www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 16, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT01/307169979 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT01/307169979 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Baier, Betty 11 a.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Burford, Samuel 11 a.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Pinch.

Cantrell, John W. 2 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Dooley, Marie Noon, Summersville Baptist Church, Summersville.

Drake, Johnny D. 3 p.m., Rollyson Cemetery, O'Brion.

Forren, Pauline J. 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Springdale.

Fultz, Kenneth R. 2 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Gainer, Jean 1 p.m., Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Kirtley, Howell G. Noon, First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans.

Kyer, Vivian L. 2 p.m., Mount Olive Church, Tioga.

Lantz, Helen Noon, Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Maynard, Marleen 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Miller, Betty G. 11 a.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Moore, J.T. Jr. 10 a.m., Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Parham, Juanita 1 p.m., Central Baptist Church, Beckley.

Pennington, Erma L. 10 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Phillips, Alishia K. 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ramsey, Alice F. 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Staggs, Samuel L. 11 a.m., Olcott Community Church, Alum Creek.

Tallman, Teresa C. 6 p.m., Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton.

Thornhill, Mary L. 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Trimble, Elizabeth S. 11 a.m., Wilson

Tyler, Elmer Jr. 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Williams, Iva J. 2 p.m., VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Devaux Armentrout http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169987 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Devaux Armentrout, 89, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at CAMC Memorial.

He was retired from Occidental Chemical Corporation and was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Devaux served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed going fishing at Spruce Knob lake and doing woodworking.

Devaux was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine, who passed on April 4, 2016; they would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in November of this year. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Orma and Dora Bennett Armentrout, and brothers, Jack, Neil and Tracy Armentrout.

Surviving are his son, Bruce Armentrout of Van Buren, Ark.; daughter, Patricia Coulter of Ava, Mo.; brother, Donald K. Armentrout; also five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview.

Ronnie Roy Bolen http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169998 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ronnie Roy Bolen, 76, of Charleston, died in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 13, 2016 after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1939 in Raleigh County.

Ronnie served in the United States Air Force from October 1958 to his honorable discharge in October 1962. Two of those years of service were spent as a radio intercept operator in Misawa, Japan. He would later retire from the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles after over 25 years of employment. For many years, he enjoyed being an amateur ham radio operator, call sign KG8GW, and had been a member of the Kanawha Amateur Radio Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy E. and Ardith E. Bolen of Shady Spring, and brother, Mickey G. Bolen, and nephew, Mitchell S. Bolen, both of Shady Spring.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith Ulbrich Bolen of Charleston. He is also survived by two daughters, Stephanie Hammonds (Randy Joe) of Kenna and Julie Tate (Ray) of Buffalo; four grandsons, Dalton Hammonds of Huntington, Erik Tate (Breaha) of Charleston, S.C., and Jesse Tate and Joseph Tate of Buffalo; and sister-in-law, Judy S. Bolen, and nephew, R. Travis Bolen, both of Shady Spring.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with a visitation beginning at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Hubbard Hospice House of Charleston, where Ronnie was receiving care. Much appreciation goes to the staff for the wonderful services they provide, with a very special thanks to Scott Casdorph and Eve Tucker.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Felicia Ann Caldwell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169994 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Felicia Ann Jones Caldwell, 102, transitioned to her heavenly home on 13 July, 2016. Felicia "Mom, Aunt Bet, Aunt Phil, and Maw Maw" was born July 10, 1914 at Red Sulphur Springs, WV to the late Wm Edward 'Edd' and Nannie Bertie Thompson Jones. In addition to her parents, Felicia is predeceased by husband Ernest Edward Caldwell, son Maxie Jack Caldwell, brothers and sisters, Roy Mason Jones, Wm Wallace Jones, Leona Mae Long and Zola Irene McDaniel.

Felicia graduated from the one room school at Mt. Abraham, WV, Greenville WV high school and Bluefield WV business school. The business education brought her to the Fayette/Kanawha County coal fields as an office manager for the Koppers Coal Company Stores where she kept the offices running smoothly. After her children were raised she worked as a sales clerk at Embees Leader in Montgomery, WV.

