www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT01/306299973 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT01/306299973 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Barnes, Miles "Junie" Noon, Shining Light Celebration Church, Charleston.

Cable, Scott 11 a.m., St. Agnes Catholic Church, Charleston.

Conley, Fonda 1 p.m., Stockert

Estep, Dannie 1 p.m., Massey Cemetery, Winifrede.

Farrell, Vieva 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.

Gray, Debra 2 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, Poe.

Morton, Allen 2 p.m., E.B. Morris Cemetery, Adonijah,

Priestley, Rudeau 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Ray, Clara "Gabby" 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Stanley, Danny 11 a.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Glasgow.

Woody, Clarence 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Nitro.

Jack Bowen http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299981 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Jack Bowen, 76, of Nitro, passed away June 27, 2017. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Bowen family.

David Braggs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299980 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 David O'Dia J'Mar Braggs, 28, of South Charleston, passed away June 24, 2017, at his home. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, at First Baptist Church of Vandalia, 1500 Mountain Road, South Charleston. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, South Charleston, W.Va.

Scott Michael Cable http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299999 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Scott Michael Cable, 54, formerly of Charleston, passed away June 21, 2017. He was born December 31, 1962, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Duane and Helene, and a brother, Mark.

Surviving are sons, Alec, Noah and Quin, and his daughter, Kenzie. Also surviving are his brothers Greg, Chris and Jeff, and his sister, Judy.

Scott graduated from Charleston Catholic in 1981 and West Virginia University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. The Oil & Gas business wasn't really his passion, so he started a business based on his love of skateboarding from his youth. He founded S&E Shirts and later, Balzout Printing, and grew it into a very successful business with T-shirt sales across the world. Balzout, that is the way Scott lived. He was into extreme sports such as snowboarding, heli-boarding, wake boarding and, barefoot skiing on the Kanawha River. He also enjoyed golf and was a former member of Edgewood Country Club. Scott was a big fan of WVU Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday June 29, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 4807 Staunton Avenue SE, Charleston, with the Monsignor Edward Sadie officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sacred Heart Needy Student Fund, or a charity of your choice.

Eben Comer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299988 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Eben Cross Comer, 91, of Hurricane, passed away at his home on June 26, 2017. Born June 30, 1925, in Duck. He was the son of the late William Webster and Velma Comer. He was also preceded in death by his brothers William Richard Comer of Duck and Herman Holt of Hurricane.

He is survived by his loyal and loving wife of 70 years, Thelma "Louise" Comer, daughter Karen Louise Dotson, sons John Cross and Gregory Elton Comer and sister Cora Etta Taylor of Cross Lanes; grandchildren include Chad Michael and Celeste Michelle Gilbert, Johnnie Cross Comer and Jennifer Yun, Patrick and Janie Nelson Mills, Stacy Hay and Stephanie Jo Comer. Great grandchildren include Kaylee Danielle, Liberty Adalyn Mac, Jack Cross, Adin, Julian, Jake, Michael and Emma Lou Hay.

Mr. Comer was employed by Union Carbide for 15 years. He also worked as an independent long-distance truck driver for 20 years. After retiring from trucking, he drove for Enterprise Car Rental for 15 years. He served his country as a member of the Merchant Marine's during WWII. We will remember dad's dedication to family and love for all who knew him. He was particularly a lover of all animals which include his 4 lb. dog and his 14 lb. cat, and numerous squirrels and birds.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Art Hage officiating, Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Walter E. Williams: Were Confederat generals traitors? (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/DM0405/170629591 DM0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/DM0405/170629591 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

My "Rewriting American History" column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail.

Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union.

Victors of wars get to write the history, and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let's look at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from the Union? If it did, we can't label Confederate generals as traitors.

Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain, held "New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States." Representatives of these states came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution and form a union.

During the ratification debates, Virginia's delegates said, "The powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression." The ratification documents of New York and Rhode Island expressed similar sentiments.

