Letters to the editor

Vote for candidate, not party

I read Augie Pitrolo's comments about the need to vote only for Republicans as the way to solve our problems. It would be better if voting a straight ticket were not an option.I had an aunt who did not like John F, Kennedy but had to because he was a Democrat. When voting, a person should look ...

Children’s chorus a special gift

Most all the schools in the valley have children or youth choirs. Many churches in the valley have children or youth choirs. But the one special thing that this valley has is a special children's choir which many folks are not aware of being present. I am speaking of the Smoot Theater ...

Scam targeting people over 65

How many Parkersburg area residents have received telemarketing calls about Life Alert products? I got my first call last spring. I thought my four grown children had signed me up for a program I neither wanted nor needed. My kids eventually convinced me they were innocent of the crime. But the ...

Protect Tennessee Walkers

Sen. Rockefeller chairs the committee handling the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R.1518). We urge him to do all he can to get this important legislation enacted quickly. The bill will strengthen existing federal law on soring, the despicable practice of inflicting pain on ...

Stand up for your country

What about the chicken they let go in North Korea? He said he was sorry for killing the enemy. Well in my opinion North Korea made a mistake by letting him go. They should have kept him and Joe Biden both.What kind of a man would shame his country like that? Did you notice that there was not ...

Fracking, cracker not the same

Since consideration is being given to building a natural gas cracker plant in West Virginia, it might be well to ask, "just what is a cracker plant?"Many people might associate fracking for fracturing with cracker. They are not the same. Fracking has to do with a process used in the well ...

Fed workers paid their share

Federal employees have already lost more to deficit reduction than any other group of Americans. We've lost $90 billion in three years of frozen pay. We've lost $15 billion in higher mandatory retirement contributions for new hires. We've lost billions more from Sequestration furloughs.Nobody ...

Unfounded and factless

A certain letter writer this past week attempted to defend their dislike for the President of the United States, commander and chief and follower of Jesus Christ Barack Obama. He tries like so many others to connect our president to Islam but falls flat. He offers nothing that shows that our ...

Taking away handicap spots

During the recent Christmas parade I noticed a Marietta business set merchandise in parking spots, including a handicap spot, keeping people from parking there. When people parked there ahead of them putting the stuff there they were told to move. I decided to call the store today to find out ...

Ravenswood and neglect

Most of us know that history can be found in books and documents, but what about the histories that live in our buildings. The last remaining Grand Old Ladies of Ravenswood may not stand the test of time.The possibility of these genuine historic buildings at Riverfront Park being left to ...

W.Va. 68 needs cell towers

A few years ago the Belleville area along West Virginia 68, heading from Parkersburg to Ravenswood, was hit by a tornado. In the following days an article in the paper stated that first responders couldn't even communicate, in such an important time, due to no towers in the area to get a signal ...

Obama and the middle class

The lunatic left was out in full force blasting "the rich," Bill O'Reilly and somehow the religious right. Y'all need some feedback.To the guy blaming Goldman-Sachs and Lehman Brothers for ruining the economy - be careful here. You forget that GS has a well-worn path to the Obama White House ...

Enjoying a real turkey

At a time when most people in the U.S. are looking forward to a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, Preston Nelson is once again touting the vegan life as more healthy and "life-affirming" in his Nov. 26 letter. At first, I found his reasons for chucking the turkey at Thanksgiving quite ...

Helping addicts is our duty

For several months now I have been watching the news, reading the paper and talking to folks in our community, and it appears we are under siege with drug labs, drug selling and even more tragic, drug overdosing, resulting in death. I commend law enforcement, politicians and hospitals for their ...

Obama is the obstructionist

I must take exception to the editorial written by Jim Smith on Oct. 20th. Referring to certain Congress members as "obstructionists" was completely out of touch with reality. Reality is that the American people are fed up with the tax and spend policies of the federal government leadership and ...

Don’t vote for any Democrat

Tired of Obamacare, tired of gun control, tired of war on coal, tired of lies deception and outright hypocrisy, tired of a listless economy, tired of a leaderless nation, tired of U.N. involvement in your lives, tired of living in a state where being first by being last in all things good is ...

OU program aids diabetics

Living in Southeastern Ohio I never thought I would be able to participate in a medical clinical trial without multiple trips to Columbus or Cleveland. Lately I have seen advertisements for Program ACTIVE. It's an eye-catching color ad with the program name and contact information, but, to me ...

A reason for the mess we’re in

The misguided man from Parkersburg's Sunday newspaper letter is a glaring example of why this country is in the mess we have all around us. He is simply following the dictates of Obama and his backers of and teachers of socialism. He tries to trash a letter by attacking the author, without any ...

Helping kids become leaders

On Nov. 21, 150 Washington County students in grades 6 -12 attended Youth Leadership Summit 6 at the Marietta YMCA. Sponsored by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board and The Right Path for Washington County, this was an incredibly successful event; students learned the tenets of ...

Robbery at the gas pumps

Price gouging and the pumps. When is it going to end? You would think our elected officials would check into this and try to get something done with this price gouging at the pumps.In November alone, the price of gas went up and down six times between two stations in Vienna and Parkersburg. ...