www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: January 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT01/301219972 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT01/301219972 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Andrews, Anne 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of St. Albans.


Bode, Lois 11 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.


Bowling, Thomas 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Campolio, Aurelia Marie 11 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, Richwood.


Cantrell, Joseph, Jr. 11 a.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.


Cooper, Gary 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.


Cross, Emmett 2 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.


Davis, Nora 1 p.m., Loudendale Church of the Nazarene, Loudendale.


Dickerson, Vicki Noon, King Of Glory International Ministry, Charleston.


Eddy, Paul "Jack" 1 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.


Erby, Carrie Betty 1 p.m., Vandalia Baptist Church, Charleston.


Fizer, Lewis "Frank" 2 p.m., Loudendale Free Will Baptist Church, Charleston.


Frye, Shelia "Cookie" 1 p.m., Four Mile Church of Jesus Christ, Branchland.


Grose, Sawyer 2 p.m., Wilson


Gwinn, Anthony "Tony" 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rupert.


Hammond, Ronald Joseph, and Hammond, Phyllis 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.


Harless, Noah 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.


Huffman, Robert Lee 2 p.m., Davis Creek Church of God.


Lake, Doris 2 p.m., Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville.


Lukomski, Eva 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.


Mickles, Doris Jean 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.


Morgan, Donzal 11 a.m., Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.


Pauley, Fray 2 p.m., McCorkle FreeWill Baptist Church.


Plants, Melissa 11 a.m., Barton Chapel Church.


Pratt, Joe Jr. 2 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.


Sias, James 1 p.m., Montana Freewill Baptist Church, Ranger.


Singleton, Olivia 11 a.m., Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston.


Smith, Betty Jane Noon, Grace Bible Church, Charleston.


Sturdivant, Catrherine 1 p.m., Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Chesapeake.


Stutler, Linda Gail 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


Talley, Sarah C. "Lynn" 3 p.m., Cross Lanes Baptist Church.


Terry, Michael 2 p.m., Ida Baptist Church Cemetery.


Trigaux, Janet 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Wade, Russell "Poncho" 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Wilcoe.


Watkins, Jeanetta 1 p.m., Akers


Watts, Rachel 11 a.m., Center Point Baptist Church, West Hamlin.


Whitt, Gene 2 p.m., Bowcott Cemetery (Mt. Union), Pliny.


Zelek, Camilla 11 a.m., SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

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Juanita Adam http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219973 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219973 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Juanita Virginia Adam, 97, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Cross Lanes, passed away January 15, 2017. A celebration of Juanita's life will be 2 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017, at Cunningham Memorial Park Lower Mausoleum, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is in charge of arrangements.

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Terry Bays http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219984 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Terry Lee Bays, passed away January 15, 2017. Funeral service will be noon, Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV.

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Sherrie Browning http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219996 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Sherrie Ranee Trent Browning, 43, of Gilbert, W.Va., passed away January 17, 2017. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, W.Va.Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sunday, January 22, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, W.Va.

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Amanda Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219986 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Amanda Clark, 36, of Hinton, formerly of Branchland, died January 12, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.

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Trump signs executive order that could gut Obamacare individual mandate http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0101/170129916 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0101/170129916 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:10:15 -0500 By Ashley Parker and Amy Goldstein The Washington Post By By Ashley Parker and Amy Goldstein The Washington Post WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans.

The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president's first actions, directs agencies to grant relief to all constituencies affected by the sprawling 2010 health care law: consumers, insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, states and others.

It does not describe specific federal rules to be softened or lifted, but it appears to give room for agencies to eliminate an array of ACA taxes and requirements.

However, some of these are embedded in the law, so it is unclear what latitude the executive branch will have.

Though the new administration's specific intentions are not yet clear, the order's breadth and early timing carry symbolic value for a president who made repealing the ACA - his predecessor's signature domestic achievement - a leading campaign promise.

Additionally, the order's language about easing economic and regulatory burdens aligns with long-standing Republican orthodoxy that the government exerts too heavy a hand on the U.S. health care system.

"Potentially the biggest effect of this order could be widespread waivers from the individual mandate, which would likely create chaos in the individual insurance market," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. In addition, he said, the order suggests that insurers may have new flexibility on the benefits they must provide.

"This doesn't grant any new powers to federal agencies, but it sends a clear signal that they should use whatever authority they have to scale back regulations and penalties. The Trump administration is looking to unwind the ACA, not necessarily waiting for Congress," Levitt said.

