www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: September 02, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT01/309029979 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT01/309029979 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Clendenin, Geneva K. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Cottrell, Ruby C. 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Dumas, Dolores 11 a.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Hawkins, Tony D. 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Jarrett, Wilma L. 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home Chapel, Elkview.

Newsom, Desmond Noon, Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill.

Powers, Ida L. 2 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Craigsville.

Simpson, David K. Sr. 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Smith, Dorothy M. 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Stowers, Cecil G. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Templeton, M. "Jean" 11 a.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Wilson, Betty A. 11 a.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Morgantown.

Zelker, Mattie 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Jackie Lee Atha Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029980 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Jackie Lee Atha Sr., 73, of Kimberly, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 after a long illness. Jack was a believer of the Apostolic faith and was a coal miner for over 20 years, eventually retiring from Cyprus Amax. He was also a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. Jack enjoyed the outdoors and gardening, especially planting rose bushes and trees. Jack and his father built the first house he and his wife lived in over 50 years ago. There is an old saying that says, "A man is not complete until he has done three things: build a house, plant a tree, and raise a son." Jack accomplished all three and more and is definitely a man that his children and grandchildren can be proud of.

Jack was preceded in death by, and reunited with on Sunday morning, his daughter, Beverly Sue Atha; brother, Jerry David Atha; and parents, Clarence and Freda Lewis Atha.

His is survived by his wife of 58 years, Verlena Anderson Atha; sons, Jackie Jr. and wife, Penny, of Beards Fork and Steven and wife, Deborah, of Deepwater; daughters, Pamela Buckner and husband, Haymond (Jabo), of Kimberly and Cheryl Hersman and husband, Mark, of Smithers; brothers, Joe and wife, Trudy, of Kimberly and Johnny of Fayetteville; and sisters, Barbara Foster and husband, Eugene, of Chelyan, Brenda Workman of Kimberly and Beth Atha, also of Kimberly.

Jack was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved greatly and gained immense joy in his later years from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was proud of all of their accomplishments and was extremely close to them and cherished them immeasurably. They are as follows: grandsons, Kevin Buckner and wife, Veronica, of Kimberly, Michael of Kimberly, Cody of Beards Fork and Stevie of Deepwater; granddaughters, Rebecca Holmes and husband, Andy, of Pratt and Angelia of Deepwater; great-grandsons, Lucas of Kimberly and Brandon and Landon Holmes of Pratt; and great-granddaughter, Madison of Kimberly.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Jack had a dynamic personality and had an incredible sense of humor with a boisterous laugh that was contagious. He was blessed with a wit that was truly inspiring. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Sal Bria and the Rev. John Hurley officiating. Jack will be laid to rest in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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

Bicycle Jack, we'll meet you again at the Pearly Gates. We were blessed to have had you and better because of it.

Frances Smith Brammer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029995 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Frances Smith Brammer died Aug. 30, 2015 at Broadmore Senior Living, Teays Valley.

She was born March 4, 1923 in Kenna, daughter of the late William Anderson Smith and Eliza Cunningham Smith.

Frances was a 1941 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, a Red Cross volunteer for many years and a member of Dunbar United Methodist Church.

She loved surf fishing at Nags Head, N.C., and spending time at the family camp in Pocahontas County. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Floyd V. Brammer, a World War II Navy veteran; sisters, Iva Smith, Dorothy Means, Amy Smith, Rachel Hopkins and infant sister, Edna Smith; and brothers, Alphon Smith, Roy Smith, Randall Smith and two infant brothers.

She is survived by her son, William Brammer of Dunbar; daughter, Carolyn Morrison (Jerry) of Mount Lookout; and grandson, Jason Bianchinotti of Mount Lookout.