Felicia is survived by son Bobby Gene Caldwell (Whitney) and daughter Marilyn Caldwell Zionic (Jerry), daughter in law Anne Caldwell and ex daughter in law Miriam Taylor (David). Mom cherished her grandchildren Heather Caldwell, Ernest Edward Caldwell II (Analiza), Brent Zionic and Ann Zionic Alexander (Michael) and great grandchildren Maxie Jack II and Mason Caldwell, Briana Coyner, Jacob, Luke, Dillon and Emsley Alexander.

Aunt Bet/Aunt Phil is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families that have been faithful to visit her at her residence throughout the years and especially at her most recent 7 year residence at Montgomery General Hospital 2nd Floor Extended Care Unit (ECU). Lots of fun times and memories have been shared by Mom with her relatives and friends, even during this past week. The family has so appreciated the loving care by the ECU staff and caregivers that we are privileged to call extended family.

Ray and Betty Goforth along with Betty Arthur have become Mom's adopted children as they have always been there for her.

Mom's health can be partially attributed to her physicians through the years, most recently Dr. Ravin Bhirud.

A Celebration of the life of this amazing woman will be held at 1 p.m. at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery on Monday, July 18, with the Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

If so inclined, in lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Felicia's name to the MGH 2nd Floor ECU for Residents, Box 270, Montgomery, WV 25136.

Esther E. Carpenter http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169988 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Esther Evelyn Carpenter, 75, of Charleston, passed away July 13, 2016 at CAMC General Hospital.

She was a homemaker and member of Sugar Creek Community Chapel.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Carpenter, Sr.; sons, Scott Carpenter of Cross Lanes and Tom Carpenter, II of Charleston; daughter, Christine Carpenter of Charleston; two brothers; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Gene Sowards officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Graveside committal service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter family.

Mary Jane Coughlin http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169981 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mary Jane Coughlin, 92, of Charleston, passed away July 11, 2016. Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at St. Brenden's Catholic Cemetery, Elkins. Local arrangements are in the care of Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston, and arrangements in Elkins are in the care of Lohr & Barb Funeral Home.

Charles W. Hamrick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169992 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Charles William Hamrick, 69, of Cowen, passed away July 14, 2016. Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen, with visitation two hours prior.

Jerry E. Hayes http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169980 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Jerry Edward Hayes, 67, of Red House, died July 14, 2016. A private family service will be held at a later time. Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Ann Herold http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169995 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Nancy Ann Herold, 68, of Procious, entered into rest Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Born June 22, 1948 in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Elmus and Helen (Myers) Bush.

Nancy is survived by her husband, John "Sailor" Herold; daughter and her husband, Melissa and William Paul Dennis Jr; and three grandchildren, Summer and her husband, Stephen Meadows, Alexx Dennis and Kellijo Dennis.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Wesley Adkins officiating. Burial will be in Herold Cemetery, Procious.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston for their kindness and loving support.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Herold family.

Boyce Allen Kelly http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/OBIT/307169997 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Boyce Allen Kelly, 60, of Elkview, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was the former owner of the Pinch Exxon, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lonnie (Camie) Kelly and Russell (Lettie) Norman.

Boyce is survived by his wife, Vera Conrad Kelly; son, Jason Kelly; parents, Guy Kelly and Shirley Norman Kelly; and sisters, Joyce (Chuck) Osborne, Terri Kittinger and Michael Perry, Jackie (Robert) Christian and Beverly (David) Burdette.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Harper officiating. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery, Vineyard Ridge, Roane County.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview.

Short takes on native coaches helping WV, media coverage http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0402/160719644 DM0402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0402/160719644 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 It won't be long until football fans across the state will descend on local high schools to watch their teams play.

But because of last month's devastating floods, some programs in the hardest hit areas are struggling. Some lost equipment. Some don't have a place to play. Some players and coaches lost their homes and everything in them.

Luckily for those football programs, two famous West Virginians are stepping in to help. Florida State University head coach and Clarksburg native Jimbo Fisher and University of Alabama head coach and Fairmont native Nick Saban have collected supplies and equipment in their respective states for the affected programs.

