www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: May 27, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT01/305279978 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT01/305279978 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Biggs, Emmette 1 p.m., VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Boggs, Betty 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.

Burch, Isaac Noon, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Hansford.

Casto, Peggy (Fischer) 11 a.m., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charleston.

Cobb, Margaret 4 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Crouch, Jack, Sr. 11 a.m., Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Dingess, Tommy 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Dingess, Tommy 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Drake, Thelma 10 a.m., Matics Funeral Home. Clendenin.

Gray, Louvenia 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

Jackson, Bernice 11 a.m., Beech Hill United Methodist Church, Southside.

Jarrell, Phyllis 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin.

King, Rocky 11 a.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Lester, William "Duke" 11 a.m., Welcome Baptist Church, Beckley.

Lewis, Robert "Bobby" 12:30 p.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.

Mangus, Jane 2 p.m., Embassy Suites, Salon C, Charleston.

Mosley, Elizabeth L. 1 p.m., Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, Rand.

Patton, Joyce 10 a.m., Fairview Cemetery, Clendenin.

Rowan, Delmar Noon, Adams

Sanson, Edgar 1 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Shields, Ruby 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Betty Boggs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279995 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Betty Webb Sims Boggs, 83, of Grantsville, passed away May 25, 2017. Service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Agnes Boyer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279984 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Agnes Louise Boyer, 97, of Orlando, died Monday, May 22, 2017. Service was held Friday, May 26, in Orlando.Baldwin Fairchild Pine Castle Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Emogene Brown (Teuscher) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279988 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Emogene (Teuscher) Brown, 80, of Weston, formerly of Webster Springs, passed away May 25, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Keith Casto http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279979 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Keith Jennings Casto, 89, of Ripley, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a short illness.

He was born August 21, 1927, at Fairplain, W.Va., a son of the late Melvin Leo and Orpha Pearl Shamblin Casto. Keith served his country in the U.S. Navy and later worked as a materials planner at Union Carbide for 37 years. During his time at Union Carbide, he only missed one day of work. He was also a longtime member of the Grasslick Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Simmons Casto; daughter, Keitha Graham (Paul); grandchildren, Steven Graham(Sarah), Derek Graham (Katie) and Bryan Graham (Sacha); great-granddaughters, Megan, Ruby, and Leah.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Steven Keith Casto; and brothers, Arnold and Loren Casto.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at Grasslick Baptist Church, Kenna with Pastors Jimmy Compton and Tim Showen officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Burial will be in the Grasslick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Keith's memories to Grasslick Baptist Church.

Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Daily Mail cartoon: May 27, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/DM0408/170529637 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/DM0408/170529637 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Asha Rangappa: Beauty pageants reflect same changes as Trump's immigration orders http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529649 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529649 Sat, 27 May 2017 07:30:00 -0400 By Asha Rangappa By By Asha Rangappa

A week ago tonight, two different contests were underway. In California, lawyers for the state of Hawaii prepared to argue in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit against President Donald Trump's executive order banning nationals from six Middle Eastern countries from entering the country. In Las Vegas, five immigrant women were vying for the title of Miss USA.

On the surface, beauty pageants might appear to have little in common with immigration policy. But pageants are actually a vehicle for reflecting and defining what it looks like to be American, and their demographics over time can help explain what the executive order is really about.

Beauty pageants typically bring to mind frivolous women, regressive notions of femininity and controversial, often insipid answers to interview questions. That's not entirely off base. But in the United States, their history is also inherently political and, more specifically, racial.

In her book "Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women," historian Blain Roberts notes that beauty pageants emerged in the South during Jim Crow as a way to assert white superiority. White Southerners created an entire cosmetics industry equating beauty with whiteness and trained a string of winning Miss Americas who embodied their racial ideal in a national representative.

The Miss America pageant, which started in 1921, lifted its official rule that contestants be "of the white race" in 1950, but state and local pageant officials continued to enforce it: Miss Black America emerged as a secondary pageant in 1968 to protest the exclusion of black women. (The first black contestant, representing Iowa, competed in the Miss America pageant in 1971.)

Later, with an influx of immigrants in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of relaxed immigration laws, pageants for other ethnic groups, such as Miss India USA and Miss Chinatown USA, offered foreign-born citizens avenues to recognize within their own communities a beauty ideal that was rejected by the mainstream culture.

