www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 09, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT01/310099967 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT01/310099967 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Baber, Norman M. 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Brown, Cora 11 a.m., Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Cline, Nealie 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Coleman, Horace W. Jr. 6 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

Dearien, Shelley D. 3 p.m., Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Doss, Oda 2 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Lambert, Ivan B. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

McClanahan, Sue M. Noon, Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Messenger, Forrest J. 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Moore, Elizabeth 1 p.m., Glenville First Baptist Church, Glenville.

Muir, Mildred L. 11 a.m., Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, Meadow Bridge.

Rose, Liberty M. 6:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ, Ohley.

Staats, Ruth P. 1 p.m., Cunningham

White, Mary A. 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Michael B. Adams http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099995 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Michael Bruce "Mike" Adams, 61, of Sand Fork, died Oct. 7, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the mortuary.

Sylvia "Smokey" Bailey http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099984 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Sylvia "Smokey" Anderson Thomas Bailey, 83, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015, following a short bout with cancer.

Smokey was a member of Dunbar Mountain Mission for many years. She was a faithful member of the Ladies Bible Study and church choir.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Robert and Martha Anderson of Chandler Drive; first husband, Rev. Carroll Thomas; and sister, Eva Stalnaker.

Smokey leaves her husband, Jerry Bailey, and sons, Steve (Debbie) and Jeff Thomas, to cherish her memory. Other survivors include her sister, Frances Dickson; three stepchildren, Brian Bailey, Brett Bailey and Jeri Jo Alley; three grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy and Justin Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Kingston and Cannon Thomas; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Cialia, from HospiceCare, for her care and devotion to our mother.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Dunbar Mountain Mission with Pastor Ray Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations in Sylvia's memory to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Joan Browning http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099996 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Joan Browning, 78, of Coal Mountain, died Oct. 6. 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Coal Mountain Community Church. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the church. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Donna Sue Campbell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099979 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Donna Sue Campbell, 71, of Blount, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

She was born Dec. 19, 1943 in Putney to the late Howard and Ina Ratliff Belcher. Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by sister, Marcella Johnson, and brothers, Maynard Belcher and Otho Belcher.

Donna was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton M. Campbell; her children, Melanie Campbell (Louie) Sanchez of Patuxant River, Md., Clinton (Tammy) Campbell of St. Albans, Kevin (Lisa) Campbell of Charleston and Selena Campbell of Charleston; sisters, Charlotte Willoughby of St. Albans and Alda Belcher of Hurricane; brother, Berkley Belcher of Charleston; grandchildren, Melissa Campbell, Kaden Sanchez, Kevin Campbell, Talon Sanchez and T.J. Campbell; and great-grandchild, Kaisley Campbell.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Curtis Mack officiating. The burial will follow the service in Campbell Family Cemetery, Blount.

Family and friends will gather for the visitation one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Donna Sue Campbell at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Travis S. Cogar, Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099972 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099972 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Travis Scott Cogar, Sr., 37, of St. Albans, passed away Oct. 8, 2015.

Travis was a contractor and worked with Cogar and Sons for 18 years.

He is survived by his parents, Paul and Nancy Cogar and Rita Shaffer Meadows; children, Kaly Michelle Cogar, Brianna Marcheal Cogar, Travis Scott Cogar, Jr. and Kamaya Cogar; brother, Paul Cogar, Jr.; sisters, Shannon Kimberly Doyle and Brandy Cogar; and a host of other family and friends.

A tribute to the life of Travis will be 2 p.m. Monday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Cogar family.

Kenneth L. Crites http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099986 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Kenneth L. Crites, 80, of Little Birch, died Oct. 6, 2015. Private graveside service was held Thursday, Oct. 8, at Barnett Cemetery, Birch River. Words of comfort and memories may be shared at stockert-paletti.com.

Garry L. Dixon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099990 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Garry L. Dixon, of Indio, Calif., formerly of Rainelle, died July 2, 2015. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Eakle Chapel United Methodist Church, White Sulphur Springs. Submitted by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.

