Letters to the editor

Evolutionary explanation

Sexual harassment by co-workers, by politicians and even Olympic gymnastics officials. Seems like daily we are inundated with stories of a tsunami level crisis in male-female relationships. Apparently, sex crazed men have suddenly started accosting women at every opportunity — at work, in ...

Water pipes in Vienna

Within the next month the residents and businesses are going to have the rate increase on their water bills that recently passed by the mayor and council for the City of Vienna. It has just now, within the past two months, been brought to light that there are transite asbestos concrete water ...

Why not tranquilize?

Being a hunter/sportsman for over 65 years, I was appalled at the actions of our District 6 conservation police. I feel very strongly that the citizens and the hunters of the area need a complete explanation of why this deer could not be tranquilized and released, but could be shot. A lot ...

Rebutting the rebuttal

I have an interlocutor! His name is not Thrasymachus or Gorgias, but fear not, Plato fans; his logical method is little different from that of Socrates’ antagonists from the Agora. A paragraph-by-paragraph reply, perchance? Paragraph 1: To follow the author’s own formula, if a person has ...

Let’s move forward

At the time the implementation of the Clean Power Plan is being debated and comments are being taken in Charleston, W.Va., regulators are debating the purchase of the Pleasants County coal-fired power plant. In his News and Sentinel Letter to the Editor on Sept. 10, Jody Murphy, Executive ...

Proven right

In a previous letter, I stated had Putin interfered in our 2016 presidential election, it would have been to help Hillary win, because Putin wanted Hillary for our next president. With new revelations coming to light concerning the Clintons collusion with the Russian government over the ...

Parkersburg must be better

Over the past two months, remarkable and contradictory events have occurred in our state. Fairmont and Morgantown passed ordinances enacting Human Rights Commissions. And here we are in Parkersburg, falling further behind. In fact, the Municipal Equality Index rating released last month rated ...

Reps should serve everyone

The Nov. 19 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor titled, “Voters must pressure Congress.” That writer was demanding that the voters force Congress to destroy Obamacare. That letter was a nine-paragraph belch of right-wing ugliness unsupported by any facts. That writer began ...

A vehicle for tyranny?

This is in response to Mr. Hale’s letter on Nov. 18 claiming non-discrimination statutes are a vehicle for tyranny. If a person has to begin their argument by claiming they are not a bigot, the odds are they are. The letter asks what precisely is fair about LGBT being given a specially ...

Tell me why on rate hike

Tell me why. Why does the Lubeck PSD want to raise rates on customers? The PSD received a rate increase in May of 2016. Now they want nearly a 16 percent increase on sewer rates. Why? They say it’s because the new law states they have to have a savings. Why did the elected officials vote for ...

Argument falls short

Mr. Mullen’s letter on healthcare appearing last week was very interesting because, despite the use of a whole bunch of angry sounding words, he managed to assert not one verifiable fact. So, as a reasoned argument in support of whatever he was advocating, perhaps something like “Obamacare ...

Keep eye on children

Again I observed a very precarious situation as I shopped last week. A mother had left her 12- to 14-month old precious baby unattended and unbelted while the little one bobbled and teetered in a grocery cart seat. The four to five minutes I was in the area the mother had her back turned away ...

Let Washington hear you

During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful to live at this time in this wonderful country. We are blessed with natural resources, two broad oceans to protect us, and we live in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence gives us a “Government deriving its just powers by the consent of ...

Exciting news for us all

The recent announcement that China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., will invest $83.7 billion in West Virginia is exciting news for the state. It is also thrilling news for those of us who live just across the Ohio River and are proud to be part of the Mid-Ohio Valley. At Marietta College, we ...

Voters must pressure Congress

Barack Obama, the New Democrat Party and other progressive Marxists designed Obamacare as a series of income redistribution and social justice programs administered by an all-powerful federal government. It destroyed jobs and devastated the finest healthcare system anywhere in the world. ...

Speak out on Clean Power Plan

On Nov. 28 and 29, the U.S. EPA will hold a public hearing in Charleston for input regarding Trump’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan to fulfill his misguided, stupid, and harmful campaign promise to encourage coal fired power plants. This is the only public hearing the EPA will hold — and ...

Support Paris Agreement

The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will not stop the rest of the world from continuing to advance toward a clean energy future. The global community is negotiating how to achieve goals set in this historic document at the United Nations annual Conference of the Parties ...

Statute a vehicle for tyranny

Allow me to begin with a caveat: the following content is not prompted by hatred or prejudice. If you truly cherish your same-sex partner and he or she brightens your life I am happy for you, and long may it continue. However ... The city council has shown wisdom and courage in refusing to ...

Stop the shooting

Last week a Facebook post suggested that people commemorate the senseless shooting in Texas. We were asked to email our Congresspeople with one suggestion per day on how to stop these deaths for 26 days — one suggestion for each person who lost his life. We were then asked to post our daily ...

Thank you, Belpre City Schools

On Nov. 9, I was one of many veterans attending a Veterans Day ceremony at Belpre Elementary School. On entering the gym, we were greeted by hundreds of students and staff alike, welcoming veterans to their school. When entering, the students and staff sang “You’re a Hero,” until all ...