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Beall, Wendell D. 3 p.m., Lynch Cemetery, Cedarville.


Cox, Nathan W. 2 p.m., Simons


Cunningham, Harry A. 11 a.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Glenville.


Dobbins, Edith 11 a.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.


Duncan, William J. 1 p.m., Gip Church, Gip.


Ellison, Norville L. 1 p.m., Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Oak Hill.


Fisher, Nora 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.


Helmick, Betty J. 11 a.m., Stockert


Humphreys, Virginia 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Jackson, Charles II 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.


Lackey, Sharon K. Noon, Dingess House of Prayer, Dingess.


Lacy, Cezreada W. 1 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.


Nibert, Virginia P. 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.


Price, Roland G. 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.


Pugh, Berneice 11 a.m., Summersville Baptist Church, Summersville.


Rollyson, George K. 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.


Settle, Kathleen M. 1 p.m., Dunbar Mountain Mission, Dunbar.


Snuffer, Vermeda 11 a.m., Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.


Sutphin, Helen V. 1 p.m., Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester.


Tupis, Opal 11 a.m., Logan Church of the Nazarene, Logan.

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Elvin S. Alford Jr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299993 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299993 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Elvin Samuel Alford Jr., 87, of South Charleston, left to be with Jesus on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was a retired weighmaster from Union Carbide, South Charleston. He attended the Alum Creek Church of the Nazarene and served in the Army Air Corps in Korea during World War II.

Junior was preceded in death by his grandson, Marc Sparks; parents, Elvin Sr. and Thelma Alford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Curtis and his first wife, Katie Alford, and Ray and Betty Alford; and sister and brother-in-law, Jessie and Charles Blalock.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret "Peggy" Stafford Alford; daughters, Karen Sparks of South Charleston and Margie (Robert) Childress of North Carolina; sons, David Alford of South Charleston and Terry (Tereasa) Alford of Garretts Bend; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastors David Mitchell, David Dorsey and Kelley Frazier officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with military graveside rites conducted by Alum Creek VFW 4768.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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Emogean Amerson http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299977 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299977 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:39 -0400 Emogean Moore Amerson went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at her daughter's residence in Los Angeles, Calif.

She was born Jan. 6, 1928 in Stuart, Va., to the late Roland and Beatrice Moore. She was married to Raymond Amerson on July 22, 1950; to this union four children were born.

Emogean retired from the Charleston Area Medical Center, where she worked in the nursery taking care of newborn babies. Momma Jean, as she was affectionately known, enjoyed volunteering, working puzzles, watching every judge program on television, sitting on her porch conversating with her neighbors and talking on the phone with her many friends.

Momma Jean was a faithful member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a member of the Deaconess Board. When she relocated to Los Angeles, she enjoyed receiving the weekly church bulletins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in her death by her husband; two brothers; and two sisters.

Momma Jean truly loved her family. Those left to cherish her memories include daughters, Joyce Yvonne and Karen Jarai; sons, Raymond Jr. (Lynda) and Vincent Lamont (Montessa), all of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren, Angela Yvette, Taya Lynette, Jermaine Devonne, Jeramy Va'Sean, Naiya Annette and her namesake, Malia Jean, all of Los Angeles; four brothers, Frank (Sarah), Michael (Lucy) and Ricky (Nancy) Moore of Stuart, Va., and Joe (Margie) Moore of Dover, Del.; sisters, Berneice (Willie), Virginia (Grady) and Iris (James) of Stuart, Va., Mattie Sue (Brock) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dollie Ruth of Laurelton, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Curley Jr. (Helen) of Cleveland, Ohio; sister-in-law, Pauline Brown of Laurelton, N.Y.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and the dogs, Kenya and Dominoe.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charleston, with the Rev. Dr. Braxton Broady officiating. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kellerfuneralhome.net.

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

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Jessie Anderson http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299971 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299971 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:45 -0400 Jessie Johnson Anderson, 94, of White Stone, Va., and Rappahannock --Westminster Canterbury, Irvington, Va., died peacefully on Oct. 26, 2014. Born in Baltimore, Md., at age 17 she caught the devoted attention of her future husband, T.B.H. Anderson Jr. Their strong union inspired their family and faithful friends.