"Just to give them a solace, a normality, and a sense that everything is going to be all right," Fisher said. "It's huge in the healing process they're going to go through."

Yes, other things were destroyed in the floods. Many businesses were washed away. Some families are living in temporary housing provided by the federal government.

But helping to restore a sense of normalcy for kids and the community through high school athletics is another step toward rebuilding.

Media coverage of a horse race

"Blow-by-blow coverage that gives disproportionate attention to one or two candidates. Some getting short shrift or gratuitously negative coverage. A press obsession with tactics and strategy that outpaces policy differences and leadership characteristics.

"Sound familiar?" asks a column by James Warren of the Poynter Institute.

Warren's essay on coverage of the presidential election states what everyone knows: "Inevitably, there's a lot said about Trump ..."

He quoted Thomas Patterson of Harvard's Kennedy School Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy who said coverage of the presidential primaries "focused on the horse race over the issues."

Among Democrats, Bernie Sanders coverage was exceedingly positive in the beginning but was surpassed in volume by coverage of Hillary Clinton.

It's not rare for the press to be taken with a candidate, Warren wrote. It happened with Barack Obama in 2008, John McCain in 2000, Gary Hart in 1984 and Jimmy Carter in 1976. "Donald Trump can now be added to the list. Any such candidate gets outsized coverage."

It's not a conspiracy to intentionally assist a candidate "who captures their fancy," Warren wrote. "They are in it for the story."

But for frustrated news readers who would rather learn about the candidates' stance on policy, there is hope, albeit late. "It's not until later in the process, when the race is nearly settled, that substance comes more fully into the mix," Warren concluded.

Daily Mail: Have fun with Pokemon Go, but show some respect http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0402/160719645 DM0402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0402/160719645 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Don't mind the hordes of kids and adults walking around downtown with their faces in their phones.

They're just playing Pokemon Go, a simulated game that uses smartphone technology to track players' movements to find and capture nearby virtual cartoon monsters.

The craze has swept the nation. Even adults, most likely millennials who remember the Pokemon cards and video games of their childhoods, are roaming the streets in search of the elusive creatures.

But since the game was released earlier this week, some players have found themselves in trouble. According to CBS News, the game has some people wandering onto private property, leading to warnings and arrests. Some have raised concerns about public safety, as the game distracts pedestrians, cyclists and yes, even drivers.

Some Pokemon Go players have found themselves unwelcome in certain places. Both Arlington National Cemetery and the National Holocaust Memorial Museum have issued statements asking visitors to refrain from playing the game while on the property.

"Playing Pokemon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is extremely inappropriate," Andy Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. "We are attempting to have the Museum removed from the game."

Arlington officials took to Twitter to remind players that the cemetery is a sacred place that honors the nation's fallen heroes.

"We do not consider playing 'Pokemon Go' to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity," reads the tweet.

Pokemon Go has helped many Americans get out, exercise, connect with their communities and have fun. That should be celebrated.

However, players also should be aware of their surroundings and respectful of those around them, particularly at sites that may hold a solemn or significant meaning to regular visitors.

There's nothing wrong with having fun. We all need a way to unwind and bring out our inner child. But that doesn't mean foregoing the lessons we've learned about respect and proper decorum.

Mike Myer: Feeling good about ourselves (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0403/160719648 DM0403 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0403/160719648 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400

We Americans are $19 trillion-plus in debt. We have so many laws and regulations on the books no one can even keep track of them all.

But what have we accomplished? Less than we may think. These days, it's more important to make ourselves feel good than to actually do something about a problem.

In many places, we boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour because that allows us to think we're doing something good for poor people. What we've done is slash the number of jobs available to them.

We demand "assault rifle" bans to reduce the murder rate. Yet when we lifted the one we had from 1994-2004, the murder rate went down. In 2004, 16,148 people were murdered in the United States. By 2014 the number had dropped to 14,249 - though there were many more "assault rifles" in Americans' hands.

We applaud Obamacare because it's allegedly going to end the problem of people without health insurance. Millions lost their coverage because of Obamacare. The only real gain has been in people covered entirely at taxpayer expense by Medicaid - and we didn't need to allow the government to take over health insurance to make that happen.