Lottie "Sis" Enochs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099997 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Lottie "Sis" Enochs, 81, of St. Albans, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

Sis was the wife of the late Denver Enochs. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Polly Trent; brothers, Raymond and William "Bill" Trent; and sister, Shirley Fritsch.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Ron) Wilson, Richard (Teresa) Enochs and Teresa (JR) Newcome; grandchildren, who she adored, Andy, Charlie, Jenny, Leigh, Kristin and Kevin; 10 great-grandchildren; and her special niece, Tina (Tim) Richmond and their children, Adrienne and Don.

The family extends a special thank you to Angel's Touch Personal Care Home in St. Albans for their support, respect and loving care.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with Minister Kenneth Carter officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

John Francis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/OBIT/310099977 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 John Francis, 81, of Hurricane, husband of Rosemary Jones Francis, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at Cabell Health Care Center, Culloden.

He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Whitman, a son of the late Morgan and Iva Mae Dyer Francis. His sister, Barbara Butcher, also preceded him in death.

John was a 1953 graduate of Logan High School and attended Western State in Gunnison, Colo. He attended Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans. He was a retired sales engineer, having retired from Long Airdox Company, and formerly worked for Persinger Inc.

John's passions were his family, golfing and gardening.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Larry Husk and Vicki and Todd Rule, all of Culloden, and three grandchildren, Mikelle Workman and husband, John, of Huntington, Dr. Kyle Johnson of Portland, Ore., and Seth Husk of Huntington.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Brian Dean officiating. Visitation with the family will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.

Donations may be made to Grace Baptist Temple, 1901 McCorkle Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, or to a charity of one's choice.

Condolences for the family may be sent at www.chapmans-mortuary.com.

Officials: 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009492 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009492 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:16:50 -0400 The Associated Press By The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University

School public relations director Cindy Brown says the suspected shooter is in custody.

She says the first police call about the gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. PDT Friday.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot outside Mountainview Hall dormitory at the northeast side of the Flagstgaff campus.

Brown says she doesn't know what caused the shooting and also didn't have any details about the suspect and victims, their conditions and whether they are students.

No other details were immediately available.

NAU plays a major role in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff.

The 4-year public university has more than 25,000 total undergraduates.

Daily Mail editorial: Marshall attracts highly qualified candidates http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009513 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009513 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 03:00:00 -0400 Marshall University has spent nearly a year searching for a permanent president, and it appears that search may soon come to an end.

As the Gazette-Mail's Samuel Speciale reported, the school announced Wednesday its three finalists for the top post, vacated after former President Stephen Kopp died unexpectedly in December.

A curriculum vita for each candidate is posted on Marshall's website, and the campus will host the three men in the coming weeks to allow students, faculty and staff to interact with them. For those who can't attend the in-person meetings, each will be broadcast live online.

Each candidate boasts a vast amount of both classroom and administrative experience and - on paper - look like they'll be a good fit in Huntington.

Jerome Gilbert is a provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University. He has a doctorate in biomedical engineering and served in the classroom as a professor of agricultural and biomedical engineering from 1993 to 1995. He served as head of that department for eight years.

Denis Wiesenburg is a professor of marine science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He's also served as provost and in various vice president positions at the school. Before becoming an adjunct faculty member, he as an oceanographer and researcher.

Christopher Maples is president of the Oregon Institute of Technology - the only candidate to currently serve as president of an institution. He studied paleontology and geology and has served on various boards and committees related to those fields as well as academia.

Marshall University is a school that continues to grow and thrive. It offers more than 100 degree programs to more than 13,000 students. More than $23 million is spent yearly on research.

Earlier this year, the school celebrated the openings of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex and the downtown Visual Arts Center, as well as the Chris Cline Athletic Complex.

Kopp's vision was that Marshall would become a player in the region, attracting students and athletes to Huntington to become part of the school's storied tradition of success. Interim President Gary White has followed the same line of thinking, and it's that visibility that likely grabbed the attention of Gilbert, Wiesenburg and Maples.

