Letters to the editor

More than just a game

Last Friday night, our family attended the Parkersburg South vs. Wheeling Park basketball game at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. We knew the game was about more than just hoops, it was a game to create awareness about a very rare condition called Friedreich's Ataxia. Our daughter, Anna, was ...

Speaking volumes about society

In regards to your poll asking if people are embarrassed by movies with foul language and lewd scenes, you should have also asked if people are embarrassed by movies with lots of violence. I'm betting the answer would be no. People are OK with blood and gore which speaks volumes about our ...

A little lady’s big statement

I was pleased to read of the Smoot director Felice Jorgeson's decision to stand for family entertainment. For a little lady, she made a big statement.Pat GodfreyParkersburg

Obama’s allies on gun control

Since his re-election, Obama has pushed for stricter gun control laws. The news media has thoroughly covered Obama's call for a reinstatement of the "failed assault weapons" ban, magazine capacity limits, tighter background checks, etc. However, the greatest threat to our Second Amendment ...

Fundraising event isn’t cruel

After reading a recent complaint concerning a donkey basketball game, I would like to provide my own experience on the use of donkeys. Not only are these are not mistreated at these games, but often are treated better in this environment than if they worked in a field for a farmer. In this ...

Donkeys trained for these events

This is in regards to the Mineral Wells donkey basketball game. The donkeys are not being mistreated. They are trained to do the stuff they do. The only one that gets hurt is the person on the donkey. Usually a sore butt.This game has been around for a very long time. The high school I went ...

Making naughty kids good adults

Robert Ware, Ravenswood, wrote to say the legalization of marijuana comes with many perils. He says increased revenue from state regulation will not offset the deletrious effects that the evil weed will have on our citizens.I disagree. None of the kids I knew who smoked during high school have ...

Washington and its fast-track hustle

This is truly the sickest proposal ever to come out of a craven corporate attorney's mind. And shame on any member of Congress too corrupt not to immediately stand up in vociferous protest.Shame on any member of Congress who does not demand fully transparent consideration and their full ...

There are better, safer ways to raise funds

I'm writing concerning the donkey basketball game being planned as a fundraiser for the Mineral Wells Baseball & Softball organization, pending approval of the Board of Education. The Humane Society of the U.S., the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and ...

Emergency water plans lacking

The chemical spill into the Elk River warns all of us that we should not sit idly by, believing our drinking water supplies are protected from contaminants. The League of Women Voters of West Virginia urges everyone to become informed about their drinking water sources.The Safe Drinking Water ...

Protect people from FIRMA

As a Parkersburg resident, I am deeply concerned about the purposed 30 percent sewer rate increase for Parkersburg Utility Board users. My primary question is whether this is an Environmental Protection Agency dictate to add $12.7 million to the $80 million recent upgrade to our sanitary sewer ...

Lawsuit reform needed in state

Comments by United Bankshares CEO and state chamber chair Richard Adams raise important points about the need to fix West Virginia's legal system (Brett Dunlap, "Parkersburg businessman outlines plan," Jan. 12). Mr. Adams notes as a leader of a company operating in multiple states, "(W)e have ...

Change equals opportunity

The year 2014 will see a lot of political change around West Virginia. The failed policies of the Obama administration in Washington D.C., combined with the support of those policies by their political allies here in West Virginia make the Democratic party unpopular with the citizens of our ...

A cheerleader for industry

The recent coal-prep chemical leak into the Elk River and the resulting state of emergency for several counties illustrate perfectly the extreme vulnerability of our water supply and what can happen when it's compromised.The folks in the southern West Virginia coalfields go through this all the ...

Critic should find a new home

This is in response to Mr. McDonald complaining about the Fort Boreman shooting range which I am a member of. I am also a retired Natural Resources police officer, so I know a little about firearms and range safety. For starters his home is behind all the firing lines, not in front of them or ...

Rockefeller aide to the rescue

We have just returned from a wonderful trip to St. Maarten. However, the trip would not have been possible without the assistance of a gentleman by the name of Wes Holden in the Charleston offices of Sen. Jay Rockefeller.My wife and I were in a hotel in Akron, ready to board a plane at 6:30 the ...

Officers did the right thing

Regarding the police shooting at the mall, a few observations are in order before the bleeding hearts and the kumbaya crowd start pointing fingers at the two officers involved for using excessive force. Once that person ignored orders to stop and turned a car into a 2,000 pound weapon, it ...

What is our duty as Americans?

Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by President Obama, his administration, and the United Nations. New federal laws that would infringe on our right to bear arms and to form a well-regulated militia (and no, it is not the National Guard, it is you and I as private citizens to stand ...

Fort Boreman range is safe

I've been reading all the comments about the gun ranges and safety concerns with these ranges. Safety is a top priority that does need addressed, but when someone takes advantage of a situation and uses it to advance his personal agenda, it goes too far.Like Mr. McDonald, I, too, served in the ...

Donkey basketball is abusive

I just became aware that there will be an event taking place on Feb. 8, 2014, at Mineral Wells School to raise money for the Little League Baseball program. The event taking place is donkey basketball. This is animal cruelty in its highest form.I attended one of the games before, thinking it ...