Opinion

Civility Among Officials Vital

Editorials

The leading cause of divorce in the United States is tension between married couples, resulting from financial stress, it has been reported. Clearly, the same concern affects local government officials. On Tuesday night, Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla ordered a police officer to remove ...

Renew Toronto Recreation Levy

Editorials

Toronto City Councilman Steven Rebich has a succinct and appropriate way of encouraging voters to renew a tax levy used to support recreation facilities in the community. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” commented Rebich, who is chairman of city council’s recreation ...

Steubenville Is Out of Options

Editorials

Some of those attending a Monday public meeting over water and sewer rates in Steubenville made it clear they are upset about a proposed 24 percent increase in municipal utility rates. No doubt city officials will hear more of the same at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Eastern Gateway ...

Keeping the Signs Off State Property

Editorials

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to ...

Arming Public School Teachers

Editorials

Officials in two East Ohio school districts have confirmed that some teachers have been authorized to carry firearms while on the job. They are intended as an additional layer of security in the event of schools being invaded by someone bent on violence. As we reported Monday, officials in ...

Improving Health Care in Rural W.Va.

Editorials

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural ...

Giving Addicts Help They Need

Editorials

You probably did not keep your last doctor’s appointment at the local municipal court office. For that to be an option, you have to be a drug addict who has been arrested in Steubenville. For people in that category, a new program in Jefferson County may be a godsend, whether they ...

Stamping Out Fraud in Ohio

Editorials

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...

Bringing Down The Gavel in W.Va.

Local Columns

Around 2009 when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...

Working Together Is Possible, Even in Washington

Local Columns

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Book Signing of New ‘Patriots and Heroes’ Scheduled

Local Columns

The book signing for the ninth edition of “Patriots and Heroes” will take place Nov. 8 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. The newest book will consist of biographies of 135 individuals who served in the military from the Civil War through the present time. Volume No. 9 ...

Continuing to Make Progress in West Virginia

Local Columns

I took over as president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company in January 2009, during very uncertain times in Washington, the U.S. economy, West Virginia and in my company. Many manufacturers and all of industry struggled in the wake of the Great Recession with the economy limping along with ...

Spending Only What You Can

Local Columns

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Online Sales Tax Overdue in W.Va.

Local Columns

Seldom can it be considered correcting an injustice when government starts collecting a new tax. It can this time around. Every dollar in growth of sales by online retailers locataed outside West Virginia has been a reminder to in-state small business owners of the basic unfairness, not to ...

DeWine Is Right On Critical Issues

Local Columns

Richard Cordray, who is running for governor in Ohio, has made it clear he is out of step with the thinking of many Ohioans. Too many, in fact. As his opponent, state Attorney General Mike DeWine, has pointed out, Cordray’s thinking on school safety and the drug abuse crisis is more than ...

Politics Done Right, Here in Wheeling

Local Columns

With all the turmoil and acrimony in politics at the state and national levels, it is encouraging to note that sometimes, the process can be handled the right way. As we have reported for several weeks, officials at Woodsdale School in the city developed what they thought was a better way ...

St. C Levy an Investment

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Let me start by sharing that: 1) I didn’t grow up in the area but have lived in the St Clairsville-Richland City School District since 2001; 2) I don’t have any relatives attending St Clairsville schools but several of my family members, including my wife, two ...

Say No to the Levy

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Vote no on Nov. 6! Stop the St. Clairsville school district levy! The upcoming election, on Nov. 6, will be the most important election in our recent history. Voters will have the choice to vote against, or for, the St. Clairsville School District Levy. For those who ...

Choose Manchin

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: November elections are fast upon us. Most of us ingested a dose of Ivanhoe in K-12, so if we view the West Virginia senatorial race through the eyes of Walter Scott, and West Virginians were living in the reign of King John of England, possibly the worst King to his ...