Editorials

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 ...

Ohio Issue 1: Just Say No

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election next Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. ...

Renew Tax Levy In Brooke County

Seldom do voters have the opportunity to do as much good as Brooke County residents will enjoy during the election Tuesday. On the ballot will be three tax questions. One of them seeks renewal of what has come to be known as “the ambulance levy.” In truth, the levy supports emergency ...

Check Property Reappraisals

When nearly 500 people show up at one time to protest taxable values set for their properties, something is wrong. Belmont County officials need to find out what and, if possible, correct it. Personnel from county Auditor Roger Conroy’s office held a public session Tuesday for people who ...

Education Part Of Farm Bureaus

Ohio’s farmers are a cut above — they already know that. But it is nice to see a little recognition from the American Farm Bureau, which gave eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards nationwide to Ohio county farm bureaus. “Once again, Ohio has more CAE winners than any ...

Easing Concern Over PTT Plan

An idea mentioned during a public meeting Monday night in Powhatan Point ought to interest residents of both East Ohio and the Northern Panhandle. Concerns about a proposed ethane cracker plant to be built at Dilles Bottom were aired during the gathering, attended by all three Belmont ...

Stronger Due To Our Diversity

There never was any doubt that Temple Shalom in Wheeling would be packed for the special service that took place there on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people of various faiths attended in person.Thousands more were there in prayer. The Service of Remembrance held at the temple was in ...

Recht Truly Was a Giant in the Law

When Arthur Recht passed away Sunday, it was a loss not just for Wheeling and the Northern Panhandle, but for our state as a whole. Recht had an incredible record of public service as a circuit judge and state Supreme Court justice. His dedication and ability were such that even in ...

Impeachment Issues Linger

Impeachment proceedings involving West Virginia Supreme Court justices could just fade away without having been concluded. Some in the public may conclude pursuing them is unnecessary. One of the justices, Elizabeth Walker, already has been tried and acquitted by the state Senate. The three ...

Taking Steps To Stay Healthy

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church, or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the ...

Vote for Issue 2 On W.Va. Ballot

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to ...

Look at Two-Year W.Va. Colleges, Too

During their one-on-one exchange during a candidate forum last Wednesday, state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio and his Democrat challenger, William Ihlenfeld, disagreed on a multitude of issues. On one thing they were in solid, unqualified agreement, however: State officials need ...

Keeping the Children Safe This Halloween

It’s “trick or treat” time in the Ohio Valley, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and ...

Vote Johnson For East Ohio

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has been more than a congressman from East Ohio. Since he took office in 2011, Johnson has proved to be the representative for his constituents — and very frequently, among them. In contrast to some lawmakers who begin to think of Washington as home and their ...

Give West Liberty, Others, New Funds

Administrators at several public institutions of higher learning in West Virginia, including West Liberty University, have had high hopes they might get some additional state funding. Members of a special commission studying colleges and universities have agreed some of them ought to be ...