Letters to the editor

Depriving kids of school days

It appears that once again this year, the children attending Wood County schools are going to be deprived of their full complement of instructional days. In recent years, which have included relatively quite, mild winters, there have been an obvious excess of "snow days." The school year was ...

NASA’s triumph in engineering

Do you know what happened 10 years ago on Jan. 25, 2004? NASA landed the Mars Rover Opportunity in Eagle Crater on the Red Planet. The mission was only suppose to last three months and go only a small distance from its landing site.Now, after a decade and over 24 miles of travel, the rover ...

Animal abuse charges not true

It is sad to even have to write this letter. But as a parent of kids within the Mineral Wells school district and parent of children who play baseball at Mineral Wells, it blows my mind that a few people can strong-arm the board of education into thinking about shutting down the single largest ...

Being destroyed from within

Last Wednesday, the Pentagon received orders to allow Muslims in the U.S. Military to grow beards and Sikhs to wear their turbans in place of the prescribed hats for their branch of service. The military uniforms are one to show unit cohesion, and create an atmosphere of good order and ...

Make committee pay off bill

I would like to write in an effort to curb the overspending on the stadium project. The board of education is listed as the responsible party on the contract only because the facility is on the property owned by the BOE. The funding for the project should solely be placed on the stadium ...

Meat and cigarette parallels

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's first report on health hazards of cigarette smoking, his office released a report linking smoking to several new chronic diseases. In addition to the previously-known lung and oral cancer, high blood pressure, and heart ...

A ‘smoke and mirrors’ show

Recently there was an article that insinuated that the Smoot "shut out" the film "Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies" out of Parkersburg. I felt like this gave an unfair impression of the Smoot to the Parkersburg residents and I would like an opportunity to present an alternate view on the subject.Based ...

The family oriented gatekeeper

What a shame it is that there has been a mess up with the Smoot Theater in regards to the movie that was filmed here in Parkersburg with people from here in the movie. One would think that this would be a good thing for the Smoot to engage in, supporting the business of movies being made in ...

Propaganda, selective reporting

Not that I am looking to be a mouthpiece for pro-choice advocates, but I am concerned with how your editorial twists numbers and gets some of them plain wrong (as I constantly see in the editorials from your paper).You start by disagreeing with Cuomo by saying that most New York State folks ...

Event not a threat to donkeys

The accusations printed in the paper about our event simply aren't true. These animals were not hurt in any way. In fact, the trainer told us he would not allow it.This is our organization's biggest yearly fundraiser, last year was a huge success, and I really question if anyone in attendance ...

Community action and senior abuse

For the most part I have found the Parkersburg/Vienna community support to rival none. The past few years I've been working with a caring team in the tri-state area concerning senior abuse. If like to thank all who have worked tirelessly, and at times on their own, to continue with this ...

New year and opportunity

What will the new year bring? When the year comes to an end it has a feeling of closure, like a period at the end of a year long paragraph. Now we all can anticipate the upcoming new year. The possibilities that new days and months bring. The chance to change for the better.In a way, it's like ...

The beginning of the end for liberty

A new Homeland Security bill will soon be law. In November 2002, President Bush signed into law the Homeland Security Bill. This was the first serious shake on the shoulder to wake you to get involved with union affairs. Other people will not protect your jobs or your rights.In 1935, 15,000 SS ...

Stupidity bordering on criminal

The water contamination story in Charleston was a screw-up for the record books. Kanawha County got clobbered when corporate stupidity teamed up with government clumsiness.Elected officials who wouldn't know a cyclic hydrocarbon from their elbow were quick to assure everyone there was no health ...

A place were miracles happen

Parkersburg is a blessed city. One of its greatest blessings sits up on the hill behind Ohio Valley University. It's not large or showy, but it is a place were miracles happen.The sign out front reads "HealthSouth." I spent two weeks there recuperating from a two-week hospital stay. There are ...

Pope exceeds expectations

Before the 2013 election of Pope Francis, I wrote a letter to the editor, hoping for a pope to be inclusive. Pope Francis is exceeding my expectations.A week or so ago, he granted Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston to speak at a Boston area United Methodist church (my denomination), which was the ...

An extreme reaction to event

I was surprised to see the extreme reaction to our baseball league's upcoming donkey basketball event. I was the announcer for last year's donkey basketball games and did not see the kicking and choking, or cruelty to animals that Mr. Carraway claims in his letter.Yes, the donkeys were pulled ...

Worry about victims, not killers

Something is wrong here. The articles in the paper on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 about the drugs used in completing the valid death penalty sentencing of Dennis McGuire and a Missouri man talk about how bad it is for them, but says nothing about how horrible it was for their victims, the ongoing ...

Say no to chemical plan

There is a five-week public comment period for us to write to the USDA about our views on the coming proposal to add the chemical 2-4-D to corn and soybean seeds. I hope you will write to them about your opinions. The following are mine:Please don't allow the use of 2-4-D on, or near, or ...

Critic should check his facts

I am writing in response to a letter written about the Mineral Wells Baseball and Softball Association Donkey Basketball fundraiser. I am a parent, volunteer, and spectator that helped plan and organize last year's donkey basketball fundraiser held at Mineral Wells School.I am an avid animal ...