Opinion

Prioritize Road Bond Proposal

Editorials

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

Strzok Firing Long Overdue

Editorials

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

Ensuring Fires Can Be Fought

Editorials

Among the most frustrating surprises firefighters encounter is arriving at the scene of a blaze, hooking a hose to a hydrant and finding no water is flowing. It happens from time to time, often because of malfunctioning or inoperable hydrants. That was not the problem on July 17, after a ...

Curbs on Spending Needed to Cut Debt

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

RISE Failures Are Infuriating

Editorials

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Focusing Attention On Space Defense

Editorials

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines ...

Swift Justice in The Supreme Court?

Local Columns

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 articles of impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Something To Smile About

Local Columns

No doubt the most overlooked education and economic development initiative in West Virginia was showcased in a picture we printed a few days ago. It showed dentists and dental students. You may remember it. Local dentists Dr. Craig Wilcox and Dr. Trey Wilcox, along with West Virginia ...

Penny Pinching Still Wise Course

Local Columns

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Show of Strength Is Not Necessary

Local Columns

Members of teachers’ and service personnel unions who shut down West Virginia public schools for nine days earlier this year said they wanted two things: a pay raise and a “fix” for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. They got more money in their paychecks. Gov. Jim Justice ...

Be Careful: School Buses Back on Roads

Local Columns

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

West Virginia a National Leader in Election Security

Local Columns

While there is considerable banter about election security throughout the United States, West Virginia voters can be proud of steps taken by election officials in the Mountain State to lead the nation in security and the integrity of our election system. West Virginia now has the best-trained ...

Crow Named Strand Theatre’s First Executive Director

Local Columns

Since the Strand Theatre in Moundsville reopened in on Aug. 6, 2011 the daily operations of the facility have been carried out by board members of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society and volunteers, but as of July 1 these duties belong to Sadie Crow the theatre’s first executive ...

I-68 Proposal Gains Hearing in White House

Local Columns

What a difference a year makes. That’s the general feeling when our team with Shale Crescent USA, returned from Houston and World Petrochemical Conference in March. When this journey started over two years ago, we didn’t know where it would take us. So far, we have had memorable and ...

Circling the Wagons

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: No one circles the wagons quite like the officials from Ohio County Schools. Their lockstep echo chamber never ceases to amaze. What we now know is that private business can request students to work events, no questions asked. Upon request, the schools will even ...

Wrong About Jerusalem

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: He can’t help himself, his hatred of Israel is too great! Patrick Buchanan had to slip in a cutting, incorrect comment about Israel in his 850-word column, “Hold NATO to Account” printed in the July 14 edition of The Intelligencer. He said, “A frustrated Trump ...

Getting Sordid Mess Behind Us

Editorials

We in West Virginia have made history during the past few months. During the next couple of them, we may make even bigger, national news. One of our state Supreme Court justices, Menis Ketchum, already has resigned in disgrace. He broke the law regarding use of a state-owned vehicle for ...

Justices Play by Their Own Rules

Local Columns

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Many West Virginia taxpayers probably could come up with only three after seeing pictures taken inside the state Supreme Court’s offices: That cost $32,000? Did anyone on the court care that they spent more on one piece of furniture ...

Monument Back Where It Belongs

Editorials

For many years, a beautiful monument honoring Ohio Valley men who served as soldiers and sailors in the Civil War stood in downtown Wheeling. It was a reminder of our heritage and of the terrible price we as a nation paid to end slavery and preserve the Union. Sometime around 1958, the ...

Taking Care Of Our Roots

Local Columns

Years ago, garden guru Bill Beckett spoke of the importance of good roots. If you wanted anything to grow, you had to feed and nurture the roots. If you were patient and attentive, your reward just might be a patch of sunflowers or a garden full of delicious tomatoes. The same can be said of ...