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Letters to the editor

COVID-19 is no hoax

If you still think the coronavirus is a hoax, you are getting your information from Facebook or from President Trump. Not only are you misinformed but it could cost you your life and the lives of those around you. And because some of our governors and President Trump have not listened to ...

District needs Cline

According to the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, The Congress shall have the Power ... To establish Post Offices and post Roads. When I was away at school, my mother faithfully wrote to me. When we lived in rural southern Ohio, we got mail even though some of the ...

Extend census count

As required by the Constitution, every ten years, the people living in the United States are counted so that federal, state, and local electoral districts can be apportioned. These will exist until the next recount ten years later. The count is also used to allocate federal funds for many ...

Numbers don’t tell whole story

The Parkersburg News Sunday, Aug. 9, edition ran a “letter to the editor” condemning U.S. Rep. David McKinley for his July 23 op-ed. The op-ed expressed McKinley’s concern about the United States relying on Russia, China, and the Congo for many of our rare earth materials, which are used ...

An honor to learn from Avery

“Dr. Avery saved my life, you know,” is a quote that I have heard from countless patients since joining the practice in 2012. My idea of a family practice at that time was that we treated people of all ages. I quickly discovered that our patients were quite literally, family. Dr. ...

No solution for animal issue

This is in reference to Ms. Williams’ letter to the editor in the Aug. 16 News and Sentinel regarding cats, dogs and wildlife destroying her yard and garden. She stated she lives in Vienna. I am also a senior citizen living in Parkersburg and like Ms. Williams, I don’t have any pets. This ...

From a COVID-19 survivor

We hear a lot about people getting the virus but little about who and how it affected them. I’m a 76-year-old male with some health problems. I contracted the virus on a fishing trip to Alaska along with my son-in-law and son (who lives in Alaska). I tested negative three days before we ...

Be responsible, not scared

I was recently watching a video on the 2020 Presidential Election (I believe it was a clip from Rising with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti) in which the hosts discussed President Trump’s tactic during the 2018 midterms of using the so-called “migrant caravan” to scare on-the-fence ...

What does a vote cost?

According to the transcript of the Aug. 8 press conference, President Trump said, “I will sign a directive instructing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes from Sept. 1. ... “So, we’re going to make that August 1st, ...

An open letter to Mayor Rapp

Please no rude remarks or letters: This is just my opinion and I know there are bigger issues than animals, but something needs to be done. I know with coronavirus going on you probably won’t think this is a BIG deal but to me it is. I live in the city because of convenience. I don’t live ...

Dr. Avery will be missed

Dr. Avery stood as a cornerstone for family medicine in this valley for over 30 years. With great sadness, we say goodbye to him. In 2015, Dr. Avery graciously brought me into his practice. Of course, being from the area, I was well aware of his larger than life presence prior to joining the ...

Steady as she goes?

Strong borders, strong economy, or strong law enforcement: Which is most important to you? To most of us, all three are important. But recent history shows that you can’t take any of them for granted. Things happen; central American migrant caravans are lured to overwhelm our southern border, ...

Veterans helping veterans

I would first like to thank each one of you for the sacrifice and the willingness to serve in the military for our great country. Welcome home. I am a proud member of our local veteran organizations and I also volunteer with Housecalls Hospice. I visit veterans that are on hospice care. In the ...

Motorized bike ban not the answer

Years ago, I worked at Ohio Valley Health Care Center. We only had one car, so I rode my bike up that Rt. 47 hill, sweating like a pig. I would have given anything for a motor on my bike! I needed that job, just like the young man from my neighborhood who works at Subway. He took part in the ...

OK in March but not now?

The new mantra from the left is that President Trump is going to defund Social Security and Medicare. This is simply a falsehood. First off, what Trump is doing is giving a tax break to the people that are employed: a deferral of their 6.2 percent FICA paycheck deduction. Working people will ...

Out of control borrowing

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is creating a monster in the financial markets. There are a few people, especially in the medical services field, who have given much during this pandemic. I am surprised, though, with how little the federal government expects of the ...

Real lessons on energy

On July 23, Congressman David McKinley (District 1-WV) penned an op-ed titled “Learning Lesson on Energy Security” in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The Congressman claims in the piece that we cannot afford to rely on precious metals and rare earth materials from overseas countries like ...

Appalled by this situation

Just recently, I saw that Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder and the former Chairman of the Republican party Matt Borges and several associates were arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery. As a Republican, I am appalled at this type of behavior by officials from either side of the ...

Projects celebrated

During the month of July 2020, two memorable projects were completed in Parkersburg. First was (re)placing of the steeple atop the Wood County Courthouse. The courthouse looks complete again! We extend special appreciation to county administrator Marty Seufer for initiating and overseeing the ...

An act of kindness

A few weeks ago I was moving a large box of things I was giving to the ladies of the church who were going to have a sale soon, to raise money for the church. The box was quite heavy for an old man to lift, so when I got it outside the house, on the yard sidewalk, I pulled the box along on the ...