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Letters to the editor

Mincks is supporting Wolfe

Dear Sirs and Madams: Your committee will soon have the task of selecting an individual to fulfill the open position of Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. I am writing as the Sheriff of Washington County, a long standing Republican office holder, and a fellow Republican. I believe ...

One school system all we need

Few people have responsibility for the mortal safety of more people than an airline pilot. But the only qualifications for the job are regular physical examinations and considerable experience. Most of them get their experience in the military. They do not even need a pilot’s license there, ...

Democrats are afraid of Barr

I couldn’t believe the letter in the Sunday, May 19 News and Sentinel titled “Barr must be removed.” Previously we had do-nothing attorney general Jeff Sessions. Before him, during the Obama administration, we had two of the worst attorneys general in history, Eric Holder and Loretta ...

Positions important for student wellbeing

As a 2007 graduate of Belpre High School and a seven-year teacher in Indiana, I am shocked and disappointed that the Belpre Board of Education has decided to reduce the position of school nurse from a full-time position to that of a position requiring five hours a week and to eliminate the ...

Lawsuit a waste of money

In the Saturday, May 4, edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel an article stated that the City of Parkersburg is seeking $9,800 for an insurance deductible to cover the costs of a lawsuit filed against Parkersburg City Council for leading a uniquely Christian, unconstitutional prayer to ...

Transparency in government

Good governance begins with transparency. The City of Parkersburg deserves credit for the job they do in advance of any city council or committee meeting. Parkersburg releases the full agenda with all supporting documents to the public and news media five days before any meeting. This gives the ...

Breaking Free event at park

Every Memorial Day, we honor our loved ones who have died, particularly our family members and veterans. We are touched by their courage, sacrifice, love, and wisdom. Yet for many people, Memorial Day brings very complicated reactions, particularly if the ones they are remembering and grieving ...

Barr must be removed

Whether you like Trump or not, everyone needs to call their reps and demand that Attorney General Barr be removed from office immediately; for the security of the country. Not only did he several times perjure himself before Congress, a felony, but he deliberately misled the public about the ...

Kids need supports, not charters

I have 24 fantastic students in my first-grade class who have a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many of them, school is their safe haven from broken homes, violence, drug abuse and hunger. They go to bed scared to death, often can’t sleep and don’t know what the next day or ...

Alternatives better for spine

A prestigious research paper published in the peer reviewed journal Spine in March of this year found only 0.8 percent or less than 1 percent of individuals suffering with spinal stenosis required spinal surgery. Out of a population of nearly 500,000 individuals, Adogwa and his research ...

Mothers share, sacrifice much

Mother, Mommy, Mom, Nana, Grandma, Mimi, Grammy, aunt, sister, Sis, niece ... Mrs., Ms. and Miss. We all have at least one of those. A mother, maybe we are close to, maybe not. Maybe we know her, maybe not. Maybe we miss her. Maybe we don’t care. But whatever the case, we’re here because ...

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 ...