www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 29, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT01/307299973 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT01/307299973 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Crook, Harry A. 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


Gibson, Mary K. 1 p.m., Bancroft Church of God Mission, Bancroft.


Holmes, Kathleen Ann 11 a.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.


Hughes, Carol B. 11 a.m., Bellemead United Methodist Church, Point Pleasant.


Javins, Eddie W. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


Kelley, Curtis E. 2 p.m., Madison Funeral Chapel, Madison.


Lingenfelter, Mitchell Noon, Taylor


Miller, Robert A. Sr 7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, South Charleston.


Pace, Johnny Noon, Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley.


Romaca, Darlene Kay 11 a.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.


Rutledge, Wanda 11:30 a.m., Dunbar United Methodist Church, Dunbar.


Shuff, Eunice J. 2 p.m., LifeBridge Assembly of God, Oak Hill.


Totten, Amos R. 2 p.m., Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.


Withrow, Penny 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.


Wymer, Bernard 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

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Brenda Reedy Arthur http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299997 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299997 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:20 -0400 Brenda Reedy Arthur, 65, of Marmet, died July 26, 2014, at home after a short illness.

She was a homemaker and a free spirit and was a member of Southeast Church of the Nazarene in Kanawha City.

She was preceded in death by son, Joseph Arthur; mother, Dena Withrow Reedy; brothers, Melvin, Harlan and Buster Reedy; and sisters, Beatrice Wendell and Margaret Reedy.

Surviving are her sisters, Merita (Eddie) Selbe of Hernshaw and Shirley (John) Rotenberry of Jackson County, and brothers, Steve (Ruth), Calvin (Elizabeth) and Gordon Reedy, all of Hernshaw, Marvin Reedy of Kanawha City, Paul (Judy) Reedy of North Charleston and Glendon Withrow of South Charleston.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Ellen Casto http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299980 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Mary Ellen Casto, 64, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Mary was a member of Hometown Independent Mission and a longtime employee of Rock Branch Exxon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Moore of Winfield and Maxine Flowers of Charleston.

Mary is survived by two sons, Michael and wife, Becky Cain, of St. Albans and Jason and wife, Amber Casto, of Poca; daughter, Candace Harrison of Poca; grandchildren, Chris, Josh and Shaela Cain, Chelsey Harrison and Chloie and Cayden Casto; great-grandaughter, Kynlee Marie Cain; four sisters, Linda Hedrick, Jo Ann Pauley, Dianna Moore and Dorothy Saunders; brother, Donal Moore; and a host of family and friends.

A tribute to the life of Mary Casto will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Gatens-Harding Chapel with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane.

Friends may visit at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

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

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Raymond Coleman http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299988 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299988 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:25 -0400 Mr. Raymond "Chink" Coleman, 64, of Beckley, died July 24, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, with visitation beginning 30 minutes prior to the service. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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Dr. E. David Dubois http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299992 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Dr. E. David Dubois, 87, formerly of Charleston, passed away May 2, 2014, in New York. He was one of the former senior pastors of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Christ Church United Methodist with Dr. Randy Flanagan officiating. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Gary Dale Forga http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299983 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299983 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:27 -0400 Gary Dale Forga, 68, of Richwood, died July 25, 2014. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood. All arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

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Mary K. Gibson http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299987 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299987 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:25 -0400 Mary K. Reedy Gibson, 59, of Black Betsy, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at her home following a sudden illness. She was a 1973 graduate of Buffalo High School and a member of the Bancroft Church of God Mission. Mary loved her church and always loved helping with and coordinating church functions.

Born Dec. 27, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Harland Reedy and O. Rheba Reedy Hudson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.

Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, D. Hershel Gibson; sons, Lucas (Samantha) Gibson of Ohio and Cody Gibson of Red House; stepdaughter, Tina (Frank) McClanahan of Matthews, N.C.; brother, Darrell (Cindy) Reedy of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren, Amanda Rebol, Alyssa McClanahan and Grantlee Gibson.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Bancroft Church of God Mission with Pastor James Legg officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Online condolences may be sent to the Gibson family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.

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Ruth Ann Gilliam http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299979 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299979 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Ruth Ann Butler Gilliam, 76, of Oak Hill, died July 25, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

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Traci Grooms-Jones http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299999 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299999 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:19 -0400 Traci L'Tanya Grooms-Jones, 39, of Charleston, formerly of Beckley, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, from a short illness.

