Letters to the editor

Coal and gas in Appalachia

We lost our spring when Consol energy plugged a gas well to longwall mine. We lost our water well due to EQT Corporation plugging a gas well. And we are not connected to the tank of chlorinated river water folks are now paying for that used to be their free ice cold crystal clear springs and ...

Remember heritage

Franklin Roosevelt said “Religion, by teaching man his relationship to God, gives the individual a sense of his own dignity and teaches him to respect himself by respecting his neighbor.” Our Christian heritage has been so ignored that we have forgotten just how Christian our heritage ...

Defund UNSAT

During Obama’s two terms as president, pro-gun organizations like the NRA defeated all attempts to ratify and implement the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. We are aware, from documentation from the 2017 annual U.N. Conference of state parties, held in Geneva, Switzerland Sept. 11-15, that ...

Secure our borders

Assume someone broke into your home and your urgent call to the authorities was met with derision and disinterest. Imagine them telling you they had important things to do, and unless they were physically harming you, breaking into your home is only a misdemeanor. Besides, they are just poor ...

Deem embarrasses himself

After reading Frank Deem’s letter last Sunday, I was puzzled about what prompted it. Is he hoping to take up comedy after politics? Was it tongue-in-cheek? Ignorance? I finally concluded embarrassment had to be the motivator. Embarrassment over having one’s name affiliated with a GOP which ...

Trump has his positives

Many of the major colleges and universities as well as Hollywood actors, many major newspapers, radio and TV have expressed a negative opinion of Trump. Media Research Center has found 90 percent of the news by NBC, CBS and ABC has been negative toward Trump. The Sunday news of these networks, ...

Resist this regime

I’m not usually one to dabble in hyperbole, but I don’t think it’s the least bit hyperbolic to say that America is being “governed” by a fascist regime. As I write this I have just read where Trump has retweeted three anti-Islamic tweets by a notorious British fascist, Jayda ...

Evolutionary explanation

Sexual harassment by co-workers, by politicians and even Olympic gymnastics officials. Seems like daily we are inundated with stories of a tsunami level crisis in male-female relationships. Apparently, sex crazed men have suddenly started accosting women at every opportunity — at work, in ...

Water pipes in Vienna

Within the next month the residents and businesses are going to have the rate increase on their water bills that recently passed by the mayor and council for the City of Vienna. It has just now, within the past two months, been brought to light that there are transite asbestos concrete water ...

Why not tranquilize?

Being a hunter/sportsman for over 65 years, I was appalled at the actions of our District 6 conservation police. I feel very strongly that the citizens and the hunters of the area need a complete explanation of why this deer could not be tranquilized and released, but could be shot. A lot ...

Rebutting the rebuttal

I have an interlocutor! His name is not Thrasymachus or Gorgias, but fear not, Plato fans; his logical method is little different from that of Socrates’ antagonists from the Agora. A paragraph-by-paragraph reply, perchance? Paragraph 1: To follow the author’s own formula, if a person has ...

Let’s move forward

At the time the implementation of the Clean Power Plan is being debated and comments are being taken in Charleston, W.Va., regulators are debating the purchase of the Pleasants County coal-fired power plant. In his News and Sentinel Letter to the Editor on Sept. 10, Jody Murphy, Executive ...

Proven right

In a previous letter, I stated had Putin interfered in our 2016 presidential election, it would have been to help Hillary win, because Putin wanted Hillary for our next president. With new revelations coming to light concerning the Clintons collusion with the Russian government over the ...

Parkersburg must be better

Over the past two months, remarkable and contradictory events have occurred in our state. Fairmont and Morgantown passed ordinances enacting Human Rights Commissions. And here we are in Parkersburg, falling further behind. In fact, the Municipal Equality Index rating released last month rated ...

Reps should serve everyone

The Nov. 19 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor titled, “Voters must pressure Congress.” That writer was demanding that the voters force Congress to destroy Obamacare. That letter was a nine-paragraph belch of right-wing ugliness unsupported by any facts. That writer began ...

A vehicle for tyranny?

This is in response to Mr. Hale’s letter on Nov. 18 claiming non-discrimination statutes are a vehicle for tyranny. If a person has to begin their argument by claiming they are not a bigot, the odds are they are. The letter asks what precisely is fair about LGBT being given a specially ...

Tell me why on rate hike

Tell me why. Why does the Lubeck PSD want to raise rates on customers? The PSD received a rate increase in May of 2016. Now they want nearly a 16 percent increase on sewer rates. Why? They say it’s because the new law states they have to have a savings. Why did the elected officials vote for ...

Argument falls short

Mr. Mullen’s letter on healthcare appearing last week was very interesting because, despite the use of a whole bunch of angry sounding words, he managed to assert not one verifiable fact. So, as a reasoned argument in support of whatever he was advocating, perhaps something like “Obamacare ...

Keep eye on children

Again I observed a very precarious situation as I shopped last week. A mother had left her 12- to 14-month old precious baby unattended and unbelted while the little one bobbled and teetered in a grocery cart seat. The four to five minutes I was in the area the mother had her back turned away ...

Let Washington hear you

During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful to live at this time in this wonderful country. We are blessed with natural resources, two broad oceans to protect us, and we live in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence gives us a “Government deriving its just powers by the consent of ...