Letters to the editor

Scofflaws get a free ride

In recent viewpoint, it was noted the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce did not advocate increasing taxes. I agree; If - and I repeat if - the governor, county and cities would enforce the laws of the state, counties and cities when it comes to people paying what they owe; an increase might ...

Judges should work for right

After reading the article in Thursdays paper about the magistrates and Mr. Dempster I am not surprised by the magistrates' reaction to the Cunningham case.I have had the unfortunate opportunity to go before Dempster three times. In all three cases the outcome was generally what I had figured it ...

Consequences of not paying debts

Before being concerned about the debt ceiling, we should be able to answer two fairly simple questions: What is it? What happens if the government doesn't raise it? Most people are probably as perplexed by these questions as I am.To aid understanding, an analogy could be made to the situation ...

Too fat to be a part of local rowing club?

With the body image of adolescents across America crumbling, one place teen girls in the Mid-Ohio Valley should not look for a boost of confidence is the Ohio Valley Rowing Club (OVRC).In recent weeks the fall crew season has commenced and several aspiring rowers have shown an interest in ...

Ohio license plates at W.Va. schools?

I'd like to know why there are so many out-of-state license plates on vehicles dropping off kids to school in the mornings? Surely, everyone with these Ohio plates aren't bringing their children to West Virginia for school?I am assuming it means that people aren't paying their personal property ...

Recognizing a special gesture

On Oct 3, I was involved with officiating a high school soccer match between Alexander High School and Warren High School girls soccer teams. The match was hosted by Alexander High School (Athens County, Ohio).Prior to the game, my officiating crew was informed the match was dedicated to the ...

Obama: Do as I say, not as I do

Obama has been picking and choosing which parts of Obamacare he wants to implement (delaying the employer mandate to beyond the next election to avoid the expected political backlash against Democrats, and handing out waivers to political supporters), yet he won't allow Congress to do the same ...

Shutdown on GOP, not Obama

In the Oct. 4 edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the paper expressed its opinion that President Obama is to blame for delays and other problems with services as a result of the government shutdown. This is easily the most willfully ignorant statement I've read on the subject.The ...

The state’s newest cash cow

Cellphone and seat belt laws have become a favored tool in the cities arsenal to raise revenue. Claiming that, something had to be done, West Virginia lawmakers took advantage of the hysteria and enacted new sweeping laws. Coincidentally, these laws have become an easy source of revenue.Worse ...

Marietta trail a safe ride

Congratulations and thanks to the city of Marietta and all those who have worked long and hard to develop the Marietta River Trail. It was exciting to read the article in the newspaper about the opening of the fourth mile of this project.As a "senior" returning to biking for exercise, I look ...

Which party takes hostages?

I have heard that the Republicans are being accused of single-handedly shutting down the government and depriving the American citizens of the services they get from the government.It is my understanding as covered by many different news outlets that the Republican Party has passed several ...

Southside library needed

When I read in your Sept. 20 issue about south Parkersburg getting a library, I was thrilled. Such a need! I pray this will not be shoved aside.Margaret WilcoxMineral Wells

Looking for hometown justice

After watching the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, play out in the media this past spring, I thought justice would be swift in a similar case here in our hometown. Boy, was I wrong. The case I'm referring to is at a standstill. The teenage boy, in this case, hosted a party, served alcohol and ...

Wrong people being vilified

Since when did a person winning a presidential election translate to being nigh infallible? Last week, Fred O'Neill implied in his letter that since Obama won the election, the American public must approve of Obamacare or Romney would be president. What kind of craziness is that?O'Neill cited ...

Not missing the online bullies

I agree with Amanda McBrayer's letter about The News and Sentinel's decision to remove the comments option. I'm a native of Parkersburg, but am currently living in Dothan, Ala. I enjoy reading The News and Sentinel online and keeping up with what's happening in the Mid-Ohio Valley. I used to ...

Solely to benefit millionaires

What is going on? While it's desirable for the voice of the minority to be heard, since when, and by what authority, does a faction of a minority have any legal basis for ruining this nation? And how does this act differ from treason? Vigorous debate over proposed legislation is one thing. But ...

Finding ways to pay for college

How many times have you heard someone say, "I never had a chance to go to college, i.e., got married, had children, parents didn't have the money to send me." In most cases, no one can truthfully make this statement. Furthermore, if someone does choose to go to college, he or she does not need ...

Too many hanging out in alley

There seems to be a lot of people hanging out in the alley that belongs to the city of Parkersburg. At one time a person could go out in that alley, sit down, read, eat or just relax. But not anymore. Since the homeless and the work release programs started riding the buses now it's scary even ...

Come up with a better plan

Forty times the House (including Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio) has voted to derail the Affordable Health Care Act. Here is an idea. Instead of another "no" vote, come up with a better plan and present it to the American people. Instead of shutting down the government and threatening a first ever ...

Don’t fund a terrible law

My family and I fully support the House of Representative's legislation delaying or killing Obamacare. This is the absolute worst law ever foisted on the American public, and if enacted immediately in its present state, will deal a decisive and fatal blow to the American economy.The Senate ...