Letters to the editor

Roads vs. coal

Thank God for those potholes, they remind us all we are in the Mountain State. Maybe if Gov. Justice would take charge of fixing them instead of complaining about previous administrations we could improve them. Instead we have a special road bond fund that has $0 funds. However, at least the ...

Religion indeed part of founding

Jim Wilt’s letter March 3 purports to correct and admonish Dan Kessinger’s letter involving abortion, and what role religion played in the founding documents of our country. Mr. Wilt posits that religion played no role, referencing two phrases in the Declaration of Independence he says ...

Attend public forum

Thanks go to the State Board of Education for scheduling an additional education forum at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg on Monday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. To register for the forum go to https://wvde.us/education-public-forum/. Thanks must also go to Del. Vernon Criss, in response ...

Don’t change dental plan for retirees

I read with interest the story in today’s paper, Friday, March 15, 2019, about Wood County Schools and the dental insurance issue. Wood County Schools first offered the dental insurance plan in about 1983. It was made available to both professional and service employees. At the same time, WCS ...

Protect the Constitution

When asked what the constitutional assembly had created, Ben Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Two hundred years later, Ronald Reagan described it as, “Freedom is a fragile thing, and never more than one generation from extinction.” Our system of checks and balances ...

Letter was degrading

It was a sad day, Sunday, March 17, to find that someone missed the true meaning of the book of Love and forgiveness. If Mr. Wilt’s written interpretation of it was meant to be “cute,” it was not. It was degrading. Merna Schultz Parkersburg

A last word on religion

Let me express appreciation to Mr. Engle for making arguments. Many are made uneasy by disputes, but in at least two august institutions (legislative and judicial), the argument is a time honored tool for arriving at truth. It is only when beliefs are challenged that they are confirmed valid. ...

Good for the goose?

How many remember the old English saying,” What is good for the goose is good for the gander”? When I asked my computer to help me understand this, several explanations were presented: * “used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another person or ...

Logic does not add up

Ah yes, the “he said, he said” thing (shes really didn’t get much of a say at the time). Well, I can play that for just a moment. Let’s stick with the author of the U.S. Constitution, which, again, lacks any mention of god, bible, Jesus or Christianity in a Preamble, 7 Articles or 27 ...

Companies aggressively avoiding payment

The letter published in the March 10 issue by Roger Sheppard on oil and gas royalty payments is very good. I agree with most of it. However, I think that the problems involved are more serious than he indicates. The major problem with the Sheppard letter is his statement that the suit awards ...

Do not force beliefs on others

This is in response to Dan Kessinger’s letter of Feb. 17, attributing the creation of the world to a magic invisible god and railing against the morals of atheists. So here’s a few of the reasons why we don’t believe as he does and see the central story as implausible. Since he is a ...

Add Wood County education forum

The legislature proposed a controversial education bill that stirred a lot of controversy and failed in the House. A clean salary raise for teachers failed in the Senate. The governor has called for a special session to deal with educational matters. The State Department of Education has ...

Some food for thought

Food is the nation’s largest employer. In fact, 23 million people across the U.S. are employed by the food sectors whether it be farming, food processing, distribution or markets and support. Surprisingly, despite the large number of people employed by the food industry, less than 2 percent ...

Blight is a serious problem

In (last) Sunday’s paper, nine Parkersburg City Council members had a complaint about trash around homes and homes falling down. I certainly agree with them. I live on a street where I bought two homes years ago. It makes me ashamed to tell anyone I live on this street. The home beside me ...

Expansion unnecessary

This is in reference to an article by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Feb. 28. The article concerns the Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc. moving to the Green Street location. I give thumbs up to the Board of Directors for selecting this location. This will make a fine activity ...

Right call on campus carry

West Virginia University is nationally recognized as one of the top party schools in the nation. Our legislature considered a campus concealed carry bill. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense which kills and injures many. Advertisements proclaim, “Don’t let your ...

Not my West Virginia

I am disappointed and disgusted by the examples of hate that have been exhibited lately in my state. From the anti-LGBTQ Delegate Eric Porterfield, to the woman who went on the racist tirade at a local Mexican restaurant, to the events at the WVGOP Day at the Legislature that resulted in ...

Make companies pay

How big is the oil and gas industry in West Virginia? Just looking at lawsuits and penalties some companies have been forced to pay gives you a glimpse: * A lawsuit that was set to go to trial in late February, was settled in the amount of $53 million, on behalf of royalty owners who claimed ...

Letter full of fantasies

The letter on founders and god by Dan Kessinger on Feb. 17 was one of the most delusional I have read in some time. His points were that abortion is wrong, that a magic invisible man in the sky created everything, that atheists are immoral and morally bankrupt, that the founding fathers ...

Protect the Constitution

Presidents can declare a State of Emergency in many situations. Many experts believe this president’s declaration of a state of emergency, when congress did not allocate the funds he wanted, oversteps his constitutional authority. Congress has sole authority to allocate funds. Our system of ...