Letters to the editor

Be wary of the left

The June 11 editorials were again full of left wing blather about climate change and how bad our president is. The climate debate for the left is really about the expansion of government into our lives. I will list seven reasons to be wary about anything the left says. Number 1, the gentleman ...

Obamacare works

The health insurance system in America has been severely dysfunctional for decades. Before the Affordable Care Act made modest improvements in the system, private health insurance was ruled by huge insurance companies concerned with making lots and lots (and lots) of money, often at the ...

Look West, anti-tax man

On June 18 the News and Sentinel printed a very thoughtful letter from Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, President of WVU-Parkersburg. Dr. Lamkin expressed his disappointment with the legislative decision cutting $16 million out of WVU’s budget. However, he reassured his readers that WVU-P would ...

Practice what you preach

I would like to respond to those viewpoints on global warming, and on President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement. I agree we need to do things to make the air and water cleaner. I do not believe, (and my head is not in the sand) that by pulling out of Paris, that the world as we know it ...

Protect Medicaid

The United States Senate is moving rapidly toward a plan to cut and cap the Medicaid program, which will be devastating to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Over 124,000 with disabilities receive Medicaid including 4,453 with intellectual and/or developmental ...

Job-killing and killer jobs

The Willow Island disaster of 1978, according to the Facebook page of the Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce, killed 51 men. “It was . . . another in a string of tragedies . . . . In just over 10 years, the national media repeatedly returned to West Virginia to cover tragedies like the ...

Attack reveals hypocrisy

For most rational beings, the most appropriate response to the June 14 shooting of Congressman Stephen Scalise (R-La.) and others at an Alexandria, Va., baseball park would be to denounce it as a treacherous and cowardly act by a deranged individual, to condemn all such terrorist attacks ...

Responding to letters

I previously wrote a letter about the Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.) I would like to respond to a critic of that letter, in the Sunday, June 18 News and Sentinel. No, the U.N. does not have a navy or an army, or an air force, yet. During the administration of George H.W. Bush the U.N. put ...

Hold politicians accountable

Now is the time for the American people to call for an amendment to the Constitution to put term limits on ALL elected officials. Our elected officials campaign for office and stay in campaign mode. They no longer do the people’s business. This year is the first time in years that a budget ...

Hypocrisy of Ice Cube, rappers

For any rapper — past or present — to take someone to task for using inappropriate language, as Ice Cube did recently to Bill Maher, is to raise the bar of hypocrisy to near-Al Sharpton levels. I don’t care for Bill Maher, or his viewpoint of the world, but this incident borders on the ...

Getting L.O.S.T.

On Monday, June 12 the News and Sentinel printed only one letter to the editor. That letter was so ludicrous it gave the impression it might have come from someone suffering cranial trauma. Even the most casual observer would have concluded that writer was sourcing bogus conspiracy theories ...

Who is cherry picking?

At no time in my life have I ever said or even thought that opposing abortion is God’s greatest priority. And I know of no one else who has ever uttered such nonsense as was stated by Mr. Wilt in last Sunday’s paper. He was writing in reference to my last letter to the editor where I had ...

The straight facts

In the Sunday, May 28, News and Sentinel, Mr. BS (he watches BSNBC, a.k.a. MSNBC) referred to my straight facts as “fantasy facts.” Trump’s first hundred days were pretty good, considering the Democrats were opposing him all the way. Let’s re-examine three of his accomplishments: 1) ...

Ready to weather storm

It has become increasingly clear that WV lawmakers are struggling with how best to handle the State’s budget crisis, and it appears that West Virginia’s higher education institutions may face additional budget cuts in the coming year. Current proposals vary from sustaining the 2 percent ...

No tax increases

Regardless of a hyped up sense of crisis depicted in news reports, there exists commonality of purpose and methodology between the various political elements in Charleston. Obviously, the purpose is satisfying the budget shortfall, and the methodology is replenishing that shortage with higher ...

Ethane issue a no brainer

West Virginians know better than most how federal energy regulations can impact a state’s ability to create and sustain well-paying jobs. Even if the policies coming out of the nation’s capital are made by folks who hope to do right by the American people, it’s far too easy for ...

Don’t get LOST

A story being completely ignored by the national press and mainstream news media is that the Trump administration and the Republican Senate may be considering ratifying the globalists’ sick Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.) LOST was conceived in the 1980s as a scheme to cripple the U.S. Navy ...

No more need to think

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement signals that Republicans have won the climate change debate and need never utter another word on the subject. The bad news, for those of us concerned about the environment and the potentially devastating effects of global warming, is that the ...

Harrop columns laughable

I enjoy the sensible columnists like Rich Lowry, Walter Williams and others. I get a chuckle at the pompous pronouncements of George Will. But I especially appreciate the opportunity to laugh hysterically at the loony, brain dead idiotic rantings of Froma Harrop — she never disappoints with ...

Shame on America?

This is in response to Patty Cooper’s letter on May 15, again railing against abortion. In her last response to me, when I point out some really silly laws in the Old Testament, Patty declared that the Old Testament was dead, nailed to the cross. Now to bolster her latest screed against ...