Editorials

Alter Building Permit System

Eliminating some of the layers of bureaucracy most of us have to deal with is a laudable goal. Jefferson County officials ought to pursue it. On Friday, county port authority members discussed the building permit system in Jefferson County. Specifically, there was talk about establishing a ...

Keeping Schools Safe for Children

Life was much simpler for high school students in the past. They and their parents had to worry about keeping up in class, how they were doing in extracurricular activities and what was on the hot lunch menu. Add safety to that list for modern-day students. On Tuesday, those in Union ...

News-Register’s Focus Is Service

Concerns about accuracy and political favoritism in the news media are on the minds of many Americans these days. This weekend, as we at the News-Register celebrate our 128th birthday, our policy and record in that regard are a source of satisfaction for us — and, they should be for you, ...

Pats on the Back

- To the five Northern Panhandle high school seniors who have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. They are Lillian Bischof, Marguerite Demasi and Ashley Linder of Wheeling Park High School; Austin Williams of John Marshall High School; and Emily Donley of ...

Settling Lawsuits May Be Bad Policy

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is right to be upset about other officials depriving him of his day in court. Taxpayers should be concerned, too, about what taking the easy way out of lawsuits is costing us. When Warner took office, he replaced 16 employees in his department. ...

Don’t Eliminate Vital I-70 Work

Either 26 bridges on Interstate 70 in Ohio County need repaired or replaced, or they do not. And either several miles of the highway need extensive pavement repair, or they do not. Drive the road, look at some of the bridges, and “not” is unlikely to be among your choices of ...

Biting the Bullet In Steubenville

Steubenville City Council members deserve praise for worrying about how water rate increases will affect their constituents. They need to bear in mind, however, that the very same concern among officials in the past landed the city in the mess it faces today. It has been apparent for months ...

Being Prepared For Developers

Weirton officials are being called upon to balance on one of those fiscal tightropes that occasionally confront local government. The question facing them is whether the city should spend money to ensure its infrastructure can handle potential economic development in the future. During ...

Dog Park Bills Can Have a Bite

A still-new dog park in Wheeling has proved to be popular with the public. There is reason to believe one being considered for New Cumberland would be well-received, too. Hancock County commissioners have given their approval to a plan for one, by the county Parks and Recreation Board. It ...

Technology Not Enough

The computer that can match the education skill of a good human teacher has not yet been made. We suspect it never will. Union Local School District officials and educators have taken an important step in recognizing that — and ensuring some students are not left behind because of ...

Helping Veterans With Surplus Items

Surely the Pentagon can spare a few old blankets and coats to help those who served our country in uniform. It doesn’t seem too much to ask. Another in a series of “Veteran Stand Down Resource Fairs” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10, at West Virginia Northern Community ...

Funding Delay Not Acceptable

Belmont County officials may have no choice but to borrow money to cover their share of repairs on roads damaged by flooding. At least their willingness to do that to get repair work moving indicates a sense of urgency. Apparently, the same cannot be said of state government. During ...

Drug-Dealing Doc Merited Long Term

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins’ was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at him ...

Questions Still Not Answered

It has been more than two months since Martins Ferry Board of Education members voted to place district Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave. Taxpayers still have not been told why that occurred. Meanwhile, she continues to draw a salary of nearly $90,000 a year, according to ...

Enforcing Sex Offender Laws

People convicted of sex offenses in both West Virginia and Ohio are required by law to have their names, pictures and other personal information listed on state registries. In both states, members of the public concerned about whether sex offenders live near them can check the registries ...

Healthy Weight Up to Individuals

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

Disclose Facts In Bishop Case

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Help Neighbors Via United Way

Helping our neighbors, even if they happen to live hundreds of miles away, is an Ohio Valley tradition. Another is supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. Each year, thousands of men, women and children in our area benefit from services provided by agencies affiliated with the ...

Avoiding Big Costs in Future

During the next few weeks, Steubenville residents and business owners will find out just how expensive it is going to be for them to overcome years of neglect of water and sewer systems. While they are being told that, they should be asking what will be done to prevent a similar situation in ...

Settle Constitution Question in W.Va.

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...