Opinion

Agriculture Commissioner Leonhardt cleaning up government waste

Editorials

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Given the governor’s theatrics last year, he could probably shed some light ...

Rumor Mill: Misinformation will not help with fire’s effects

Editorials

For more than four days, the men and women of as many as 31 fire departments from two states have worked themselves to the point of exhaustion fighting the blaze at the IEI Plastics facility in the former Ames plant in south Parkersburg. Those folks cannot receive enough gratitude and support ...

Terrorism: Finding wannabes is vital to keeping us safe

Editorials

David Wright is a troubled young man, an American citizen, and a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. Via the Internet, Islamic State operatives convinced Wright that ...

Feeling good while doing nothing

Local columns

By all means, let’s have an Indigenous Peoples Day observance in the United States. It’s long overdue. OK. Now, let’s move on to the next politically correct cause, raise hell about something else, and pat ourselves on the backs for — you guessed it — resisting. Oops. Forgot to ...

More liberal hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

A letter in the Oct. 15 edition challenged a previous writer to present one instance of liberals ever accusing a gun of murder or show evidence of a gun being prosecuted for murder. I would challenge that writer, himself, to document a case of a gun ever committing a murder on its own. The ...

A reaction to a reaction

Letters to the editor

Guess I struck a nerve with my rhetorical questions published Oct. 8. I’ll try to respond. The first question had to do with blaming the bomber for a bombing, but blaming the guns for shootings. My questions, let it be said, were dismissed as “infantile.” This is typical of the kind of ...

Reich is a Trump hater

Letters to the editor

Donald Trump has many faults but he does not deserve Mr. Reich’s continuous vitriolic attacks. I don’t know when professional liberal activist and former Clinton Secretary of Labor bureaucrat Robert Reich went totally off the rails crazy, but he needs professional help. Literally every ...

Include more in exemption

Letters to the editor

In recommending that the retirement incomes of military personnel be exempted from West Virginia state personal income tax legislators Mike Azinger and John Kelly have overlooked other deserving groups more closely associated with the safety and welfare of West Virginia citizens. Why are the ...

Adversity: West Virginia’s children deserve better

Editorials

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior, including: having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or be divorced/separated; ...

Adopt from local shelters

Local columns

I realize I’m getting around to this a few weeks late, but October is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Say that five times fast. I’ll take any excuse I can get to talk up the benefits of a) having a dog (or cat); and b) adopting that ...

Americans can handle the cost

Letters to the editor

Previously, I stated that national Medicare insurance, administered by the Medicare administration and covering total medical costs for every citizen cradle-to-grave, would cost Americans $3 trillion. I proposed that the next inquiry should be how this cost is paid. The important fact to bear ...

Solving business tax problem

Letters to the editor

West Virginia imposes a tax on business inventory and equipment. This tax is a real impediment to attracting or expanding new business. A legislative committee is considering eliminating this tax. Few if any other states have a tax that has a negative impact on business development. Problem ...

We are free

Letters to the editor

We are free men and women because of our veterans, our POWs, MIAs, KIAs and so on. My family is made up of veterans, so every time we go to war I — also a veteran — ask, Why? The answer I get is, for our freedom. So I came a free man, to kneel, sit or stand for the National Anthem. I ...

Standing at Fort McHenry

Letters to the editor

I had the privilege of visiting Baltimore recently. One of the historic sites of the city is Fort McHenry, the site of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When I reached the Fort to begin my tour, the ticket master stated “You need to watch the ...

Peddling fear

Letters to the editor

Predictably, after the last appalling act by an evil lunatic on unarmed citizens, the corrupt media and leftwing politicians are ablaze with emotional fear mongering, anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment rhetoric designed to divert attention from the facts. Every tragic shooting brings the radical ...

Guns and fascism

Letters to the editor

I was happy to see Don Lowe respond to a letter from last week, since I had also felt that the questions posed needed to be addressed, and considered writing a response, myself. I agree with what Don wrote, but there are still a few things left unsaid that I feel are important. The first ...

Obamacare CSRs

Letters to the editor

I found it necessary to complete the page one headline article regarding Obamacare (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Oct. 15, 2017). The crux was to outline the implications of President Trump to “cut off” federal payments to insurers. These payments are known as CSRs, an acronym for cost ...

There’s no war on coal

Letters to the editor

Coal is West Virginia! You’ve heard that commercial on the radio. Gov. Justice said coal is back! I wish Gov. Justice would go back ... go back and pay his back taxes. Cheap natural gas and renewables will drive the future. There is no war on coal. Free markets provide too much competition ...

Treats for the kids and kids at heart

Local columns

Everyone needs a magical evening once in a while, just forgetting work, worries, problems and concerns of the world. Husband Norm and I had that kind of an evening last week when we enjoyed the Blennerhassett Island Candlelight Dinner. The weather was perfect for an evening boat ride and a ...

It’s apple and pumpkin season

Local columns

The cool nights have finally arrived in our area — not that I missed them because I was perfectly happy with the unusual fall and warm weather knowing that it had to come to an end. When you see the grocery stores and food stands change from peaches, tomatoes and corn to apples, pumpkins and ...