulations with and pay those nasty taxes like we do!" But good try, Rudy Giuliani.

We have all been given a jewel, and its name is democracy. It can be used to our advantage, or against our interest. But if you deny that jewel the right to shine, you just might regret what comes down the pike. Karma can be either a dish well served or a tasteless meal uncooked. I say vote and help me serve up a healing helping of humility to the Republican Party, whose elected brethren deserve seconds at the people's table of justice.

Donna Willis lives in Institute.

Daily Mail endorsement: White, Walker-Gaskins, Robinson for House 36 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0401/161019861 DM0401 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0401/161019861 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 The 36th House of Delegates District, which encompasses the southern half of Kanawha County from Tornado to Montgomery, as well as Edgewood and Kanawha City in Charleston, is another district where there are more quality candidates running than there are seats available.

All three incumbents are running for re-election: Republican Brad White, who just completed his first term, and long-term Democratic veterans Nancy Guthrie and Larry L. Rowe.

They are joined in the race by Republican newcomers Chelsea Walker-Gaskins and Adam Marcum, Democratic newcomer Andrew Robinson and Mountain Party candidate Elizabeth Rhule.

Brad White deserves re-election. He established himself as a hard-working delegate with no interest in being in the limelight, but highly interested in working with constituents. His votes on key economic and legal issues helped Republicans right the state toward a friendlier business and legal climate and future job growth.

Chelsea Walker-Gaskins has a different background than most West Virginians. She was born in Hawaii and moved here with her husband a few years ago from Michigan, giving her a fresh and different perspective to grow West Virginia. She has good ideas to improve the state, a sharp mind and a committed heart.

While Guthrie and Rowe have served their constituency well over many years of public service, it may be time to bring in newcomer. We suggest Andrew Robinson, who has a good work ethic and fresh ideas and is highly knowledgeable of the area.

Marcum is a fresh and eager candidate, but he could use a bit more life and business experience before being handed the job of delegate.

Electing Republicans White and Walker-Gaskins and Democrat Robinson can help the Legislature maintain its GOP majority while also keep a healthy balance of different perspectives and ideas on how to improve our state.

Brad McElhinny: Cole, Justice race to the finish line (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0404/161019862 DM0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0404/161019862 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 If Tuesday's gubernatorial debate was a success, then West Virginians woke up Wednesday having a better idea who deserves their vote.

It was the second and final chance to hear Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole onstage together.

If voters have been struggling to differentiate the two, then they may be forgiven. Both are similarly aged with similar backgrounds as businessmen and with similar locations on the political spectrum. Both say they want to encourage economic growth and to bring back coal.

For many, this could be like choosing between 1 percent milk or 2 percent milk.

So what's the difference?

West Virginians have two years of familiarity of Cole as state Senate president.

On his watch they've seen tort reform, the repeal of prevailing wage and the legislative acceptance of right-to-work. They've also seen controversy over social issues such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, plus a struggle to fill gaps in the state budget.

During the past few months, voters have also seen the commercials that closely align Cole with Donald Trump - a relationship that might seem more complicated with every new Trump controversy.

Voters might feel like they know Jim Justice because of his ownership of The Greenbrier resort. But it's been harder to peg Justice on policy.

Much of Justice's approach seems inspired by Professor Harold Hill, the character in "The Music Man" who instructs boys to play their musical instruments simply by thinking of the notes.

Successful public policy? One must simply visualize for outcomes to be successful.

"Think big!" is one of the points of Justice's economic platform. There's also a common theme of asking West Virginians to put their personal trust in him: "I will personally recruit businesses and capital to West Virginia like none other" is another statement from Justice's official platform.

Most of the polls have shown Justice ahead. Those range from a double-digit blowout projection by the MetroNews West Virginia Poll in early September to a more recent squeaker backed by Republicans.

But all those polls came before last Friday's revelation by National Public Radio that Justice's companies owe $15 million in state fines across six states, that his coal companies are the nation's top mine safety delinquents and that he hasn't made good on some prominent charitable promises.

At the Democrats' Jefferson Jackson dinner, Justice's first appearance since those revelations, he acknowledged he isn't perfect. Again, he asked the friendly audience to trust him.

