Letters to the editor

Out of touch on the shutdown

In response to a letter written by Mr. Westfall on Feb. 3, in regard to his “Building wall worth sacrifices,” it seems he is uninformed about reality in regard to those 800,000 federal workers. Most are close to retirement and have been at their jobs for years, and most do have savings that ...

Let women make the decision

Eric Engle of Parkersburg writes some of the best letters to the editor The News and Sentinel will print. His letters usually specialize in climate change and related environmental issues and they’re always built around scientific facts and hard data. On Sunday, Feb. 10, Mr. Engle changed ...

Wrong on founders, God

At the end of Eric Engle’s letter, he managed to at least imply something truthful, albeit accidentally. He closed his pro-infanticide letter by claiming that policies ought not to be influenced by religion or ideology (as though his position is not one of ideology). In other words, if one ...

Holiday in the Park thankful

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 24th year on Nov. 17, 2018, with Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews as Master of Ceremonies and he was also selected as Honorary Chair for the 2018 Holiday in the Park. The new light displays added this year were the Angel at Veterans ...

Reps should address Porterfield

Recently our state has been beset by comments made by a member of the Legislature. Delegate Porterfield, of Mercer County, compared LGBTQ citizens to the Ku Klux Klan as well as calling them terrorists, socialists, and more. This minister and professional missionary followed his tirade with an ...

Find solution for the Dreamers

Since Sen. Capito is on the panel tasked with keeping the federal government open, I’ve been watching what she’s been saying about spending negotiations. Late last month, she said there is a “sweet spot” where the GOP and Democrats can both agree and called for “some sort of legal ...

Oppose omnibus education bill

As of Feb. 6, the Omnibus Education Bill has not been voted out of the House Education Committee. Bills are supposed to be on one topic. I believe the bill as voted out of the WV Senate is at least five bills. 1. This bill covers teacher and school personnel raises. 2. It requires annual ...

Some thoughts on abortion

“The phrase “late-term abortion” is medically inaccurate and has no clinical meaning. In science and medicine, it’s essential to use language precisely. In pregnancy, to be “late term” means to be past 41 weeks gestation, or past a patient’s due date. Abortions do not occur in ...

The Democrats are devious

God bless America. With Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi calling the shots in our congress, we sure do need his blessing. The Democrats’ hatred for President Donald Trump is beyond reproach. One serious problem the United States faces today is our non-existent southern border barrier and the ...

Don’t throw away history

As these times become more known as a period of “throw-it-away,” we are hearing more and more horror stories of family photos, written history and general artifacts of the past being put on the curb, ending up in the landfill. I would implore persons who are doing spring housecleaning, ...

Shutdown did cause suffering

The assumption that the recent government shutdown did not cause suffering is unsubstantiated. Federal employees encompass a broad scope of government agencies. To say that there is something wrong with them if they can’t make it several months without pay is a cause for concern. I agree ...

Break up huge education bill

The proposed Omnibus education bill should be broken into separate bills and debated on the merits of each bill. By grouping numerous educational issues together in a 137-page document and rushing the bill through committees, someone is attempting to hide those portions that are damaging to our ...

Slowing the speeders

Is there no respect for speed limits? We live in a straight stretch of Old St. Marys Pike. Vehicles that travel this road always seem to be in such a hurry! If law enforcement would check the speed of 50 vehicles, a good guess would be that at least 40 would be exceeding the limit. This must ...

Prayer has place in meetings

It’s time for Christians to stand up and be vocal as we are hearing of yet another attempt to silence the use of prayer in meetings. I, too, commend Justin Raber of the Board of Education for his stand. Prayer is never out of order, but silence is. Patty A. Godfrey Parkersburg

Adults ruining youth sports

Youth sports in the Mid Ohio Valley have become something much different then the learning stage of the days of yore. It is lightyears away from a time when we (as young lads and lasses) went out to play our favorite sport with friends, trying to imitate our favorite sports star. It has taken ...

Building wall worth sacrifices

That the media portrayed the government shutdown as some kind of end of the world event is pathetic. If 800,000 Americans, a lot of whom are college educated and probably making $50,000 a year or more, cannot make it several months without cash then there is something seriously wrong with them ...

Intermediate court unnecessary

I have practiced law in nearly every county in the state for almost thirty years. West Virginians do not need an intermediate court. Our population is declining; new case filings are down; and, the number of appeals to our Supreme Court continues to decline. Right now, if you lose your case in ...

The other side of confrontation

I was dismayed by the article on page 3A of the paper on Sunday, Jan. 20. The article titled “Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American after rally” by the AP is misleading at best. This “Native American” Nathan Phillips is an activist who has an entourage of cameras follow him ...

Put prayer back in BOE meeting

After reading your Jan. 10 article concerning the Wood Board of Education replacing prayer with silence, I had to write and thank BOE Justin Raber for standing up for God. Too often our nation is allowing Satan to silence Christians in this country. I hope and pray the clergy of Wood County ...

Trump far from the worst

In this past Sunday’s paper, there was a vile Trump-hating letter where the author accused President Trump of being racist, incompetent and generally a horrible president. First, the most crooked president we had in the past 100 years was Lyndon B. Johnson. He would not communicate with ...