Letters to the Editor

Safeguarding Coal Jobs

Dear Editor: West Virginia coal companies pay all the state taxes any other business does — income, property, unemployment, workers compensation, etc. However, West Virginia imposes an extra coal tax on the industry. The result of the West Virginia coal tax is that power plants purchase ...

Cracker Not a ‘Con’

Editor, News-Register: In a recent article discussing the Shell cracker plant, I was surprised to see how the facility’s main purpose — separating ethane, a component from cleaner-burning natural gas, into the building blocks of plastic — derided by extreme activists as a so-called ...

Building Plan Too Costly

Editor, News-Register: Story headline “City Contemplating User Fee for Public Safety Building,” by Alex Meyer, dated January 20th. My first letter defining what a “user fee” is was published in the letters to the editor column of the same newspaper. Subsequent to its publication, ...

Improving Our Schools

Editor, News-Register: I am writing this open letter to impress on our West Virginia Legislature that they need to bring families, teachers, and school personnel to the table to create a really beneficial educational reform bill. The people working the plan need to help create the plan and ...

It’s Like ‘Animal Farm’

Editor, News-Register: Washington and Charleston face similar financial challenges. Our problem here in West Virginia is the worse of the two. Why? Washington doesn’t seem to have to balance the federal budget, and the federales can print money. The book “Animal Farm,” by George ...

Thanks a Lot, Unions

Editor, News-Register: Dear teachers unions — Fred Albert (AFT), Dale Lee (WVEA), Jenny Craig (Ohio County): Thank you so much for protecting my children from those dangerous charter schools that would do harm to my children and possibly to your unions’ dues levels. I feel lucky that ...

Bring Back Civics, History

Editor, News-Register: I could cry when I see a “man on the street” TV interview with questions about our government and our history and the “man” can’t answer or gives an absurd answer that the interviewer thinks is funny. When did civics and history (American and world) become ...

Judge’s Ruling Questioned

Editor, News-Register: Judge Hummel is quite the man. Not much of a jurist, but quite the man. He’s sentenced a decorated veteran and co-conspirator to six years in prison for what was not much more than a drunken and opioid fueled frenzy that resulted in a burned down bar. No dark money. ...

Vote for Brooke Levy

Dear Editor: This is an open letter to my fellow Brooke County Citizens: This Saturday is going to be an exciting day as we vote for our annual excess levy, which lasts for 5 years. The passage of this levy is crucial to our school system as it is the backbone of its operation. Yes, ...

Repair Sidewalk on Bridge

Dear Editor: I used to live at the Welty Home on Washington Avenue. Many of us would walk to the Dollar Store over the bridge. Most of us had walkers. Along the side of the walking area there is a dangerous problem. A lot of the cement on the edge has come loose and fallen off. When ...

Out-of-State Plates Cited

Editor, News-Register: Out-of-state plates! Can anyone hazard a guess as to how much money the state of West Virginia and its subdivisions are losing by permitting residents of our state to have their vehicles registered in another state? Obviously, there are a least a couple of reasons ...

Amazing Teacher Mourned

Editor, News-Register: One recent morning, I was saddened to pull up The Intelligencer, only to see the unfortunate news that Mary Alice Florio had passed away. For those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Florio, please know this: she was a force of nature, a legend, and an ...

Overcoming Our Biases

Editor, News-Register: The Mike Myer Sunday column of February 3 poses a question: “Do we still have a race problem in America?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!!!!!” Several factors perpetuate it. One is that the brain perceives differences in physical features of objects and faces ...

Garage Options Cited

Editor, News-Register: Proposed parking garage —other alternatives! I guess I need to “clear the air” before getting into the meat of this letter. Let me state without reservation, I do not have any animosity, or think that the two lawyers that own the property the city wishes to ...

Just Fix the Roads!

Editor, News-Registe: Why are Wheeling drivers screaming, “Fix the damn roads,” when driving east from Ohio over Wheeling’s I-70’s broken half-mile stretch, taking the ramp off to 10th Street and south down broken Main Street to Center Wheeling, or north up broken downtown Market ...

Charter Schools Backed

Editor, News-Register: Superman had his kryptonite. The Wicked Witch of the West had water, and Indiana Jones had snakes. Now apparently the teacher unions have charter schools as the thing which will destroy public education as we know it. It’s more like Chicken Little and the falling ...

Oppose the User Fee

Editor, News-Register: Taxation without representation! Where do I start? I’ve already written about an interpretation of a “user fee,” but to refresh your memory; here it is again. A true “user fee” is a fee that one has to pay for use of a service or a facility, i.e. rental of ...

Defeat Education Bill

Editor, News-Register: I’m writing this letter to the editor to make sure your readers are aware of some key points in the Omnibus Bill — WV Senate Bill 451. This bill affects taxpayers, service personnel, teachers, students, and parents. It affects taxpayers by putting more burden on ...

Mayor Is Criticized

Editor, News-Register: The caption over a letter appearing in these pages on 23 January 2019 read: :Mayor Explains Council Process.” With all due respect, Mayor Glenn Elliott didn’t explain a single thing. What the mayor did in “explaining” why the city refused (until the ...

Trump Wrong on Wall

Trump Wrong on Wall Editor, News-Register: As the current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of our great nation, impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers, who are sadly being disrespected and used as “pawns” by President Trump in a quite obvious ...