www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT01/307219985 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT01/307219985 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Bego, Joseph 1 p.m., St. Paul Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Bird, Courtney 7 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville.

Bostic, Vivian 11 a.m., Pryor Funeal Home, East Bank.

Brady, Samuel 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Arnoldsburg.

Cook, Virginia Reed 7 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Cummings, Travis 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Forrest, Jerold "Stan" 1 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston.

Jones, Lucky 2 p.m., Akers

Long, Dell 2 p.m., Clear Fork Worship Center, Artie.

Mosley, Charles 1 p.m., Dunbar City Park.

Nelson, Ethel 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Pfister, Dr. Alfred 1 p.m., WVU Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division.

Rhodes, Charles 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Selbe, Charles 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Slater, Elizabeth 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Woods, James 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Ashley McClanahan Asbury http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219998 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Ashley Danielle McClanahan Asbury, 33, of Hurricane, passed away July 18, 2017.

Ashley was a graduate of Nitro High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree from West Virginia University. She had a passion for teaching and deeply cared for her students at Lincoln County High School where she was an English teacher. Ashley was also very involved with her church, River Ridge in Hurricane.

She is survived by her husband Jason Lawrence Asbury; mother and father Gordon and Sharon McClanahan; maternal grandmother, Barbara Phelps of Murrells Inlet, SC; sister, Megan Smarr (Aaron) of Hurricane, and their daughters, Aubrey and Skylar Smarr; aunts, Karen Roberts of Murrells Inlet, SC, Jill Schooley of Statesville, NC; great-aunt Judy Harrison of Murrells Inlet, SC; father and mother-in-law, Brent and Linda Asbury of Hardy, Va; sister-in-law Brittney and Matt Bright of Christiansburg, VA, and their daughter Harper Bright; grandfather-in-law, Lawrence Laprad of Roanoake, VA and Ashley's puppy, "Lexi."

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at River Ridge Church, 1 Saturn Way, Hurricane, with Pastor Andy Tuel and Pastor Chad Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ashley are encouraged to be made to Nitro High School, Hall of Achievement, Lincoln County High School Athletic Boosters or River Ridge Church.

You may share memories of Ashley on her tribute page by visiting ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.

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

Sue Droddy Cottrell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219994 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Sue Droddy Cottrell, 78, of Elk River, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was a retired computer programmer for the State of WV Health Human Resources and was a 30 year member of the Big Chimney Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Graynell Walker; father, Ralph Droddy; sister, Debbie Stewart; grandparents, Howard and Pearl Droddy.

Sue is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Danny Cottrell; sisters, Jeanne (Bill) Lemley, Linda (Ronald) Burdette, Dixie (Rick) Chandler. Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Big Chimney Baptist Church Activity Building Fund at 4626 Elkshore Drive, Charleston, WV 25302.

Service will be noon Saturday, July 22, at Big Chimney Baptist Church, with Pastor Buddy Mairs officiating. Burial will be at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Hafer Funeral Home. An additional visitation will occur one hour prior the day of service at Big Chimney Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Virgil Damron http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219989 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Virgil Damron, 80, of Mitchel Heights, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Akers-James Funeral Home at Logan. Friends and family may call from noon until the time of the service Sunday also at the funeral home. Akers-James Funeral Home is in charges of the arrangements.

Betty Louise Dirickson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/OBIT/307219999 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Betty Louise Dirickson, 79, of Beckley, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Bowers Hospice House. Born September 18, 1937, in South Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late C.W. "Bill" and Vesta Worley. In addition to her parent she is preceded in death by her soulmate Ernie Dirickson, son-in-law Mark Webb, brothers-in-law John, Albert "Jr" and Donald Dirickson, sisters-in-law Sue Shaffer, Betty Matherly, Ella Clark.

Betty was a jack of all trades, and was a proud business owner. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Hurricane, and attended First Baptist Church of Eccles. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and Girls Scout camp counselor. She loved genealogy and gardening but was most proud of her service to her church.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters Joyce (Rick) Rollins, Vesta (Joe) Sobczyk and Lisa Webb; grandchildren, Ricky (Alexis) Rollins, John Frye, Julia Marshall, Stacey (Mike) Myers, Peter (CharLee) Pepper, Felicia Sobczyk, Shyloe Sobcyzk, Stone Webb and fiancé Amanda; great-grandchildren, Jannie (Brandon) Aurednik, Jake and McKinley Rollins, Haley and Emily Myers, Melody Prendergast; great-great grandson; Bentley Aurednik; brothers; Charles (Bonnie) Worley, James (Barbara) Worley; brother-in-law Gilbert Matherly; sister-in-law Juanita (Jim) Coble, Lucille Dirickson. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends, including her special friends, Cliff and Judy, Nell, and caregiver Tanya, three girls who also held a special place in her heart are Dreama, Penny and April, her godchildren Kelly, Barbie and Scott and last but not least her fur baby Taffy.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bowers Hospice House and her loving nurse Sara.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at First Baptist Church of Eccles followed by funeral services at 7 p.m. with Pastor Gary Hall officiating. On Saturday, July 22, the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Rt. 60, Hurricane, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. with Pastor Rob Laukoter and Pastor William Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park

Pallbearers will be Ricky and Jake Rollins, Mike Myers, Dana Dirickson, Peter and Charlee Pepper, Stone Webb, Brandon Aurednik. Honorary Pallbearer will be Bentley Aurednik.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, First Baptist Church of Eccles Youth Program or Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jim Justice company cited by feds in coal prep plant death http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ01/170729929 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ01/170729929 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:42:38 -0400 Ken Ward Jr. By Ken Ward Jr. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited one of Gov. Jim Justice's family companies with safety violations that federal investigators say were the root cause of the February death of a worker at a McDowell County coal preparation plant, according to a new report.

