Opinion

Butterfly Effect At Christmas

Local Columns

You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, I suppose. It was on display in all its glory — and I mean that — last week. About a hundred years ago, a little girl in Wheeling, Daisy Scott, died. She must have been a wonderful, kind child, to judge by what her family did. They gave a ...

We’re Not Out Of the Woods Yet

Editorials

It is likely no one knows why Ohio County’s drug overdose death rate went down last year. Perhaps local residents are being more careful about how they use drugs. But what we do know is that substance abuse remains a crisis-level concern in our area. During a program on substance abuse ...

Tax Bill Bad for People With Disabilities, Families

Local Columns

If you think a tax bill has nothing to do with people with autism, think again. This bill has serious implications for all with disabilities, including families with special needs kids. The tax bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. This mandate requires all of us — ...

Bellaire Fire Hydrant Project Praiseworthy

Editorials

Good for Bellaire officials, for addressing a serious problem. Village finances have been strained for some time. But, using $54,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant cash, municipal officials launched a project to replace 24 fire hydrants. It should be completed within a few ...

William Burkett Honored for Service to Legion, Baseball

Local Columns

William “Bill” Burkett has been the Earl Francis American Legion Post No. 3 baseball coach for the past 35 years, along with serving as the state Legion baseball chairman for the past 27 years. Thus, it was appropriate that former players, Post No. 3 members, and a number of past and ...

Hard-Hit Areas Need More Help

Editorials

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...

Letter Set Bad Example For Our Young People

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I believe that Mr. David Delk’s letter that appeared in the newspaper Sunday, Dec. 3, began with a believed quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.” Perhaps Mr. Delk should have taken that ...

Fight Back Against Tax Cuts for the Rich

Letters to the Editor

The tax bill passed by Republicans on Dec. 2 is one of the greatest acts of thievery in the history of the United States. Let’s be very clear about what is happening here. It is a “two-step” process. First, Republicans are looting the Treasury. They are stealing trillions of dollars ...

We Owe Unpaid Debt To American Indians

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Our government paid the American Japanese for placing them in camps during World War II, or so I have heard, and they give the illegals money to live on, as well as the generations of welfare recipients, and some black people feel they should be reimbursed because their ...

Get Most Bang For Our Bucks

Editorials

Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents — our economies are linked strongly, after all — have waited a long time for improvements to W.Va. 2. They have occurred in bits and pieces for decades. Voter approval in October of a major road bond issue cleared the way for near-completion of ...

Doing Things Better Together

Local Columns

Talk about bad timing: Eight people who work for the city of St. Clairsville will lose their jobs on the day before Christmas. No doubt they’ve known for some time that the blow was coming, but that won’t make it any more palatable for them. Here’s hoping the eight can land new ...

Punishing Abuse Of Public’s Trust

Editorials

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Importance Of A Good Book

Local Columns

I should have known better, but the temptation was too great. I was cleaning off the bookshelf at the old homestead when I came across a former library book. My mother was good at buying books to fill the bookshelf for her children to always have something to read. We were encouraged from a ...

Council Concern Has Foundation

Editorials

St. Clairsville City Council members certainly cannot be accused of adopting a knee-jerk reaction to the possibility that someone would attempt to open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in town. Good for them for being open-minded — but cautious. An ordinance prohibiting cultivation, ...

Ending Predation By the Powerful

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

‘Never Again’ Vow Not Kept

Editorials

Seventy-six years ago, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

Learn From Pearl Harbor Generation

Editorials

Many of those who were witnesses to Dec. 7, 1941 are gone now. Certainly those who were old enough to fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor are leaving us quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 550,000 of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II ...

Letting Officials Do Jobs Without Fear

Editorials

Only about three weeks after Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot outside the courthouse in Steubenville, Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin left her office there and was walking toward her car. Jami Anderson, 29, upset about a case in which Hanlin was involved, ...

Moundsville Council Right in Pool Decision

Editorials

Good for Moundsville City Council in voting to go ahead with repairs to the Four Seasons Pool. Just as important, good for them for making it clear they stand united on the matter. Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to proceed with a $190,399 contract to install a new heating, ventilating ...

Your Great Idea Could Save Lives

Editorials

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...