As the diversity of national beauty pageant winners has increased in the past three decades, so has resistance to the changing picture of American-ness. Since the 1984 crowning of the first black Miss America - Vanessa Williams, who received death threats - winners of that pageant have included eight blacks and two Asians, and half of the Miss USA titleholders in the past decade have been women of color.

But the first Muslim to win Miss USA, Lebanese-American Rima Fakih in 2010, was immediately dubbed "Miss Hezbollah" by conservative news outlets. The first Indian-American to win Miss America, Nina Davuluri in 2013, got the unofficial Twitter title of "Miss 7-11" or "Miss 9/11" (depending on the user's ability to understand the difference between Indians and Arabs) and prompted a racist backlash for not looking "American enough."

This isn't only a U.S. issue. When a half-Japanese, half-black contestant won the Miss Japan pageant in 2015, followed by a half-Indian, half-Japanese winner in 2016, the country, which is only 3 percent biracial, entered a heated national debate about what it means to look Japanese.

The United States is at the same crossroads, and the conversation in the courts since Trump took office mirrors the one onstage. Although Trump's travel ban has been dubbed a "Muslim ban," it is part and parcel of a larger effort to control how the United States looks as well as how it prays.

The ban, combined with contemporaneous executive orders to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and aggressive deportation of immigrants, is an attempt to reverse the forces that are changing the country's racial composition. To wit: With current immigration rates and increasing intermarriage between races, Americans identifying as two or more races are expected to triple in the next five decades, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Racial minorities now make up almost half of children younger than 5, and census numbers predict the percentage of total Americans identifying as a race that is not white to be 56 percent by 2060, making the United States a "majority-minority" country.

The recent Miss USA pageant brought this ongoing transformation into full relief: Seven of the 10 finalists were women of color, with an India-born American representing New Jersey and an Italy-born black woman representing the District of Columbia, ultimately the last two competing for the crown.

It's no surprise that whether by blocking visas or building walls, there are parts of the country desperate to hang on to a vision of the United States that is rapidly disappearing from their TV screens, as well as their neighborhoods. The courts are grappling with the legal manifestation of the same backlash.

There's some irony in the overlap between the pageant and the legal challenges to Trump's orders. The president owned the Miss USA pageant for years; he sold it to the talent agency WME-IMG shortly after announcing his candidacy in 2015. Beauty pageants even became a campaign issue when Trump's treatment of a former Miss Universe from Venezuela, whom he referred to as "Miss Housekeeping," underscored his anti-immigrant sentiments.

Against this backdrop, the coincidence of the Trump travel ban case with the Miss USA pageant invites us to look at pageants through a political lens. Perhaps, rather than being an outdated relic of the past, pageants offer a glimpse into the nation's future.

Asha Rangappa is an associate dean at Yale Law School. She wrote this for The Washington Post.

Readers' Vent: May 27, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0407/170529664 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0407/170529664 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The Republicans think Donald Trump is doing a great job. Only because he can read a speech. It is crazy to see how low the bar is for this president.

I find it hilarious that these West Virginians that drink the Donald Trump Kool-Aid voting along racial and bigoted party lines believe all that crap he was spewing and now they are crying about cuts to Medicaid. It is almost like they are getting what they deserve. I almost find that hilarious.

All Frank Mullens is doing is opening restaurants all over South Charleston and Spring Hill then when he has to open new businesses he calls them "Little Creek." We have Little Creek Park, Little Creek Country Club. What is it? Is he hung up on the name Little Creek. Make up some new names.

Our mayor is so great to raise taxes and get new taxes in I certainly hope that when these bikers get out on the city streets that they should have license plates on the back of their bikes. The police should enforce it and they should get a ticket if they do not. Cars have to have a license plate to drive on the city streets and bikes should have also.

Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man. Not man for the Sabbath.

Go Trump go. We see you risking Social Security, food stamps and all people helping programs to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Go ahead and slap the people who elected you. They deserve it.

All you old men who think that Institute golf course is your own private playground need to quit whining. It is nice they want to have that area for the benefit of everyone and not just a bunch of old fogies.

How pathetic. You have a terrorist attack in England and all CNN and MSNBC wants to talk about is president Trump and Russian ties. They are nothing but pathetic liberals.

This is in regard to the churchgoer not wanting anyone to mow on Sunday. You should come home right after church and study your Bible. You should not eat out or shop, etc. If you eat out after church someone has to work to serve you.

Mountain top removal is evil. Look at all the damage it does. A bomb couldn't do more damage. Would these thick headed people stop it? We have renewable energy, move on. Coal is dead. Let it die.

