Letters to the editor

Obama critics should give it a rest already

The success or failure of Obamacare will take some time to become apparent. The online sign-up process was greatly flawed but is improving. The insurance companies have started canceling policies that were cheaper and did not meet the federal standard. President Obama has offered to let those ...

Mayor Rapp’s charm offensive

Cannot helping noticing the charm offensive by Mr. Rapp as Vienna mayor. Cannot open the newspaper or watch TV without him popping up in grand openings or a person with "decades" in the chemical industry. Would rather see him in a properly publicized budget meeting or council meeting giving ...

Media avoiding Obamacare disaster

As of this writing, I have found it quite odd that I have not seen a single headline regarding the now famous lines "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period." Or "I could keep my Acme Insurance, just a high deductible ...

Save our hunting culture

We are well into fall with hunting seasons sprinkled throughout, behind and ahead of us. Hunting is an ancient tradition that many, especially in West Virginia, still take part in. It allows people to provide food for themselves and others through donations, gives natural resources agencies ...

Practice what you preach

In the recent editorial titled "hit the books," this paper implied that a lack of emphasis on math and science is handicapping area youth in the current and future job markets. This is a statement that I agree with 100 percent; however, I feel some of the recent commentary in this paper could ...

Power plant sale a bad idea

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia opposes the sale of the Harrison power plant to Mon Power. In a vote by the state board of directors, the League supported the appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals by the West Virginia Citizen Action Group.WVCAG is asking that the ...

Stand up to bullying mayor

I am writing in regard to the most recent attacks made by Bob Newell on those who apparently don't agree with him. In this particular case, members of the Parkersburg Police Civil Service Commission. Most people do not know the function of a civil service commission; however, I have done ...

Kids have it good with Reeves

On many occasions I scan the letters to the editor section of The News and Sentinel, but I hardly ever think of responding to the many letters submitted by those who have no clue what they are talking about, or those who use this as a forum to say hurtful things about good people ... but I must ...

O’Reilly’s war on the poor

FOX pundit and faux "historian" Bill O'Reilly ("Killing Kennedy") might want to call his next book "Killing the Truth." O'Reilly's syndicated column in the Nov. 8 News and Sentinel is part of his ongoing attempt to get reactionary readers worked up about the "injustice" of poor folks receiving ...

Ashamed of the media

This letter is in response to the editor's article on Nov. 17, entitled "Frustrated Newell takes on panel.""It would appear Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell declared war last week on the Parkersburg Police Civil Service Commission ... ."The article goes on to say Newell has been unsatisfied with ...

Lies need to be challenged

The letter to The News and Sentinel on Nov 17 titled, "Wake up or we're all doomed" was a real dandy. Six paragraphs of incoherent gibberish. That letter could best be described as a string of lies with a few falsehoods added for decoration. Where do you start? How do you reply to a narrative ...

Destroying the middle class

A prosperous economy rests upon a middle class financially capable of consuming the goods and services produced by the wealthy, the owners and managers of the means of production. Consumption is primarily carried out by the middle class. The poor don't have the ability to consume and the rich, ...

Just say no to more taxes

Taxes, taxes and more taxes. When is it going to end? I watch the paper daily seeing how many homes are being sold on the courthouse steps. Why? They cannot pay their taxes or the mortgage on their homes. Just recently an article in the paper stated over 1,500 (which was lower than last year at ...

Vote yes on Wood County school levy

My husband and I are both products of Wood County Schools, and are both college graduates and are gainfully employed. We are parents of three sons who attended Wood County Schools and went on to graduate with honors at 4 year universities. I am also a proud teacher of third grade at Criss ...

Spending levy on wrong things

I have lived in Belpre, Ohio, for the last 14 years. I have supported all of the levies long needed to repair our schools and support our students. Each one failed. I think the Wood County Schools Continuing Levy should be passed in West Virginia.However, I believe your paper's disclosure on ...

Wake up or we’re all doomed

Deceit and dishonesty are now out in the open for all to see and understand, as the resident of the White House has been exposed again for the liar he is, and always has been.Remember the lies? "If you like your doctor and your health plan you can keep them." Millions of Americans are being ...

When no one was watching

I am the mother of a Parkersburg High football senior. Donald Powell should not presume my son was embarrassed "across the state of West Virginia." He wore his uniform with pride every time he walked onto a field "across the state of West Virginia." Win or lose, he was proud to represent his ...

Too much time on their hands

Some people have too much time on their hands. Such as the governor of Minnesota and the mayor of Minneapolis, saying the Washington Redskins should change their name.First of all, maybe these guys should apologize to the Scandinavians for using the Viking name as a sporting name. Possibly ...

Obama lives large on our dime

In recent months I have read letters referring to Obama haters and their aversion to our dear leader. My question is, how can anyone hate this man who has done so much for the benefit of our country? Take, for example, the Affordable Care Act. Look at how masterfully he shepherded this ...

Time to right the ship of state

Throughout our history, the federal government has been present to assist our population in jumping forward with big projects (our infrastructure - post office, railroads, interstate system, TVA, Hoover Dam and others, national parks, our great buildings and monuments, etc.). President Obama ...