Traci was born Aug. 29, 1974, and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. Tracy also attended WVIT-WVU in Montgomery.

Preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Barbara Grooms.

She is survived by devoted and loving grandmother, Mildred Grooms of Chesapeake; brother, Carl "CJ" Grooms; longtime companion, Recco Renaldo of Charleston; aunt, Donna Coats-Lane; uncles, Donald Grooms, Johnny, Robert, Willie, Ron and Michael Coats; and also a host of cousins and close family friends.

Service will be held at noon Wednesday, July 30, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with the Rev. William Kinney officiating. Friends may call one prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

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Joseph Harless http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299991 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/OBIT/307299991 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:02:23 -0400 Joseph Harless, 57, of Ashford, peacefully went to be with Jesus on July 27, 2014.

Born Oct. 29, 1956, he was a coal miner and a loving, caring father and grandfather. He was especially proud of his daughter and her family and what all she has accomplished through Christ Jesus. He loved being outdoors fishing, hunting and enjoying his time with family.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Smith of West Virginia; his daughter, April Holtsclaw, and her husband, Matthew Holtsclaw, of Georgia; and his loving grandchildren, Zachary and Zoey Holtsclaw. He will also be lovingly remembered by his two brothers, James and Omar Harless of West Virginia, and his four sisters, Helen Webb, Carolyn Shamblin, Sandy Wiseman and Lucille Bernotsky.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet. Burial will follow in Forks of Coal Cemetery, Alum Creek.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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Readers' Voice: July 29, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/GZ01/140729272 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/GZ01/140729272 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-357-4451 or email readersvoice@wvgazette.com.

To the reader who dismisses preschool for children up to 3. You need to do some research. That age is, according to numerous peer reviews studies, the optimal period to begin educating a child. Their minds are a more open sponge for knowledge at that age than they will be in their entire lives. They can learn elementary math and how to read. The whole world of learning becomes more exciting at that age, and clearly more readily than at 4 or 5.

Your editorial says it's past time for the Kanawha prosecutor to go. What happened to the concept that we've always held in the USA, innocent until proven guilty?

Education is one way to secure a good and better life for our children. The GOP has an agenda to stop that by voting against bills by Democrats to lower costs for children going to college and stating that they want to do away with the Education Department. A Republican speaks a different tune during an election.

The next season of 'The Walking Dead' could be filmed entirely on location in the halls of Congress. The actors are already in place.

Please stop filling the Gazette sports pages with Saints articles. This is Steeler and Bengal country and not many care about the Saints and Justice's money-making deals.

What's going on with Top O Rock? It would be a shame if the family that owns such a Kanawha Valley gem let it go to ruin.

West Virginia has numerous "political bullies." My Daddy told me long ago: "it takes one to know one." I'm sure Mr. Plants was told this too. Enough said for now.

For all you brilliant conservatives who are criticizing Obama for inactions against Russia over the Ukraine situation, what would you have him do? Obama can do just what Putin could do if we were at war with Mexico: Nothing.

Congrats to the Cogar tribe out of Webster Springs (Arden Jr., Paul, Kristy, and Matt) who did West Virginia proud at the International Lumberjack World Championship in Wisconsin last week.

Does DEP really mean Department of Environmental Profiteering (or maybe Pirating)?

Driving tip for the day: If you are on the interstate and being passed on the right, you are in the wrong lane.

Why aren't the utility companies responsible for repairing roads when they have to dig them up to do work? Montrose is a mess.

The career politicians who for years have labeled the U.S. as the mightiest military force in history now admit our country cannot stand against Russia militarily, but must combat them with sanctions. All this, while this administration continues to reduce our military. There is no end to the failures of our present leadership.

Dear Natalie. You will never be elected as a faux Republican pandering to the coal industry. I will still vote for you but would rather give my money to a winner.

Does anyone else notice how much the situation in Ukraine resembles the situation in Syria, except that we are the other side? We support the rebels in Syria, and call the government criminal. Russia supports the rebels in Ukraine, and calls that government criminal. It's a mirror image, and it's insane.

