Letters to the Editor

Improving Office

Editor, News-Register: As Jefferson County Clerk of Courts, I am pleased to announce I have secured a grant to modernize the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court General Division’s case management system. With the assistance of Judge Michelle G. Miller and Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr., I ...

City Debt a Concern

City Debt a Concern Editor, News-Register: Debt! One only has to look at our national debt, which was $22,026,919,403,453.14 at the time I wrote this letter on Thursday, April 25, 2019, to feel detached from reality. I’ve never seen numbers that high, but I believe it is trillions of ...

Defending Kate Smith

Editor, News-Register: Another proof the apocalypse is upon us. How does the removal of Kate Smith from New York Yankee and Philadelphia Flyers history help anything? Where are the protesters for “fat shaming” the obese, patriotic songstress by removing her statue in Philadelphia? Is the ...

Deal, or No Deal?

Editor, News-Register: If rumors are true, our current mayor and city council continue to show why they’re way out of their element when it comes to redevelopment. The most recent rumor is that the new owners of 1107 and 1109 Main Street (which the city bought for $300,000) have been unable ...

Finding Blame on Roads

ditor, News-Register: In reply to an editorial on repairing roads: Correct: Marshall County residents are not unreasonable. It will take time to make the necessary repairs. However, somebody — let’s blame the governor — is not holding those responsible accountable. Number one is ...

Control Obesogens

Editor, News-Register: During a late November meeting with members of the House of Delegates and state Senate rule making committees, member Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, questioned the necessity of lowering the amounts of harmful pollutants in the ...

Open Letter To Brooke Board

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to the Brooke County Board of Education: The reorganization of any Board of Education Central Office is a radical idea. Especially one that seeks to remove all directors and the entire finance department. During personnel season some RIFs and transfers ...

Ratify Amendment

Editor, News-Register: A brief introduction to a beneficial civics lesson: There were 39 amendments to the Constitution proposed during the ratification process in 1787. Twelve were approved by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. Ten of these were ratified in 1789 and have ...

Thank You, Jesuits

Editor, News-Register: It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the end of the Jesuit affiliation with Wheeling Jesuit University. As the institution opens another chapter, I want to take a moment and say, “thank you” to the Society of Jesus. Thank you for putting up with us when we ...

More Fake News

Editor, News-Register: More mischief (unintended or otherwise) from the Fake News Bureau, the AP. On page 10 of the Wednesday, April 24 edition, the AP claims that “millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted” as the conservative majority on the Supreme Court “seemed ready ...

Compassion at Risk

Editor, News-Register: The first sentence in the preamble of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights reads: “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the ...

‘Trust Us,’ They Say

Editor, News-Register: Trust Me! You’ve all heard those words “trust me” at one time or another in your life. I don’t know about you, but when I hear those words uttered, I want to back up against a wall so my wallet doesn’t get taken. In any case, that appears to be what our ...

Save Aetnaville Span

Editor, News-Register: As a result of an in-depth inspection of the historic Aetnaville Bridge, also known as the Georgia Street Bridge, by professionals from the West Virginia Division of Highways in October 2015, the structure, which had connected Wheeling Island with Aetnaville ...

Say No to Bank

Editor, News-Register: What is the City of Wheeling waiting on to make a decision on the zoning issue in the Lenox neighborhood? The Lenox community has been fighting a proposed rezoning on National Road at Laurel Avenue (lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) since the beginning of the year. We have ...

Fire Fee Questioned

Rumors that the city’s Fire Service Fee was not being fairly implemented and administered have been speculated on for years. Through the use of a “Freedom of Information Act” request, I was able to gain access, and review, some of those records and documents. As a result of that cursory ...

It Was a Miracle

Editor, News-Register: I thought I would share a “Wheeling miracle” with you. I live on Oak Park Avenue and have for 25 years. It’s a nice place to live, with 24 homes and 60 neighbors. On any school day, about 28 cars drop off maybe 44 kids in the morning and pick them up in the ...

Heartbeat Bill Wrong

Editor, News-Register: Republicans in Columbus just passed the nation’s most extreme abortion ban to date, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed it. This near-total abortion ban abandons the health of mothers and provides no exceptions for rape and incest, banning abortion after five to six ...

Farewell, WJU

Editor, News-Register: Numerous reports in The Intelligencer and the News-Register this past week described the imminent end of a vital and much appreciated institution: Wheeling Jesuit University. For many of us who labored at the school from one to 40 years, sadness is the main emotion. ...

Let’s Make a Deal!

Editor, News-Register: Once upon a time, there existed a small (losing population) community that once was the “gateway to the west.” The community’s new leadership decided to mimic a popular TV show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” to attract business and developers, in an effort to ...

Fire Department Officials Respond to Accusation

A “top headline” from this news paper on March 16 reads: “McMechen Volunteer Fire Department Purchasing Practices Under Scrutiny From the West Virginia Ethics Commission.” Both the opinion from the West Virginia Ethics Commission, and the aforementioned article abounds with erroneous, ...