Letters to the editor

An out-of-control health system

Obamacare is not here yet, or is it? In October 2011, my wife visited a doctor in Parkersburg. As she had done many times before, she paid a $20 co-payment with the remainder paid by insurance. There was no "facility fee." Then the doctor moved to the Belpre complex of Marietta Memorial ...

Let doctors heal Obamacare

Now that the horrors of Obamacare are trickling down upon us, I would like to ask our Congress, "does signing and passing a bill with no knowledge of what was in it make any sense?" It is time to dismantle this ill-conceived bill and start over. But this time, bring in the medical profession.I ...

Intersection a hazard

Having lived in the Norwood area of Marietta for many years, I have been witness to near pedestrian accidents on the corner of Pike and Acme streets on numerous occasions. I have walked that intersection myself and know that there is no crosswalk or flashing walk sign to aid pedestrians.I am ...

NRA zealots part of the problem

The heroic actions last week of Antoinette Tuff in Decatur, Ga., might be considered a "teachable moment" in the public debate over gun control, but opponents of any form of gun control seem to be incapable of learning anything that doesn't conform to the ongoing campaign of misinformation ...

Let the rest of us have gates, too

In Mr. Smith's recent "Opinion" piece, referring to the controversy over Wyndemere streets, I have to say I agree with him wholeheartedly! When I lived for 12 years in the Washington Bottom area and needed to go to north Parkersburg, I traveled up Murdoch Avenue, then onto Emerson Avenue. Not ...

The one-street exception

Since I wrote last about streets and gates, I have paid my personal property taxes which include my car. Does this mean I am now entitled to drive my car on Parkersburg-owned streets - except one?It is a sad commentary that the officials do not have the intestinal fortitude to do what they know ...

Unions invested in community

Cheers to business manager Charlie Metz and all the members of Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 926 for their volunteer efforts at the PHS stadium remodel. I would venture to say that 95 percent of the readers have absolutely no idea of how demanding and grueling their craft can be. ...

Dr. King and the vegan lifestyle

This week's 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches, and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from ...

Constitutional advocates needed

The "general" authority resides with the West Virginia State Board of Education. The West Virginia Constitution assigns the responsibility for furnishing the children of West Virginia a fair and equitable education to the Legislature, our representatives in Charleston. But, the Legislature has ...

Listening to valid concerns

In his letter to the editor published on Aug. 7, Wei-Chung Sheng stated in order to go forward with his plans to build Ohio Outdoor Heaven he doesn't need monetary support or public enthusiasm. This week, a representative of Ohio Outdoor Heaven showed up at my office in a small, locally based ...

No end in sight?

Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., to express their support for human rights. Out of the speakers, none of which were women, Martin Luther King Jr. made the biggest impact with his "I Have a Dream" speech. All those decades ago, King said, "This is no ...

Wait for the facts on Syria

The current administration is making a very serious rush to judgment concerning Syria and the use of chemical weapons. Because of these actions, the nation is brought to the brink of war once more.U.N. investigators have just only begun to sift through the evidence on this attack. The ...

Maybe frustrated driver at fault

This is in response to the frustrated driver whose letter was published on July 28th, suggesting that everyone needs driving lessons except her. I would think that "almost every weekday morning" when others drivers are "barely missing" her - that in itself would give her a clue to question her ...

Homecoming a wonderful time

I would like to say Parkersburg Homecoming 2013 was the best so far. The events were well thought out and the people of Parkersburg really came together to "celebrate" Homecoming. My brother really enjoyed the fireworks and local talent.Hats off to Randall Roberts and the Parkersburg Homecoming ...

Stop just saying ‘no’

A recent letter writer was very negative regarding Obamacare. I would then question why the Republicans didn't work with President Obama and come up with a better plan instead of just complaining and saying "no." And he didn't mention the Republicans thought of this plan first and Gov. Romney ...

Founding Fathers weren’t perfect

This is in reference to Robert L. Peters, whose letter appeared in the Aug. 18 paper. Our Founding Fathers were not perfect, either. You can buy a copy of the Jefferson Bible today in book stores, or from Amazon. In his day, black men were emasculated, black women wee forced to become ...

River ferry service needed

Boatabus service is needed to form a water connection between Marietta and Parkersburg. To maximize patronage of this service, the vessel should travel from the Ohio River Museum in Marietta to the waterfront at Point Park in Parkersburg with stops at the Marietta downtown landing and near the ...

Thefts mar Homecoming festival

I'm a local resident of 38 years. Born and raised here. I work as a vendor here in West Virginia and Ohio. As a vendor I never had problems with theft until I came to the Parkersburg Homecoming. This past weekend I had approximately $150 stolen from my booth during and after close of business. ...

Out of sight, out of mind

Recently almost all of Fourth Avenue was paved, which was long overdue as it has been several years and the road has seen many patches. I was glad to see my block paved as well as a few others, but one block was skipped, which it shouldn't have been. It makes sense to skip a section of road if ...

Fix the failings of Obamacare

Recently I was having a discussion with a liberal acquaintance of mine about Obamacare. He became frustrated with me pointing out the bad parts of Obamacare and countered with "evidently you're not a Christian if you don't support it."I thought about it. While there are some good parts in ...