Jessie was a devout Christian and was most recently a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Heathsville, Va. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Women's College in 1942 and later, at 67, received her master's degree in Biblical studies from Regent University.

Predeceased by her husband of 68 years, T.B.H. Anderson Jr.; beloved daughter, Harriet B. "Happy" Pullman; and sister, Elizabeth "Libby" Johnson.

Survived by her son, T. Bruce H. Anderson III (Jill); son-in-law, Wesley "Wes" Pullman; grandchildren, Sallie F. Pullman (Matt Buttrill), Travis G. Pullman (Jennifer Berglund), Grant Pullman (Emma), Emily L. Anderson (Slava Krushkal), Thomas B.H. "Tom" Anderson IV, William A. "Bert" Anderson and Samuel F. "Sam" Anderson (Valerie Johnson); great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Beatrice Pullman and Sebastian and Michael Krushkal; brother-in-law, Howard Anderson of Lynchburg; sister-in-law, Charlotte Stradford of Columbia, Mo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the St. Stephen's Anglican Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 609, Heathsville, VA 22473.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock, Va., handled the arrangements.

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Oren L. Baldwin http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299998 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299998 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:20 -0400 Oren Lee Baldwin, 78, of Charleston, passed away at his home on Oct. 24, 2014.

Born March 30, 1936 in Charleston, he was the son of the late Romie Albert Baldwin and Goldie Bell Walker Baldwin.

Oren served his country in the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge in 1966 he became a chauffeur and worked in maintenance at the Holiday Inn in Huntington. He retired from the VA Hospital in Huntington.

He loved his family and will be greatly missed by all. Oren is survived by his son, Kenneth Lee Baldwin and his wife, Terri, of Charleston; a sister, Myrtle McGraw of Charleston; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with Pastor Harold Boggs officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service. Interment will immediately follow at Floral Hills Gardens of Memories with military rites given by Clendenin Post 61 and the West Virginia Honor Guard representatives.

Online condolence can be left at www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

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Wendell D. Beall http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299989 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299989 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:27 -0400 Wendell D. Beall, 75, of Cedarville, died Oct. 27, 2014. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Lynch Cemetery, Cedarville. Arrangements by Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

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Benjamin "Ben" Black Jr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299976 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299976 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:40 -0400 Benjamin "Ben" Black Jr. passed away at his home in Carolina Shores, N.C., on Oct. 26, 2014 after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease) for his heavenly home. He was born in McDunn on Dec. 20, 1932 and grew up in and around Eskdale. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War he settled in Elkview, remaining there for over 50 years before moving to the warm, sunny south to enjoy their retirement years.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Helen Carol Harper Black; parents, Benjamin F. Black Sr. and Margaret Estep Black; sister, Nell Hinkle; and brothers, Bill Black, O'Dell Black, Sam Black, Woodrow Black and Ray Black.

Surviving Ben are his wife, Cheryl Cutlip Black; son, Rickey L. Black of Pinch; daughters, Mary Jo Lawson of Nitro and Beverly Dean of Pinch; brother, Tom (Ethel) of Dunbar; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He retired from the Charleston Police Department as an officer after many interesting years, to then continuing working and making additional cherished friendships at Heck's, Inc., Carbon Fuel Company stationed at the Winifrede office and Smith Motor Cars before finally retiring to the sunny North Carolina coast.

Ben is a member of Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM; 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason Valley of Charleston, Orient of West Virginia; Beni Kedem Shrine, being a member of the Oriental Band; Thelma Chapter No. 24 Grand Chapter of West Virginia and Brunswick Chapter No. 341 Grand Chapter of North Carolina Order of the Eastern Star; Capitol City Lodge No. 74 of the Fraternal Order of Police; Paralyzed Veterans of America Southeastern Chapter; Nocha White American Legion Post 503; and a 50-year member of Moose Lodge 1444 in Charleston.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, with Pastors Mark Boyd and Randy Black officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with an Eastern Star funeral service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the serve on Friday, Oct. 31. Ben will be buried at Sunset Memorial Park with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Calabash Volunteer EMS, P.O. Box 4711, Calabash, NC 28467 and/or Shriners Children's Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. Many thanks are given to the Amedisys Hospice employees, Barbara, Gary, Mary Ann and others who attended to Ben's needs during his illness, as well as the employees of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center.

