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First Amendment problem

September 14, 2014 The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were farsighted in formulating a Constitution based on the concept of representative democracy. more »»

Big money killing democracy

September 14, 2014 Why would anyone want to continue giving tax incentives that encourage companies to move their factories overseas? That’s just what many in Congress are doing and the only explanation is that they... more »»

Shooting tame deer inhumane

September 14, 2014 I would like to make a comment about the 7-point buck (a tame deer) that the wildlife officer shot in Clarington, Ohio. How can they legally shoot the deer? The deer never hurt anyone. more »»

Older and looking for a job

September 14, 2014 Over 55 and looking for a job, even part-time? Forget it. I am a female with an education and a long work history, but for some reason cannot find a job. more »»

Remember what coal means

September 14, 2014 Where have the leaders of the United Mine Workers of America been for the last six years? After losing 17,000 jobs in the coal industry, these leaders are now scoffing at the term, “war on coal. more »»

Tennant isn’t bought, paid for

September 14, 2014 What Congresswoman Capito wants to do for her special interest backers should be a wakeup call for all West Virginians. more »»

Big Brother at the festival

September 14, 2014 This past weekend I had occasion to find myself on the Marietta side of the river for the Sternwheel Festival. I was dismayed and alarmed by what I saw. more »»

Garrison supports working class

September 14, 2014 To me it seems fair that when the federal Government has a construction project that they should hire local workers. But Representative Bill Johnson disagrees with m. more »»

Preserving a part of the past

September 7, 2014 The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society wants to express its deep appreciation to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and local television and radio stations for the excellent coverage we... more »»

Wallowing in goose dung

September 7, 2014 What would we think if people went about relieving themselves and leaving their waste behind in our public parks, beaches and even on our personal and private lands? Or, to tone it down a bit and... more »»

Revise heating aid eligibility

September 7, 2014 Winter is a hard time for many in the Mid-Ohio Valley, due to the cost of heat bills rising. more »»

GOP speaker a slap in the face

September 7, 2014 The newspaper recently announced that Mr. David Barton will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 annual Republican dinner on Sept.18. Conservatives know Mr. more »»

Yolan Dennis for Ohio House

September 7, 2014 In the Ohio House of Representatives 94th District, Washington County resident Yolan Dennis, a Republican, will bring fresh positive ideas in her challenge to Athens County incumbent Democrat Debbie... more »»

UMW chose the right candidate

September 7, 2014 This letter is in response to the ridiculous editorial in Thursday’s paper. I am so glad that you all and your Republican paper can make the decision for the UMW. more »»

Removing parking is an insult

September 7, 2014 I am truly amazed that the city of Parkersburg removed all the parking meters on Second Street to install a new bicycle path. Those meters were full Monday through Friday every wee. more »»

Don’t paint all officers the same

September 7, 2014 Believe it or not, I knew law enforcement officers, men and women, who detested writing tickets; they wanted to work cases. more »»

Hooray for the higher power

September 7, 2014 Your Sunday paper of Aug. 31 had a great front-page story or booster shot for maybe jobs in fracking, etc. Luckily, that balloon was torpedoed by two fine letters on the editorial page. more »»

Devaluing children’s lives

September 7, 2014 On Aug. 29, 48 severely neglected animals were removed from a Marietta home where they had been living in their own filth. Deplorable. more »»

Ignoring our human qualities

September 7, 2014 Until Darwin, humans were thought to be rational animals — created in the image and likeness of God. more »»

Fines for false CPS reports

September 7, 2014 Provisions need to be made to protect parents against false abuse reports made to Child Protective Services. Right now anyone can call in and report abuse without consequence. more »»


BGCA Day for Kids September 20, 2014

You are invited to participate at the Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids on Sept 20th from 10am to 1pm. This family-friendly event will be free and open to the entire Parkersburg community. more »

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My Mother's Secret

September 15, 2014 An international bestseller and National Jewish Book Award finalist is available now in paperback, "My Mother's Secret" by J.L. Witterick. more »

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