I see where now Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are concerned over President Trump's budget plan now that his ship is getting ready to sink. They are flip-flopping again.

I am so proud of the graduating young men and women who walked out at Notre Dame when they walked out on Pence. Pence is so closed minded it touches evil. Everyone should have walked out on him. Get a clue people.

The miners and old people who knew President Trump was going to be their savior. Looks like it is going to be the other way around. You voted for him.

Why don't they act like Americans and let the people of Institute and West Dunbar vote on Shawnee Park. Instead of letting three nuts at the courthouse, who don't live in that area, make the decision.

I moved here from Seattle. I saw the Kanawha Boulevard is supposed to be for pedestrians. To me that looks like a death trap. I see people here on heroin and texting on their phones. It looks like a big lawsuit to me.

To Tim Armstead and to all the House of Delegates. Come election time the people of West Virginia will say no just like you said no to every idea that was proposed in front of you. We will remember come election time.

Bulletin Board: May 27, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0120/170529668 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0120/170529668 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Museum open

Historic Morgan's Kitchen Museum, built in 1846, is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday on MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans across from Parkway Flea Market. This museum has pre-Civil War pioneer items and cookware. The museum will be open every Sunday this summer.

PSD meeting

Elk Valley Public Service District Commissioners have scheduled a Board Meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at 100 Bream Drive, Elkview, WV.

Nature camps

The City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Department will have its annual Nature Camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 12-15 and from July 10-13 at Cato Park. The camps will include the following outdoor activities: hiking, scavenger hunts, planting, and Walk with a Cop. Space is limited. For more information or to register, email program coordinator Kelsey Gilbert at kelsey.gilbert@cityofcharleston.org or call 304-348-6860.

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Gazette cartoon: May 27, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0408/170529673 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0408/170529673 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Susan Estrich: The leakiest house on the block (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529677 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529677 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400

What's the leakiest house in Washington, D.C.? Here's a hint: It's on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ask anyone who's been inside the White House lately. There's never been anything like it. Sinking ships leak. As do losing campaigns, lame-duck administrations, and most White Houses, eventually. But not in April and May of a president's first year in office.

This is ridiculous. Or not.

In case you haven't noticed, hardly a day goes by without a source very, very close to the top leaking some very, very damaging tidbit about the latest Donald Trump explosion, implosion, incredibly stupid mistake or attempt to maybe obstruct justice. Most of these stories appear in The Washington Post and the so-called "Failing New York Times" (a nickname that amuses its staff). Failing no more, thank you, Mr. President.

Just to give you an example: It isn't easy to get a transcript of the word-for-word notes taken when the president meets with the foreign minister of, say, a somewhat important country such as Russia. Think about the last time you saw a transcript like that.

That's because there are very few people who could transcribe one, and none of them are loose-lipped members of the chattering class. They are "all the president's men" (and women). And they are -- they have to be, because no one else knows this info -- leaking like sieves.

Why? That's what a few of us have been asking ourselves. I mean, it's one thing if we don't like Donald Trump and think he and his administration are doing an embarrassingly bad job, but why should they be selling that?

The answer -- the one I keep hearing from people who know such things, and the one that makes sense -- is the ultimate irony.

It's the only way for the top staff to get through to their boss. He doesn't listen to their opinions. He doesn't even ask them. The only way they have to get ideas in front of him, to get through to him just how serious they are, is to have them appear in the "Failing New York Times" -- which he reads and pays attention to, because everybody he cares about does. Take that, Mr. and Mrs. Populist.

The thing to remember, for those who missed Dick, is that Richard Nixon didn't fall from favor and lose the support of his party in a day. In fact, unbelievable as it may sound, he was quite busy during the drip-drop of bad stories in the same two aforementioned newspapers: He went to China, was starting the Environmental Protection Agency, was busy being an effective president (with the dual exceptions of Vietnam and Watergate).

So for now, Americans keep hoping that something good might happen for them economically; that their insurance premiums won't go through the roof; and that their kids get into a decent charter school. But you can play out the next few months in your head: Michael Flynn's taking the Fifth (it's very bad to take the Fifth: The only thing worse is going to jail because you didn't take it); the public testimony from James Comey; the investigation led by Robert Mueller; the testimony of the deputy attorney general; the question of what the president knew and when he knew it; the president's having possibly given out classified information; and so on, and so on.

