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Letters to the editor

Understanding what matters

After reading Joe Albright’s diatribe on the state of Class A girls’ basketball, I feel it important to respond. You ask if anything that happens the rest of the year in Class A is going to matter? Yes, sir, it most definitely does matter. And you say “Don’t get me wrong Parkersburg ...

Find better way for kids to play

Last year a basketball hoop was installed in my neighborhood. Since then I have witnessed basketballs bouncing off landscape, landscape lights and a house. Also balls going into landscaping, and kids and adults tramping in landscaping retrieving those balls. This is not just a once in a while ...

Abortion is not rare

According to West Virginians for Life in Morgantown, last Monday the National Right to Life latest press release reports 61,628,584 American babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. Wonder what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers of America would make of ...

Find way to help, act

Like millions of people around the world, I’ve watched heartbroken from afar as Australia’s hellish wildfires devastate the nation. These have been the worst fires seen in the country’s history, so far killing a total of 25 humans, scorching 25 million acres of land, and ending the lives ...

Unleash community’s greatness

I would like to share my thoughts on our drug crisis in our community. I don’t believe addiction is a choice. More like they have fallen victim to a way of life. Does our wonderful community truly believe our victims of addiction want to live in pain, crime, no self worth, losing family ...

Public’s support appreciated

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 25th year on Nov. 23, 2019. There are over 150 displays in the City Park that the all-volunteer Board and Committee, along with area businesses, provide for the pleasure of those driving or walking through the park during the holiday season. ...

Voicing a few concerns

Rayon Drive when the kids get out of school and they are walking home — they get down onto Rayon Drive and there are no side walks for the kids to walk on. I went through there one day when it was raining and the kids had to walk into the road or they would’ve been walking in water ...

Debt paydown talk just fantasy

Several years ago, I wrote a few letters to the editor talking about the national debt and how important it was for our leaders to take it seriously and begin measures to pay it off. A recent editorial in this paper focused on the need to pay down this debt. I was stunned in 2010 when ...

A respectful reply

The more one sincerely studies, honestly evaluates and compares, studiously verifies and consistently continues seeking truth, the more limitations are recognized. This then verifies that foundational understanding and application is imperative to conclusion. Key factors of any belief are ...

Hoping actions are right

I don’t fear for my life. I fear for my children and grandchildren’s lives. I don’t know what to expect from what happened after the death of Qasem Soleimani. I hope and pray that all of the tension de-escalates. I don’t blame just one person. I don’t blame the President. He is ...

Wonderful surprise

Recently I had a very blessed experience! I am a crossing guard for Williamstown Elementary and High School, and all of a sudden I saw the “Pride of Williamstown” marching band coming down the sidewalk from the high school! I figured they were going to the elementary school to play for ...

Find out more information

2020 is here. We are a year older, but some of us have not really learned a whole lot and continue to mock other writers. One continues to berate people he disagrees with, calling them uninformed, uneducated and says their message is unreadable gibberish unsupported by any facts. Let us check ...

Leave willful ignorance behind

It seems there is no end to climate denial in our society, something that is a uniquely American problem. Even though nations like Australia are not acting like there’s a problem, at least they admit that anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change exists. Charles Lawrence speaks of ...

For the benefit of all

Annually a half dozen or more time PSHS’s ROAC and PHS’ Fieldhouse are the meeting places for 4,000+ people to attend activities and enjoy events. Over the years the enjoyment has been marred by stifling heat and lack of ventilation within each of the two buildings. The questions are: Do we ...

ALL kids worthy of love

On Dec. 30 The Washington Post published an expose on the foster crisis, with an intense focus on how West Virginia’s older youth were suffering through group homes and incarceration. While we are all aware that the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, there is no doubt that ...

Premise of letter unsupported

On 12/29 the News and Sentinel published a letter to the editor titled “Agenda is evident.” After reading that confused 14-paragraph composition for the fourth time, I still had no idea what agenda that writer was trying to sell. He started by attacking anyone who believes that human ...

Agenda is evident

Is man-made climate change and the ensuing end of earth for real? Aware individuals recognize that many Democrats and especially college “kids” are the most easily influenced folk. At the encouragement of liberal professors, these people will jump on just about any bandwagon headed for ...

Amend the process

Our great country has endured three years of endless investigations and inquisitions while the Democrats have tried, in vain, to find a crime with which they might impeach the president. So, they ended up settling on a couple of articles of impeachment that do not involve any crime. This is in ...

Medical care takes many

During my professional career, I invested 14 years in the principal’s office of a local public school. Throughout all that time, I recall receiving one phone call — one — from a parent for no other reason than to tell me what a great job she thought I was doing. All of the numerous ...

Focus on forgiveness

Perhaps it was angels who prompted me to awake at 3 a.m. Dec. 16 to view the fresh, benevolent white earth. I sat on my front porch swing, contemplating a walk around the block; however decided just to sit and enjoy for a few minutes. A scripture came to mind — Isaiah 1:18 — Though your ...