At the Constitutional Convention, a proposal was made to allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state. James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," rejected it.

The minutes from the debate paraphrased his opinion: "A union of the states containing such an ingredient [would] provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a state would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound."

America's first secessionist movement started in New England after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Many were infuriated by what they saw as an unconstitutional act by President Thomas Jefferson.

The movement was led by Timothy Pickering of Massachusetts, George Washington's secretary of war and secretary of state. He later became a congressman and senator.

"The principles of our Revolution point to the remedy - a separation," Pickering wrote to George Cabot in 1803, for "the people of the East cannot reconcile their habits, views, and interests with those of the South and West."

His Senate colleague James Hillhouse of Connecticut agreed, saying, "The Eastern states must and will dissolve the union and form a separate government." This call for secession was shared by other prominent Americans, such as John Quincy Adams, Elbridge Gerry, Fisher Ames, Josiah Quincy III and Joseph Story. The call failed to garner support at the 1814-15 Hartford Convention.

The U.S. Constitution would have never been ratified - and a union never created - if the people of those 13 "free sovereign and Independent States" did not believe that they had the right to secede.

Even on the eve of the War of 1861, unionist politicians saw secession as a right that states had. Rep. Jacob M. Kunkel of Maryland said, "Any attempt to preserve the union between the states of this Confederacy by force would be impractical and destructive of republican liberty." The Northern Democratic and Republican parties favored allowing the South to secede in peace.

Northern newspapers editorialized in favor of the South's right to secede. New-York Tribune (Feb. 5, 1860): "If tyranny and despotism justified the Revolution of 1776, then we do not see why it would not justify the secession of Five Millions of Southrons from the Federal Union in 1861."

The Detroit Free Press (Feb. 19, 1861): "An attempt to subjugate the seceded States, even if successful, could produce nothing but evil - evil unmitigated in character and appalling in extent."

The New-York Times (March 21, 1861): "There is a growing sentiment throughout the North in favor of letting the Gulf States go."

Confederate generals were fighting for independence from the Union just as George Washington and other generals fought for independence from Great Britain.

Those who'd label Gen. Robert E. Lee as a traitor might also label George Washington as a traitor. I'm sure Great Britain's King George III would have agreed.

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

FILM CLIPS: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0606/170629614 GZ0606 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0606/170629614 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 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.

"DESPICABLE ME 3": HHH Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother, Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"THE HOUSE": HH A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter's college fund. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"BABY DRIVER": HHHH After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT": HH1/2 Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"47 meters down": HHH Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"CARS 3": HHH Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world. Rated G. M, N, TV, PP.

"ROUGH NIGHT": HH Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami. Rated R. M, PP.

"THE MUMMY": HHH1/2 An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. Rated PG-13. M, N.

"MEGAN LEAVEY": HHH Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Rated PG-13. N.

"Wonder woman": HHHH Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE": HHH Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Rated PG. PP, TV.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES": HHH Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon. Rated PG-13. M, PP, TV.

CLOSING TODAY: "All Eyez On Me" (M, N, TV, PP), "It Comes At Night" (M, PP)

OPENING FRIDAY: "Despicable Me 3" (M, N, PP, TV), "The House" (M, N, PP, TV), "Baby Driver" (M, N, PP, TV)

Letter: WV needs to ride atop the alternative-energy tsunami (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629616 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629616 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 W.Va. needs to ride atop the alternative-energy tsunami


There is a progressive tsunami - that West Virginia politicians should note - surging across these United States to cure a stressed planet's health. West Virginia can ride the crest or can be rolled under. Tremors of reason have awakened numerous states to ride atop the surge. The movement is alternative-energy construction.

Why should we West Virginians get involved with an energy movement that is alien to our nature? After all, global warming is our declared enemy. First and foremost, we are and always have been an energy-producing state - that is our creed, that is our nature.

