www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT01/302229974 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT01/302229974 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Burdett, Joe F. III Noon, Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.


Carter, Billie 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Hornsby, Lee 10 a.m., Saint John's Catholic Church, Summersville.


Kessler, Phyllis Miller 1 p.m., Dodd


Martin, Shirley 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.


McCourt, Wendell B. 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.


Naylor, Dennis "Jess" Willard 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Nelson, Scott 11 a.m., Witcher Baptist Church, Belle.


Paul, Edward 1 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.


Romeo, Alva 1 p.m., Chesapeake Family Worship Center, Charleston.


Sharp, Roger L. 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.


Simms, Charles D., Sr. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.


Spencer, Evita Dawn Noon, Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church, Dunbar.


Thorn, David M., II 2 p.m., Blair Church of God, Danville.


Thornton, Regina (Ramey) 1 p.m., Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene, Hurricane.


Walker, Donald 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.


White, Raymond, Sr. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

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Opal J. Bias http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229997 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Opal Bias, 83, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 8, 2017.

She was born in Garretts Bend, Lincoln County, WV, the oldest child of the late Lewis Erman Bird and Hazel Thompson Bird.

Opal was a graduate of St. Albans High School (St. Albans, WV), Class of 1951. While in attendance, she was proud to be a majorette and often said, "I am forever a Red Dragon!" Opal retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education (Kanawha County, WV) after many years of service. Upon retirement, she and her husband, Larry, moved to Melbourne, Florida, to enjoy "the next chapter of their life."

Opal was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed following the teams she supported including the St. Albans Red Dragons, Marshall University Thundering Herd and after retirement, the University of Florida Gators.

Opal is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Larry G. Bias. Surviving children are Craig Bias (Sheila) and Amy Shamblin (Guy). She had one granddaughter, Madison Shamblin, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert E. Bird (Sue) and Jack R. Bird (Denise) and one sister, Mitzi A. Searls (Les). Opal had many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.

A private service will be held for immediate family.

In memory of Opal, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Online condolences may be directed to: www.burroughsfh.com.

Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.

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Harold "Buddy" Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229986 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Harold "Buddy" Lee Clark, 79, of Bramwell, W.Va., formerly of Rt. 1, Scarbro, W.Va., died Sunday, February 19, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, February 24, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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Shirley Jeanette Crouch http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229992 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Shirley Jeanette Crouch, 89, of Scott Depot, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. Services will be held at Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, assisted with local arrangements.

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Ray O. Darnall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229999 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Ray O. Darnall, 93, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017, after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Perdue Darnall; his son, Ray O. Darnall II; sisters, Dora Christian, Marjorie Fleshman and Ellen Miller; and an infant great-grandson, Clayton James Sowards.

Ray loved life, family and friends and was an avid golfer. He was a longtime employee of Heck's Department Stores, beginning in 1958 and working his way up through the ranks to become president of the company when he retired in 1988. Re-entering the workforce, he earned his real estate license and worked for West Teays Realty until 2016.

He is survived by his daughters, Clara Garber (Greg), Diana Sowards (Keith); sisters, Peggy Ratcliff and Velda (Sprout) Cline; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Dixie Gillenwater; step-children, Scott Gillenwater (Brittney), Rachel Duncan and Adam Gillenwater (Katie); nine step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017, at River Ridge - Teays Valley, #1 Saturn Way, Hurricane, with Pastor Andy Tuel officiating. Visitation will begin at noon.

You may visit AffordableCremationsofWV.com to share memories with the family.

Ray requested to be cremated and have his ashes returned to his home near the New River Gorge Bridge.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to a charity of your choice.

Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston.

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Walter E. Williams: There is always a cost for everything (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/DM0405/170229919 DM0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/DM0405/170229919 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage, "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Friedman could have added that there is a difference between some things being free and some things having a zero price. For example, people say that there's free public education and there are free libraries, but public education and libraries cost money.

Proof that they have costs is the fact that somebody has to have less of something by giving up tax money so that schools and libraries can be produced and operated. A much more accurate statement is that we have zero-price public education and libraries.

Costs can be concealed but not eliminated. If people ignore costs and look only to benefits, they will do darn near anything, because everything has a benefit. Politicians love the fact that costs can easily be concealed.

