Letters to the editor

Take responsibility

Last Sunday, I went with a delegation of concerned Catholics to present a letter to Bishop Michael Bransfield requesting that he lead the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in addressing child sexual abuse by priests in the Church openly and completely. There is nothing to be gained by trying to ...

Get out and vote

With the havoc in our country, the hatred being expressed so openly, the lack of leadership in D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the need for people to vote in this election is extremely important for the survival of our country. Those people who did not vote in 2016 need to reconsider their duties ...

More info on prostate cancer

Since September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, I’m confident that many of your readers, including me, appreciate your publishing of Mary G. McKinley’s timely and informative op-ed Sept. 9. The purpose of this letter is to provide some additional information to assure readers ...

We do need to make America great

It was quite obvious that there was a deep feud between John McCain and President Trump, even through his illness and until his death, McCain held the grudge. Fortunately, Trump took the high ground after McCain’s passing. He ordered the flags at half mast, he sent Air Force Two to pick up ...

Thank you

I was at Walmart South in an electric cart shopping. The cart was on full charge, but kept stopping until finally it quit moving at all. I was at the back of the store by the milk case contemplating how I was going to get to the front of the store. I am on a walker and I can’t walk from the ...

Why turn to wind?

“AEP (Appalachian Electric Power) TO BUY POWER FROM INDIANA wind farm.” Knowing that wind power costs about three times as much as electricity that is generated from coal, oil and natural gas, it makes you wonder why rate payers would have to pay this added cost to get wind power from ...

Congregation grateful

On Monday evening, Aug. 13, lightning struck the steeple of Southside Southern Baptist Church on Gihon Road, causing a fire. We the congregation with to thank our neighbors for their alertness and quick response in alerting the fire department about smoke coming out of the roof of our ...

Nike doesn’t get it

On the same day Nike mentions the words “sacrifice everything” in relation to Colin Kaepernick, we open the morning paper and read of the supreme sacrifice made in Afghanistan on Sept. 3 by West Virginia’s Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard. The Nike ad and subsequent controversy ...

Why include flag vendor?

At this year’s Parkersburg Homecoming Festival a group was set up right in the middle of the festival rides where children and families congregated to ride and go to the petting zoo. This group was displaying and selling hateful paraphernalia that included a confederate flag with the words ...

Catholics must demand truth

I am a Catholic without a Church. For decades I have been a faithful member of the Catholic Church. A place where I received the Eucharist, was an active member, and supported the Church. I feel I can no longer be an active part of my Church. How do we explain this to our children and our ...

Vote for the right to life

I am an American. I am endowed by my creator with the inalienable right to life just like you and every other American. You know who I am. With modern technology and ultrasound you have seen my face and heard my heart beat. Will you use your right to vote and only put pro-life men and women ...

Release names of abusers

On Friday, Aug. 17, days after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report which found that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese of Indiana vowed to release the name of every person in the diocese ...

Trump right about media

I thought it curious and out of the blue, that an off-handed comment by a citizen about fake news at a public meeting would elicit an angry dustup by the editorial staff of the local newspaper. Then I remembered it was Thursday rant day when about 350 newspapers all had one thing in common; a ...

Religion and the Constitution

I would like to address a recent and existing issue with our local government. There is an organization in our country that is on a mission of questionable goals. Here is the reason I use the term questionable goals. I have recently contacted this organization trying to understand their motive ...

Apologize before being caught

On Aug. 14, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania revealed that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state. The report relied on thousands of pages of secret church documents with information about the cases. Since the release of the report, bishops in Pennsylvania have ...

Work to fight climate change

Dangerous anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change is upon us. It is not just a threat to be feared down the road, but is a reality here and now. Europe and Japan are boiling under record-breaking heatwaves; the American West is burning; we have seen record-breaking hurricanes and ...

Looking for former foster child

My name is Linda Swanson and I lived in the Parkersburg area most of my life. In 1974 I became a foster parent for a little blond-haired, blue-eyed 13-month-old boy. I attempted to find him by going through the Welfare Department but they are constrained by their privacy issues. He was ...

Man-made woes

After watching the news of the fires in California a family member said, “Is God trying to tell California something?” I don’t think it is God but it is Mother Earth telling us that for years we have been sending pollutants into the air that have caused the ocean temperatures to rise, ...

Remove restrictions on treatment

Opioid and drug abuse remains in the news despite large amounts of money spent to combat this epidemic. The West Virginia State Legislators worked tirelessly last session to craft a bill specific to addressing this crisis through SB273. I encourage your readers to go on line and read through ...

Where is the climate change coverage?

Wisely, the News and Sentinel has chosen to continue its policy of not running any stories concerning global climate change, the effects of which have become so obvious as to be undeniable, even by the most obtuse and obstructionist of Republicans. The good people of the Mid-Ohio Valley, if ...