MSHA cited Chestnut Land Holdings with two violations of federal coal-mine safety standards that federal investigators said contributed to the death. The company did not ensure that the worker who died used a fall protection harness, and did not provide a place to tie off such a harness in the area where the miner was working, MSHA investigators said.

Federal officials also cited the company for not promptly reporting the incident to MSHA. Fines for the violations have not yet been assessed.

Jason Kenneth Matthews, 43, of Bluefield, Virginia, died on Feb. 27 when he fell while trying to fix part of a "plate press" that is used to remove water from coal waste at the preparation plant located near Squire.

MSHA records list the prep plant as being part of the "Bishop Impoundment Area," operated by Chestnut Land Holdings.

At the time of the fatality, MSHA listed the controller of the operation as James C. Justice II -- the governor -- but the federal agency now lists the controllers as the governor's son and daughter, James C. Justice III and Dr. Jillean L. Justice. The governor's office has said he is turning over day-to-day control of his companies to his son and daughter.

The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training lists the preparation plant as being operated by another of the family's companies, Justice Low Seam Mining Inc., and as being named for the governor as the JC "Jim" Justice II Prep Plant.

Starting at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 27, Matthews began trying to fix a broken plate on the coal waste press, a job that involved climbing to the top of the press, which MSHA said is more than seven feet above the floor of the preparation plant and more than 18 feet above a conveyor belt that collects small particles of coal waste, called fines, that are removed during the press process.

The MSHA report says that at about 10 p.m., another worker was leaving the area when he saw Matthews climb a ladder to the top of the plate press with a shovel in his hand, but without a safety harness for fall protection. The other worker then "heard a couple of objects fall and then he heard Matthews calling out for help," according to the MSHA report.

MSHA investigators reported that the other worker went to the plate press and turned it off with an emergency stop button, then realized that the conveyor belt below -- called the filter cake collecting, or FCC, belt -- was still operating. The other worker turned off the FCC belt, the report said. He then began searching for Matthews, but couldn't find him. About five minutes later, Matthews was located inside a transfer chute where the FCC belt transfers coal fines to a second conveyor belt.

"Matthews was sitting upright with refuse material piled up around him to his chest and was unresponsive," the MSHA report said. Another worker crawled into the chute and found that Matthews had no pulse. When an ambulance arrived, a local emergency room physician was contacted and advised personnel on the scene not to try to resuscitate Matthews, the MSHA report said.

MSHA investigators determined that one root cause of the death was that the company did not ensure that safety belts and lines were used when there is a danger of falling.

The report said that safety harnesses were provided by the company and available for miners to use for fall protection. A safety harness was reported to have been found lying on the plant floor near the ladder that Matthews used to climb to the top of the plate press.

During a state Board of Coal Mine meeting in April, Patrick Graham, senior vice president for safety and health at the Justice family coal operations, said the cause of the death was the worker not using a fall protection harness.

"What he failed to do was to use fall protection," Graham said. "Matthews should have had his, and he was trained to do that.

"The real question is what goes through a person's mind in human behavior when he's working by himself and nobody's watching," Graham said. "It's like a coal miner mentality, you know. 'I can do this and maybe I don't need to do a particular safety precaution.' When we can cure that kind of problem, it wouldn't happen here. He had been wearing his harness before. He had been trained to wear it. It's not like the employees weren't trained."

But the MSHA report tells a different story.

"There was no safe means of access on top of the plate press, and no means of tying off while on top of the plate press was provided," the MSHA report said.

MSHA investigators said that a second root cause of the death was that, "The mine operator failed to provide a safe means of access to all areas where miners are required to work and travel, as required by 30 CFR 77.205(a). "An effective means was not provided for miners to tie off when working on top of the plate press."

The MSHA report said that, since the death, the company has installed lines to be used when climbing the ladder or walking on top of the plate press, and a lanyard system in which miners are always tied off overhead to prevent falling.

MSHA also said the company waited more than 30 minutes to report the fall to federal authorities, a violation of rules that require MSHA to be contacted within 15 minutes.

Neither the governor's office nor the Justice companies immediately responded to a request for comment on the MSHA report.

The morning after Matthews was killed, the governor issued a statement that said, "My heart is heavy with the sad news out of Squire. Cathy and I ask all West Virginians to join us in praying for the lost coal miner and his family. Tragic accidents like this just break all of our hearts and our state is grateful to have a close-knit mining community that steps up on these most difficult days."

Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kward@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.

