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Letters to the editor

Breaking Free event at park

Every Memorial Day, we honor our loved ones who have died, particularly our family members and veterans. We are touched by their courage, sacrifice, love, and wisdom. Yet for many people, Memorial Day brings very complicated reactions, particularly if the ones they are remembering and grieving ...

Barr must be removed

Whether you like Trump or not, everyone needs to call their reps and demand that Attorney General Barr be removed from office immediately; for the security of the country. Not only did he several times perjure himself before Congress, a felony, but he deliberately misled the public about the ...

Kids need supports, not charters

I have 24 fantastic students in my first-grade class who have a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many of them, school is their safe haven from broken homes, violence, drug abuse and hunger. They go to bed scared to death, often can’t sleep and don’t know what the next day or ...

Alternatives better for spine

A prestigious research paper published in the peer reviewed journal Spine in March of this year found only 0.8 percent or less than 1 percent of individuals suffering with spinal stenosis required spinal surgery. Out of a population of nearly 500,000 individuals, Adogwa and his research ...

Mothers share, sacrifice much

Mother, Mommy, Mom, Nana, Grandma, Mimi, Grammy, aunt, sister, Sis, niece ... Mrs., Ms. and Miss. We all have at least one of those. A mother, maybe we are close to, maybe not. Maybe we know her, maybe not. Maybe we miss her. Maybe we don’t care. But whatever the case, we’re here because ...

Good sportsmanship

I attended the baseball game between Warren and Parkersburg High School, in which my great-grandson broke his ankle. After the game, he couldn’t quite make it to the line on his crutches to shake hands, but all the PHS players came to him to shake hands. Although I was of course rooting ...

Take border crisis seriously

In the Jan. 17 newspaper, Diane Dimond had a column on the cost of illegal immigrants to American taxpayers. Dimond does some math. At an $18 billion estimated cost to build the wall on the U.S. southern border, divided by the 328 million men, women and children in the U.S., the cost of the ...

A problem with medicine today

Are we being denied pain relief completely? Recently I went through an extremely painful medical emergency that has left me in shock in more ways than one. It started when I strained on a case of bottled water in my car even though I tried to do so carefully. The next morning I had extreme pain ...

Many excuses, but still wrong

We see the commercials all the time. The heart wrenching music, the sad pictures of dogs and cats peering at us helplessly. Won’t we please help? They need you. You can help for just 63 cents a day ... the price of a cup of coffee. Many are moved to tears. Many call in to help. I like ...

Politically correct madness

If anyone of sane thoughts (there are still some remaining) doubts the crazy — yes, crazy — mindset of today’s liberals, one need look no further than their latest stunt: “Let’s go after Kate Smith!” Their antics shock me almost daily, but this really takes the cake. Even worse ...

Our turn at bat soon

Spring is here and along with it, baseball. Many folks seasonally follow professional teams for the joy of doing so though no revenue from their events ever reaches our own communities. And, many of us regularly support colleges and universities where we spent a few years of our lives. But, ...

Sounding the alarm

Home fires threaten the lives of our neighbors and, sadly, take seven lives each day in the U.S. Most often, tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms — but these devices can cut the risk of death in half. That’s why the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia is rallying ...

Lawmakers must talk to teachers

Dear West Virginia elected officials: You have been saying we need public “education reform.” Ok, then, what is your plan to accomplish that? Unless you plan on actually going to your local public schools and meeting one-on-one with those working there, you have no viable plan since you ...

Thank you for parade support

The MOV Easter Parade would like to thank Carole Hanlon, Tall Oaks Event venue owner, for her vision of the top award winning float. Collaboration of Carole’s vision to decorate the carriage, gate pieces and float were made with the help of Obermeyer’s Florist. The MOV Easter Parade would ...

Wake up, for Earth Day

As we approach Earth Day April 22, I am thinking about the first Earth Day as a teach-in by Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin to draw attention to what was happening to our earth after a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969, the burning of the Cuyahoga River, the smog in our large ...

Humans drive climate change

A study out in March in the British peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change showed that anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change is a virtual certainty. Global scientists are 99.9999 percent sure, according to the study, that humans are the cause of global climate change, leaving ...

Democrats betraying America

As someone who used to believe in the Democratic Party, I am completely disgusted as to what they have become today, and the agenda they are pushing. No longer a party of fighting for workers’ rights and jobs, they worry about bathrooms for people who can’t figure out which bathroom to use ...

Teachers are not above reproach

As a retired teacher, I want to offer kudos to Jim Mullen for his insightful and courageous column about the plight of the current education system. He rightly cites the destructive influence of the teachers’ unions. These monolithic powerhouses care not a whit about students (and very ...

Bible’s lessons not ‘fairy tales’

In a letter March 17, Jim Wilt expressed his support for his “religion” (atheism), while making fun of the cherished beliefs of Christians. To him, it seems that all of the tenets of Christianity are based on fairy tales that are “implausible.” He is quite adamant about his lack of ...

Stop Title X gag rule

I am sending this letter on behalf of the Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee to urge Sen. Joe Manchin to stop the implementation of the Title X “gag rule” recently released by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This rule would negatively affect health care for millions of ...