The call for import restrictions, in the name of saving jobs, is politically popular in some quarters. But few talk about the costs. We know there are costs because nothing is free.

Let's start with a hypothetical example of tariff costs. Suppose a U.S. clothing manufacturer wants to sell a suit for $200. He is prevented from doing so because customers can purchase a nearly identical suit produced by a foreign manufacturer for $150.

But suppose the clothing manufacturer can get Congress to impose a $60 tariff on foreign suits in the name of leveling the playing field and fair trade. What happens to his chances of being able to sell his suit for $200?

If you answered that his chances increase, go to the head of the class. Next question is: Who bears the burden of the tariff? If you answered that it's customers who must pay $50 more for a suit, you're right again.

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama boasted that "over 1,000 Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires."

According to a study done by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, those trade restrictions forced Americans to pay $1.1 billion in higher prices for tires.

So though 1,200 jobs were saved in the U.S. tire industry, the cost per job saved was at least $900,000 in that year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of tire builders in 2011 was $40,070.

Here's a question for those of us who support trade restrictions in the name of saving jobs: In whose pockets did most of the $1.1 billion that Americans paid in higher prices go? It surely did not reach tire workers in the form of higher wages.

According to the Peterson Institute study, "most of the money extracted by protection from household budgets goes to corporate coffers, at home or abroad, not paychecks of American workers. In the case of tire protection, our estimates indicate that fewer than 5 percent of the consumer costs per job saved reached the pockets of American workers."

There is another side to this. When households have to pay higher prices for tires, they have less money to spend on other items - such as food, clothing and entertainment - thereby reducing employment in those industries.

Some people point out that other countries, such as Japan, impose heavy tariffs on American products. Indeed, Tokyo levies a 490 percent tariff on rice imports to allow Japanese rice growers to gain higher income by charging Japanese consumers four times the world price for rice.

Therefore, some suggest that Congress should even the playing field by imposing stiff tariffs on Japanese imports to the U.S. Such an argument differs little from one that says that because the Japanese government cheats its citizens, the U.S. government should retaliate by cheating its own citizens.

Putting the issue in another context: If you and I are at sea in a rowboat and I commit the foolish act of shooting a hole in my end of the boat, would it be intelligent for you to retaliate by shooting a hole in your end of the boat?

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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Daily Mail cartoon: February 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/DM0408/170229924 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/DM0408/170229924 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500

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Letter: Gov. Justice, stop treating DEP workers with disrespect (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229928 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229928 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Gov. Justice, stop treating DEP workers with disrespect

Editor:

It seems that Gov. Jim Justice is at it again, degrading Department of Environmental Protection employees.

I worked in Inspection and Enforcement for the DEP's Mining and Reclamation for 18 years and with Abandoned Mine Lands for over three years. Never once did I see inspectors or office staff in flip flops or T-shirts. Inspectors were always in uniform and clean (at least in the mornings).

The guys and gals I worked with were good, decent, hard-working state employees that, get this, pay their bills and taxes on time. They don't deserve insults, false innuendo or, to put is plainly, bovine excrement.

When permittees are told "No," it's because the law or regulation says "No."

Leave my friends alone. Some people like food fights.

Gary E. Sanders

Former inspector, Badge No. 50-114

Danville

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Readers' Vent: Feb. 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0407/170229929 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0407/170229929 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 We watch a lot of PBS. We like Independent Lands, Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Father Brown, and Death in Paradise, DCI Banks. That is a choice we make. It doesn't seem like that the people of West Virginia should be forced to pay for TV that they may or may not watch. It should be voluntary.

Donald Trump called the media the enemy of the people. This sounds like something a communist ruler would say right before the journalists were arrested and shipped off to a concentration camp.

With those good comics removed from the comic pages the only good subject enjoyable to read now is the "today in history."

I hate that AARP commercial where the woman says she is only in her 60s and she has a long life ahead. Bull. She has a long life of aches and pains ahead.

It makes me sad that Matt Lauer, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN are putting down President Trump. He is doing positive things and it would be good to see that in the news. He is our president now.

After the eight year Obama nightmare true American people can now sleep well.

I am so angry that you quit printing the full day TV schedule in the daily paper and the after midnight Sunday page in the weekly guide. The TV schedule is a major reason that I get the paper.

We ought to be thankful for this mild weather. If we had any subzero weather this winter the damage it does to the roads here in West Virginia we could never keep up with the repair. Thank goodness for the mild weather.