Justice Dept. fears protesters might block KY's last abortion clinic http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0115/170729930 GZ0115 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0115/170729930 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:14 -0400 By Sandhya Somashekhar The Washington Post By By Sandhya Somashekhar The Washington Post The last abortion clinic in Kentucky found an unlikely ally this week: The U.S. Justice Department.

Government lawyers on Wednesday asked a federal judge to ban protesters from a small area outside E.M.W. Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, citing fears that activists from a stridently antiabortion organization gathering for a conference next week could try to block women from entering the facility.

The group, Operation Save America, has a history of extreme antiabortion activism and in May staged a blockade of the Louisville clinic, leading to the arrest of several members. Leaders of the Texas-based group have said there are no plans to mount any acts of civil disobedience next week, when hundreds of members will gather in Louisville for the group's annual conference.

Still, government lawyers and abortion rights advocates say the precautions are necessary. The government lawyers are seeking a court order that would create a "buffer zone" extending from the clinic's front door to the curb, where patients are frequently dropped off.

Reproductive rights advocates praised the actions from Justice Department officials and the local U.S. attorney, which came despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' personal opposition to abortion.

"These extremists are testing law enforcement on the ground in Louisville and they are testing the Department of Justice to see if they are in fact going to enforce the law," said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, an organization of abortion providers. The court filing and a previous lawsuit "sent a clear signal" that the law will indeed be enforced, she said.

But the legal maneuvers drew criticism from leaders of Operation Save America, who pledged to fight the request in court.

"By creating this buffer zone, it restricts us," said Joseph Spurgeon, a pastor and local leader of the group. "We want to be able to hand women tracts and pamphlets with other resources, to offer them financial assistance, to offer to adopt their children. We want to be able to converse with them one-on-one."

The conflict heightens tensions in Louisville, which has become a magnet for abortion foes who see the potential to make Kentucky the first state in the country without a single abortion clinic.

Other clinics in the state have either closed or stopped providing abortions since Republican leaders began aggressively regulating them. Now, E.M.W. Women's Surgical Center is wrangling with state regulators in a legal battle that will determine whether it, too, will have to close.

Operation Save America, previously known as Operation Rescue, is a decades-old antiabortion group known for its extreme tactics. (A separate organization currently carries the Operation Rescue moniker.) It is critical of mainstream antiabortion groups, which it considers too timid, and is trying to push Kentucky and other states to outlaw abortion in violation of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized the procedure nationally.

Spurgeon said the group tried to demonstrate the sacrifices that might be necessary for the cause on May 13, when the members staged a blockade of the Louisville clinic. Several members were arrested after linking arms in front of the doors, blocking access to and from the clinic.

That was a "one-time thing," he said. The group has asked attendees of the conference, which is expected to attract as many as 1,000 people, to keep it civil and law-abiding. He said he expects that it will stay that way - unless people get the sense that federal authorities are trampling on their free speech rights.

"We believe in obeying authorities," Spurgeon said. Moreover, he said, "our people are not going to rebel against what we've asked them to do."

But Meg Sasse Stern, a volunteer who helps escort women from the sidewalk to the front door, said Thursday that she is unconvinced.

"One person talking to a reporter to say, 'I promise to be peaceful' doesn't mean everyone is going to respect that," she said.

WV Travel Team: Pools of history at Berkeley Springs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0506/170729944 GZ0506 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0506/170729944 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0400 By Dave Zuchowski WV Travel Team By By Dave Zuchowski WV Travel Team BERKELEY SPRINGS - It's a four-hour, 15-minute, 270-mile drive from Charleston on Interstate 79 to Morgantown, across Interstate 86 and east to Route 522. That will take you to the town of Berkeley Springs in the state's Eastern Panhandle, a popular tourist destination. People revel in its history, architecture, outdoor recreational opportunities, great restaurants and lodging.

For a small town of less than 1,000 people, Berkley Springs has quite a history, beginning with Native Americans who recognized the advantages of the springs' mineral waters.

When the first Caucasians arrived, the Native Americans told them of the springs - five principal water courses and numerous lesser ones that still pour out of the ground at a rate of 2,000 gallons per minute at a constant temperature of 74 degrees.

President George Washington came by at age 16, part of a survey crew for Lord Fairfax, a large land owner and the only English lord to live in Virginia.

After learning about the area, Fairfax permitted 7 acres of land to be used as a public park until 1776, when he allowed the Virginia legislature to liberate it for the town of Bath.

Both Washington and Fairfax built cottages there, and early part-time residents included John Hanson, first president of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, and Charles Carroll, one of Maryland's signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Land purchases by many of America's founders and Revolutionary War generals helped insure the growth of the country's first spa. Noteworthy visitors who came later included James Madison and Washington Irving.

Today, West Virginia administers the contemporary 4-acre site that resembles an old village, green with a gazebo and bubbling streams along with a reproduction of an antique bathtub that served the springs in Washington's era.

The park's current swimming pool was built in 1949 on the site of previous covered baths built in Victorian times. In a much earlier era, Martha Washington may have taken the waters in Fairfax's personal bath shack built in 1768.