Marshall University has attracted three highly qualified candidates as potential presidents. A school of Marshall's caliber - and potential - deserves a leader with a vision for the future.

Daily Mail editorial: The question nobody's asking on the VW scandal http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009514 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009514 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 02:00:00 -0400 Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins, Jr. raised a good point in an essay about the Volkswagen scandal.

"Volkswagen's behavior may have been bad, but did it ever make sense to mandate that passenger cars, after 2008, be restricted to 0.07 grams of nitrogen oxide output per mile?" Jenkins asked in a Wednesday commentary.

The 0.07 grams target is a 90 percent reduction from the nitrogen oxide output of the average car on the road today, he wrote. "It represents about 1/40th the output of the average full-size pickup (gasoline or diesel), of which more than 10 million are on the road."

That raises some important questions: What level of emission reductions are reasonably achievable on passenger vehicles, how much will it cost per vehicle to achieve those targets and who decides the targets and what scientific and cost/benefit analyses do they use?

It's not that car manufacturers shouldn't work to produce vehicles to perform at the lowest levels of emissions reasonably possible.

But, writes Jenkins, "Unasked is whether America's expansionist clean-air bureaucracy, after its successes of the 1970s, hasn't already gone well past the point of diminishing returns in its pursuit of cleaner air."

Even President Obama's former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein wrote in his 2002 book "The Cost-Benefit State," "As government controls get more severe, the benefits of increasing severity diminish, to the point where 'the last 10 percent' may do very little at all."

Yet consumers pay higher prices for diminishing returns. New U.S. fuel efficiency standards to double average miles per gallon to 54.5 by 2025 will add $3,000 to the cost of every vehicle, the Heritage Foundation reports.

The standards may reduce competition among automakers too as Fiat-Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne has called on the industry to consolidate so as to lessen the burden of duplicative investments to comply with government rules.

And worse, the administration's 54.5 mpg target was never the product of science and engineering, Jenkins writes. "It was the product of the White House PR machine's desire for an impressive-sounding 'headline number.'"

Yes, we, as a society, should keep pushing to reduce pollution and increase efficiency. But the targets set must be reasonable achievable and based on science, not headlines.

Editorial cartoon for October 9, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009517 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/DM04/151009517 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400

Readers' Vent: Oct. 9, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009519 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009519 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-348-1775 or email readersvent@wvgazettemail.com.

Out-of-state visitors to the recent car show on the Boulevard are criticizing locals upset with the traffic problems the event caused. They don't realize it's a weekly thing during the summer as Danny uses the state highway as his own city park.

Senator Marco Rubio's article sure hit the nail on the head regarding the higher education 'Accreditation Cartel.' Remember Mountain State University? As sure as God made little green apples, they were a victim. And it hurt a lot of good people.

Build a bypass around Charleston for Interstate 64 traffic.

I would like to personally thank our wonderful President Obama for the low gas prices. One more of his positive accomplishments for the people.

Why aren't the so-called "pro-life" people for gun control? Just think of the lives they could save.

Don Blankenship is a harbinger of the future when robots meld into mankind... profits are much more important than humans and their pesky little safety rules.

The last time the sales tax on food was eliminated it created a hole in the state budget and finally it was reinstated. Look for the same thing to happen again. You cannot continue to cut major taxes while spending escalates without this happening.

For you people in Whitesville area of Boone County, you need to raise heck with the county commissioners about closing the garbage disposal plant because they have done nothing for our area and if they close the plant you will find garbage dumps in every hollow and river in the area and remember they are elected.

When our founding fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment, they were referring to the right to bear single shot muzzle loaders. Not Uzi machine guns.

The GOP investigations are proving Obama, Clinton and Kerry have been breaking laws, putting our national security in danger and lied about it. What part of that confuses Democrats?

A sad day in Oklahoma with the big loss. It did not have to happen. WVU coaching is to blame. Time after time, the same plays. That is what you call crazy.