The order, several paragraphs long, does not identify which of the many federal rules that exist under the ACA the new administration intends to rewrite or eliminate. In general, federal rules cannot be undone with a pen stroke but require a new rulemaking process to replace or delete them.

But in giving agencies permission to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay" ACA rules, the order appears to create room for the Department of Health and Human Services to narrow or gut a set of medical benefits that the ACA compels insurers to include in health plans that they sell to individuals and small businesses.

The order does not mention Medicaid, but it says one of its goals is to "provide greater flexibility to States," raising the question of whether the Trump HHS might try to loosen rules for states that have expanded the program for lower-income Americans, as the law allows.

The order directs all federal agencies "to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens" of the ACA - the first step of Trump's central campaign promise to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama's health care plan.

Trump's action drew swift protests from ACA proponents who have coalesced to try to preserve the law. "While President Trump may have promised a smooth transition" from the current law to a replacement, said Leslie Dach, director of the fledging Protect Our Care Coalition, "the executive order does the opposite, threatening disruption for health providers and patients."

Also late Friday, Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff, issued an executive memorandum ordering a freeze on regulations for all government agencies.

The memo could freeze several new Energy Department efficiency standards, such as those affecting portable air conditioners, commercial boilers and uninterruptable power supplies, which were issued Dec. 28 but not yet published in the Federal Register. The regulations were part of the Obama administration's broader effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions linked to climate change.

The move echoes a missive that then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sent the heads of every federal agency on Jan. 20, 2009, asking them to freeze any rules that had not yet been published in the Federal Register, and to consider a 60-day extension of the effective date of rules that had not yet gone into effect.

Trump's health care order came at the end of what had otherwise been a largely ceremonial day. The White House did not immediately return requests for comment.

During his campaign and afterward, Trump pledged that fundamental changes to the health care system would be a first priority. In a speech outside Philadelphia six days before the November election, Trump vowed to abolish the ACA before he was sworn in. "Have to do it," he said. "I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace."

Last week, both chambers of Congress approved a budget resolution that was the first legislative step toward repealing the 2010 law, which was the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health policies. But health care was not among a half-dozen issue areas listed on the new WhiteHouse.gov website that debuted shortly after noon on Friday.

Earlier Friday, in the Capitol, the new president took several more perfunctory executive actions shortly after he was sworn in at noon, the most notable being to overturn a recent mortgage-fee reduction - geared at helping first-time and low-income home buyers - that Obama announced last week and that called for the Federal Housing Administration to cut its annual borrowing fee by a quarter of a percentage point.

Trump also signed a waiver for Mattis to lead the Defense Department, despite his having been retired from military service for only three years. Without the waiver, federal law would have prohibited Mattis from serving as defense secretary until he had been retired from the military for at least seven years.

And just moments after Trump took the oath of office, he began implementing his general vision, transforming the official White House website with a new set of policy pledges that offered the broad contours of the Trump administration's top priorities. They included fierce support for law enforcement and gun owners' rights to defend themselves. There were also some notable absences, such as the omission of a policy page on climate change.

The issues page of Trump's White House offered no new plans or policies but rather a rehash of many of his most prominent campaign promises - a signal to the nation that Trump, more pragmatic than ideological, plans to implement at least the key guideposts of his campaign vision.

The policies laid out on the website included plans to both withdraw from and renegotiate major trade deals, grow the nation's military and increase cybersecurity capabilities, build a wall at the nation's southern border and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed violent crimes.

"Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter," read the law and order section, which calls for "more law enforcement" and "more effective policing." "Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school."

The climate change web page that existed under Obama was not replaced on the Trump site, with scant mention of climate change under the new president's energy plan. Also gone or not immediately replaced were the web pages the previous administration had devoted to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; people with disabilities; and civil rights more generally.

Trump's entire campaign was largely a repudiation of Obama, and a new Republican administration is unlikely to have the same set of issues and priorities as an outgoing Democratic one. But the missing issue pages were particularly alarming to Democrats and activists, especially after a vitriolic campaign in which Trump drew criticism for seeming to mock a disabled reporter and being insensitive to the needs and rights of minority communities.

On energy, Trump vowed to eliminate "harmful and unnecessary policies" such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule. The first represents a variety of efforts Obama had pursued to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions while the second is a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect not only the largest waterways but also smaller tributaries that others believe should fall under the jurisdiction of states rather than the federal government.

