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Letters to the editor

U.S. is still the best

This letter is concerning the article in the Sunday, July 19, News and Sentinel headlined “Protestantism’s troubling history.” Ms. Puett doesn’t say if the opinions she expressed are hers or the Catholic university where she works. They certainly do not represent my view of America or ...

Real open-mindedness

I doubt that many people have heard of Cassie Jaye and the unique position she found herself in that is so indicative of the world we live in today. Cassie Jaye is a feminist film maker. She was the darling of the left and received many accolades for her documentaries involving the feminist ...

Back the Blue rally great

On behalf of the men and women who are serving our local communities as police officers, I would like to take a moment to thank those responsible for creating the “Back the Blue Rally,” which was held in Parkersburg July 18. The turnout and show of support of our local police officers was ...

Trust the science, not Trump

The COVID-19 spikes throughout our state and nation are real; ignore them at our peril. The rose-colored wishful thinking, self-aggrandizement and science denial strategy that have been the hallmarks of the Trump administration’s response to this crisis are also real. The administration’s ...

Do not erase history

About the article on the Wood Board of Education: At the end it talks about Miss Hendershot sharing a meme in June on her personal Facebook account that showed images of the Confederate flag and had words that if we had equal rights in this country wouldn’t my southern heritage be as ...

Time to join new movement

I give thanks to God for the lives of Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, two iconic civil rights leaders who were at the forefront of the movement as young men and continued encouraging the next generation made up of different ethnicities, cultures and religions until the last days of ...

Trump and religious freedom

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged,” — Ronald Reagan People wonder what has happened to our nation and why it is in such turmoil. The answer is simple. When God is removed from the schools, the government and public life, His ...

Sportsmanship special moment

On Tuesday, July 7, on the ninth hole at Mini Bell golf course in Vienna, I was playing golf with my boss/golf buddy. I was one stroke ahead on this final hole when I realized I was out of golf tees. I asked him if he had a spare tee and we both knew there was a lot at stake. He decided to ...

Washington Sweetie-Pies?

Are you OK with the current situation of the left going about making everything politically correct? I warn you; sooner or later, they will attack something that you like. We are witnessing a name change being forced on the Washington Redskins, a name that was intended to represent honor, ...

Treachery of authoritarianism

I have heard people say that what happened with the Nazis could never happen again. Unfortunately, we are currently witnessing a movement that — as occurred in Germany before World War II — is trying to lead America down the wrong path. First, we are seeing monuments to history being ...

Misinformation or ignorance?

I have seen signs on many businesses and government agencies saying the WV governor is mandating masks or facial coverings be worn before you can enter their building. According to the updated Exec. Order 50-20, dated 7/7/20 that is not really correct. Is the twisting of information the fault ...

Time to rethink priorities

“Energy key to economic recovery,” claims a report in the July 5 edition of the News and Sentinel. Wally Kandel, co-founder of Shale Crescent USA, is quoted as saying that “The time for an energy and petrochemical Renaissance is now.” I’m struggling to wrap my head around this ...

Bad timing for the Wood BOE

To the former board of education president: A sports facility is not needed in Parkersburg with the COVID cases still uncertain, businesses closing and people laid off. It is bad timing. Just because one bond ends, do we have to start one more? The visitors’ side of PHS Stadium still, to my ...

Base change on compassion

Mid-Ohio Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers) is part of a network of Quaker communities of faith throughout this region. Guided by the inward conviction of our Quaker Peace Testimony, MOV Friends affirm this statement of North Columbus Friends Meeting that “peaceful resolution through nonviolent ...

Baseball camp a home run

I want to officially thank everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success and awesome fun that was generated at last week’s 27th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Camp. Even with the hoops we had to jump through this year with all the virus frenzy, I rate this ...

A future for part of our past

What follows are excerpts from an email we recently received. It concerns the Carnegie Library/Trans-Allegheny building. “Dear Preservation Society, I am a 16-year-old student at Parkersburg South High School and my name is Riley. During this pandemic, I have found myself very bored. ...

Injustice to next of kin

To those of you who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and were not allowed to visit them in nursing homes and lost them without having a funeral service, I, for one, feel your pain. My feelings — with strict precautions, next of kin should have been able to visit once or twice a ...

A measure worth supporting

On June 17, the Senate voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, giving our wild and wonderful public lands a real boost. Now the bipartisan Act heads to the House for consideration. The Great American Outdoors Act is critically important for West Virginia and I am calling on ...

A new era of law enforcement

If my health permitted, I would be attending the marches for Black Lives Matter. When I read that some of the Parkersburg City Council stated that the police department was just fine and certainly did not need to be defunded, I was upset. From personal experience, I can not dispute that. But ...

No one entitled to presidency

After reading the letter containing the biased account of the 2000 election in Florida, in the Sunday, June 14 newspaper, I felt compelled to respond. In Florida, Bush carried the state by over 500 votes, a close election. The votes were recounted by the voting machines and Bush won, again by ...