Alternative-energy construction - such as wind, water, solar, geothermal and nuclear plants, when operative - can pump lifeblood into anemic state and county budgets, and, at the same time, put a large number of unemployed adults (the highest percentage in the nation) to work constructing and operating such plants; and our native sons and daughters might return to the state that bred them.

The ebb and flow of alternative energy would present a less-painful withdrawal from coal and gas addiction, and it would result in cleaner air, cleaner water and cleaner soil for West Virginians. Such progressive accomplishments would attract satellite and innovative businesses to the state.

We have the windblown mountaintops, the fast-flowing rivers, the significant sun, a head start in coal mines to reach the earth's depths and the distraught land - mountain tops removed - to house nuclear plants.

Major West Virginia cities, such as Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, et. al., would become magnets for surrounding states and would financially benefit.

People who have seen a sizable ocean wave cresting before them, know it is much smarter to ride that wave than to be swept under by it. Waves of progress cannot be stopped, and we West Virginians deserve better than to be swept under by the aforementioned movement.

Sonny Fair


Bulletin Board: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0120/170629617 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0120/170629617 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 PSD meeting

A regular meeting of the Malden Public Service District Board of Commissioners will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday at the District Office located in the Administrative office Building of the Waste Water Treatment Facility.

Charleston Police program

The Charleston Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into the department's Citizens' Police Academy. This academy consists of an 11-week law enforcement program open to anyone interested 18 years of age and older. Participants will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday's beginning on Sept. 5 at the Charleston Police Department Training Center. Each week, a different law enforcement topic will be presented with classroom and hands-on instruction by police officers. A police ride along is also part of the class. The program is free. Seating is limited. Applications are available at the Charleston Police Department (Public Services Division) or online at www.charlestonwvpolice.org and should be returned to the Police Department by Aug. 18. For questions, call 304-348-6470.

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.

Daily Mail cartoon: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/DM0408/170629618 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/DM0408/170629618 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Letter: DEP must be allowed to inspect fracking-waste areas (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629619 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629619 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 DEP must be allowed to inspect fracking-waste areas


A little over a year ago, a state Department of Environmental Protection inspector tried to get a look at what appeared to be toxic waste storage at a tank farm in Oak Hill.

While the acrid odor of fracking waste filled the air, he was prevented from even getting near a certain tank by company personnel. Although he couldn't prove it, because he was unable to inspect, the inspector stated that "every indication" was that the facility was mixing fracking waste with water for disposal as "storm water."

West Virginia has exempted all gas- and oilfield waste from its Hazardous Waste Management Act (22-18-6, 2A). Fracking waste must be treated as "non-hazardous," with no inspections allowed. At the same time, waste permitted as storm water may lawfully contain nonhazardous materials which, according to the act, fracking waste is.

These devious loopholes are doing their damage. Antero Treatment LLC received a permit on May 25, and plans to accept approximately 550 tankers per day of dangerously radioactive, chemical-laden fracking waste from multiple sources. Many of the toxins will settle out in ponds, creating extremely poisonous sludge for a 134-acre disposal area. Drainage from the area's 13 outfalls will be polluted, but Antero cannot be cited,

The only way to stop this destruction is to file an appeal with the Environmental Quality Board before June 25.

Your calls to legislators and letters to newspapers are important.

Barbara Daniels


Readers' Vent: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0407/170629620 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0407/170629620 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Four more years of this. Are you kidding me? Come on America. We are better than this.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito needs to forget about her own agenda and vote no on this health care bill. The people of West Virginia are watching you, Shelley. Do the right thing or you will be voted out.

I wish that ex-president Obama would stay out of government now. He is no longer president, he is no longer relevant. He needs to stay out and let the government now do its job.

Why the fireman block the road when you say it is not necessary. It is for your safety. What you appear to see in front of you may not be what is really going on.

The woman sunbathing topless in the boat at Logan. It is good she got a fine. Grow up lady. It is not awesome.