The initial Trump website also did not devote a separate section to immigration, another central tenet of his candidacy, though it mentioned immigration under the law enforcement section. Despite rumors within the immigration advocacy community that one of Trump's initial executive actions could be to revoke Obama's protections for "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as young children - his website so far focused only on big-picture enforcement and security goals.

"He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration," read part of the immigration section.

The new administration's language echoed Trump's tough rhetoric on the campaign trail, including his promises to strengthen the law enforcement community, crack down on what he views as a broad range of trade violations and potentially forge alliances with countries long considered dangerous rivals, such as Russia.

"Finally, in pursuing a foreign policy based on American interests, we will embrace diplomacy," read part of Trump's policy vision. "The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies."

Melania Trump, the first lady, also received a biographical overhaul. Her web page featured a black and white glamour shot of her, and touted her jewelry line and modeling career, describing the many high fashion photographers with whom she has worked and the glossy magazines for which she has posed (Vogue and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, among others).

The first lady's biography also correctly stated that she began college at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, her home country, but never graduated - a fact that was misstated during the campaign.

Only at the very end of her page did Melania offer a glimpse of the sort of first lady she might be: "Mrs. Trump cares deeply about issues impacting women and children," read the biography, "and she has focused her platform as First Lady on the problem of cyber bullying among our youth."

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Alyce Faye Bragg: More family means more heartache, more blessings http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ010704/170129922 GZ010704 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ010704/170129922 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Winter continues moving along with more wet, cloudy days and mud everywhere. I always called the month of February the "Season of Mud." After January had passed with freezing, snowy, frigid days, the ground would begin to thaw and mud reigned supreme.

This year, however, the ground has barely been frozen, and mud has been an everyday thing.

Some folks may have enjoyed the mild weather, but I remember a year when we had similar weather. It was in 1997, when the day was 73 degrees in January, and my late Uncle Myles and I sat on the front porch and basked in the sunshine.

My mother didn't trust the warm weather though. She kept saying, "This weather is not natural. I remember one winter when we had the same kind of warm weather, and the following summer, we had a drought."

The weather turned colder then, and that was the winter when my baby sister Susie drove down the steep hill from her home, struck a patch of black ice, and had a horrible accident. She broke her hip, her hand and almost lost her foot. That was right before Christmas that year, and I guess history does repeat itself. Again, just before Christmas this year, she fell in her house and broke another hip. She wrote a poem after her previous accident, and I'd like to share part of it.

By Susie O'Dell Loomis

While driving to church one Sunday morning,

My car struck a tree without any warning.

I received a concussion, I understand,

A broken hip, and ankle and hand.

I was hurt pretty bad, but I wasn't quite dead,

They loaded me up; to the hospital we sped.

I lost two pints of blood, and needed a transfusion,

They found me a pint that they were through usin'.

While on the fifth floor, the nurses were sweet,

They powdered my bottom and wiggled my feet.

They never complained when I asked for a shot,

My pillows rearranged, or I was too hot.

(There's more of the poem, but I'll skip down to the ending:)

I do want to send thanks for every gift, prayer and card,

It made my experience a little less hard.

But thank the good Lord, I'm now back at home,

And to keep me down will take more than "broke" bones.

Yes, our Susie needs prayer again, although she is improving, and up on her walker. Such is life in our family. Seems as if there is always a crisis - I remember Mom saying that the more members you have, the more heartaches abound. That may be true, but the more blessings you have also.

Jerry Ranson, of Hometown, sent a poem that his late mother, Ethel Bennett, wrote about home. He added, "If parents would take their marriage vows seriously, homes would have less divorce." Here's the poem:

A real home starts with two people,

Joined by God's love divine,

Who share heartaches and disappointments,

Always keeping each other in mind.

A home is a place to be proud of,

'Tis here that we labor each day.

Always trying to make life more pleasant,

By the things that we do, or we say.

Thank God for our children, they're special,

They sure make our life more complete,

There's nothing more soothing to Mama,

Than the patter of their little feet.

We know we can't keep them forever,

For soon they'll be leaving the nest,

We pray they'll remember the teaching,

For truly, we gave them our best.

Yet, home here with all its grand memories,

Will someday, we know, cease to be.

But home with Jesus our Savior,

Will last through eternity.

nnn

The flu bug has stalked our hills and brought a lot of folks to bed this winter. I was thinking about some of the old time remedies that we used when I was a young'en growing up in our hills. Slippery elm bark was one of Daddy's favorite herbal remedies for a sore throat. I loved to chew this inner, glue-like bark. It is not only good for the throat, but when moistened it makes an excellent poultice. We used a lot of camphorated oil and Vick's salve (Vick's Vapor Rub.) I remember Dr. Harper recommending camphorated oil, as Vick's salve would open our chests to more cold.

