Letters to the editor

Spending levy on wrong things

I have lived in Belpre, Ohio, for the last 14 years. I have supported all of the levies long needed to repair our schools and support our students. Each one failed. I think the Wood County Schools Continuing Levy should be passed in West Virginia.However, I believe your paper's disclosure on ...

Wake up or we’re all doomed

Deceit and dishonesty are now out in the open for all to see and understand, as the resident of the White House has been exposed again for the liar he is, and always has been.Remember the lies? "If you like your doctor and your health plan you can keep them." Millions of Americans are being ...

When no one was watching

I am the mother of a Parkersburg High football senior. Donald Powell should not presume my son was embarrassed "across the state of West Virginia." He wore his uniform with pride every time he walked onto a field "across the state of West Virginia." Win or lose, he was proud to represent his ...

Too much time on their hands

Some people have too much time on their hands. Such as the governor of Minnesota and the mayor of Minneapolis, saying the Washington Redskins should change their name.First of all, maybe these guys should apologize to the Scandinavians for using the Viking name as a sporting name. Possibly ...

Obama lives large on our dime

In recent months I have read letters referring to Obama haters and their aversion to our dear leader. My question is, how can anyone hate this man who has done so much for the benefit of our country? Take, for example, the Affordable Care Act. Look at how masterfully he shepherded this ...

Time to right the ship of state

Throughout our history, the federal government has been present to assist our population in jumping forward with big projects (our infrastructure - post office, railroads, interstate system, TVA, Hoover Dam and others, national parks, our great buildings and monuments, etc.). President Obama ...

State of universal disservice

Last year West Virginia gave away $1.7 billion in tax favors and incentives to businesses, which on a per capita basis, is the second highest level of corporate subsidies in the nation. In addition West Virginia has also cut business taxes so much that, on a percentage basis, corporations in ...

Critics don’t know Reeves

In my opinion, Don Reeves has faced nothing but adversity since he left the coaching job at Jackson. He was in poor health after taking the job at South. He made several trips to doctors in Columbus that summer and had to stay out of the sun while his coaching staff got the boys in condition ...

Lack of local sports coverage

I wanted to pen my displeasure with The Parkersburg News and Sentinel for their lack of coverage of the boys state high school soccer championships.I was looking for articles on this weekend's games to be written by the local sports reporters but could only get articles from J. Daniel Rollins ...

Stop listening to sad people

Why do we need to publish letters that hurt people? I am referring to the letter that was published today and last Sunday about Coach Don Reeves. He is a totally dedicated coach and an outstanding citizen that this world needs more of.Yes, I am biased. I am his mother. Any parent would be proud ...

‘It matters not a whit’

Finally the Obama haters have a legitimate complaint. It appears they have found something that he is actually worse at than Bush. Never again will they have to take the half-truths and distortions they hear on Fox News and further fabricate them into bizarre charges. His comments "if you like ...

Vote for the school levy

I am writing this letter to ask the voters of Wood County to support the continuing levy. I have reaped the benefits of this levy as both a teacher and a parent.As a teacher, I saw how my students benefitted from the levy. My classrooms were adequately supplied with the materials my students ...

Short-term debt solution

I hope Congress realizes what might happen should the January vote on the debt limit increase fail. I can envision grave consequences, because I am gun shy from arriving to work in Newark, N.J., shortly after the 1967 riots and being in Detroit in 1977, 10 years after its riots. Both cities ...

Vienna mayor’s big plans

Read the article on the proposed "new" Community Center. In the survey sent out it is being touted as an "expansion and renovation." This is an intentional misstatement by the city to hide a tremendously expensive new building project. The survey should have honestly pointed out as in the ...

Risking nothing of consequence

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ... ." (Theodore Roosevelt)In the past few weeks, there have been ongoing discussions ...

Friends of NRA event a success

The Blennerhassett Friends of NRA held its annual fundraising banquet on Oct.25 at the Nemesis Shrine. The local Parkersburg event raised more than $25,000, which exceeded the amount required by the NRA to achieve "High Caliber" status.The Friends of NRA is a nonprofit arm of the NRA that ...

Flu vaccine stance is dangerous

This letter comes in response to a Nov. 3 letter to the editor in which the author offers seemingly genuine medical advice cautioning the reader of the dangers of influenza immunization. Rather than get an annual flu shot, which the vast majority of medical professionals in the world agree is ...

Open up land for building

I am one who thinks the powers-to-be do a pretty good job in trying to bring business into the town. They are individuals who have vision, and I like that. But there's one thing that absolutely does not make sense. How can any new building go in lower Parkersburg (around the Public Debt ...

The Teapublican representative

If one observed a country which had a dysfunctional government, high unemployment, a growing inequality in income, freedom and influence, where little effort was made to maintain infrastructure, the police oppressed more and more liberties with increased weapons and unpopular wars were fought ...

Men also victims of violence

After reading the letters to the editor about domestic violence month in October and domestic violence in general, I have yet to see anything regarding violence toward men. I have seen numerous times where women would hit, kick, spit, scratch and use other violent actions toward their husbands ...