Condolences may be sent to cblack4675@atmc.net.

Hafer Funeral Home of Elkview is in charge of arrangements.

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James L. Chapman http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299982 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299982 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Mr. James Lewis Chapman, 76, of Poca, passed away Oct. 27, 2014 at home.

He is survived by his wife, Janis Chapman; children, James L. Chapman II, Janet Dyer, Cheryl Akers, Diana C. Givens, Darlene K. Quesenberry, Steve Quesenberry, Mark Quesenberry and James K. Quesenberry; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A tribute to the life of Mr. James Chapman will be 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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

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

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Regina Lee Deel http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299990 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299990 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:26 -0400 Regina Lee Deel, 65, of Webster Springs, died Oct. 25, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

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Sister Eulalia Estep, CSJ http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299994 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/OBIT/310299994 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Sister Eulalie Estep, CSJ, died at Mount St. Joseph, Wheeling, on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mount St. Joseph, 132 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, where vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel.

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Community briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 29 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM01/141029130 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM01/141029130 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 A support group for problem gamblers and their loved ones meets at 6:30 p.m. each Friday evening at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston. It is free and confidential. Anyone who wishes to get more information can call 800-GAMBLER or email Patty@1stchs.com.

The Elk Valley Woman's Club will host a "Shop 'Til You Drop" event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Hills Church in Pinch. Refreshments will be sold, and pumpkin rolls will be sold or can be ordered. Vendors are still needed; contact Marilyn M. Spencer at 304-965-5377, if you'd like to participate.

The Nitro Historical Commission and the St. Albans Historical Society will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Dick Henderson Bridge, between Nitro and St. Albans, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Albans Roadside Park. The bridge was named after Richard J. "Dick" Henderson, a "Carbider" and active member in the community. Photos and food will be featured.

Emma Chapel Church will have its annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Crafts and food will be available for purchase. The church is located on Route 34 near Liberty. All are welcome to come enjoy the fellowship.

The National Scrip Collectors Association will hold its fall meeting and show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in room 104 of the Charleston Civic Center. The show is free and the public is welcome.

Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District will host its annual Ritter Park Rose Garden rose clipping giveaway from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the Ritter Park Rose Garden. Visit the rose garden now to see the colors of varieties you may want cuttings from, and join the staff Nov. 3 to collect the cuttings. For more information, call 304-696-5954.

The Speakers Advantage Toastmasters Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Cross Lanes Public Library, 5449 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes. Guests and new members are welcome. For information, call Julia Hinkle at 304-937-3355 or email Monica Horter at mhorter1@gmail.com.

Salvaged to Sassy, located at 2120 Pennsylvania Ave. in Charleston, will host a holiday open house and heirloom paint demonstration on Nov. 9. The open house will run from 2 to 5 p.m. and the paint demonstration will take place at 3 p.m.

Come enjoy fine vintage home decor gift ideas and refreshments.

The Woman's Club of Dunbar, on 14th Street, will be having its annual Arts and Crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. Hot dogs and desserts will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop and shop for your holiday needs and grab some lunch, too.

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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Your Vents, Wednesday, Oct. 29 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029131 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029131 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 n Democratic politicians say they create jobs and support education. They have been in power for more than 80 years in West Virginia. Why do we rank 48th, 49th and last in so many polls in these areas?

n Rahall is complaining about the Koch brothers giving so much money to a campaign. Why? With all of the rich people giving to his campaign, what is the difference?

n This is the first time I've ever called into the Vent Line. The political ads this year are disgusting.

n We don't want mistakes in hospitals. If there is a mistake, check it out and fix it. Don't overlook it without checking it out. It isn't fun and games.

n What are the Imams teaching in these Mosques that have recent converts becoming violent and terroristic? This happened in Oklahoma with the beheading, the shooting in Ottawa and Montreal case of the hit-and-run killer. Canada has lost two soldiers to terrorism.

n Wake up miners. Byrd and Rockefeller lived a lie about supporting coal for years and Rahall is living the same lie. You are supporting the wrong party.

n Is Natalie Tennant above the laws that her office makes by campaigning in front of the Voters Registration Office? She needs to be disqualified from the Senate race.

n I think if Shelley Capito were in Washington, D.C., right now, this place would be better overall. She does a great job and wonderful things to help people in West Virginia. Stand behind her. I am tired of hearing negative things about her.

