Letters to the editor

Fort Boreman range is safe

I've been reading all the comments about the gun ranges and safety concerns with these ranges. Safety is a top priority that does need addressed, but when someone takes advantage of a situation and uses it to advance his personal agenda, it goes too far.Like Mr. McDonald, I, too, served in the ...

Donkey basketball is abusive

I just became aware that there will be an event taking place on Feb. 8, 2014, at Mineral Wells School to raise money for the Little League Baseball program. The event taking place is donkey basketball. This is animal cruelty in its highest form.I attended one of the games before, thinking it ...

Don’t call officer ‘the shooter’

Why must The News and Sentinel refer to police officers involved in shooting incidents as "the shooter"? Your staff is not reporting on a gang-style, drive-by shooting, a CSI-style crime story, or a story about a sniper. Surely, the staff there has had a sufficient amount of education, so that ...

The market will be your kids

It's been a called a gateway drug by some. Others claim it's the only treatment that works. And now a West Virginia lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana.I fully understand the importance of properly medicating people for disease. However, this is not about medicine, This is the selfish agenda ...

Gun range study is important

I have been following the news reports of concerns with two local gun ranges and recognize that there must be some fire under all the smoke that has recently arisen. An advisory committee has now been appointed by the county commission and charged with the responsibility to provide ...

An ongoing chance to learn

It's a privilege to serve as a Washington County commissioner. The citizens of Washington County gave me this opportunity and it has been three years since I started on Jan. 1, 2011.Being a commissioner is certainly an ongoing learning experience. My wife Jane, along with other family members ...

Fort Boreman range isn’t safe

In response to the letters to the editor, I am William McDonald. I did not just move in to the home next to the range; I purchased the home and property. I also knew there was a range.Noise was not the issue, safety is. People drinking while firing is. Federal mandates of 500 feet from a ...

Ditch the ballpark idea

I am writing this letter especially to all area taxpayers regarding the proposed stadium/ballpark. This will interest everyone who pays income taxes, too.Why this rush to fruition on a 20- or 25-year commitment of tax dollars to a consortium of hustlers trying to milk the kindness from us all? ...

Heroin a highly addictive drug

In recent years, heroin use has increased in our community. It is important to know the facts, and the truth about heroin. Heroin affects your brain, it slows down the way you think, slows down reaction time, and slows down memory. Heroin affects your body. It poses special problems for those ...

Dave Ashley will be missed

Dave Ashley was a big man with a big heart; he was a people person. Dave was very helpful to the Chamber of Commerce during my tenure as President. He was supportive of the business community as well as many other organizations. As general manager of the Holiday Inn, he provided leadership and ...

Don’t play the ballpark hand

What in the world is on Mayor Newell thinking. Trying to get a ballpark here in Parkersburg. If Mayor Newell would think back a few years ago we had the Parkersburg Red Coats here in Parkersburg, and where did they go?Yes you guessed right; they got out of Parkersburg. So why does Mayor Newell ...

Drugs addicts on bail a danger

When a criminal offense is committed, the Constitution entitles the accused to bond, based on the principle that one is innocent until proven guilty. Having said that, we really need to work on this process.I can tell you that most accused who get out on bond seem to be in a downward spiral in ...

GSC bowlers were overlooked

In his Letter to the Editor, printed in the Sunday, Jan. 5th edition of the Parkersburg News, Joey Smith noted that Ryan Patterson's bowling accomplishments at McKendree University was the "first time a Parkersburg bowler has been on the national collegiate stage for bowling." This is in error ...

Little desire to enforce the laws

I attended a recent Vienna City Council meeting where Delegates Azinger and Ellem explained their support for the law to require a prescription for any pseudoephedrine product.I submitted to the council, both delegates, and the public at the meeting a different law. In my suggestion, I asked ...

Humanity at its finest

Most of the time, our news is inundated with stories of violence and human indecency. So, it is a pleasant change to relate a story of humanity at it finest. After a recent shopping trip to the mall, I discovered I had lost my cell phone. I was beside myself. As my husband and I started what I ...

Expect noise at a gun range

I have never written a letter to the editor, but I feel I now must express my opinion on the Fort Boreman Rifle Range. First off, I am a past member. I wonder what Mr. McDonald was thinking when he moved in next to a gun range. Maybe that there would not be shooting? If gun fire is going to ...

America is all the voters

The zeal with which the News and Sentinel pushes its political agenda is matched only by the hypocrisy they employ to promote their views. In a recent opinion (Dec. 18) they express concern about the deaths of "dozens of eagles" from wind energy turbines and "damage to the environment." For ...

Range was here before critic

Did you notice that the person complaining about the Fort Boreman Rifle Range is from New Jersey which has the highest murder rate in the country. I guess he wants to bring the same restrictive gun laws here. The range was here long before he was.Louise L. RoseParkersburg

Irresponsibility of Obamacare

I found the article on mandatory insurance for West Virginia University students troubling from the article headline on.A student named Tyler DeAntonis was used as an example in the beginning of the article and some misleading information was presented almost immediately. It is stated that the ...

Bowler’s effort overlooked

As reading the top sport stories of 2013, I believe one memory was left out. This would be of Parkersburg South graduate Ryan Patterson helping his McKendree University bowling team as a freshman to the intercollegiate national championship final, which turned into a runner-up finish.This is ...