Letters to the Editor

Immigrants are Trump’s scapegoats

Dear Editor, We have heard reports about undocumented immigrants all across the country being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement under circumstances that are anything but routine, like the 23-year-old DREAMer in Seattle who was taken from his home and detained — despite having ...

Police have always collected data

Dear Editor, “Ohio police must collect traffic stop data.” Officers must now collect data on the race and gender of people they pull over in traffic stops or take aside for questioning. This was a policy in many agencies across the country for years, until the American Civil Liberties ...

Must hold Trump to his jobs pledge

Dear Editor, Eric Bolling of Fox News recently said that 342,000 manufacturing and mining jobs were lost under Obama, (mostly due to the increased costs of government regulations). That means many thousands more were lost in the communities that were partially supported by them. It’s very ...

Hopefully plan will keep reservoirs safe

Dear Editor, At the Barnesville Village Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, congratulations were shared between Village Council and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency representative Steve Saines about the completion of Barnesville’s Source Water Protection Plan. As a member of Concerned ...

Contact Congress about concerns

Dear Editor, When Senate Republicans confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney as Trump’s budget director they aimed a big gun at Social Security — despite Trump’s campaign promise to never cut it. Mulvaney is co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, the most extreme element of the Tea Party. He ...

Senators should co-sponsor bill

Dear Editor, DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has come under scrutiny of President Trump’s administration. DACA provides work authorization and a temporary halt on the deportation of illegal immigrants that arrived in the United States as children if they meet certain ...

Consumers to pay for Trump’s wall

Dear Editor, Donald Trump continues to insist on building a wall along the 1,954-mile border with Mexico. He has repeatedly said that Mexico will pay for the wall. He has since learned otherwise. His latest plan calls for a 20 percent tax on imports coming from Mexico. In my world, the ...

Obama’s rats are destroying nation

Dear Editor, There was a TV movie made several years ago by Steven King called “The Stand.” It was a apocalyptic film based on the end of the world with a battle brewing between the evil “walking dude” and mother “Abigale” who represented good. I remember a line she repeated ...

Cartoon is wrong about public schools

To Whom it may Concern: This is regarding the cartoon in the “Opinion” section of the February 6 Times Leader. I was highly upset of your depiction of public schools. As a former public educator and longtime superintendent of schools the message insinuated that schools have failed ...

New group fights the 1st Amendment

Dear Editor, I just saw the most fascinating thing this past week. A college in California (Berkley) that was the birthplace of radical free speech became a bastion of censorship. And all this time I thought it was up to us Christians to be the old stogies of political correctness but a new ...

Letter about Ashley Judd inaccurate

Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Patsche’s Sunday letter to the editor, I would first like to point out that the author of the piece that Ashley Judd performed at the March on Washington is not “unknown.” She is a 19-year-old spoken word poet, Nina Donovan, from Tennessee. Her poem was a ...

Obama did a lot for nation’s veterans

Dear Editor, This is in response to a letter written by Barb Redlinger printed on Sunday Feb. 5. Ms. Redlinger asks, “What did Obama do for veterans?” Actually Obama did quite a bit for veterans and active duty military. 1) He provided active combat troops with better body armor. 2) ...

Trump should clean out MSHA next

Dear Editor, I love it! Go, Trump, go! After you clean out the EPA, go after MSHA. We only need about one inspector a month, and then he should only write warnings. This earth is going through a warming cycle. It does it on its own. Coal and carbon dioxide didn’t cause it. Al Gore ...

Way to get education without debt needed

Dear Editor, I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go! Recently we have read where the feds are cracking down on college loans, even going as far as attaching wages and Social Security benefits. Most of us will say, “Why not, and it’s about time!” Statistics I do not know, but I would ...

Tolbert family makes a positive impact

Dear Editor, I, as well as a great many others, am saddened to learn of the soon-to-be-closing of another long-time, successful business in the city of Martins Ferry. Fashion Manor, a women’s clothing boutique, has served the area since 1948, nearly seven decades. Fashion Manor was ...

Donald Trump is not my president

Dear Editor, Forget all those words about unity for country and working together. It ain’t gonna happen! The Republicans have unparalleled power. They won — ugly — not only the presidency, but also the Senate, the House of Representatives and, very soon, the Supreme Court, as well ...

People First thanks all for success

Dear Editor, The Belmont County chapter of People First would like to thank everyone who supported our recent spaghetti dinner. We especially want to thank the following: Mom and Pops Catering, St. Clairsville Kroger, St. Clairsville Wal-Mart, Belco Works board members Beth Andes, Karen Call ...

Clean energy can use coal miners

Dear Editor, When I was in high school in 1957, the Soviet Union sent the first rocket into space and in April 1961 they sent the first man into orbit around the earth. Suddenly the leadership of our nation realized how important it is to have well-educated scientists. President Kennedy ...

Election results part of God’s will

Dear Editor, Forgive us, Father, for we know not what we do. We have allowed ourselves to draw away from You, focusing upon other vain and worldly preoccupations. The nation You’ve given us — America — has backslidden from the God-honoring ways of our founding fathers; and we have ...

Trump has been a disaster for veterans

Dear Editor, “We will take care of our great veterans like they have never been taken care of before.” — Donald Trump accepting the Republican nomination President Trump has been in office less than one week, and here’s what he’s done for veterans: 1. Implemented a hiring freeze ...