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Page 8A -- The Glenville DemocraffPathfinder --Thursday, May 3, 2012 This week I joined with my col- leagues to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which will help ensure that the women and children of this country are free from domestic abuse. I proudly sponsored the Violence Against Women Act because it is unfathomable that any individual could oppose efforts to ensure women and children are free from violence. Indeed, I have heard from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence that this law is "the most critical piece of federal legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children m every county of West Virginia." Since it first passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has reduced domestic violence by more than 50 percent through the critical programs it funds. But still, violence against women and children is a terri- fying reality in this country. According to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services - our state's sexual assault coalition - one in six women in West Virginia will be a victim of attempted or completed rape. And according to the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. on any given day, licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia provide services to nearly 600 women. children and men. Every seven min- utes, a call is made to a domestic violence hotline in West Virginia. One-third of homicides in West Virginia are related to domestic vio- lence. In tough economic times- like those we are experiencing now - women are more likely to become victims of domestic violence. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. domestic violence is more than three times as likely to occur when couples are ex- periencing high levels of financial strain as when they are experiencing low levels of financial strain Women whose male partners expe- rienced two or more periods of unem- ployment over a 5-year study were almost three times as likely to be victims of intimate violence as were women whose partners had stable jobs. Seventy-three percent of shelters attributed the rise in abuse to "finan- cial issues." "Stress" and "job loss" were also frequently cited as causing the increase in the victims seeking shelter. That is why it was so important to pass the Violence Against Women Act. which is a fight on behalf of the women whose sto- ries are contained in those numbers - but whose lives are invaluable and more important than any statistic could ever hope to portray. The bill we passed reauthorized several essential grant programs that have made a tre- mendous difference m my state of West Virginia and across this nation. These are programs like the Sexual Assault Services Program. which has allowed West Virginia to significantly expand services to victims of sexual assault: the Services-Training-Offic- ers-Prosecutors (STOP) Grant Pro- gram. which is the primary grant pro- gram used to address crimes of do- mestic violence, sexual assault, dat- ing violence, and stalking by allow- ing states to allocate the funds to providers at their own discretion: Le- gal Assistance for Victims LAV), a highly competitive program that seeks to make legal assistance available to victims of violence and sexual as- sault: and the ARREST Grant Pro- gram, which seeks to help state and local governments and agencies in- From Violence vestigate and prosecute instances of domestic violence, dating violence. sexual assault, and stalking, and treat them as serious crimes. Other critical programs funded by VAWA include Rural Enforcement Assistance Grants, which were estab- lished to address unique challenges faced in rural jurisdictions, including resources for vicums in remote and geographically isolated areas who face barriers to accessing services. The rural grant program has allowed the state to provide fulltime advocacy for sexual assault victims in seven rural counties in West Virginia. These programs are just a few ex- amples of the services being offered to victims because of the Violence Against Women Act. As we debated this bill. countless West Virginians reached out to me to share women's stories, emphasize the proven successes of the Violence Against Women Act. and highlight the need to continue fund- ing such an important law. Truly, it is incomprehensible to me how anyone could make the decision to inflict physical pain on someone else - man, woman or child. Life is tough enough without involving vio- lence. Ensuring that women and children have adequate protection against vio- lence just makes common sense. And to the people of West Virginia, I know this is a high priority. If there was ever an issue that should bring us together, I would hope that we could find common ground when it comes to protecting our mothers and grandmothers, our wives, our sisters. our daughters and our grandchildren. There is nothing more common sense to me than taking care of the ones we love, and the ones who have cared for us. I know that as Democrats and Re- publicans, we can agree on that. