Letters to the editor

BOE is right, unions are not

Wood County School Superintendent, John Flint seemed obsessed with operating in the shadows and shunned any light shined into the darker recesses of Wood County education. The recent revelation of an audit report kept from the public by his administration should be of great concern to every ...

Open letter to McKinley

Mr. McKinley, I am writing to express my concern for our grandchildren’s and those yet to be born’s future. With the Stream Protection Rule in effect Mountain Top Removal has already completely covered and destroyed over 1,200 miles of head water streams. And why would power companies and ...

Justice needs to think

I’m writing about Gov. Jim Justice and the way he talked about the teachers to get back in school. I remember when Justice was running for governor and he said if he won the election that he wouldn’t accept a paycheck. You know it and I know it that Justice is accepting his paycheck every ...

Vienna priorities

It is hard for everyone experiencing increases across the board and our incomes are not increasing to keeping up. Vienna citizens just experience an increase on our water and sewer rates to cover our reserves but none of the money is going to our infrastructure, but to run sewer out Rosemar ...

Do not look to past

Recently, this newspaper used the “Our Opinion” column of the editorial page to commend U.S. Rep. David McKinley for being involved in the inclusion of the “45Q tax credit aimed at developing and deploying carbon capture technology” in the 2-year Congressional budget. The following day, ...

The battle continues

I am again questioning many of another letter writer’s assertions based on the letter he wrote in last Sunday’s paper, about Rep. David McKinley’s, and now my, honesty. The following information about GDP growth can be found at thebalance.com. I was incorrect in saying Pres. Obama never ...

Get involved in community

When living in a community if you have issues, questions or concerns with city decisions you reach out to the individuals that you have elected into office to be there to hear you and look for solutions to those things that need resolved. What has happened, we have lost our voices, and it ...

Don’t punish lawful gun owners

I deplore the senseless violence that seems to be taking over society today. Do not demonize me for being a gun enthusiast. I have done nothing wrong. I do own “assault weapons.” They are my property. What right do the liberals have to take my belongings away from me because of the ...

Weighing lives vs. profits

Human slaughter and capitalism on the surface would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, they can have much in common. Capitalism, when practiced ideally, perfectly serves society. Unfortunately, it is not always practiced ideally. The NRA, who I rank right up there with the KGB when it ...

Support kids’ futures

The future of our great state is on my mind. I wonder what will come next for West Virginia. How can the citizens of this state imagine a positive economic climate and how will they see that imagining become reality? Investing in education is certainly a huge step in securing economic ...

Clothing donations needed

I am writing as one deeply involved in The Salvation Army’s effort to do the most good, with a request for your help toward meeting the needs of struggling families in the following counties: Calhoun, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wirt with the following life-changing services: Social ...

A review of ethics

The following are a few points from the WV Employee Code of Conduct Policy 5902: * Exhibit professional behavior by showing positive examples of preparedness, communication, fairness, punctuality, attendance, language and appearance. * Contribute, cooperate and participate in creating an ...

Build the wall well

Many believe a wall on our southern border will not stop illegal immigration, but President Trump has U.S. Special Forces teams testing several prototype designs for the future wall, outside San Diego. The final wall may incorporate features of several prototypes into one final design. The ...

The language of ideologues

I couldn’t help but notice the typical bias in the press release on Feb. 9 concerning Dr. Alveda King. She was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Republican Party’s “Freedom Dinner” in Charleston. Following the journalistic “rules” of political correctness, the writer ...

Protect investigation

It’s become crystal clear that President Donald Trump will do anything he can to derail the Russia investigation. Instead of standing up to Trump, some members of Congress are actively accelerating our country toward a constitutional crisis. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes ...

Another look at a letter

In a letter to the editor to the News and Sentinel, a writer called into question my assertions from an earlier editorial questioning Rep. David McKinley’s honesty regarding Trump’s first year in office. Allow me to retort. (1) “Between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010, GDP growth ...

Scourge of urban renewal

Thank you to Mr. Bob Enoch for his measured, well-reasoned and generally sympathetic reply to my rant about the impending destruction of the Mather building. I, however, am sadly incapable of such polite civility; once again I am livid. It is fitting that Parkersburg chose Ash Wednesday to ...

Let’s be honest

Op-ed writer Eric Engle recently wrote a criticism of Rep. David McKinley for saying President Trump’s first year in office was a success. Let’s look at some assertions: 1) GDP growth: Engle is certainly allowed an opinion, but not his own facts. For the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and probably ...

No more court layers

West Virginia’s legal system is broken. Cases for my business have taken years in Mason County Circuit Court for the simplest matters. In one case, it has suffered for FOUR years while attorney’s read an insurance policy to determine if coverage exists. After $150,000 in legal bills, four ...

Good points

A recent letter pointed out how the Democratic party was hijacked by Communism, how American values have eroded, and more. I believe the writer was “spot on” in his assessments except for a couple of minor points. For starters, the electorate went overwhelmingly for Hillary. Trump’s ...