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Letters to the editor

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, ...

Handicaps not always seen

My daughter went to the South Parkersburg Walmart July 3 around 3 p.m. She left the store and her friend was loading groceries into her car as a woman pulled up behind her car and started yelling and cursing at her because she was in a handicapped space. The woman then told her she didn’t ...

Hate can lead to violence

For several weeks now I’ve been in the process of drafting a response to Mike Azinger’s op-ed article of June 23, and I’ve been agonizing over the approach I should take. Mr. Azinger wrote his op-ed seemingly for the purpose of chastising society for becoming more tolerant, especially ...

There is no more hiding it

It’s become the norm. We’ve become, in the words of Pink Floyd, comfortably numb. The president of the United States takes to Twitter and says horrendous, stupid things and we barely register it. Only this week, he revealed what many of us have known but so many others have tried to deny; ...

Trump is undignified

There are many words that could accurately describe President Trump. Egotistical liar would describe him very well. A misogynist and racist could also describe him. I would dare use the word successful too. He did become president after all. But one word that can’t describe him is ...

Convenient defense

I’m responding to Dr. Steven Tuell and Walt Auvil’s op-ed from last Sunday’s paper, titled “History, shame and pride.” In the op-ed, Tuell and Auvil use Biblical scripture to attack Sen. Mike Azinger’s stance on morality, involving the LGBTQ pride movement. I’m not going to ...

Village idiot speaks

The village idiot, in a speech on America’s Independence, told his audience of followers during a speech at the National Mall that the American Army was using airplanes to drop bombs on the troops of the British. You know, where it tells us in the history books about George Washington’s ...

Azinger just another hack

West Virginia State Sen. Mike Azinger wrote an op-ed printed in the News and Sentinel on June 23. That op-ed was a perfect example of meanness and bigotry, writ large and loud, by someone who claims to be a thoughtful Christian. Azinger’s op-ed essentially vilified the LGBTQ community. I ...

This is tolerance?

I hate writing these letters to the editor because this page is dominated by such marginal people but something must be said. The atheists and the local PRIDE group utilized every adjective they could find in the thesaurus in their blistering response to Mike Azinger in last Sunday’s News and ...