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Letters to the editor

The Paideia School

The Paideia School represents the new paradigm for the public schools. Mortimer J. Adler and the Paideia Group wrote three books outlining the principles of the new paradigm: the proposal, the program, and problems and possibilities. The members of the Paideia Group are 11 distinguished ...

Falling in humility

The crisp air, the green leaves turning brown in this area, and the anticipated holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving are some of the reasons many prefer fall above other seasons. Yes, when the word fall in this sense is used, we conjure up feelings in the heart which call out for children to ...

Thank you to supporters

I would like to say thank you to all who helped and supported this year’s 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Heart and Stroke Walk at City Park. The entertainment was provided by Mountain State Cloggers, Jump Company USA and the Parkersburg Catholic High School Band. The band also officially began the walk ...

Red flag laws not the answer

One last letter, please, on gun control and mass shootings. The gun control crowd and the fake news media are pushing what they call comprehensive background checks, which sounds good, until you read the bill’s fine print. In some states, if you sell a gun through classified ads, both the ...

Remember when…

Members of both political parties have become much more than just a huge disappointment. One might then reasonably ask “why the very clear double-standard?” Case in point: Remember when Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company got $53 million from ...

Say no to storage hub

An Oct. 2 editorial, “Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority,” states West Virginia’s congressional delegation should continue making the Appalachian Storage Hub a top priority and supports recent legislation from West Virginia’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation to direct ...

Wrong on teacher absenteeism

Christina Myer had a column in the Oct. 13. newspaper. She lists a bunch of statistics on teacher absenteeism and then throws the teachers under the school bus for missing days that by contract they are allowed to use saying, “If teachers abusing the system do not see the value in avoiding ...

Thank you from Belpre Lions

The Belpre Lions Club would like to give a huge thank you to the Dollar Tree in Belpre. They were kind enough to collect items needed for us to send care packages to local men and women stationed overseas. We were also told we could have a fundraiser in front of their store. The MOV showed ...

Restoring natural curriculum

A new educational paradigm was suggested in this paper Sept. 29. The new paradigm addressed four basic problems. The natural construction of the curriculum is one. “Keeping Score” reported that of “116 high schools, 89 are in the yellow category for only partially meeting (English ...

No good reason to close school

Regarding the 2020 closing of McKinley Elementary School as voted 4 in favor, 1 opposed by the Board of Education (thanks to new board member Debbie Hendershot for casting the single “no” vote; other board members had likely made their decision beforehand): The meeting was well attended ...

Thank you for the support

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, local businesses, Belpre City Schools and the City of Belpre who made the Second Annual Belpre Cross-Country Invitational such a success on Sept. 14. This success once again proved that when a community comes together, the result is a positive day for ...

Evangelicals and the right

Protestant Evangelicals flock to the moral majority and the teachings of television evangelists who own multi-million dollar mansions and multiple airplanes and never give it a thought. Lambs led to the shearing. A portion of the Republican Party’s following continues to spread false stories ...

Get rid of deniers

I’m real encouraged by the millions of kids striking to protest political inaction on climate change. They’re trying to tell us something and we should listen. There’s evidence everywhere that climate change is very real and very scary. Just look at the pictures of the massive ice melt ...

Do the right thing

Back in 2016 I was ashamed that West Virginia voted for Donald Trump to be our president. Of course if we had voted in Clinton, I would still be ashamed. The fact that those two were the best the Republicans and Democrats could give us was pitiful. I want a president that is respectful, honest ...

Another ban not the answer

When proven facts do not favor liberals, liberals manufacture their own facts. Only 30 percent of people in the U.S. own a firearm? Actually over 50 percent of Americans own a firearm or multiple firearms. The exact number is unknown. Many people won’t admit they own firearms because they ...

On the right track

I recently attended Gov. Jim Justice’s town hall in Vienna. When I heard he was coming to town, I felt I had to go and ask what he’s doing to create opportunity for us again. I’ve lived in Vienna for 38 years, and I’ve seen many people, including neighbors, who have lost their jobs in ...

Wrong is wrong

I want to be “outspoken” for the Lord, Jesus Christ and would encourage all believers to again stand together to make our desire for our city known to our city council. Dare to be bold in your faith — remember we are as Christians a people set apart — in this world but not of this ...

A new paradigm

“Keeping Score,” by Steven Allen Adams was front page Sunday, Sept. 15. The public schools are not “making the grade,” in spite of the enormous effort of the West Virginia Department of Education, Adams reports. Schools seem to be falling backward. “West Virginia’s schools saw a ...

Impeachment steps right move

Mitch McConnell’s refusal to fund the $400 million appropriation by the Democratic controlled Congress to our states, to protect the integrity of our voting machines, voting process as the money will be used to updating our voting machines and voters records to prevent what happened in the ...

Gun laws to target criminals

I am writing this letter in response to a letter in the Sept. 8 newspaper. Already manufacturers are making bullet-proof panels of Kevlar to put in school kids’ backpacks. Prices vary, depending on the level of protection, but they are generally priced below $200. Licensed firearms dealers ...