Letters to the editor

What’s wrong with politics?

The American political system is broken, and desperately needs fixed. First, the system is inherently corrupt. It’s based on power and power is obtained through lots and lots of money. Politicians are bought and sold every day. Wealthy individuals and special interest groups advance their ...

Pain-sufferers not to blame

I have never sent a letter to the editor nor have I ever expected to. But I speak for thousands of West Virginians and millions of Americans, many of us senior citizens. Your editorial of April 9, in which you criticized a woman who suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, concluding that ...

Thank you for the support

The committee for the MOV Organ Donor Awareness Benefit/Cabin Fever Party would like to thank those that came out and supported our recent event at the Quality Inn in Marietta. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. There ...

Earth Day 2017

I was there: the first Earth Day, Philadelphia, 1970. Earth Day was created as a day of “education of environmental issues.” I was there — a young woman, a newly minted educator, and a concerned, but optimistic citizen with great hopes for an environmentally conscious future for our ...

What scientists tell us

Ahead of the April 22 March for Science, we might do well to consider what the world’s scientists have been telling us about climate change. First, it is happening, and happening at a rate greater than can be accounted for by the natural causes that led to changes in past climates. A January ...

Get obstructionists out

I’m amused whenever I hear liberal snowflakes crying because Senate Republicans didn’t allow Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, to have a confirmation hearing. Remember the Biden rule? Toward the conclusion of George W. Bush’s second term, then senator Joe Biden stated ...

Thank you from Artsbridge

Artsbridge brought 474 students with disabilities together for a day in the Arts at the Very Spectacular Arts Festival on March 21 at WVU-P. The smiles, laughter, and sense of pride at their accomplishments was evident in all students and shows what impact the Arts have on our children. We have ...

Building bridges

Here’s a rule of thumb: We the people are comprised of 40 percent Republican and 40 percent Democrat with the real battle being fought for the hearts and minds of the 20 percent in the middle. So, when polling on any given issue is 60 percent or above, that represents an area of agreement ...

Mixed message

I read today’s paper for April 8 and saw the “leaders” in Parkersburg have another brilliant idea. The headline is Alcohol is on the Agenda for the next council meeting to propose that alcohol sales be permitted at city events, including in the city parks, which is against city ...

Vote no on Warren levy again

Warren Local School District property owners, here we go again. Different election, same old story. As has become customary, the officials in charge at Warren Local Schools refuse to listen to and respect the voice of the voters in their district. For at least the 7th time, the officials are ...

Levy vote important

On Tuesday, May 2, residents of Marietta City Schools will be asked to renew two much-needed levies, which will not increase tax bills and ensure a quality education for the district’s more than 2,800 students. Each levy would be renewed for five years. The 6.82-mill operating levy provides ...

The Obamacare legacy

Even though Congress is fighting over the new Health Care bill, it is very hard to take something away that has become an entitlement. No bill can fix the legacy of Obama and Obamacare. When Obama mandated healthcare providers use government approved electronic medical records with the HITECH ...

Manchin town hall

As the news from Washington becomes more complicated every day, it is easy to feel disconnected from the policies and process that govern our nation. You may end up feeling that your voice does not matter to the people in power who make the policies and laws that affect your everyday ...

Unwilling to investigate

All we hear on the lamestream news media is that the far left Democrats are demanding Congressional investigations of President Trump and alleged collusion with the Russian government. The Democrats should be demanding an investigation into a real scandal, the purchase of uranium ore, by the ...

Continue historical lectures

The “History Followers” of WVUP Professor Emeritus Bob Cordell would like to hear the professor finish his WWII lecture series and to continue with future series. Thirty to forty people have been following his lectures for nine years. We “History Followers” have been able to attend ...

21st century abolitionists

Every age in the course of human history has had its evils and every age has had its abolitionists who rose up and stood against it. The first abolitionists were the early Christians. They rescued discarded babies from the trash heaps and riverways of Rome. They set up orphanages and hospitals ...

Mainstream media often right

I just listened to a recorded phone call from the director of the National Rifle Association. He informed me that George Soros and the “liberal” media are forming an army of terrorists to take our guns away; and then on and on with a lot of other such nonsense. I used to have a lot of ...

Chances coming in 2018, 2020

The Republican Party is not in any way, shape or form ready to govern. What’s more, America knows it. RealClearPolitics polling averages of all reputable national polling to date show that President Trump is polling at a cumulative 40.1 percent — this after a recent Investor’s Business ...

Thank you

On Saturday, March 25, the Parkersburg Art Center welcomed 398 children and their parents to “Art-o-Rama,” our annual free community art day. The kids worked on a number of different interactive projects such as painting, printing, sculpture, music and dance, as well as Lego-building and ...

Showing love with a ‘no’

I am responding to the Mar. 26 letter, “Opposition shows hypocrisy,” written by LeeAnn Gallucci. Since I did not attend the City Council meeting when the “Unlawful discriminatory practice” issue was discussed, due to being out-of-town, I can’t remark on the tone of the remarks made ...