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Your vents for Tuesday, July 29 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729277 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729277 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 n The message in today's news is very clear: Don't fly, please just don't fly.

n Slightly revised version of America's most-famous quotation: Give me your tired, your poor, your children yearning to breathe free. Send these to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

n It is my belief that the invasion coming across our southern border isn't just about illegal immigration reform. It is a back-way of implementing the North American Union illegally and it is supported by both parties. If this is true, it is criminal and treasonous.

n Attention shoppers: There are scam artists patrolling parking lots of different businesses in Kanawha City and Southridge. They give you a hard-luck story and hit you up for money. Beware.

n Why don't they make a hand-crank emergency battery re-charger for cellphones?

n I finally found a doctor that I just loved, Eric Stollings at the Riverside Health Center. Now I got a letter saying he is leaving there and going to Kanawha City. That just bums me out. I'm torn between staying with him in Kanawha City or the girls at Riverside. I just hate to lose him. No matter what, Dr. Stollings, I wish you the best.

n By all means, Obama, let's bomb and kill the Israelites because they are our only ally in the Middle East. It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

n Hey, don't be too hard on the Kanawha County Commission. They've been awful busy trashing Mark Plants.

n One thing is for certain, they cannot blame West Virginia for putting Obama in the White House. Keep up the good work and keep Tennant out of Washington, D.C. Vote Capito.

n How do you keep birds away from your house? They leave droppings all over my deck and car. I need a home remedy. I'd appreciate it.

n After 22 years with these self-serving county commissioners, state legislators, division of highways commissioners, tax department, etc., we need to have a change, judges included. And I might add, editorial writers. Thank you.

n They say the highway trust fund is going broke. What they don't tell you is that only 30 percent of it goes to maintain and build roads. The rest goes to discouraging driving, mass transit, rail lines, economic development and stimulating tourism. Stop spending it on that stuff and start spending it on the roads. Here in West Virginia they paint concrete bridges, they mow the grass. Stop doing that and you will have more money to repair the roads.

n Law enforcement needs to crack down on the cellphone law while driving. It is being ignored and is causing a lot of crashes.

n South Charleston has an excellent recycling program. The city gives you clear bags and picks up every week on the same day. Papers and newspapers in one bag, plastics and cans in another.

n This is to the caller who said if you see someone bullied to go up and give the victim a smile. No, you are wrong. Whenever I was bullied, I took a two-by-four everywhere I went. When those boys came around me, I busted them upside the head. Some of them became the best friends I ever had.

n Obama and his "federalocracy" have declared war on the coal industry in the Appalachians. This is basically a war against white middle class people and will also damage and hurt many Democrats along with Republicans. Collateral damage happens.

n I want to thank Tom Hindman for such an interesting article about the white robin. Thank you very much.

n Ryan White of the school board has taught us a lesson already. He taught us how much it costs to buy a seat on the board of education. That amount is $87,053.21. Now we are hiring a PR expert at $50,000-plus a year. Isn't it wonderful, folks?

n I'm tired of special reports overriding "The Price Is Right." They can show that stuff at noon when it comes time for the news. It isn't fair to take away from fun game shows to watch that garbage.

n When you begin a comment with "I agree with Sarah Palin," you are really saying, "I'm as dumb as an ox."

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Community briefs for Tuesday, July 29 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM01/140729285 DM01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM01/140729285 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 A free support group for problem gamblers and their loved ones meets at 6:30 p.m. each Friday at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston.

The 5th annual Kanawha Lactation Association Krawl will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Shawnee Park in Dunbar. The KLA Krawl is a free, local, community-wide event for all moms and their babies to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. There will be door prizes, refreshments, a baby crawling contest, children's activities and more. Bring a lawn chair and a pregnant or breastfeeding friend.

West Virginia Citizens' Climate Lobby will meet at noon Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to work to create a stable climate through political action. Members meet for discussion and to listen to the national conference call. Speaker will be retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark, who will discuss the impact climate change is having on national security. Following his military service and a campaign for president in 2004, Clark founded Wesley K. Clark and Associates, which deals in the fields of energy, alternative energy, corporate and national security, logistics, aerospace and defense and investment banking. Bring a friend and a lunch or food to share. For more information, visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Cancer Survivors Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Logan Regional Cancer Center, 601 Holden Road in Logan.