The family would like to thank Broadmore Senior Living and Kanawha HospiceCare for the loving care provided to our Mother.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. A private family burial will follow.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

James L. Cantley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029986 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 James L. "Elfie" Cantley, 38, of Naoma, died Aug. 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Naoma Freewill Baptist Church, with visitation two hours prior. Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

George "Bill" Fish http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029985 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 George "Bill" Fish, 88, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born in Pakistan on Aug. 30, 1927.

Bill was a retail salesman for over 50 years at Frankenberger's and Kelly's Men Shop, Charleston.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the European Theater, where he helped to liberate many captives in Nazi concentration camps.

Bill loved gardening, but his greatest love was music. It was this love that he shared with his daughters throughout their youth.

He was also a member of the Charleston Jazz Preservation Society and the Ned Guthrie Jazz Band.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of over 56 years, Josephine Jacobs Fish.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Mike) Fish, Nancy (Frank) Stark, Lynn Fish and Cindy Fish; sister-in-law, Gloria Tabit, all of Charleston; and two grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Stark and Nicole Stark.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Bill's caregiver, Kim Kidd, Vickie Powell, Hospice Palliative Care, for all the love and care they gave. Also, many thanks to Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, and Kanawha Valley Senior Services.

Funeral service will be noon Friday, Sept. 4, at Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston, with the Rev. Father John H. Finnell officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Catholic Church, Charleston.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536, or the Alzheimer's Association, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Stewart "Lee" Fisher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029983 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Stewart "Lee" Fisher, 85, of Milton, died Aug. 31, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home.

Glen Edward Hall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029987 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Glen Edward Hall, 38, of Webster Springs, died Aug. 28, 2015. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with visitation two hours prior.

Clara Rhoda Harmon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029984 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Clara Rhoda Harmon, 95, of South Charleston, died Aug. 30, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Arrangements by Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Linda Sue Hill http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029988 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Linda Sue Summers Hill, 64, of Winfield, passed away Aug. 31, 2015 at CAMC Memorial following a long illness.

She was born July 23, 1951 in Charleston, a daughter of the late Charles Summers, Sr. and Leola Boone Summers. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Larry E. Hill. She retired from Union Carbide/Dow Chemical after more than 28 years of service, then worked another seven years at Mardi Gras Casino in slot accounting.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa (Jimmy) Young of Nitro and Melissa (David) Jarvis of Elkview; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brad, Travis, Caleb, Amanda, Zach and Matthew; four great-grandchildren, Shelton, BrentLee, Jayden and Jace; two brothers, Ronald (Judy) Summers of Big Chimney, Charles Summers, Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sisters, Priscilla Mallory (Tim Lewis) of Columbus, Ohio (formerly of Orlando, Fla.) and Charlene (Greg) Niehoff of Tallahassee, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Barlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, with Pastor Randy Ledsome officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.bartlettburdettecox.com.

Fran L. Jackson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/OBIT/309029990 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Ms. Fran Lavetta Jackson, 54, of Huntington, formerly of Mount Hope, died Aug. 29, 2015. Service will be noon Friday, Sept. 4, at First Baptist Church of Huntington, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin: Governor focused on creating highly trained workforce http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909927 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909927 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 In West Virginia, we are developing a national reputation for our skilled training programs and a workforce that is committed to getting the job done — and doing it well.

Time and time again, I’ve been asked about our state’s workforce efforts and what we’re doing to help those who may be unemployed, want to change fields or are just now entering the workforce.

As Senate president, and now as your governor, I’ve worked hard to create a better West Virginia by strengthening our state’s small businesses and securing new investments that will generate jobs.

I personally chair monthly Workforce Planning Council meetings, and we have worked hard to ensure collaboration among business and industry leaders, state agencies, and our secondary and higher education systems.

During this year’s National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to chair the Economic Development and Commerce Committee work session and lead a discussion on ways governors can work together to expand advanced manufacturing in our states and identify ways to help foster its continued growth, as part of a comprehensive economic development strategy.

