Letters to the editor

Ignore and make worse strategy

The White House is reportedly seeking a 72 percent budget cut for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and a reduction of the number of staff at the Office from 680 in the 2017 budget to 450 in the 2019 budget, according to The Hill newspaper and the ...

No logging in state parks

State officials say that timbering of our state parks is important to the money it will bring in. If you like destroying the quality of life and the positive image of our state ... it’s great! Call the governor’s office to tell him to keep West Virginia wild and wonderful. We have a great ...

Trump a target of fascists

The sudden and generally unexpected defeat of Bill Clinton’s wife dealt a staggering blow to the far left, and spawned a fringe-element coalition of anti-American extremists unrivaled in U.S. politics. Academia, Hollywood, the New Socialist Democrat Party and the entire mainstream media ...

Open your eyes West Virginia

We need to pay attention and open our eyes to what is happening in West Virginia. This is important. This impacts West Virginia teachers and service personnel, sure, but it also impacts ALL WV state employees. The ripple effect that could stem from allowing PEIA to fully implement their ...

Council member cliques

The Vienna council meeting Jan. 18, was one of the nastiest meetings that I have attended. The mayor, at the end of the meeting, demoted Mr. Conley from the Finance Committee to the Beautify the City of Vienna Committee. I feel the reason for that move is because Mr. Conley is not a “yes” ...

Bible class bill baloney

Election time is approaching. Politicians are crawling out of the woodwork to impress upon us the importance of re-electing them. One State Senator from Wood County is trying to impress the voters by doing something incredibly stupid. That would be Senator Mike Azinger. Azinger is ...

Regroup on WV teachers

Most of us can remember our favorite teacher. For some of us, perhaps we had more than one favorite teacher. What a blessing it is to look back into childhood and fondly remember a teacher who was inspiring. Every teacher wants to provide a high-quality education for the students they ...

The Russia investigation

A letter on Sunday, Jan. 7, stated that some commentators on Fox News want the Mueller investigation into Trump’s alleged Russian collusion ended. However, other Fox News commentators believe it should continue, until a conclusion can be reached. I support the latter. Informed Americans ...

Logging not the answer

While I agree with your Jan. 16 editorial in which you observe that West Virginia State Parks deserve a maintenance boost, I disagree with Governor Justice’s proposal to pay for that maintenance through commercial logging of maturing forests in those State Parks. Like many West Virginians, I ...

Opioid abuse and back pain

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources or WVDHHR has once again asked for help through public comment on plans to address the ongoing health care crisis of drug addiction. A panel of experts has 6 areas to address a plan on improving this crisis. Prevention, Early ...

Misplaced blame

This is in response to the letter to the editor on Jan. 14 entitled “To whom it may concern.” I just knew someone would claim the reason Wood County may not be getting a cracker plant is because the non-discrimination ordinance was not passed by the Parkersburg City Council. Due to the ...

GOP shows true colors

I’ve been wondering what the Republican party stands for, what its principles are, and I’ve concluded that the best measure of a party’s principles is to be found in the behavior, what they do and not what they say, of its leaders. Trump, the Republican leader for this last year, has ...

Trump opposite of ‘refreshing’

Congressman McKinley recently had an op-ed in this paper extolling Bozo’s virtues. Strangely, he led off with campaign promises kept, and then cited all of one! No mention of the dozens not kept. He then proceeds to laud Bozo’s efforts to aid WV by promoting coal usage – the worst single ...

Pain pills not the problem

Recently, there was a letter in the newspaper regarding the county commissioners discussing the opiate crisis in West Virginia. Supposedly, the Democrat Congressmen want the DEA to limit the supply of pain pills, so as to create an artificial shortage. Even Joe Manchin has been involved in ...

SB252 has wrong idea

State Senators Azinger and Cline, both Republicans, have introduced a slightly controversial bill this month. Senate Bill 252 would require “all schools provide an elective course on Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, or New Testament of the Bible.” The idea is that with its ...

Let public speak freely

It’s a new year, but Parkersburg’s City Council decided to revisit old settled business from last year. In 2017, council changed the public forum rules twice in an effort to limit the voice of the public. In June, they split the public forum into two parts. The first public forum held at ...

A Salvation Army salute

Because of the generosity of our community, The Salvation Army was able to make this Christmas season more joyful for some of our less fortunate neighbors. We appreciate each person’s contribution, whether time, talent or resources. In particular, we salute: The dedicated members of The ...

Measure could do serious harm

It has been brought to my attention recently that two senators, Sue Cline and Mike Azinger, have drafted a bill, “Creating WV Counseling Protection Act” SB257. Mind you, the title does sound appealing, but the immediate question I had was, “What exactly does this bill protect in the area ...

Thank you for the support

Globally Building Schools charity would like to thank everyone in Wirt, Wood and Ritchie counties for all that you did to support the charity and the children in Ghana, West Africa, this year. Without you, thousands of children between the school grades of 5th and 12th would not have Bibles to ...

Trump not good for state

In my opinion, Rep. David McKinley’s “Trump is good for West Virginia” shows a lack of morals on McKinley’s part. It shows his lack of considering everything Trump does — misconduct against women; prejudice against black people, Haitians; racist ideals. Does he consider Trump’s ...