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Letters to the editor

Shutdown and consequences

West Virginia welcomed me in 1987 and educated me at Parkersburg Community College and West Virginia University. Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, United National Bank and Frames Etc. are Parkersburg businesses that afforded me wonderful opportunities early in my career. Wild and Wonderful West ...

Testing, treatment top priorities

I am disgusted and disappointed that people have gathered in the streets of several state capitols now, protesting measures to control the spread of the COVID virus. The majority of this country is working hard for its own health safety, knowing how interconnected we have all become through ...

Cartoon ushers in a new low

I was appalled at the despicable and ugly editorial cartoon in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel April 21 edition. For those who missed it, it depicted President Trump speaking to an obvious older vet saying “I want to reopen the country right away even though it might kill off the greatest ...

Public education, public good

Every political system rests upon a particular moral system. In other words, each particular form of government rests upon a particular set of beliefs about the nature of man. Our Constitutional Republic rests upon the belief that man is by nature a spiritual, moral and intellectual being ...

A request for President Trump

Dear Mr. President, Would you please tell every American to just stay home? And would you please tell every governor to shut everything down except “essential” businesses? And for goodness sakes, that includes churches. We have forever heard the falsehood about how God has been taken out ...

Who is to blame?

To refresh some memories, or enlighten those blaming the current administration for the present epidemic, a few past quotes might help the public understand the initial concerns or lack thereof, when initial reports of the coronavirus surfaced. Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, stated on April 1 ...

With God’s help

Just a thought this Sunday morning ... As citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, why not give Almighty God praise and thanks for where he has placed us in this life, as he goes with each and everyone through this COVID-19 plague, that is in all the world. I believe it will end sooner by ...

A call for war time mobilization

In a column dated March 30, Mike Myer writes about the need for greater preparedness when addressing ever-evolving pathogens. I agree with Mike that we must be more prepared for microbial threats like the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Where Mike and I disagree is regarding his comments on climate ...

Piling on the pork

The aid bill recently passed will help those with small businesses and those without a paycheck. However, Speaker Pelosi owed the nation an explanation why she flew back from California to stifle the bill and add things unrelated to combating the virus and helping all Americans. Why millions ...

A true leader

Watching television on Sunday, April 5, I caught the Queen of England’s very personal address to her people concerning the coronavirus. I was genuinely impressed. A quiet, soft spoken leader reaching out to encourage her nation in a time of world wide concern for the health of everyone. I ...

Exploited, indeed

A couple of weeks back I submitted a letter to the News and Sentinel, discussing the lessons we should be learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they can teach us about our response to climate change. I anticipated that this might not sit well with some readers, and sure enough, I ...

Other causes for concern

With the COVID-19 pandemic amongst us, everyone is trying to maintain excellent hygiene and avoid sick contacts, however, we still need to be mindful of treating the everyday illnesses that people suffer from. Being a medical student in this community, I wanted to talk about diabetes, but ...

Thanking those who serve us

Watching the news media and reading articles in the newspaper: This COVID-19 is a nightmare to all of us. To all of you who are working 24/7 so all of us have a better life and a better place to live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, thank you! To the doctors, nurses, nurse technicians, EMTs, ...

Voting for lawless incompetents

After Capito, Mooney, McKinley and Miller voted against impeachment, they all voted for corruption, lawlessness — for Trump to do as he pleases, which he promptly said on the news media the following day. Then, it became obvious they no longer were representing the people in West Virginia. ...

‘Be Still My Soul’

As the earth and mankind pause for a brief time to renew strength, let us keep in mind the text to the song “Be Still My Soul,” words written by Katharina Von Schiegal in 1697. “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on they side With patience bear thy grief and pain Leave to thy God to order ...

Climate change is a cycle

In the March 22 newspaper, Aaron Dunbar is wondering why we are not “fathoming the existential horror of the climate crisis” like we are responding to the coronavirus. It could be that people are dying from corona right now and it has spread all over the world. The lack of concern about the ...

Food for thought

For politicians and all who care to hear, below is a text from our granddaughter who lives in Florida: Today’s plague? 2nd Chronicles 7: 13-15 — If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people ...

Agree on economic action

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on a previously strong economy with workers and small businesses caught in the crossfire. Jobless claims are expected to top two and a half million in one week as a result of the economic shock from coronavirus. Every major economic forecast is predicting some type ...

Be our best selves

Several days ago federal guidelines were put in place in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in this country. It has been my observation here in Parkersburg that many are not taking these guidelines seriously enough. Case in point: (last) Friday evening in City Park there were multiple ...

Take least disruptive approach

This letter is intended to clarify some of the misinformation and misunderstanding concerning coronavirus. I am not an expert in this matter, but there is sufficient public information upon which to form a few basic conclusions. First, if the public health system is competently run, ...