Letters to the editor

A&E made the right decision

I am totally amazed that Republican leaders and the right-wing media are rushing to the defense of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson for his vile remarks against gay and lesbian Americans. They are yelling from the rooftops that Mr. Robertson's First Amendment rights have been violated because ...

‘Dynasty’ fight is important

In response to the "Free Speech isn't the issue" on Dec. 24, "Free speech is the issue." It is not only the issue, it is also the issue of freedom of religion.What one does off the job or out of the work place is their own business. Just as me writing this letter. I am not doing it on my job ...

Stalking: A greater issue

January of 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. While many people have a general idea of what the word "stalking" means, most may not realize the actual complexity of the issue. It is important to know stalking is a crime, a serious one at that. ...

The parking lot angels

A Christmas miracle has happened in the Mid-Ohio Valley. My sister is a single mom of two. Not having a lot of money for Christmas, she could only afford three gifts apiece for each kid from the dollar store.She was leaving the store today and saw a couple coming toward her with a big Christmas ...

Unfunny, unjustified cartoon

I have been a daily subscriber to The Parkersburg News for many, many years. I am now considering ending my subscription because of (it would seem) an ever-growing tolerance, in the form of unjustified, cartoonish depictions, it would seem, to keep from becoming a target for those who live a ...

Turning wealth into vapors

Do you pay attention to the financial page? It can be a real eye-opener. Notice how cleverly they talk out of both sides of their mouth. The Federal Reserve still bailing out banks, investors, and major corporations (even though after six years these fraudsters are still filling their coffers ...

Robertson critics are wrong

Thank God Mr. Robertson does not speak for "all Christians." Read the GQ article found at www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson. You will see this is very different from what the TV know-it-alls are talking about.Dust off your Bible and please read God's Words ...

Who are the real bigots?

When I opened Saturday's paper and saw the cartoon on the opinion page, I was appalled.My son ask me what a bigot was. Instead of telling him, I got my daughter's Random House College Dictionary and read on page 133: Bigot, A person who is utterly intolerant of any creed, belief or race that ...

Help Cedar Lakes continue

Since 1950, Cedar Lakes in Jackson County has welcomed Wood County residents and organizations to its lovely grounds and facilities.The Jackson County Herald and Star News reports that the West Virginia State Board of Education, which helps finance Cedar lakes says it can no longer maintain its ...

The best interest of the child?

In the 1980s laws were created to protect women and children from abusive relationships. Now, the laws that were created to protect women and children from abuse, have morphed into a giant loophole to allow fraudulent abuse. These laws made no provisions for men/fathers who have been victimized ...

Print Doonesbury every day

A letter-writer was upset about the Dec. 8 Doonesbury cartoon. He didn't think rape was an appropriate topic for the Sunday comics. The cartoon could be summarized as a female soldier working within the military chain of command and trying to report a rape to her commanding officer who happened ...

Drop Doonesbury from paper

I totally agree with Kenneth Cooper's letter to you entitled "Doonesbury is too offensive" in your Dec. 15 edition. You should not print a "cartoon" that makes fun of rape in the military. This subject belongs on your editorial pages.The "cartoon" is off-base and you should consider dropping ...

Opportunity to give with an IRA

A recent column by Jason Alderman in the News and Sentinel, Don't forget mandatory IRA withdrawals, highlights the requirement for individuals who are 70 and one-half or older to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA accounts. It did not mention the unique opportunity that a ...

WHS is lucky to have Smith

The Williamstown High School football team has had an impressive run over the last 11 seasons under the leadership of Head Coach Terry Smith; 108 wins in 11 seasons is an outstanding accomplishment for Coach Smith, his staff and his players. WHS has built a winning program that brings great ...

Ending jobless benefits has toll

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, extending federal unemployment benefits (which go beyond state unemployment benefits when someone has been unemployed long-term) would cost about $25 billion through 2014. However, the unemployed reliably spend that money, creating a multiplier effect ...

‘Wrongs’ that deserve applause

Some recent comments in letters to the editor are just beyond comprehension. Lets examine a few. "Liberals will never accept the fact that Obama has done great wrong." So, if greatly reducing the killing of our military, improving the economy considerably, reducing unemployment, trying ...

Free speech has consequences

I've watched and listened to the responses to Phil Robertson's (Duck Dynasty) article in GQ. There are the "pros" from total agreement of what he says to those who are angry at the backlash but don't necessarily agree with him. They tend to throw loses of constitutional free speech rights. Then ...

Market appreciates support

The River City Farmers Market Family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone for his or her support after our tragic loss from the fire this past spring. The outpouring of help from everyone was overwhelming. We have such a tremendous gratitude to everyone, which you are all too ...

The ‘I’ve-got-mine’ attitude

A Nov. 8 letter ("Obama and the middle class") from a Washington, W.Va., resident represented the "I've got mine, dump the others" mentality that permeates extreme right-wing "thinking" these days. While most of her letter was pure Fox drivel (I dared criticize her hero, Bill O'Reilly) one of ...

Wishing for a functional D.C.

Everyone is so worried that we say, "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays," but do not seem to be upset that food stamps have been cut, as well as Meals on Wheels, etc.What is wrong with this picture? The loud voices are saying people should get jobs. The people I know on food stamps are ...