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Letters to the editor

Killing our veterans

Words cannot describe how outraged I am when I read about yet another confirmed homicide of a veteran at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of George N. Shaw Sr. and Felix K. McDermott. As a granddaughter, daughter, sister, ...

New scare tactic, old ideas

The News and Sentinel printed an anti-socialist letter-to-the-editor on Sept. 1 about Saul Alinsky. Mr. Alinsky was an ultra-liberal who frequently gets blamed for a lot of socialist garbage he had nothing to do with. That letter listed eight rules supposedly lifted from one of ...

Clarification

A letter published Sept. 1 included a list falsely attributed to the late author and community organizer Saul Alinsky. In fact, the list and similar versions of it have been in circulation for several years and the true author is unknown. It has been debunked as the work of Alinsky by multiple ...

Face of climate change

Hurricane Dorian strengthened over an ocean that is .5 to 1.0 degrees Celsius warmer than normal and nearly one foot higher than it was 100 years ago. Oceans are warmer, higher, and more acidic (the latter killing coral, the engine of marine life) than they were just 20 years ago. Warm air ...

Explaining Parkersburg Homecoming

I am responding to John D. McIntyre’s recent letter “Return Homecoming to Glory,” and will give the reasons why we would like to but cannot without major sponsorships and funding. I totally understand the PTSD issue but the laser show was an idea brought to Homecoming as an alternative ...

A nation dying by the sword

When Dick’s Sporting Goods revealed that a 17-year-old shooter in the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting purchased his gun at one of its stores, they experimented with ending firearm sales. They announced on Thursday that sales rose 3.2 percent the second quarter. NASCAR is no longer accepting ...

Climate action is necessary

As a resident of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley, I am greatly concerned about our planet’s life. I am disturbed that the president of Brazil does not seem to be concerned that the lungs of our world are burning. He will not accept help from other nations. As a person who has COPD, I ...

Hope we’re not there yet

While listening to the new rhetoric on the campaign trail, I looked up the following: “How to create a Socialist State” by Saul Alinsky. 1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people. 2) Poverty — Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier ...

Parkersburg Homecoming a shadow of its former self

I’m writing about the Parkersburg Homecoming 2019. I’m glad they did it in Red White and Blue for Veterans. They said they were doing a laser light show instead of the fireworks because of the veterans that suffer with PTSD. What they don’t know is that the laser light show is just as ...

A response to Carmichael

In his op-ed circulated around the state of West Virginia, Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said West Virginians can take pride that the Legislature has devoted itself to improving our public education system. He says there is no doubt that our system is in desperate need of repair. The ...

The problem with plastic

In his op-ed, which shared his thoughts about plastic, Greg Kozera concedes that our country and our world have a lot of problems, but use of plastics is not one of them. According to Mr. Kozera, this is because plastic has many practical applications and plastic waste can be collected and made ...

A thank you from Parkersburg Homecoming

I am writing on behalf of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival and wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who supported our event this year. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make our event possible. We would like to thank the city of Parkersburg, especially the ...

Ask what they stand for

Years ago, when my brother and I reached voting age, our dad told us “always know who you’re votin’ for — and why you’re votin’ for ’em’.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, including Michael Azinger. But when he tries to shove his personal beliefs down your throats ...

Bipartisanship saved community

The Pleasants Power Station is a vital economic engine for Pleasants County. Losing it would be devastating to our community, our tax base and our school system. The bill is protecting 160 jobs and hundreds of jobs more indirectly simply by leveling the playing field and allowing the Pleasants ...

Fix West Virginia flags

I am glad that people are always concerned about how the flag of the United States is flown. But could we please take the time to make sure that the West Virginia flag isn’t upside down? The West Virginia flags at McDonough Park in Vienna and also at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and ...

Take care of our veterans, too

I’m writing about Congress passing a bill for the first responders in NYC for the 911 attack on the World Trade Center. It’s been 19 years since the attack on the World Trade Center and Congress already passed a bill for compensation for the first responders for medical care for their ...

Thanks for power station bill

The Pleasants Power Station is a vital economic engine for Pleasants County. Losing it would be devastating to our community, our tax base and our school system. The bill is protecting 160 jobs and hundreds of jobs more indirectly simply by leveling the playing field and allowing the Pleasants ...

Institute showcases democracy in the Mid-Ohio Valley

A unique event occurred in our valley last week that should make us all proud. The WV Civic Life Institute brought people from around our state and region, from other parts of the country, and, indeed, from around the world, to train people on how to talk together about difficult issues and ...

Praying for everyone

I believe homosexuals have the right to live their lives as they please. But I have the right to express my distaste to their lifestyle — as they do to mine. I’ve had homosexual friends, and I loved THEM, not their lifestyle. I pray daily for the souls of EVERY man and woman. That’s MY ...

Prayer rally thank you

The Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans and First Responders Prayer Rally would like to thank the participants who did such a wonderful job for us this year: * New Life Quartet, for the wonderful music; * Rev. Jeff Williamson, prayer; * Paul De Berry, D.A.V. Chapter 32, speaker; * Linata Vickers, ...