Grandma Peach (Young) Bragg favored "Save the Baby" for chest congestion. My daughter-in-law Sarah was reminiscing how her mother used this medicine:

"She would warm the bottle in a pan of hot water, and then warm an old cloth diaper in front of the fireplace. It would feel so good; that warm medication rubbed on your chest, and then covered with that soothing, warm diaper. We had to stay in bed then and not 'fan around' lest we opened our chest to more cold. It had to be washed off promptly the next morning, before we got out of bed."

I went to the doctor after using "Save the Baby" and he laughed heartily when I told him about it. He said that it was an old Clay County remedy that he hadn't heard about in years. Well, it is still around, and so are a lot of old Clay Countians.

Are you getting weary of winter? We have passed the shortest day of the year, and now the days are growing a little longer. The seed and flower catalogs are beginning to arrive in the mail, cheering up a dreary winter day and pointing us toward spring and gardening time. These days can be used to plan and dream a little of luscious ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and sweet, juicy corn on the cob. All our days are good, if we use them wisely.

By Nelda Hartmann

Bare branches of each tree

on this chilly January morn

look so cold and forlorn.

Gray skies dip ever so low

left from yesterday's dusting of snow.

Yet in the heart of each tree

waiting for each who wait to see

new life as warm sun and breezes will blow,

like magic, unlock spring's sap to flow,

Cheer up, my friends, it's almost Groundhog Day - then just six more weeks

of winter!

buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."

Contact Alyce Faye Bragg at alycefaye@citlink.net or write to 2556 Ovapa Road, Ovapa, WV 25164.

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Daily Mail cartoon: January 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/DM0408/170129927 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/DM0408/170129927 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500

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Gazette editorial: Thank goodness for America's system http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0404/170129933 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0404/170129933 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 In the west African nation of Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in a December election. Challenger Adama Barrow won a clear victory.

But Jammeh refused to leave office, filing a Supreme Court case against the vote results. Surrounding countries and the U.N. Security Council denounced his obstinacy.

Challenger Barrow was sworn in as president in nearby Dakar. Senegal amassed troops at the border to remove Jammeh, and units began entering Gambia. Armed conflict may erupt.

Compare this nightmare to the peaceful transfer of power that occurred Friday in Washington. U.S. election results - no matter how bitterly disputed - are honored and respected. The rule of law prevails over rule by individual personalities.

Thank heaven for peaceful American democracy.

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Gazette editorial: America's astounding wealth gap http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0404/170129934 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0404/170129934 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The economy is a giant, soulless machine that rewards those who deliver quality products and services at the cheapest rate - and ditches people who can't. It's heartless and unstoppable. If robots can perform manufacturing better, human workers are discarded, regardless of resulting social hardship.

As the economy turns more high-tech in this new Information Age, the innovative super-elite reap ever-greater riches, as average folks slip behind.

This reality was underscored this week as Oxfam, the global poverty-fighting agency, released a report saying eight men now own as much wealth as half of the planet's 7 billion population.

The eight ultra-billionaires are: Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, $75 billion; Spain's Amancio Ortega, a low-income youth who built Inditex fashion chain, $72 billion; investor Warren Buffett, $61 billion; Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, head of a far-flung cellphone-cable-wireless empire, $50 billion; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, whose Internet shopping operation crimps hometown stores, $45 billion; Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, $45 billion; Larry Ellison of Oracle, which produces relational databases, $44 billion; former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg News, who got most of his wealth by selling rapid financial information to investment firms, $40 billion.

We don't know why Oxfam didn't include the oil-rich Koch brothers, Charles and David, worth about $40 billion each, who are top bankrollers of the Republican Party. Various other mega-rich people follow behind. (Total wealth and ranking vary as stock markets change.)

Oxfam released its report just as the rich and powerful assembled at Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.

Oxfam director Winnie Byanyima said: "It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few, when one in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy."

Oxfam recommends the richest inhabitants pay much higher taxes for the public good. As technological advances cut jobs in more sectors, some economists now discuss whether people should organize some kind of universal basic income for all citizens.

Worsening inequality is a growing menace. One way or another, humanity will deal with it.

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Dear Abby: Friendship changes as toddlers become teens http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0507/170129937 GZ0507 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0507/170129937 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Dear Abby: I have known "Kathy" for 13 years. Her parents moved up the street from us when we were both 2. I don't remember much when we were younger, but everyone says we had some good times.

