Opinion

Bellaire Can’t Afford Cleanup

Editorials

At some point, someone may have to pay to clean up chemicals used in a Bellaire dry cleaning shop that has been closed for about 20 years. That “someone” should not be taxpayers in the village. During their meeting last week, Bellaire Village Council members discussed the old ...

State Government Fills In the Blanks

Local Columns

It looks like with several appointments last week that Gov. Jim Justice has mostly a full deck to play with now. Anyone who has been reading my work knows the topic of having a secretary for the state Department of Commerce has been a focus of mine. In a state with an abysmal, but improving ...

Helping Kids From Drug Homes

Local Columns

Educators sometimes place children in categories. The more you know about an individual student, the more effectively you can educate him or her. It may be time to start using a new category — drug home children. West Virginia state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, seems to agree. One of the ...

Restore Common Sense in Schools

Local Columns

Eight Wheeling Park High School seniors have learned a valuable, if somewhat painful, lesson about local control of public schools. It is that even when state officials say they will permit it, they can always find a bureaucratic reason to deny it. Ohio County Board of Education members ...

Alter Out-of-State Insurance Limits

Local Columns

Public employees who rely on the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency for health care coverage should not be penalized for obtaining medical treatment outside the state. Often, there are excellent reasons for them to do so, especially if they live in counties bordering other ...

Provide an Update On China Energy

Local Columns

It has been several months since the West Virginia Department of Commerce had a permanent leader. Former Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher was fired in June, amid the scandal over how a flood relief program was handled. But, come January, that will change. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice ...

Ensuring Those Addicted to Drugs Get Treatment

Local Columns

No state should we be more aware of substance use disorder than West Virginia. The Mountain State continues to lead the nation in the overdose death rate and the statistics are overwhelming. At last count, 1,014 West Virginia residents lost their lives due to overdoses in 2017. A tragic ...

Candlelight Tours, Caroling Set at Cockayne Farmhouse

Local Columns

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will welcome the Christmas season with caroling and candlelight Christmas tours on Dec. 17 at the historic site in Glen Dale. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., when all are invited to gather at the Visitor Center adjacent to the Farmstead, before ...

Collect More Taxes

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to discuss your recent article concerning state budget reprinted yesterday in the Charleston Gazette—Mail. You point out that “Collections for the state’s general revenue budget soared in comparison to what had been projected. They were more than ...

Stop Drug Mailing

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Estimates of the number of deaths of Americans caused by the drug fentanyl range from 30,000 a year and up. The vast majority of manufacturers of this deadly drug are in Red China. They ship the fentanyl to America using the U.S. Postal System! The USPS was ...

Repair Area Roads

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Everyone knows the Northern Panhandle’s roads are outrageously horrible. What ever happened to the $840-plus million that was allocated for our roads?? In the Charleston-Huntington area, Route 64 got 18 miles of new asphalt in November and some time before that, an ...

Bush Behavior a Model

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Although the passing of anyone is a sad moment , the passing of George H W Bush is a timely reminder of how a caring, compassionate and selfless president should behave. I could go on and on ... Steve Conlon Proctor

Attend Hearing on PTT

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to express my opinion on the recent article “Officials: Plant a plus for valley” in the December 3, edition. The article discussed the recent OEPA air permit hearing for the PTT Global Facility (petroleum cracker) proposed to be constructed in Dilles ...

Trump Behavior Cited

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Is it not somewhat troubling and a bit disturbing that President Donald J.Trump reportedly decided to essentially isolate himself from leaders of our country’s longest and most loyal allies during recent ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ...

Stop Sign Is Needed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: My heart begins to race, sweat trickles down my back, my anxiety level rises. Why? I am traveling east-bound on 70 and approaching the on-ramp from Wheeling Island onto I-70 East. It is just a matter of time before a driver, yet again, blows through the yield sign, ...

Program Is a Success

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It’s been 25 years since Operation Christmas Child was born from an organization called Samaritans Purse. National Collection Week this year was November 12-19. Though I don’t know numbers yet from across the country, I do know that our little area of eight ...

Make Christmas Brighter for All

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Exposing Corruption in W.Va.

Local Columns

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is running out of time to pave the way for re-election or — assuming this is important to him — for another Republican to succeed him. After a short break in the wake of Nov. 6 balloting, the 2020 election season will be upon us before we know it. Sorry. I ...

Correcting Mess In Bridgeport

Editorials

Bridgeport has been declared in a state of fiscal emergency by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which notes the village is seriously in arrears in paying back state loans. That means village government will have to operate under the oversight of a special state commission until it gets its ...

Finding a Very Faithful Friend

Local Columns

Her name was Louise. Her family called her “Lou” for short. She had a long, sweet face. Only in her recent senior years did a touch of gray begin to show. Her shiny red fur coat would sway a little when she trotted over to greet you. When you sat down, she would come over and request a ...