Opinion

Keeping Teen ‘Assassins’ Safe

Editorials

Here we go again. Warmer weather has brought out dozens of “Assassins” in Ohio County. It seems to be an annual ritual, as dozens of high school students play the game called “Assassins.” In essence, it involves teams of teenagers using water guns to wet down members of opposing ...

Being Alert While Behind the Wheel

Editorials

Speaking of safety, let us all pause for a moment to consider the fact that all those devices meant to protect us while we are driving or riding in our cars and trucks do nothing to safeguard people we may hit. That is up to us, every time we get behind the wheel. On Friday night, a ...

In Praise Of ‘B—- From Hell’

Local Columns

“I’m the carding b---- from hell,” the store clerk advised me. “Thank you,” I replied. I’d stopped in at a local convenience store and, while checking out, was reading a little notice placed on the counter near the cash register. It advised adults not to try to buy cigarettes ...

Road Repairs Are Imperative

Local Columns

It is unlikely that many of the West Virginians who last fall voted to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to repair and improve highways and bridges had any idea of how quickly the money would be needed urgently. The winter that would ravage our roads was still several weeks away. Many of those ...

Helping Teachers Spot Danger Signs

Local Columns

Several good suggestions were made by candidates for the Ohio County Board of Education, during a discussion Thursday of how to keep schools safer. It occurred during a candidate forum sponsored by the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer. All four candidates — Molly Aderholt, ...

Transparency Best

Local Columns

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville is a private organization, technically answerable only to church members, officials and donors. Yet its Bishop Jeffrey Monforton seems to believe in transparency involving the wider community. An investigation of the diocese’s finances, ...

Students, Schools Can’t Be Judged on a Single Test

Local Columns

Are West Virginia students really not as “smart” as students in other states? One could conclude that by looking at the most recent test scores of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). The West Virginia scores were lower than the national average in most cases — but ...

Young Singer Follows in Grandfather’s Footsteps at Strand

Local Columns

Moundsville’s Historic Strand Theater has hosted a number of events since it opened in the 1920s as a Vaudeville theater. Not only has the Strand been a community theater with movies and concerts, but there have been summer youth camps, parties, private events and nationally recognized ...

Improved Arts Programs Part of Plan for Schools

Local Columns

The music made by the students of Ohio County Schools is a source of pride throughout the school system and the entire Wheeling community. Audiences are often left amazed at the skill and professionalism displayed by even our youngest students during our musical events and performances. Those ...

Council, Mayor Should Receive Raise in Pay

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register Is there any doubt that our mayor and City Council members are deserving of a pay increase? The point has been made that the last pay raise occurred in 1992. Also, if the voters approve of the recommended increase, it will not be realized by the current council members ...

Don’t Let Our Area Be a Pigsty of Litter

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register Before you read any further, I do not believe all residents of Ohio and Marshall Counties are pigs; only the people that litter are of the swine family. We have a lot of pigs who live in and drive through these counties. I believe these pigs don’t care about the ...

Genuine ‘Fix’ Is Needed for PEIA

Editorials

Give members of the panel Gov. Jim Justice appointed to “fix” the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency credit. They have taken on the impossible task of trying to please all of the people all of the time. It can’t be done, as has been observed. Justice appointed the ...

What Really Keeps Schools Safe

Local Columns

A funny thing happened on the way to the Board of Education election scheduled for May 8 in Ohio County: People started talking sense about school violence. Four candidates are vying for three spots on the school board. They participated in a public forum Thursday, during which they were ...

Senate Candidates Ready to Face Off

Editorials

There is no better way to compare candidate for public office than to see them put on the spot by being asked to answer tough questions. We plan to do just that Monday evening, during a forum that will include all six candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Scheduled to ...

’Till Death Do They Part

Local Columns

The rich and famous make the headlines all the time, sometimes for some remarkable accomplishments, other times for nonsense. Either way, we’ve come to expect their lives to be peered upon and pried into, especially in Hollywood and the political scene. The death of former first lady ...

Complying With Letter of the Law

Editorials

It does not seem that Yorkville Village Council members had any inappropriate intent when they met Tuesday evening. Still, it appears they violated Ohio’s open meetings statute. As we reported, the meeting began at 6 p.m., not the regular 6:30 p.m. as posted on the village website. The ...

First Responders Supported at Home

Editorials

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Reopening Dog Park in Wheeling

Editorials

Wheeling’s still-new Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park appears to have been a success during its first few months of operation. It is closed now, however, as city officials ponder what to do about a serious problem. As we have reported, the park in East Wheeling was closed after some users ...

Don’t Trust North Korean Dictator

Editorials

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, ...

Averting Tragedy In Jails, Prisons

Editorials

West Virginia may well have been on the brink of the precipice over which South Carolina fell this week. We may not be out of danger yet. A South Carolina state prison about 60 miles from Columbia, the state capital, was the scene of a bloodbath Sunday and Monday. A power struggle between ...