All are invited to a day of food, fun and celebration of life. Live music will be provided by the Daddy Rabbit Band.

The event is sponsored by the Logan Regional Cancer Center and the Logan Regional Medical Center. RSVP by calling 304-239-2262.

Hurricane Fire and Rescue will have its first 5 Alarm 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Valley Wave Pool Park Trails. Pre-registration starts at 7:15 a.m. Funds will be raised to replace a 1978 fire engine. To register, visit www.tristateracer.com. For more information, email bspade@hurricanefire.com or call 304-562-5663.

Winfield Community Church, 144 Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, will have a "Golden Nugget" day camp for ages 5 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 to 8. A camp for toddlers (15 months to 4 years old) will also be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Snacks and lunch will be provided. To register or find out more, call 304-757-4604 or 304-993-1006.

MountainHeart Child Care Resource and Referral Services will conduct a professional development session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Fayette County Department of Health and Human Resources, Oak Hill.

The topic will be "Boys Will Be Boys: Understanding How Boys Develop and Learn Differently Than Girls." There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. Call Reba at 866-872-9204 or 304-872-9200.

To submit an item, send it by email to yournews@dailymailwv.com, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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Braxton County fair geared toward youth http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM01/140729297 DM01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM01/140729297 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Josephine Mendez CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Opening ceremonies for the Braxton County Fair will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at the Holly Gray Park on Airport Road in Sutton.

This year the fair will feature country music stars, monster trucks and more, but Braxton County Fair Board members say the fair is really about the kids.

Debbie Friend, Braxton County Extension Agent with West Virginia University, said when the fair started in the 70s, its main purpose was to be a place for 4-H members to display their yearly projects. That fact remains true today.

"We have kids exhibiting their projects on livestock, fishing, veterinary science, dogs, wood working, just all kinds of things," Friend said. "It's a great way to see what they have been working on and recognize them for all their hard work."

For more than 100 years, 4-H has given youth the chance to develop skills in communication, leadership, career development, computer technology and more. Chapters are present in nearly every state as well as across the globe.

"With 4-H we are able to reinforce a variety of positive life skills," Friend said. "These are skills that they will be able to utilize later in life."

The first livestock exhibits will begin today prior to the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. with the Open and Junior Swine, Poultry and Rabbit Show. Friend said the best of the best from each exhibit will get the chance to compete in the state fair. General admission for today's events will be $6.

Beef cattle exhibits begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday followed by The Van-Dells, an oldies show group which performs Rock and Roll hits from the 50s and 60s. General admission will be $8.

Thursday's entertainment will center around trucks with large engines and even larger tires at the second annual Braxton County Fair Monster Truck Show. This year monster trucks XDP and Stinger will be joined by Big Foot, the original monster truck. The monster truck Mopar 1 will be available for guests to ride in Thursday and Friday for $10 per person. General admission for Thursday's events will be $10.

Lisa Godwin, the entertainment chairwoman and treasurer for the Braxton County Fair board, said she is looking forward to the fair and hopes the great weather will attract a big crowd for all of the events.

She has served as the entertainment chair since 1995 and said it takes hard work and dedication to put on the fair each year especially because it is all done by volunteers.

"It's takes a lot out of you but once you see the smiles on the kids faces it's all worth it," Godwin said. "The kids are our future and that's why we do this for them."

Friday's festivities will include the Truck Pull, the Draft Horse Pull and livestock auctions where 4-H and FFA members will sell their steers, heifers, hogs, goats, lambs, poultry and rabbits to the highest bidder. General admission will be $10.

Rounding out the fair Saturday will be the Antique Tractor Pull and the Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. The day will end with a performance by country music sensation Dustin Lynch. He debut album feature hits "Cowboys and Angels" and "She Cranks My Tractor." General admission will be $14.

Carnival rides as well as arts and crafts vendors will be present through the week.

Tickets prices vary daily and will include admission to the fair, access to carnival rides and all evening shows. Children under three will get in free.

For more detailed schedule visit www.braxtoncountyfairwv.com.

Contact writer Josephine Mendez at jozy.mendez@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-7917. Follow her at www.lifeofanintern-charlestondailymail.blogspot.com.

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Rebecca McPhail Randolph: Don't overregulate industries along the river http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729299 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729299 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 by Rebecca McPhail Randolph

West Virginia roadways are critical elements of our everyday lives.