We ban Confederate flags, even though that intensifies the hatred felt by some bigots.

We condemn some other countries for treating their people brutally, then bolster their regimes' holds on power.

We force the price of electricity up for tens of millions of families so we can feel like we're doing something about climate change. Yet closing every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. would have an insignificant effect on global temperatures.

Meanwhile, no one worries about how families paying higher electric bills might have spent that money instead. Better health care and food for the kids, maybe?

We embrace fads in education because we know our schools need to improve. Then, when little or nothing happens, we adopt the next fad without asking whether it'll work.

We reward institutions of higher learning with donations and by sending our children to them even though the colleges and universities have abandoned teaching students how to cope with challenges - substituting, instead, demands that nothing on campus make them feel uncomfortable.

Yes, indeed, we've become a feel-good culture. Something like the Romans were, shortly before the barbarians came calling.

Mike Myer is editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer and News Register.

Bruce Yandle: Are today's political parties obsolete? (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0403/160719649 DM0403 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0403/160719649 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 This year's struggle in both major parties - Democrat and Republican - to identify and rally behind a clear-cut presidential nominee tells us that there is more going on than just the action of unorthodox candidates.

Although confronting a "bridge too far" in gaining nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has shown what social media funding mechanisms can do. He remarkably raised more money using crowd-funding techniques than his more well-established Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump refuses to be painted with traditional GOP hues and colors. He has shown how a person with no previous experience in party politics, who never held public office, can self-fund a primary campaign and generate massive turnouts for rallies and votes. And he has done so without spending huge amounts on advertising - by using Twitter to communicate constantly with his supporters.

If people interested in holding office can communicate directly, at low cost, with millions of voters - and can use crowd-funding techniques or private wealth to fund their candidacies - are political parties really necessary?

In a 2011 Huffington Post piece titled "The Parties Are Over," former presidential aspirant Gary Hart talked about the history of America's party system and then, with a rush to the moment, had this to say: "In recent years, however, the parties' entire role and therefore their power has been collapsing. If a candidate is clever enough and has something to say, he or she can get direct access to the media. As political entrepreneurs, most candidates now raise their own financing and depend on money from the parties less and less."

He went on to observe, "Candidates form their own policy groups or court the flourishing idea forums that span the political spectrum. Self-confident and ambitious candidates put themselves forward for any office they desire, up to and including the presidency, without seeking the approval of party officials. Individual office-seekers form their own coalitions by shopping for support among the smorgasbord of interest groups."

Put another way, the old party approach for identifying and bringing forth candidates may be becoming obsolete and for one simple reason: The old way may be too costly for the participants, relative to other available approaches.

But what do I mean by costly?

Writing in 1937, Nobel Laureate Ronald H. Coase explained that business and other firms, such as political parties, exist because it's too costly for people who wish to organize production and marketing to contract on a daily basis with large numbers of individual workers and owners of capital. The firm, as we know it, organizes resources with low-cost, long-term contracts. Indeed, that it is the essence of the firm. It's an intermediary between individuals with labor services and capital to sell and the market for final goods and services. By eliminating lots of transactions, the firm (or political party!) reduces costs.

Coase recognized that if transaction costs fall for other reasons, say because of smart phone technologies, then firms could become more temporary, or even nonexistent. Alternate approaches for organizing work would emerge. People might meet at Starbucks and organize business ventures (or another political party) while transacting on Facebook! (Next time you're in a coffee shop, look around.)

But what about political parties? They are the counterpart of Coase's firms. As Jonathan Rauch pointed out recently in The Atlantic (July/August 2016), party leadership forms an intermediary that lies between voters, primaries and caucuses and the final achievement of political success by aspiring candidates. Until now, party leadership (and the ability of parties to gather resources) has been a lower-cost substitute for an individual candidate going it alone. But if the cost of gathering resources directly by candidates falls dramatically, relative to the old party mechanism's costs, then market-savvy politicians will rely less on political parties. Party leaders and parties themselves will lose power unless they change their ways.