And if the White House lawyers are really studying impeachment, as reported, then they have already learned that impeachment is -- despite all the legal nomenclature -- an essentially political process, entrusted to the legislative branches of government and not the judiciary. And it is ultimately controlled, as it will be in 2018, by the will of the people. That will be a midterm referendum.

I wonder if we'll read tomorrow that the White House is considering opening a war room.

Susan Estrich is a syndicated columnist.

Jennifer Garner, Joe Manchin: Congress must oppose cuts to child care, early schooling (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0405/170529679 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0405/170529679 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 By Jennifer Garner and Sen. Joe Manchin By By Jennifer Garner and Sen. Joe Manchin

Here in West Virginia, as well as across the country, many rural communities are stuck in a cycle of poverty.

Families want to provide a better future for their children, but they have limited resources. They are secluded, often without affordable or accessible child-care centers for their young children. Many also are still recovering from the historic flooding of last year, which has further deepened their level of despair.

While West Virginia is one of only a handful of states in the U.S. that provides universal pre-K for 4-year-olds, thousands of children are not able to attend these programs because of a lack of available seats or because the programs are too far away from where they live. This problem can be solved, but it requires political will and resources.

We have seen firsthand the impact home-visiting, child-care, early learning and after-school programs have on the lives of mothers and children living in dire circumstances. These programs change lives.

The brain grows rapidly between birth and age 5, so if we don't invest in high-quality early learning programs, we've missed a window that often can't be reopened. By age 4, a child living in poverty is, on average, 18 months behind, developmentally, from their more well-off peers.

That's a huge and costly gap, and the consequences are significant. Kids who don't have access to early learning are more likely to be arrested for violent crime, more likely never to attend college and more likely to become a teen parent.

There are economic consequences, as well. A December 2016 report from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman shows the rate of return on investments in high-quality early childhood development for many children can be 13 percent per child per year, because of improved outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity and reduced crime.

We are encouraged by a provision in President Donald Trump's tax reform proposal, announced last month, creating a refundable tax credit to help low-income families pay for child care. Any tax reform designed to make child care and early learning more accessible must focus on the poorest children, who lack an equal opportunity to succeed.

While this proposal represents a step in the right direction, the White House's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 represents a step back. President Trump's proposed budget, released this week, cuts investments in children's health, education and well-being. While Head Start and Community Development Block Grants received only minor cuts, these cuts are likely to mean that even more low-income children are denied access to these effective programs.

According to a March 2017 poll commissioned by the Save the Children Action Network, that is not what voters said they wanted when they elected Donald Trump president.

The nationwide survey found that 86 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Head Start. Rather than cut the vital program, 82 percent of those polled said they would support increasing or maintaining current levels of funding. In fact, 70 percent of self-identified Trump voters want to increase or maintain Head Start funding.

In short, the people who elected President Trump, including nearly half-a-million West Virginians, expect him to protect and grow Head Start, because they know the program works.

At current funding levels, Head Start serves only 40 percent of eligible children. And Early Head Start, which provides services for pregnant women and children from birth to age 3 in home-visiting and center-based programs, fares even worse. An astounding 96 percent of eligible children are not served by the program.

With so many kids already denied access to these effective programs, we need to increase funding for Head Start, not cut it.

We urge members of the U.S. House and Senate to fight against any proposed cuts to early childhood education and child-care programs in the 2018 budget debate.

While improving access to child care through tax credits addresses one part of the problem, ensuring strong funding for effective early learning programs is another component for which we will continue to fight. With this two-pronged approach, we can truly address the problem not only of poverty in rural America, but poverty all across America.

Jennifer Garner, formerly of Cross Lanes, is an actor and Save the Children trustee. Joe Manchin is the senior U.S. senator from West Virginia and a former governor.

E.J. Dionne: The wider Trump scandal (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529680 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0409/170529680 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - President Trump's budget demonstrates the costs of accepting lies as a normal currency in politics, broken promises as a customary way of doing business, false claims of being "populist" as the equivalent of the real thing, and sloppiness as what we should expect from government.

Trump's fiscal plan was described as dead before arrival, but approaching it this way is a mistake. Many of the steep cuts in programs for low-income Americans mimic reductions passed before by Republicans in the House of Representatives. There's more life in this document than the easy dismissals would suggest.