Near Warm Springs Run, two of the park's original buildings still stand. One of these, the Roman Baths, was renovated 26 years ago. There, sunken pools lined with ceramic-tile floors and walls occupy the second-oldest building in Morgan County. The park headquarters on the grounds, originally a bathhouse built in 1784, is the oldest.

Each of the indoor relaxation pools in the Roman Baths holds 750 gallons of untreated, natural water, heated to 102 degrees, and can be rented by the half-hour for $25 for the first occupant, $15 for each additional person. The Roman Baths is the only place in town that offers untreated water.

On the second floor of the Old Roman Bathhouse, the Museum of Berkeley Springs deals with the people and history of the region. The museum is open seasonally from March through December and on certain holiday weekends. Private tours are available by appointment (call 304-258-3738). If you see a banner hanging outside, the museum is open.

Adjacent to the Roman Baths, the Gentleman's Spring House offers pure, deliciously tasteless water for immediate drinking. Locals come from miles to bottle some for free-of-charge home consumption.

At the far end of the park, the yellow brick building that serves as the main bathhouse was built in 1929 and remodeled in 2010. There, visitors can enjoy a dry sauna, a Whirlpool jacuzzi, a Roman bath and a massage. A bath with follow-up massage on weekends costs $55 for a half-hour, even less on weekdays. Advance reservations are recommended.

The Ice House, a four-story yellow brick building on Independence and Mercer streets, once served as a cold storage facility for the area's extensive apple crop. The building is now home to the Morgan Arts Council which sponsors community theater productions and exhibitions by a number of artists.

Nearby, the historic art deco Star Theater screened its first film in 1928, and the Manley hot-oil popcorn machine and striped silk wall coverings date back to 1949. Modern amenities include a stereo sound system, air conditioning and a digital projector installed in 2013. Films change weekly and are screened at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Best of all, prices are kept low at $4.50 a ticket, and the popcorn is topped with real butter.

Further up the mountain along Route 9, the Panorama Overlook, hundreds of feet above the junction of the Cacapon and Potomac rivers, gives visitors a panoramic vista of three states - Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.

For further information on any of the above sites, call the Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce at 304-258-3738.

Dave Zuchowski has been writing about travel for 26 years, and his articles have made the pages of many newspapers and magazines across the country, including AAA, Pathfinders, West Virginia Magazine, Southsider, and Westsylvania. He writes for the Herald-Standard Newspaper, based in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Star Parker: Liberal values are bankrupting us (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729945 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729945 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll.

The headline of the report speaks for itself: "Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues."

Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues surveyed has been in one direction - more liberal.

Of 19 issues surveyed in this latest poll, responses on 10 are the most liberal since the survey started.

Sixty-three percent say gay/lesbian relations are morally acceptable - up 23 points from the first year the question was asked. Sixty-two percent say having a baby outside of marriage is OK - up 17 points. Unmarried sex, 69 percent - up 16 points. Divorce, 73 percent - up 14 points.

More interesting, and of greater consequence, is what people actually do, rather than what they think. And, not surprisingly, the behavior we observe in our society at large reflects these trends in values.

Hence, the institution of traditional marriage is crumbling, Americans are having fewer children, and, compared with years gone by, the likelihood that children are born out of the framework of marriage has dramatically increased.

Undoubtedly, the liberals in academia, in the media, in politics, see this as good news. After all, doesn't removing the "thou shalt not's" that limit life's options liberate us?

Isn't the idea of freedom supposed to be, according to them, that you have a green light to do whatever you want, as long as you're not hurting someone else?

But here's the rub. How do you measure if you are hurting someone else?

No one lives in a vacuum. We all live in a country, in communities. We are social beings as well as individuals, no matter what your political philosophy happens to be. Everyone's behavior has consequences for others.

For instance, more and more research shows the correlation between the breakdown of the traditional family and poverty.

In 2009, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution published his "success sequence." According to Haskins, someone who completes high school, works full time, and doesn't have children until after marriage has only a 2 percent chance of being poor.

A new study from the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies focuses on a small range of millennials - those born between 1980-1984. And this study reaches conclusions similar to those of Haskins.

According to this study, only 3 percent of millennials who have a high school diploma, who are working full time, and who are married before having children are poor. On the other hand, 53 percent of millennials who have not done these three things are poor.

Behavior increasing the likelihood of poverty does have consequences on others. American taxpayers spend almost a trillion dollars a year to help those in poverty, a portion of whom would not be in this situation if they lived their lives differently.

But the same liberals who scream when Republicans look for ways to streamline spending on antipoverty programs like Medicaid, scream just as loudly at any attempt to expose young people to biblical values that teach traditional marriage and chastity outside of marriage.

The percentage of American adults that are married dropped from 72 percent in 1960 to 52 percent in 2008. The percentage of our babies born to unmarried women increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 41 percent by 2008.

This occurred against a backdrop of court orders removing all vestiges of religion from our public spaces, beginning with banning school prayer in 1962, and then the legalization of abortion in 1973. In 2015, the Supreme Court redefined marriage.

Losing all recognition that personal and social responsibility matters, that the biblical tradition that existed in the cradle of our national founding is still relevant, is bankrupting us morally and fiscally.

We are long overdue for a new, grand awakening.

Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Contact her at www.urbancure.org.