n Regarding the editorial about the EPA and micromanagement of government: It is because the Democrats feel you are too stupid to make your own decisions. Apparently they are right because you keep voting for them.

n Ryan Switzer turned down a Morgantown offer to go to North Carolina. This morning we found out why. He is going down there and will end up with a four-year degree in basket weaving.

n I see in the paper where the sheep are all coming out to vote for their heroes Tennant and Obama. You can see from the picture they are all Democrats.

n What a wonderful president Barack Obama has been. While the Republicans are trashing him every day more than all the other presidents have even been trashed, he calmly goes about doing his business keeping America safe and strong.

n What glory is there in being evil towards mankind? Some young people are so sick they'd do anything for attention. I pray for their demise before they can reproduce the bad seed.

n Thanks to the city of Charleston for putting a left turn signal light at Dickinson and Quarrier streets.

n If they know Shelley Moore Capito did the same thing as Martha Stewart, why isn't she also serving time in jail? It doesn't seem fair that Martha got punished and Shelley and her husband didn't.

n It is great that Rahall voted for Obama 94 percent of the time. Why should he vote for cuts in Social Security, Medicare, veterans' programs, education, dirty coal and air and water like Capito did when she voted for the Ryan budget? Rahall is for middle-class West Virginians in spite of what the Republicans say.

n After reading in your paper that West Virginia regional jail inmates are going to become more educated about personal finances than the majority of Americans due to being offered financial university education courses, why are we giving to our inmates and not our current students? Wouldn't it be better to teach them before they become inmates?

n Shame on Kanawha City Elementary for having Doug Skaff moderating their spelling bee. He was arrested on a DUI recently. That's a really good example for the children isn't it?

n That man who abused his little beagle dog should have his manly parts removed. And any woman who would associate with someone like that needs to be checked into a mental hospital.

n What difference does it make whether or not Allison Grimes says who she voted for? We have a secret ballot in the United States. How is that something to campaign for or against? This is absolutely un-American.

n Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. - William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

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Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Oct. 29 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029140 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029140 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Oct. 29

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Editorial: Uncertainty is killing coal-mining investments http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029141 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029141 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Coal and the Environmental Protection Agency dominate this year's congressional and Senate races. For the record, all of the major candidates like coal, and all of them are willing to fight the EPA.

But no matter how many volumes of regulations the politicians shoot in their commercials, the Obama administration is squeezing the industry.

There were 184 active mines in 2012, industry officials told state legislators last week. Today there are 96.

"There are a whole lot of reasons for that, but predominantly it's the uncertainty created by this administration," West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney told Chris Lawrence of MetroNews.

"We dealt for several years with the fact you couldn't get federal permits, now they've taken on the power plants and put out these rules on greenhouse gas which have no technology to control."

Everyone gets that the coal industry is cyclical. But investors know that the time to build is when coal is down because eventually coal will rebound.

Now they are not so sure, and they have legitimate reasons for their uncertainty.

For example, in 1997, Arch Coal began laying the groundwork for Spruce 1, which officials hoped would be a 3,113-acre mine in Logan County.

Ten years later -- yes, 10 -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the mine.

But President Obama's administration revoked the permit three years later through the Environmental Protection Agency -- even though another agency issued the permit. The case has slogged through the courts.

Even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to rule against the EPA, the Obama administration will have succeeded blocked the project for years.

Who would invest under such circumstances?

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Editorial: West Virginia's business climate is improving http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029142 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029142 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 West Virginia University is No. 20 and Marshall is No. 23 in the latest college football poll by The Associated Press. That's a lot of fun.

But another poll came out this week that bodes well for the economic future of West Virginia.

The Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index ranked West Virginia No. 21. Such mediocrity is a quite step up from No. 37 just four years ago.

"West Virginia's business franchise tax (or capital stock tax) is expected to phase out fully next year," the foundation noted in its press release.

"The rate currently stands at 0.1 percent, and has been on a phase-down schedule with the state's corporate tax rate since 2011. The corporate rate has completed its phase-down schedule this year, having been reduced from 8.5 percent in 2011 to 6.5 percent this year."

Much more work needs to be done, but getting rid of business-inhibiting and anti-growth taxes is a step forward.

The foundation's business climate index is an indicator of economic performance.

