Letters to the editor

Good sportsmanship

I attended the baseball game between Warren and Parkersburg High School, in which my great-grandson broke his ankle. After the game, he couldn’t quite make it to the line on his crutches to shake hands, but all the PHS players came to him to shake hands. Although I was of course rooting ...

Take border crisis seriously

In the Jan. 17 newspaper, Diane Dimond had a column on the cost of illegal immigrants to American taxpayers. Dimond does some math. At an $18 billion estimated cost to build the wall on the U.S. southern border, divided by the 328 million men, women and children in the U.S., the cost of the ...

A problem with medicine today

Are we being denied pain relief completely? Recently I went through an extremely painful medical emergency that has left me in shock in more ways than one. It started when I strained on a case of bottled water in my car even though I tried to do so carefully. The next morning I had extreme pain ...

Many excuses, but still wrong

We see the commercials all the time. The heart wrenching music, the sad pictures of dogs and cats peering at us helplessly. Won’t we please help? They need you. You can help for just 63 cents a day ... the price of a cup of coffee. Many are moved to tears. Many call in to help. I like ...

Politically correct madness

If anyone of sane thoughts (there are still some remaining) doubts the crazy — yes, crazy — mindset of today’s liberals, one need look no further than their latest stunt: “Let’s go after Kate Smith!” Their antics shock me almost daily, but this really takes the cake. Even worse ...

Our turn at bat soon

Spring is here and along with it, baseball. Many folks seasonally follow professional teams for the joy of doing so though no revenue from their events ever reaches our own communities. And, many of us regularly support colleges and universities where we spent a few years of our lives. But, ...

Sounding the alarm

Home fires threaten the lives of our neighbors and, sadly, take seven lives each day in the U.S. Most often, tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms — but these devices can cut the risk of death in half. That’s why the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia is rallying ...

Lawmakers must talk to teachers

Dear West Virginia elected officials: You have been saying we need public “education reform.” Ok, then, what is your plan to accomplish that? Unless you plan on actually going to your local public schools and meeting one-on-one with those working there, you have no viable plan since you ...

Thank you for parade support

The MOV Easter Parade would like to thank Carole Hanlon, Tall Oaks Event venue owner, for her vision of the top award winning float. Collaboration of Carole’s vision to decorate the carriage, gate pieces and float were made with the help of Obermeyer’s Florist. The MOV Easter Parade would ...

Wake up, for Earth Day

As we approach Earth Day April 22, I am thinking about the first Earth Day as a teach-in by Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin to draw attention to what was happening to our earth after a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969, the burning of the Cuyahoga River, the smog in our large ...

Humans drive climate change

A study out in March in the British peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change showed that anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change is a virtual certainty. Global scientists are 99.9999 percent sure, according to the study, that humans are the cause of global climate change, leaving ...

Democrats betraying America

As someone who used to believe in the Democratic Party, I am completely disgusted as to what they have become today, and the agenda they are pushing. No longer a party of fighting for workers’ rights and jobs, they worry about bathrooms for people who can’t figure out which bathroom to use ...

Teachers are not above reproach

As a retired teacher, I want to offer kudos to Jim Mullen for his insightful and courageous column about the plight of the current education system. He rightly cites the destructive influence of the teachers’ unions. These monolithic powerhouses care not a whit about students (and very ...

Bible’s lessons not ‘fairy tales’

In a letter March 17, Jim Wilt expressed his support for his “religion” (atheism), while making fun of the cherished beliefs of Christians. To him, it seems that all of the tenets of Christianity are based on fairy tales that are “implausible.” He is quite adamant about his lack of ...

Stop Title X gag rule

I am sending this letter on behalf of the Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee to urge Sen. Joe Manchin to stop the implementation of the Title X “gag rule” recently released by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This rule would negatively affect health care for millions of ...

Roads vs. coal

Thank God for those potholes, they remind us all we are in the Mountain State. Maybe if Gov. Justice would take charge of fixing them instead of complaining about previous administrations we could improve them. Instead we have a special road bond fund that has $0 funds. However, at least the ...

Religion indeed part of founding

Jim Wilt’s letter March 3 purports to correct and admonish Dan Kessinger’s letter involving abortion, and what role religion played in the founding documents of our country. Mr. Wilt posits that religion played no role, referencing two phrases in the Declaration of Independence he says ...

Attend public forum

Thanks go to the State Board of Education for scheduling an additional education forum at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg on Monday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. To register for the forum go to https://wvde.us/education-public-forum/. Thanks must also go to Del. Vernon Criss, in response ...

Don’t change dental plan for retirees

I read with interest the story in today’s paper, Friday, March 15, 2019, about Wood County Schools and the dental insurance issue. Wood County Schools first offered the dental insurance plan in about 1983. It was made available to both professional and service employees. At the same time, WCS ...

Protect the Constitution

When asked what the constitutional assembly had created, Ben Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Two hundred years later, Ronald Reagan described it as, “Freedom is a fragile thing, and never more than one generation from extinction.” Our system of checks and balances ...