www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT01/302239963 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT01/302239963 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Darnall, Ray O. 1 p.m., River Ridge

Furrow, Kenneth, Jr. 7 p.m., Central United Baptist Church, Holden Road.

Harpold, Susan 12:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Harvey, Amber Lee 7:30 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Lee, Gordon Blair 2 p.m., St. Christopher's Episcopal Church Charleston.

McClanahan, James "Harold" 1 p.m., Gatens

McKinney, Don E. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Myers, James Robert "Bob" 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Robinson, Albert Lee, Sr. 1 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Stambaugh, Harold 11 a.m., McConnell Tabernacle.

Steven, Jo Ann 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Tackett, Bryan 7 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Walters, Robert A. 11 a.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Waskey, Gary A. 1 p.m.,Ripley Baptist Temple, Ripley.

Watson, Novella 1 p.m., McGhee

Beverly Altano http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239969 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239969 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Beverly Darlene Sedlock Blevins Altano, 52, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017. A celebration of Beverly's life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, February 24, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wesley T. Bitzer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239965 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239965 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Wesley T. Bitzer, 88, of Malden, passed away February 22, 2017. The service information will be forthcoming. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of the arrangements.

Hubert Callison http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239970 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239970 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Hubert Samuel Callison, 97, of Hillsboro, died February 17, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. VanReenen Funeral Home is serving the family.

Sandra Daugherty http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/OBIT/302239977 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Sandra L. Daugherty, age 74, of Sissonville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, the 22nd day of February, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.

She attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Elkview and was a devoted wife and mother.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Leon of 56 years; three daughters, Annette Nelson of Salem, UT, Bonnie Proctor of Elkview, WV, and Crystal Burdette of Sissonville; six sons, Anthony of Wasilla, AK, Brad of Sissonville, Chad of Alpine, UT, Dale of Simpsonville, SC, Elvan of Mineral Wells, WV, and Freddy of Spanish Fork, UT; one sister, Barbara Dawson of Annapolis, MD; 34 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Sandra's life will be held 7 p.m. on Friday, the 24th of February, 2017, at Maranatha Baptist Church, Sissonville with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. The family will receive friends and guests for two hours prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m.

Entombment will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico, on Monday, February 27, 2017, for immediate family and invited guests.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, due to the length of illness and accumulated medical bills, the family requests that donations be made to Harding Funerals & Cremations to offset funeral expenses.

Bulletin Board: Feb. 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0120/170229820 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0120/170229820 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Girls in need of a prom gown may shop for free at Ronda's Closet, where an assortment of new and gently used dresses are available from 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from now through prom season at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6823 Sissonville Drive. The church is located past Sissonville High School on a hill above the 7-Eleven convenience store. Last prom season, 128 girls found gowns at Ronda's Closet. While the gowns are free, girls are asked to return them after their proms, so the dresses may be available for others. Donations of prom gowns are appreciated, especially larger sizes. For information, call Julia Black at 304-389-4604.

The St. Albans Coin Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the basement of the St. Albans Municipal Water Co. Building, 1499 MacCorkle Ave.

Open enrollment for the 2017-18 school year at Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St., will begin Wednesday. MMS offers a fully-implemented, child-centered Montessori program for students ages 3-14. Financial aid is available. For enrollment, call 304-342-7870; for more information, visit www.mountaineermontessori.org.

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.

Just Press Play: Songs to sing in the shower http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ06/170229823 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ06/170229823 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Scotty Scarberry For the Gazette-Mail By By Scotty Scarberry For the Gazette-Mail Growing up, all my best memories are associated with songs on the record player, the radio or just being sung by my parents or brother.

Now I play my iPod or Pandora relentlessly, if I'm not listening to WTSQ or doing my show there on Thursday nights.

It's because of this that I've struggled so much with my Just Press Play list. I thought of my best of 2016. I thought of my favorite albums. I finally decided on a subject that I think may not be very well-worn, but is still pretty universal: my top five songs for singing in the shower.