Particularly astounding from a president who promised better health care for Americans who can't afford it is the $1.85 trillion reduction over a decade from Medicaid and subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But didn't Trump promise not to cut Medicaid? Never mind, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told CNBC's John Harwood. That pledge, Mulvaney explained, had been overridden by his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Right, and my commitment to losing weight was overridden by my insistence on eating anything I want. We demean ourselves if we cynically normalize the reality that every Trump promise is meaningless claptrap aimed at closing a deal - and that the vows will be forgotten even before the ink on the agreement is dry. Many who did business with Trump learned the hard way not to trust anything he said. His supporters are being forced to earn the same dreary wisdom.

Trump lies so often that journalists tied themselves up in an extended discussion of when it was appropriate to use "lie," and when it was better to deploy such euphemisms as "misstatement" or "fabrication." We should stick to the short and simple word. Allowing Trump any slack only encourages more lying.

Although fibbing with numbers is an old trick, the etiquette of budget discussions leans toward references to "rosy scenarios" and the like. But how can you explain a budget that counts $2 trillion in claimed economic growth twice? It's used once to "pay for" massive tax cuts for the wealthy, and another time to paint Trump's budget as reaching balance in a decade.

This can't just be careless math.

Companies that make comparable errors in their prospectuses for public offerings can face legal action. No wonder former Obama administration economic adviser Seth Hanlon called this plan "the Bernie Madoff Budget."

Another sign of fiscal fraud: the budget's blithe assumption that we will hit 3 percent annual GDP growth over an extended period. That would be nice. But no respectable economic forecaster thinks this is credible. Trump is asking us to bank our country's fiscal future on his signature catchphrase, "Believe me." We should know by now that we can't.

But there are also philosophical lies, and these may be even more offensive. Trump and Mulvaney are selling this budget as good for hardworking taxpayers by leading us to believe that it would really only hurt moochers and layabouts. Thus did Mulvaney claim that a $192 billion reduction in food stamp spending over a decade was directed at "the folks who are on there who don't want to work."

Well, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported, it turns out that in food stamp households with at least one working-age, nondisabled adult, more than 80 percent work in the year before or after receiving benefits, and more than half work while getting them. This is a program aimed primarily at easing the lives of the working poor.

And it is worth noting, as Ron Brownstein did in The Atlantic, that in the five Rust Belt states that swung from Barack Obama to Trump, whites without a four-year college degree - the heart of the Trump constituency - "constitute most of those receiving assistance" from food stamps and the parts of Social Security that Trump would also slash. If Trump really wants people to go to work, how does he think taking money away from job training and college assistance will ease their path to self-sufficiency?

Martin Wolf, the Financial Times columnist, captured Trump's ideology with precision when he called it "pluto-populism." It involves "policies that benefit plutocrats, justified by populist rhetoric."

Trump's seriousness about the details of governing can be measured by his decision to be abroad when his budget was released. This is a man who sees his job as little more than spectacle, his word as negotiable and all numbers as fungible. The scandal of his presidency extends far beyond the Russia story.

E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post.

Gazette editorial: More uncertainty for WV's bottom line http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0404/170529681 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0404/170529681 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Will West Virginia suffer a partial state government shutdown because the Republican-controlled Legislature cannot pass a balanced budget by the start of the next fiscal year on July 1?

Or will GOP lawmakers enact a plan shifting the tax burden off the affluent onto lower-income families?

Or will West Virginia be reduced to Third World status by a beggarly budget slashing vital government services?

So far, one of these outcomes seems likely as the budget crisis drags dismally through the special legislative session costing taxpayers $35,000 a day.

The Senate seems determined to slash the state income tax - which falls mostly on high-earner brackets - by $425 million yearly. To make up the loss, senators would raise the sales tax - which hits "little people" badly - past 7 cents per dollar.

To offset the unfairness, Senate leaders hastily added a high-bracket tax of 6 percent on incomes above $200,000. But House leaders stubbornly resist all Senate plans. As of now, the House's budget is $150 million short of enough to maintain adequate government services.

As a precaution, Gov. Jim Justice's chief of staff, Nick Casey, asked all agency heads to plan how to cope with a shutdown. He said:

"I have become concerned we may not have a budget on a timely basis to maintain the orderly flow of state services and activities. Although the budget year ends June 30, as a practical matter, we need the budget by June 19, 2017, to make the necessary accounting and system adjustments to start a new budget year on July 2, 2017."

Also, the governor asked legislators to give him power to furlough state employees temporarily, so their jobs wouldn't be lost completely in a shutdown.

