Letters to the editor

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 ...

Find better energy methods

Responding to the letter to the editor sent by Margaret Meeker on Feb. 2, I would love for the people of West Virginia and the country to be able to see the areas of West Virginia with no potable water, and who carry water, or have to get water piped in from other areas - as Margaret mentioned ...

CVS made a responsible move

I lost my mother and my father years ago and their death was attributed to illnesses caused by tobacco. What a worry it is that two of our three adult children are addicted to tobacco.It was such a blessing to hear on the news this morning that CVS Pharmacy is going to quit selling tobacco ...

An angel in my room

On Dec. 5, 2013, I had back surgery at Marietta Memorial Hospital. After surgery, while in the recovery room, I stopped breathing. The woman sharing my room alerted the nurses that I needed help. Had she not done this I probably wouldn't be here today. I was moved to ICU and did not get the ...

Tennant’s negative campaign

Since Natalie Tennant has rolled out her campaign for U.S. Senate against Shelley Moore Capito it has been one negative attack after another. Tennant's campaign has produced only vague policy statements with no clear stance on how she would vote if elected. Instead of running with a positive ...

Always put students’ safety first

To Mr. Roe of Feb. 2 and his comments on school closings. Many roads in Wood County are not treated at all, and the buses run on most of them. If he is willing to deal with lawsuits and paying the awards and settlements that will follow, please let the BOE know.Is he willing to drive the bus ...

Our animals deserve better

Christopher Carraway did a good research on donkeys. I am very against the ballgames and treatment these small animals get.My first knowledge of their use was in our small coal mines. They pulled small carts of coal and on tracks from the old mines so small that miners crawled on their hand and ...

Help needed to solve murders

Feb. 5, 2005, was a night of horror in Parkersburg. Three nightmares happened this night and we are still waiting for any information to solve the murders of Tracy Thompson and John Nestor. The families move forward each day with hope that some day we will get our justice.These two people were ...

Grossly incongruous words

Incongruous is a word that I had never used until now, but an article in the News and Sentinel begs its use. The article "ACLU sues Utah," includes a photo of two men and a child with the following statement: "Plaintiffs Matthew Barraza, left, looks on as his husband Tony Milner, right, picks ...