"I've made a lot of mistakes, but I've got a lot of experience," he told the crowd.

If the revelations stirred doubt in the voters' minds, some progressives might take a long, hard look at someone who is on their ballot who was not at last night's debate: Charlotte Pritt, the Mountain Party candidate who was the 1996 Democratic Party candidate for governor.

Pritt is unlikely to win, but if enough voters decide they can actually trust her more than Justice, then that gives Cole a greater chance.

It's less than a month to Election Day now. Still time for voters to think and for events to shift.

But by now, West Virginians should know their choices pretty well.

Brad McElhinny is a statewide correspondent for MetroNews and former publisher of the Charleston Daily Mail.

Guest editorial: Be realistic when considering state's broadband needs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0402/161019863 DM0402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0402/161019863 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400

Reprinted from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Of course it would be nice if every home and business in West Virginia had a high-speed internet connection. But it would be nice if every family had a reliable car, every school had better equipment, all the potholes were repaired and no one had to pay state taxes, too.

At the risk of being very politically incorrect, it is our guess many Mountain State residents would, if asked to prioritize their needs and wants, place broadband internet service somewhere below No. 1.

The two leading candidates for governor, Republican Bill Cole and Democrat Jim Justice, were asked about the subject last week during their debate in Charleston. Both agreed extending high-speed internet access is important - and it is, to an extent.

But the two disagreed regarding what role state government should play in expanding broadband service. Justice suggested it should be a priority, with government involved in the campaign. Cole, citing the millions of dollars in federal funding wasted on technology projects in West Virginia, said government's involvement should be limited to prodding private companies to expand high-speed service.

In fact, part of Cole's position is based on realism. State government simply does not have the tens of millions of dollars needed to get into the broadband business itself.

We find ourselves in a position somewhat like the parent telling a child there's no money to buy whatever new gadget, toy or clothing is the current fad, even if everyone else has one. We tell the kids having the item in question would be nice - but do we really need it?

High-speed broadband access is a many-faceted issue. Providing it for education is one thing. Extending it for direct economic development is another. For the latter purpose, state government ought to be identifying areas that are priorities for the special cable that carries data at high speeds. For the former, it needs to be recognized that it simply is not feasible to serve to every isolated home. Other technologies should be considered.

Throwing tons of taxpayers' dollars into government-funded technology programs simply does not make sense for West Virginians, especially given the recent history of waste and inefficiency.

Mountain State residents and businesses cannot afford to sit out the current technology race. That much is true. But we also cannot afford to merely begin sprinting aimlessly. We need to use our heads on this one, for the good of our children and grandchildren.

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.: Federal regulations a growing problem (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0403/161019864 DM0403 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/DM0403/161019864 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Federal regulators issue thousands of rules and regulations every year. Decrees range from the Environmental Protection Agency's gargantuan Clean Power Plan and "Waters of the United States" directives, down to regulations on breath mint serving sizes and multivitamins with selenium being treated as toxic waste.

All those regulations and commandments take a toll on jobs and businesses in our still sluggish economy. Dealing with today's regulatory monstrosity should be a priority, as much as addressing the $19 trillion debt and runaway entitlement spending. But what can the next president of the United States really do?

President Barack Obama famously boasted he would use his "pen and phone" to enact his agenda if Congress did not go along, and he's followed through on that threat. But the next president has a chance to take on the red tape problem. He or she will have major influence and can set the tone for an economic liberalization agenda, signaling to the new 115th Congress a desire for legislative reforms that help consumers and businesses.

First, the next president should use the administrative pen and phone to restrain the regulatory state, starting with reinstating an executive order issued by President Ronald Reagan. Reagan's 1981 Executive Order 12291 arguably made a big difference in regulatory volume. Under Reagan, federal rules dropped from an all-time high of 7,745 to as low as 4,589.

The Reagan order required that the benefits of new major regulations outweigh the costs. The order also formalized White House Office of Management and Budget "audit" responsibilities. Today, that basic process still exists, but subsequent executive orders "[reaffirmed] the primacy of Federal agencies in the regulatory decision-making process" - in other words, weakening central White House review. A new president could restore that authority and boost OMB's oversight resources.

