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Letters to the editor

Review good for spinal patients

One positive aspect of the Obamacare law rests with the new Medicare program called the Medicare Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reporter, or PEPPER. Hospitals throughout this state were made acutely aware of this program when Medicare began reviewing spinal surgeries and ...

Please vote no on Warren School levy

I am a retired person and I understand the Warren School Levy will be on the ballot again this April. I received a brochure that stated the taxes for people had gone down approximately $150 in the last years. That is not true. Mine went up $149.I cannot afford to have any higher taxes. I urge ...

Group didn’t lobby for bill

When the West Virginia Business and Industry Council's Chris Hamilton claims that the False Claims Act (HB 4001) would have been a "bonanza for plaintiffs' attorneys," he's either misleading state voters or admitting that numerous corporations are committing fraud.The False Claims Act was not a ...

Insurance tax hurts businesses

It is unacceptable for the federal government to force self-employed individuals and small businesses to pay higher premiums for health insurance. The Health Insurance Tax, part of the Affordable Care Act, won't help small businesses or the economy. There are many reasons that the unjust tax ...

Pimping for the gun industry

The News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor on March 16 titled, "Protect the 2nd Amendment." As you might expect, that letter writer was a gun owner. Unfortunately, that writer is typical of many present-day gun owners. His letter repeated all of the usual bogus talking points offered ...

Turning over a healthy leaf

After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary and exercise habits. In fact, I've been told that hundreds of ...

No reason additional info

There has been quite an uproar in the community over the Facebook post made by Parkersburg South teacher David Foggin. I was troubled after reading the article you published March 19. Your reporters commented on the main issue in a pretty respectable manner. They did not, however, stop with ...

‘Snow angel’s’ aid appreciated

We would like to express our gratitude to our mother's "snow angel," who came to her rescue in Vienna, after she slipped and fell in the snow Jan. 28. Brenda helped her get onto her feet and into her house. We will always appreciate her kindness. Brenda will always be her "snow angel."Sharon ...

Putin’s ‘peace in our time’

Peace in our time. It's been 76 years since those words were uttered by Neville Chamberlain. He'd just visited Adolph Hitler in Germany. Hitler had already begun to annex a large portion of Europe when the word came down that Chancellor Hitler had more conquests in mind.He now wanted the ...

Put Congress on notice

It's time to DO something about the devious conceit of corporate personhood, a fictional human created by the Supreme Court while the most corporate friendly Supreme Court ever went out of their way to allow shady money to be used to manipulate the voting process by the wealthy and powerful ...

Remember all of our veterans

This is in response to an article in March 16's paper by Mike Martin concerning the new VFW Post 8127 and the new post commander, Greg Smith allowing police, paramedics, firemen, etc. to apply and belong to the post. I would recommend they should first change their registration and membership ...

The kindness of strangers

I am hoping someone will recognize the person, who helped me when I lost a pickup load of hay a few days ago. I don't know his name and he said it didn't matter, but it matters to me. "Danny" was tall and wore a black, leather vest, and drove a small navy blue, car.I have hauled hay for my ...

Existing property laws work

Marietta's existing property maintenance laws are highly effective and don't need modified. In the past two years the complaints are through the roof. According to the City Health Department there have been approximately 180 total complaints per year and almost half of them have been made by ...

Protect the Second Amendment

Each time you open a paper or go online, you read of someone in government trying to take, modify, register, or ban our Second Amendment rights in one way or another: assault weapons, magazine capacity, United Nations arms treaty, and universal gun registration.The Second Amendment is the law ...

Don’t give police clunkers

In reference to John McIntyre's letter in the Sunday paper, I live in Vienna and I don't know anything bout the user fee in Parkersburg, but I do know I appreciate the police car that is parked on the street in my neighborhood. There are so many meth labs around, I never heard of one on my ...

Don’t adopt out aggressive dogs

I must preface this letter by saying that my family appreciates those who work to prevent animal cruelty and we do not advocate mistreatment of animals in any way. We do not take issue with the care and adoption of homeless animals; in fact, we adopted a shelter dog. Our issue is with the ...

Fix the pothole plague

According to Parkersburg officials, the blessed User Fee that everyone that works in the city must pay raised around $2.37 million dollars last year. That's great! That's wonderful! It's one of the finest examples of taking money from people I've ever seen.Now when will the city get serious ...

Taking control of our schools

Dave Flinn's letter on Sunday prompts me to write because I believe that the average citizen can have more impact locally than on something as huge as Common Core. We differ only on the approach to use.The first distinction to be made is between standards and curriculum. They are two different ...

Making our talents work for all

Brian Williams of NBC recently featured a 3-year-old girl whose IQ of 160 equals that of deceased Albert Einstein. Possibly this child in the future, as well as others who have not surfaced, will enhance life for us.Our only hope lies in the ingenuity of fellow humans to dig from Mother Earth's ...

Fracking skepticism is justified

It is refreshing to see in recent opinions an appropriate degree of skepticism over hydrolic fracking proposals in the MOV. There are possibly severe long-term harms that the industry would have you believe don't exist. It is very good that Gov. Kasich wants to tax the gas extraction and ...