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Letters to the editor

Help students get experience in field

Reading a letter to the editor on April 4, submitted by Lewis Rutherford and titled “Three-year Bachelor’s Degrees” prompted me to respond. The part of his letter regarding graduates receiving degrees who are unemployed with student loans debt to repay stirred things up again for me ...

Help from good people is appreciated

On Jan. 13, I was at Rural King in Parkersburg with my dog Kojack. I was returning to my truck and as I started up the driver side, I noticed my right foot was soaked and looked down and saw a vein had burst. I called 911 and put my dog in the front seat and turned around to sit against the ...

Narcan handouts part of the problem

I’m writing about the people handing out Narcan for the drug users here in Parkersburg. That just shows me that it’s OK to do the drugs and take a chance of overdosing because they hand out Narcan for the users. The paramedics have Narcan and the firefighters have Narcan. What I want ...

A nation divided

The United States of America, the greatest country in the history of the world where many brave heroes have died to protect our God-given freedoms for future generations, and founded by brilliant men of foresight in 1776, is unfortunately greatly divided and at a crossroads. The two sides ...

Church, state must remain separate

Most Christians want their religion represented in public schools and throughout our governments. But with so many denominations, which ones will be represented? Some of them will have a conflict. I personally could tolerate the Unitarian Church in public life but there would be a national ...

Allegations lack merit

A recent Facebook post by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV 1) was just so ridiculous that it has to be addressed outside of the comment thread on the post. McKinley alleged that the For the People Act, D.C. Statehood, attempts to raise the number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices from 9 to 13; and ...

Ideas on Spencer’s Landing

Everyone has an opinion on the future of Spencer’s Landing. I would like to share my opinion also. First, I would keep the kayak ramp with plenty of parking. Second, I would put the park up for sale to a developer with the understanding and a contract that only condos and housing could be ...

Georgia voting law worth emulating

This letter is in answer to the op-ed in the April 4 newspaper by Kathleen Parker, titled “In Georgia, Republicans are keeping the big lie alive.” First off, calling the premise Trump lost the 2020 election due to massive election fraud a big lie is unfair to Republicans. Many principled ...

Words matter

Before I share facts and opinion, I need to tell you I was raised in a Democratic home. But I am a registered Independent. I have family and friends who are Democrats. But I would be embarrassed, disappointed and angry to still be a Democrat. Now, I will tell you why by responding to a column ...

Officers appreciated; more are needed

There are nearly 700,000 full-time police officers in the United States, and an overwhelming majority are dedicated, thoughtful and professional beyond measure. Police officers are charged not only with enforcing laws and protecting the public, but they are called upon daily to solve problems ...

Support THRIVE

On Sept. 10, 2020 the THRIVE Resolution was introduced in Congress by Democrats. This resolution simultaneously tackles three separate but inextricably intertwined crisis: pandemic recovery, climate change and systemic social injustice. Over 100 members of Congress as well as the Green New ...

Job well done

I am writing to give a shout out to Easy Rider Bus service (MOVTA) for their perseverance through this global pandemic. I know myself and others were concerned about a potential disruption in service. Your willingness to remain open and running has enabled me to continue getting to and from ...

Time for common sense

Congressmen David McKinley and Marc Veasey’s Bill “Scale Act” supporting a carbon capture infrastructure was puzzling. Today’s dynamics preclude the need for any carbon capture. Coal is on a fast track to oblivion, the exceptional characteristics of gas fueled systems makes them the ...

Educate yourself on threats

Today’s socialist Democrats know they can’t win, in the 2020 election and beyond, based on their position, on issues. Open borders, higher taxes, the Green New Deal are losing issues. They are pushing these issues while they have the presidency and legislative majorities. Socialist ...

Biden lies, baseball dies

I am assuming most people are aware by now that Major League Baseball has decided to move the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta, Ga. to Denver, Colo. due to a recent new voter law passed in Georgia and signed by the governor. Without going into the weeds, it requires voter ID for absentee ...

Dangerous legislation

The U.S. Senate is ready to vote on dangerous legislation — the Equality Act. If it passes the Senate like the House, this bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1961, which outlaws discrimination of individuals based on race, sex or religion. The act would add “sexual orientation” and ...

Biden behind border crisis

President Biden is attempting to shift blame for the immigration crisis on our southern border onto former President Trump, even though the southern border was secure when Trump left office. Biden can see the man responsible by looking in the mirror. As president, Trump’s message to wannabe ...

What will you do with your experience?

Experience is a great teacher. The whole world has been through over a year of COVID and death, so what have we learned? I am a survivor and blessed beyond measure. I am alive and well and so is my family. I was blessed before the pandemic and I will now share why. I was born in another ...

About three-year bachelor’s degrees

Do the first two years of general education courses really teach one how to live a thoughtful, ethical and responsible life? Do the second two years of specific education guarantee a job in one’s chosen field? Neither question can be answered in the affirmative. Some college graduates are ...

Open discourse is encouraging

After debating with one of my friends about letters to the editor, I realized that a letter should be written to the editor for her encouraging a broadened free speech platform in the editorial and opinion pages of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The paper has enhanced reader knowledge by ...