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Letters to the editor

A great place to call home

Sometimes we see something so often we take it for granted. Such is probably the case with our own community. Recently, when I stopped overnight in Mt. Arlington, N.J., en route back from Connecticut to Parkersburg, I had an experience that caused me to see Parkersburg through fresh ...

Let candidate serve community

I wanted to write a letter concerning the village council issue in Chesterhill. I want to know about voters' rights. The people voted Rebecca Grady into the office of village council, and not letting her hold her position is like a slap in the face to voters. It goes against our rights as ...

Don’t blame Obama for coal demise

Your May 14 edition reported that, for the first time, a woman would be elected to the U.S. Senate from West Virginia. The report further stated that the Republican candidate was favored to win because most West Virginians don't like Obama, who they blame for harming the coal industry.West ...

Finish theater work soon

Re: Colony-People's Bank Theater: Fourteen years? Let's hope it is really finished soon.Sally HilleWilliamstown

Common Core is untested

Since many high ranking officials from the West Virginia Department of Education have gone on record as saying there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding about what the Common Core Standards and their companion standards of assessments and material instructions leading to curriculum ...

Not the way to do a job

Today I was standing on my porch above our garage watching my son play, and the trash service comes to collect the garbage. Instead of picking up all the garbage that was left for removal, they leave some of it in front of my garage door, in the street, and on the ground and just throw my trash ...

Doesn’t make it right

How fortunate Parkersburg is to have concerned citizens in the community looking out for the ignorance some of us have of the law by having a Bible scripture removed from the Parkersburg South High School gym that has been there approximately 20 years.Because it's the law does not always make ...

We must do better

FDR is one of my heroes and for all his faults he had more love for America, compassion for the poor and downtrodden and faith in the human spirit than anyone since, except possibly President Kennedy. FDR also had the inner strength, courage and strength of character necessary to fight the ...

Point Park needs benches

In a recent issue of your paper, an extra section was devoted to county parks. I would like to see some emphasis applied to city parks - in particular Point Park.I often drive through hoping to see some benches where I can sit to enjoy the nice weather, the water, watching people fish, reading ...

Limit the use of glyphosate

Recent studies have shown that a major part of our food, namely soybeans, wheat, corn, rice and sugar, is essentially contaminated by exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and that glyphosate is deleterious to the health of animals and humans.The scientists conducting these ...

Speeders are dangerous

I am writing in hope of getting a problem solved of the speeding that goes on 27th Street. My sister and I sit out on our porch and watch the birds and such, just to enjoy the weather as much as possible. There are many people that walk in the morning and in the evening with their children and ...

Parent-teen pact on driving

As we move through the prom, graduation and summer celebration season, I believe it is important to remind parents of a sobering statistic: More than one-third of the year's alcohol related teen driving fatalities occur around prom and graduation time.Even those teens we deem responsible, good ...

Home rule or home ruler?

Home rule or home ruler, that's the question. The mayor is not the one who will impose taxes, it is your city council. Will your council person be the one that votes to impose more taxes on us? Watch and vote accordingly next election, just like we did for the BOE this election.The sales tax ...

Wise comments recommended

I am writing to you concerning the recent article that was published on May 7, titled "Voicing Concerns." As a student at Parkersburg High School, and a member at a Church of Christ, this issue does bother me. However, as a Christian, I do know my boundaries. The T-shirts are not funded by the ...

But no money for tax relief

I attended the city budget meeting on the 6th and was quickly overwhelmed at the arrogance of the budget committee. It is pushing forward to immediately hire the Economic Development Director. Still waiting to see if it is the current council member who was to get the position last year? And ...

An absence of conscience

Annette Bosworth, Republican candidate in South Dakota who is calling recipients of welfare, animals, is a doctor. The Republican mindset is if you start life from generations long disadvantaged, where success is harder to achieve, if you are born in the wrong zip code, state, or wrong gene ...

An horrific act of cruelty

I am touched by the outcry of those shocked and grieving over the recent horrific dog cruelty act in our community. I am even more touched that some have chosen to donate to our local humane society shelters - Humane Society of Parkersburg and Humane Society of the Ohio Valley/Marietta - in ...

Keeping schools neutral on faith

This letter is a response to the uproar from the community over the recent decision by the Board of Education to strike Philippians 4:13 from various public resources at Parkersburg South High School. There seems to be a lot of misconception over why this decision was made and how it affects ...

League’s effort benefits voters

I wonder if anyone realizes the work and dedication that goes into the Voter's Guide co-produced by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel and the Wood County League of Women Voters.For many years the League has produced and printed this candidate's questionnaire twice a year during primary and ...

A thank you to Marietta

On behalf of Ann Amash, and the family of Charles A. Thomas, I would like to thank Anthony Adornetto, staff to Bill Johnson, R-Ohio (6th Congressional District), and especially George Wolfred, Commander of Honor Guard, VFW Post 5108, for their exemplary efforts in providing Military Honors on ...