Rumored to have cost more than $250,000 to make over two years, My Bloody Valentine's sonic masterpiece "Loveless" is considered the pinnacle of the shoegaze subgenre of alternative rock.

Listening to it verifies this. When you break through that wall of sound, what's left are beautiful harmonies and sublime pop lyricism. Also, if you're in the shower and maybe you don't know all the words to this fuzzed-out classic, you just have to chime in with the most important line: "Once in awhile when you make me smile."

It may not be the safest place to bust a move, but if you're anything like me, you may dance in the shower while performing.

Bjork's album "Medulla" is comprised only of vocal tracks, arranged as only Bjork could, to make an aural landscape where you can get lost in the beats.

"Triumph of a Heart" features Rahzel beatboxing, and the shower's definitely a great place to test out your own beatboxing skills.

I think that sometimes it's important to get lost in the music and go on auto-pilot when you're taking a shower.

Also known as "Rose Connelly," this song was taught to me by my mother and family. Charlie Monroe and The Everly Brothers both did pretty famous renditions of the song, but we West Virginians who know it probably remember it as the song our grannies sang in their gardens. This is a great little song to absentmindedly sing to yourself in the tub while you get ready for another day out in the world.

Sometimes you have to take a quick shower and get on the ball. You don't have time for a ballad, you're late!

Saul Williams is one of my favorite modern poets, and his work in alternative hip-hop is necessary and so energizing.

Speak/sing along with Mr. Williams on this track, and you'll find yourself working double time, hopping out of the shower invigorated and ready to hurdle anything the day gives you.

The dearly departed Jason Molina loved West Virginia almost as much as he loved his love songs - and I can verify that the man loved his love songs.

When you're in the shower, preparing for a date night with the one you love, this is a fantastic song to tap into the hopeless romantic in you! Try soulfully belting out "We are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn."

Your voice will echo off the porcelain tiles, and there's no way you won't feel warm hearted and triumphant.

Scotty Scarberry is the host of Scarberry & Co., Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. on The Status Quo. When he's not playing new wave and shoegaze, you can find him slinging bottles at The Wine Shop or buying comics from Lost Legion.

Jeff Ellis tribute at Fireside Bar tonight http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229824 GZ0607 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229824 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Tonight, Songwriterstage at the Fireside Bar above Little India, located at 1604 East Washington Street, pays tribute to singer (and South Charleston police officer) Jeff Ellis. Ellis, a longtime West Virginia music scene mainstay and prolific songwriter, is moving to North Carolina.

Hosted by Roger Rabalais, the tribute begins at 7 p.m. and features Ellis, along with Mark Bates, Ron Sowell, Todd Burge, John Lilly, Ritch Collins, Andrew Adkins, Katrina Brown, Gary Reynolds, The Wegmann Brothers, Adam Cod, Beth Segessenman, Ryan Kennedy, Paul Epstein, Mark Atkinson, Albert Frank Perrone and Marcus Oglesby.

Admission to Songwriterstage is free. For more information, call 304-610-5583.

Ellis is also featured, along with singer-songwriters Albert Frank Perrone and Douglas Imbrogno, in a Songwriterstage at Route 60 Music, 60 Peyton St., in Barboursville, starting 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

Nelsonville Music Festival adds to lineup http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229825 GZ0607 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229825 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The Nelsonville Music Festival has added to the list of artists scheduled to perform June 1-4 in Nelsonville, Ohio.

The additions include: singer/songwriter Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) headlining June 1, indie rock band Cloud Nothings, popular West Virginia artist Tyler Childers and North Carolina's Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, as well as several others.

They join a crowded four-day festival weekend that already features 13-time Grammy winning country singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and alt-rock band Ween.

Weekend passes are available now for $140. Single day tickets will be made available closer to the festival.

For more information, call 740-753-1924 or visit nelson villefest.org.

