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Letters to the editor

Don’t throw away history

Much of our history is being tossed! Boomers and other seniors are “down-sizing,” or their children are being left with the task of doing something with their possessions. Too often, family photos, old documents, maps, school yearbooks and even good furnishings end up on the curb. Other ...

Thank you for cemetery support

Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Inc. made its debut in the 7th annual “Give Local MOV” day of giving held on May 5. The results greatly exceeded our expectations — with donations amounting to $6,439 from 29 supporters (including 17 first-time donors), plus $2,500 in matches from the ...

Don’t do more damage

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently issued a Public Notice (20-07), which states that Deeprock Disposal Solutions LLC has submitted an application under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 to construct a waterfront barge loading and offloading facility on the Ohio River by Rt. 7 to ...

Salango right for the job

We have a candidate for governor that Wood Countians can enthusiastically support. Ben Salango is that candidate. Ben is a West Virginia success story. He is a product of our public school system and a graduate of West Virginia University and the WVU College of Law who paid his own way through ...

Act quickly for climate, too

Last year at this time I submitted a letter concerning Earth Day, which was started 50 years ago under a Republican administration. As we pass Earth Day 2020 we need to ask, what have we as a country done to reduce carbon dioxide in the last year? Nothing. The present administration in ...

Something stinks

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Some language has been altered with an abbreviation.) In a widely viewed press conference, the president proposed a medical study of injecting disinfectants into the human body to treat coronavirus. When this type of study was conducted during World War II, some male ...

Shutdown and consequences

West Virginia welcomed me in 1987 and educated me at Parkersburg Community College and West Virginia University. Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, United National Bank and Frames Etc. are Parkersburg businesses that afforded me wonderful opportunities early in my career. Wild and Wonderful West ...

Testing, treatment top priorities

I am disgusted and disappointed that people have gathered in the streets of several state capitols now, protesting measures to control the spread of the COVID virus. The majority of this country is working hard for its own health safety, knowing how interconnected we have all become through ...

Cartoon ushers in a new low

I was appalled at the despicable and ugly editorial cartoon in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel April 21 edition. For those who missed it, it depicted President Trump speaking to an obvious older vet saying “I want to reopen the country right away even though it might kill off the greatest ...

Public education, public good

Every political system rests upon a particular moral system. In other words, each particular form of government rests upon a particular set of beliefs about the nature of man. Our Constitutional Republic rests upon the belief that man is by nature a spiritual, moral and intellectual being ...

A request for President Trump

Dear Mr. President, Would you please tell every American to just stay home? And would you please tell every governor to shut everything down except “essential” businesses? And for goodness sakes, that includes churches. We have forever heard the falsehood about how God has been taken out ...

Who is to blame?

To refresh some memories, or enlighten those blaming the current administration for the present epidemic, a few past quotes might help the public understand the initial concerns or lack thereof, when initial reports of the coronavirus surfaced. Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, stated on April 1 ...

With God’s help

Just a thought this Sunday morning ... As citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, why not give Almighty God praise and thanks for where he has placed us in this life, as he goes with each and everyone through this COVID-19 plague, that is in all the world. I believe it will end sooner by ...

A call for war time mobilization

In a column dated March 30, Mike Myer writes about the need for greater preparedness when addressing ever-evolving pathogens. I agree with Mike that we must be more prepared for microbial threats like the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Where Mike and I disagree is regarding his comments on climate ...

Piling on the pork

The aid bill recently passed will help those with small businesses and those without a paycheck. However, Speaker Pelosi owed the nation an explanation why she flew back from California to stifle the bill and add things unrelated to combating the virus and helping all Americans. Why millions ...

A true leader

Watching television on Sunday, April 5, I caught the Queen of England’s very personal address to her people concerning the coronavirus. I was genuinely impressed. A quiet, soft spoken leader reaching out to encourage her nation in a time of world wide concern for the health of everyone. I ...

Exploited, indeed

A couple of weeks back I submitted a letter to the News and Sentinel, discussing the lessons we should be learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they can teach us about our response to climate change. I anticipated that this might not sit well with some readers, and sure enough, I ...

Other causes for concern

With the COVID-19 pandemic amongst us, everyone is trying to maintain excellent hygiene and avoid sick contacts, however, we still need to be mindful of treating the everyday illnesses that people suffer from. Being a medical student in this community, I wanted to talk about diabetes, but ...

Thanking those who serve us

Watching the news media and reading articles in the newspaper: This COVID-19 is a nightmare to all of us. To all of you who are working 24/7 so all of us have a better life and a better place to live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, thank you! To the doctors, nurses, nurse technicians, EMTs, ...

Voting for lawless incompetents

After Capito, Mooney, McKinley and Miller voted against impeachment, they all voted for corruption, lawlessness — for Trump to do as he pleases, which he promptly said on the news media the following day. Then, it became obvious they no longer were representing the people in West Virginia. ...