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. -Henry David Thoreau GCHS Football Around The Basket Bingo Kitchen Table The GCHS Football Team will be holding a basket bingo at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens Building on Mon., May 7, 20t2. The Bingo will begin at 7:00 and end when all 20 Longaberger baskets are given away. Many other door prizes and quick games will be played. Come out and support Gilmer County Titan Football!! The basket bingo will. include: 20 games for $20.00. Each Individual must have ticket to play. $1.00 Quick Games. Many Prizes and Door Prize'. Come join us Mon., May 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gilmer County Se- nior Center. Get tickets in advance at Gilmer County High School. If you have any questions, feel free to call 304-462-7960. McKinley Votes for Sm00ll Business Tax Cut Recently, Congressman David B. McKinley (R-WV) stood up for job creators across West Virginia and the United States, by voting for a 20% tax cut for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012 allows small businesses a tax deduction for 20% of their income that is subject to taxation. "This is much needed help for our small businesses, which are such a crucial part of the Mountain State's economy," said Rep. McKinley. "'As a small business owner myself, I know thestruggles our job creators face in these tough economic times." The move will boost the economy by freeing up cash that companies could use to hire workers, give raises or invest in equipment The legisla- tion would provide $46 billion dollars in immediate tax relief to small busi- nesses struggling in a weak economy by helping more than 22 million firms. "The 20 percent small business tax cut is something We felt was the very least we could do to help the job generators, right now, who are having so much difficulty," said Rep. McKinley. Enjoy the internet NEW: _ .FROM 800% FASTER. INTRODUCING. EXEDE BROADBAND i FROM WILDBLUE. It's up to 8x faster than our original service. So you can get everything super fast. Zoom through downloading files, streaming videos, listening to music, sharing photos and emails. 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Alsinda and Ezra were the parents of eight children when Alsinda died in 1918 of child bed fever. On Mar. 13. 1922. Uncle Ezra mar- ried Josephine Stull (born 1905, died 1965). Thirteen children were born to Uncle Ezra and Josephine, making Ezra the father of 21 children. Uncle Ezra had a lot of concern and compassion for his children. He was a farmer and worked hard to support his family. Ezra made a special trip to town to record the births of almost every one of his children. Great Uncle Ezra Minney was my Grandpa Ira "Papa" Minney's brother. Ezra's children were members of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation. Many of Ezra's children were teach- ers, principals, superintendents or worked in the education field. I hear that last week Ezra's son Tom, who retired as superintendent of Gilmer Co. Schools, was back in the system as a substitute teacher at I gota letter'l'om cousin Luanne Conrad last week. She mentioned that Ezra's son Eugene Lee taught school with her in the Elyria School System. She said that Eugene was noted as a good teacher. Eugene married the former Jean Miller of Normantown and Luanne said she has been reading about a great granddaughter and a grandson on Eugene and Jean's that are star pitchers for two Elyria, OH schools. I finally indentified the fly plant that cousin Forest Minney said his mother Sillar Bishop Minney grew in her garden. It is a wildflower called fly poison. It grows about one and a half to four feet tall from PA on south. Forest's father was Grandpa Ira and Uncle Ezra's baby brother, Vessie. My great granddaughter, Brianna Marks, is in the University of VA hospital for treatment of her Systic Fibrosis. Brianna should be home by now. Grandson Ross Mills' daughter Avery is still in a DC hospital, but should soon be home. I now have 13 yearling calves in my barn, They are getting ready to be turned pasture. 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IL Mother's Day Brunch a regulor priced odull Sunday, May 13th meal, the cost of Mom's meal will he donnted 10 Mollohan's Restaurant Reloy|orLffe! 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Glazed Pit Ham with Pineapple Chicken Marsala Carved Roast Beef with Au Jus Mashed Potatoes with Gravy Candied Yams Country Green Beans Buttered Corn Scrambled Eggs Omelet and Waffle Stations Breakfast Potatoes Bacon and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Full Sole Fresh Fruit and Assorted Desserts Guests ................................. $10.99 Seniors/Faculty Flex .............. $9:99 Children 12-5 ......................... $6.00 Children Under 5 ..................... Free 1 GLENILLE STATE COLLEGE Call (304) 462-4108 for reservations