During the work session, Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, talked about the importance of a well-trained workforce and how West Virginia is providing just that. When another governor asked how to get a Toyota plant in her state, part of Millie’s response was that, “You need to do what West Virginia is doing when it comes to workforce training.”

Here in the Mountain State, we are working to give businesses access to the high-tech resources and the highly skilled workers necessary to fill jobs in high-demand fields.

With support from our community and technical college system, our state’s advanced technology centers are providing the latest technologies and programs to increase economic growth, focus on job creation and foster economic development.

The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program is always looking for innovative ways to help new and expanding businesses train, retrain and upgrade the skills of their employees. Advancing our workforce through these educational partnerships and training programs is an investment with a lasting, invaluable return — a future that is bright and prosperous for West Virginia and her people.

In May, I hosted the state’s first ever Workforce Summit — a comprehensive review of our ongoing workforce development efforts — which highlighted the strong portfolio of programs we’ve developed.

We received overwhelming support from both the public and private sector, and these initiatives are giving West Virginians of all ages access to training opportunities, including apprenticeships or courses at our community and technical colleges and four-year higher education institutions, to prepare to be contributing members of our workforce.

Since 2007, our community and technical colleges have developed 133 unique training programs, specifically to support workforce development. Companies across the Mountain State are capitalizing on these programs to train their workers.

Proctor and Gamble, which has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility near Martinsburg, will team with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to train its employees. Macy’s has taken advantage of Blue Ridge’s programs for its fulfillment center employees in Martinsburg.

Toyota has partnered with BridgeValley Community and Technical College to support a program that gives students hands-on experience while earning their two-year degree and getting a job with one of our state’s premier employers.

We are also expanding our efforts to retrain people who are already part of our workforce and looking for new job opportunities. With the help of Workforce West Virginia, we are retraining displaced workers — including our state’s coal miners and their families – with the skills they need to return to the employment rolls.

Right now our Workforce West Virginia office has more than $40 million in federal funding to help retrain displaced workers and those affected by long-term unemployment.

At Workforce career centers across the state, job seekers are provided the tools they need to get back into the workforce, including resume help, interview prep, training opportunities and a variety of specialized services. In 2014 alone, Workforce West Virginia helped more than 132,000 job seekers find work. These grant funds are helping thousands of people find good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

I am committed to continuing these relationships, and our team stands ready to work with any business or industry operating in West Virginia to develop specialized training programs and increase the number of opportunities available for West Virginia workers.

Our state’s continued economic success is built on a skilled, educated and drug-free workforce.

Companies doing business here are investing in our state and in our people, and my administration is committed to helping them by training our state’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, is governor of West Virginia. He served as president of the State Senate for nearly 17 years.

Laurie Lin: In ethics reform, focus on structure http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909928 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909928 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Does West Virginia need another ethics overseer? State lawmakers are considering setting up an inspector general’s office to investigate “government waste, fraud, and corruption,” according to reporting by the Gazette-Mail’s Eric Eyre.

As Eyre pointed out in his story, the state isn’t exactly lacking for ethics watchdogs.

We have a state Ethics Commission. There’s also the Legislature’s Commission on Special Investigations. For judicial misbehavior, there’s the Judicial Investigation Commission.

The Attorney General’s office investigates matters involving public integrity. The state Department of Health and Human Resources already has its own inspector general, as do some other state agencies.

And when it comes to the minutiae of government accounting, there’s both a Legislative Auditor’s Office and a State Auditor’s Office.

With all these publicly funded scrutinizers, how is West Virginia government not squeaky-clean already?

There are structural problems with our ethics system. Often, the bodies are either appointed by the people they’re supposed to oversee, or they depend on those people for their funding — or both.

These boards also don’t communicate well with each other, either because they’re legally barred from doing so or because of turf battles.

An even more fundamental problem is the irresistible temptation to use the ethics system as a means of beating up on political opponents.

That’s not unique to West Virginia; it goes on all over the country. And both parties are equal-opportunity exploiters.

