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Letters to the editor

Putin’s ‘peace in our time’

Peace in our time. It's been 76 years since those words were uttered by Neville Chamberlain. He'd just visited Adolph Hitler in Germany. Hitler had already begun to annex a large portion of Europe when the word came down that Chancellor Hitler had more conquests in mind.He now wanted the ...

Put Congress on notice

It's time to DO something about the devious conceit of corporate personhood, a fictional human created by the Supreme Court while the most corporate friendly Supreme Court ever went out of their way to allow shady money to be used to manipulate the voting process by the wealthy and powerful ...

Remember all of our veterans

This is in response to an article in March 16's paper by Mike Martin concerning the new VFW Post 8127 and the new post commander, Greg Smith allowing police, paramedics, firemen, etc. to apply and belong to the post. I would recommend they should first change their registration and membership ...

The kindness of strangers

I am hoping someone will recognize the person, who helped me when I lost a pickup load of hay a few days ago. I don't know his name and he said it didn't matter, but it matters to me. "Danny" was tall and wore a black, leather vest, and drove a small navy blue, car.I have hauled hay for my ...

Existing property laws work

Marietta's existing property maintenance laws are highly effective and don't need modified. In the past two years the complaints are through the roof. According to the City Health Department there have been approximately 180 total complaints per year and almost half of them have been made by ...

Protect the Second Amendment

Each time you open a paper or go online, you read of someone in government trying to take, modify, register, or ban our Second Amendment rights in one way or another: assault weapons, magazine capacity, United Nations arms treaty, and universal gun registration.The Second Amendment is the law ...

Don’t give police clunkers

In reference to John McIntyre's letter in the Sunday paper, I live in Vienna and I don't know anything bout the user fee in Parkersburg, but I do know I appreciate the police car that is parked on the street in my neighborhood. There are so many meth labs around, I never heard of one on my ...

Don’t adopt out aggressive dogs

I must preface this letter by saying that my family appreciates those who work to prevent animal cruelty and we do not advocate mistreatment of animals in any way. We do not take issue with the care and adoption of homeless animals; in fact, we adopted a shelter dog. Our issue is with the ...

Fix the pothole plague

According to Parkersburg officials, the blessed User Fee that everyone that works in the city must pay raised around $2.37 million dollars last year. That's great! That's wonderful! It's one of the finest examples of taking money from people I've ever seen.Now when will the city get serious ...

Taking control of our schools

Dave Flinn's letter on Sunday prompts me to write because I believe that the average citizen can have more impact locally than on something as huge as Common Core. We differ only on the approach to use.The first distinction to be made is between standards and curriculum. They are two different ...

Making our talents work for all

Brian Williams of NBC recently featured a 3-year-old girl whose IQ of 160 equals that of deceased Albert Einstein. Possibly this child in the future, as well as others who have not surfaced, will enhance life for us.Our only hope lies in the ingenuity of fellow humans to dig from Mother Earth's ...

Fracking skepticism is justified

It is refreshing to see in recent opinions an appropriate degree of skepticism over hydrolic fracking proposals in the MOV. There are possibly severe long-term harms that the industry would have you believe don't exist. It is very good that Gov. Kasich wants to tax the gas extraction and ...

Take care of city employees

I'm writing concerning the City of Parkersburg User Fee. I have often wondered where all the money has gone from the user fee that Mayor Newell and city council had passed three years ago. You take $2.50 per week from every working person here in the city of Parkersburg and how much money does ...

Fix the potholes at bridge

The pothole situation coming off the Memorial Bridge is a disgrace. There are signs posted welcoming visitors to our city and our state and then visitors have to cross a dangerous minefield to exit the bridge either onto Garfield Avenue or to cross it to continue north to Murdoch Avenue. One ...

Obama’s disastrous presidency

On the eve of her husband's inauguration, Michelle Obama declared, "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country." I was somewhat confused by her statement - after all, the Obamas had been educated in prestigious colleges and were well prepared for whatever careers they might ...

MHS’s ‘Blonde’ a great show

On behalf of the cast, crew and directors of Marietta Senior High School's production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical," we would like to thank the community for supporting our show this past weekend. We would especially like to thank those who braved the ice and snow storm and attended the ...

Everything’s up but our wages

I don't know about you, but for me I am really tired of sales calls, giveaway calls, survey calls, and any other call that is not related to family, friend or business that I deal with. I don't care that lobbyists write the bills that leave people's concerns out, or that contracts are written ...

Finding ways to fight fraud

Fighting fraud and abuse in state government - or wherever it may be found - is of paramount importance.The West Virginia Business and Industry Council - comprised of more than 60 state trade associations and businesses representing over 395,000 workers - is committed to eradicating fraud for ...

Some attitudes haven’t changed

On Feb. 22, you had an article about changing attitudes on intellectually disabled people struggling to find work. I believe attitudes have changed for the better. I see people in all kinds of businesses working at the level of their abilities, and many companies are to be commended for hiring ...

Not searching for the truth

The march of radical systemic reforms to West Virginia education, under the cover of Common Core, to nationalize education continues. Everything that should have been asked and answered in the education committees of the Senate and the House of Delegates but could not be covered in that short ...