They allow us to get our jobs, transport products to markets beyond our borders, provide routes for leisure trips, and more.

Roads are part of the vital infrastructure that supports our state's economy. To manage roads, we have laws that guide their use - laws necessary to oversee the system and keep users safe.

But what if the state decided to set the speed limit for all roads at 15 miles per hour, taking the most conservative approach by treating every roadway as a school zone - just in case there may at some point be a school on one of these many routes?

This, I think we could all agree, would be overstepping what was necessary to effectively manage the system.

That's essentially what the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is doing with its interpretation of the public water supply use, sometimes referred to as "Category A."

Other than the Kanawha River downstream of Diamond, "Category A" treats almost every stream, river and lake in the state as if it must meet the most stringent of requirements, regardless of what the use of that water may be (i.e. like requiring school zone speeds on every road regardless of whether there is a school there, or if there ever will be).

It requires every business to treat its discharge as if it is going straight to a municipal water system, even though the nearest water intake may be a hundred miles downriver.

The DEP wants to apply Category A use designation in most of the Kanawha River where it hasn't been applied for many years, if ever. The DEP reportedly is suggesting this change so that West Virginia American Water can construct an alternative intake on the Kanawha River to supplement its intake on the Elk River, even though there are no reported plans to do this.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association and its member companies support clean water. Along with the necessity of clean water in many manufacturing processes, employees and managers of member companies throughout West Virginia live and depend on the access to water in the very communities supported by these industries.

Neither West Virginia American, nor the agencies that regulate it, have announced that an intake on the Kanawha River is advisable or feasible.

Nevertheless, on the day Category A use is imposed on the lower Kanawha River, every company along the lower Kanawha will have to reevaluate its operations as if the intake exists, and is located immediately downstream. It will not matter whether the intake is built miles downstream, or even built at all - just like driving 15 mph in anticipation that a school might someday be built along one of West Virginia's roadways.

Contrast that approach with proper interpretation of the water quality standards advocated by the WVMA. Category A protections should apply everywhere there is an actual water intake, and permits should be adjusted to protect any actual public drinking water source. This approach is followed by most of our neighboring states.

The DEP has not analyzed the cost to business with the increased treatment and sampling expenses required if Category A use is imposed on the Kanawha River.

Further, there has been no analysis of potential job loss or cost to communities. Additional costs are unnecessary to preserve the improvements Kanawha. Boaters and anglers enjoy a cleaner Kanawha River because water quality standards for the protection of human recreation (Category C) and protection of fish and other aquatic life (Category B) are enforced along the entire Kanawha River. Category A is not needed to maintain those protections.

We all know intuitively that there are costs associated with a 15 mph speed limit that do not compensate for the advantages.

Similarly, requiring businesses to meet unnecessary levels of regulation costs money and jobs, and makes West Virginia a tougher place to do business, with no corresponding gain to public health or the environment.

Randolph is president of the West Virginia Manufacturer's Association.

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Charles Krauthammer: Explaining President Obama's detachment http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729300 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729300 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached.

When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

Regarding Ukraine, his detachment -- the rote, impassive voice -- borders on dissociation.

His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not "get out ahead of the facts," as if the facts of this case -- Vladimir Putin's proxies shooting down a civilian airliner -- are in doubt.

The preferred explanation for the president's detachment is psychological. He's checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal.

Perhaps. But I'd propose an alternate theory that gives him more credit: Obama's passivity stems from an idea. When Obama says Putin has placed himself on the wrong side of history in Ukraine, he actually believes it.

He disdains realpolitik because he believes that, in the end, such primitive 19th-century notions as conquest are self-defeating. History sees to their defeat.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice" is one of Obama's favorite sayings.

Ultimately, injustice and aggression don't pay. The Soviets saw their 20th-century empire dissolve.

More proximally, U.S. gains in Iraq and Afghanistan were, in time, liquidated. Ozymandias lies forever buried and forgotten in desert sands.

Remember when, at the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, Obama tried to construct for Putin "an offramp" from Crimea?

Absurd as this idea was, I think Obama was sincere. He actually imagined that he'd be saving Putin from himself, that Crimea could only redound against Russia in the long run.