Eight of the 11 states with the top business climate rankings in 2010 are among the top 11 in this year's economic performance rankings compiled by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Obviously, while business climate is a strong factor in economic success, there are many other variables.

For example, hydraulic fracturing has led to an oil boom in North Dakota, which now ranks No. 4 in economic performance despite a No. 25 ranking in business tax climate four years ago.

But North Dakota could have done better. Fracking has led to an oil boom in Texas, too, which combined with its No. 11 business tax climate four years ago, has helped Texas rank No. 1 in economic performance.

Business taxes are not the only factor in business activity, such as location and even terrain.

West Virginia legislators may not be able to iron out the terrain, but they can iron out the taxes and laws that hinder economic growth.

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Don Surber: The Shelley Moore Capito school of politics http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029143 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029143 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 West Virginians will elect their first woman U.S. senator on Tuesday.

If the polls and pundits in Washington are correct, she will be Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

Of more importance, Capito would be the state's first Republican senator since Jan. 3, 1959, when Democrat Robert C. Byrd first took his place in the Senate, succeeding W. Chapman Revercomb, the last Republican elected -- in 1956.

Capito is another overnight success more than 20 years in the making.

Yes, her father was the legendary Gov. Arch Moore, the best governor in the 20th century who served three terms -- and a fourth one in prison.

But Capito made it in politics on her own. As such, she provides a good role model for today's politicians.

In the Daily Mail editorial board's meeting with the five U.S. Senate candidates (their only meeting as a group this election), Capito introduced herself as a "bleacher mom."

That is where she began, in the bleachers with the other moms watching their kids in their various school activities.

She talked with her fellow mothers and listened.

Then in 1996, she ran for the House of Delegates from the gargantuan 30th House of Delegates district.

She worked hard, but barely made it to the House of Delegates as she finished seventh in a race for seven seats.

(Leo Durocher didn't say nice guys finish last. The quote originally was, "The nice guys are all over there, in seventh place." How fitting.)

Capito quickly earned respect among her peers -- and voters. After her re-election in 1998, Capito ran for the open congressional seat, when Bob Wise ran for governor in 2000.

She took on asbestos lawyer Jim Humphreys, who spent $6.7 million in that campaign -- the second-most in the nation's 435 House races that year.

Capito spent $1.3 million and beat him by two points.

Two years later, Humphreys upped his spending to $7 million. She spent about the same as in 2000 and topped him -- by 20 points this time.

She worked hard as a congresswoman and has never taken a race for granted.

Her election would be an old school rise to the Senate.

Capito began as a state legislator, then worked her way up to the U.S. House

Just like Byrd.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin also began as state delegates. Instead of Congress they served as state Secretary of State and then as governor.

Either way is fine as long as our senators work their way up. It weeds out the weak.

Service in lesser political offices gives congressmen and senators a chance to learn.

It also connects them to the people they are supposed to represent.

In her meeting with Daily Mail editors, the subject of working in a bipartisan manner on issues came up.

Everyone is for bipartisanship before the election -- along with Mom, the flag and apple pie.

The difference is Capito can prove her bipartisanship.

"I live in a Democratic state that I've been representing for 18 years and if I'm not talking and working across the aisle then I'm not participating," Capito said.

Thanks to her efforts and the efforts of many other Republicans who dared to run in the 1990s, West Virginia may not be a Democratic state for much longer.

But be the state Democratic or Republican after this election, a bleacher mom will continue to represent the state well in Washington.

She earned it.

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Hoppy Kercheval: Looking at more state Senate races http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029144 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/DM04/141029144 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 West Virginia Statehouse races can be difficult to predict.

There's only limited polling, if any, and local races can be notoriously fickle. However, let's take a crack at it.

After reviewing some data and talking with plugged in Democratic and Republican operatives, here's my at-the-moment take on the 17 state Senate races. On Tuesday, we looked at districts 1 through 9.

Today, we'll do the 10th through the 17th.

WV10 (Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers): Democrat Ron Miller of Lewisburg is the incumbent, seeking his second term.

The farmer and Baptist minister is also a former Greenbrier County Circuit Clerk and is well-known in the community.

Republicans recruited Duane Zobrist to challenge Miller. Zobrist is an entrepreneur who founded the Falconry Academy at the Greenbrier Resort.

