Letters to the editor

Ballpark won’t bring in people

I'm writing concerning the baseball park Mayor Newell is trying to get here in Parkersburg. Mayor Newell is hoping that all the businesses in Parkersburg will sponsor the baseball park to come to Parkersburg.We had the Redcoats ball team here at the City Park and were did they go? Somewhere ...

This is just the beginning

Recently our water board requested a 30 percent increase over a four-year period and your city council approved this malarkey. Our small city is full of retirees, widows, orphans and poor people. An article in the News and Sentinel informed us of how the Catholic charities are helping seniors ...

Polite and caring young people

We have had the privilege of attending two of Parkersburg South High School's fundraisers - girl's basketball at Rax and the cross country team's pancake breakfast at Washington Lions Club. Both were manned by very polite and caring young people, including two grade-school little girls at the ...

A fitting tribute to an icon

I can't tell you how much the picture of Shirley Temple Black on the editorial page meant to me. Shirley was riding off into the sunset with that beautiful smile on her face, waving "goodbye."It was a most fitting tribute to a person who was so admired by people the world over. Thank you.Ethel ...

Diversity is good for the military

I am writing in response to Brian Dent's lamentation of Sikhs and Muslims being allowed to express their religion in the U.S. military. Freedom of Religion in the U.S. wasn't based on Judeo-Christian values, but as a rejection of state-sanctioned religion. There was a time in the colonies where ...

Unfair tax hurts businesses

The economy has already taken a deep toll on small businesses across the country, especially right here in West Virginia. Because of economic conditions, I haven't been able to bring on any employees, so I run my tractor sales and service company alone. I've owned this company for about 50 ...

Clear snow from vehicles

Our family was on vacation in Montreal. We had parked in an outdoor paid parking lot. It began to snow heavily. Upon leaving the parking lot the attendants swept off our entire minivan. They told us that we would get a ticket if our vehicle was not cleaned off. That should be a law in this ...

Hard questions for Vienna

I attended the Vienna City Council meeting and was as usual under impressed with the disrespect that is shown to the taxpayers/residents of this fine city. Had the usual comments on how there is not enough money to meet all the requests for money this year. Of course, when the departments ...

Our wonderful young students

One of the pleasures of working for the Wood County Commissioners is the variety of projects you get involved in throughout the community. Recently, I was able to join many others in judging social studies fairs, both at Edison Middle School and then the county competition held at ...

A mesmerizing discussion

On Monday, I was fortunate to hear Marion Blumenthal Lazan speak to the staff and student body at Jackson Middle School. She is a remarkable woman. She and her husband travel around the country relating her experiences of being a Holocaust survivor.One of the many things she mentioned ...

Become an informed voter

The hottest segment of voters in America today is not Republican voters or Democrat voters; it is the uninformed voter. The uninformed voters are citizens that are registered to vote and can be influenced easily to support a cause or a candidate.Media-savvy campaigns and big money PACs ...

Committee appreciates support

Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 19th year on Nov. 23 with new light displays as well as some of the standard, and much admired, ones from the past. Each evening there was a steady stream of traffic through Parkersburg City Park and Southwood Park with many stopping to express ...

Incredible job of clearing roads

Special thanks to all of the snow plow and salt truck operators who have done an incredible job keeping our streets clear during the past several weeks. Despite frigid cold, treacherous conditions and long hours, these workers have performed admirably to keep our primary and secondary roads and ...

Stand up for the unborn

Tuesday was the pro-life rally at the Legislature in Charleston, sponsored by West Virginians for Life. There were the usual displays, speakers from state and national headquarters, teen essays, music, prayers, meetings with county representatives, and ending with a prayer walk of crosses ...

The kindness of area residents

My husband and I would like to thank the five gentlemen who helped get our car out of a ditch during this past Sunday's snow storm. This happened at the interchange at I-77 and the Exit 6 Marietta ramp getting onto route 821.We were stuck for only a minute when the first man stopped and tried ...

Demand to be heard

Did you know that d-Con, used to kill rats and mice, can be likened to the propaganda being fed to we, the American people? In d-Con, there is a very small trace of arsenic. But to get the rodents to eat it, there is added mostly good stuff to keep them eating until they die.You ask how this is ...

Incandescent bulbs still best

This letter is in reference to the article that appeared in the Jan. 26 Business section concerning the banning of 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Mr. Herholdt, director of the West Virginia Division of Energy, made statements about the ...

Not being destroyed from within

Sometimes it amazes me with the ignorance of some people. In a recent letter, a Navy vet that leans towards a Christian persuasion had issues with a certain Pentagon-mandated policy. Please note that this was a policy that came from the Pentagon and not the President, as he tried to imply.The ...

Enjoy a glass of water

It is not at all surprising that some samples of water pulled from the Charleston area are found to contain formaldehyde or 4-methylcyclohexylmethanol or any number of other organic and inorganic chemicals. There is no such thing as "zero" concentration.Modern analytical chemistry techniques ...

More heart than competency

Last year, there was a surplus in Parkersburg of near $750,000, which was given out as pay increases and various items. In the midst of a jobless recovery following our financial crash when there was more than enough misery to go around, it was unseemly to be giving pay increases at a time when ...