Don’t like the results of the last election? File an ethics complaint and mutter darkly about “a cloud of corruption.”

Maybe your complaint will have merit, and maybe it won’t. Who cares, really? Truth-seeking is beside the point, which is to use official machinery to attack your ideological enemies.

The press will eat it up. Those stories write themselves and guarantee front-page bylines.

While the media and political worlds obsess over possible transgressions by big fish, major abuses by anonymous government workers go unchecked.

And the credibility of the entire system suffers.

There’s no better example of the criminalization of political disagreement than the charges filed last year against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry by his state’s Public Integrity Unit. In that case, the public act of vetoing legislation — something wholly within Perry’s discretion as governor — was alleged to be a felony.

The charges were so obviously ridiculous that they drew quick condemnation from many Democrats.

No sane person takes the Perry indictment seriously. A court has already dismissed one of the two counts. Still, Perry had to sit for a mugshot. The word “indicted” will forever appear in his Wikipedia biography. Blood has been drawn.

The irony is that sideshows like this have become so common that they often make little impression on the public. When “crook” becomes just another word for “politician I oppose,” it loses its power.

And that’s a shame, because real sleaziness still exists.

Consider the recent Mingo County corruption case, involving a judge who abused his office to entrap an ex-mistress’s husband, plus a substance-abusing, accused-rapist sheriff murdered in his police car. And those were just threads in a web.

Yet it wasn’t a fancy ethics board that exposed the cesspool in Mingo, but solid, old-fashioned law enforcement — specifically, federal prosecutors from outside the corrupt system.

Does anyone doubt that if there had been a Mingo County Ethics Commission, it would have been every bit as crooked as the people it was supposed to police?

Ethics boards are only as good as the structure within which they operate. If the structure tolerates politicized and clownish behavior, expect politicized and clownish outcomes.

The Legislature has good motives in putting ethics reform on its agenda. House Speaker Tim Armstead, in particular, has a sincere commitment to more transparent and accountable government.

The question for lawmakers will be how to make the system stronger — more independent, more credible, less susceptible to politicization — without merely adding another layer of expensive bureaucracy.

Laurie Lin is a Daily Mail columnist. Contact her at laurie.lin@dailymailwv.com or follow her on Twitter at @wvpundette.

Editorial cartoon: Sept. 2, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909929 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909929 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400

Daily Mail editorial: A warm welcome to West Virginia, Mr. Cheney http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909930 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909930 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and business summit kicks off today at the Greenbrier, with speeches and presentations by a wide range of leaders and policy experts.

The summit is an opportunity for West Virginians to learn from visitors from all over the country, as well as a chance to showcase the best of our state to outsiders.

It's no secret that in many areas, West Virginia is struggling. The economy is sluggish. Unemployment is the highest in the country, and workforce participation is the lowest. Our public education system continues to underperform.

It is revealing that some this week are choosing to focus not on tackling these problems, but on complaining about a scheduled speech Thursday by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

They want to talk about President George W. Bush's foreign policy, about a years-old joke, about Cheney's business dealings before he became vice president - about anything, it seems, except for making needed changes to turn West Virginia around.

But it's 2015, not 2005. Shouting "Halliburton!" might excite some on the extreme left, but most West Virginians would rather talk about issues that matter now, in this decade.

Those issues include how to attract new business and innovation to the state, how to better educate our young people and keep them here, and how to transition to a modern technology-based economy.

Another issue is how to respond to attacks on West Virginia's way of life from current leaders in Washington. And just to be clear: Those leaders don't include George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.

There will be speakers with many diverse political perspectives at the Greenbrier this week, offering positive messages for responding to West Virginia's and America's many challenges.

If one of those speakers is a former successful businessman and political leader who happens to be a former two-term vice president of this nation, most West Virginians will be all ears.

Daily Mail editorial: Clinton not only one lacking transparency http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909931 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909931 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 President Barack Obama once declared in an online conversation with voters that his was “the most transparent administration in history.”

