Opinion

Government Bigger in W.Va.

Editorials

You may remember the doom-and-gloom warnings from West Virginia bureaucrats last winter: Dare to cut our budgets, and the public will suffer. Indeed, after legislators adopted a fiscal 2017 budget slightly smaller than that for fiscal 2016, there were cutbacks. County school systems were told ...

Insist RESAs Serve Intended Purpose

Editorials

Regional education service agencies were established years ago in West Virginia, to use economies of scale to save money for county school systems. RESA 6, which serves most Northern Panhandle counties, has done an excellent job of that, Ohio County school officials told state legislators ...

Media Not All Biased

Editorials

One can hardly blame many Americans for their refusal to trust the news media, given the hysterical tone taken by some in major news outlets. Take the MSNBC television network. Not long after President Donald Trump made his inaugural speech on Friday, MCNBC star Chris Matthews took to the ...

Cut Bureaucracy In W.Va. Schools

Editorials

Just three years ago, West Virginia’s general revenue budget included about $1.178 billion in basic state aid funds for distribution to county school systems. Budget constraints have cut that to $1.113 billion for the current year. We just can’t afford as much for county school systems, ...

Throwing Tantrums Over Trump

Local Columns

If you are someone who hates and fears President Donald Trump — and there are lots of people like you — I wonder if you did the smart thing on Friday. Or did you hop in your car and head to Washington to join the demonstrators? Within a couple of hours of Trump’s inauguration as ...

Schools Only Part of Key to Helping Children

Local Columns

The debates about how best to improve our schools will soon be in the media again. The confirmation process for Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education designee, will be one of many newsworthy flash points as President Trump and his team take the reins of power. The DeVos nomination signals ...

Keeping an Eye On Small-Town Officials

Editorials

Four former officials of the Jefferson County community of Smithfield have either been convicted of or pleaded guilty to charges involving corruption or failures to perform their duties adequately. The most recent was last week, when former Police Chief Robert Mieczkowski was found guilty of ...

Rich Lucas Becomes County Health Department Director

Local Columns

A familiar face has returned to the Marshall County Health Department. Ohio Valley native Rich Lucas this past week assumed his new duties as MCHD administrator. Lucas has taken over the position held by Dara Pond, who resigned to further her education in the health field. Lucas spent six ...

Revamp Wheeling’s Recycling Program

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Wheeling’s mandated recycling program is a disaster. Starting in 1993, it was a success for a few years, receiving eight times the volume that it does now. Any business that drops that much needs some re-evaluation and some new ideas. One problem is enforcement, ...

Smoke-Free Ordinance Should Be Retained

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Secondhand smoke is a proven carcinogen; smoke-free air laws are good for business; and employees deserve a healthy smoke-free workplace. These are just a few of the reasons why our county board of health passed a smoke-free ordinance in 2014. Now an effort is ...

Trump Probably Can’t Reunite Us as a Nation

Editorials

“For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted a week ago, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!” As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my doubts. Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for the ...

Showing Leadership By Extending Olive Branch

Editorials

A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: “John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, ...

They’re Thugs, Not Protesters

Editorials

Hoodlums planned to be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. I’ve covered the left’s criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to the ...

Thinking as Americans Of Equality of Sacrifice

Editorials

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

‘We’re All Under The Same Sky …’

Editorials

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Obama’s Final Actions Reveal His True Self

Editorials

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were ...

Portraying Some People As Racists Is a Racket

Editorials

The confirmation hearings of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, provided plenty of drama that can help explain why racial tensions never seem to go away in America. This was particularly evident in the concluding panel of the hearings, which ...

Students Make Robots and Tasty Meals

Editorials

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto The Woodsdale Elementary School Wonder Workshop Robotics Team recently placed in the top 1 percent out of 5,000 teams from 52 countries in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. As part of the competition, students build robots to complete tasks that involve ...

DeVos Will Make Students Her Top Priority

Editorials

Betsy DeVos is an inspired choice for U.S. Secretary of Education for a number of reasons, but the most important is that she’s an unapologetic proponent of local control. After years of federal overreach on education matters, she has pledged to return control of education to the states, ...

You Promised, Mr. President

Editorials

Congratulations are in order, President Trump. You have become the leader of our nation — all of us — primed to pursue a revolution in how we govern ourselves. Your inaugural speech on Friday was excellent. You reminded those who voted for you of why they did so in proclaiming that, “We ...