Letters to the editor

HSUS fights for animals

This is in response to the recent letter to the editor regarding the Humane Society of the United States. The gist of the letter was that we should support our local shelters vs. supporting HSUS with their "own agenda."While we definitely need to support our local shelters, I'd like to point ...

Thanking those who protect us

It has been my experience that people will readily speak up to complain, including me, but seldom to say anything good. This is the purpose of my letter. Consider your last encounter with a police officer. Maybe you received a speeding ticket, were involved in a traffic accident or experienced ...

Obamacare’s misinformation

Well, what do you know? Now I'm finding a lot of folks who were so supportive of the debacle we call Obamacare are finally waking up to the reality of the misinformation coming from President Obama.The president stated on June 17, 2012, "If you like your current (insurance) coverage and want to ...

Downer, O’Neill worth votes

The City of Marietta is fortunate to have two highly qualified women running for office. The first is candidate for Council at Large, Kathy Downer. I have known Kathy for over 20 years. Kathy and her husband chose to move to Marietta. They opened a small business in the medical field. Kathy ...

Cathy Harper for city treasurer

I have known Cathy Harper for over 10 years and worked with her on numerous public service committees concerning the unending battle against drug abuse by teens in this area. The association I have had with Harper has been through my position as Washington County sheriff. I can unequivocally ...

Zalmanek for school board

I am writing this letter of recommendation for Johnna Zalmanek to be re-elected to the Fort Frye Local School Board. I personally worked side by side with Johnna for two years and although we disagreed on many issues in the beginning of her term I still respected her as she found her own ...

Sign vandal will be prosecuted

Twice now a very competent and experienced candidate for president of Marietta City Council, Joshua Schlicher, has had his sign, which he ask permission to place in our yard, vandalized. This time, however, I reported it to the Marietta Police Department as well as to Josh.Now we will be ...

Alinsky: Tea party’s boogeyman

I can usually count on being entertained every Sunday when I open The News & Sentinel editorial page and read the letters from the far-right wing-nuts. I was not disappointed on Oct 27.One letter, titled "Obama's Saul Alinsky strategy," included a large dose of the usual hate-Obama ...

Politicians’ fleecing of U.S.

A 16-day government shutdown. Another round of kicking the can down the road regarding the U.S. debt ceiling. The IRS scandal. Debates over Obamacare. What a mess. It is not surprising to hear that Americans don't think very highly of the president, Congress or the Senate. The results are ...

Fundraiser help appreciated

On behalf of the eight grade class of Frontier Middle School, I would like to thank each and every community member that supported our Haunted House Fundraiser. From each parent, student, or friend that went through, sent donations, or assisted we are truly appreciative.Our community has always ...

Confronting domestic violence

The statistics are staggering. This year in our community over 10,000 units of service were provided to victims of domestic and sexual violence. This October domestic violence experts and service providers in Parkersburg and across our state are coming together to help end abuse. October is ...

Litter isn’t a minor problem

Every day we read about unemployment, cost of living, economic issues, failing education systems and crime. In comparison to these issues litter seems like a minor problem.In my opinion litter plays a part in all of these issues. Littering is an act of irresponsibility, disregard for the law, ...

Be positive on Facebook

I am writing this letter to show my concern for the people who use the social network Facebook.Facebook is used to locate people and send pictures and nice poetry to encourage others. It is not to voice political views against the government or post things damaging to people, especially ...

Zombies pushing us off cliff

I have not watched the "The Walking Dead" or the "Zombies," but I don't need to because I have witnessed it in the hallowed halls of our Congress. I watch puppets, zombies, marionettes, like Rep. Michelle Bachmann, saying, "Everyone is so happy," as her strings are pulled by the Koch brothers, ...

Support local shelter

Everyone has seen the television commercials for the HSUS: Humane Society of the United States, and for just $20 a month they will send you a duffel bag and a jacket, plus they take care of the dogs and cats at your local shelter. Not really, the HSUS is a group with specific goals they want to ...

Obama’s Saul Alinsky strategy

We were treated this past weekend with two versions of pure bull: with one Belpre writer claiming he knows what evil is, and a Cutler author who claims the KKK has risen again just to pick on one black man.In the first complainer's comments on the Constitution he carps about "one egocentric ...

Real solution to drug problem

It is always fascinating just how many of West Virginia's elected officials ignore facts in the name of "pursuing progress." This current battle over our state's ongoing problems with illegal production of methamphetamines is a powerful example.Certain lawmakers claim that forcing citizens to ...

Protecting chidlren’s health

On behalf of the Healthy Community Coalition of Wood County, I would like to thank the Parkersburg City Council for passing the resolution to prohibit the use of all tobacco products within 15 feet of any playground governed by the city of Parkersburg. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's ...

Harper for city treasurer

I am supporting Cathy Harper for city treasurer. For the past 18 years Cathy has been a dedicated public servant for our community. She served four terms on city council representing the 3rd ward. She chaired the Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee and served on the Finance Committee ...

PHS coach not up to the job

I am curious to see how long the fans of the Big Reds will wait to decide to get a coach. I think they have pretty patient but it is evident that Reeves is not up to coaching either the offense or defense. Each year the team looks even more inept.Bill FitzpatrickParkersburg