Let's face it: Smartphone and social media technology have significantly reduced the cost of organizing political resources. But will parties go away completely? Hardly. Consider smartphone-supported Uber, which offers transportation services in lots of cities - but the old cabbies are still present, although they may operate differently. In fact, many of them now offer smartphone apps, making it easier to "hail a cab." Political parties are here to stay, but how they operate will change.

Bruce Yandle is a Mercatus Center adjunct professor of economics at George Mason University and Dean Emeritus at Clemson University's College of Business & Behavioral Science. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Daily Mail cartoon: July 16, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0408/160719650 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/DM0408/160719650 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400

Robert Rupp: For all the analysis, VP candidates are background (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719652 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719652 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 By Robert Rupp By By Robert Rupp Since one out of every four vice presidents has become president or a presidential nominee, one should hope for a level of competence in selection of a running mate. But just look at what we found out afterwards about Spiro Agnew (who pleaded guilty to tax evasion) and Dan Quayle (1988), Sarah Palin (2008) and John Edwards (2008).

In terms of the impact of vice president selection, most voters do not consider it when voting for a president. But that has not stopped the bountiful analysis about the so-called need to "balance" a presidential ticket. This four-year ritual allows us to discuss how the vice presidential selection provides balance in terms of age (Dan Quayle-1988), gender (Farrro-1984, Palin-2008), religion (Lieberman-2000) or D.C. experience (Mondale-1976, G.H.W. Bush-1980, Cheney-2000). Or the 1992 selection of Al Gore that rejected balance and offering the electorate two white Southerners.

The idea is that presidential politics is a balancing act - a sort of Ying/Yang or Newton's Law that, for every action there is a counter action - i.e., a young candidate needs an elder VP (Joe Biden) or an older candidate needs a younger VP (Dan Quayle).

But the key fact is that citizens do not vote for a vice president when they select a presidential candidate. Weak candidates do not statistically bring down a nominee or does a strong VP candidate provide key support.

The last time a vice presidential candidate had an important impact on an election was 1960, when Senator Lyndon Johnson was credited with putting Texas in the John Kennedy column. This year, there is no equivalent of a Johnson - a Republican politician in a swing state such as Pennsylvania or Oho.

And the selection of Gov. Mike Pence by Donald Trump certainly won't change the 2016 Electoral College count, since Indiana is a solidly red state.

So why did Trump select a running mate who did not show support or fight? Both qualities valued by the candidate and apparent in the runners up - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Let's go back to the Ying/Yang model. If Trump is seen as temperamental and choleric, Mike Pence is seen as stable and consistent. If Trump is viewed with suspicion by social conservatives, Pence is viewed with adulation.

Of course, Christie and Gingrich would have mounted more aggressive campaigns, but that could have been their downfall. For those contestants could have overshadowed the nominee, a serious liability since the second on a ticket should remain second in the hearts of the voter.

This instruction was brought home when Margarette Leach, one of West Virginia's electors in 1988, decided to vote for Lloyd Bentsen, instead of the party's presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis, an act that has earned her and the Mountain State a place in election-asterisk history forever.

So let us spill ink over the vice presidential selection of the governor of Indiana and then acknowledge that the 2016 election is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Running mates go to the back, until the scheduled debate.

Robert Rupp is a political history professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Gazette contributing columnist.

Belinda Biafore: Nothing can stop Bill Cole from raising money himself, buddies (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719654 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719654 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 By Belinda Biafore By By Belinda Biafore

During Senate President Bill Cole's time in regular session when he wasn't ripping jobs, wages, and benefits from our workers' hands, he spent his time playing politics and campaigning with the Koch Brothers in California. Breaking his promise of not campaigning during the session left Bill Cole with little time to do the one job he is mandated to do, pass a budget. Putting politics and fundraising for his campaign before the people led us into a special session in the middle of a budget crisis that we could not afford.

The special session cost taxpayers $35,000 a day and instead of concentrating his efforts on getting the job done, taxpayers paid him to raise money for his campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. With the budget 80 days late and taxpayers footing the bill, Bill Cole left his job at the Statehouse to raise money for himself. In the end, taxpayers were billed a total of about $600,000 for a failed leadership that was ineffective and a Senate President that took time off to raise money for himself while getting paid.

