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Letters to the editor

Voting for lawless incompetents

After Capito, Mooney, McKinley and Miller voted against impeachment, they all voted for corruption, lawlessness — for Trump to do as he pleases, which he promptly said on the news media the following day. Then, it became obvious they no longer were representing the people in West Virginia. ...

‘Be Still My Soul’

As the earth and mankind pause for a brief time to renew strength, let us keep in mind the text to the song “Be Still My Soul,” words written by Katharina Von Schiegal in 1697. “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on they side With patience bear thy grief and pain Leave to thy God to order ...

Climate change is a cycle

In the March 22 newspaper, Aaron Dunbar is wondering why we are not “fathoming the existential horror of the climate crisis” like we are responding to the coronavirus. It could be that people are dying from corona right now and it has spread all over the world. The lack of concern about the ...

Food for thought

For politicians and all who care to hear, below is a text from our granddaughter who lives in Florida: Today’s plague? 2nd Chronicles 7: 13-15 — If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people ...

Agree on economic action

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on a previously strong economy with workers and small businesses caught in the crossfire. Jobless claims are expected to top two and a half million in one week as a result of the economic shock from coronavirus. Every major economic forecast is predicting some type ...

Be our best selves

Several days ago federal guidelines were put in place in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in this country. It has been my observation here in Parkersburg that many are not taking these guidelines seriously enough. Case in point: (last) Friday evening in City Park there were multiple ...

Take least disruptive approach

This letter is intended to clarify some of the misinformation and misunderstanding concerning coronavirus. I am not an expert in this matter, but there is sufficient public information upon which to form a few basic conclusions. First, if the public health system is competently run, ...

Still other epidemics to face

I am a healthcare worker. Not one of the brave, frontline workers, but a support service staff member. I don’t get to serve the sick directly through my work, but I do share a characteristic that is vital to public health — I care. For the past three years, I have been immersed in public ...

Stay the course, help each other

Although the recent developments in our country are certainly unique and unprecedented for multiple generations, tough times are not anything new to West Virginians and the Mid-Ohio Valley. The past two weeks have once again made me proud to be a lifelong resident of West Virginia. West ...

It is not worth it

In 1947, Winston Churchill famously said that democracy is the worst form of government but is so much better than what is in second place (paraphrased by this author). Well, we are about to see what is in second place. Amidst all the current turmoil in the United States and around the world, ...

No due process in laws

A few months back, I wrote a letter concerning the dangers of poorly written, overly broad “red flag laws,” which invite abuse because they have no due process written into the law. It has been reported, the story of Stephen Nichols, a kindly 84-year-old ex-police officer and Korean War ...

Respond to climate change, too

Transport your mind back to the beginning of this year. Or for that matter, to even a few short weeks ago. Imagine someone telling you that somewhere, at a distant seafood market in a sprawling Chinese city, an infectious respiratory disease will make the leap from a bat or a pangolin into the ...

Murder vs. enrollment

Just a thought on the declining enrollment of students in Wood County schools: When this nation allows the murder of innocent unborn children, why would it surprise anyone that there are less children? James Tibbs Parkersburg

Feeling strung out

I bought the newspaper and found that we are getting another of these “rehab” centers. How many do we need? It seems the number far outstrips the percentage of local people who these are supposed to help. Now, we are getting people from all over the country, many of whom are on parole. ...

Evil is very real

A thank you, to Margaret Meeker of Williamstown, for her words of shameful, factual truth. In my humble opinion, white men of those days took it upon their own arrogant selves to make and enforce the rules and women were told to “stay in their place.” What if everything had been the other ...

Transitioning from fossil fuels

The fossil fuel industry cares infinitely less about you or your family than it would have you believe. Workers and their communities are little more than a means to an end for the wealthy industrialists who profit from the economic desperation of poor and rural communities. Recent studies ...

Skip the negative campaigns

Here we go again. We are in an election year. In November, we will elect a new president or re-elect our current president. During the primary process, each candidate spends most of their time criticizing the other candidates about why they should not be president. After one person has been ...

West Virginia can’t wait

I’ve been obsessed with politics, government, society, culture and economics for over 15 years. In that time, I have never seen a campaign like the West Virginia gubernatorial campaign of Stephen Smith. The WV Can’t Wait campaign, as it is called, is not just about Stephen. Eighty-nine ...

We are regressing

As I watch my country falling apart, I recall the words of Abe Lincoln, “a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Most of my history classes consisted of memorizing dates of wars and the leaders at the time. It was not till graduate school that I finally learned about ...

Tobacco use a greater risk

The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus has instilled fear in individuals across the world, yet toxic and life-threatening habits have been ever-present right in front of us. Smoking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality with West Virginia ranking as the 2nd highest in the nation for ...