Daily Mail editorial: Listen to the business owners http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729947 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729947 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 "This whole business climate in West Virginia, coupled with the natural disasters and the water crises, has really put some of the business owners in the Kanawha County area in a desperate situation."

That assessment, told to MetroNews' Chris Lawrence, is from someone who knows all too well: Joy Gunnoe.

Gunnoe's family has owned and operated R.G. Gunnoe Farms, a Charleston manufacturer and wholesaler of items like cole slaw and macaroni salad, for 70 years. Gunnoe Farms is now up for sale.

The 2012 derecho, the 2014 water crisis - followed by a lengthy and continuing delay in receiving settlement funds - and, most recently, Kroger discontinuing the sale of two of Gunnoe Farms' products, has brought the owners to their limit.

"I could've sold the company five times in the past," Gunnoe told the Gazette-Mail's Max Garland. "But my dream has always been to continue the company. Now I just don't think I'll be able to."

Of the derecho, she said, "We were without power a few days, and we couldn't keep our food stored. We lost everything from it."

The company managed to recover some of losses from insurance. When 2014 rolled around, the company was ready. But then came the water crisis.

The company had to use a 500-gallon water trailer in place of its regular water supply, which was never enough for a company that heavily relies on purified water in salad production and facility cleaning. The company sustained $386,000 in damages because of the water crisis.

"The past few years have been devastating," she said. "West Virginia companies cannot afford any loss of sales, and that includes us."

Competition in the business world, particularly for grocery products, is brutal. And staying in business for just a few years, much less 70, is a testament to hard work, ingenuity and commitment.

That's all the more reason that leaders in Charleston, Kanawha County and the state of West Virginia must do as much as possible to work with business owners and seek ways to reduce or eliminate hurdles to their success.

We often talk about recruiting new business and providing special help for startups - and that's fine and necessary - but it's necessary to check up on existing businesses, too. We can't take any of them for granted.

Charleston, and the state of West Virginia, have both been losing population for years. Governments shouldn't be propping up uncompetitive businesses, but they can and should do as much as possible to reduce government-caused barriers. That's not saying some of that doesn't happen, but in West Virginia today, existing business retention and development programs seem like they are never enough.

For the good of Charleston, we wish Gunnoe Farms great success, whether with a new owner or with continued Gunnoe ownership. But whatever happens, Charleston is grateful for the business they've provided our area for 70 years.

Letter: Tariffs do more harm than good (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729948 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729948 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 President Trump is considering a tax on foreign steel imports. This tariff is a bad idea. It'll cause U.S. unemployment to rise and U.S. income to fall. Here's why:

The U.S. steel industry has 140 thousand workers. U.S. companies that use steel have about six million workers - more than forty times more.

With a tariff imposed, the price of steel will rise, making the prices of products that use steel rise as well. The increases will lower the demand for these products, causing some of the six million workers to be laid off.

The income lost by the employees of companies that use steel will outweigh the income gained by the employees of companies that make steel.

Not only that, companies that are protected by tariffs generally stop innovating, preventing future prices from going down.

Tariffs cause more harm than good.

Archie Richards

Concord, NH

Jerome A. Gilbert: The October solution for W.Va. roads (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729949 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729949 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Driving around the winding, two-lane mountain roads of southern West Virginia since I came to Marshall University last year, I have encountered a number of places where the traffic was directed into a single lane because of erosion of the subsurface of the outer lane.

Some of my other Mountain State driving experiences have included direct (and jarring!) impacts with potholes and broken pavement on many, many roads around the state.

Our road system is badly in need of repair.

But there is good news. The governor proposed and the legislature approved - with bipartisan support - a roads plan that will pump needed resources into projects to repair and enhance our roads. Not only will our roads be fixed, but in the process, thousands of jobs will be created, thus providing a boost to the economy. It is clearly a win-win.

The other good news is that the debt service for the bonds needed to finance the road plan is already taken care of through the recent modest increases in fees on automobiles and gasoline purchases.

However, there is a catch. Voters must approve the issuance of the bonds in a referendum in October.

I ask you: Why wouldn't we want to approve the issuance of the bonds?

We all will benefit from improved roads as we drive for work and pleasure. We all will benefit as new jobs are created to provide the labor to undertake the road projects. We all will benefit as an improved transportation system makes the state more attractive to new manufacturing and industry.

Having ridden the roads of West Virginia by both automobile and bicycle over the past 18 months, I know we have a problem. Fortunately, we have a solution.

To allow us to move our state forward, we must improve our infrastructure. I hope you consider being part of the solution in October by voting to approve the road bonds.

Jerome A. "Jerry" Gilbert, Ph.D.


Dr. Gilbert is president of Marshall University. He took office in January 2016.

Daily mail cartoon: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729950 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/DM04/170729950 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Friends of more than 80 years credit similarities, kindness http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ05/170729951 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ05/170729951 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0400 Anna Taylor By Anna Taylor Best. Friends. Forever. Friends designate each other as such in childhood, but it doesn't always stand the test of time. People grow up, go their separate ways, meet new people, make new friends. Life happens.

Throughout most of their lives, 93-year-olds Violet Casto and Hazel Arnold have been each other's BFFs. Their friendship has lasted a little longer than 80 years, so far.

