Reader discourages bullying at sports events Dear Editor,
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Hazing, harassment, intimidation or bullying (HHIB) can affect everyone and can cause many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use and suicide.
Attend a local youth event, and you will know exactly what I’m talking about in regards to HHIB. Our youth and families are hearing inappropriate comments. We can all step up and model respect by not engaging i...
Reader questions motive for anti-McGhee letter Dear Editor,
I am writing concerning the letter in the Tribune dated October 2, 2012, by James and JoAnna Adkins. I believe some of the information submitted is false.
I know for a fact that the Adkins’ are paying payments on their taxes. It is public record, and the information can be obtained at the courthouse.
Why would you complain about Steve McGhee when you were delinquent yourself and making payments?
Concerned Democrat but vot...
Reader poses question: Are we being bamboozled? Dear Editor,
Is the American public being “bamboozled”? I believe we are.
While there is much debate about ObamaCare and what may be hidden in it, in my opinion this is just a smokescreen to pull our attention away from the more important issue. You don’t need to take my word for it. Check it out for yourself — I’ll tell you how.
Go online and pull up Obama’s birth certificate. Examine the long form (finally) released by the White House...
Reader shows concern for environment To the Editor:
It came to my attention recently that Eastern Elementary school is planning a Go Pink! For Breast Cancer Awareness day on Oct. 18th.
I think this is a great thing, my mother is a breast cancer survivor, as well as other members of my family and the message of early detection early cure is an important one to send.
What’s bothering me about this is the plan to release hundreds of pink helium filled balloons into the air. I...
Reader addresses Mormon questions Dear Editor,
Regarding a letter you received saying the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints (slang names, “Mormon and LDS”) believe their church leader is a living prophet of God; and his or her question of how that would effect Mitt Romney if he were elected.
The person was correct, President Thomas S. Monson (the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is an actual prophet of God. The person ...
Reader provides vote of confidence for Ryan Smith Dear Editor,
I am very impressed by Ryan Smith and want to take this opportunity to share with the voters in this area my experience with Mr. Smith. After “The Storm” on June 29, 2012, our emergency management director was doing all he could do to get supplies to our area that were needed for the people of Vinton County, without much success. Ryan Smith and Josh Mandel came to Vinton County to check on the damages and to see what was needed...
Americans should take civic duty seriously Dear Editor,
The moral decline of our nation should be a wake-up call to all Americans to get involved in their government and turn this country back to the principles and freedoms intended by our founding fathers.
There are no guarantees that we will continue to be a free and respectful society if we continue down the same path we have already come, ignoring our spiritual and political responsibilities, and falsely believing that all wil...
Reader: Why I couldn’t vote for Obama Dear Editor,
His taxes are just a start to his ruination of America.
His foreign policies are atrocious. No American president has ever bowed to our enemies except Obama. The media gives the excuse of his being tall. I saw a news clip of him shaking hands with young children and not bowing.
He says he would stand with Israel but his actions doesn’t show it.
He is an eloquent speaker, but his words are empty.
He says he’s creating jo...
Wilson takes stand for coal Dear Editor,
For those of us in southeast and east Ohio, the coal industry has always been a way of life. Our fathers, grandfathers or sons have worked in the mines. Maybe we knew a neighbor or former classmate who worked at one of the many power plants that operate along our river. The economic impact, much like the coal itself, runs as a vein through our communities. This is our industry, and right now it is under attack.
When I was in ...
Reader: Mason County needs new sheriff Dear Editor,
With the recent forced rehiring of two of Mason County deputies at the county commission’s and county taxpayer’s expense, the Mason County voter must take a serious look at our upcoming election.
The previously elected sheriff did not follow proper civil service procedure and guidelines in his attempt to fire deputies with just cause. This lack of knowledge cost Mason County nearly $70,000 in addition to more embarrassment wi...
Reader thinks it’s time for new treasurer Dear Editor,
After the recent public notice that our county treasurer’s property is being sold by the banks, I feel that more needs to be said. Our county treasurer has failed us in many aspects from his job performance to his own personal financial business which has affected this county. [I found] out first-hand of his financial situation when someone showed up at my door to change the locks.
To my understanding, Steve sent out a compan...
Reader shares loss in hopes of helping others Dear Editor,
Each year, over 700,000 women experience pregnancy loss; 26,000 of them lose their babies after the sixth month of pregnancy, and 20,000 babies die, every year, in their first month of life. My baby was one of those numbers.
My son Matthew Liam Rupe was born premature at just 22 weeks on March 19, 2004. He passed away on my chest on March 21, 2004. He weighed 15.6 ounces and was 10 inches long. My beautiful tiny son. Our fami...
Reader warns of Obama’s tax hikes Hello fellow citizens,
If you need a good reason not to return a liberal/socialist president and his Senate to power, here is a dandy. More of your hard earned money will go to the socialist government, which will inefficiently administer programs that have extravagantly paid managers to decide what crumb of return you will get. Under Obamacare, that will include which type of medical treatment the Board decides is best for you.
Reader outlines Obama’s accomplishments Dear Readers,
I would like to list a few accomplishments by President Obama. The President has worked tirelessly to end the war in Iraq, expand health care to all Americans and implemented an economic recovery program that has created nearly three million jobs. He has accomplished so much and still has a great deal left to do. Everything he fought for is now at stake.
The question is simple. Will we go forward and build on these accomplis...
Reader: Vandalism won’t change my vote Dear Editor,
I would like to thank whoever decided that it was a fabulous idea to drive through my front yard mowing over every political sign I had. You have reminded me why I am so determined to be true to myself and my beliefs. This just brings to light how ignorant people can be.
On Saturday evening the 22nd, my husband and I discovered that our political signs had been damaged only feet from our front porch. Examining the signs we in...