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 research and know they are supposed to be an independent board operating without the influences of political pressure. The commission oversees the testing procedures for entry level police officers to ensure everyone is treated fairly. They administer promotional examinations within the police department; again to ensure everyone is treated fairly and political influences does not rear its ugly head. They also act as a three panel judge on disciplinary actions, be it terminations, time off or reduction in rank. Thus they again are supposed to be honest, fair and act without outside political influences.