Letters to the editor

Opposition shows hypocrisy

On March 14, I attended a meeting of Parkersburg City Council to support an ordinance declaring it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” to limit or deny employment opportunities, public services or housing to an individual because of “race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ...

A few thoughts

I would like to comment on a few things reported in the paper this past week. The state is in a financial death spiral. There will have to be cuts in spending. The Courtesy Patrol is a good start, but local politicians were saying no, it is only a drop in the bucket. Well, buckets get filled by ...

Handle snow like Ohio

As a native West Virginian who has lived in Ohio since 1993, I have long thought West Virginia should adopt the Snow Emergency Levels that Ohio has had for some time. They are fairly simple. The county sheriff has the authority to issue a Level 1, 2, or 3 based on the severity of weather and ...

Climate-change worries

A new report issued Wednesday, March 15, by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, a group that represents 11 of the nation’s top medical societies and 400,000 doctors (half of all U.S. physicians) says that climate change is making Americans sicker. The report found harms ...

You need insurance

Why do we accept mandatory car insurance but complain about mandatory health care insurance? What’s the difference? When we choose to buy a car, we know that the state requires all of us to purchase car insurance. We see the wisdom of this requirement because it protects us from having to ...

C-8 lawsuit refutable

The EPA joined hands with all the other conspirators against DuPont and, using scare tactics, shut down Vienna’s water supply. The EPA concluded that 0.1 part per billion of C-8 was not safe to drink. Why was the EPA only concerned about C-8? Here are some very disturbing numbers. In ...

Yard sale signs should be removed

The yard sale signs made of posterboard are already appearing on the utility poles all over our city. And many times, the sale is past and over, but still the signs hang. The rain falls and the wind blows — signs flapping — and finally falls to the street or ends up in a yard or against ...

Fear is not the answer

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Merida, Mexico. We stayed in a small hotel, traveled on city buses, and shared the wonderful atmosphere of the city with the native Meridians and a few foreign travelers. In the evening the downtown squares came alive with music and cultural ...

Not about scoring most points

Last year the Atlanta Falcons scored the most points in the NFL, but the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. Last year the Boston Red Sox scored the most runs in MLB, but the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Last year the University of Oakland scored the most points in college ...

Fairness ordinance needed

Parkersburg may soon be joining ten other West Virginia cities as well as hundreds of other cities nationwide that have adopted LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. The purpose of a nondiscrimination ordinance is to extend protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations ...

Political linguistics

As he ran for office, Gov. Justice said “I am a businessman, not a politician.” He also said he would not raise taxes, and fix the budget. He has proposed increasing the cost of vehicle tags, turnpike tolls and gasoline tax. Maybe the term “fees” is now politician for ...

Fair for whom?

Intolerant left-wing groups have been traveling across the country hyping and spreading tyrannical ordinances like the one before our city council by wrapping it in the pretty wrapper of “fairness.” Fairness to whom? Reports by media that some supporters of the ordinance say it could be ...

Willing to protect

Yes, I was one of the speakers who spoke against the so-called “nondiscrimination ordinance” during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. I certainly heard loud and clear that my concerns were nothing more than uninformed and bigoted fears. But I heard something else Tuesday night as ...

Oil, gas and the Legislature

At the request of some large out-of-state oil and gas companies, some of the state senators introduced SB 576 to allow forced pooling of the Marcellus Shale, one of the most valuable oil and gas formations on the planet. EQT, based in Pittsburgh, wants to unitize old leases and storage fields ...

Bureaucracy’s power shown

Talk about the phrase “timing is everything.” After opining in the March 5 issue of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, agreeing wholeheartedly with Mike Myer’s opinion on the nearly unfettered power of the un-elected bureaucracy, be it at the federal or state level; lo and behold, in the ...

Don’t fall for simplistic stunt

“Too clever by half.” I remember hearing that comment by adults when I was a child, and I think it applies to author Michael J. Knowles’s new best-selling book. Perhaps his wordless book titled “Reasons to Vote for Democrats” was intended to completely discredit the political party; ...

Azinger wrong on vaccines

Our District 3 State Senator, Mike Azinger, is the co-sponsor of Senate Bill SB359, which says childhood vaccination in WV will no longer be mandatory. What a thrill for Wood, Wirt, Pleasants and Roane County voters. Senator Azinger has once again placed himself on that special pedestal ...

Understanding bathroom issue

I would like to offer my understanding of the transgender bathroom issue. First, you must accept the FACT (discovered and documented as early as age 3) that due to a tiny glitch in one’s genetic code, a baby boy may be born with characteristics more typically associated with girls; and vice ...

Next election on their minds

Monday’s March 6 opinion page of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel certainly stated quite well, the issues surrounding two of today’s hot topics emanating from Washington, D.C. One dealt with the elephant in the room surrounding the current ACA law and how it will be very difficult to deal ...

Why isn’t turnabout fair play?

Bill and Hillary Clinton were not part of the instigation or management of the Whitewater investment, committed no fraud and lost their money in it just like the other innocent investors. Yet the partisan outcry over Whitewater hurt the president’s ratings in the polls and aggravated the ...