These cry baby protesters against Trump. I laugh every time I see them on TV, all they are changing is nothing. All they are doing is wearing their shoes out.

It looks like Donald Trump is going to spend the next four years holding campaign rallies around the country on tax payer expense. I guess Vice President Mike Pence will be running the country. What a mess this is.

Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon should be the next liars to leave the swamp.

Will somebody please explain to Donald Trump that a 35 percent import tax will be paid by American citizens? The poor people who shop at Wal-Mart and Target. Somebody should explain it to him. Please.

Make America great again. Pollute the waters.

Several acres along Interstate 64 just east of Cross Lanes exit have been totally clear cut with roads running through it with no sign of control of sediment and erosion. Where was DEP and EPA when this was going on?

The historic low 40 percent approval rating for Trump's administration is indicative of the popular vote and those who realize they made a terrible mistake. He may have a man date planned with Putin, but he doesn't have a mandate from the American voters.

We have the same 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech as Trump. If he can call factual news that he doesn't like "Fake News", then we can call his presidency a "Fake Presidency."

The golfers at Shawnee Park in Institute are very upset about the possible closing of the golf course. Soccer is not that popular or well attended in this area.

Looks like Sens. Manchin and Capito, along with Rep. Alex Mooney, don't want to meet with their constituents. Congress people all across the country are taking advantage of the Congressional Recess this week to hold Town Halls in their districts to answer the concerns of their constituents. Manchin, Capito and Mooney aren't! Guess living in a democracy scares them!

Liberals love to say free health scare, free college, free this and free that. But what they leave out is that nothing is ever free. For everything that they call free someone, somewhere, is working to earn that money that pays their way through life for free. And that is wrong.

I understand SNL is a sketch comedy format. What's disturbing is how many people ignore actual news and take the sketches as fact.

In response to the complaint about Suddenlink service, I had an appointment on Tuesday. The nicest, kindest serviceman came on Friday and I enjoyed television all weekend.

Who is this Hillary that Trump keeps blaming for his problems?

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Bulletin Board: Feb. 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ01/170229930 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ01/170229930 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 West Virginia State University's Creators Program series continues from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the WVSU Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W., with a free "Business of Film" workshop. The event will feature West Virginia Film Office Director Pam Haynes and staff, and will provide an overview of the role of the Film Office as well as how to find film related work in the state, searching and securing filming locations, film permits and tax credits. Space is limited for the events, and registration is required. To register, visit wvsuedc.org.

Charleston Police Academy Alumni Association, Fraternal Order of Police No. 74 and No. 85, will have a pulled pork barbecue benefit meal sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7 per meal. Each meal includes: large pulled-pork barbecue sandwich, side of coleslaw, potato chips and a cookie. Proceeds benefit Lisa Stover, retired Charleston Police Department Officer. Stover has been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis with Bronchiectasis. The only cure is a double lung transplant. She is currently awaiting that transplant. Fax order by 4 p.m. today to 304-348-6805. Any questions on the day of the sale, call 304-346-3053.

In observance of Black History Month, the Charleston Police Department will celebrate those who serve by honoring six citizens who have dedicated their lives to serving the citizens of Charleston. The following honorees will be presented the Harvey L. Bush "Charleston's Finest" award by Chief Brent Webster: the Rev. Braxton Broady; Linda Ealy; Dr. Hazo Carter and the Honorable Judge Phyllis Carter (Posthumous award will be presented to their daughter Angela Carter); the Rev. Roberta Smith; and Elliott Roseberry. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Charleston City Hall Council Chambers on the third floor, immediately followed by a reception. For questions, please contact Cpl. Errol Randle at 304-389-3895.

WV Free will hold its 16th annual benefit gala, "Fierce and Free," at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Woman's Club of Charleston. The featured keynote speaker will be Kierra Johnson, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. WV Free's gala commemorates the anniversary of the landmark decision, Roe vs. Wade, by honoring a local "Champion for Choice" with an award named for Charleston native Helaine Rotgin, a former state delegate known for her social activism. This year's recipient is Renate Pore, interim director for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care. Entertainment will be provided by local bands, including Hybrid Soul Project and Holly & the Guy. The Xinos will perform dramatic readings. Tickets are $75. For more information, contact WV Free at 304-342-9188.

