Letters, Letters to the Editor, Opinion

March 20 letters to the editor

Traveling back in time, repeating mistakes

I am writing this letter for the benefit of younger people who were not around in the 1970s.

At present time, we are going back to the 70s. Inflation is getting worse; gas prices are going up almost daily. We have a Congress and president who are unable to solve any problems that really matter to average Americans.

Do you think the inability of the people running our country to solve problems is the reason we have a crisis all the time?

I have never understood the presidents of our country, both past and present, who admire dictators of other countries.

In many cases, we have helped put these people in power. Why?

I think it is sad and sickening to watch what is happening to the citizens of Ukraine and elsewhere.

When will the people of this world ever say enough is enough and do something about it?

The United Nations is given many American taxpayer dollars each year.

For what?

Hitler Jr. (a.k.a. Vladimir Putin) is not going to stop attacking other countries. He has always had a desire to restore the Soviet Union, and as long as he is alive, he will not give up his dream.

If only people in this once great country could stay off Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other outlets just long enough to tell their members of Congress to quit playing stupid political games and help the American people. Believe it or not, there are many people in this country who are really hurting.

 If the president of Ukraine was an American and could run for president of the United States, he would have my vote in a minute. I have the utmost respect for that man and the people of Ukraine also.

All of the people in Ukraine deserve our respect and admiration for the courage they have shown.

Joe Vickers

Not enough being done to address air pollution

It is confusing to read that the so called Department of Environmental Protection recently approved the construction of a new facility that is strategically placed so that it will inevitably degrade the air quality in Morgantown. But what is more confusing is that the DEP did not attempt to protect Morgantown’s air quality by requiring Marion Energy Partners (MEP) to cease operations when Morgantown’s air quality falls into dangerous levels and by requiring MEP to pay for the purchase, installation and monitoring of strategically placed air quality gages.

I am also mystified by the failure of Morgantown’s city council and the county commission to demand that Morgantown be provided with an air quality monitoring system to be placed downtown for accurate readings, rather than continuing to rely on inaccurate (lower) values obtained from a monitoring station at the top of the hill at the airport.

Richard Cohen