We are now 15 and in our first year of high school. My problem is, Kathy has changed. She started going to the same school I did in eighth grade after having some problems with bullying. The new school didn't help much. She started hanging out with people who weren't good influences, and her attitude started changing.

Then we started high school, and now she acts like she's above me. I'm a polite, quiet and religious person. Kathy swears a lot and doesn't treat me like a friend anymore. Our families are close, and I feel stuck. If our situations were different, I would have never ended up being friends with her. What should I do? - Some Good Times

Dear Some Good Times: Tell your parents how you feel about Kathy and why. Friendships don't always last forever. As time goes by, sometimes people grow apart. If Kathy is unkind to you, you shouldn't be forced to be around her. Because your parents and hers are close, they can socialize as adults, with no offspring involved.

Dear Abby: My husband lacks sympathy. When people die, he has the attitude of, "Oh well, people die." I thought he would change once someone close to him died, but his father died a few months ago, and although he shed some tears, he refused to eulogize him at the funeral and is back to his old attitude. His mother is the same way.

Recently, my grown son phoned me in the middle of the night to let me know that his best friend's dad had died. He was very upset and needed to talk. My husband was annoyed that he woke us about someone we didn't even know, and went on to say how ridiculous it was that my son was so upset. I told him that, as a mom, I will talk my son through any problem, whether he agrees with it or not. He just grumbled and went back to sleep.

This is still bothering me. I wonder how my husband will act toward my children if I die first. I worry that he will say "suck it up and stop crying" when they need him the most. I don't think this is worth ending a 30-year marriage over, but it makes me angry that he is so unsympathetic. Any ideas on how I should handle this? - Full of Feeling in Arizona

Dear Full: Yes. Outlive him.

Dear Abby: I have been a longtime reader and recently I have been reading the archives and find it funny that most requests for advice are relevant even in this day and age. My question is, now that we have caller ID and cellphones, do you still say "hello" when you answer a call? The greeting seems false since you know exactly who is calling you. It could be because I am in my 40s and didn't grow up with cellphones. - Aimee in San Antonio

Dear Aimee: The customary greeting is still to say hello. However, because we now have caller ID, which gives us the advantage of knowing who the caller is, many people answer their phones by addressing the person by name (i.e., "Hello, Aimee!").

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Things to do today: Jan. 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0120/170129942 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0120/170129942 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Music

PALE NOVA: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E. Call 304-346-2871.

DANIELLE AND STEVE: 7:30 p.m. Free. Bridge Road Bistro, 915 Bridge Road. Call 304-720-3500.

SOUTHERN COOKIN: 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $10. Marmet Recreation Center, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-949-9692.

SAMMY ADKINS and DANNY DAVIS AND THE SANDY HOOK MOUNTAIN BOYS: 7:30 p.m. Adults $15. Seniors $12. Children 12 and under $5. Mountaineer Opry House, Exit I-64, Milton. Call 304-743-5749.

KENNY AND BECKY AND THE COUNTRY SWINGERS: 6 p.m. Adults $4. Children under 12 free. Roane County Country Jamboree, COA Bldg. 811 Madison Ave., Spencer. Call 304-927-1997.

DIXIE HIGHWAY: 7 p.m. Cover $6. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and Randolph St. Call 304-419-1902.

Stage/Theater

"CIRQUE DREAMS: JUNGLE FANTASY": 8 p.m. Tickets $34.75, $50.50 and $61.Clay Center. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

STATE 35 AUDITION: 1 p.m. Free. Auditions for new comedy collective, looking for writers, actors, storytellers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, artists and online producers. Holiday Inn Express, 400 2nd Ave SW. South Charleston. Call 1-877-7689.

JAMES 'BODACIOUS' DOBSON and JEFF ZENISEK: 7 and 9 p.m. Admission $10. The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com

Karaoke/Djs

KARAOKE: 10 p.m. Free. Hosted by Terry & Takin Care of Business. Sandy's, 7th Avenue, South Charleston.Call 304-720-0218.

Etc.

WINTER COIN SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Presented by the West Virginia Numismatic Society. Milton VFW, #7 Blenko Drive, Milton. Call 304-722-3848.

22ND ANNUAL MONOPOLY TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Spaces limited. Free. Participants must be 10 or older. Charleston Town Center Court. Call 304-348-6860.

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Readers' Vent: Jan. 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0407/170129943 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0407/170129943 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 What's Danny Jones doing worrying about the incoming mayor for 2019, two years away? Danny makes $100,000. He said there are people in uniform making more money than he does. I can't believe that. If we have a cop in a city the size of Charleston making more money than that something is wrong.