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.

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Dear Abby: Family, friends struggling to accept asexual woman http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ05/170229931 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ05/170229931 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Dear Abby: I have recently started disclosing to close friends and family that I am asexual (someone who experiences no sexual attraction to any person). For the most part they have been supportive, but my mother and one of my friends are having trouble accepting it. I have told them I do not want children and that I am repulsed by the thought of sexual intercourse, but my mother acts like if I don't have children, I won't be as welcome. She even suggested that I could marry a gay man, so sex wouldn't be an issue. And my friend continues to pressure me into dating, saying I "just haven't met the right one yet."

Abby, I have no clue how to maintain contact with them, as they seem unwilling to let my sexual identity be my business. - An Ace in a Hole

he may want a sex life - something to which he is entitled, by the way. As to your friend, she's well-meaning I'm sure, but misguided.

You are who you are. You're not going to change, and you should not be punished for it. Please try not to be defensive because this is your chance to educate. Answer their questions with patience and kindness and do not let yourself be bullied or emotionally blackmailed into doing anything you are not comfortable with.

Dear Abby: After my daughter Jenna's father tried to strangle me in a drunken rage one night, I took her and left. Years later, we are on good terms. I have legal custody. He sends financial support and visits about once a month. My finances, however, are not great.

Because we are not in touch with his extended family, I was surprised when he told me his sister wants Jenna to be a flower girl in her destination wedding. I'm not comfortable sending her alone with her father because of his history of alcohol abuse (which his sister is unaware of). I am not financially able to take her myself.

Is there a solution I'm overlooking? Am I callous for thinking she just wants a cute child as an accessory to her wedding party? - Mother of the Flower Girl

Dear Mother: Without knowing your former partner's sister, it would be unfair of me to guess her reason for wanting your daughter in her wedding. However, if your ex is still drinking, you are absolutely right that Jenna should not be traveling with him. Perhaps he would be willing to pay for both of you to be there.

Dear Abby: I have an interesting question for you. Is it sexual harassment if a female supervisor at work calls a male employee "Honey"? - Peter in South Carolina

Dear Peter: If that's all there is to it, I doubt it would be considered sexual harassment. However, if you are the employee being called "Honey," because it bothers you, tell your employer privately that it makes you uncomfortable and you prefer being addressed by your given name.

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.

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Mina Schultz: The Affordable Care Act, the unexpected and my cancer (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0405/170229932 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0405/170229932 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Mina Schultz By By Mina Schultz

When I was 25, three weeks from graduating from college, I felt a pain in my knee that wouldn't go away. I went to my doctor to find out what was wrong: Did I tear a ligament? Did I sprain it? Was my kneecap fractured?

It was cancer.

After an MRI of my knee, the doctors found a tumor and diagnosed me with osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. I was in shock. Nobody expects to be diagnosed with cancer, let alone at 25; 25-year-olds don't get cancer - except, apparently, me.

Despite the bad luck in getting cancer in the first place, I feel lucky in that we found it when we did. I underwent nine rounds of chemotherapy, and multiple knee surgeries, but I'm better today. I am five years cancer-free and going strong. But the stiffness when I bend my knee isn't the only holdover from my cancer: I live every day with the thought that my cancer might return, despite being in remission for five years.

When I was diagnosed, I was lucky enough to be on my parents' insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. I try not to think of what would have happened to me if I didn't have insurance - my family didn't qualify for charity insurance, and it would have meant a substantial financial hit. In October 2014, I bought insurance through the ACA's federal insurance exchange, allowing me regular checkups to ensure the cancer hasn't come back and I'm still in remission. If the worst happens, my insurance guarantees that I will get the treatment I need to fight the disease - and win again.

But if I lose my health insurance and my cancer comes back - I don't know what I would do.

That's why I am so afraid of Congress' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without so much as a plan to replace it. If they repeal the law, I will lose my health insurance, and might never be able to find insurance ever again. By repealing the ACA, Congress also might eliminate a provision that bans insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions: health issues like diabetes, asthma - and cancer.

The fact that I had cancer, fought it, and won, is reason enough for insurance companies to deny me coverage for the rest of my life. But it's not just me who will lose coverage: nearly 400,000 West Virginians have a pre-existing condition. That's 21 times the population of Fairmont, my home for the past four years, and almost a quarter of West Virginia's entire population.

