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Letters to the editor

Focus on financial issues

While the nation focuses on race, police, pandemic and culture wars, our future is being quietly robbed blind by the predators of Wall Street and their allies in the White House and Senate. The, so-called Commercial Paper Funding Facility and other emergency measures enacted by the Federal ...

Shopping local is vital

The United States’ Small Business Administration describes small businesses as those with fewer than 100 employees. Nationally, these account for 98.2 percent of businesses, and those with fewer than 20 employees account for 89 percent of all businesses in the country. Small businesses in the ...

More on the 2000 election

Regarding the June 14 letter “Trump laying dark groundwork,” there are some serious flaws and omissions in the writer’s account of the November 2000 election. To begin, the news media called the race in favor of Gore before the polls in Florida were closed. Precincts that leaned heavily ...

Bow to only one

As a military veteran and a retired law enforcement officer, I never thought or imagined I would see our military and law enforcement members bowing or taking a knee to anyone. Recently the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying “All lives matter, from the womb to the ...

Make a difference

In regard to what is happening in our country now and has been this way for a long time: Change is needed for all people. Whether it is a stigma about mental health or race or political differences, we cannot let this injustice continue to divide us as a country. Let’s all do our part to ...

Trump laying dark groundwork

We have been hearing a lot of disinformation coming from POTUS #45 about how making it easier and safer for Americans to vote by mail will result in a “rigged” election. This brought to mind the Nov. 7, 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. As the Electoral College ...

An act of kindness

This evening I was alone after my granddaughter left for church, so I decided to pick up some fast food at a drive-thru and have a picnic by myself at Spencer’s Landing. After I had eaten my food, I decided to move my car over near the entrance and take a walk around the park. When I had ...

Our most important election

A nation suffering from a global pandemic, with 105,165 people having died from the COVID-19 coronavirus as I write this, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, is now also embroiled in protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We are hearing a lot about these ...

So what has changed?

In Wednesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, an AP article was featured entitled “Hate just hides” and subtitled “Biden vows to take on systematic racism.” It stated that presumptive Democrat(ic) presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to address institutional racism in ...

Environmental overreach

Claims of environmental disaster in a recent letter to the editor opposing drilling waste disposal are somewhat absurd. Linking endangered bats to deep well injection of said wastes is a stretch of rational thought. Both bat species mentioned are indeed threatened, primarily from white-nose ...

A healthier planet, democracy

As a member of Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action, my interest was in writing a letter about Mother Nature, COVID-19 and the importance of voting for the climate in our upcoming elections. However, the incredibly violent murder, committed at the hands of someone with the duty to “protect and ...

Another side to the story

The recent TV news story about the 11-year-old boy playing basketball with the police is a feel good story, but did you know that the 70-year-old couple that have been trying to get their property protected for 13 months have now been portrayed as evil people who simply don’t like kids? ...

Relationship building

I would like to say how proud I was of the peaceful protest on Sunday. I would have been there myself but didn’t get the memo. (smiles) I have marched many times over the years and know how effective protests are. As important as protests are, however, I would like to address the actions of ...

Poisonous Kool-Aid

It seems painfully clear that many Kool-Aid addicted millennials have chosen to believe that if socialism, aka communism, were instituted that no one would be poor and no one rich. A great equalizer, no? Might we hypothetically experiment with a class of these Kool-Aiders? Inform them that the ...

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 ...