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Letters to the editor

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 ...

Letter was degrading

It was a sad day, Sunday, March 17, to find that someone missed the true meaning of the book of Love and forgiveness. If Mr. Wilt’s written interpretation of it was meant to be “cute,” it was not. It was degrading. Merna Schultz Parkersburg

A last word on religion

Let me express appreciation to Mr. Engle for making arguments. Many are made uneasy by disputes, but in at least two august institutions (legislative and judicial), the argument is a time honored tool for arriving at truth. It is only when beliefs are challenged that they are confirmed valid. ...

Good for the goose?

How many remember the old English saying,” What is good for the goose is good for the gander”? When I asked my computer to help me understand this, several explanations were presented: * “used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another person or ...

Logic does not add up

Ah yes, the “he said, he said” thing (shes really didn’t get much of a say at the time). Well, I can play that for just a moment. Let’s stick with the author of the U.S. Constitution, which, again, lacks any mention of god, bible, Jesus or Christianity in a Preamble, 7 Articles or 27 ...

Companies aggressively avoiding payment

The letter published in the March 10 issue by Roger Sheppard on oil and gas royalty payments is very good. I agree with most of it. However, I think that the problems involved are more serious than he indicates. The major problem with the Sheppard letter is his statement that the suit awards ...

Do not force beliefs on others

This is in response to Dan Kessinger’s letter of Feb. 17, attributing the creation of the world to a magic invisible god and railing against the morals of atheists. So here’s a few of the reasons why we don’t believe as he does and see the central story as implausible. Since he is a ...

Add Wood County education forum

The legislature proposed a controversial education bill that stirred a lot of controversy and failed in the House. A clean salary raise for teachers failed in the Senate. The governor has called for a special session to deal with educational matters. The State Department of Education has ...

Some food for thought

Food is the nation’s largest employer. In fact, 23 million people across the U.S. are employed by the food sectors whether it be farming, food processing, distribution or markets and support. Surprisingly, despite the large number of people employed by the food industry, less than 2 percent ...

Blight is a serious problem

In (last) Sunday’s paper, nine Parkersburg City Council members had a complaint about trash around homes and homes falling down. I certainly agree with them. I live on a street where I bought two homes years ago. It makes me ashamed to tell anyone I live on this street. The home beside me ...