From being in each other's weddings as maid or matron of honor, to having children around the same time, to being there as each became a widow, life's major moments and milestones have been spent together.

Even in their senior years, they have found a way to remain in each other's daily lives, as they both live at Edgewood Summit. Though they don't see each other every day, they speak daily.

"It's unbelievable to think, after all these years, and then we end up in a resting home together," Violet said.

"She's still trying to keep me straight," Hazel laughed. "It's a little hard to do."

"But she can still walk and talk and chew gum at the same time," said Violet, who sat in a wheelchair.

Her legs have gotten too weak to hold her up so she can walk.

As the two sat next to each other recently during an interview inside Hazel's apartment, they went back in time, laughing at stories and constantly assuring themselves they've had a good life.

The time they stayed in a Florida condo during a vacation together was a memory that stuck out to them.

"This was back before either one of us had a dishwasher. The condo had a dishwasher in it, and we ran out of the dishwashing liquid and we didn't know much about it. So Violet decided we could just use the dishwashing detergent," Hazel said. "We turned that thing on, and the foam started coming out. We tried everything in the world not knowing anything about it, and, oh, did we ever have a mess."

Before they knew each other, both lived in Virginia, where they were born.

Around age 11, their families relocated to the Mountain State because of their fathers' employment. Violet's father was out of work following the Great Depression and found a welding job near Charleston. The insurance company Hazel's father worked for relocated him to Charleston.

"It just happened that we came to West Virginia almost at the exact same time," Hazel said. "I was 10 years old when she was 10 or 11. We met at grade school and went to First Baptist Church in South Charleston and got even more acquainted. We've just been together, you might say, ever since."

Both had siblings. Violet had a sister, but she said she felt closer to Hazel. Some even took them for twins, perhaps because where one was found, so was the other.

"People took us for each other when we were younger," Hazel said. "I answered to Violet so many times, and she answered to Hazel."

Even now, both are slender, of similar height and have well-kept, short, gray-and-white locks.

The similarities don't stop there. Both were baptized on the same day - Easter Sunday in 1937.

"We were both very active in the church and Sunday school at First Baptist in South Charleston," Hazel said.

After graduating from high school, they both worked in South Charleston. Violet was a bookkeeper, and Hazel was a bank teller.

"We both lived in South Charleston," Arnold said. "We ran around together, did everything together. Then after the war, both of our husbands went to school on the GI Bill. Her husband went to Indiana, and mine went to Chicago. They were both gone three years. We were with them, of course. Then, when we came back to South Charleston, we married at First Baptist. I married in March, and she married in November [1946]. She was in my wedding, and I was in her wedding."

The two had some of the same bridesmaids since they were mutual friends through school and church. They even shared pieces they wore in their weddings.

"When she got married, she wore my veil, and I wore her dress," Hazel said. "She was my maid of honor, and her dress fit me. We were the same size. This was right after the war, and clothes were hard to come by."

They ended up living on the same street - Country Club Boulevard - for 49 years. They spent a lot of time going to the movies, shopping and playing Canasta.

Another similarity is their birthdays. Violet's is Sept. 4, and Hazel's is Sept. 18.

Violet said none of the similarities were planned. They all were coincidences.

"Our life just kept us together," Hazel said. "We were so involved in the church, so we were together all the time and we traveled together. Everything that we did, it just happened to be that way."

Luckily their husbands - Dale Casto and Dr. Max Arnold - became good friends, as well. They played golf together once or twice a week, Hazel said. When the guys couldn't go on vacation with the girls, they went on bus tours together.

Dale died in July 2006, and Max died in June 2012. A few years later, Hazel moved into Edgewood Summit, and the next year Violet did the same.

Hazel had two sons, Violet had one. Neither had daughters. Their families saw a lot of each other growing up at family cookouts and occasions.

With more than 80 years of history together, they never argued.

"We never fell out," Violet said. "If she got mad at me, she never said anything."

They said being very similar and having the same interests has helped them grow into lifelong friends. The secret to maintaining their friendship, Hazel said, is to "just be kind and loving."

"We've had a good life," Violet said. "We really have."

Reach Anna Taylor at


304-348-4881 or follow

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Gazette editorial: When push comes to shove on health care http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ04/170729954 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ04/170729954 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Republicans apparently are failing in their attempt to revoke health care for 20 million Americans to provide a tax giveaway to the rich. GOP defections in the U.S. Senate seem to doom this cruel effort.

We're proud of West Virginia's Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who broke with the GOP again Tuesday by reiterating her opposition to the Senate's latest Trumpcare bill. Her resistance evidently will be more than enough to halt it. Hurrah. Good riddance.

Sen. Capito's choice to serve her constituents over her party's damaging goals is earning her deserved praise at home. She is going to need her constituents' goodwill because you can be sure she will pay a political price among the most recalcitrant members of her own party who do not have to worry about their own health care or that of West Virginians.

Actually, a Gazette-Mail reader suggests that this could be an opportunity for Sen. Capito to not only block a bad bill, but to lead the Senate in crafting a bill that genuinely improves the health care system. Along with Sen. Joe Manchin, an experienced, bi-partisan consensus seeker, it could be an opportunity for West Virginia to lead the country on this important humanitarian and economic issue. That would be a welcome result.