But as the Hillary Clinton email scandal shows, at least some members of the his administration didn’t get the memo.

Since the 1950s, federal government officials have been required to preserve documents related to decision making, and citizens have a right to view those documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

But Clinton, as secretary of state, ignored the laws and conducted most of her correspondence on an amateur, home-brew email system she did not disclose until recently. Some Clinton aides admitted to having their own private systems as well.

Clinton, the Democratic front runner in the 2016 election, isn’t the only Obama administration official to skirt FOIA law. According to the Wall Street Journal, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an alias when emailing on the agency’s system. Because her actual name never appeared on any emails, FOIA requests concerning her correspondence disclosed nothing.

A 2013 Associated Press report revealed other administration officials often skirted document preservation laws, including the secretaries of agriculture, labor and health and human services. All, according to the Wall Street Journal, had secret email accounts they did not disclose to Congress or the public.

Officials at the highest level of government have an obligation to conduct highly classified business in secrecy. Some business — military strategy, trade deals, negotiations — is highly confidential and potentially dangerous and must be worked out among government officials behind the scenes before lawmakers and the public are made aware.

Yet, American voters have the right to know what government is up to, making the FOIA and document preservation policy laws important tools. Transparency allows for a healthy democracy and bolsters trust in government by allowing voters to hold elected officials accountable.

It remains to be seen if Clinton did in fact break the law when she conducted state business on her private email server. She may have done nothing wrong, legally speaking. But she has lost some trust among constituents, and going on the defensive has not helped her campaign.

Perhaps our next Republican president will shine more light on federal government practices and denounce the use of private email servers in his or her administration.

Your Vents, Sept. 2, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909933 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/DM04/150909933 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 To the person asking how many birds are killed by wind turbines: How many animals are killed by cars? Do you still drive?

George Bush lied and hundreds of thousands of people died.

The waitperson who claims the owner took their tips should call the IRS and complain. All of the staff should do this. I guarantee the owner who is taking their tips is not declaring this income and the IRS assumes that you make minimum wage.

Let's see, which would you rather do, pay a higher electric bill or let your children and grandchildren die from air pollution?

Why are people who are addicted to drugs sent to methadone clinics and enrolled in the suboxone programs but they are never stepped down? These people are on these drugs 10 years or more. I thought the purpose was to get them off of drugs and be productive members of society.

When the first Iranian-supplied dirty bomb kills tens of thousands of men, women and children in the United States, you can thank Manchin, the Democrats and Obama.

I agree with the vent about Charleston hospitals charging you to park. The two hospitals in Huntington do not charge people to park. And they have free valet parking.

A local Chevrolet service department said they wouldn't work on my older car with high mileage saying it had a frame issue. They didn't even put it on the rack. I took it to a very reputable mechanic who fixed my car and said there shouldn't be any issues. Shame on that large company's service staff.

Only someone who doesn't really need it could afford to win the St. Jude's Dream Home. Once you win it you have to pay all the taxes and insurance. Very few could afford this.

The Boone County Ambulance Director, Randy Lengyel, should be relieved of his duty immediately. Who else could get the zero-interest loan for $103,000 he gave to himself?

When an intruder is kicking your door down, you do not have time to tell the intruder to stop. You hardly have time to get your gun lock off and load your weapon. A weapon must be loaded and handy to be of any value. Those who want gun locks are a stupid bunch.

China invaded Korea and the United States didn't retaliate like MacArthur wanted. Truman showed his cowardice and fired MacArthur. China has owned the U.S. since then. Blame it on Harry.

There is a really nice piece of commercial property for sale between Roxalana Road and W.Va. 25 at the Cold Spot. What a great place it would be for a Speedway or a Sheetz. Hint, hint.

They got rid of Chip Watkins, the former judge, down in Putnam County. Now they showed Scot Lawrence. Honey, that is not the first time that magistrate's done that. There is a new judge and a lawyer that is buddy-buddy with the law master.

