Editorials

Drug Threat More Diverse

More and more when law enforcement agencies stage drug raids, they seem to be coming across veritable general stores of illicit substances. So it was in Wheeling last week, when police and sheriff’s deputies reported seizing heroin, crack cocaine, painkiller tablets — and ...

Loughry Had No Option But to Quit

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Honor Families Of the Fallen

As we honor those, both living and dead, who have served our nation in the military, we sometimes neglect to recognize the sacrifices made by their families. Here in Wheeling, we are about to ensure they, too, are not forgotten. The concept of Gold Star Families came into being during World ...

Change FEMA Assistance Rules

One should not look a gift horse in the mouth, it has been said. But what about asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a little more flexibility in how it helps localities? Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a report on road slips, from county Engineer James ...

Find New Fire, Police Proposal

As Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has pointed out, most people voting in Tuesday’s election — nearly 54 percent of them — agreed to a new tax levy to build a new headquarters for the police and fire departments and to make a few other public safety facility and equipment improvements. But ...

Trading One Drug Woe for Another?

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Explore New EMS Options

Martins Ferry officials are right to be exploring new options for emergency medical service in the city. If a better, cheaper way of providing it can be found, good. If anything, results of such an investigation could come in handy if and when voters are asked again to approve a tax levy ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

Give Hancock County Board of Education members credit for trusting voters rather than employing sly tricks to gain renewal of a big tax levy. Standard practice in some counties is to schedule special elections for school levy questions. The theory is that with no other reason to go to the ...

Voters Demand Loyalty to Us

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Teaching Caution With Compassion

Most of us include compassion in the life lessons we try to teach our children. It is unfortunate that we must temper that teaching with a good dose of self-defense. We were reminded of that this week, when two Dillonvale teenagers were victimized because they tried to help someone ...

Enforcing Leash Laws Important

Give the owner of a dog that injured two other animals in Belmont — and bit one of their owners — some credit. It appears the owner was trying to comply with the village rule requiring all dogs be on leashes when they are not on their own property. But, as Belmont Mayor Stan Sobel reported ...

Keep Pool Open In Martins Ferry

Essentials such as street repair, keeping water lines in good shape and ensuring the police department is staffed adequately have to be priorities for any local government official. Recreation has to take a back seat. That should not be the case in Martins Ferry, where the municipal swimming ...

Paying Attention To School Buses

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio. We doubt there is a school bus driver ...

Voting Lets You Make Voice Heard

You’ve probably had it up to here with reminders to get out and vote today, if you have not already cast a ballot. Take consolation in the fact that it will be two more years before you are bombarded again with messages in every conceivable form urging you to vote for some people and against ...

Voting More Than a Duty

No doubt you will be going to the polls Tuesday if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia and Ohio. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you ...

Drug Abuse A War in U.S.

We in West Virginia and Ohio have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our states’ futures. West Virginia has the highest illicit drug overdose death rate in the nation (52 per 100,000 residents in 2016, the most recent year covered by the Centers ...

Keeping Ferns In State Senate

West Virginia is on the move again, after many years of a stagnant economy. Give credit where it is due, to a shift in national and state policies. In our region, give much of the credit to state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio. We at the Wheeling News-Register endorse Ferns ...

Renew Hancock County School Levy

It is likely that some people who voted for a tax levy to provide supplemental funding for Hancock County schools when it first went into effect have had the pleasure of watching it benefit their great-grandchildren. The levy has been in effect that long. For nearly 70 years, Hancock County ...

Armstead, Jenkins Best

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Control Supreme Court Spending

Only one state in the entire nation, West Virginia, allows the judicial branch of government to spend taxpayers’ money with no legislative oversight. Events this year have made it obvious that needs to change. Voters in the Nov. 6 election have an opportunity to make that happen, by casting ...