The Couch Slouch makes a good point. It is time for West Virginia to outlaw the raising of chickens and roosters for cock fighting. Sure we banned the sport itself but what are these animals being raised for. We need to ban their breeding.

Remember 1962 when the Russians were going to put missiles in Cuba until our president Kennedy put a stop to that. Do you people want to go back to that? Let us have relations with Cuba. It is better to know your enemies than to not.

I think Sen. Bernie Sanders needs to stay in Vermont and stay out of West Virginia.

I want to thank Phil Kabler for exposing the nonsense going on with the Courtesy Patrol with these non-profits running it with 6-figure salaries. They also need to look into this business of having three public relations people working for the Division of Highways.

Narcan is a horrendous thing that mankind ever invented. It is nothing but a temporary Band-Aid for these drug addicts. Do something to save cancer patients.

This is a message for the liberal media. Your propaganda does not work. Get over it.

I never smoked marijuana in my life but I still think it should be legal. Apparently it is an awesome medicine. The pharmacy companies would be the only ones to hold that back so they can charge you for that synthetic crap that messes with your bodies. Bring the marijuana on. I think it is a good deal.

"Austerity can get the state through" says Mail op ed headline. We'll see, won't we?

The tweet "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" implies his office could have been recording conversations.

By the time you called or wrote in to the Readers' Vent you could have called someone about the bear cub that was hit by a car.

The GOP health plan will hurt older Americans, people living in poor, rural areas, and states that rely on Medicaid - such as WV - the most. Since these are the people that put the GOP in office, I say let it pass and let them reap what they're sown.

Why the wait on voting the Affordable Care Act. A true leader would be out there in front. We need leadership in WV because we are far, far behind. A true leader would have jobs, ideas to look forward to for all citizens.

Perhaps Sen. Manchin should get 50 other like minded senators, deems and reps, who are actually interested in health care, in a room and fix Obamacare. Outvote McConnell and his group of babies.

To the city of South Charleston. I live on 9th Avenue. We have people moving in all the time and we have no parking available because of a handicap zone that is not needed. Please check into this. We need parking badly.

It is very clear that President Trump does not like ex-president Obama but he needs to leave Obama alone. Obama was a better president than Trump has been so far.

Letter: WV needs to tax less, not more (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629624 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629624 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 West Virginia needs to tax less, not more


The following letter is submitted in response to this column. More detailed documentation of my statements can be found here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and its West Virginia affiliate's preference for high taxes, more government and less economic freedom for individuals came through loud and clear recently. The challenge facing West Virginia is not a lack of revenue, but an excess of spending.

Data from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) shows that, in 2015, West Virginia spent $6,816 per resident; that's 75 percent more than the national average (not counting federal or debt-related spending). Personnel accounts for a large portion of state spending, where West Virginia is also an outlier. Census data shows West Virginia has 61 percent more state employees per-capita than the national average.

Rather than address the spending problem, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Priorities proposes more tax hikes and less economic freedom on an already over-taxed citizenry. The simple truth on taxation is that the more a state chooses to spend, the more it must tax. The NASBO data shows that the states that tax income spent 42 percent more per resident than the states without an income tax. West Virginia spent 133 percent more than the states without an income tax.

It's not access to oil or tourism that keeps taxes low. Every state provides the same basket of services, but those that do so at better prices pass on the savings to citizens in the form of lower taxes. And allowing individuals and businesses to keep more of their hard-earned money creates the best path forward for everyone to achieve prosperity. Indeed, the states with the lowest tax burdens have superior growth in jobs, wages and GDP, and they also gain population from domestic migration.

West Virginians don't need higher taxes; they need government to make better use of the taxes they already pay.

Dave Trabert, President

Kansas Policy Institute

Overland Park, Kansas

Letter: Land taxation is the key to economic success (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629625 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0406/170629625 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Land taxation is the key to economic success


Appalachia misses coal mining jobs. There are many other types of employment - growing food, manufacturing clothing, building homes, factories, stores, appliances. Experiences in several jurisdictions show that jobs can be created through the simple reform of taxing land higher. Sales, building and income taxation is a penalty for having produced, and plays NO role in economic development. These taxes on labor and capital produce nothing but government income.