The speed limit in Marmet and Chesapeake is 35 miles per hour. Not 20, and not 25. Please drive the speed limit.

Here's another example of how money talks. Paula Butterfield must know something on these judges. It is not just the money, which she has plenty of. She has always, in any matter, had the benefit of the doubt. And she will this time - because of her money.

At one time the Union Jack flag of Great Britain was flown here. We kicked their butts and took down their flag. I don't know if you've heard but the Confederacy also got their butts kicked. And it is time to take down their flag also.

The Nitro Police Department says they are short-handed, but they pull people over for every small infraction. It seems to me we have too many policemen.

The Sunday-morning Decision Makers 8 a.m. program on Channel 13 is very informative about West Virginia. The moderator, Bray Cary, is intelligent and cares about our state. He should run for governor of West Virginia.

Cecil Roberts and the UMWA backed Obama in the last two presidential elections. They only have themselves to blame for coal company bankruptcies and declining coal jobs.

Why do the obviously low IQ working-class W.Va. Republicans keep writing in about the Kool-Aid drinkers voting for Obama because West Virginia did not vote for him. It was the more intelligent and industrialized states that elected him.

Readers' Voice: Sept. 2, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ01/150909934 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ01/150909934 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 People should recognize that Donald Trump is not presidential material. He is too emotional and does not understand how the system works. Hillary Clinton is highly educated and has a good understanding of our major problems. Her experience elevates her to the top. Women have a golden opportunity to elect the first woman president.

I read every day that we need more college-educated people in this state. I have a college education and 30 years of experience and I can't get an interview, let alone a job.

Every day there is something in the paper about GW. If they had a checkers team up there it would be front-page news. There are other schools in the valley besides GW.

Teachers: our number one goal is to be effective for the sake of our students so that they learn what they need to know in this life. We must not let administrative bookkeeping requirements deter us.

It amazes me that after the Republicans bamboozled their way into power in the states and the federal government how they want to take over and control every portion of every citizen's life. They want to control how many babies they have, when they can have them, etc. What they need to do is take care of themselves, which they can't do.

Regarding the animal shelter killings - we should let the employees who euthanize those animals present their side of the story.

School lunches and breakfast are free to all students at Andrew Heights Elementary. Why is it that kids who bring their lunch have to pay for a carton of milk? That is ridiculous.

Gun control will not stop murders. Cain killed Abel with a rock.

I am 79 years old and I've always been a proud West Virginian. However, after reading in the paper that the majority of West Virginians are backing Donald Trump for president, I must say I'd be embarrassed to tell anyone I'm from West Virginia.

How sad it is that Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and she wasn't even smart enough to know what a classified e-mail was. Wow.

Teaching isn't fun anymore. The traditional school model is outdated.

If evil is the problem (and not easy access to guns), then shouldn't we make it harder for those with evil intentions (and the mentally ill or impulsively angry) to get guns?

The cold, cruel, mean conservatives are now crying that liberals are mean and hateful. That's funny.

I read that once again voter polls indicate West Virginia will go overwhelmingly Republican. I think the voters should do more to demonstrate their dislike of the Democratic presidency and should refuse and return all government benefits received by them or their family members. Yeah, that will be the day.

The big spenders want to collect sales tax on Internet sales, complaining about the "lost" revenue. Leave consumers alone! What do they think we do with our money left in our own pockets. We either spend, save it, or invest it.

I am a lifelong Democrat, but would not vote for any politician who would place vindictive, punishment taxes on legal products that the politician does not like, even to fund lofty goals. That is a crusading, fanatical mentality.

To the venter who wanted to know why they couldn't wear blue jeans to work if they had no contact with the public -- how about self-respect? Could you not get out of blue jeans long enough to even try to make a good impression?

If you want to put a $10 tax on cigarettes do you know who you would really hurt? Veterans, because a lot of them smoke.