In Short: Oscars watch party, Mardi Gras concert, CYAC performance http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ06/170229826 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ06/170229826 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The West Virginia International Film Festival will host a viewing of the 89th Academy Awards, starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Timothy's in the basement of the Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St. Tickets are $15 and include one drink, appetizers and a chance to win door prizes. Purchase tickets online at www.wviff.org or at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St.

A Mardi Gras concert takes place 4 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St., featuring Marshall Petty and the Groove, with veteran Charleston jazz artists Marshall Petty on tenor sax, McDonald Carey on keyboard and Mike Fitzwater on percussion. The group will play New Orleans jazz, blues and R&B. Admission is free with donations accepted. A reception will follow. For information, call 304-343-4355.

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company wraps up a performance of nine of the troupe's "social action" plays dealing with issues facing young people this weekend. Written by Dan Kehde and directed by the playwright and Nik Tidquist, the remaining performances take place at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Capitol St. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults. The schedule includes: today: 8 p.m., "The Girls Room," 9 p.m., "Love Is Not An Angry Thing"; Friday: 8 p.m., "A Service for Jeremy Wong"; Saturday: 8 p.m., "Boys Night." For reservations and additional information, call the WVSU Capitol Center Box Office at 304-342-6522. Visit the CYAC website cyaccharleston.com for complete descriptions of each play.

Harlem Globetrotters bounce into Charleston Civic Center http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0602/170229827 GZ0602 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0602/170229827 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The Harlem Globetrotters, the clown princes of basketball, mark their 91st year of existence in 2017. The current troupe of exceptional players, known for their wild and crazy play and magic with a basketball, come to the Charleston Civic Center for an evening of outrageous play that starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball's first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket - 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA's current 3-point line. Tickets are $15 to $67.50, available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Choir Now! returns to Fireside Lounge http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229828 GZ0607 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229828 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The February edition of Choir Now! takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Fireside Lounge, located upstairs over the Little India restaurant, located at 1604 Washington St. E. Local musicians Emily Capece and Ryan Kennedy will guide attendees in mastering three-part harmonies on two Billy Joel classics, "Uptown Girl" and "Piano Man." There's no audition and no commitment. Admission is $5 and all money collected goes to the local nonprofit, West Virginia Interfaith Ministry. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/choirnow.

Tedeschi Trucks playing Municipal Auditorium http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229829 GZ0607 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0607/170229829 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 A Los Angeles Times writer perhaps most succinctly summed up the Tedeschi Trucks Band as "a deeply skilled groove machine." The 12-piece band is powered by Susan Tedeschi's passionate singing and Derek Trucks' killer guitar ­­- he is listed No. 16 on Rolling Stone's 100 Guitarists of All-Time. The band comes to Charleston's Municipal Auditorium in a show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $27.50, $37.50, $47.50 and $64.50 in advance through Ticketmaster.com or by calling or call 800-745-3000. Tickets are $5 more at the door.

Film clips: Feb. 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0606/170229832 GZ0606 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0606/170229832 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Theater key: M = Marquee Cinemas in South Charleston; N = Nitro Stadium 12; PP = Park Place Stadium Cinemas in downtown Charleston; TV = Teays Valley Stadium 10 in Scott Depot.

"COLLIDE": HH1/2 An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Autobahn. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"GET OUT": HHH1/2 A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"ROCK DOG": HH1/2 When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"A CURE FOR WELLNESS": HHH An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"FIST FIGHT": When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"THE GREAT WALL": HH1/2 European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"FIFTY SHADES DARKER": HH While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2": HHHH After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE": HHHH Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"RINGS": HH1/2 A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days. Rated PG-13. M.

"A DOG'S PURPOSE": HH1/2 A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"SPLIT": HHHH After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities, they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP.

"LA LA LAND": HHHH1/2 A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Critics say "La La Land" breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances and an irresistible excess of heart. Rated PG-13. N, PP.

