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Letters to the editor

City needs jobs, not ballparks

I'm writing concerning the jobs we used to have here in Parkersburg. Here, Mayor Newell is worried about getting a baseball park here in Parkersburg and said it would bring jobs to the area. If you take a drive down Camden Avenue you see several plants that have moved out of the area and ...

Too many slaps on the wrist

Recently, there has been a push in the Mid Ohio Valley to bust drug users, traffickers, and suppliers. I am very grateful that the drug task forces seem to be making a small dent in the drug world that is creating abusive environments for children, dangerous communities for citizens, and a ...

What is wrong with our DMV?

It seems that everyone I talk to has a horror story about the DMV. I personally have spent many hours there in the past three months trying to take care of what one would think should be very easy business.The first thing I noticed when I got there is that there were no parking spots, This was ...

The NRA’s self-serving lie

I believe that most of the pro-gun rhetoric these days is distortion and lies frequently initiated by the NRA. Mr. Wolverton took exception to my position with his letter-to-the-editor on April 6. I'm the gun owner who doesn't believe our Second Amendment is at risk and I'm tired of the ...

AARP’s sellout to Obamacare

My jaw dropped when I read your page one article about the scam awareness program, which is promoted by AARP. A scam is the intent to defraud a person after gaining their trust. Defraud is a misrepresentation of fact in an attempt to deprive a person of property, etc. Obama has succeeded in ...

Obama’s ‘pen and phone’ rule

Barack Hussein Obama's miraculous ascension to the presidency was the greatest marketing ploy ever conceived and implemented. Mainstream media, Hollywood and leftist intelligentsia conspired to hoist a community organizer with no experience in business, very few life skills and insignificant ...

BOE gets an ‘F’ for failure

I find it somewhat hypocritical that the Wood County Board of Education decides to give the superintendent an unsatisfactory on his evaluation. And even more so after he announces his retirement. I would imagine that everyone would give the board and its president an "F" for financial ...

Is fluoridation the way to go?

Take a careful sip of water: Harvard University scientists released a study in July 2012 through the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that made the conclusion that fluoridation of water is a causal source for lowered IQ, especially in the development of children. "The ...

Columnist misses the point

It's been said that there are three types of lies: lies, damn lies, and columns written by Mike Myer (with apologies to S. Clemens). His latest is a doozy. He complains that the National Flood Insurance Program is raising premiums so that property owners are no longer subsidized. He writes ...

Abortion bill needs to pass

I'm 100 percent against all abortions. I believe it is murder of an innocent human being who God created and has an awesome plan for. I have two children in Heaven who doctors, nurses, my husband and I fought hard to save. So, I know the value of human life and will not take it for granted.For ...

ID at polls helps prevent fraud

It seems some people are coming to Ohio to spread the racism agenda as to the voter ID issue. I strongly support voter ID at the polls. We have to have an ID in almost everything we do today and there is no reason why it should be a problem to show our ID when we vote.The only reason I can ...

Facts don’t substantiate claim

The newspaper published an article on March 29 which contained some very perplexing statements from gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. In the report titled "Candidate for governor talks local, state issues," it quotes Mr. FitzGerald as saying he has been approached by different township ...

A sad state of apathy

The recent forum offered by the School Board Association, presented at Parkersburg South High School last Saturday morning, provided a rare opportunity to involve everyday citizens in the process of picking their next school superintendent. Four candidates were provided with 40 minutes during ...

Road concerns fall on deaf ears

I am looking for help in getting our street repaired. This was a street taken in under the West Virginia orphan roads law a few years back, now we can't get any help. I called the West Virginia Department of Highways in Parkersburg many different times, but it falls on deaf ears.After a year ...

A strong EPA protects us

After all that has happened in the state of West Virginia with the water for 300,000 people, you would think our elected officials would want more regulation. As reported in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, they expressed annoyance that the Supreme Court upheld the EPA ruling that acted ...

An affront to our principles

In a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court's Republican-appointed justices (John Roberts, Samuel Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy) on Wednesday, the highest court in the land decided to overturn the aggregate limits on the amount of money an individual can give to ...

NRA owed a debt of gratitude

I would like to respond to two letters in the March 23 News and Sentinel, written by Jerry Payne and Ralph Chambers.First, Jerry Payne states that members of Congress should be put on notice that they can expect no support if they accept donations from the conservative Koch Brothers and Karl ...

A call for the unborn

Last Friday the Governor of West Virginia shocked everyone with his decision to veto the "Unborn Pain Capable Act" which would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks when it has been medically proven that the unborn child can feel pain.In Washington, D.C., being a Democrat almost always means ...

Governor’s lack of compassion

On March 28, after the close of business, Gov. Tomblin vetoed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He claimed the bill was unconstitutional - a determination that is usually left to the courts.He used, as an excuse, the court's invalidation of Arizona's "Mother's Health and Safety Act" ...

Mayor Newell’s money grab

Mayor Newell wants to raise your taxes almost $5 million. Full stop. That should be the take home message. Don't be distracted by all the talk of "Home Rule." That's just legislative legerdemain to distract you from the fact that this proposal would take almost $5 million out of the local ...