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STATE Police Cpl. B.G. Wriston noticed a black Ford Crown Victoria with city license plates run off Paint Creek Road, west of Hansford on Aug. 29.

The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered Pratt Mayor Gary Fields behind the wheel. The officer also discovered the mayor had four oxycodone hydrochloride tablets for which he had no prescription.

Kanawha Magistrate Joe Shelton issued a summons in the case.

In the meantime, the town's council stripped Fields of the privilege of driving city vehicles.

The Kanawha County Commission made not having Mayor Fields even in the car a condition in giving the town a used vehicle from the sheriff's department.

That seems prudent.

While he deserves the presumption of innocence in court, in politics, like Caesar's wife, a public official should be above suspicion of impropriety.

If Mayor Fields has a drug problem, he should seek help and not a free ride in a city vehicle.  

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A member of the Kanawha County Sheriff's

Department recently rescued a motorcyclist recently.

The rescuer wasn't a big burly deputy, but rather

a member of the tax office, the side of the sheriff's

department that seldom gets publicity but collects the money that makes the county and the school system go.

Christie Shamblin was pumping gas at the Go-Mart in Elkview when she noticed a man stumbling around. She went over and helped him.

He turned out to be Capt. K.C. Bohrer of the Frederick County sheriff's office in Virginia, who retired from the Berkeley County sheriff's office in 2006.

Allergic to bees, he was stung by a bee while motorcycling and was in terrible need of Benadryl and some ice. She tended him and stayed with him and comforted him until the paramedics arrived.

She wanted no recognition and likely the first Sheriff John Rutherford heard about it was when Bohrer sent him a letter thanking her.

Nonetheless, the Kanawha County Commission honored her recently, as well it should.  

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TODAY is World Rabies Day. The good news is the number of rabid dogs is down 37 percent since 1999, according to George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy.

The bad news is the number of rabid cats increased and for every rabid dog there are four rabid cats.

"It is critical to vaccinate all domestic cats for rabies and keep those vaccinations current, but any cat that roams outdoors is at a much higher risk of contracting rabies than cats kept safely indoors," Fenwick wrote.

"Feral cats, in particular, present a major public health risk. Feral cats are outdoors all the time, and the management of feral cat colonies through trap, neuter, release programs does 'not provide effective rabies vaccination coverage or cat population control,' according to the CDC-led study.

"On the contrary, TNR only increases the likelihood of interaction between feral cats and rabid wildlife."

Proponents of TNR should add the V for vaccination.

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THE murder of 12 people at the Navy headquarters in Washington has brought calls not for more gun control but for better screening of people with schizophrenia.

"We have to make it where the health care professionals in this country, when they see somebody that is having symptoms of psychosis or schizophrenia, that they can act on that by notifying the 'do not sell' list so that people can't buy guns," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told CBS on its "Face the Nation" show.

Coburn is a medical doctor.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, made the same argument on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Looking at the shooters instead of the instrument of death is a refreshing change from knee-jerk calls for more gun control.

The nation has had gun control since 1968. It's time to expand its options in reducing mass murders.

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STATE and local tax collections set an all-time record in the second quarter of the year, the Census Bureau reported.

In April, May and June, state and local governments collected a combined $114 billion.

That's $7.8 billion higher than the previous record set in the second quarter of 2008.

That's a 7.3 percent increase.

It's nice to know someone is doing better in the recoveryless recovery.


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