Land taxation, on the other hand, collects the rent of land, which is a social creation and which encourages owners to seek highest and best use, thereby generating jobs. Why doesn't our Legislature look at higher land taxation as a way to improve our economy?

New Hampshire collects about 40 percent of the land rent (highest in nation) and has our nation's lowest poverty rate. Fairhope, Alabama, taxes ALL of the rent of their land, encourages massive population gain (10,000 since 1980) by people who go there finding jobs. Denmark taxes 50 percent of the land rent, has Europe's best economy. British Columbia uses North America's highest land taxation and attracts a steady stream of immigrants from around the world. Southfield, Michigan, in the 1960's, slightly increased land taxation and more than doubled its population in 10 years.

Seventeen out of 20 Jefferson County tax districts collect 94 percent or more of the land, causing Jefferson County to lead West Virginia in median household income at $66,205, lowest unemployment and gains in population.

How long can our Legislature ignore land taxation?

Carl F. Shaw

Mount Zion

Gazette editorial: Many Americans see climate change dangers clearly http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0404/170629640 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0404/170629640 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 On June 1, President Donald Trump declared that America will break its pledge to reduce climate-changing "greenhouse gases" under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

That same day, three Democratic governors - Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee of Washington - announced creation of the U.S. Climate Alliance, composed of states that will continue honoring the Paris accord, in defiance of the president.

Since then, 10 other states - Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia - plus Puerto Rico have joined this attempt to prevent climate disaster. Almost half have Republican governors.

Further, hundreds of mayors, including those of the largest cities, vowed support for the Climate Alliance. Altogether, nearly half of America is represented in this wave of resistance.

This snowballing movement shows that millions of Americans take climate danger seriously. They heed warnings from top scientists who say that pollution from fossil fuels forms a barrier in the sky, trapping heat on Earth's surface, causing ever-worse global warming.

Almost every year sets a new heat record. Hotter air holds more moisture, causing worse hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, icecap melt and sea rise. Oddly, climate change also produces worse droughts and wildfires.

This growing danger inflicts hundreds of billions in damage and claims thousands of lives. News film of towns wrecked by twisters, cities drowned in flood sludge and suburbs burned by forest fires is clear evidence of the toll.

Trump calls global warming a hoax. Many coal-state politicians echo this view. But scientists say they are sadly wrong.

We're glad that 13 states and many Americans see the genuine peril of climate change.

Gazette cartoon: June 29, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0408/170629682 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/GZ0408/170629682 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Fonda Conley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299982 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Fonda Conley, 69, of Sutton, passed away June 24, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on June 29 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 28, at the funeral home. Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is handling the arrangements for Fonda Conley.

Roy Crist http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299992 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The Reverend Roy Gene "Squirt" Crist of Ansted went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the age of 78. Roy Gene was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 1988 and served churches within the New River Episcopal Ministries as both Priest and Missioner. He was a graduate of WV Tech and a United States Air Force veteran. Roy Gene retired from the Fayette County School System where he first served as an Electrician and later went on to teach Industrial Electronics for many years at the Fayette Plateau Vocational-Technical Center. He was also a long time member of the Ansted Volunteer Fire Department and prior to his death, served as Chaplain for both the Ansted Fire Department and the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. He was honored as Fayette County Man of the Year, and was also a member of various community organizations and committees in and throughout the Episcopal Church. He also served on multiple boards, most recently the Fayette County Health Department and the Appalachian Episcopal Ministries as the Representative for the Diocese of West Virginia.