"HIDDEN FIGURES": HHHH Based on a true story. A team of black women provides NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Rated PG. M.

"LION": HHHH A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Rated PG-13. N, PP.

"WHY HIM?": HH A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question. Rated R. N.

CLOSING TODAY: No movies are closing today.

OPENING FRIDAY: "Collide" (M, N, PP, TV), "Get Out" (M, N, PP, TV), "Rock Dog" (M, N, PP, TV)

Readers' Vent: Feb. 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0407/170229842 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0407/170229842 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 It's kinda hard to miss the fact that President Trump was elected by pointing out the things that a very biased media has ignored for so long exasperating the folks.

What are we going to do with 50 more acres at the Tech Park? As I drive by I see lots of vacant spots now.

I bet all of you who voted for Jim Justice are sorry now. Raise taxes, raise taxes. On the Turnpike again? They just raised them not long ago. Go Justice. Go Justice. I would not have voted for him anyway.

If the Charleston Gazette-Mail believes in free speech why do they only report crying liberals in the vent line? President Trump is the best president we have had in years. Please get off his case and let him do his job. Jim Justice is the best governor we have had in years. Let's get on with the program and quit whining and complaining.

Don't be fooled when you see a co-exist bumper sticker. What they really believe is comply with what I believe or else.

Let us all pray for Sweden and Bowling Green, Kentucky. The terrorist have taken over both according to Trump and Kellyanne Conway. Let's all pray for their safety.

I thought the article in Sunday's paper about Meals on Wheels was very nice. I hope they get lots of volunteers. If I didn't live in another county a long way from Kanawha I would step up and help them.

I never knew that the office of the President of the United States was a part-time job.

I guess all of these new taxes the governor wants will be OK as long as everybody is given the same option he has and chose not to pay them the way he does his taxes.

Liar liar pants on fire. Trump didn't read anything about Sweden in the paper.

Can any other venters help settle a dispute between my husband and I? I say on Jan Dils commercials she claps her hands twice, my husband says she claps her hands just once. Thank you venters for all your help.

I think President Trump or Vice President Pence should set up a fund for a dollar or what every people can give to build the wall. I am going to give $5,000, and they have not even set up a fund yet.

My car insurance went up $60 dollars a year. I have never had a crash or a ticket. I could not believe it.

No matter what your age anybody who agrees with everything that Donald Trump says or does needs to go for a checkup and I don't mean physical.

We are running out of privates in the U.S. Army but we never seem to run out of generals or retired generals.

When Gov. Justice pays his taxes I will pay mine and not before. I urge everyone to do the same. I mean the West Virginia taxes.

No one is trying to end the free press. That's a lie. What is happening is that the biased press is being called out for what they are and they don't like it. There is no unbiased press anymore and we the people are left to suffer.

So they're going to spend $8 million on the Capitol dome to repair leaks. A can of $12 Flex Seal is all they need.

The toll booths were supposed to be removed once the turnpike was paid for. Where has the money gone? With the people going through them we should have good roads instead of what we have. I'll go out on a limb and say the state wastes a lot of the money it takes in. Pretty soon there's not gonna be enough people here to keep the state afloat.

President Trump is working to keep all of his promises and so far he is. I'm not one of the snowflakes that think his agenda is too harsh. All the man is doing is using common sense and following the laws already on the books. Realize that we need security, borders and a strong military.

Nine years ago when national economy and employment was bottomed out, West Virginia had some of the best numbers in the country. Eight years of Obama and six years of Earl Ray we're broke. Don't blame the Republicans.

Why do Republicans always give us corrupt clowns like Mac Warner?

I just saw an 83-car coal train go by my house here in Buckhannon. Beautiful sight!

Why on earth do we have a famous brain surgeon running HUD? There is so much in the Trump administration that makes so little sense.

Garrison Keillor: Blessed are the winners - big time (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0409/170229851 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0409/170229851 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And that's why I won the election in a landslide and it's why my company is doing very very well. Because He said, "I'm with you, Donald. You will never want."