We're also proud of numerous West Virginia groups and humanitarian activists who crusaded tirelessly to save medical insurance for a multitude of Mountain State residents. They picketed in streets, occupied Capito's Charleston office and donated money for ads opposing the GOP strategy.

For example, the West Virginia Council of Churches staged a "kill the bill" drive, collecting letters from ministers and congregations around the state urging Capito to hold firm. A statement from the council said:

"The bill in its current form is expected to slash Medicaid funding, endangering the health care of over 500,000 West Virginians."

That figure is larger than any cited previously. But, whatever the correct number, the Republican plan would hurt a great number of defenseless families.

Republicans are correct in one regard: President Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act isn't good enough. It was a noble step in the right direction, but it still leaves millions of Americans unprotected and fails to adequately control rising medical costs.

We've said many times that America needs a total, complete, universal, "single-payer" health system of the sort that exists in most modern democracies. Every American deserves care as a human right. We hope the current GOP fiasco finally pushes the nation toward that goal.

Cathy Kunkel, Stephen Smith: WV residents rejecting damaging politics (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0405/170729955 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0405/170729955 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 By Cathy Kunkel and Stephen Smith By By Cathy Kunkel and Stephen Smith

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito issued a definitive statement about where she stands on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement: "I did not come to Washington to hurt people."

That hurt is real. 10,200 West Virginians losing their jobs. 25,492 losing drug treatment. Half of all new West Virginia babies without prenatal care. Rural hospital closings. The WV Center on Budget and Policy pointed out that for every 24 West Virginians who would lose health insurance, one wealthy West Virginian would receive a tax break.

On Jan. 1 of this year, repeal was inevitable. Sen. Capito was on record favoring repeal. Sen. Joe Manchin was seeking Republican colleagues to mitigate the damage. Senate President Mitch McConnell boasted that repeal would happen by January 5.

But there's something more powerful than a Senate President: the people.

There is a movement afoot in West Virginia, and today marks one of its defining turns. In the last eight months, more than two dozen citizen-led groups have cropped up around the Mountain state, meeting in church basements, organizing town halls and going door-to-door to talk to neighbors. They were started by ordinary West Virginians concerned about the direction of our country and disgusted by politicians who are running our nation in the interests of a wealthy few. They have different names - RiseUp WV, Wood County Indivisible, Progress Starts Now, Mercer Resistance, Vigilance, and more - but they share the goal of rebuilding our democracy to make real the promise of an America that works for all of us.

The political status quo has been failing West Virginians. In 1994, our state was 65 percent Democrats, 30 percent Republicans and 4 percent independents. Last year, those numbers were 49.9 percent Democrats, 29 percent Republicans and 20 percent independents.

But that only accounts for registered voters. Some polling suggests that independents make up a plurality of the electorate. West Virginians are fed up with both major parties, and we are taking matters into our own hands.

You could begin to see the outlines of this movement in recent years: record turnout for lobby days at the State Capitol to help pass Medicaid Expansion and multiply our school breakfast programs; a surge of young folks coming back to West Virginia to give back; local communities devising local solutions to our health and economic crises; workers demonstrating courage on the job and winning a minimum wage hike; churches and neighborhood groups taking the opioid crisis into their own hands.

That movement reached new levels in the last six months. These new groups teamed up with other groups who had been around for decades. West Virginians are good at working together. There have been more than 60 community events in the last six months to draw attention to the human cost of a possible health care rollback - public town halls where dozens bravely told of having to work three part-time jobs because no company wanted to offer health care; simultaneous Mothers Day actions around the state, where folks delivered cards that would remind our delegation that half of West Virginia babies are born thanks to Medicaid; countless meetings with the Senators and their staffers here and in DC; press conferences to educate the public about the loss of drug treatment and rural health infrastructure; and a sit-in in Capito's office, where constituents shared stories and urged Sen. Capito to stand with West Virginians who would be hurt by repeal.

In choosing West Virginians over Washington elites, Sen. Capito and Sen. Manchin have demonstrated real political courage. If Sen. Capito stands firm and defeats repeal, she will pay a political price among her Senate colleagues.

Sen. Manchin risked his reputation as a bi-partisan consensus builder, when he emerged an early, vocal opponent of repeal. But their courage is made possible only by the courage of thousands of everyday West Virginians - who demonstrated in no uncertain terms that the political consequences to our senators of supporting an immoral healthcare bill would be far worse. In the face of great pain and grief, West Virginians are sacrificing their own time and money to get organized. They are telling their stories and even risking arrest to stand up for what they believe in.

This movement is only beginning. It is not enough to merely defend flawed programs like the Affordable Care Act. Our current system still leaves millions of Americans uninsured or with unaffordable care. This movement will not stop until it wins Medicare for All, so every one of us gets coverage just as good as our elected officials.

In the richest nation in the world, in a state that has sacrificed endlessly for that nation, no one deserves to live without health care or food or a job with a decent wage.