Zobrist has raised almost twice as much money as Miller ($84,000 to $48,000) and mounted an aggressive campaign. The GOP believes this is one they can pick off if there's a Republican wave.

Plus, there has been a surge of outside spending for Zobrist. Race rating: Toss-up.

WV11 (Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster): Incumbent Democrat Greg Tucker is seeking his second term in this sprawling district.

His challenger is Republican Robert Karnes, a small businessman from tiny Tallmansville in Upshur County.

Observers say Tucker appeared to be taking this race lightly until it became evident he was getting a serious challenge from Karnes, a Christian conservative who home schools his seven children.

Tucker has a big financial advantage; he has spent $71,000 as of last week, compared with $36,000 for Karnes. Race rating: Lean Democrat/Tucker.

WV12 (Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis): This is an open seat following the defeat of Democrat Sam Cann in the primary by Clarksburg attorney and Harrison County Commissioner Mike Romano.

The Republican is Mike Queen, who earlier this year switched his registration from Democrat to Republican and resigned from the Harrison County school board to get in the race.

Romano has spent a whopping $207,000 this election cycle (though a big chunk was in the tough primary against Cann). Queen has spent only $32,000 and is relying heavily on social media. Racing Rating: Lean Democrat/Romano.

WV13 (Marion, Monongalia): Incumbent Democrat Bob Beach is seeking his second four-year term.

Before being elected to the Senate, Beach spent 10 years in the House, so he has name recognition in the district.

The Republican challenger is Kris Warner, a long-time activist in Republican politics who once served as the party chairman. Warner has outraised Beach ($71,000 to $55,000) and campaigned hard to try to overcome the Democratic advantage in voter registration in the district.

American Freedom Party candidate Harry Bertram is also in the race. Race Rating: Lean Democrat/Beach.

WV14 (Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Tucker): Incumbent Republican Dave Sypolt is a land surveyor from Kingwood who is seeking his third term.

The Democrat challenger is Stan Shaver, a retired educator and former member of the House of Delegates.

The fundraising has been even ($32,000 for Sypolt and $29,000 for Shaver), but this is a Republican leaning district. Race Rating: Lean Republican/Sypolt.

WV15 (Berkeley, Mineral, Hampshire, Mineral, Morgan): Gov. Tomblin appointed Donald Cookman to this seat last January to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Walt Helmick, who was elected Agriculture Commissioner.

Democrat Cookman is a former long-time circuit judge in Hampshire County.

Charlie Trump is the Republican Challenger. Trump, a Berkeley Springs attorney, served previously in the House of Delegates and rose to the position of Minority Leader, before taking a breather from politics a few years ago. Cookman has raised an astounding $176,000 compared with $93,000 for Trump, but this is a heavily Republican district.

Dems are hoping for a surprise here. Race Rating: Lean Republican/Trump.

WV16 (Berkeley, Jefferson): Democratic state Senate Majority Leader John Unger is seeking his fifth term. The Republican challenger is Larry Faircloth. Faircloth is a familiar political figure in the district. He has served in the House of Delegates and once ran for the GOP nomination for Governor. The finance reports show Unger had raised $86,000, but only spent $1,800, perhaps indicating his confidence in again overcoming the slight Republican advantage in voter registration in Berkeley County. Race Rating: Lean Democrat/Unger.

WV17 (Kanawha): This is an open seat because of the retirement of long-time Democratic Senator Brooks McCabe.

Democratic Delegate Doug Skaff is facing off against Republican Tom Takubo.

Takubo is a Charleston physician and Skaff is a businessman. Skaff has outspent Takubo three to one ($118,000 to $38,000) and would be considered the heavy favorite.

However, Skaff was picked up in Morgantown for DUI earlier this month, which could change the complexion of the race.

Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson is also on the ballot. Race Rating: Toss-up.

Kercheval is host of Talkline, broadcast statewide by the Metronews Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays. Listen locally on WCHS 580 AM.

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Ed Rabel: Peeps! Remove your badge of honor, please http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029158 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029158 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Ed Rabel People, let's get real! In other words, let's stop pretending. The Kanawha Valley no longer can claim the honor of being the chemical center of the world. Coal no longer powers our economy. Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is not a game changer. Wheeling Steel is gone. And so is Bob Byrd.