West Virginians deserve better than someone who is going to take their hard earned money for a job that he refuses to do.

Not only did Bill Cole waste his time and taxpayer money as Senate President doing nothing but attacking our workers and families, he wants a promotion to Governor.

In recent news Sen. Bill Cole has commented on the devastation that West Virginia faces as a result of the tragic flood that took belongings, homes, and lives. He leaves out the fact that while leaders were stepping up to help; spending hours, days and weeks to ensure that the people were getting the help that they needed, he was on the campaign trail.

Sen. Cole made stops stumping in Charleston, attending a $5,000 per plate fundraiser hosted by Bob Murray in Wheeling, having ice cream at a Conservative weekly luncheon in Fairmont, and speaking at a teenage Republican club in Harrison County. Bill Cole was photographed while he "offered assistance" to those in need wearing fancy shoes not suited for someone who would be offering any kind of assistance to those in deep mud or wreckage. His actions were insulting and insensitive.

Simply put, West Virginians deserve better. Much better. We all know what it's like to have prior commitments, but it's an entirely different ballgame when your constituents need you; when they are depending on you and you're not there. And being dishonest with them when they put their trust in you. What's more important to Bill Cole than the people of West Virginia? His political and personal motivations. He makes the same decision, politics and profit over people. Every single time.

Belinda Biafore is chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party.

Letter: Used car salesman Bill Cole is not governor material (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0406/160719660 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0406/160719660 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Used car salesman Bill Cole is not governor material


Why is there not more talk about who is really to blame for the special session? I've read a lot about how the governor shouldn't have vetoed the budget and how the Republicans should have passed a budget sooner, but not really anything about who is specifically at fault.

We need to know how our elected leaders let us get to this point that we're wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars, instead of making actual meaningful decisions, so we can vote for the right candidates in November. We can't let this kind of inaction take control of our state. That's why we should not let Bill Cole take the Governor's Mansion. He helped drive the car into the ditch.

Anyone that lives near the Bill Cole Automall can tell you that Bill Cole promises "Security, Dependability and Peace of Mind," but has he actually given the people of West Virginia any of these? He certainly wasn't dependable enough to pass a budget, and I think most West Virginians would say they didn't feel secure with a state shutdown looming.

It's about time that West Virginia wakes up and realizes that we can't have a used car salesman as our governor.

Jeff Lilly


Katelyn Campbell: Court's decision on Texas abortion law just a good start (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719661 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0405/160719661 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 By Katelyn Campbell By By Katelyn Campbell On June 27 I joined millions of pro-choice Americans in celebration of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

In the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court sided in favor of the plaintiff, citing that Texas's so-called "trap laws" placed an undue burden on abortion care providers and clients and were thus null and void.

After years of watching the erosion of reproductive rights in my home state of West Virginia, this decision was all too welcome; however, I remain only cautiously optimistic.

While the court ruled that requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to have facilities comparable to those of ambulatory surgical centers is unjust, it has yet to provide guidance on the legality of 20-week bans on abortion, nor has it provided an opinion on whether bans on dilation-and-evacuation abortion (the safest and most common method for abortion in the second trimester) pose an undue burden to abortion care providers. At present, both of the aforementioned restrictions are in place in West Virginia.

Even if challenges to 20-week and dilation-and-evacuation bans like those in West Virginia are successfully mounted in the very near future, West Virginia women will still struggle to access choice.

West Virginia only has two abortion care providers - Women's Health Center and Kanawha Surgicenter, both in Charleston. This lack of geographic diversity of providers means that rural West Virginia women are, more often than not, unable to choose whether to continue a pregnancy because of funds and transportation, even in cases where the fetus has already been determined to have severe birth defects, like anencephaly.

But that doesn't mean that these women won't still try. For centuries, women have found ways to terminate their pregnancies in the absence of access to safe, legal abortion. I have spoken with women whose illegal abortions left them bleeding for weeks, unable to pursue necessary medical attention for fear of persecution.

Many women who received illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade in 1974 never lived to share their stories. According to a March 2016 report by The New York Times, there has recently been a sharp uptick in searches for information on how to perform home abortions or induce miscarriages in response to widespread clinic closures. The days of metal hanger abortions are not so far gone as many of our elected leaders would like us to think.