The only shot we have against Washington and Wall Street elites is if we all work together. This movement already contains West Virginians from all walks of life. It includes long-time Democrats and Republicans, and folks who can't stand either party. This movement is only beginning. It needs more people like you.

Cathy Kunkel is a member of Rise Up WV. Stephen Smith is with the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.

Readers' Vent: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0407/170729963 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0407/170729963 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 I cannot wait for the new bike path to be finished on the Boulevard. I have already started shopping for a new bike to start riding again after 40 years.

The veterans fought and some died so that citizens of America could be free. A lot of people have businesses that rip vets off for every dollar that they can get. Why be so greedy?

Teachers cannot handle split grades in schools. These kids are not getting what they need. The teachers need more time.

A big thank you to the new custodian at the Kanawha City Community Center for cleaning the cardio room and the weight room. Thank you.

Why is it necessary for the federal government to operate a national health care plan? Repeal Obamacare and let the free market competition adjust the insurance rates. Give control of Medicaid to the states.

I was just wondering with all the schools we have shut down across West Virginia why we couldn't use them as drug rehab centers. We need to use them and we need to get these young people out of this.

To the gentleman and two ladies who paid for our lunch at the Pizza Hut in St. Albans on Sunday. Thank you so much. We will pay it forward.

The Democrats have no program, no vision and no agenda. Their agenda is Russia, Russia and anti-Trump with no evidence of Russian interference. They just want to beat up on President Trump and think that it is going to get them into office next time. That is not going to work.

Is anyone else tired of hearing about O.J. Simpson? He gets way too much media attention. He is nothing but a common criminal.

Providing health care was never supposed to be a function of government. This country has gone broke trying to provide handouts to people who have no sense of personal responsibility. The only people we need to take care of are the truly disabled, elderly, and our veterans. They've allowed the hand up to become hand outs.

Funny thing. I was under the impression that the City of Charleston had switched a non partisan style of elections. Yet the news still labels candidates by party. So which way is it?

I will be voting yes on the road bond, I want our roads repaired. The issue is to get an approval from our citizens to sell bonds which will be paid back by the tax increases and fees that are in effect as of July 1. This is just to approve selling the bonds, it is not a vote to increase taxes or fees. We will not have any progress with anything as long as our roads are like they are.

We have gone from a speedy recovery from near depression and health care almost for all to President Trump and Republicans in every state and at the highest level of government scheming to deny Democrats the vote and NOW...NOW they're setting O.J. free!

Things to do today: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0120/170729968 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0120/170729968 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Music

10,000 MANIACS AND QIET: 6:30 p.m. Free. Live on the Levee, Haddad Riverfront Park, 600 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-348-8000.

NO REGRETS with BILL WYMER: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722.

LITTLE ROY AND LIZZY SHOW: 7 p.m. Adults $10, Kids 12 and under $3. Jerry Run Summer Theater, Route 20, Cleveland, Near Holly River State Park. Call 304-493-6574.

ADAM CRABB, THE BOWLING FAMILY, TERAH CRABB-PENHOLLOW: 6 p.m. Tickets $21.20 to $26.50. Milton Performing Arts Center, WV Pumpkin Park, 1 Pumpkin Way, Milton. Call 304-654-1339 or 304-743-8774.

JULIE ADAMS AND STEVE HILL: 7:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 304-342-1464 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.


"THE HOBBIT": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students and seniors $10. Stage adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy book. Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.

MATT HOLT AND MIKE HEAD: 8 p.m. Admission $10. The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com

Dance lessons

BALLROOM DANCING LESSONS: 7 to 8 p.m. 8 to 10 p.m. open dancing. Donations accepted. Ballroom, social and Latin dancing. 2805 Kanawha Blvd E. Call 304-552-1456.

Open Mic

OPEN MIC: 6:30 p.m. Cover $5. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Avenue and Randolph Street. Call 304-419-1902.


KARAOKE: 7:30 p.m. Cover $2. Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road. Call 304-345-0021.


CHARCON: Noon to midnight. Weekend pass $40. Friday only $20. Saturday only $25. Sunday only $20. Children 12 and under $10. Annual gaming convention with tabletop, card and role-playing games, vendors and more. Clay Center. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

TRAVIS PASTRANA'S NITRO CIRCUS LIVE: 7 p.m. Tickets $19 to $79. Action sports event. University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field. Visit www.ticketrocket.co.


"THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS": 7:30 p.m. Adults $9. Students $5. Cannes Film Festival winner Special Jury L'Oeil d'or Prize (Documentary) about keeping the last traveling cinemas alive. Underground Cinema, 226 Capitol St. Call 304-342-1464.

DUI checkpoint: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0112/170729969 GZ0112 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0112/170729969 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 60 near St. Albans.

Bulletin Board: July 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0120/170729971 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170721/GZ0120/170729971 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Trail club hike

The Kanawha Trail Club will have a hike at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Barboursville City Park. Carpool from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Randolph Street in Charleston, across from the post office. Regroup at the lake. Mostly level with a few hills, possibly muddy if rains the day before.

Housing authority meeting

The St. Albans Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the community room located behind the Villager apartments at 650 6th St., St. Albans.

Astronomical society

The Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans. There will be a presentation on the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is free.

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