So we were on this green pasture by the still waters and He said, "Lie down." I said, "Lie down?" He said, "Lie down." And He made me lie down. Right there in the pasture. So I lie down. People are so surprised that I lie down - "Oh, he's lying down." But He's my shepherd. Great shepherd. Not just good. Great. It was right there that I thought, "This is going to be a tremendous golf course. Terrific greens. Plenty of water. And it is. Everybody who plays it comes away saying, "That is the greatest course in the entire world." Everybody.

So He was saying to me, Blessed are the deal-makers for theirs is the kingdom. Big time. Blessed are they who scorn: for they shall be comfortable. Blessed is machismo for it wins again and again. Blessed are they who are persecuted by the dishonest press for they shall continue down the paths of righteousness and that's what is going on here. We are bringing righteousness to Washington for the first time and making incredible progress. I've done more in the past month than most presidents do in a year. Washington was without form and void and I issued an executive order, "Let there be light" and did I get credit for it? No, the dishonest press said, "It hurts our eyes." So I divided the light from the darkness. Day and night. Night and day. I did all this in two nights and a day. Under deadline, under budget. Next week we're going to do the firmament, the waters, the dry land, start naming beasts, all the rest of it.

I tell you, I have been walking through the valley of the shadow of death. The shadow of death. I have to say that. Terrible. Because of the dishonest Midianites, or, as I call them, the media, including a lot of you here in this room, writing stories about chaos. Where's the chaos? We've got light and darkness, day and night. There is no chaos. I know what's true and the level of dishonesty is unbelievable. The story about the rich man in hell and the beggar Lazarus in heaven - fake news. Totally fake. Rich man wouldn't give him the crumbs off his table? Not true. Never happened. "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" He never said it. Same with "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven." Garbage. Total garbage. I am not a bad person. You don't get to 306 electoral votes by being a bad person. So I wish you could write something nice but maybe you can't and that's OK, too. I can live with that because I fear no evil: for the Lord is with me; and my staff has been a great comfort to me. Tremendous people. Because I know good from bad. OK? I inherited a mess, the instability, divisiveness, darkness, iniquity, leprosy, madmen, but nonetheless the Lord has prepared a tremendous table before me in the presence of my enemies. Beautiful table. Steaks, seafood, tremendous wines, anything I want, and here I am with goodness and mercy following me every single day of my life, not just mercy but goodness too, and we're making tremendous progress, great numbers getting bigger every day, multitudes gathering everywhere I go, touching the hem of my garment, but the media is still bitter about Hillary losing in a landslide and the Lord anointing my head with oil which people make fun of and that's OK, let them laugh at my hair, I got 306 Electoral College votes. They said there's no way to get 222. No way, Jose. I got 306. That's what I call the cup running over. Filled the cup and then it ran over. The overflow was tremendous. Huge overflow. Biggest overflow ever. Fantastic. Through the ceiling. Stock market up. Good jobs. You name it. So it looks like I am going to be dwelling in the house of the Lord forever and I'm having a good time. I love this. I am having fun.

Garrison Keillor is a radio personality and a syndicated columnist.

Letter: WV Senate bills trample on property rights (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0406/170229855 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0406/170229855 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Senate bills trample on property rights


Money talks in this state, and special interests have a lot of it. Two Senate bills are perfect examples of special interests trampling all over individual property rights. SB 244 and SB 245 have been introduced by Sens. Carmichael and Blair.

SB 245 allows oil and gas companies to enter private property to survey. The land owner has 15 days to object to this intrusion, otherwise the company can enter your land and is immune from trespass laws. In other words, they have the right to come onto your property unless you tell them to stay off!

SB 244 is forced pooling, which means that a mineral-rights owner can be forced to lease their mineral rights to a tract of land if a simple majority of other mineral-rights owners agree. Again, the rights of the individual are being sacrificed for the benefit of special interests.

