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10- D.mo Pa nd.r-- Thu day, 2003 Area children get to 'Shop with a Cop' Rockefeller BILL TO address For the eighth time in as many years, mas shopping spree. The officers will e -Legislation would enable employees and retirees to recover hard-earned benefits Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced legislation to strengthen employee rights under fed- eral bankruptcy law. Rockefeller's bill, the Bankruptcy Fairness Act, would enable employees and retirees to recover more of what is owed to them in wages and benefits, including critical retiree health coverage, if their company declares bankruptcy. "West Virginia workers are re- nowned as hard-working, loyal em- ployees, and they deserve the com- pensation they've earned. Yet in the last few years, we have seen major employers go bankrupt and abandon their promises of compensation," Rockefeller said. "Those broken promises are unacceptable to West Virginia workers and retirees who depend on their health benefits and wages." Recognizing the need for Congress to address the issue, Rockefeller said, "Too often, in bankruptcy, the re- maining assets are carved up between creditors and lawyers. Executives often parachute out with extravagant bonuses while long-time loyal em- ployees are left in the cold. Loyal workers deserve better, and this bill gives them a place at the table when companies go into bankruptcy." The Bankruptcy Fairness Act would specifically help employees and retir- ees of bankrupt companies on three fronts. The bill would: * Provide Compensation for Retir- ees Who Lose Health Coverage. If an employer reduces retiree health care benefits as part of a bankruptcy plan, retirees would be entitled to cash com- pensation, in addition to the general unsecured claim they receive under current law. The compensation is designed to enable retirees to pur- chase comparable health insurance for another 18 months. * Increase Workers' Priority Claim Against Company Assets. The bill allows employees to recover more of the back-pay, vacation time, sever- ance, or benefit payments that the company owes them at the time it declares bankruptcy. Current law grants an employee a priority claim of $4,650 against the company's assets; the Rockefeller bill increases the claim to $15,000. * Recover Excessive Pay to Com- pany Executives or Insiders. The bill provides bankruptcy courts the au- thority to recover company assets in cases where company managers flagrantly paid excessive compensa- tion to favored employees just before declaring bankruptcy. Wise names Stump DMV Commissioner "Doug brings a wide variety of ex- perience to this position," Wise said. "He has been a public servant for many years and understands the criti- cal need for quality customer ser- vice." Stump currently serves as chair of the West Virginia Parole Board. He previously was president of the Kanawha Regional Transit Author- May the love and peace and joy that Christ came to bring to earth be in your heart and guide you always, as you look forward to his second coming t Country Litfl. Natural Foods 211 N. Lewis St. Glenvilie, WV 462-8157 M on-\Vet. -Th u 10 to 6 F,i 10- 'i" e ity, the Kanawha County Commis- sion and the Kanawha County School Board. Stump also served on the Economic Development Authority, the Regional Jail Authority, the School Board Association and the Solid Waste Authority. Stump's appointment is effective Jan. I, 2004. from ! We also would like to sayI ! , Thank you from theI [ bottom of our hearts forl I t's ;,, , letting us serve you..I [ been a true blessing,I [ servmgeach and every oneI | of our customers, whichI i ,, llgt" now are also our Friends il :: Wetruelyapprec,ateeach I and every one of you and] ! our families. God Bless] ] MI of y.ou during this] i pecml time. we love youI [ ki!! May Peace be wRh[ ] TO T H [:7 ,ou. l I ...... mGLENN'S /I WORLD - -R / | It has been a pleasure to AUTO REPAI | ! serve yot, AND BODY SHOp] ] Somerville s Taylor and Hunte I ! ..... 