Letters to the editor

Will senators honor promise?

SB 451, also known as the Education Omnibus bill, died in the WV house of delegates on Feb. 20. I think there are some misconceptions about the bill. It started out as a huge bill that did everything from grant a 5 percent pay increase to state police, teachers and school service personnel to ...

Stand up for Vienna

It is budget time again and for the last several Vienna City Council meetings I have spoken publicly regarding an item that amounts to over 15 percent of the city’s budget. The City of Vienna pays $1,277,569 to provide health insurance to 81 employees and their families. By comparison, the ...

Answers are needed

This is in reference to the Wood County Senior Citizen Association Inc. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Feb. 6, printed an article and a picture showing the new executive director accepting a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. This donation was to be used for the Meals on Wheels ...

Say no to ‘gag rule’

Title X is under assault and this is an attack that should concern everyone. A proposed “gag rule” being reviewed by the Office of Budget and Management in Washington D.C. would damage men and women’s access to health care across the country. This proposed rule takes direct aim at Title ...

Build bridges, not walls

As the president declared his emergency on our south border, I daydreamed of Frost’s poem “Mending Wall:” “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down. ... I saw (my neighbor) there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone ...

Point counterpoint on abortion

First I’d like to thank Ralph Chambers for his kind words regarding my submissions to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. I also appreciate Mr. Chambers and his efforts very much. But I’m writing today in response to Dan Kessinger and his, well, interesting response to some of my most recent ...

Oppose rule change

A proposed rule change currently being considered in Washington, D.C., by the Office of Management and Budget would restrict doctors and other healthcare providers from giving needed information to their patients. This rule would prohibit doctors and nurses from providing their patients with ...

Senate bill deserves support

Education has dominated this session of the West Virginia Legislature for many good reasons. The knowledge and skills of our citizenry set the tone for our economic prosperity, freedoms and quality of life. The focus of our legislators on K-12 and higher education is meaningful, and today I ...

Out of touch on the shutdown

In response to a letter written by Mr. Westfall on Feb. 3, in regard to his “Building wall worth sacrifices,” it seems he is uninformed about reality in regard to those 800,000 federal workers. Most are close to retirement and have been at their jobs for years, and most do have savings that ...

Let women make the decision

Eric Engle of Parkersburg writes some of the best letters to the editor The News and Sentinel will print. His letters usually specialize in climate change and related environmental issues and they’re always built around scientific facts and hard data. On Sunday, Feb. 10, Mr. Engle changed ...

Wrong on founders, God

At the end of Eric Engle’s letter, he managed to at least imply something truthful, albeit accidentally. He closed his pro-infanticide letter by claiming that policies ought not to be influenced by religion or ideology (as though his position is not one of ideology). In other words, if one ...

Holiday in the Park thankful

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 24th year on Nov. 17, 2018, with Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews as Master of Ceremonies and he was also selected as Honorary Chair for the 2018 Holiday in the Park. The new light displays added this year were the Angel at Veterans ...

Reps should address Porterfield

Recently our state has been beset by comments made by a member of the Legislature. Delegate Porterfield, of Mercer County, compared LGBTQ citizens to the Ku Klux Klan as well as calling them terrorists, socialists, and more. This minister and professional missionary followed his tirade with an ...

Find solution for the Dreamers

Since Sen. Capito is on the panel tasked with keeping the federal government open, I’ve been watching what she’s been saying about spending negotiations. Late last month, she said there is a “sweet spot” where the GOP and Democrats can both agree and called for “some sort of legal ...

Oppose omnibus education bill

As of Feb. 6, the Omnibus Education Bill has not been voted out of the House Education Committee. Bills are supposed to be on one topic. I believe the bill as voted out of the WV Senate is at least five bills. 1. This bill covers teacher and school personnel raises. 2. It requires annual ...

Some thoughts on abortion

“The phrase “late-term abortion” is medically inaccurate and has no clinical meaning. In science and medicine, it’s essential to use language precisely. In pregnancy, to be “late term” means to be past 41 weeks gestation, or past a patient’s due date. Abortions do not occur in ...

The Democrats are devious

God bless America. With Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi calling the shots in our congress, we sure do need his blessing. The Democrats’ hatred for President Donald Trump is beyond reproach. One serious problem the United States faces today is our non-existent southern border barrier and the ...

Don’t throw away history

As these times become more known as a period of “throw-it-away,” we are hearing more and more horror stories of family photos, written history and general artifacts of the past being put on the curb, ending up in the landfill. I would implore persons who are doing spring housecleaning, ...

Shutdown did cause suffering

The assumption that the recent government shutdown did not cause suffering is unsubstantiated. Federal employees encompass a broad scope of government agencies. To say that there is something wrong with them if they can’t make it several months without pay is a cause for concern. I agree ...

Break up huge education bill

The proposed Omnibus education bill should be broken into separate bills and debated on the merits of each bill. By grouping numerous educational issues together in a 137-page document and rushing the bill through committees, someone is attempting to hide those portions that are damaging to our ...