Letters to the editor

Universal Medicare doable

Americans can afford a Medicare-for-all system of health insurance because we pay more now for a confusing and unfair system that leaves 28 million uninsured, is the most expensive system in the world and doesn’t deliver any better results than other national systems as measured by quality of ...

EPA not our enemy

Have you ever wondered when driving in to Wood County on I-77 or U.S. 50, just what is a “Polymer Alliance Zone?” After a full day of searching, I finally found the Alliance’s small office tucked away in an obscure place in Davisville, W.Va. A very nice lady manned the office and gave ...

Stick with entertainment

One of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes is, “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It is a waste of time, and it annoys the pig.” Believe it or not, this quote has some relevance today, at least to my mind. When I survey the feeding frenzy that has turned the left coast entertainment ...

Vienna rate increase

Our officials that we elect are there by good faith of the people who vote for them that they have their best interest at heart. Vienna has just passed a water/sewer rate increase that will raise our bill from $50 a month to $100 or more a month. The turn out for the public hearing Oct. 26 at ...

Predictable tragedy response

The News and Sentinel published a letter to the editor on Oct. 22 titled, “Peddling Fear.” That letter was the typical right-wing response we’ve come to expect every time the nation suffers another mass-murder via gunfire. That letter included the usual nauseating lecture about gun ...

More liberal hypocrisy

A letter in the Oct. 15 edition challenged a previous writer to present one instance of liberals ever accusing a gun of murder or show evidence of a gun being prosecuted for murder. I would challenge that writer, himself, to document a case of a gun ever committing a murder on its own. The ...

A reaction to a reaction

Guess I struck a nerve with my rhetorical questions published Oct. 8. I’ll try to respond. The first question had to do with blaming the bomber for a bombing, but blaming the guns for shootings. My questions, let it be said, were dismissed as “infantile.” This is typical of the kind of ...

Reich is a Trump hater

Donald Trump has many faults but he does not deserve Mr. Reich’s continuous vitriolic attacks. I don’t know when professional liberal activist and former Clinton Secretary of Labor bureaucrat Robert Reich went totally off the rails crazy, but he needs professional help. Literally every ...

Include more in exemption

In recommending that the retirement incomes of military personnel be exempted from West Virginia state personal income tax legislators Mike Azinger and John Kelly have overlooked other deserving groups more closely associated with the safety and welfare of West Virginia citizens. Why are the ...

Americans can handle the cost

Previously, I stated that national Medicare insurance, administered by the Medicare administration and covering total medical costs for every citizen cradle-to-grave, would cost Americans $3 trillion. I proposed that the next inquiry should be how this cost is paid. The important fact to bear ...

Solving business tax problem

West Virginia imposes a tax on business inventory and equipment. This tax is a real impediment to attracting or expanding new business. A legislative committee is considering eliminating this tax. Few if any other states have a tax that has a negative impact on business development. Problem ...

We are free

We are free men and women because of our veterans, our POWs, MIAs, KIAs and so on. My family is made up of veterans, so every time we go to war I — also a veteran — ask, Why? The answer I get is, for our freedom. So I came a free man, to kneel, sit or stand for the National Anthem. I ...

Standing at Fort McHenry

I had the privilege of visiting Baltimore recently. One of the historic sites of the city is Fort McHenry, the site of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When I reached the Fort to begin my tour, the ticket master stated “You need to watch the ...

Peddling fear

Predictably, after the last appalling act by an evil lunatic on unarmed citizens, the corrupt media and leftwing politicians are ablaze with emotional fear mongering, anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment rhetoric designed to divert attention from the facts. Every tragic shooting brings the radical ...

Guns and fascism

I was happy to see Don Lowe respond to a letter from last week, since I had also felt that the questions posed needed to be addressed, and considered writing a response, myself. I agree with what Don wrote, but there are still a few things left unsaid that I feel are important. The first ...

Obamacare CSRs

I found it necessary to complete the page one headline article regarding Obamacare (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Oct. 15, 2017). The crux was to outline the implications of President Trump to “cut off” federal payments to insurers. These payments are known as CSRs, an acronym for cost ...

There’s no war on coal

Coal is West Virginia! You’ve heard that commercial on the radio. Gov. Justice said coal is back! I wish Gov. Justice would go back ... go back and pay his back taxes. Cheap natural gas and renewables will drive the future. There is no war on coal. Free markets provide too much competition ...

Veterans Tab submissions being accepted

Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of history. Information ...

Falseness and hypocrisy

An Oct. 8 letter took a cheap shot at the liberal media, raising two questions. 1) Why is it when there is a bombing we blame the bomber, but when there is a shooting, we blame the gun? 2) If Trump is a fascist because he did not specifically call out fascism for censure after the recent ...

Didn’t vote? Don’t complain

I just had major surgery and made time to vote this election (Oct. 7) ... it took all of 5 minutes at the poll. Years ago, I had an employee complaining about the outcome of a recent election; after a few minutes of his ranting, I had to ask: Did you vote; he said “No, I did not have ...