West Virginia's mess occurred because past Legislatures reduced business taxes greatly, then the coal industry sank to a fraction of its former self and natural gas prices dropped. As a result, state revenue falls about a half-billion dollars short each year.

Intelligent leaders should be able to compromise and find a practical solution to these circumstances. But, so far, none is developing.

All West Virginians have a stake in what happens under the golden dome in coming weeks.

Things to do today: Saturday, May 27 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0120/170529682 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/GZ0120/170529682 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Music

FESTIV-ALT: 7:30 p.m. Free. The David Mayfield Parade, Seratones and The Suitcase Junket. Haddad Riverfront Park, 600 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-348-8000.

POST-VANDALIA GATHERING JAM: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E. Call 304-346-2871.

CANDYRAT RECORDS ACOUSTIC GUITAR NIGHT: 7 p.m. Advance tickets $15. At the door $20. Featuring Antoine Dufour, Ian Ethan Case and Spencer Elliott. Fireside Bar and Lounge, 1604 Washington St. E. Call 304-720-3616.

JACOB BUMGARNER: 7 p.m. Donations accepted. 75th Anniversary Celebration. Charleston Chamber Music Society. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Call 304-344-5389.

SILAS POWELL AND FAMILY BAND: 7 p.m. Adults $5, Kids12 and under $3. Jerry Run Summer Theater, Route 20, Cleveland, Near Holly River State Park. Call 304-493-6574.

RIVER TOWNE: 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $10. Marmet Recreation Center, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-949-9692.

SOUTHRIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND: 7:30 p.m. Adults $15. Seniors $12. Children 12 and under $5. Mountaineer Opry House, Exit I-64, Milton. Call 304-743-5749.

ROUGH CUT COUNTRY: 6:30 p.m. Cover $6. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and Randolph St. Call 304-419-1902.


JEWEL CITY JAMBOREE: 2 p.m. Weekend ticket $45. Single day ticket $25. Larry Keel Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Strung Like A Horse and more. Harris Riverfront Park. Call 561-846-2372.

VANDALIA GATHERING: Free. A celebration of traditional Appalachian music, arts, dance and culture. Capitol Complex. Call 304-558-0162.

TASTE-OF-ALL: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton. Features local and area vendors, music by Vinyl Village and activities for kids. Samples of food are purchased with tickets. Items to cost one per six tickets and tickets are 50-cents each. KRT will run free shuttle from Vandalia Gathering to Taste-of-ALL during the time of the event.


"AFTER THE STORM": 7:30 p.m. Adults $9. Students $5. Japanese drama: After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. Underground Cinema, 226 Capitol St. Call 304-342-1464.

Margaret Cobb http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279989 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Margaret Jean Miller Cobb, 80, of Ripley, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Charleston General Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born August 25, 1936, at Dog Fork, Jackson County, a daughter of the late Irvin and Talitha Cumi Monday Miller. Margaret enjoyed trout fishing on the Greenbrier River, camping, cooking, quilting and sewing. She was also a member of the Goldtown Community Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Theodore Cobb; daughters, Carmen Falin (Dale) of Kenna, Deanie Stover (Tim) of Pt. Pleasant, and Debbie Lewis (Tony) of Sissonville; grandchildren, Jeff Jones, Michael Jones, Jonathan Campbell, Scott Burdette, Timothy Burdette, Terri Brown, Whitney Ferrell, and Chelsea Lewis. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Kaire Miller; and sisters, Kathryn Skeen and Lorene Blankenship. Also preceded in death by great-grandson, Drake Brown.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Waybright Funeral Home with Pastors Al Mendez and Jimmy Casdorph officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty. Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Jack Dea Crouch, Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279981 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Jack Dea Crouch Sr., 83, of Dunbar, passed away on May 22, 2017.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and retired from FMC as a chemical operator. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Louella Crouch.

Jack is survived by his sons, Jack Jr. and Joe.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 27 at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar with Rev. Dr. Okey Harless officiating.

Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Mina Kay Dobbins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279982 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Mina Kay Dobbins, 72, of Frametown, passed away May 25, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be two hours prior to service at funeral home.

Delbert Gillespie http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279991 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Delbert Leon Gillespie, 86, of Dawson, W.Va., passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017. Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, Dawson. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Gertie Goddard http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170527/OBIT/305279987 Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Gertie Geraleen Goddard, 84, of Danese, passed away May 26, 2017. Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at Walker Cemetery, Crickmer with Sister Wanda Gwinn officiating.