Jay Rockefeller is on his way out. Chuck Yeager left a long time ago. So did Jerry West, Don Knotts and Booker T. Washington. In fact, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians simply skipped town, took off, moved on and left us with three congressional districts instead of five, and Gallup's distinction that says we're the most miserable state in the entire nation. You beg to differ? Just ask 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley whose water was poisoned this year while those responsible got off the hook.

Stop! Don't turn the page. There's more. A Republican factotum is our attorney general, a carpetbagger Republican from Maryland is about to become our congressman and a do-nothing Republican congresswoman is about to be elected our next U.S. senator. Nevermind that her father, an ex-governor is also an ex-con.

I could go on, but you get the drift. Once proud and progressive, my beloved home state is in a shambles. At one time, way back in 1948, long before the EPA was invented, 126,000 coal miners, most in the honored UMWA, were employed directly in coal mining. Then the layoffs began, long before the EPA was invented. Coal companies launched their war on coal, the coal miners and their union long before the EPA was invented. Profits soared and employment faded, long before the EPA was invented. Today, fewer than 21,000 miners are employed directly in the mines because coal companies have mechanized and modernized, coal-fired electric plants are disappearing as natural gas takes over, coal mining is cheaper out west, and most of the easily-mined coal here has been hauled away so that our beautiful mountaintops are ripped off to get at what's left. Who's to blame? Why President Obama, of course.

You see, peeps, once again you've been hoodwinked, bamboozled and boogied by big coal's puppet politicians who're using Obama and the EPA as bogeymen to scare you into voting for them. They know you like to wear your misery as a badge of honor. How easy it is to fool you, they think, by pandering to your fears, your hatred and your racism - yes, your racism - so they can wind up in Congress where they will serve their masters on Wall Street. Such scare tactics have worked before, they reason. Why not use those tactics again? Why not?

Here's why you should not let them get away with it again. First, deep down, you are smarter than that. You have the courage to discard your deeply ingrained belief that there is nobility in suffering. Nobody deserves to endure black lung and broken backs for the sake of the coal barons. You also know, deep down and from your religious upbringing that you should not judge a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. And, finally, you know better than to reward politicians who are, knowingly, making fools out of you for their own, personal gratification as drudges in the service of political party extremists.

A native West Virginian, Rabel is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author who lives in Alum Creek and is an independent candidate for Congress in West Virginia's 2nd District.

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Michigan teen inspired by National Youth Science Camp in W.Va. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029159 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029159 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Editor:

I am writing to tell you about my experience as a delegate for the National Youth Science Camp this summer, representing Michigan. The National Youth Science Camp, held annually in West Virginia, was the highlight of my summer and the most amazing experience of my life. Now I feel so empowered to improve the future with the power of science!

I've never met so many intelligent and inspiring teenagers until I arrived at camp. There were students attending every Ivy League school and many attending MIT and Stanford. The accomplishments of my fellow delegates were amazing: one delegate had proposed a new model for subatomic particles and was able to calculate the mass of the Higgs-Boson particle, even before physicists confirmed its existence; another delegate knew 16 programming languages and was a finalist for the USA Computing Olympiad; another was a Gates Millennium Scholar, another a finalist; another was involved with the U.S. Marine Corps and held the flag for President Obama on Veterans Day at his Arlington National Cemetery address, and even visited Iwo Jima; another delegate raised $30,000 for the Smile Train, started his own nonprofit organization at the age of 10 and met Eli Manning and Blake Griffin.

So many of the delegates participated in Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair, and many won top prizes. One of my friends even had an asteroid named after him, as part of his first-place prize in the computing division at ISEF.

Part of what really made me realize how special camp is was that, one time, delegates had a casual conversation at snack time about eugenics, debating the ethical, physical and evolutionary considerations about DNA sequencing and choosing traits of offspring. These were conversations you could not have anywhere else. These teenagers had advanced vocabularies and insightful perspectives on world issues and were always so curious, yet also friendly and caring.

At camp, I had so many new experiences, like caving, whitewater kayaking and backpacking. I had never done any of the overnight trips I picked, and it was so much fun to try these new outdoor recreational activities.