If you really believe this, then there is no need for forceful, potentially risky U.S. counteractions. Which explains everything since: Obama's pinprick sanctions; his failure to rally a craven Europe; his refusal to supply Ukraine with the weapons it has been begging for.

The shooting down of a civilian airliner seemed to validate Obama's passivity.

"Violence and conflict inevitably lead to unforeseen consequences," explained Obama.

See. You play with fire, it will blow up in your face. Just as I warned. Now world opinion will turn against Putin.

To which I say: So what? World opinion, by itself, is useless: malleable, ephemeral and, unless mobilized by leadership, powerless. History doesn't act autonomously. It needs agency.

Germany's Angela Merkel still doesn't want to jeopardize trade with Russia. France's Francois Hollande will proceed with delivery of a Mistral-class attack-helicopter carrier to Russia. And Obama speaks of future "costs" if Russia persists -- a broken record since Crimea, carrying zero credibility.

Or did Obama think Putin would be shamed into regret and restraint by the blood of 298 innocents?

On the contrary.

Putin's response has been brazen defiance: denying everything and unleashing a massive campaign of lies, fabrications and conspiracy theories blaming Ukraine and the U.S.

Putin doesn't give a damn about world opinion. He cares about domestic opinion, which has soared to more than 80 percent approval since Crimea.

If anything, he's been emboldened. On Wednesday, his proxies shot down two more jets -- a finger to the world and a declaration that his campaign continues.

A real U.S. president would give Kiev the weapons it needs, impose devastating sectoral sanctions on Moscow, reinstate our Central European missile-defense system and make a Reaganesque speech explaining why.

Obama has done none of these things. Why should he? He's on the right side of history.

Of course, in the long run nothing lasts. But history is lived in the here and now. The Soviets had only 70 years, Hitler a mere 12. Yet it was enough to murder millions and rain ruin on entire continents. Bashar al-Assad, too, will one day go. But not before having killed at least 100,000 people.

All domination must end. But after how much devastation? And if you leave it to the forces of history to repel aggression and redeem injustice, what's the point of politics, of leadership, in the first place?

The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green.

The arc of history may indeed bend toward justice, Mr. President.

But, as you say, the arc is long. The job of a leader is to shorten it, to intervene on behalf of "the fierce urgency of now."

Otherwise, why do we need a president? And why did you seek to become ours?

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Editorial: Get rid of the laws that make no sense http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729301 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729301 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Requiring elected officials to file financial disclosures with the state makes sense. People need this information to help them vote.

What makes no sense is the way West Virginia handles the matter. The deadline is impossible to enforce.

"No candidate for public office may maintain his or her place on a ballot and no public official may take the oath of office or enter or continue upon his or her duties or receive compensation from public funds unless he or she has filed a financial disclosure statement with the state Ethics Commission as required by the provisions of this section," the code states.

But the code sets the deadline at 10 days before the election, which is well after the ballots are printed.

The primary election this year was May 13.

That meant the deadline for financial disclosures was May 3.

However, the state began mailing absentee ballots on March 28.

Unless someone has a time machine they are willing to let the state use, there is no way state officials can take a primary candidate's name off the ballot if he missed that May 3 deadline.

And Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, missed that deadline this year. The delegate had pretty much put her re-election effort on hold as she cared for her mother, who died in March.

While the filing still needed to be made, Democrats look a little desperate in seeking to have her name taken off the November ballot.

The secretary of state's office certified Raines as a candidate, Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said. She's the county's chief elections officer.

"If they certify a name to us, we don't have the authority to take somebody off the ballot," McCormick told the Daily Mail's Dave Boucher.

This incident shows the state law is at odds with common sense.

Lawmakers should change the law. Make the financial disclosure part of the filing for public office.

And surely this is not the only botched law on the books. Next year's legislative session would be a good time to fix -- or eliminate -- the rest of them.

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Editorial: Beware the next big progressive agenda http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729302 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729302 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Pity the coal miner. Working hard in dangerous conditions to earn a living while providing much of America and the world with reliable and affordable energy, yet some treat him like he's an enemy of the world.

Even though job opportunities outside of the coal industry are severely limited in many parts of Appalachia, it seems that it won't be enough for many progressives to simply force the reduction of coal use for power generation in the U.S. Watch for increasing attempts to restrict coal exports from Appalachia and elsewhere in the U.S. to foreign markets.