I don't understand why the city of Charleston wants you to recycle everything and mix it together in one plastic bag. It makes more sense to separate it when collecting it rather than to have to separate it when you turn it in. This doesn't make any sense at all.

No one has ever accused Dick Cheney of being diplomatic, let alone polite.

Anybody who claims that there is a war on coal is doing our veterans and the men and women who serve in our armed forces a great disservice. War is a term that is not to be taken lightly. It is a greatly serious matter that that results in massive casualties and property destruction and changes forever the lives of those involved. It does not and should not refer to petty political squabbles concerning the enforcement of environmental standards and the coal industry that cannot abide by the law of the land.

Attention drivers -- many of you seem to have forgotten that it is against the law to use a handheld cell phone while you are driving. Furthermore, while you are sitting at a red light waiting for it to change it is illegal to text, check Facebook or otherwise use the phone in your hand or lap because you are still considered to be in the act of driving. Put the phone away.

Wednesday cartoon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909952 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909952 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:45:00 -0400

Gazette editorial: WV doesn't need another kid warehouse http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909953 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909953 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Karen Bowling, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Resources, is supposed to be shifting more troubled and challenged children away from institutions and toward help in their own homes and communities as appropriate. So why is her department fast-tracking an unneeded kid warehouse in Logan County?

It is called the Dazzy Vance Mountain Resort, quite the euphemism for a 70-bed place for children as young as 4 and adults up to age 21. It is proposed for people with mental health or behavioral problems, real or imagined, who are at risk of being sent out of state.

Reducing the number of kids sent, inappropriately, to out-of-state treatment centers is the right goal. But opening more in-state treatment centers isn't the solution. It's more of the same problem.

West Virginia doesn't need more of this kind of treatment, particularly in the Logan area. And if such a treatment center is opened, be sure it will be filled, because that is the business model. Fill the beds; bill the state.

West Virginia has a process for preventing this exact thing. It's called Certificate of Need. People who want to open a new nursing home or treatment center or heart surgery wing, have to show that it is needed, where the patients will come from and how it will be paid for. Unneeded services, with the potential to increase the state's costs, are supposed to be denied.

The DHHR secretary can cause a project to bypass that process, as she appears to be doing, according to a story by the Gazette-Mail's Lydia Nuzum. But why?

Secretary Bowling knows what services are needed - services that keep kids as close to home as possible. That's what her own "Safe at Home" project is all about. A U.S. Justice Department report and at least 20 years worth of testimony from West Virginia professionals all support that approach.

West Virginia families need the first level of services, the least restrictive help, the kind that is not as easy to define as a treatment center bed. It includes outpatient behavioral health care and social workers who see people in their homes and communities. West Virginia needs the kinds of services that help families actually tackle and solve problems that usually start with adults - violence and addiction, utilities getting shut off, grief, depression, anxiety. Otherwise, kids too often get "treated" for problems that are really symptoms of their families' distress.

An unsuspecting public may assume that if a child is taken away from home, it is a sad but necessary action, done for the good of the child. Certainly that is how things are supposed to work. But they often don't.

Children are taken away because it is the only way to get them any help at all, even if it is not quite the right kind of help, even if it is too far away, expensive and unnecessarily disruptive. It is more likely to happen if there is an empty bed sitting somewhere, not collecting a fee.

Instead of fast-tracking pet projects on the wrong end of the spectrum, West Virginia must saturate the state with services that families really need, those low-level, unglamorous, day-in-day-out kinds of help that you can't cut a ribbon over.

Kids with the truly serious behavioral problems will still get pulled out of their homes and sent away. But at least some kids will not be removed from their families and subjected to a degree of treatment that they don't need.

West Virginia's DHHR secretary has stated good goals here. She should follow them. Or be allowed to.