Some in Congress have promised that they'll replace the ACA after they repeal it. It might take as much as a year to come up with a plan, they say. I don't buy it. To me, these are nothing more than political talking points, empty promises that aren't good enough.

It's clear that those in Congress pushing for a rushed, immediate repeal of the ACA haven't heard stories like mine and haven't thought about what repeal would do to the West Virginians who rely on the law to get treatment and stay healthy.

When it comes to the health and well-being of cancer survivors, children with disabilities, mothers with pregnancy complications and every other possible health issue out there, we shouldn't take any chances. Lives are on the line, including mine.

I would not be able to survive without my health care. Please don't take it away.

Mina Schultz is a cancer survivor and health care advocate who lives in Fairmont.

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Gazette editorial: Shrinking government? Warner fires 16, hires 22 (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0404/170229934 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0404/170229934 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 After Mac Warner was elected secretary of state, he said he fired 16 longtime employees to downsize the agency and save taxpayer money. But then he hired 22 new staff members, making the office bigger than before. This implies shrinking the office was not really his goal.

Under the ancient "spoils system," newly elected politicians often fired government workers to make public jobs available for their campaign supporters. In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such ousted employees (except top decision-makers) could sue for wrongful dismissal.

Now the predictable has happened, and some state workers fired by Warner are suing. West Virginia taxpayers will be stuck for legal costs as the lawsuit proceeds. If the dismissed employees win, taxpayers will be stuck more, for back pay and reinstatement.

Appearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, Warner testified that his firing and hiring were "just what we needed to do to move the office forward." But Sen. Doug Facemire, D-Braxton, countered: "You know what it looks like on the surface."

Warner said he is creating seven regional branch offices around the state to improve dealing with county clerks. With the state facing a nightmarish $500 million budget shortfall, did the public need this extra bureaucracy?

Shortly after he took office, Warner accused former Secretary of State Natalie Tennant of "sabotaging" the transition to Republican control. She called his charge "ridiculous."

So far, Warner seems to be sabotaging things rather well by himself. If his mass dismissal of longtime government employees leads to costly court verdicts, it would be nice if Warner were forced to pay the loss personally. But he won't. West Virginians will pay for his actions.

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Gazette cartoon: February 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0408/170229938 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0408/170229938 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500

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Karen Dinsmore http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229983 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Mrs. Karen C. Dinsmore, age 73, passed from this life into eternal life on Sunday morning, February 19, 2017, at CMC Hospital in Pineville, NC. Karen was born in Welch, West Virginia, to the late Robert Vernon Charlton and Daisy Lee McNeil.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Robert Vernon Charlton; her mother and stepfather, Daisy Lee McNeil and Ambrose Nims McNeil' and her beloved husband, Dr. Harold "Pat" Dinsmore.

Survivors include her son, Robert "Todd" Grubb and wife Susan of Rock Hill, SC; stepson, David Dinsmore and wife Donna of Richardson, TX; three sisters, Sharon Wrenn of Bedford, VA, Glenna "Raye" Dowdy and husband Larry of Roanoke, VA, and Glenda "Kaye" Middleton and husband Lee of Covington, VA; six grandchildren, Brandi Steadman, Brandon Grubb, Mariha "Chase" Gundy, Darbianna Dinsmore, Dana Dinsmore and Dawson Claude Dinsmore; and five great-grandchildren, Victoria Steadman, Melanie Steadman, Greyson Brown, Esabella Gundy and Zachary Gundy.

Mrs. Dinsmore had a very diverse career, including assistant to the hospital administrator for Charleston Area Medical Center, administrative assistant to one of West Virginia's Governors' and managed a gift shop at the Greenbriar Resort in later years. Karen and her late husband, Dr. Harold "Pat" Dinsmore moved to Hilton Head Island, SC, to enjoy their retirement years. She enjoyed spending endless hours in the sun and on the beach. She was a beloved Mother, Mother-in-Law, Sister, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She was a dear friend to many.

There will be a private Memorial Service held for the family and close friends in the coming months. The Memorial Service will be held at her favorite place, "The Beach."

Condolences may be sent to: www.palmettofh.com.

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Vada P. Ferranti http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229994 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Vada P. Ferranti, 74, of Hurricane, passed away February 19, 2017, after a very long illness.

