Editorials

Growing Up Amid Violence

No doubt psychologists, sociologists and other experts on behavior could provide theories in attempts to explain what happened Monday in Steubenville. But how is it possible to understand, by any human reasoning process, why someone would shoot a 2-year-old child and her mother? Most minds ...

Paying for New Pain-Relief Ideas

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

Tie State Funds To Performance

Perhaps the agency overseeing most four-year public colleges and universities in West Virginia should be replaced. Quite a few people involved in higher education believe something better than the current Higher Education Policy Commission can be devised. But HEPC officials are on the right ...

Using School Safety Funds More Wisely

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s ...

Conservation Fund Important

What do Grand Canyon National Park and the Benwood and Barnesville municipal swimming pools have in common? The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both the national landmark and the local pools have benefited from LWCF funding. Unless Congress acts soon, however, the LWCF may cease ...

Consider Funds For Paving Work

The idea of helping to pay for a road 3 miles outside the village may raise eyebrows among some Barnesville taxpayers. But because it could improve the community’s economy and provide new jobs for some residents, it is worth considering. Belmont County Port Authority Executive Director ...

Eastern Gateway Worth Celebrating

Tens of thousands of Ohio Valley residents have reason to join in a celebration occurring this week in Steubenville. A variety of festivities are scheduled in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Eastern Gateway Community College. In the beginning, it was Jefferson Technical College, ...

Long-Shot Politics Muddies the Water

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all on Monday. They ...

Being Safe During Fall, Winter Months

After months in which the bedtime drill was to ensure the air conditioning was set for comfortable sleeping, the fall/winter heating season is upon us. Already, local residents have received a sharp reminder of the need to take precautions to keep our families safe. On Saturday, two ...

Change Weirton City Job Rules

Like many Ohio Valley communities, Weirton has grown smaller and older during the past couple of decades. At 18,685, the population is nearly 3,500 fewer than it was a quarter-century ago. And the average age of residents has risen to about 47.5 years. Combined with an economy much ...

Drug Abuse Crisis Worsens in Ohio

Imagine the entire population of Bellaire being wiped out in a year. Now you have an idea of the devastation being wrought by the drug abuse epidemic in Ohio. Slightly fewer than 4,300 people reside in Bellaire. Last year, drug overdoses claimed 4,854 lives in the Buckeye State, according ...

Helping Youthful Victims of Crisis

For years, West Virginians have been making slow but steady progress in making life better for our children. Infant mortality is down. The percentage of children living in poverty has been reduced. More are completing high school. Then, along came the drug abuse epidemic. Child abuse and ...

Decisive Action By Police Earns Praise

Your cellphone may have awakened you at about 4 a.m. Friday. If you checked it, you learned an Amber Alert had been issued in connection with the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy. But within hours, in time for us to report it in the Friday afternoon paper, law enforcement agencies had ...

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 ...