Editorials

‘Nuclear Option’ May Be Necessary

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Keep Spending Limits in Place

One thing about government at all levels that must puzzle many people is why spending is allowed to grow, year by year, even when tax increases are needed to make it happen. Why can’t government do what many families have no choice about? Why can’t it work with what money it has to pay ...

Avoid New Drug Crisis in W.Va.

Much of our substance abuse crisis in West Virginia can be blamed on that most praiseworthy of human emotions — compassion. Let us not allow it to overcome our good sense a second time, making the drug problem even worse. By a 28-6 vote, state senators have approved a bill allowing use of ...

Manchin Makes Right Choice for Constituents

When members of the U.S. Senate vote on whether to confirm federal Judge Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the Supreme Court, nearly every Democrat will vote “no.” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will not be among them. Neither will Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Both revealed last week they will ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Blake Humphrey, a 2014 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, who has been elected student body president at West Virginia University. In addition to many other accomplishments, Humphrey has been a guest columnist for the News-Register. - To all involved in the dental clinic at ...

Trump Fans Ignoring Facts in Defending Him

Paul Ryan did it. That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like ...

Building a Kingdom Right Here in the United States

Though Republicans profess to despise Big Government, especially the federal kind, it seems that what they really don’t like is Democracy — and indeed prefer a monarchy. Yes, yes, the czarina sighed, signaling her weariness with the palace historian’s inevitable scold. I know America ...

It’s Show Business, Not Justice

He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama ...

Universal Service Would Bond Us as Americans

Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from each other. More and ...

Schumer’s Own Party Gave Him Reason To Be Tense

New York’s Charles Schumer, boss of the Democrat minority in the Senate, is clearly under great stress, allegedly having screamed at a woman in a New York restaurant. But, hey, stress happens, especially when you start a partisan thermonuclear political war to kill the confirmation of a ...

Medicare for All May Be Result of GOP Failure

Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition needs to be permanent. There are ...

Division Isn’t Political, It’s Social and Economic

If you keep your eyes focused on Washington, D.C., you might think the great divide in America is partisan. I admit: I’m often guilty of doing just that, even though I live 1,500 miles outside the Beltway. But the more disturbing divide that is ripping the nation apart is a cultural one, ...

A Game of Pong and Relay for Life Is Planned

Road Work at Mall Hopefully the ongoing construction on the road circling the Ohio Valley Mall is not too late. Shortly before the closure and departure of both Elder-Beerman and Kmart at the north end of the mall last week, contractors began work on a new road construction project at the ...

Stop Letting Fox Guard the Budget

We are about to allow the bureaucrats to do it to us again. With just a week left in the West Virginia Legislature’s regular session, lawmakers are, to a great extent, flying by the seat of their pants on a budget for next year. Mountain State residents understand even less about the ...

Easter Egg Hunt Is Truly Big News

You may have missed one of the most important stories we had in the paper this week. It was a reminder of what’s most important in our lives. It had nothing to do with Russians interfering in U.S. elections, the budget being hashed out in Charleston or even what happened at your local ...

Enact Economic Development Bill

Let’s say commissioners in a West Virginia county decide they’d like to help state government fund an economic development initiative such as a new road. Sorry. Not allowed under current state law. A plan by Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller could change that. He has suggested ...

Putin’s Place in World

"If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time." "On the world stage, who could vie with him?" So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a ...

Put Repeat DUI Offenders in Jail

Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato was absolutely right about something he said this week. Belmont County “is safer today than it was a week ago,” the judge said in sentencing a repeat DUI offender. Fregiato sentenced the St. Clairsville man to three years in prison. ...

Ensure Belleview Pool Is Repaired

Steubenville officials may have no choice but to close the Belleview public swimming pool to save it. If so, they should not hesitate to do just that. As we have reported, City Manager Jim Mavromatis has recommended the pool not be opened this year. While it is closed, major repair and ...

Provide More Drug Treatment

When it comes to battling our state’s substance abuse crisis, there are no Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature. There are just West Virginians as desperate as any of the rest of us to do something about the scourge. A bill approved Wednesday by the House of Delegates made that ...