Editorials

Ensure Children Can Be Educated

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Helping Get Good Teachers Certified

With shortages of teachers in some subjects and some areas of West Virginia becoming a critical problem, it makes sense to make the profession more attractive to those who understand subject matter but may lack pedagogical training. Efforts to accomplish that are ongoing. Last week, Ohio ...

Support We the People

Editor, News-Register: With all the corruption we read about in the news paper or watch on our daily television news networks it begs the question .. Who do we serve? We seemed to have lost all control of government. Throughout society our moral norms seems upside down and backwards. What ...

Curbing Costly School Problem

Something more needs to be done to lessen absenteeism among Ohio County public school employees. That is painfully apparent, at least from the taxpayers’ point of view. Absenteeism has been a chronic problem in the school system for many years. It has grown so bad that it costs the Ohio ...

Changing School Takeover System

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Finding Way To Get Things Done

It sounds as if local officials in Belmont County cut a substantial amount of bureaucratic red tape in giving the village of Belmont a much-needed hand with an old school building. One wonders whether similar flexibility and ingenuity would be possible in Washington or even ...

Infrastructure Plan Should Be Pursued

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was ... nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Youth Critical In Communities

An interesting coincidence — one might call it serendipitous, in a way — occurred Wednesday evening when two distinguished men giving speeches in Wheeling reiterated messages many of us have heard previously. What they said, in somewhat different ways, was linked by some common ...

Chamber’s Work Makes Area Better

Retired Army Col. Gregory Gadson’s message about the importance of communities was, in a way, preaching to the choir. Members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, to whom he spoke Wednesday, are involved intensively in making our area better. It is true, as Andy McKenzie, chairman of ...

Keep Wary Eye On Investments

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

St. John Rebirth A Chance to Shine

Just a few months after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville announced St. John Central High School in Bellaire would be closed, it has been reborn. That is excellent news for many reasons. A group of the school’s alumni refused to let St. John die. So they rallied to find the ...

Reading Will Help Students

No one likes to be viewed as a “copycat.” But when a neighbor makes successful use of a great idea, it would be foolish to pass it up. Good for new Brooke County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook for seeing it that way. Crook, formerly at the helm of Marshall County schools, has ...

Being Flexible On ‘Floodway’ Rule

It appears Dillonvale residents will have to put up with water dripping on their heads from the village event center’s leaky roof because of the possibility that, figuratively speaking, their feet may get wet. With enthusiastic support from county and regional officials, the village had ...

Rating Addiction Treatment Plans

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Historic Stone Span Is Worth Preserving

Try this, for fun: Go to an engineer and ask her or him to design a highway bridge that will last a century. Be prepared to get laughed out of the office. It can be done. We in Wheeling are fortunate to have two such bridges. The Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River, built in 1849, is the ...

Injection Well Safeguards Vital

Truck traffic seems to be the primary concern on the minds of some people living near a site where two injection wells to accept fracking waste from oil and gas drilling are to be located. But state officials considering permits for the project should be focused on what may go on underground. ...

Recognizing Real Heroes Among Us

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a ...

Saving Cash For Rainy Day

All of us, upon finding more money than expected or needed in our checking accounts, are tempted to go shopping. Experience teaches us we never know what is around the bend, however. Socking some or all of that surplus cash away for a rainy day is the wise course of action. That is how ...

Put Order on New Districts on Hold

What’s the rush? That is the question U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio. Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional ...

Lessen Safety Building Cost

Few of the Wheeling voters who last year said no to a proposed new public safety building did so because of objections to the site where it was to be located, in our opinion. It was the price tag — $20 million — that dismayed most of those who cast ballots against the plan. It is true, ...