Opinion

Don’t Bow To Budget Threats

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice seems to believe the art of politics is not compromise, but bullying. The billionaire businessman clearly is accustomed to getting his way. So, when West Virginia legislators balked at his suggestion for a massive tax increase to fund an expansion of state government, the ...

Reject New Faculty Senate Requirement

Editorials

A bill approved by the state Senate to give West Virginia public schools more flexibility in meeting the requirement for 180 days of instruction sounds good — with one exception. School systems plagued by bad weather or other emergencies, often have to add days to the school year to meet ...

Giving Post 89 Second Chance

Editorials

Let us not forget that the private club Wheeling officials have agreed to consider declaring a public nuisance is not just any organization. It is owned by American Legion Post 89. These are men and women who served our country, sometimes risking their lives in the process. During a ...

Diversity Not Always Respected

Local Columns

One puzzling aspect of America’s emphasis on diversity is that we still allow class action lawsuits. They assume we’re all exactly the same as each other. Every so often, I get a class action lawsuit settlement notice in the mail. You know the drill: Someone has filed a lawsuit over, ...

Be Cautious With New Test Program

Editorials

For many years, students in West Virginia public schools had to take standardized tests that left much to be desired. But once state officials adopted them, it proved difficult to change. State legislators moving to eliminate the newest exam, the Smarter Balanced test, are right to insist ...

Finding the Money to Extend I-68 to Marshall County

Local Columns

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the Federal Highway Act of 1956, the goal was to create a connective route of interstate highways for national defense and security. Since then, the Eisenhower Interstate Highway system has become one of the most critical components of the American ...

Battling Drug Abuse By the Grim Numbers

Editorials

West Virginia, so often ranked nearly the bottom when compared to other states, is No. 1 in one thing — drug overdose deaths. Many people know that. But collecting overdose data is a slow process — too slow, former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld of Wheeling told state legislators last ...

Annual Home & Business Expo Scheduled at Penitentiary

Local Columns

The 12th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Home & Business Expo will take place Friday and Saturday at the Training Center inside the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Some 90 vendors will occupy the 120 booths at the facility. The vendors will include those in home ...

Funding for the Arts Not a Luxury in W.Va.

Local Columns

Let this be an open letter to our obviously less-than-enlightened Gov. Jim Justice to remind him that not all of his subjects are as indifferent to the value of the arts as his proposed funding cuts to the Division of Culture and History might suggest. The governor’s lack of concern for ...

Trump Supporters New ‘Tent’ May Be Too Big

Editorials

About a week ago, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the premier conservative confab the Conservative Political Action Conference, wrote on Twitter: “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.” Last Monday, Schlapp announced ...

Conservative Group Trades Ideas for Outrageousness

Editorials

Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it. Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of “free speech,” and young — very young — “love.” Or ...

Innocent, But Jailed For 21 Years

Editorials

Former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Brian Franklin is finally free. But he is still fighting to clear his name. “I’ve been vindicated,” he told me in an interview, “but not yet exonerated.” Franklin served 21 years in prison — a harrowing 7,700 days — of a life sentence ...

Trump Learns Getting Elected Was the Easy Part

Editorials

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

Deportation a Matter Of Life or Death for Some

Editorials

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported witnesses describing Olivas as distressed and saying he shouted that he did not want ...

Good-Cop, Bad-Cop Diplomacy May Pay Off

Editorials

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. ...

Rhetoric, Actions Regarding Mexican Have Consequences

Editorials

The United States has benefited for more than 160 years from having a friendly neighbor to its south, Mexico. But that may be about to change. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visited Mexico to begin talks on renegotiating the North ...

Cat’s Paw Gets a Hand and Pancakes for Dinner

Editorials

The Meter Is Running If you think a $7 increase in parking meter fines is excessive, consider the folks in Wheeling, Ill. According to that city’s website, “Any person who receives a parking ticket may settle the ticket(s) by paying a fine in the sum of $30 per violation until the final ...

Grandmother Helps Deliver Grandchild

Editorials

NORTON, W.Va. (AP) — A grandmother who helped deliver her 14th grandchild in a surprise home birth calls the experience a blessing. Newborn Rylee Annalice Cooper made her grand entrance so quickly that her mother, Trasonda “Toodles” Noel, wasn’t able to make it to the hospital in time. ...

Don’t End Funding For Public Broadcasting

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I praise Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech. It’s rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education ...

Muslim Immigrants Should Be U.S. Concern

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It is well known that many Muslims wish to come to our country. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and those settlers who came from other countries have been absorbed into our culture, abide by our Constitution and for the most part, follow our ...