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Letters to the editor

Time to rethink priorities

“Energy key to economic recovery,” claims a report in the July 5 edition of the News and Sentinel. Wally Kandel, co-founder of Shale Crescent USA, is quoted as saying that “The time for an energy and petrochemical Renaissance is now.” I’m struggling to wrap my head around this ...

Bad timing for the Wood BOE

To the former board of education president: A sports facility is not needed in Parkersburg with the COVID cases still uncertain, businesses closing and people laid off. It is bad timing. Just because one bond ends, do we have to start one more? The visitors’ side of PHS Stadium still, to my ...

Base change on compassion

Mid-Ohio Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers) is part of a network of Quaker communities of faith throughout this region. Guided by the inward conviction of our Quaker Peace Testimony, MOV Friends affirm this statement of North Columbus Friends Meeting that “peaceful resolution through nonviolent ...

Baseball camp a home run

I want to officially thank everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success and awesome fun that was generated at last week’s 27th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Camp. Even with the hoops we had to jump through this year with all the virus frenzy, I rate this ...

A future for part of our past

What follows are excerpts from an email we recently received. It concerns the Carnegie Library/Trans-Allegheny building. “Dear Preservation Society, I am a 16-year-old student at Parkersburg South High School and my name is Riley. During this pandemic, I have found myself very bored. ...

Injustice to next of kin

To those of you who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and were not allowed to visit them in nursing homes and lost them without having a funeral service, I, for one, feel your pain. My feelings — with strict precautions, next of kin should have been able to visit once or twice a ...

A measure worth supporting

On June 17, the Senate voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, giving our wild and wonderful public lands a real boost. Now the bipartisan Act heads to the House for consideration. The Great American Outdoors Act is critically important for West Virginia and I am calling on ...

A new era of law enforcement

If my health permitted, I would be attending the marches for Black Lives Matter. When I read that some of the Parkersburg City Council stated that the police department was just fine and certainly did not need to be defunded, I was upset. From personal experience, I can not dispute that. But ...

No one entitled to presidency

After reading the letter containing the biased account of the 2000 election in Florida, in the Sunday, June 14 newspaper, I felt compelled to respond. In Florida, Bush carried the state by over 500 votes, a close election. The votes were recounted by the voting machines and Bush won, again by ...

Focus on financial issues

While the nation focuses on race, police, pandemic and culture wars, our future is being quietly robbed blind by the predators of Wall Street and their allies in the White House and Senate. The, so-called Commercial Paper Funding Facility and other emergency measures enacted by the Federal ...

Shopping local is vital

The United States’ Small Business Administration describes small businesses as those with fewer than 100 employees. Nationally, these account for 98.2 percent of businesses, and those with fewer than 20 employees account for 89 percent of all businesses in the country. Small businesses in the ...

More on the 2000 election

Regarding the June 14 letter “Trump laying dark groundwork,” there are some serious flaws and omissions in the writer’s account of the November 2000 election. To begin, the news media called the race in favor of Gore before the polls in Florida were closed. Precincts that leaned heavily ...

Bow to only one

As a military veteran and a retired law enforcement officer, I never thought or imagined I would see our military and law enforcement members bowing or taking a knee to anyone. Recently the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying “All lives matter, from the womb to the ...

Make a difference

In regard to what is happening in our country now and has been this way for a long time: Change is needed for all people. Whether it is a stigma about mental health or race or political differences, we cannot let this injustice continue to divide us as a country. Let’s all do our part to ...

Trump laying dark groundwork

We have been hearing a lot of disinformation coming from POTUS #45 about how making it easier and safer for Americans to vote by mail will result in a “rigged” election. This brought to mind the Nov. 7, 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. As the Electoral College ...

An act of kindness

This evening I was alone after my granddaughter left for church, so I decided to pick up some fast food at a drive-thru and have a picnic by myself at Spencer’s Landing. After I had eaten my food, I decided to move my car over near the entrance and take a walk around the park. When I had ...

Our most important election

A nation suffering from a global pandemic, with 105,165 people having died from the COVID-19 coronavirus as I write this, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, is now also embroiled in protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We are hearing a lot about these ...

So what has changed?

In Wednesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, an AP article was featured entitled “Hate just hides” and subtitled “Biden vows to take on systematic racism.” It stated that presumptive Democrat(ic) presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to address institutional racism in ...

Environmental overreach

Claims of environmental disaster in a recent letter to the editor opposing drilling waste disposal are somewhat absurd. Linking endangered bats to deep well injection of said wastes is a stretch of rational thought. Both bat species mentioned are indeed threatened, primarily from white-nose ...

A healthier planet, democracy

As a member of Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action, my interest was in writing a letter about Mother Nature, COVID-19 and the importance of voting for the climate in our upcoming elections. However, the incredibly violent murder, committed at the hands of someone with the duty to “protect and ...