Why do people leave their trash cans right beside the road and leave trash thrown everywhere? Burdette Road in Cross Lanes is filthy. Trash everywhere. It is a health hazard. Why don't they clean the mess up?

All you hear about is 20 million people losing Obamacare. They don't talk about the people who pay for the so called insurance. Who can pay the first $6,000 and then pay 20% of what's left. Obamacare is for people who don't want to work.

When is the people going to realize we did not vote Trump in. The Electoral College voted him in. The popular vote went to Hillary. It did not go to Trump. Quit blaming the people who did not vote him in.

Are Putin and the rest of his comrades coming to the inauguration? I would expect they would be right there in the front row since they got Trump elected.

Go WVU. Great basketball season.

Kanawha County Schools needs to look at low performing career and technical programs with low numbers instead of cutting teachers at high schools who have students.

Someone needs to find out what that heavy duty perm smell in the air in Charleston is at night. It is sickening to have to breathe all night. I am sure it is as bad for us as that MCHM was. Someone needs to put a stop to it before something bad happens again. I don't want to breathe that.

Why did everyone's electric bill double magically when new meters were put up? Our income did not go up so how are we supposed to afford over $150.00 extra?

I have a neighbor on my street who is furious that the Division of Motor Vehicles took away her state owned car and now she has to drive her own car. I would be mad too for them taking away my free car, never paying for gas and driving it anywhere she wants to.

In regards to the Marshall professor Andrew Nichols teaching at Marshall making more than $100,000 a year. This man broke the law big time. How can he be teaching when he is under indictment?

The Putnam county teachers complaining about having to ride a regular school bus to a continuing education workshop have a point. What if the bus were to have a wreck and the teachers without seatbelts in their seats were hurt or killed. Of course that brings the same question. What if this were to happen to students?

Why don't these people shut up and give Donald Trump a chance. These women going to march. I am ashamed of them and I am a woman.

Apparently the Oklahoma Sooners were not too impressed with Press Virginia. You have a 7-9 team coming in here and beating you at home.

I think I know why Danny Jones won't clean up Charleston. He can't see past his nose. I think he needs a new pair of glasses.

Four years ago I voted for Republicans in the state of WV for the first time in my life. What a mistake I made. They even changed the attitude of the newspapers. Bill Cole and those goons could not even get a budget and cost the state thousands of dollars.

I hope governor Justice realizes that the banks and the insurance companies run the state of WV. Something needs to be done about this.

The person wondering why the jobs in WV are going to the northern panhandle instead of the southern coal fields. It is because the northern panhandle is a lot closer to civilization.

At 12:01 pm we can start the impeachment of comrade Donald Trump. We can start to get him out of office. You don't even know what government he is working for.

The only reason Don Blankenship is in prison is because he is a Republican. All them Democrats had the say about what he was or is. Look at how they are carrying on. I would not vote for a Democrat for no reason at all.

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Bulletin Board: Jan. 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0120/170129944 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0120/170129944 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Musical concert

Ryan Kennedy and Friends will be performing in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Unity of Kanawha Valley, 8041 Myrtle Road in Charleston, corner of Myrtle and Bridge Roads. Admission is $15. For tickets, contact Pam Hippler at 304-345-0021 or at pamhippler@gmail.com.

Trail club hike

The Kanawha Trail Club will have a hike at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Kanawha State Forest's Middle Ridge Road and new section of Middle Ridge Trail. Carpool from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Randolph Street, across from post office. The hike is about 4 miles with a long moderate ascent and a steep descent. Shorter easier version available by coming down Middle Ridge Road.

Alzheimer's workshop

The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter is offering Know the 10 Signs: What's Normal, What's Not, a free community workshop in St. Albans at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Hansford Senior Center, 500 Washington St. The workshop will provide attendees with information about the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's disease, the benefits of early detection, as well as tips to follow up on any concerns attendees may have about themselves or someone they care about. People who attend the Know the 10 Signs workshop will discuss the fears and myths associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as the following key topics: The 10 warning signs, basic overview of Alzheimer's disease, risk factors, what is involved in getting a diagnosis, benefits of early detection including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trial. For more information, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.

WVSILC meeting

The next WVSILC meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Conference Room on the third floor at the Division of Rehabilitation Services office, 10 McJunkin Road, Nitro. All materials distributed during council meetings and activities by staff, presenters or participants must be provided in accessible formats. This is a smoke-free and scent-free environment. For more information, call 304-766-4624 (voice or TDD); 304-766-4721 (fax).