Roy Gene's service to others through the church was both his calling and true passion. His kind and gentle nature was to always give, to never receive. He lived his life empowered to spread the gospel through his ministry. When he wasn't tirelessly working to make this world a better place, you could find Roy Gene doing some of his favorite activities: holding hands with Jane on long walks around town or sitting at a ball field watching a softball game. He was an avid reader and a lover of Classic Western movies. His very favorite color was purple, and nothing made Roy Gene happier than spending time with his grandchildren and eating peanut butter on saltine crackers.

Roy Gene is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jane Nuckols Crist; dearest family friend Rosalie Marshall; son Eugene Crist (Tabitha Crist) of Charleston, WV; daughers Courtney Crist Phillips (Cody Phillips) of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Lynsey Crist of Tacoma, Wash. Also, his 5 beloved grandsons: Gabriel Crist (7), Harper Phillips (6), Anderson Crist (5), Harrison Phillips (4), and Hogan Phillips (2). He was preceded in death by his parents Stanton and Hazel Crist; brothers Billy, Charles, and Jack Crist.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 30, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Oak Hill from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at Redeemer Episcopal Church in Ansted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted at Redeemer Episcopal Church, 102 Taylor Street, in Ansted or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue in Oak Hill.

Zachary Scott "Zac" Cummings http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299985 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Zachary Scott "Zac" Cummings, 24, of Sissonville, passed away June 26, 2017.

Zac was a 2011 graduate of Sissonville High School, member of The United States Marine Corps, employee of AEP as an operator and member of Derricks Creek Community Church. He loved the outdoors including hunting, fishing and riding trips with friends and family.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Fred and Barbara Cummings and great grandmother, Victoria Ward.

Survivors include his wife Cassandra Lynn Cummings; children, Isabella Faith Cummings and Hunter Joseph Miller; parents, Scott and Lisa Cummings; sister, Sydney Cummings and future brother-in-law, Dustin Houdyshell; maternal grandparents, Robert and Sue Stanley; maternal great-grandmothers, Eileen Stanley and Mary Price; uncles, Daniel Cummings and wife Donna, John Cummings and Eric Stanley and wife Lora; father and mother-in-law, Mark and Melissa Stowers and Sharline Meadows; special niece, Alexus Cummings; his wife's brother and sister, Justin and Marissa Stowers. Also survived by other family members and many, many very close friends.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Sissonville High School Gymnasium with Rev. Carl Casto and Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Rites provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, In the Field of Honor will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Visitation with the family will be from noon until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the Isabella Cummings and Hunter Miller Future Fund at City National Bank.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Cummings Family.

Sylvia Blondena Eggleton http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170629/OBIT/306299983 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Sylvia Blondena Eggleton, 98, of Scott Depot, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness.

Blondena was born at Garretts Bend on April 24, 1919, to the late Claude and Goldie Mccallister Cash. She was also preceded in death by her husband William J. Eggleton in 2009, brother William "Bud" Cash and sister-in-law, Josephine "Jo" Cash.

Mom loved cooking, quilting, gardening, watching cooking shows and mowing her yard. She loved being a homekeeper. Right up until her illness she was mowing and gardening. Her greatest pleasure was preparing special meals and the "best" cream pies for family and friends. We could always count on our special pie for birthdays and holidays and they will be forever missed. In the last several years she looked forward to her weekly lunches and shopping trips. She lived to know her grandson received the quilt she lovingly made for him years ago for his recent wedding. She also had previously attended church at Scott Depot Church of God, Judson Baptist Church, and Teays Valley Church of God.

Blondena is survived by her son Kenny Eggleton (Karen) of Scott Depot; daughter, Nancy VerBeek (Robert) of Franklin Indiana; grandson Seth VerBeek (Elizabeth) of New York; and nieces Janice Lucas and Janet Cyrus both of Garretts Bend.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Upper Mauseleum Chapel in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Pastor Arley Cravens officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the cemetery. Entombment will follow the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either, The Salvation Army at 301 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25301; or to Little Victories Animal Rescue at 3589 Wire Branch Road, Ona, WV 25545.

Visit Blondena's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the family.