Letters to the editor

We must act on climate change

There are a few things I think everyone needs to know in lieu of Trump’s “60 Minutes” comments on climate change following the most recent IPCC report. When you look at literature reviews by the likes of Dr. James Lawrence Powell, the global scientific consensus on the existence of ...

Put right tools in place

All the citizens of Parkersburg deserve to be treated with respect, no matter the setting, no matter the forum, from all City of Parkersburg representatives, whether hired, elected or appointed. We can agree to disagree. We can respectfully disagree with another person. But the recent ...

About the Vienna Police Fee

I would like to share my understanding of the issues surrounding the Vienna Police Fee and its history. The Police Fee was originated in 1970. In 1974, Vienna City Council enacted a 50 percent discount for senior citizens, reducing their fee from $2.50 to $1.25. In 1984, the police fee ...

Correcting error

During the Oct. 11 Vienna City Council meeting, Mr. Bibbee informed me that I had “lied” about his voting on the fees. It was noted in the article last Saturday, Oct. 13, that he addressed the council, however he addressed me also. It was obvious he was very upset because he said my letter ...

Manchin should switch parties

It’s time for Senator Manchin to come out of the closet and publicly switch his party allegiance. No longer should he hide behind a Democrat skirt after thoroughly repudiating Democratic values by casting the sole Democrat vote to nominate the most reprehensible (from a Democratic ...

Do you remember?

Do you remember when the doctors couldn’t wait to leave West Virginia because their insurance was so high? Doctors were going to Ohio because they didn’t have that problem over there. West Virginia laws passed by elected officials caused that problem. Do you remember when all the coal ...

Vote no on Amendment 1

Voters in West Virginia will see a proposed Constitutional Amendment #1 on the ballot when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. According to ballotpedia.org, the amendment would add Section 57 to Article VI of the West Virginia Constitution to say: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or ...

Thank you for the support

I would like to say thank you to all who supported the Mid-Ohio Valley Heart-Stroke Walk Oct. 4. A special thank you to those businesses and individuals who displayed signs inside and outside in yards to help advertise the walk. Thank you to all who made donations to The American Heart ...

Amendment backers mislead

We are troubled by the article published this week in the paper regarding Amendment 1. Those supporting this Amendment are misleading voters. It is important for voters to know that under this Amendment, there are NO exceptions. Absolutely NO exceptions. NO exception for victims of rape. ...

Ladyburgs of Parkersburg

We are the “Ladyburgs,” actively demonstrating our true unity and concern for the Mid-Ohio Valley! Our small group began forming during the planning of our city’s 3rd Annual National Night Out in May 2018. We realized immediately, we had so much in common. As we shared our thoughts, ...

Big reasons to vote

Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber stepped on a few toes with his “coat-hanger” comment on social media last week. He was, of course, referring to the use of a coat-hanger as a surgical device from the dark-ages, before Roe v. Wade. It didn’t make any difference if Mr. Barber’s ...

Mad or mindful voters?

I’m hearing the prediction that the mid-term elections will be decided by who is madder. I find that statement deeply disturbing. As citizens, we shouldn’t be motivated solely by partisan anger or red-button reaction. Instead, our votes should arise from our commitment to shared national ...

Democrats set precedent

In a letter, in the Sunday, Sept. 23, newspaper, a writer criticized the Senate Republicans, for not giving Obama Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing. This writer needs a trip down Supreme Court nominee memory lane. It was the Democrats, who set the precedent of ...

Shadowy info sources

Alert! This just in: A news item, an article or an opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine or periodical from an unknown location on an undetermined date with an anonymous source stating the following from a well informed, high ranking source within one of the two prominent political parties ...

Make list public

In recent months there has been information released that the United State Congress has allowed for cash settlements to accusers of sexual harassment against setting U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives. All apparently settled by the cover of darkness and secrecy. Also ...

Thank you for support

Artsbridge had another season of great, free entertainment for the community with the Summer Music series at the Parkersburg City Park and Music Fest at Southwood Park. Artsbridge Programs Coordinator Kathy Reeder does a great job putting the season together, offering a variety of musical ...

Keep eye on Vienna council

On Sept. 27, 2018, at the City Council meeting, there was a vote pertaining to the police fee. Mr. Conley wanted to leave it at $2.02 for every Vienna household. In turn, Mr. Rogers, who is supposed to represent all of the senior citizens of Vienna on this police fee threw the senior citizens ...

Keep McKinley in Washington

It will be my pleasure this fall to vote again for our Congressman, David McKinley. Rep. McKinley represents the values of our Ohio Valley and West Virginia and is helping drain the swamp in Washington. The Congressman defended our vital energy industries from the Obama Presidency and now ...

Unwanted contact a crime

Thanks for Mike Myer’s column on Sept. 24: “each and every priest guilty of harming children, or ... adults, should be punished. So should any church official who aided and abetted them” including prosecuting attorneys who failed to do their jobs. Any sexual contact with children or ...

Kavanaugh drug through mud

The media has once again failed to provide all the necessary information regarding Judge Kavanaugh in order for the public to form an educated opinion. There is absolutely no indication that this was a repeated pattern of behavior since the alleged event. Usually predators have a repeated ...