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Letters to the editor

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 ...

Writer twisted Bible message

Last Sunday’s letters responding to a recent controversial op-ed by state Sen. Mike Azinger included one whose writer again chose to mock and twist the Bible to make his point. Civility is a sign of maturity, and is especially necessary when controversy erupts. There’s no need to be ...

Time to chill out

Yep, climate change is certainly occurring here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, where vast amounts of steam and heat were released into the atmosphere last Sunday by irate writers of letters to the editor decrying the evils of the Judeo-Christian religion — their version of it, anyway. Before the ...

Celebrating unity

The Multicultural Festival is a wonder. It was so great to see community members together for one weekend enjoying themselves and one another, while also celebrating our differences and our commonalities. We need more of that in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Regular fun-filled, community celebrations ...

What about Plan Bee?

Charles Darwin in “The Descent of Man” explained that the survival instinct is inherited and evolved with the anatomy and physiology of each creature. Morality in humans is part of it. If humans had evolved the same morality as honeybees, he reasoned, it would require our queen to kill ...

Stand your ground on UNSATT

I have previously written about the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty (UNSATT) and the danger it poses to our Second Amendment and all our Constitutional freedoms. Now I have good news to report. I stated previously Article V of the UNSATT would require signing nations to establish a ...

What’s good for the goose…

I’d like to comment on the debate on who should make the decision whether to continue a pregnancy or not. It involves the conscience and will and demands on a woman’s life. It involves medical procedures and medical skills and doctors, not lawyers, business managers, insurance salesmen, or ...

Further Bible study

I have read the recent letter to the editor submitted by Jim Wilt, where he makes several references to the Bible. I appreciate his interest in the Bible and would like to offer some thoughts for future study. The Bible is a unique book in that anything that is anything finds its origin there, ...

Shame of bigotry and divisiveness

In his June 23 op-ed, elected state Sen. Mike Azinger puts glaring bigotry and divisiveness on display for all to see, attempting to wrap bigotry and ignorance under the pages of the Bible as a cover for his shameful op-ed. He asserts without any proof that gay people are not born that way. ...

What are Azinger’s motives?

As a Wood County resident for the last 8+ years, I’d like to say that I’m personally tired of hearing from our own local, self-appointed White-Knight-in-shining-armor, Mr. Mike Azinger. As our local state senator, Mike should be professionally concerned with causes that could actually ...

We deserve better than Azinger

Mid-Ohio Valley Atheists and Humanists has three key goals: building a secular, non-theistic community in the Mid-Ohio Valley (by building on the strong but fairly silent one that already exists), being charitable and helpful in the MOV, and taking a stand against the growing hatred, bigotry ...

Remember, #LOVEWINS

I woke up on June 23 to what I believe is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Mike Azinger, WV State Senator representing Wood County had the pleasure of publishing a highly offensive op-ed in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. In this op-ed Azinger uses his theistic knowledge ...

Where is the tolerance?

I was saddened when reading the comments following the op-ed piece on Wood County School officials and religion. Several people made good points, but those points were soon lost in a sea of hatred and childishness. I disagree with Mr. Underwood’s stance on not having religious speakers or ...

At what cost?

In 2015, Parkersburg City Council was notified by the Freedom From Religion Foundation the PCC was unconstitutional (illegal) in conducting prayer connected to the PCC’s meetings. Yet, the illegal behavior continued. After the 2016 election and a different administration, political party in ...

Say no to Senate Education bills

Senate Bill 1039, the Student Success Act, and SB 1040 allow the unsupervised transfer of public funds to private individuals and organizations without adequate supervision. It would also damage or destroy the public school system. Please ask your delegates to reject these bills. SB 1040 ...

Demoss’ actions a disgrace

To address the July 11 suspension due to plagiarism in Mr. Kenny Demoss’ 2019 PHS graduation speech. Mr. Demoss deliberately copied large phrases and even paragraphs of another’s speech and got caught. An apology issued by Demoss stating he didn’t get all his ideas from Mr. Ashton ...

Lori not without sin as well

If you accept a financial gift from someone, are there strings attached — invisible strings, of friendship, goodwill, gratitude? Is there any chance that you might someday, somehow return the favor? Quite often, we are seeing something very disturbing. Money talks. Or does it silence? Pope ...