Letters to the editor

Don’t be so quick to change ACA

As a senior citizen with numerous nieces and nephews with young families, I am truly concerned about the talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. One thing is to make Medicaid a “block grant,” which means a savings of $1 trillion but much less health care for my family, ...

An explanation

Before I give another “rant on abortion,” as Mr. Lowe wrote last week, I will answer his question: Almighty God, creator of the heavens, the earth and all its inhabitants, created man in his own image. And He alone reserves the right to determine our time on this earth. How we spend that ...

All or nothing

Contrary to what Patty Cooper said in her Feb. 12 letter, abortion IS a personal and ethical dilemma. The solution is simple: If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t get one. Accordingly, if you believe a homosexual relationship is wrong, don’t have one. If you believe using contraception ...

Statement on budget cuts

I praise the State of the State speech. It’s rare that a Governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical for our ...

‘Third Way’ is dead

In 2008, Republicans were thoroughly defeated. Democrats had majorities in both houses of Congress; 27 state legislatures were in Democratic control and another eight were split. Democrats also had 28 gubernatorial seats and Barack Obama won the presidency. After eight years of the Bush II ...

Where are the facts?

Steve Wolverton’s letter to the News and Sentinel printed on Feb. 19 was typical for him. He quoted a bunch of fantasy-land talking points but none were supported by anything resembling facts. Where and when did these events happen? He neglected to give us any dates or names we could use to ...

A look at the real ‘failure’

Cowardice; incredible betrayal of public trust; disappointing lack of courage; unwilling to do what’s best for all students; lack of intestinal fortitude; you’ve really created a mess; poor behavior from public bullies view of what might be easier for a small group of kids; used this ...

Indivisible groups organizing

President Trump and his Republican party are working overtime trying to delegitimize the very sizable citizen groups who are organized and mobilized to resist his agenda. The president recently tweeted “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous ...

Justice right on track

After listening to Gov. Justice give his State of the State address, I am sure he is certainly on the right path. His proposal of 1/2 cent sales tax increase,10 cent gasoline tax increase, and his upping vehicle registration to $50 is a perfect way to bring this state back to life. The two ...

Governors at fault

Years ago, Sen. Donna Boley warned about the downturn in West Virginia if the state lost the Moody’s ratings; higher interest on state loans, the result. Since Gov. Gaston Caperton we have seen the debt increase immensely. In a hurriedly called Special Session in 1989 the then-governor ...

Vote Wood BOE members out

I am writing in response to the votes of three of our Wood County Board of Education members to not accept the Fenton property as the site of the new Williamstown Elementary School. Ron Tice, Rick Tennant, and Peggy Smith all voted against accepting the Fenton property as the new school site. ...

Judicial activism must end

In his Feb. 5 letter, Mr. Chambers made so many ridiculous statements that I can’t respond to them all. Mr. Chambers wrote if someone wants a nativity scene, let them put it on their own property at their own expense. If Mr. Chambers had been watching some real TV news, he might have seen ...

Setting the record straight

I am a Waverly parent with two young children who attend the school. I have attended every Board of Education meeting since November and been very active in the fight to keep Waverly open. The editorial written was absolutely appalling and full of half-truths. Let me take this time to set a few ...

A few counterpoints

I agree with Mr. Stanley’s sentiments expressed in his letter last Sunday — almost. The bickering is basically caused by just one writer who seems to have a penchant for fact-free blather. Another writer I think feels compelled to set the record straight and counters the blather with an ...

Use drug money as revenue

I have a question and a suggestion about West Virginia’s budget and financial situation. We are millions of dollars in the hole. But our Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been suing large pharmaceutical companies and drug distribution companies for bringing in huge numbers of painkillers ...

NFL must handle Kaepernick

Now that the Super Bowl is over, a few observations: First, Colin Kaepernick, the next time you take a knee to disrespect my flag and all Americans who love what it stands for, especially those men and women who gave their lives to keep America free, I suggest you get down on both knees and ...

Medical pros can collaborate

An eleven-year court battle between five chiropractic physicians and the American Medical Association and many of the nation’s other most prominent medical groups as co-defendants — groups such the American Hospital Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of ...

Capito has forsaken our kids

As an advocate for over 30 years for the education of the children of WV and the USA I am saddened by the fact that Senator Capito has stayed the party line instead of listening to her constituents and voted yes for the Secretary of Education, now confirmed, Betsy Devos. It has been said time ...

Gun rules not the answer

A Texas radio station sent surveys to every killer who used a gun to commit a murder, in Harris County since 2014. According to a recent ABC13.com report out of Houston, the following facts were found: * 90 percent of those surveyed got the gun on the black market from a friend or by ...

Ban purely about business

President Trump’s travel ban is NOT about keeping us safe from terrorism. The ban is against seven relatively poor Middle Eastern countries whose citizens have not committed a single act of terrorism against the United States. This is worth repeating. No act of terrorism against the United ...