The Reagan order also allowed the OMB director "to order a rule to be treated as a major rule" even when agencies had not done so, and that action would trigger OMB review and scrutiny. The next president could go further. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney promised an executive order "instructing all agencies that they must invite Congress to vote up or down on their major regulations and forbidding them from putting those regulations into effect without congressional approval."

It's a provocative idea. Whether or not such a plan would survive court scrutiny, it raises an interesting question as to whether Congress is legally bound to implement decrees from 400-plus unelected agencies.

In any case, reinstituting the Reagan order is not a permanent solution: with the stroke of a pen, it could be again weakened by subsequent presidents. But the Reagan order at least offers a measure of regulatory restraint, while more permanent legislative reforms are pending.

Second, and in addition to reinstating and expanding the Reagan order, the next president could implement a regulatory moratorium, a temporary freeze on some new regulations. Such a freeze happened under President George H.W. Bush and, to a lesser extent, when President Obama assumed office; and it's been mentioned by current Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump.

The next president should go further and build upon the best of the Bush and Obama moratoria. Namely, he or she should freeze regulation for longer, require a more thorough audit, publish the findings and seek public comment on which rules should be eliminated.

Third, the next president should champion a reform put forward by the House of Representatives. In Obama's second term, the House passed legislation to improve cost-benefit analysis of regulations and to require Congress to vote on the biggest, most onerous agency rules. But these great ideas never passed the Senate, and Obama threatened a veto.

Congressional action is important because legislative reforms matter most of all, particularly since independent agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are exempt from OMB review, and their influence has only grown.

For regulations already on the books, Congress, with the support of the next president, should put forward an ambitious bipartisan Regulatory Reduction Commission to annually root out harmful and unnecessary regulations for Congress to cut.

Such a bipartisan reform plan already exists in the current Congress. The president should also support legislation setting an expiration or sunset date on regulations, unless reauthorized by Congress. That plan would bring much needed debate and attention to bad regulations.

We also need a report card on regulation transparency, to tally the number of rules, determine if they underwent cost-benefit analysis, and measure their impact on businesses. That would give lawmakers a chance to debate what to do with agencies that fail.

We live in a time of "regulation without representation," rule by unelected agencies. That needs to change if we want to spur economic growth, expand opportunity and give people more control over their lives and livelihoods. The next president can and should lead the way for crucial regulatory reforms.

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. is a vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Letter: Raising soda tax would kill jobs, hurt WV (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0406/161019870 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0406/161019870 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Raising soda tax would kill jobs, hurt WV


Rick Wilson's commentary, "Sugar is the new tobacco; let's tax it" (Oct. 5), failed to acknowledge the effect soda taxes would have on good-paying West Virginia jobs and working families across the state struggling to make ends meet.

West Virginia has the lowest workforce participation rate in the nation, and we cannot afford to lose good-paying jobs. The West Virginia beverage industry directly employs nearly 1,400 workers and we indirectly support more than 4,100 more jobs. A tax on beverages would put these good-paying jobs at risk.

Moreover, in this difficult economy, a tax that increases grocery prices is the worst possible way for government to raise money. Many West Virginia families have fallen on hard times, and an added tax on beverages would hit them the hardest.

Besides, West Virginia already has an excise tax on soft drinks. The current excise tax has not made West Virginia any healthier. In fact, we continue to have one of the highest obesity rates in the nation year after year.

West Virginia's leaders must look for ways to solve our state's budget crisis without threatening jobs and raising grocery bills.

Sandy Austin

West Virginia Beverage Association


Gazette endorsement: Brian Prim for Senate, 4th District http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0410/161019872 GZ0410 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161013/GZ0410/161019872 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Brian Prim, a Democrat and lawyer from Frazier's Bottom, is running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, a Republican from Ripley. We endorse Prim for the 4th District seat in the state Senate.

Carmichael is a likeable, conscientious senator. But his party, for all it professes to favor small government, wasted much of its last two years running the Legislature on emotional distractions and personal intrusions that hamper West Virginia's economic growth, not help it. West Virginians would be better off with Democrats back in control of the Senate.

Prim is a breath of fresh air. He says he got into the race to focus on important issues - not emotional issues pushed by out-of-state interests. He would make a good senator for his district.

Early voting begins Oct. 26