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Letters to the editor

Plunder at the White House

Trump is facing yet another investigation. This time the House Oversight Committee is investigating military spending at an airport near a Trump property in Scotland and visits to that property by service members. To quote from Vox, “Trump has been under scrutiny since the beginning of his ...

No magic gun control law

After the recent rash of mass shootings, liberal lawmakers are seeking to pass an olio of feel good gun laws, which will do nothing to prevent future mass shootings, such as another assault weapons ban. The original assault weapons ban did nothing to stop mass shootings or reduce crime. Another ...

End cruel contest

I am writing in regard to the “Greased Pig Contest” held at the recent Washington County Fair in Marietta. Let me preface this by saying that I realize that county fairs are a great way to educate the public on the importance of agriculture. Those who work with livestock (and involved with ...

Thank you

Belpre Lions Club would like to thank Vienna Walmart and the MOV for their wonderful generosity toward our military fundraiser. All money and items purchased were used for care packages to send overseas to local military men and women. We would also like to thank Belpre Kroger for letting us ...

Protecting against gun violence

School shootings cause multiple deaths each year. Lock-downs and drills are ineffective. Children have demonstrated that they can access the guns carried by improperly trained staff. One student commented that in trying to protect students, the school system seems to be treating them as little ...

World on fire or Amazon scam?

Today’s (Sept. 3) columns in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel by Kathleen Parker and Rich Lowry presented an interesting juxtaposition. Left wing loon Parker wrings her hands at Brazil’s inaction to allow “the world” to put out their fires. Predictably she drags President Trump into ...

Killing our veterans

Words cannot describe how outraged I am when I read about yet another confirmed homicide of a veteran at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of George N. Shaw Sr. and Felix K. McDermott. As a granddaughter, daughter, sister, ...

New scare tactic, old ideas

The News and Sentinel printed an anti-socialist letter-to-the-editor on Sept. 1 about Saul Alinsky. Mr. Alinsky was an ultra-liberal who frequently gets blamed for a lot of socialist garbage he had nothing to do with. That letter listed eight rules supposedly lifted from one of ...

Clarification

A letter published Sept. 1 included a list falsely attributed to the late author and community organizer Saul Alinsky. In fact, the list and similar versions of it have been in circulation for several years and the true author is unknown. It has been debunked as the work of Alinsky by multiple ...

Face of climate change

Hurricane Dorian strengthened over an ocean that is .5 to 1.0 degrees Celsius warmer than normal and nearly one foot higher than it was 100 years ago. Oceans are warmer, higher, and more acidic (the latter killing coral, the engine of marine life) than they were just 20 years ago. Warm air ...

Explaining Parkersburg Homecoming

I am responding to John D. McIntyre’s recent letter “Return Homecoming to Glory,” and will give the reasons why we would like to but cannot without major sponsorships and funding. I totally understand the PTSD issue but the laser show was an idea brought to Homecoming as an alternative ...

A nation dying by the sword

When Dick’s Sporting Goods revealed that a 17-year-old shooter in the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting purchased his gun at one of its stores, they experimented with ending firearm sales. They announced on Thursday that sales rose 3.2 percent the second quarter. NASCAR is no longer accepting ...

Climate action is necessary

As a resident of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley, I am greatly concerned about our planet’s life. I am disturbed that the president of Brazil does not seem to be concerned that the lungs of our world are burning. He will not accept help from other nations. As a person who has COPD, I ...

Hope we’re not there yet

While listening to the new rhetoric on the campaign trail, I looked up the following: “How to create a Socialist State” by Saul Alinsky. 1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people. 2) Poverty — Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier ...

Parkersburg Homecoming a shadow of its former self

I’m writing about the Parkersburg Homecoming 2019. I’m glad they did it in Red White and Blue for Veterans. They said they were doing a laser light show instead of the fireworks because of the veterans that suffer with PTSD. What they don’t know is that the laser light show is just as ...

A response to Carmichael

In his op-ed circulated around the state of West Virginia, Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said West Virginians can take pride that the Legislature has devoted itself to improving our public education system. He says there is no doubt that our system is in desperate need of repair. The ...

The problem with plastic

In his op-ed, which shared his thoughts about plastic, Greg Kozera concedes that our country and our world have a lot of problems, but use of plastics is not one of them. According to Mr. Kozera, this is because plastic has many practical applications and plastic waste can be collected and made ...

A thank you from Parkersburg Homecoming

I am writing on behalf of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival and wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who supported our event this year. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make our event possible. We would like to thank the city of Parkersburg, especially the ...

Ask what they stand for

Years ago, when my brother and I reached voting age, our dad told us “always know who you’re votin’ for — and why you’re votin’ for ’em’.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, including Michael Azinger. But when he tries to shove his personal beliefs down your throats ...

Bipartisanship saved community

The Pleasants Power Station is a vital economic engine for Pleasants County. Losing it would be devastating to our community, our tax base and our school system. The bill is protecting 160 jobs and hundreds of jobs more indirectly simply by leveling the playing field and allowing the Pleasants ...