Items for Bulletin Board may be submitted by mail to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301; faxed to 304-348-1233; or emailed to gazette@wvgazettemail.com. Notices will be run one time free. Please include a contact person's name and a daytime phone number.

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Kathleen M. Jacobs: Let's focus on our gifts (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0405/170129960 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0405/170129960 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Kathleen M. Jacobs By By Kathleen M. Jacobs

Let's talk about this - all of this. Let's not focus on who gets credit for what. Let's talk about - really talk about - what needs to be done to point south-central West Virginia, particularly its revered coalfields, in a forward-moving direction.

Let's not care whether or not we personally like the person or persons who can and will make this transition see the light of a new day. Let us only care that the job gets done, and soon, for it is way past due - the time is now, not in some distant, hopeful future.

We can't simply want it to happen, we have to make it happen. Remember that it doesn't matter what you want, it only matters what you can do. And transition is either embraced or rejected. There is no middle ground.

With a rapidly growing, aging population in West Virginia, one of the key elements to our future success is tapping into the knowledge and wisdom and experience that this segment of our population holds.

Several years ago, on a trip to Manhattan, I was completely overwhelmed at the discovery of a program that teamed a senior with a teen. This program had been implemented in communities ranging from business and education to church communities. One of the store window displays at Bloomingdale's on Madison Avenue paid tribute to these treasured voices and their merged talents and their joint successes. Let's talk about this for our own cadre of like-minded West Virginians.

Somebody talk about the possibilities that await when we tap into these respective voices, each of whom not only needs to be heard, but needs to be listened to and acted upon.

Let's talk about what folks like Shawn Means and Amy McLaughlin are doing in Fayetteville. As owners of Lafayette Flats and sponsors of the New River Gorge Winter Writer's Residency, they have not only literally opened the doors to visitors from all over the world to experience this luxury rental accommodation, but, figuratively, they have opened the doors to discussing the alternative narrative that defines Appalachia, moving past its stereotypes and exploring a refreshing alternative.

The Flats' varied collection of West Virginia art graces every nook and cranny and surface of its four residences. Let's talk about this dynamic approach, encompassing all that is good and forward-thinking about West Virginia, while still holding on to its hospitable and warm invitation to all who choose to visit our little corner of the world, taking those tired, limiting stereotypes and focusing instead on what we're doing to expand the world's knowledge of what it means to be a new Appalachia.

Let's talk about what we're doing to promote the well-being of every, single citizen of this great state. Let's stop talking about what's wrong, what has been wrong, what could be wrong in the future, and don a new vision that will promote rather than dismantle. We are the only ones who can do it. We are the only ones who can merge the old with the new and produce something of even greater brilliance than what once was.

Let's talk about this. And let's move forward with a vision that encompasses the magnificence of our terrain, our craftspeople, our writers, our musicians, our artists. Let's talk about the educational opportunities of our universities and colleges and the importance of retaining the students who are a product of these fine learning institutions.

Let's talk about the achievements, not the failures. Let's talk about how we're going to re-train a workforce that became too dependent on one extractive industry. Let's talk about - most definitely talk about - how we are going to become the recipients of the dollars that will flow from Washington to our once-productive citizenry that is now burdened from the overuse of opioid prescription medications.

Let's talk, and let's not give a second thought to where the talk originates or from whom it sounds. Let's just hunker down and get it done, before we become a mere blip on the screen, for our treasures are myriad and our people far too gifted for that to happen.

Kathleen M. Jacobs is the 2017 New River Gorge Winter Writer's Resident.

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Fareed Zakaria: In defense of globalization (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0409/170129961 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0409/170129961 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 DAVOS, Switzerland - The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which - as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one's own body - is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems to agree has been lopsided, inequitable, and dangerous. In fact, most of the flaws attributed to globalization are actually mistakes in national policy that can be corrected.

It took a Chinese billionaire to speak frankly on this topic. Jack Ma, the founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba, estimated that over the last three decades the U.S. government spent $14.2 trillion fighting 13 wars. That money could easily have been invested in America, building infrastructure and creating jobs. "You're supposed to spend money on your own people," he said. "It's not [that] the other countries steal jobs from you guys - it is your strategy." He pointed out that globalization produced massive profits for the American economy but much of that money ended up on Wall Street. "And what happened? Year 2008. The financial crisis wiped out $19.2 trillion [in the] USA alone. ... What if the money [was] spent on the Midwest of the United States developing the industry there?"

