Letters to the editor

Logic does not add up

Ah yes, the “he said, he said” thing (shes really didn’t get much of a say at the time). Well, I can play that for just a moment. Let’s stick with the author of the U.S. Constitution, which, again, lacks any mention of god, bible, Jesus or Christianity in a Preamble, 7 Articles or 27 ...

Companies aggressively avoiding payment

The letter published in the March 10 issue by Roger Sheppard on oil and gas royalty payments is very good. I agree with most of it. However, I think that the problems involved are more serious than he indicates. The major problem with the Sheppard letter is his statement that the suit awards ...

Do not force beliefs on others

This is in response to Dan Kessinger’s letter of Feb. 17, attributing the creation of the world to a magic invisible god and railing against the morals of atheists. So here’s a few of the reasons why we don’t believe as he does and see the central story as implausible. Since he is a ...

Add Wood County education forum

The legislature proposed a controversial education bill that stirred a lot of controversy and failed in the House. A clean salary raise for teachers failed in the Senate. The governor has called for a special session to deal with educational matters. The State Department of Education has ...

Some food for thought

Food is the nation’s largest employer. In fact, 23 million people across the U.S. are employed by the food sectors whether it be farming, food processing, distribution or markets and support. Surprisingly, despite the large number of people employed by the food industry, less than 2 percent ...

Blight is a serious problem

In (last) Sunday’s paper, nine Parkersburg City Council members had a complaint about trash around homes and homes falling down. I certainly agree with them. I live on a street where I bought two homes years ago. It makes me ashamed to tell anyone I live on this street. The home beside me ...

Expansion unnecessary

This is in reference to an article by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Feb. 28. The article concerns the Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc. moving to the Green Street location. I give thumbs up to the Board of Directors for selecting this location. This will make a fine activity ...

Right call on campus carry

West Virginia University is nationally recognized as one of the top party schools in the nation. Our legislature considered a campus concealed carry bill. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense which kills and injures many. Advertisements proclaim, “Don’t let your ...

Not my West Virginia

I am disappointed and disgusted by the examples of hate that have been exhibited lately in my state. From the anti-LGBTQ Delegate Eric Porterfield, to the woman who went on the racist tirade at a local Mexican restaurant, to the events at the WVGOP Day at the Legislature that resulted in ...

Make companies pay

How big is the oil and gas industry in West Virginia? Just looking at lawsuits and penalties some companies have been forced to pay gives you a glimpse: * A lawsuit that was set to go to trial in late February, was settled in the amount of $53 million, on behalf of royalty owners who claimed ...

Letter full of fantasies

The letter on founders and god by Dan Kessinger on Feb. 17 was one of the most delusional I have read in some time. His points were that abortion is wrong, that a magic invisible man in the sky created everything, that atheists are immoral and morally bankrupt, that the founding fathers ...

Protect the Constitution

Presidents can declare a State of Emergency in many situations. Many experts believe this president’s declaration of a state of emergency, when congress did not allocate the funds he wanted, oversteps his constitutional authority. Congress has sole authority to allocate funds. Our system of ...

Will senators honor promise?

SB 451, also known as the Education Omnibus bill, died in the WV house of delegates on Feb. 20. I think there are some misconceptions about the bill. It started out as a huge bill that did everything from grant a 5 percent pay increase to state police, teachers and school service personnel to ...

Stand up for Vienna

It is budget time again and for the last several Vienna City Council meetings I have spoken publicly regarding an item that amounts to over 15 percent of the city’s budget. The City of Vienna pays $1,277,569 to provide health insurance to 81 employees and their families. By comparison, the ...

Answers are needed

This is in reference to the Wood County Senior Citizen Association Inc. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Feb. 6, printed an article and a picture showing the new executive director accepting a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. This donation was to be used for the Meals on Wheels ...

Say no to ‘gag rule’

Title X is under assault and this is an attack that should concern everyone. A proposed “gag rule” being reviewed by the Office of Budget and Management in Washington D.C. would damage men and women’s access to health care across the country. This proposed rule takes direct aim at Title ...

Build bridges, not walls

As the president declared his emergency on our south border, I daydreamed of Frost’s poem “Mending Wall:” “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down. ... I saw (my neighbor) there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone ...

Point counterpoint on abortion

First I’d like to thank Ralph Chambers for his kind words regarding my submissions to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. I also appreciate Mr. Chambers and his efforts very much. But I’m writing today in response to Dan Kessinger and his, well, interesting response to some of my most recent ...

Oppose rule change

A proposed rule change currently being considered in Washington, D.C., by the Office of Management and Budget would restrict doctors and other healthcare providers from giving needed information to their patients. This rule would prohibit doctors and nurses from providing their patients with ...

Senate bill deserves support

Education has dominated this session of the West Virginia Legislature for many good reasons. The knowledge and skills of our citizenry set the tone for our economic prosperity, freedoms and quality of life. The focus of our legislators on K-12 and higher education is meaningful, and today I ...