Letters to the editor

GE an economic bust

Responding to Commissioner Tebay’s comment in the Friday, Sept. 29 edition relative to Hino Motors expansion: “This is the biggest economic news for this area since when DuPont and GE first came to town.” Those of us who had the privilege of working for Marbon then Borg Warner Chemicals ...

Break fossil fuels’ grip

A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature Energy found the following: “At the price of US$50 per barrel, we find that a bit more than half (53%) of subsidy value (in net present value terms) goes to projects that would have proceeded anyway. That fraction rises to nearly all ...

Our ill-informed public

In your newsandsentinel.com poll of Sept. 28, the question was asked, “Has the U.S. declared war on North Korea?” My first thought when I saw it was why would the newspaper ask such a question, since any reasonably informed person knows no such declaration has been made. When I saw the ...

Out of the Darkness Walk

As the leader in the fight against suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. When you participate in one of the 350 Out of the Darkness Walks nationwide, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people ...

A lesson in liberal logic

Col. Alan West posed this question: Why is it that when there is a bombing, we blame the bomber, but when there is a shooting, we blame the gun? Secondly, and I forget the citation for this: If Trump is a fascist because he did not specifically call out fascism for censure after the recent ...

Government can do better

Previously, I stated that the starting point for determining the monetary cost for a national Medicare system should be the amount Americans are now spending for total medical care. I showed that we spend roughly $3.2 trillion annually, an average of about $10,000 per person, consisting of ...

Treating chronic pain

Kudos for the letters regarding the treatment of pain in the midst of this heroin/illegal fentanyl epidemic. I just finished a book by M.Scott Peck, MD titled “Denial of the Soul.” One statement stood out: “Failure to treat adequately such moderate, severe, or excruciating chronic ...

Some facts on Road Bond vote

Reference Del. Frank Deem’s letter supporting the Road Bond Issue: Mr. Deem is most assuredly not correct when he states that the “No” vote resolution on the Road Bond was promoted by the Chairman at the recent State GOP Executive Committee meeting in Princeton. We attended the ...

Preserve historic structures

It has been brought to my attention that some think (primarily through social media) that the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society “dropped the ball” concerning the “carriage house” that was recently removed from the site of the new Sheetz station near Seventh and East ...

Dishonoring the flag

I despondently watched the protests of President Trump’s statements this past weekend by the NFL football players, owners, and media commentators. They kept saying how Trump wants to deny the athletes their First Amendment right and is being divisive. What about President Trump’s First ...

What has happened?

I’m a 71-year-old person of color residing here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, which is either first or second in these United States as being the least diverse community, racially. For many years, I have been a fan of the NFL, NBA and college sports and in all those years since it became a ...

Better ways to protest

Al Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers had it right, (as he should, being a veteran). To not stand, take off your hat and put your hand over your heart is to show total disrespect for every soldier that has ever put on a uniform and served their country. I did not see this act of respect for ...

The Road Bond referendum

Thanks for the clearly stated and informative article under the above title and written by Rodney Holbert, PE a local Professional Engineer and well informed citizen. This Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, column should assist many of us in deciding to vote for the referendum. Unfortunately, some ...

Let’s fire the real problem

“... Don’t you wish an NFL owner would fire the SOB!” This from the mouth of a twit that’s the biggest violator of America’s values ever to occupy the Oval Office. As a Caucasian I’m not qualified to speak for black America, but I strongly suspect that “Liberty and justice for ...

Resist with love

In our society there is this notion of an ongoing war between good and evil and these are external forces that are vying for our souls through our hearts and our minds. If anything bad happens it can be explained by either God testing us, punishing us or because God is ultimately in control; ...

NFL teams’ behavior

I object to the behavior of some members of NFL teams with regard to the playing of the national anthem before games. My reasoning is thus: 1. The fans do not pay NFL ticket prices to come to the stadia for what is, essentially, a political protest. In fact, professional sports used to ...

About the splash park

I agree with Nancy Wilcox, we don’t need a splash park. Over half the kids in this city are on welfare. They can’t enjoy it because they can’t afford it. Our pools weren’t that busy this summer — what makes you think the splash park will be a hit? Waste of money. Spend the money ...

Say no to the Road Bond

In a national contest for clownish behavior among governors, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, would be a top contender. From a press conference punctuated by a plate of cow manure, to numerous verbal outrages against nearly everyone, Justice comes across as unhinged and out of control. He ran ...

“All hands” needed

This is an analogy. When a sailing ship began taking on water at sea, the call for the bilge pump crew was issued. The hand-operated pump could not handle the inflow of sea water. The call was then issued for all hands to assist with buckets or anything else usable for bailing water. All hands ...

Let free market handle it

I read last Sunday, a letter proposing Universal Medicare being paid for by a 20 percent tax on “earned income” — in essence, if you earn $50,000 or $15,000 you would pay the same percentage, and the person earning $15,000 would be thrown deeper into poverty. And regular income taxes were ...