If we know that preventing women from accessing abortion comes at such a high cost, how can our Legislature, attorney general and medical leadership (most notably Dr. Byron Calhoun) continue to put up barriers against abortion access?

It seems to me that, if our elected and appointed officials were really interested in preventing abortion, they would invest more heavily in family planning services, like those provided by Title X, rather than trying time and time again to take them away.

While we laud the destruction of unreasonable barriers to choice, it is important that we remain actively critical of systems that continue to deny women of rights that have already been deemed constitutional by our nation's highest court. Allowing still-existing barriers to choice to go unchallenged puts women at unnecessary risk. West Virginia women deserve better.

Katelyn Campbell, an Elkview native, is a senior at Wellesley College.

Eugene Robinson: Obama helped us peer into the racial divide (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0409/160719662 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160716/GZ0409/160719662 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - President Obama gave a majestic speech in Dallas, one of the best of his presidency, at once a soaring tribute to slain police officers and an affirmation of peaceful protest. But he was wrong about one thing: On race, sadly, we are as divided as we seem.

This condition is not due to anything Obama has said or done. He bends so far backward to avoid giving offense, even to those who richly deserve offending, that he must need regular sessions with a chiropractor. The racial divide, which has its roots in lingering claims of white supremacy, has been there all along. It was mostly silent and unacknowledged until the very fact of the Obama presidency cast it in stark and unforgiving light.

So I am not surprised at recent polls showing that Americans believe race relations are worsening. It is as if a dark corner has been illuminated to reveal the mess that was swept there long ago and willfully ignored.

I have long believed that the most revolutionary act the first African-American president could ever perform is to go about his official duties for all the world to see. A black man stands to deliver the State of the Union address. A black man toasts foreign leaders at glittering White House dinners. A black family crosses the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter and be lifted into the sky.

These scenes are irrefutable evidence of how much America has changed, and to some they are threatening. Donald Trump's campaign slogan - "Make America Great Again" - cannot be read simply as misty nostalgia for an economic golden age. For the overwhelmingly white crowds who fill his raucous rallies, Trump promises a return to a time when the nation's leadership and cultural norms reflected what was then a clear ethnic and racial majority.

Trump, you will recall, has been one of the most prominent "birther" voices seeking to deny Obama's legitimacy as president. He encourages those who cannot abide the thought of a black president to pretend the whole thing never really happened.

Not all who support Trump, of course, are racists; and not all whites who blame Obama for heightening racial tension are Republicans. There are many others who honestly and naively thought the election of an African-American president meant that race was no longer an issue. Now we can just move on, they believed - looking past the disparities between black and white that still exist.

One glaring disparity is in how blacks and whites are treated by the criminal justice system. The high-profile incidents that have happened since Obama took office are nothing new. Trayvon Martin was not the first young black man to be racially profiled, nor was Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. the first older black man to have the experience. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were obviously not the first black men to be killed by police officers under highly questionable circumstances.

What is novel, though, is that the president of the United States is himself African-American. So when Obama says that arresting Gates on his own front porch was stupid, or that if he had a son the boy would look like Martin - simple statements of fact, in my view - to some whites it sounds as if he is taking sides. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, once just came out and said it: Obama, he claimed, "has a default mechanism ... that favors the black person."

Obama takes pains to avoid having whites see him this way - which frustrates some African-Americans who wonder how he can watch the video of Castile's life bleeding away and not speak with the raw anguish and anger that so many of us feel.

For black Americans, too, the Obama presidency creates perhaps unrealistic expectations - not that racism could somehow magically end but that it would be fully acknowledged and frontally addressed. I think some commentators underestimate the resistance that stronger words from the president would encounter. To win the White House, I once wrote, Obama had to be seen as the least-aggrieved black man in America. As he prepares to leave office, this remains largely true.

When the next president is sworn in, Obama will leave office without having healed the nation's festering racial wounds. He will not have made them worse; rather, he will have allowed us to see how deep they remain and how much healing still needs to take place. It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Eugene Robinson is a columnist for The Washington Post.