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Charleston Daily Mail: Short takes, Jan. 25, 2014

Readers gave the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases appeal $102,538.97 this year as the fund closes the books on yet another successful drive.

Every penny will go to buy the dentures, clothing, hearing aids, washers, bedding and all the other items that will help people in need all year long. The newspaper covers all the administrative costs.

Readers once again met the need of every case published from Thanksgiving to Christmas with money left over to cover hundreds of cases that there was not the space to publish.

A newspaper can only shine the light on the corners where the needs are. It is up to readers to take action. Every year since the Daily Mail began this appeal in 1961, readers have taken action and for that the staff is grateful.

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Anyone have a hankering for roasted elk? How about antelope stir fry or fried alligator. These dishes and more await diners at Dunbar's annual critter dinner from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

The buffet tables will include rabbit, buffalo, goat chili and many other mammals and reptiles not found at the local supermarket.

The cost of the exotic meals is a donation of five cans of food to support the Dunbar Institute Samaritan Center. Cash, too, is accepted.

Not listed is how many one must donate to be excused from eating the critters.

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a message for conservative Republicans: Stay out of New York state.  

Moderate Republicans are OK, Cuomo told radio station WCNY. But conservatives are another matter.

"Who are they?" Cuomo asked of Republicans. "Are they these extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are?

"Because if that's who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. If they're moderate Republicans, like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate - moderate Republicans have a place in this state."

Wow. What a greeter.

Instead of seeking common ground, Gov. Cuomo doesn't want anyone around who disagrees with him.

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Freedom Industries is not the only company that operates a tank farm holding Crude MCHM in the Kanawha Valley, but there's a stark difference between the operations of Freedom and SNF Holding Company in Marmet.

SNF Holding, which recently purchased the facilities of American Chemical Services Co., had emptied, cleaned, inspected and certified 11 of its 14 chemical storage tanks last year. It planned on doing the same to the three other tanks this summer.

But with the Freedom chemical spill, SNF proactively accelerated its program to empty, clean, inspect and certify those other three tanks sooner rather than later.

"We want to reduce the risk to the community, and to our employees and to our customers," SNF's Lee Rogers told WCHS-TV's Kenny Bass.

SNF Holding, which celebrated 1 million work hours without a recordable incident last October, is an example of how responsible companies operate. Too bad it wasn't SNF that bought the tank farm now owned by Freedom.


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