Letters to the editor

Why turn to wind?

“AEP (Appalachian Electric Power) TO BUY POWER FROM INDIANA wind farm.” Knowing that wind power costs about three times as much as electricity that is generated from coal, oil and natural gas, it makes you wonder why rate payers would have to pay this added cost to get wind power from ...

Congregation grateful

On Monday evening, Aug. 13, lightning struck the steeple of Southside Southern Baptist Church on Gihon Road, causing a fire. We the congregation with to thank our neighbors for their alertness and quick response in alerting the fire department about smoke coming out of the roof of our ...

Nike doesn’t get it

On the same day Nike mentions the words “sacrifice everything” in relation to Colin Kaepernick, we open the morning paper and read of the supreme sacrifice made in Afghanistan on Sept. 3 by West Virginia’s Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard. The Nike ad and subsequent controversy ...

Why include flag vendor?

At this year’s Parkersburg Homecoming Festival a group was set up right in the middle of the festival rides where children and families congregated to ride and go to the petting zoo. This group was displaying and selling hateful paraphernalia that included a confederate flag with the words ...

Catholics must demand truth

I am a Catholic without a Church. For decades I have been a faithful member of the Catholic Church. A place where I received the Eucharist, was an active member, and supported the Church. I feel I can no longer be an active part of my Church. How do we explain this to our children and our ...

Vote for the right to life

I am an American. I am endowed by my creator with the inalienable right to life just like you and every other American. You know who I am. With modern technology and ultrasound you have seen my face and heard my heart beat. Will you use your right to vote and only put pro-life men and women ...

Release names of abusers

On Friday, Aug. 17, days after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report which found that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese of Indiana vowed to release the name of every person in the diocese ...

Trump right about media

I thought it curious and out of the blue, that an off-handed comment by a citizen about fake news at a public meeting would elicit an angry dustup by the editorial staff of the local newspaper. Then I remembered it was Thursday rant day when about 350 newspapers all had one thing in common; a ...

Religion and the Constitution

I would like to address a recent and existing issue with our local government. There is an organization in our country that is on a mission of questionable goals. Here is the reason I use the term questionable goals. I have recently contacted this organization trying to understand their motive ...

Apologize before being caught

On Aug. 14, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania revealed that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state. The report relied on thousands of pages of secret church documents with information about the cases. Since the release of the report, bishops in Pennsylvania have ...

Work to fight climate change

Dangerous anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change is upon us. It is not just a threat to be feared down the road, but is a reality here and now. Europe and Japan are boiling under record-breaking heatwaves; the American West is burning; we have seen record-breaking hurricanes and ...

Looking for former foster child

My name is Linda Swanson and I lived in the Parkersburg area most of my life. In 1974 I became a foster parent for a little blond-haired, blue-eyed 13-month-old boy. I attempted to find him by going through the Welfare Department but they are constrained by their privacy issues. He was ...

Man-made woes

After watching the news of the fires in California a family member said, “Is God trying to tell California something?” I don’t think it is God but it is Mother Earth telling us that for years we have been sending pollutants into the air that have caused the ocean temperatures to rise, ...

Remove restrictions on treatment

Opioid and drug abuse remains in the news despite large amounts of money spent to combat this epidemic. The West Virginia State Legislators worked tirelessly last session to craft a bill specific to addressing this crisis through SB273. I encourage your readers to go on line and read through ...

Where is the climate change coverage?

Wisely, the News and Sentinel has chosen to continue its policy of not running any stories concerning global climate change, the effects of which have become so obvious as to be undeniable, even by the most obtuse and obstructionist of Republicans. The good people of the Mid-Ohio Valley, if ...

Would cast Trump vote again

Okay, let’s get something clear: it seems to be a popular [mis]conception that if one voted for Trump, one is a Trump supporter. Not so. What the party of the left doesn’t seem to understand is that Trump was and still is a great big obscene gesture to the liberal snobs on both coasts! ...

More thoughts on UNSATT

For the time being, this will be my last letter on the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty. Hillary Clinton, during her campaign, stated that as president she would institute an Australian-style gun ban. As Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary helped write the UNSATT. That speaks volumes ...

Vote for David McKinley

As a West Virginian and American, one of the easiest choices we have this fall is to support our conservative Congressman, David McKinley. We can count on him to stand with our values, from preserving the lives of the unborn to making sure our communities can thrive again in West Virginia’s ...

UNSAT is no threat

The July 29 News and Sentinel printed yet another absurd letter-to-the-editor about the United Nations Small Arms Treaty (UNSAT). That letter writer told us the UN is going to use that treaty to facilitate the confiscation of all privately owned firearms in the USA. I believe that July 29 ...

Denounce the UNSATT

I have some information to add in the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty, which I wrote about previously. Our Second Amendment is the safeguard which protects the other amendments and all our constitutional rights. The U.S. is one of the few countries on earth which recognizes its citizens ...