She was a retired custodian for the U.S. Postal Service and leaves behind three daughters and host of grand and great-grandchildren and other family members.

Keeping to her wishes, there will be no services.

Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

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Kenneth Furrow Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229978 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229978 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Kenneth Murray Furrow Jr., 57, of Holden, passed away February 20, 2017. Visitation for immediate family will be 5 p.m., for friends will be 6 p.m. and service will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, at Central United Baptist Church on the Holden Road. Akers-James Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated.

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William Hopkins Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229998 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 William "Bill" Curtis Hopkins Jr. fell asleep in the arms of Jesus and into eternal peace on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a long illness.

Born February 16, 1927, he was a dedicated family man whose greatest joy was surrounding himself with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His only surviving sibling is Raymond Neal Hopkins of Williamsburg, West Virginia.

Bill was a generous and kind man who believed his life's purpose was to help others in need. A patriarch to his devoted wife of 69 years, Betty Jane Fidler Hopkins, and his devoted daughters, Vickie Kay who predeceased him in 2015 (married to Sam), Sherrie, Debbie Harrison (married to Jim), Teresa "Terrie" (married to Parrish) and Nancie "Barbie" (married to Jesse); his 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren (soon to be 13). He began serving in the United States Navy at the early age of 17, during World War II, before finishing high school, and was later awarded an honorable high school diploma in 1999 from West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood. He and Betty had been members of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, West Virginia.

Bill remained active in his work until a month before his death, while living in the state of Florida, where he and Betty were residing to be closer to most of their daughters. His humble beginnings into a lifetime career began by rewinding motors in a family shop as Electric Motor Service Company, which developed into his own national and international specialized business of dismantling very large industrial facilities. During those 68 years of sole ownership, he established an honorable integrity among his peers and was inducted into America's Who's Who where he was acknowledged for his professional expertise in exclusive endeavors toward advancing our nation's industries, such as Boeing, the Savannah River Atomic Energy Plant, the nation's Pentagon, sugar mills throughout south Florida, steel mills in Pennsylvania, and coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky, to name a few. Bill was often sought out by industries from third world countries to purchase used equipment.

An intimate family farewell will take place at Sumter Place Memory Care in The Villages, Florida, where his wife, Betty, resides. Upon his return to the state he loved so much.

Harding Funeral Home, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, will be making arrangements for a closed-casket visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 24. The next day, Saturday, February 25, a tribute will follow at 11 a.m. at the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum, where he will lay in wait for his dear wife. Bill's nephew, David B. Pullen, will present a tribute followed with welcomed personal-relationship reflections from memorial service attendees. There will be one last joyous occasion at the Hopkins family home to gather together in celebration until we meet Bill again at the marriage supper of the lamb.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Rodney Gibson, Bill's loyal foreman, for a lifetime devotion to the company. A special thank-you to all his caregivers who assisted the family during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, Florida, will be appreciated.

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

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Hopkins family.

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Cynthia Jackson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229977 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Ms. Cynthia L. Jackson, 67, of Mt. Hope, died Saturday, February 18, 2017. Funeral service will be at noon, Friday, February 24, at the Glorious Church of God in Christ, 421 Main Street, Mt. Hope. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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Harry Kinder http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229996 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Harry E. Kinder, age 85, of South Charleston, passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side on Sunday February 19, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, WV.

He was born on February 4, 1932, in Ashford, son of the late Lloyd and Nellie Dozier Kinder. Harry is also preceded in death by his siblings, Paul, Everett, Robert, Franklin, and Emma Mathis.

Harry served his country in the US Army for 20 years with tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He was a Christian, and a member of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Harry is survived by his faithful and devoted wife, of 62 years, Patricia Knotts Kinder; children, Rose Marie Moles, husband Harold, of Kanawha City and George N. Kinder, wife Sherry, of Rockport, IN; two sisters, Mary Sue Williams, husband Jackie, of Ashford, Evelyn Graybeal of Whitesville; one brother, Darris Kinder of North Myrtle Beach, SC; six grandchildren; eight-great grandchildren.

A tribute to Harry's life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Harding Funerals & Cremations. The interment will follow in Kinder Cemetery, Brushton, with military honors presented by the US Army. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hubbard Hospice House West (located at Thomas Memorial Hospital).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Kinder family.

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