Letters to the editor

Words do not mask agenda

After voters passed amendment 1 and thus added to the West Virginia Constitution that there is no protected right to an abortion or the government funding of abortion, the usual assortment of crusaders have emerged from the shadows to champion the cause of ending the lives of helpless babies. ...

A Veterans Day salute

As a Wood County citizen and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 member, I wish to thank everyone that participated in the Veterans Day parade and ceremonies held at the City Park. Area residents showed their appreciation by being part of the largest attendance seen in recent years. Respect and ...

Noise must be eliminated

In reference to Jim Weigle’s comments in an article in the Nov. 17 News and Sentinel about the screeching noise from Eramet, I could not agree more. It is a great disturbance to our life and to our sleep. I live about one mile off Rt. 7 in Ohio, a few miles up the road from Eramet. In the ...

Put energy into renewables

The economic reality is that the full transition to renewables just makes sense. Asset management company Lazard, LTD has just released its annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) study. Lazard “surveys energy buildouts that occurred in the previous year and divides the estimated cost of ...

Thank you to Edison Middle School

Many thanks to the Edison Middle School students, teachers and staff for the patriotic display honoring veterans on Monday morning at the corner of Rayon Drive and Gihon Road. It was inspiring to see their banner thanking veterans, waving flags and waving to the traffic. Also, it was ...

Just stick to the facts

This is in reference to comments made by Mr. Michael Seely, president of the board of directors of the Wood County Senior Citizen Association, Inc. On Thursday, Nov. 8, members brought concerns to the Wood County Commissioners in hopes that a suitable agreement could be reached with the board ...

Send a message

Voters had an opportunity to send a message to local politicians on election day. The message should have been that tax and spend policies will need to be managed and prioritized much more efficiently than recently demonstrated. The Wood County Commission is raising levy rates at an alarming ...

Thank you from a veteran

I’m writing about the Veterans Day appreciation that was held at Lubeck Baptist Church from the students at Lubeck Elementary School and their staff. I want to thank the Lubeck PTA for the lunch they provided for us veterans and their family. It was a great turn out when several veterans ...

Thank you to Belpre Ohio American Legion Post 495

It is with both admiration and sadness that I write this letter. Our community has been blessed for over 80 years with an outstanding group of Veterans and their families. This group of individuals has changed over the years but their mission has always been the same — shared helpfulness. ...

Tell PSC we want choice

To quote the organization Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia, “West Virginia’s monopoly electric utilities — Appalachian Power, Wheeling Power, Mon Power, and Potomac Edison — want to drastically reduce the rate at which net-metered solar owners receive credit for the energy their ...

Thank you

As the leader in the fight against suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate by 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 ...

Thankful for help

Saturday evening, Oct. 20, The Parkersburg Art Center, and our event partners, set up ArtOberfest on the 700 block of Market Street. This was a community festival celebrating art, music and downtown Parkersburg. Red umbrellas lined the street, art vendors were selling their work, musicians ...

Stores will be missed

Sears and K-Mart will be missed by young and old. You see, most of us old timers on Social Security and young people starting out on minimum wage jobs can only have one or two stores to shop and one credit card payment for our home appliances, car repair, tires, sporting goods, pharmacy, ...

We must act on climate change

There are a few things I think everyone needs to know in lieu of Trump’s “60 Minutes” comments on climate change following the most recent IPCC report. When you look at literature reviews by the likes of Dr. James Lawrence Powell, the global scientific consensus on the existence of ...

Put right tools in place

All the citizens of Parkersburg deserve to be treated with respect, no matter the setting, no matter the forum, from all City of Parkersburg representatives, whether hired, elected or appointed. We can agree to disagree. We can respectfully disagree with another person. But the recent ...

About the Vienna Police Fee

I would like to share my understanding of the issues surrounding the Vienna Police Fee and its history. The Police Fee was originated in 1970. In 1974, Vienna City Council enacted a 50 percent discount for senior citizens, reducing their fee from $2.50 to $1.25. In 1984, the police fee ...

Correcting error

During the Oct. 11 Vienna City Council meeting, Mr. Bibbee informed me that I had “lied” about his voting on the fees. It was noted in the article last Saturday, Oct. 13, that he addressed the council, however he addressed me also. It was obvious he was very upset because he said my letter ...

Manchin should switch parties

It’s time for Senator Manchin to come out of the closet and publicly switch his party allegiance. No longer should he hide behind a Democrat skirt after thoroughly repudiating Democratic values by casting the sole Democrat vote to nominate the most reprehensible (from a Democratic ...

Do you remember?

Do you remember when the doctors couldn’t wait to leave West Virginia because their insurance was so high? Doctors were going to Ohio because they didn’t have that problem over there. West Virginia laws passed by elected officials caused that problem. Do you remember when all the coal ...

Vote no on Amendment 1

Voters in West Virginia will see a proposed Constitutional Amendment #1 on the ballot when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. According to ballotpedia.org, the amendment would add Section 57 to Article VI of the West Virginia Constitution to say: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or ...