Please call or email the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to vote "NO" on these two bills. Of those Republican senators who support these bills, tell them that the voters now know "Don't Tread on Me" doesn't apply to special interests.

Melissa Giggenbach


Dear Abby: Needy nephew needs help moving on http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ05/170229856 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ05/170229856 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Dear Abby: My husband's nephew, "Jacob," is 25 and always hanging around our house. He has had a hard time over the last four years. First, his mom committed suicide. Two years later his dad died in his sleep.

My husband and I told Jacob we would be there when he needed advice about things. Well, he recently broke up with his longtime girlfriend, and he's here at my house every day - even days he's not working. He calls every afternoon to see what I'm cooking and expects to eat here every night. He also expects me to drop what I'm doing to go and clean his house and wash his clothes.

I'm disabled, so it's a struggle just to feed my husband and myself. He also sleeps here on the weekends if he doesn't work. My husband and I no longer have any alone time because he's always here.

I have tried to tell Jacob nicely that he needs his own life, but the message isn't getting through. I know he has issues with being alone. He has never learned to be by himself. My husband is starting to get angry about the situation and wants me to "handle" it, but my words are not working. If my husband decides to say something, it will end up in a heated argument.

How can I get through to this kid without hurting him? I do love him and try to treat him like one of my own kids. - Upset Aunt

Dear Aunt: Talk to Jacob again. This time do it in plain English. Your nephew's dependence on you has persisted for too long, and for everyone's sake it needs to stop. If you haven't suggested grief counseling for him, you should. Explain that you love him, but you and your husband need time to be alone together. Point out that if he's unable to do his own housecleaning and laundry, he should hire someone. Do not feel guilty for speaking up. You have done more than enough for Jacob over the last few years, and for him to expect you to cook for him every night and weekend is over the top.

Dear Abby: My husband quit chewing tobacco, but now he chews gum constantly, three pieces at a time. If he's not asleep or eating, his jaw is moving. He chews it aggressively, rolls it around in his mouth while talking, so that it looks bad and is irritating.

He works with the public, and I'm embarrassed for him because I believe it's bad manners to chew gum in that manner. I don't know how to approach him. Please advise as to how I can help him. - Embarrassed for Him in California

Dear Embarrassed: Your husband chews the way he does because he is trying to ease the pangs of withdrawal from his nicotine addiction. Because what he's doing is unsightly, suggest he discuss it with his doctor to see if there are other options such as a nicotine patch to help him over the hump. And be sure to tell him how proud you are of his determination to quit.

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.

Letter: Fines for bad grammar would end WV's budget woes (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0406/170229857 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/GZ0406/170229857 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Fines for bad grammar would end WV's budget woes


After listening to Gov. Jim Justice's first State of the State address, I can say, "Yes," I will support your half-penny tax proposal.

But the speech also inspired me to think of a new revenue source. Let's fine every elected official who mangles grammar. Our new governor said, "As a peoples," as he tried to persuade us to accept his argument for tax increases.

I believe Justice has a good heart, but I have suffered through his bad grammar before. He is certainly not alone in his painfully poor grammar, but his example is the most recent one to parse.

I call on the brightest legislators to craft a bill now that would allow us to collect a fine on every grammar gaffe we hear or read from our elected officials. I predict West Virginia would have a budget surplus in no time.

The bill could give a pass for anyone who splits an infinitive, a grammar offense that does not particularly bother me. We could even reward any elected official who even knows what an infinitive is. Yes, that reward remains to be announced.

But for every elected official who violates subject-verb agreement, that official should be subjected to the steepest fine the new legislation will allow. Can't we all get along with our subjects and verbs? We can. We will. "We was" will earn a huge fine.

Stop tweeting. Start deleting bad grammar now.

Susan Williams

Charlton Heights

Daily Mail cartoon: February 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/DM0408/170229860 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170223/DM0408/170229860 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500