Letters to the editor

Expect noise at a gun range

I have never written a letter to the editor, but I feel I now must express my opinion on the Fort Boreman Rifle Range. First off, I am a past member. I wonder what Mr. McDonald was thinking when he moved in next to a gun range. Maybe that there would not be shooting? If gun fire is going to ...

America is all the voters

The zeal with which the News and Sentinel pushes its political agenda is matched only by the hypocrisy they employ to promote their views. In a recent opinion (Dec. 18) they express concern about the deaths of "dozens of eagles" from wind energy turbines and "damage to the environment." For ...

Range was here before critic

Did you notice that the person complaining about the Fort Boreman Rifle Range is from New Jersey which has the highest murder rate in the country. I guess he wants to bring the same restrictive gun laws here. The range was here long before he was.Louise L. RoseParkersburg

Irresponsibility of Obamacare

I found the article on mandatory insurance for West Virginia University students troubling from the article headline on.A student named Tyler DeAntonis was used as an example in the beginning of the article and some misleading information was presented almost immediately. It is stated that the ...

Bowler’s effort overlooked

As reading the top sport stories of 2013, I believe one memory was left out. This would be of Parkersburg South graduate Ryan Patterson helping his McKendree University bowling team as a freshman to the intercollegiate national championship final, which turned into a runner-up finish.This is ...

The system isn’t to blame

This is in reply to "No help for Alzheimers' patient." The blame game stops here. Quit blaming a system for the choices people choose to make. Blaming others started in biblical times when Adam blamed the Lord by saying when he partook of the forbidden fruit, "It was the woman you gave me."I ...

A&E made the right decision

I am totally amazed that Republican leaders and the right-wing media are rushing to the defense of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson for his vile remarks against gay and lesbian Americans. They are yelling from the rooftops that Mr. Robertson's First Amendment rights have been violated because ...

‘Dynasty’ fight is important

In response to the "Free Speech isn't the issue" on Dec. 24, "Free speech is the issue." It is not only the issue, it is also the issue of freedom of religion.What one does off the job or out of the work place is their own business. Just as me writing this letter. I am not doing it on my job ...

Stalking: A greater issue

January of 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. While many people have a general idea of what the word "stalking" means, most may not realize the actual complexity of the issue. It is important to know stalking is a crime, a serious one at that. ...

The parking lot angels

A Christmas miracle has happened in the Mid-Ohio Valley. My sister is a single mom of two. Not having a lot of money for Christmas, she could only afford three gifts apiece for each kid from the dollar store.She was leaving the store today and saw a couple coming toward her with a big Christmas ...

Unfunny, unjustified cartoon

I have been a daily subscriber to The Parkersburg News for many, many years. I am now considering ending my subscription because of (it would seem) an ever-growing tolerance, in the form of unjustified, cartoonish depictions, it would seem, to keep from becoming a target for those who live a ...

Turning wealth into vapors

Do you pay attention to the financial page? It can be a real eye-opener. Notice how cleverly they talk out of both sides of their mouth. The Federal Reserve still bailing out banks, investors, and major corporations (even though after six years these fraudsters are still filling their coffers ...

Robertson critics are wrong

Thank God Mr. Robertson does not speak for "all Christians." Read the GQ article found at www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson. You will see this is very different from what the TV know-it-alls are talking about.Dust off your Bible and please read God's Words ...

Who are the real bigots?

When I opened Saturday's paper and saw the cartoon on the opinion page, I was appalled.My son ask me what a bigot was. Instead of telling him, I got my daughter's Random House College Dictionary and read on page 133: Bigot, A person who is utterly intolerant of any creed, belief or race that ...

Help Cedar Lakes continue

Since 1950, Cedar Lakes in Jackson County has welcomed Wood County residents and organizations to its lovely grounds and facilities.The Jackson County Herald and Star News reports that the West Virginia State Board of Education, which helps finance Cedar lakes says it can no longer maintain its ...

The best interest of the child?

In the 1980s laws were created to protect women and children from abusive relationships. Now, the laws that were created to protect women and children from abuse, have morphed into a giant loophole to allow fraudulent abuse. These laws made no provisions for men/fathers who have been victimized ...

Print Doonesbury every day

A letter-writer was upset about the Dec. 8 Doonesbury cartoon. He didn't think rape was an appropriate topic for the Sunday comics. The cartoon could be summarized as a female soldier working within the military chain of command and trying to report a rape to her commanding officer who happened ...

Drop Doonesbury from paper

I totally agree with Kenneth Cooper's letter to you entitled "Doonesbury is too offensive" in your Dec. 15 edition. You should not print a "cartoon" that makes fun of rape in the military. This subject belongs on your editorial pages.The "cartoon" is off-base and you should consider dropping ...

Opportunity to give with an IRA

A recent column by Jason Alderman in the News and Sentinel, Don't forget mandatory IRA withdrawals, highlights the requirement for individuals who are 70 and one-half or older to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA accounts. It did not mention the unique opportunity that a ...

WHS is lucky to have Smith

The Williamstown High School football team has had an impressive run over the last 11 seasons under the leadership of Head Coach Terry Smith; 108 wins in 11 seasons is an outstanding accomplishment for Coach Smith, his staff and his players. WHS has built a winning program that brings great ...