A company is big supporter of WVU sports. They have drawings for employees to win tickets to games. People in management always win and they don't think the workers are smart enough to notice.

November next year, we find out if those anti-gun speakers at the Jefferson Jackson dinner really helped the Democrats.

So the Daily Mail former business editor says "crony capitalism works!" Nonsense. That's certainly not capitalism. That's the baloney touted by the well-connected, the big, and the greedy.

Do you really want to vote for a candidate who can only slam their opponent and doesn't have anything good to say about themselves? I sure hope not.

In the liberal mind, it's against the law to have a law. It's easier to legalize drugs, abortions, same sex marriages and illegal immigration than it is to control the situations. Well, let's eliminate all laws. Freedom for everybody.

Evidence of wrongdoing is piling up against Hillary in both the Benghazi and e-mail investigations. Democrats couldn't care less that she broke laws, risked national security, and lied about it for years. It's all

just a Republican conspiracy. And they wonder why they're losing in elections and polls.

Bring back the VentLine and print some of our conservative views. The Readers' Vent is nothing but the liberal Gazette.

Good grief, is there no limit to your xenophobia? If those 61 new American citizens have jobs, it's because they had the hustle and skill to get them. Maybe you and your unemployed friends should've gone to college too. Simply being born here doesn't guarantee you a job.

Yet another school shooting. What will happen next? Nothing. Our congress cannot pass reasonable gun law legislation because they are afraid of the NRA. So we can brush this aside like we have all the other mass shootings and wait for the next one.

Regarding the most recent round of budget cuts, anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past decade knew coal production was on the decline and severance taxes would decline with it. How is it possible the governor and Legislature didn't see that coming?

Feds say broken rail caused Fayette County trail derailment http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009525 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ01/151009525 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0400 Lori Kersey By Lori Kersey February’s derailment of a CSX oil train in Fayette County, which sparked a fire that destroyed one home and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, was caused by a broken rail, an investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration has shown.

The FRA, the lead agency in the response to and investigation of the derailment, has planned a 9:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the results of its investigation.

The CSX train, hauling 107 tank car loads of Bakken Shale crude oil from North Dakota to a transportation terminal in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deepwater around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, setting one house on fire and causing numerous tank cars to burn and explode.

The broken rail was the result of a vertical split head rail defect, which CSX and its contractor, Sperry Rail Service, missed twice in the months leading up to the incident, according to the FRA.

CSX is required to do internal rail inspections annually, and sometimes more often depending on the weight the trains carry, according to an FRA staffer. The company was doing inspections more frequently than was required, the staffer said.

But during two inspections, in December 2014 and January 2015, an operator with Sperry Rail Service received an indication that there might have been a defect with a rail, but the operator did not get out of the car to verify the flaw.

The FRA is fining CSX and Sperry Rail Service $25,000 each for failing to verify a potential rail defect.

In response to the derailment, the FRA is releasing a safety advisory that urges closer and more detailed inspections where defects are suspected and stronger training for rail inspection vehicle operators.

The FRA will also begin developing a regulation to govern rail-head wear standards, and may require railroads to slow trains or replace rails when conditions pose a safety risk. CSX has also agreed to use technology to allow operators to view previous inspection reports alongside current inspection reports to help with spotting flaws that could have changed or worsened between inspections.

“Our country relies on the safe transportation of large quantities of energy products across the nation, and it is our responsibility to require operators to implement strict safety standards,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “FRA’s findings and action today should make it clear to rail operators that we will do exactly that.”

The broken rail was near the location of another broken rail, which was discovered by an inspector and repaired in May 2014.

Over the past two years the U.S. Department of Transportation has taken more than 24 actions to improve the safety of transporting crude oil an other flammable liquids, according to the FRA. That includes a rule requiring stronger tank cars and more efficient brakes, which can reduce the distance and time needed for a train to stop and keep more cars on the track in the event of a derailment.