You don't have to accept Ma's specifics and statistics to recognize the validity of his general point. Globalization created huge opportunities for growth, many of which were taken by U.S. companies. The global economy today is still pervasively dominated by large American firms; 134 of Fortune's Global 500 are American. And if you look at those in cutting-edge industries, the vast majority are American. These companies have benefited enormously by having global supply chains that can source goods and services around the world, either to lower labor costs or to be close to the markets in which they sell. Since 95 percent of the world's potential consumers live outside the United States, finding ways to sell to them will have to be a core strategy for growth, even for a country with a large domestic economy like America.

Obviously globalization has large effects on national economies and societies, and it produces some significant problems. What complex phenomenon does not? But it also generates opportunities, innovation and wealth for nations that they can then use to address these problems through good national strategies. The solutions are easy to state in theory - education, skills-based training and retraining, infrastructure. But they are extremely expensive and hard to execute well.

It is much easier to rail against foreigners and promise to fight them with tariffs and fines. But the cost of addressing these problems at the global level is massive. The Economist reports, in a survey on globalization, that in 2009 the Obama administration punished China with a tariff on their tires. Two years later, the cost to American consumers was $1.1 billion, or $900,000 for every job "saved." The impact of such tariffs is usually felt disproportionately by the poor and middle class because they spend a larger share of their income on imported goods - like food and clothing. That same Economist survey points to a study that calculated that, across 40 countries, if transnational trade ended, the wealthiest consumers would lose 28 percent of their purchasing power but the poorest one-tenth would lose a staggering 63 percent.

Perhaps most important, the key driver that is depressing wages and eliminating jobs in the industrialized world is technology, not globalization. For example, between 1990 and 2014, U.S. automotive production increased by 19 percent, but with 240,000 fewer workers.

Even when manufacturing comes back to the United States, it is high-end manufacturing. It's not just new Intel plants that have few workers anymore. Adidas has set up a new shoe factory in Germany that is run almost entirely by robots. It will open a similar one in Atlanta later this year. And the few workers in these factories tend to be highly skilled technicians and software engineers. You can't turn off technological revolutions. Nor can you stop China from growing. Tariffs on China will simply mean that production will come from some Third World country.

The best approach to the world we are living in is not denial but empowerment. Countries should recognize that the global economy and the technological revolution require large, sustained national efforts to equip workers with the skills, capital and infrastructure they need to succeed. Nations should embrace an open world but only as long as they are properly armed to compete in it. And that requires smart, effective - and very expensive - national policies, not some grand reversal of globalization.

Fareed Zakaria is a syndicated columnist.

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Gazette cartoon: January 21, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0408/170129972 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/GZ0408/170129972 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500

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Richard Cline http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219998 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Richard Wayne Cline (Ricky), 41, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Cross Lanes, passed away December 14, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Juanita (VanBibber) Cline and Norvil and Martha (Rose) White.

He is survived by daughter, Kristen Wikle; son, Jacob Cline, both of St Albans; parents, Harley and Shirley (White) Cline of Cross Lanes; sisters, Gayle (Kelly) Miller and Sandy (Russ) Lester, both of Cross Lanes; nephews, Brent Rickert, Nathan and Nick Brown, and Dylan Lester; and nieces, Emilee Craig and Morgan Miller, all of Charleston. Ricky is survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and amazing friends. Ricky is also survived by his extended family in New York, Robert Murrell, Cosmo and Janet Murrell, Bill and Kabrina Johnson (son, Liam) of New Jersey; and his beloved, Yorkie Skout Unagi.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Grace Life Church, Culloden.

You will be forever loved -- a true hero!

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Miranda "Mandy" Conley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219975 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219975 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Miranda "Mandy" Dawn Conley, 40, of East Bank, and formerly of Belle, passed away January 17, 2017, at home.

She was an avid New York Yankee fan and loved watching her sons play baseball.

Mandy was preceded in death by her husband, Todd Conley; and her mother, Jenny Kelley Riddle.

She is survived by her sons, Evan and Heath Conley, both of East Bank; father and step-mother, Roger and Nancy Riddle of Belle; sisters, Lisa Cadle of Belle and Kelley Riddle of Rand.

In keeping with Mandy's wishes, her body will be cremated and there will be a memorial service held at a later date at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

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Denver Cottrell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170121/OBIT/301219993 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Denver Paul "Bunion" Cottrell, 71, of Nicut, W.Va., passed away January 19, 2017. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., January 22, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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