Letters to the editor

Judge Waters is a fair judge

Many of us do not know what a Pro Se is unless your pretty familiar with the court system as myself. A Pro Se is a person representing themselves in court either because you can't afford an attorney or you don't trust a court-appointed attorney. In some ways you're considered an attorney, then, ...

Guild appreciates support

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg would like to thank the community for its support of "Darcula," the first production of the 2013-14 season. "Dracula's" box off receipts were the guild's largest for a non-musical play. We were also glad of the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross ...

Rower wasn’t called fat

Angela Sims letter to the editor dated Oct. 14: "Too fat to be part of the local rowing club" is a total fabrication, bordering on slander. Her story, as she says, is "totally unbelievable" and absolute nonsense. The OVRC is trying to rebuild a failing PHS crew program. Why would we chase ...

Today, we only have words

Excessive borrowing and perfect credit ratings don't make countries great. People that pay off their debts do. American stewardship has degenerated wretchedly, descending from No. 1 in every category - academics, economics, faith. Now, so-called "conservative" journalists, politicians and ...

Vote Boehner back to Ohio

The founders of the Constitution would be embarrassed and angry that this marvelous document has an untended flaw. This flaw has allowed one single, egocentric power-hungry man who represents only a very small percentage of Americans to blackmail and strangle the entire American economy. Of ...

A solution to spending problem

The problem is not President Obama, Speaker of the House Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or the members of Congress who they lead. The problem is our Constitution that permits Congress to spend money it does not have without a Declaration of War or a Declaration of National Economic ...

America’s ‘free stuff’ society

We hear on the news daily that our government is running out of money, Social Security is going broke, Medicare is going broke and we can't fund the VA to give the benefits to our vets. Have you ever heard a politician talk about our welfare programs going broke, why not?Is it because if the ...

The elephant in the room

The Washington mess - it's not about spending, debt ceiling or philosophical differences. There's an elephant in the room that nobody will admit seeing.It started on election night, when it became clear that Barack Obama would be elected President of the United States. A group of Republicans ...

The world is still turning

It was amusing to read Mr. Radcliff's letter this morning and the analogy he used to make the subject easy to understand. One large problem with his theory though is he completely ignored the major part of the problem while shining a light on a lesser part.The major part of the problem is our ...

Council has hands off the wheel

The handling of the city hall roofing project is a very good example of how this city council has their hands off the wheel when running the city of Marietta. Rather than being responsible for selecting how city contracts are bid and for having the ultimate control of who the city contracts ...

Vienna needs to modernize

In a digital age, it is quite astounding that the city of Vienna still refuses to move forward with technology. There is no option for using debit or credit cards at the city building, nor is there an option for paperless billing of any sort. Cost is not a valid argument, when a debit and ...

Adding to the toxic atmosphere

I feel that rules are generally put in place for good reasons. As a frequent contributor to the "letters-to-the-editor" section of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, I've adhered to the paper's longtime policies allowing writers to submit no more than one letter a month, and asking them to ...

What is immoral today?

In my lifetime our society has become as rats fighting to get the last scraps of garbage. Simple things like children having enough respect to speak respectfully to elders, stand and offer their seat when an elder walks into the room, leave the room when elders are talking about adult ...

Politicians acting like children

Government shutdown, hah, it is really a public facilities shutdown. Veterans earned the right to receive medical care, or look upon a memorial, sick children need to receive treatment for disease. Our parks should be open, maybe without gatekeepers.However our politicians are acting like ...

Schools not making the grade

To answer the question of Ohio plates at West Virginia schools: I live in Belpre and I know a lot of parents that take their kids to other schools because of ours not meeting our expectations. I don't think it has anything or much to do with people not wanting to pay taxes.Lydia PoseyBelpre

Tea party a threat to U.S.

I don't know about you, but the 30 my-way-or-the-highway "tea party" people are beginning to scare me. The majority of Republicans don't agree with what they are doing, but they are afraid to disagree. They gave us the sequester, they gave us the shutdown and now they are poised to lead us into ...

Celebrating October as food month

Looking through my calendar of national observances, it appears that October is turning into "food month," beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1t and 2, continuing with National School Lunch Week on Oct. 14-18 and World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating ...

Scofflaws get a free ride

In recent viewpoint, it was noted the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce did not advocate increasing taxes. I agree; If - and I repeat if - the governor, county and cities would enforce the laws of the state, counties and cities when it comes to people paying what they owe; an increase might ...

Judges should work for right

After reading the article in Thursdays paper about the magistrates and Mr. Dempster I am not surprised by the magistrates' reaction to the Cunningham case.I have had the unfortunate opportunity to go before Dempster three times. In all three cases the outcome was generally what I had figured it ...

Consequences of not paying debts

Before being concerned about the debt ceiling, we should be able to answer two fairly simple questions: What is it? What happens if the government doesn't raise it? Most people are probably as perplexed by these questions as I am.To aid understanding, an analogy could be made to the situation ...