“When we see a need for action, we will take it, and that is what FRA is doing today,” Sarah Feinberg, FRA acting administrator and a former Charleston resident, said in the release. “Broken rail is one of the leading causes of accidents. Railroads moving crude and other hazardous materials through and alongside communities bear significant and special responsibility.

“All railroads, not just CSX, must be more diligent when inspecting for internal rail flaws or when contracting out inspection work,” Feinberg said. “This is just our latest effort to increase the safe transportation of crude and other energy products.”

Reach Lori.Kersey@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1240 or follow @LorikerseyWV on Twitter.

Dear Abby: Party guest feels singled out by subtle, 'special' treatment http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ05/151009533 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ05/151009533 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Dear Abby: I was invited to a small gathering of women. I arrived punctually, was greeted by the hostess and asked if I wanted some water to drink. I accepted. As I looked around the room, everyone else had a glass of wine. When one other woman arrived a little while later and joined our group, the hostess asked her if she wanted wine or water to drink.

I have never abused alcohol. Why was I not given a choice? I later found out that all the other women had been given a "show up" time that was a half-hour earlier than my "show up" time.

I am hurt by the way I was treated. What are your thoughts? - Second-Class Citizen in Florida

Dear Second-Class Citizen: I think your hostess could learn a few things about hospitality, because you were treated shabbily. As it stands, you have nothing to lose by asking her why because I can't imagine that you would ever accept another invitation from the woman if one is offered.

Dear Abby: At what point should grown kids in their 20s pay for their own "extras" (cellphone, gas, movies, gym memberships)? In my opinion, if they can't afford these luxuries, they should get a second job or do without. My husband, on the other hand, thinks they should be "rewarded" simply for being good kids.

At this stage in their lives, I think gifts should be reserved for birthdays and Christmas only and that we have been raising kids with a sense of entitlement that may be detrimental to their future (and to our retirement). What are your thoughts on this? - Odd Woman Out in Pennsylvania

Dear Odd Woman Out: My thoughts are these: If you are truly concerned that your husband's generosity could have a negative impact on your retirement savings, then he may be overly generous. If the "children" expect these gifts and don't realize how lucky they are to be receiving this kind of largesse, the gifts should be stopped. However, if neither of these things is true and your husband derives pleasure from doing this for them, you should stay out of it.

Dear Abby: Six months ago my brother told me he vapes. At first I didn't think much of it. Because I pride myself on how well I keep secrets, I haven't told our parents. But now his grades have started sliding, and I wonder if there's a connection.

He's going into his senior year of high school and his graduation is on the line. If vaping has had an effect on his grades, it might be best for me to tell our parents and figure things out from there. I don't know what the right choice is. What should I do? - Holding A Secret in Washington

Dear Holding: From what I have been reading lately, some teens have begun vaping marijuana, which is known to impair memory. Depending upon what substance your brother has been vaping, it could definitely be why his grades have dropped.

Secrets that can pose a danger shouldn't be kept because they are not harmless. I think your instinct is to share your concerns with your parents, and I concur.

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

Letter: Gas companies should pay for using our water http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/ARTICLE/151009537 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/ARTICLE/151009537 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Editor:

According to the West Virginia Water Resources Protection Act (West Virginia Code 22-26-3), “The waters of the State of West Virginia are claimed as valuable public natural resources held by the state for the use and benefit of its citizens.”

Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale is a very water-intensive process. Every time a well is drilled, an average of 4 million gallons of water is used. With approximately 1,200 active wells and over 3,000 permitted, the gas industry needs a lot of water. Environment America estimates that West Virginia has used 17 billion gallons of water for hydraulic fracturing from 2005 to 2013. They suck up this water mostly from our rivers and streams. After it is used, it is industrial waste and forever unusable.

Why does the state of West Virginia give away this valuable resource at no cost to enhance the profits of the gas companies? The fracking companies should pay for using our precious water. We pay for it when we use it. And, according to WVC 22-26-3, it is our water.

