Letters to the editor

Don’t bow to “boom”

Mike Myer believes that “The natural gas boom holds great potential” to balance the budget in W.Va. Although this possibility does exist, joining the fossil fuel frenzy and kowtowing to the corporate fossil fuel industry also has the most likely potential to increase opioid addiction, ...

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Democrats placed all their rotten political eggs in Barack Obama’s Marxist basket. Consequently, as the nation rebelled and ultimately turned red, they took little notice; alternately, perhaps they just whistled through the Party’s graveyard as one-by-one, Democrat governors, state ...

Unhappy with new system

In your paper dated June 29, there was an ad, “My WVUChart.” May I express my concern with this new (?) system at CCMH. I recently had some blood work done prior to a doctor’s appointment. In the past I always requested during the test that I would like a copy be mailed to me, and that ...

Historic treasure restored

Abby and I had the great pleasure of attending a dedicatory reception June 19 for Oakland, the home built by James M. Stephenson starting in 1832, at 1131 7th St. Oakland is a structure of not only local significance, but also state-wide and national significance, listed on the National ...

Union labor a better choice

Following the decision by the Wood County School Board to accept the bid for the new Williamstown Elementary School to the non-union contractor. I would like to bring attention to the many things that are wrong with this decision: First of all the work performed by the non-union contractor on ...

‘Outrage’ unfounded

It’s appalling the unfounded raw hatred the far left has for President Trump, with no factual rationale. The far left doesn’t want to be bothered with facts. Case in point — Trump has stated repeatedly that he does not oppose immigration, only illegal immigration. Immigrants entering the ...

Goodbye, Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence is the greatest document ever written about government because it established the first form of government based upon “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” The Declaration makes plain that the rights of man come not from other men, but from the mind of ...

Democracy in action

Parkersburg City Council meetings can sometimes be a snooze fest but not this past Tuesday night. Instead it was a David and Goliath matchup, with the city playing the part of Goliath and the beleaguered bicyclists playing the part of David. Someone, who knows who or why, had proposed a ban on ...

Encourage bike use

As an employer, the most important aspect of a job is that employees get to work on time. Parkersburg has a bus system which does not reach all areas of the city. If a person does not have a car, motorcycle or does not have the opportunity to carpool, walking or riding a bike could be the next ...

Thank you for the support

The Board of Parkersburg Pride would like to thank all the community members and business sponsors who attended and supported our first Parkersburg Pride Family Picnic on Saturday, June 23 at City Park. We were fortunate to have an invocation by the Rev. Janice Hill of First Christian ...

Religious right informing policy

I’ve written in this space before about the White House Bible Study group organized by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries, as well as the study groups in the U.S. House and Senate organized by Drollinger. Capitol Ministries’ unfettered access to the Executive Branch and Congress already ...

Not their Republican party

I am about to finish Jon Meacham’s book “The Soul of America, The Battle for Our Better Angels.” I would highly recommend it to Republicans and Democrats alike, as it lifts up the betters angels and some demons of all of them. As I was reading this book, I remembered that I was born and ...

Immigration hypocrisy

President Trump once generously offered to allow 1.8 million DACA recipients to remain in the U.S. and put them on a path to future citizenship. In exchange for his offer, Trump asked funding for a southern border wall, an end to chain migration and an end to the diversity immigration ...

Take care of your own corner

I run 4 or 5 mornings a week during the summer. I typically run a different route everyday. I don’t necessarily enjoy running, but I do enjoy exploring—so I use my morning run to explore the neighborhoods surrounding mine. I’ve done this for the past couple of years. I have to ...

A son’s happy memories

Let me tell you about my dad. He was 5’ 7” and 140 lbs. his whole life. When he dressed up with hat and pipe, he looked like the singer/actor Bing Crosby, and when he had on his work clothes and Mail Pouch chew, he looked like Festus Haggen on “Gunsmoke.” My dad had a great sense of ...

Lost chance at fatherhood

How many men are waking up today along with the millions of dads and grandfathers who will enjoy this special day of the year honoring them, with a guilty conscience, remembering how they pressured a young woman years ago into an abortion of their little boy or little girl? It takes two to ...

Civility will be missed

I just want to add my voice to that of Lawrence J. Wilson in his tribute to the late Don Lowe of Vienna (Sunday, June 10). My situation is much the same as Mr. Wilson’s: I don’t believe I ever agreed with Mr. Lowe’s postings. But I admired his steadfast determination to express his ...

Even smallest life is precious

It has been said, “If you don’t like abortion, then don’t have one.” The question isn’t do we like or dislike abortion (I cannot imagine why anyone would like it), but the question is: Is abortion murder? When a pregnant mother is killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, the baby is ...

Pain sufferers need ally

I am writing this letter to those who can make a difference. I am disabled and suffer from chronic pain after three failed back surgeries, two broken vertebra and degenerative disc disease. I currently see a pain management doctor and I take pain pills. I have tried the back injections with ...

Treating humans like humans

Our country, which is a country of immigrants, has a statue in the New York harbor with the inscription, “Give me your tired, your poor, the huddled masses….” Now our country is separating children from parents who are seeking asylum here in the United States. So why are we locking up ...