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Letters to the Editor

Giving the Money Back

Editor, News-Register: Bethany College and other politikally korrect institutions will want to complete their purification by returning all funds and other benefits that accrued to them because of Sen. Robert Byrd. I just KNOW they will. After all, they’re not hypocrites or ...

What’s the Plan?

Editor, News-Register: Mike Myer’s column on May 31 commented on the known COVID-19 and what to do. How about the unknown? Climate change will kill millions in due time. What’s your strategy, — or are you a climate change denier until the dead begin to pile up? Steve ...

Ideas for Government

Editor, News-Register: I have a big wish: When are the American people going to wake up and see what this country is coming to? 1. Now is the time to get all of these old people out of office and put some new ideas in for people to vote on. 2. Bring back the draft board. 3. Put an ...

Recognizing Redemption

Editor, News-Register: While I support removal of Confederate Monuments around the country, and strongly support The Black Lives Matter movement, I don’t agree with Bethany College’s removal of Robert C. Byrd’s name from the Student Health Center. I personally worked with Senator ...

Good for ‘Cookie Lil’!

Editor, News-Register: With all that is going on today, I would like to tell you about a special person who makes life better in our area. Her name is Lillian Payne. I call her “Cookie Lil.” She is a widow with married children. She loves to cook and bake. She will call her ...

Pros Outweighed Cons

Editor, News-Register: An open letter to the trustees of Bethany College: PROS of ROBERT C. BYRD 1937 — valedictorian of high school class. 1946 — elected to the WV House of Delegates. 1950 — elected to WV Senate. 1952 — elected to U.S. House of ...

Yearning for Better

Editor, News-Register: I yearn for a president who is not devoid of honor. I yearn for a president who has integrity. I yearn for a president who doesn’t lie as easily and readily as he breathes. I yearn for a president who gets his information from books, journals and briefing papers ...

Stay Healthy, Anyway

Editor, News-Register: “Wearing that mask isn’t good for you,” said the mail voice behind me. “Why are you wearing that? It’s not good for you,” persists the voice. “To protect you and others,” I respond. “Well, I did a lot of research on this and the whole damn ...

Be Careful With Tree

Editor, News-Register: Regarding the small park added at the base of the “Witness Tree” at Monument Place, I was pleased to see that the tree was not totally removed but I want to caution people that adding material around the base of a tree like this is not recommended. Tree roots lie ...

Law and Order Needed

Editor, News-Register: When did anarchy become our form of government? When did rioting and looting become acceptable? Where was the National Guard during the nights of chaos? Where is the Army? Send in the Marines! These anarchists want to overthrow our government and replace it with ...

Question Use of Army

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump’s threat to usurp the power of state governors by calling out active duty Army to “control” protesters and quell rioting could be the first step on a slippery slope to dictatorship. I am reminded of German theologian Martin Niemoeller’s ...

Outlawing Small Print

Editor, News-Register: If I were was king for a day ... I would outlaw “small print.” I watch commercials and sometimes I go to their websites and read what their small print says in their commercials. Lots of ’em say “disregard anything verbally said in this commercial as it’s ...

What About Yale?

Editor, News-Register: I write as someone who never understood the Confederate flag lasting this long to begin with. Lincoln probably should have banned them at the end of the Civil War. That darned First Amendment. I have some interesting theories about the removal of all the statues ...

Eliminate the Friction

Editor, News-Register: I heard the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” a few years ago. Proponents of that phrase were offended when this was echoed as “All Lives Matter.” In recasting the phrase, proponents of the original language asserted the power of the phrase was lost. Initially, I ...

Reflecting on Heroism

Editor, News-Register: V-E Day (Victory in Europe) occurred on May 8, 1945. I suppose COVID-19 has allowed this important 75th anniversary milestone to slip by us, as I have seen very little written or broadcast about it in the media. When I think about the “Greatest Generation,” I ...

Racism Isn’t in the Past

Editor, News-Register: Every resident of America wants at least a middle class life consisting of: fair justice system; caring, protective public safety; dignified, fair wage; comprehensive, quality health care; respectable, affordable housing; good, equal schools; decent neighborhoods; ...

Helping the Homeless

Editor, News-Register: Before beginning this letter, I want to state that I am not one of the increasing number of people who take offense at every real or imagined slight no matter how insignificant. In fact, my norm is to attribute many negative comments to misinformation. I also want to ...

Save the Postal Service

Editor, News-Register: I am writing regarding a looming crises that hopefully can be avoided. The United States Post Office is in a serious crises as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and draconian Republican mandates. The Postal Service’s Board of Governors said the service needs ...

McCort Remembered

Editor, News-Register: As as result of the recent passing of former Belmont County Sheriff Tom McCort, I would like to respectfully reflect on the life and career of one of Belmont County’s finest law enforcement professionals. Personally, I first became aware of Sheriff McCort’s ...

Law Officers Praised

Editor, News-Register: Since the horrific death of George Floyd, many police departments across the world have been broad-brushed as being racist and/or too aggressive. In the past month or so, I have heard news reports or read articles that attempt to delineate what factors characterize ...