Daniel Wu

West Bloomfield, Michigan

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Jim Felsen: When Ebola happens, people feel need of prepared public health system http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029166 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141029/ARTICLE/141029166 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Jim Felsen In response to massive scapegoating surrounding the Ebola outbreak - including press and public reaction - a commentator suggested that we just "blame Bush" and move on. Great idea. Such scenarios have reoccurred throughout history, are predictable and are likely to increase in frequency and severity unless we - the people - restore trust and reform our community/public health system.

We cannot adequately build, staff and equip enough hospitals in West Africa or the United States to significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality of a major Ebola epidemic. At this time, there is no magic bullet. Hopefully, we will not have to fly any more folks to the few facilities in the United States able to care for such patients. What about next time?

In 2008, I published a book titled "De-Spamming Health - Reforming the Health System from the Bottom Up" that describes several historical and contemporary sensationalized episodes (1918 influenza outbreak, HIV emergence, 2001 Alliance, Ohio meningitis calamity) of the interface between scientific advancements and the environmental, social, cultural and economic realities of the community population. More mundane examples exist by the millions each day.

I drew heavily on the works of Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson (Consilience, the Unity of Knowledge) and others, as well as the personal wisdom and admonitions of mentors, colleagues and friends, such as a retired Army Colonel Frank Wilson, I met while serving on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. E. O Wilson eloquently describes the cycles throughout history where science gets too far ahead, overwhelming the population (what I call "spam") and requiring time for society to reconfigure its institutions to maximally integrate such science. Frank Wilson's lesson was simple, "Any community will get the health and legal system it demands."

Preventive and clinical health science advancements over the past 100 years to maintain and elevate the health of the population are enormous and wonderful. The means to communicate these to the public has also expanded exponentially. They have also produced "spam" that creates confusion, societal push back and often an inability to maximally apply such science to improve the human condition.

In the book, I discuss why an optimal strategy to maximally capitalize on the tremendous gains in scientific research and preventive/clinical consultative expertise requires two additional components:

n "Trusted" health advisors at the national and local level to cut through the spam and help us better apply the advancements.

n Enhanced local community/public health authorities, mechanisms and incentives/resources to respond to the unique characteristics and realities of each community.

Before and after the departure of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (who wrote the foreword to my book), politics and bureaucracy assured there would be no strong, politically insulated, independent, medical professionals allowed to earn the trust of the American public. Appointing a token without structural change, adequate support and independence will accomplish little. This needs to change. Koop's presence and leadership during the HIV episode led to a huge reduction in hysteria, panic, fear and irrational conflict and actions.

Over the last several decades, other than for threat preparedness, the authorities and resources for local community/public health operations have nosedived, often in favor of expansion of central preventive medicine activities and categorical initiatives. That is not to demean these activities but stress that they are quite different from community/public health.

Community/public health addresses the "realities" and "variances" of populations and communities in a arena of constant "uncertainty", "change" and "ambiguity." Preventive medicine centers on the best medical science applications and techniques to prevent morbidity and mortality in individuals with certain health risks and conditions. They are both necessary and complementary, but different.

As an example, a September study in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" found men could reduce their risk of a heart attack by 86 percent by addressing a few lifestyle measures (weight, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol) but only 1 percent do so. A September CDC study found that only 50 percent of gay and bisexual men have adequate discussion and testing by their doctors for HIV and take their medicines appropriately if diagnosed with HIV. There are endless other examples such as, increased tanning parlor use and melanoma, low immunization rates, and limitations on applying mandatory measures to control influenza because of privacy and civil liberty concerns.

Outrageous rates of morbidity and mortality associated with such behavioral and environmental risks - where science has provided sub-optimally utilized preventive and clinical solutions - begs for local action.

Hopefully, magic preventive medicine bullets will keep expanding, perhaps one for Ebola, but that will not change the need for local community/public health entities to face the "realities" of applying scientific advancements and proven historical approaches within the uncertainties, ambiguities and change encountered in each community and population. It is unaffordable and wasteful to expect each community to be able to respond like Emory or the NIH if a widespread Ebola outbreak occurred - but they must still respond. Dallas, not Washington or Atlanta, should have had the authority, mechanisms and resources to "call the shots" to reduce the probability of spread once Ebola appeared. They did not and will not unless we restore the "trust" of the population and greatly enhance our local community/public health systems.

Jim Felsen, a retired public health physician, lives in Great Cacapon.

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