Letters to the editor

Event not a threat to donkeys

The accusations printed in the paper about our event simply aren't true. These animals were not hurt in any way. In fact, the trainer told us he would not allow it.This is our organization's biggest yearly fundraiser, last year was a huge success, and I really question if anyone in attendance ...

Community action and senior abuse

For the most part I have found the Parkersburg/Vienna community support to rival none. The past few years I've been working with a caring team in the tri-state area concerning senior abuse. If like to thank all who have worked tirelessly, and at times on their own, to continue with this ...

New year and opportunity

What will the new year bring? When the year comes to an end it has a feeling of closure, like a period at the end of a year long paragraph. Now we all can anticipate the upcoming new year. The possibilities that new days and months bring. The chance to change for the better.In a way, it's like ...

The beginning of the end for liberty

A new Homeland Security bill will soon be law. In November 2002, President Bush signed into law the Homeland Security Bill. This was the first serious shake on the shoulder to wake you to get involved with union affairs. Other people will not protect your jobs or your rights.In 1935, 15,000 SS ...

Stupidity bordering on criminal

The water contamination story in Charleston was a screw-up for the record books. Kanawha County got clobbered when corporate stupidity teamed up with government clumsiness.Elected officials who wouldn't know a cyclic hydrocarbon from their elbow were quick to assure everyone there was no health ...

A place were miracles happen

Parkersburg is a blessed city. One of its greatest blessings sits up on the hill behind Ohio Valley University. It's not large or showy, but it is a place were miracles happen.The sign out front reads "HealthSouth." I spent two weeks there recuperating from a two-week hospital stay. There are ...

Pope exceeds expectations

Before the 2013 election of Pope Francis, I wrote a letter to the editor, hoping for a pope to be inclusive. Pope Francis is exceeding my expectations.A week or so ago, he granted Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston to speak at a Boston area United Methodist church (my denomination), which was the ...

An extreme reaction to event

I was surprised to see the extreme reaction to our baseball league's upcoming donkey basketball event. I was the announcer for last year's donkey basketball games and did not see the kicking and choking, or cruelty to animals that Mr. Carraway claims in his letter.Yes, the donkeys were pulled ...

Worry about victims, not killers

Something is wrong here. The articles in the paper on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 about the drugs used in completing the valid death penalty sentencing of Dennis McGuire and a Missouri man talk about how bad it is for them, but says nothing about how horrible it was for their victims, the ongoing ...

Say no to chemical plan

There is a five-week public comment period for us to write to the USDA about our views on the coming proposal to add the chemical 2-4-D to corn and soybean seeds. I hope you will write to them about your opinions. The following are mine:Please don't allow the use of 2-4-D on, or near, or ...

Critic should check his facts

I am writing in response to a letter written about the Mineral Wells Baseball and Softball Association Donkey Basketball fundraiser. I am a parent, volunteer, and spectator that helped plan and organize last year's donkey basketball fundraiser held at Mineral Wells School.I am an avid animal ...

Donkeys aren’t mistreated

I am writing in response to the very offensive and untrue letter submitted regarding donkey basketball that is being held as a fundraiser for the Mineral Wells Softball and Baseball Association.As a parent and volunteer who has assisted in organizing this fundraiser I find it appalling that he ...

Stadium group is at fault

Williamstown bleachers were in dire need of repair at the tune of 100K, I recall that many in the Parkersburg community suggested that the BOE should condemn the stadium, and, or, it should be the responsibility of Williamstown to repair the bleachers. Many had said that they would not support ...

More than just a game

Last Friday night, our family attended the Parkersburg South vs. Wheeling Park basketball game at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. We knew the game was about more than just hoops, it was a game to create awareness about a very rare condition called Friedreich's Ataxia. Our daughter, Anna, was ...

Speaking volumes about society

In regards to your poll asking if people are embarrassed by movies with foul language and lewd scenes, you should have also asked if people are embarrassed by movies with lots of violence. I'm betting the answer would be no. People are OK with blood and gore which speaks volumes about our ...

A little lady’s big statement

I was pleased to read of the Smoot director Felice Jorgeson's decision to stand for family entertainment. For a little lady, she made a big statement.Pat GodfreyParkersburg

Obama’s allies on gun control

Since his re-election, Obama has pushed for stricter gun control laws. The news media has thoroughly covered Obama's call for a reinstatement of the "failed assault weapons" ban, magazine capacity limits, tighter background checks, etc. However, the greatest threat to our Second Amendment ...

Fundraising event isn’t cruel

After reading a recent complaint concerning a donkey basketball game, I would like to provide my own experience on the use of donkeys. Not only are these are not mistreated at these games, but often are treated better in this environment than if they worked in a field for a farmer. In this ...

Donkeys trained for these events

This is in regards to the Mineral Wells donkey basketball game. The donkeys are not being mistreated. They are trained to do the stuff they do. The only one that gets hurt is the person on the donkey. Usually a sore butt.This game has been around for a very long time. The high school I went ...

Making naughty kids good adults

Robert Ware, Ravenswood, wrote to say the legalization of marijuana comes with many perils. He says increased revenue from state regulation will not offset the deletrious effects that the evil weed will have on our citizens.I disagree. None of the kids I knew who smoked during high school have ...