Letters to the editor

Vienna mayor’s big plans

Read the article on the proposed "new" Community Center. In the survey sent out it is being touted as an "expansion and renovation." This is an intentional misstatement by the city to hide a tremendously expensive new building project. The survey should have honestly pointed out as in the ...

Risking nothing of consequence

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ... ." (Theodore Roosevelt)In the past few weeks, there have been ongoing discussions ...

Friends of NRA event a success

The Blennerhassett Friends of NRA held its annual fundraising banquet on Oct.25 at the Nemesis Shrine. The local Parkersburg event raised more than $25,000, which exceeded the amount required by the NRA to achieve "High Caliber" status.The Friends of NRA is a nonprofit arm of the NRA that ...

Flu vaccine stance is dangerous

This letter comes in response to a Nov. 3 letter to the editor in which the author offers seemingly genuine medical advice cautioning the reader of the dangers of influenza immunization. Rather than get an annual flu shot, which the vast majority of medical professionals in the world agree is ...

Open up land for building

I am one who thinks the powers-to-be do a pretty good job in trying to bring business into the town. They are individuals who have vision, and I like that. But there's one thing that absolutely does not make sense. How can any new building go in lower Parkersburg (around the Public Debt ...

The Teapublican representative

If one observed a country which had a dysfunctional government, high unemployment, a growing inequality in income, freedom and influence, where little effort was made to maintain infrastructure, the police oppressed more and more liberties with increased weapons and unpopular wars were fought ...

Men also victims of violence

After reading the letters to the editor about domestic violence month in October and domestic violence in general, I have yet to see anything regarding violence toward men. I have seen numerous times where women would hit, kick, spit, scratch and use other violent actions toward their husbands ...

Vote no on continuing levy

The August 2012 Wood County Westest 2 results, show grades three through 11 proficiency in language arts and math ranged from 35.5 percent to 54.4 percent.Are 36 percent and 54 percent no longer failing?Wood County Schools spent $128.6 million in state and local taxpayers' money plus $16.1 ...

The antidote for poverty

The writer of the Nov. 3 letter, "Alinsky vs. tea party," was way off base on ever so many fronts. He credited author Saul Alinsky as being "a smart, creative, radical liberal" who was so obscure that his record needed to be unearthed from the archives of Wikipedia.Spare us. Alinsky's writing ...

Don Reeves should resign

In my opinion Don Reeves, did everything he could over the past 20 years to get the head coaching job at Parkersburg High School. Once he did, he let his ego get in the way of what's best for the program.A person who truly cares about the school the players and the pride wouldn't have done the ...

The dangers of the flu vaccine

Did you know that during the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC - the statistical equivalent of a coin toss. In seniors, aged 65 and over, the flu vaccines were only 9 percent effective.The 'gold ...

PHS football coach must go

I usually wait till the end of the Big Red football season to write my letter, but since our season was over after the third game, I'll be a few weeks early.What can I say about a coach that has done so much to embarrass Big Red football? Teams that feared playing us, now count us as a victory. ...

Vote for Wood school levy

The League of Women Voters of Wood County is endorsing passage of the excess Levy. The Wood County Board of Education has set the election on Saturday, Nov. 23rd with early voting from Nov. 9-20 at the Judge Black Annex downtown and at satellite sites at the city buildings in Vienna and ...

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 ...