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Letters to the Editor

Readers disagree

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to a couple letters and some totally idiotic statements made by the authors! First, one of the frequent authors has accused President Trump of negligent homicide for the totally negligent killing of thousands of COVID-19 victims! First ,Mr. supposedly ...

The Election

ear Editor, I’ve been reading the book of John and Luke in the Bible. I search the Word of God a lot to see what is really happening around us. One of the main things that Jesus impressed upon His disciples was that he would send the Holy Spirit and that he called His spirit, ‘the ...

Absolute power warning

Dear Editor, In the late 18th century, Lord Acton warned us: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I thought of Lord Acton’s warning as I read Robert Defrank’s news article ‘Red Wave’ floods local seats in The Times Leader. The Belmont County Republican Party now ...

Ohio’s AG

Dear Editor, As Ohio’s attorney general, Dave Yost is supposed to represent the interests of the people of this state, not Donald Trump and his failed presidential campaign. But that’s exactly what Yost is doing by intervening in a lawsuit to throw out ballots cast by Pennsylvania ...

Sharing the burden

Small-town budgets have been facing challenges for many years. As costs to provide basic services increase while taxpayers exhibit less willingness to dig deeper into their pockets, the task facing many local officials becomes even more difficult. Give officials in Belmont, Bethesda and ...

Joe Biden a noble, corageous man

Dear Editor, Ernest Hemingway said: “Courage is grace under pressure.” I believe Joe Biden is a very courageous man as demonstrated by his endless grace. Alice Cary wrote in her poem Nobility: “For he who is honest is noble ... ” Joe Biden is a noble man as he demands truth ...

The great theft

Dear Editor, I remember as a child watching the Christmas cartoon “How the Grinch stole Christmas.” It was a fantasy. It could never happen in real life. How wrong I was. You see, Virginia, there is a Grinch. In fact there are several Grinches — media, big tech, the Democrat party, ...

Raise the minimum wage

Dear Editor, The first act I want our new President Biden to do is sign an executive order mandating (violation a misdemeanor) the wearing of a mask near people outside of the home. Wearing of a mask is the proven best thing people can do to fight the killer virus COVID-19. Immediately after ...

Blackmail the universe? Not!

Dear Editor, In his “Great Divorce” (chapter 8), C.S. Lewis states the following: “What some people say on earth is that the final loss of one soul gives the lie to all the joy of those who are saved.’ “Ye see it does not.” “I feel in a way that it ought to.” “That ...

Suffer little children

Dear Editor, According to the American Civil Liberties Union 545 is how many children have been separated from their families by U.S. border officials in 2017 and 2018 and that still (as of Oct. 20) haven’t made contact with their parents. Separating — ripping from their parents arms — ...

OSU working with survivors

Dear Editor, A recent editorial about sexual abuse by former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss failed to mention that the university has reached settlement agreements with 185 survivors totaling $46.7 million. No taxpayer, tuition or restricted donor funds are utilized for these settlements, ...

OV Street Survivors thank sponsors

Dear Editor, The officers and members of the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club would like to thank the attached list of sponsors for their help in making the twenty-ninth Oglebay Good Zoo Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show the success that it was. Because of the businesses that ...

Advice for recent guest columnist

Dear Editor, With respect to the recent article on the opinion page in The Times Leader on Sept. 6 by former Belmont County Republican GOP chairman Chris Gagin, who was reaching out to his MAGA friends regarding “How do I explain Trump’s America to my daughter?” I would like to help! ...

Open Sand Hill

Dear Editor, It is becoming increasingly frustrating dealing with the closure of Sand Hill Road (County Road 4). This has been going on since late summer of last year. First there was a traffic light at the slip which was fine. Now however, the road has been completely closed since March. I ...

Choose J.P. Dutton for Belmont County commissioner

Dear Editor, I wanted to share some first-hand knowledge of Belmont County Commissioner J.P. Dutton. I have had the opportunity to work with Commissioner Dutton for the past four years. Both of us came into office at the same time and often reach out to each other for perspective and advice ...

Remember judicial races

Dear Editor, We have a lot to consider on Election Day. As a matter of fact, judicial races are extremely important but oftentimes get overlooked. I have found, though, that you really need to do some research before you cast your vote. One race that is of great interest to me is the Ohio ...

Past meets today

Dear Editor, The Bible is the first place that tells us history repeats and generations commit the mistakes of their ancestors. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11) So it is no surprise when I saw “certain groups” restrain from condemning the riots until they were absolutely forced to condemn them for ...

Grandparents’ Rights

Dear Editor, So the Purple Riders had a cross-country race today, an invitational at Meadowbrook. Because of COVID, it was restricted to only parents and siblings. The next invitational is also restricted, and then come OVAC, District, and Regional, etc. The decision evidently ...

Catholics’ moral obligations in voting

Dear Editor, For Catholics, responsible citizenship, including voting, is important. However, a critical issue hasn’t been explained very well to Catholic voters: a political candidate’s position on just one issue disqualifies that candidate from receiving votes from faithful Catholics. ...

Keep prayer, anthem in schools

Dear Editor, A new anthem for what? The old said it all. When schools used to recite The Lord’s Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, we were being taught that all people matter. Why do others feel that it is necessary to change our respect to our flag if they would just ...