7"/- , .._._ i .....L,,nn, vvy WE 5HARE THE $AME laYS OF THE 5EA$ON. the West Virginia State Police, the Charleston Police Department and the West Virginia Air National Guard Mili- tary Police will participate in the "Shop with a Cop" program. Catenary Coal will again generously provide funding for the annual "Shop with a Cop" program. The company will provide funding for 22 underprivi- leged children representing 15 famlies from the Cabin Creek area a shopping spree worth approximately $200. In addition, the coal company, in coop- eration with Foodland, will provide a $40 Christmas dinner for each family. On Friday, December 19, 2003, at 7:00 a.m., each of the children, students from Sharon-Dawes Elementary School, will be paired with a police officer that will assist the child in keep- ing track of their items during the Christ- use calculators to keep the totals during the shopping spree so each child uti- lizes his/her spending allotment. "The West Virginia State Police is extremely proud to be a part of this program," said Colonel Howard E. Hill, Jr. Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police. "The joy that comes from seeing a child's face light up during an opportunity like this is what makes Christmas 'the most wonderful time of the year'." FACTS OF LAW By F. John Oshoway Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer by M.B.T.A. The City of Boston has out- lawed smoking and the use of other tobacco products in all in- door workplaces. Most states require than an individual applying to adopt a minor child be a legal adult and a resident of the state in which the adoption precedings are brought. Nebraska's Supreme Court has determined that the state's $1.25 million cap on medical malprac- tice damages was constitutional and did not violate the principles of equal treatment. "Government and cooperation are in all things the law of life; anarchy and competition the laws of death. -John Ruskin, English writer (1875) *** A federal judge in Utah has ruled that the federal Bureau of Land Management can close off 250,000 acres of public land to off road vehicles, due to the risk of environmental damage. Brought to you as a public service by F. John Oshoway P.O. Box 156 Grantsville, WV 26147 354-9204 Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the star& --Henry Van Dyke May the holidays bring you the joy of friends and tamily As your good neighbor State Farm agent 1 apprecia'te your business and lo~ forward to a new year together. Dan Johnson 34 E Main Street Glenville, WV 304-462-7000 LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR STATE FARM IS THERE.* In a memorandum from LeffMoore, Executive Director of WV Recre- ational Vehicle Association, he notes with horror the account of another death-related accident, this time that of a 15 year-old boy. Since Christmas gifts may include ATVs this year, it is timely that par- ents be reminded that: * underagers do not possess driv- ers' licenses; * owners' manuals, warning labels warn that the vehicle is unsafe and not to be used on a paved road; * who is responsible for furnishing underagers with this vehicle; * the public needs to pressure the legislature to enact reasonable regu- lations and laws to prohibit unre- stricted use of an ATV on paved roads. WISHING YOU HAPPINESS AND HEALTH THROUGHOUT THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AND THE Drakes Auto Sales Glenville, WV Your best canine friend may appreciate healthy treats this holiday season. to All! May the promise of Christmas come true Tomblin's Service Station Sand Fork, WV Sing We May each day be tilled with the blessings of Christmas. as we sing the praises of our Ic)yal customers ! The Common Place ' Restaurant I A Blessed and Glenvgle, WI l Holy Christmas I Good Shepherd I Catholic Church : i :+ i/.:i) . I Mineral Road, Glen' e '.::/ Ai ]Christmas Morning Mass : .. : .,,... ! .lO:OO a.m. " : "f" ," , Ohrtstmas Eve Mass ' -o, f I loyal 0 patrons I 7:30p.m., . we extend our thanks . and best w~shes for ' ' a wonderful, white Appcon Lumber & Supply ! : : ;: " Glenville, WV [ i fill) ,! .!ii - Holiday Greetings and Thanks From VanNostrand & Morton, PLLC !t is only through the trust, confidence, ~. help and assistance of the communities .~ where we live and .w,hereour clients live that we remain in service year to year. For this we all, each and every one, extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude that we are able once again greet the Holidays and welcome in the New Year 2004. SEA,SONS Mantle, Joyce, Carol, Cheryl, Charlotte, Debbie, Patty, Sam, Nancy, Made, Rose & In the true Christmas spirit, we extend to all our friends our hopes for peace everlasting and good will for all mankind. t state]arm cam~ P02690 State Farm lnsuram ( ompanws ;" Home O~ic~ Bloomington Illinois 04102