S. Thomas Bond: A future without burning carbon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909954 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150902/GZ04/150909954 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By S. Thomas Bond By By S. Thomas Bond Howard Swint's Aug. 24 opinion piece on keeping the gas at home in West Virginia industry is a well-thought-out analysis. He views the future from business eyes and sees the future as we get to burn the gas or they get to burn the gas. How about a "nobody burns the gas" future?

Climate change is the mote in the eye of those with the development ideal. Burning hydrocarbons for energy has increased exponentially for over 200 years. The result has been the need for more energy, because it was cheap and readily available. Resulting pollution was London's smog, the earliest example most people will recognize, long before 1900.

My mother went to Pittsburgh in the 1950's and was horrified to find coal's tracks on the white bed cover in her hotel room. Now coal is dead for its pollution of diverse kinds, and gas produces mostly methane when it burns. When it escapes from mains or coal mines it is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

How many readers know that 16 tons of methane, natural gas as it is received to be burned, makes 44 tons of carbon dioxide? And takes 32 tons of oxygen out of the air? Ask a good high school chemistry student to do the calculation for you.

Civilized people have burned whole geologic formations. On my father's farm in Harrison County, the Pittsburgh and Redstone coal formation had a combined thickness of 14 feet. That's over 700 pounds of coal per square foot in that location. The Pittsburgh was once the most valuable mineral seam in the world, with huge lateral extent. Both seams are now almost entirely exhausted - into the air, along with literally thousands of other geological formations, coal, oil and gas.

The problem is that carbon formations laid down over hundreds of thousands of years are being burned in a few decades, and the rate of use is accelerating. Half the hydrocarbons ever burned have been burned in the past 26 years. People my age are three times that old! The faster and faster thing has got to end. We end it, or it ends us.

Today, mineral extraction mostly serves those grasping for wealth. It is a capital-intensive, low-labor industry. The workers have a miserable life. They did in the old high-labor coal mines, living in a kind of slavery to the company. Labor conditions in the mines has improved, but much labor has been eliminated. Mostly it requires billions of capital.

Fracking has bad work, too. The key jobs that make it possible require heavy, dangerous labor in filthy conditions 12 hours on and 12 hours off, weeks at a time, then weeks off. Some driving jobs in that industry apparently require excessive hours, putting the public at risk when they are on the roads. There is constant exposure to chemicals the local boss doesn't know about, nor the big boss, nor probably the man who sells it to them. If you fall down on the job it might be recognized as job related, but if a man toughs it out to the end of the shift and goes home, he has to prove his illness is job related.

Coal mines and drilling produces workers with fantastic loyalty, but little capacity to do anything else. It discourages education and a view beyond local events. Let somebody else handle that. As for creativity, forget it.

A wise Legislature (and Congress) would look down the road and see what this current development paradigm will bring. Then look for something else and direct investment into ways to get there. Is that too much to ask, or must they always be looking for funds to get re-elected, which seems to call for one more of the same old thing?

Notice I have avoided mention of pollution of the earth or diminishing other Appalachian industries, such as timber, recreation, retirement and agriculture, which can go on forever, not limited to a couple of decades like extraction.

A couple of decades is certainly true, because technology is rising fast. Expect photovoltaic, wind, and wave power to keep rising. If you read scientific sources, improvements coming along bid to make photovoltaic, especially, cheaper each year. In many places in the world, it costs less than gas now.

Externalized cost, not paying for the true value of damage done, is characteristic of extractive industry. Think about all the mine water in our state, some of it running for 100 years. Who pays for that? In some places, people familiar with tracts where it occurred can show you the tracks of the first oil and gas boom, which had a much smaller footprint than fracking will. Subsidies? According to Oil Change International, as of July 2014, they amount to $37.5 billion in the U. S. and worldwide, $775 billion to $1 trillion. Couldn't some of that be diverted to investing in the future?

Extraction made West Virginia what it is economically, socially and politically. As Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." The need for creativity is apparent.

S. Thomas Bond, of Jane Lew, is a former high school teacher and college professor.