An Associated Press article published Monday reports that as the "Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of Amercia's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution."

Good gracious.

"That's the single biggest flaw in U.S. climate policy," said Roger Martella, former general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency. "Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world."

In actuality, the coal export market is the only bright spot for West Virginia's coal industry. Coal is West Virginia's number one export, accounting for $4.4 billion worth of exports in 2013, down 40 percent from 2012 due to a slower world economy. Still, in 2013 coal accounted for more than half of the state's exports.

Despite the former EPA counsel's comments, it's fortunate the Obama administration has resisted calls to disrupt coal exports like it has use of coal in the United States.

"Given that coal supply is widely available from many sources, our time is better spent working on leading toward a global commitment to cut carbon pollution on the demand side," Rick Duke, Obama's deputy climate adviser, told The Associated Press.

In other words, no matter what the United States does, global coal use is going to increase. In fact, the 2014 BP Statistical Review of World Energy said global coal use grew by 3 percent in 2013, faster than any other fossil fuel.

If the world's not buying coal from West Virginia, central Appalachia and other parts of the U.S., it will be buying it from China, Russia, Indonesia, India and other places.

But no matter, count on the elites to begin their next big push to restrict coal exports and keep U.S. coal in the ground, regardless of the jobs and economic revenues that the commodity produces for some of the areas that need the revenue the most, while the rest of the world burns the abundant fuel at increasingly higher amounts.

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Editorial cartoon for Tuesday, July 29 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729303 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM04/140729303 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400

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Capito to testify before EPA http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM0104/140729304 DM0104 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140729/DM0104/140729304 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Whitney Burdette CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito plans to tell the Environmental Protection Agency just how frustrated she and other West Virginians are about a proposed rule that will affect coal-fired power plants.

Capito, R-W.Va., will testify before the EPA this morning at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Capito, an outspoken critic of the agency's proposed greenhouse rule for existing coal-fired power plants, says the rule is a symptom of the Obama administration's overreach.

"Many of our plants do not meet the standards, which would cause our energy rates to skyrocket," Capito said. "It's symptomatic of the president picking winners and losers and deciding coal is something he wants to do away with."

Capito and other Congressional Republicans, as well as West Virginia Democrats, have decried the rule since it was announced in June. The rule is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 30 percent by 2030, but opponents say that will harm economies in Appalachia that depend on coal.

"I'm going to frame it in terms of jobs - we've lost 5,000 mining jobs in the past two years and other support jobs whether it be equipment, rail, trucking, all kinds of jobs that do support work," Capito said. "And I'm going to talk about how it hurts communities when it comes to being able to stay and work in a community and provide coal and provide a resource."

The manufacturing sector will be harmed as well, Capito said, as energy costs will "skyrocket."

"The rise in energy costs for the average West Virginian, I haven't seen it quantified, but it will be sizeable," she said.

The proposed rule is out for public comment until Oct. 16, and the EPA has planned a listening tour to hear from the public. But the tour won't stop in West Virginia, Ohio or Kentucky - the closest it will come is Pittsburgh - which frustrates Capito. She has pressed the EPA to add a stop in West Virginia, but to no avail.

"I am frustrated because they're not coming to West Virginia and they're not coming to Ohio or Kentucky, some of the 10 states that are most deeply affected by these rules," Capito said. "It's insulting in some sense because they're not giving us a chance to show our side of the story. It makes it seem like they don't want to hear it. I think that's probably the truth."

Although she feels the agency, and Obama administration, purposely ignore West Virginia, Capito said she hopes she can get her point across and convince the agency to take some things into consideration.

"What I would want is first of all for them to take in the job and econ impact of what they're doing," she said. "Second, to look at technology and see if what they're putting forth is attainable. At this point it's not in a lot of ways in West Virginia. Work with us here to try to at least have a good first step in the direction they want to go instead of an all-or-none proposition.

"It's frustrating because I feel like our part of the country, particularly in West Virginia, we have just been thrashed around without much consideration."

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., also is scheduled to testify, and it's unclear if other members of West Virginia's congressional delegation will speak. For more information about the hearing, visit www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule.

Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or whitney.burdette@dailymailwv.com. Follow her at www.Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.

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