Marilyn McGeorge


Karen and Rick Watson: A plea for Sen. Manchin's common-sense gun legislation (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ04/151009538 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ04/151009538 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By Karen and Rick Watson By By Karen and Rick Watson

A group of us West Virginians has written Sen. Joe Manchin expressing our disappointment over his recent statement he has no plans to reintroduce his background check legislation, the bill he introduced with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) over two years ago after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings that resulted in 20 grade school-age children being killed.

The following persons have joined with us in our letter to Sen. Manchin, calling upon him to resume the fight in the U.S. Senate to pass this sensible legislation: John and Thisbe Cooper of Davis, Peter and Marilyn Shoenfeld of Davis, Kathi Elkins of Charleston, John and Jennifer Meeks of Nitro, Steve and Katy White of Charleston, and Sam Hickman and Betsy Kent of Charleston.

There is no question, as the Senator has repeatedly said, this bill, titled the "Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act," is a common sense bill that would help to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, without jeopardizing anyone's Second Amendment rights. According to Sen. Manchin two years ago, he has never seen an issue upon which such a large majority, including gun owners, agree.

Sen. Manchin has said he does not have the votes to pass this bill, recognizing the current political reality in Congress. But we challenge the Senator and our other leaders, to work with their colleagues like Sen. Toomey to get the votes, despite the difficulty of the task and the power of the NRA lobby. Sen. Manchin, along with Sen. Toomey, who has stated he wants to move the ball forward on this issue, is in a better position than any of our leaders to get this legislation passed.

Considering the urgency of this public safety issue (by now most know the alarming statistics regarding the number of deaths due to guns), waiting for the political situation to change is not appropriate for any of us, certainly not for those who serve us in Congress. Interestingly, there are several recent initiatives to get around Congress on this issue, since Congress has failed to address the issue. The general public, as well as other non-congressional leaders, are looking for ways to make change happen in ways that do not necessarily involve legislation. We prefer, however, to not give up on our legislative body and call upon Sen. Manchin to continue his efforts in this arena.

As President Obama said after last week's Oregon shooting, this kind of thing is becoming a "routine" event. The way we respond, and more importantly fail to respond by making meaningful changes, has also become routine. All of us have indeed become "numb." Instead of feeling frustrated and resigned to the status quo, however, we must continue our efforts to enact sensible controls. We urge the Gazette-Mail's readers to do the same, by holding Sen. Manchin and their other elected representatives accountable on this issue.

In 2013, we were very encouraged by Sen. Manchin's leadership on this issue and by his courageous words after failing to pass the bill, vowing "the fight is not over." Today, in 2015, after thousands more shootings, we urge him to pick up the fight, with the help and support of a large number of Americans, and to work with Sen. Toomey to reintroduce and pass this legislation. Many lives will be saved as a result.

Karen and Rick Watson live in Dry Fork.

Gazette editorial: Openness in federal court http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ04/151009539 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151009/GZ04/151009539 Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 The trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship got off to a rocky start, at least from the standpoint of openness and public access.

Early on, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger issued a broad gag order that prohibited just about anyone from speaking, and then she kept most of the court filings secret.

Five media organizations, including the Gazette-Mail, challenged the order, and a three-judge appeals panel in Richmond agreed. The gag order was lifted and documents were unsealed.

This week, Berger conducted almost the entire jury selection out of public view. Now that testimony is under way, the public is in the courtroom, as it should be, able to view and hear the proceedings.

Judges have a great deal of leeway in what they can do in a courtroom. While it might be in the best interests of a fair trial to keep the rest of a jury pool from hearing specific questions while potential jurors are being evaluated, there is no need to exclude the rest of the public, including the press, which attends on the behalf of the public. At least not in this case.

Judge Berger's early secrecy in this trial is troubling. She made pre-trial rulings on what evidence would be allowed during a closed-door hearing on Tuesday night, so it was unclear on Wednesday, what, if any, limits Berger put on the testimony of Tracy Stumbo. Stumbo is a retired Kentucky state mine safety investigator hired by prosecutors to explain coal mining equipment and processes.

We are hoping for more openness going forward.