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Letters to the editor

Be open with investigation

Unfortunately, our new Bishop, Mark Brennan doesn’t get it. He was sent to our state after the betrayal of the Diocese by former Bishop Michael Bransfield. Bransfield took $21 million from the Diocese and Wheeling Hospital to spend on an extravagant lifestyle and gifts for high ranking ...

Thank you, coach

Having refereed football, basketball, track and field and soccer at the local, state, regional, national and some international level, I have had contact with hundreds if not thousands of coaches at every level. With the retirement of Don Fosselman as head boys soccer coach at Parkersburg High ...

Kindness of strangers

I recently had the misadventure of falling on black ice at a Vienna store parking lot. Once I got my bearings, all I saw and heard were the kindness of strangers. Hands handing me tissues and wipes to clean up the awful mess from my busted nose. Words of encouragement and offers of assistance ...

Restore the teaching profession

“Keeping Score” by Steven Allen Adams was front page news Sept. 15. The article made plain the schools are not making the grade. Dr. Paine, the state superintendent of schools said “We need to talk about how we work with local school boards but step up our efforts to hold districts ...

Beware smear campaigns

I can visualize the headlines now: Joe Biden and Hunter Biden are two corrupt Democratic politicians who put a computer server in Ukraine to hack Republican election plans. Folks, studies, investigations, and research will not change the political narrative because some have determined that ...

Treasure our history

I would like to express my pleasure upon visiting the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park during the month of October. My compliments to all the volunteers and employees for their outstanding dedication in promoting and preserving this great asset in our community. I had the opportunity ...

Goodbye to Long Tom

It saddens me to learn that “Long Tom” is being traded for a slice of land big enough to hold a row of picnic tables. He is being removed from his home of a hundred years to go back to Boreman where he spent 22 years and was abandoned. According to The Parkersburg News dated Oct. 20, ...

Nothing sinister in red flag laws

The Oct. 27 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor protesting efforts to reduce gun violence. That letter was titled “Red flag laws not the answer.” That letter was a hodgepodge collection of buzz-words borrowed from conservative media, expressing a love for guns and a total ...

Shame on the thieves

On Sunday, Oct. 27, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Mount Olivet Cemetery, someone stole flowers and Halloween decorations off my son’s grave. He was our only child and we decorated his grave for four years, every holiday and his birthday. This year, it was different because of thoughtless ...

The Paideia School

The Paideia School represents the new paradigm for the public schools. Mortimer J. Adler and the Paideia Group wrote three books outlining the principles of the new paradigm: the proposal, the program, and problems and possibilities. The members of the Paideia Group are 11 distinguished ...

Falling in humility

The crisp air, the green leaves turning brown in this area, and the anticipated holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving are some of the reasons many prefer fall above other seasons. Yes, when the word fall in this sense is used, we conjure up feelings in the heart which call out for children to ...

Thank you to supporters

I would like to say thank you to all who helped and supported this year’s 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Heart and Stroke Walk at City Park. The entertainment was provided by Mountain State Cloggers, Jump Company USA and the Parkersburg Catholic High School Band. The band also officially began the walk ...

Red flag laws not the answer

One last letter, please, on gun control and mass shootings. The gun control crowd and the fake news media are pushing what they call comprehensive background checks, which sounds good, until you read the bill’s fine print. In some states, if you sell a gun through classified ads, both the ...

Remember when…

Members of both political parties have become much more than just a huge disappointment. One might then reasonably ask “why the very clear double-standard?” Case in point: Remember when Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company got $53 million from ...

Say no to storage hub

An Oct. 2 editorial, “Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority,” states West Virginia’s congressional delegation should continue making the Appalachian Storage Hub a top priority and supports recent legislation from West Virginia’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation to direct ...

Wrong on teacher absenteeism

Christina Myer had a column in the Oct. 13. newspaper. She lists a bunch of statistics on teacher absenteeism and then throws the teachers under the school bus for missing days that by contract they are allowed to use saying, “If teachers abusing the system do not see the value in avoiding ...

Thank you from Belpre Lions

The Belpre Lions Club would like to give a huge thank you to the Dollar Tree in Belpre. They were kind enough to collect items needed for us to send care packages to local men and women stationed overseas. We were also told we could have a fundraiser in front of their store. The MOV showed ...

Restoring natural curriculum

A new educational paradigm was suggested in this paper Sept. 29. The new paradigm addressed four basic problems. The natural construction of the curriculum is one. “Keeping Score” reported that of “116 high schools, 89 are in the yellow category for only partially meeting (English ...

No good reason to close school

Regarding the 2020 closing of McKinley Elementary School as voted 4 in favor, 1 opposed by the Board of Education (thanks to new board member Debbie Hendershot for casting the single “no” vote; other board members had likely made their decision beforehand): The meeting was well attended ...

Thank you for the support

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, local businesses, Belpre City Schools and the City of Belpre who made the Second Annual Belpre Cross-Country Invitational such a success on Sept. 14. This success once again proved that when a community comes together, the result is a positive day for ...