Opinion

Compromise On W.Va. Taxes

Editorials

Politics may be the art of compromise, but not much of it has been seen from Gov. Jim Justice. He continues to insist that without a big tax increase, West Virginia state government will crash and burn. State senators have an opportunity to break with the governor, for the good of Mountain ...

Let Turkey Know We Have Rules

Editorials

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. ...

Making Weirton More Appealing

Editorials

Weirton Planning Commission Chairman Chuck Robinson might well have been referring to any number of Rust Belt communities when he remarked last Wednesday that, “This town needs some excitement and energy instead of just waiting for something to happen.” But there are differences between ...

Expanded Probe Would Be Good

Editorials

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Identifying Ways To Save Money

Editorials

Perhaps we should worry about a West Virginia “government shutdown” more frequently. Concern over the potential for one this year may spawn one of the most productive bureaucratic exercises seen for some time. As Gov. Jim Justice and legislators were haggling about a state budget ...

A Mother Honored Very Well

Local Columns

A local mother and her young daughter were just about to finish their lunch at a restaurant last weekend when a man approached, wished her a happy Mother’s Day, and laid something on their table. It was one of those generic guest checks restaurants sometimes use. On the back was written, ...

Some Pushers No Better Than Killers

Editorials

Occasionally, we call on prosecutors and judges to punish certain criminals harshly. Because suggesting someone go to prison for a long time is a very serious thing, we usually explain why we believe lengthy sentences are appropriate. Not this time. There really is no need to explain why a ...

It’s Time to Put the People of West Virginia First

Local Columns

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the Legislature has been working in Charleston on our state’s budget, and we’ve been talking a lot about tax reform. These are things I’ve talked about throughout the session, but I think as of late, it’s become a little difficult to follow. ...

Playground Work Aids Wheeling Development

Editorials

Good for Wheeling officials for deciding to spend $143,000 on playgrounds. In addition to improving the quality of life in the city, they are making an important contribution to economic development efforts. During its June 6 meeting, City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance clearing ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To the Junior League of Wheeling, honored by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2017 Kathy Fortunato Service Award. Since its inception in 1940, the Junior League of Wheeling has been involved in a variety of projects to benefit area children, including the Janie S. Altmeyer ...

Recognizing Patriotism, Journalism Can Coexist

Editorials

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Trump Seems Incapable Of Holding Back the Truth

Editorials

One thing we’ve learned the past several weeks is to ignore the White House and wait for Donald Trump to spill the beans. Invariably, the president contradicts statements from his communications team and other officials, and blurts the truth. As counterintuitive as it seems, Trump is a ...

Threatened For Telling The Truth

Editorials

Here is what happens if you try to tell health care stories that defy government orthodoxy: When GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health care system, liberal protesters responded by ...

Trump Faces Major Challenge on Credibility

Editorials

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his November ...

Perhaps We Need Reminder Of Symbolism of Torches

Editorials

Strange Fruit, 2017. Please, somebody tell these boys it’s 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar ...

Attempting to Remove Trump Would Be Mistake

Editorials

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald ...

Someone Needs to Remind Trump He’s Not a Victim

Editorials

I take no glee in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia — and I say that as a consistent critic of Donald Trump’s from the day he announced his quest for the presidency. I have watched too many of these investigations, of both ...

Beware of Phone Scammers and a Game of Football

Editorials

Scammers Using Local Numbers According to the New Martinsville Police Department, scammers are using local cell phone numbers to contact residents. According to the NMPD, “When the call is answered, a recording starts and offers a free vacation to the Bahamas or a beach. It then asks a ...

Alecto Plan for City To Pay Is Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The newspaper reported that Alecto would need the City of Wheeling to repair the parking garage across the street from OVMC to the tune of $1.5M. For our $1.5M, Alecto gets to lease the garage for $1/year and charge whatever they want for parking fees. The report is ...

Don’t Link Drug Crisis To Medicaid Program

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Open Letter to Congressman David McKinley: Dear Representative McKinley: Marchers of Ohio Valley Empowered (MOVE) requested a town hall meeting to discuss a variety of concerns. We were perplexed that you decided we, in your home community, are a threat and opted ...