Letters to the Editor

Time to Rethink How Local Government Run

Editor, News-Register: Have you ever thought, when you lived in a city and paid county taxes, what benefits are you getting? Granted, a large portion goes for the education of children, but a great amount of your dollars are used out into the county from which you live. Cities in the county ...

W.Va. Should Add Tax On Sugary Beverages

It is well-known that compared to other states, West Virginia ranks at or near the bottom in terms of overall health. The statistics are true for adults, as well as our children. This health crisis requires urgent intervention. One of the leading causes of poor health is obesity, which leads ...

Missing Opportunity on Teachers

Editor, News-Register: Most of us can remember our favorite teacher. For some of us, perhaps we had more than one favorite teacher. What a blessing it is to look back into childhood and fondly remember a teacher who was inspiring. Every teacher wants to provide a high-quality education ...

School Environment Still Safe, Productive

Editor, News-Register: If we let our lowest common denominators dictate public opinion, we are failing as a society. Race issues exist everywhere and, yes, at Wheeling Park High School. No one is disputing that, but our local community has to do better with common sense. We literally allowed ...

Speed Limit Increase Would Be Dangerous

Editor, News-Register: It was reported last Tuesday that the West Virginia Legislature is considering a proposal to have the Dept. of Transportation increase the speed limit on selected state highways. This is, in my opinion, simply wrong. Just a few months ago I was traveling on I-79 ...

Don’t Open W.Va. Parks to Logging

Most of the old growth forests in the United States have been logged long ago. West Virginia’s virgin forests succumbed to the ax starting in the 1880s. A few photographs are all that remain of the giant trees, some over 45 feet in circumference, that once covered the hillsides of the state. ...

Cracker Plant Would Not Be Good for Area

Please, wake up, people! The new cracker plant proposed for our area will bring grave harm to our beautiful, rolling-hills community — and not many local, full-time jobs. An ethane cracker takes ethane, a component of natural gas found in abundance in the Marcellus shale, and processes it ...

County Commissioners Taking Requests for Non-Profit Grants

The Marshall County Commission will be accepting, through Feb. 23, requests for monies from a Community Development Fund. Non-profit organizations in Marshall County are eligible to submit applications. The county commission has budgeted $60,000 to assist organizations this year. The fund ...

Nation Should Lift Lamp to Immigrants

Editor, News-Register: Sen. Lindsey Graham stated, “America is an idea, not a race.” I agree with his sentiment 100 percent and, in accordance with that, I’d like to quote from a famous poem that can be found on the Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus,” is as ...

Rep. McKinley’s Numbers Questioned

Editor, News-Register: U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., submitted a piece that was run in the Sunday News-Register last weekend, praising the first year of the Trump presidency as an enormous success. The congressman could not be more wrong. The congressman says that West Virginia has ...

Liberalism Would Benefit Americans

I am a liberal in both the classical definition and the New Deal definition. Classical liberalism has been defined as “a political ideology that values the freedom of individuals” — including the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and markets — as well as limited ...

Improve Current Law On Medical Marijuana

Editor, News-Register: In my view, state Sen. Ryan Fern’s views on legalizing marijuana — delivered from a head in the sand, albeit imperial, point of view and recorded in your publication — offer confusion rather than clarity to West Virginians hungry for a progressive, debt-free ...

Reject Cuts to Federal Food Stamp Program

Editor, News-Register: Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. But today, Republicans are waging war on the poor. Having just passed the most cruel and short-sighted tax bill in history, now Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on going after ...

Revoke Tax Cuts, Use Money to Create Jobs

Editor, News-Register: I want to preface my letter by pointing out that I am writing to your newspaper because I earned both of my master’s degrees at West Virginia University and also had the privilege of being a professor at WVU. I believe that West Virginians are the nicest people in ...

Trump Claims Can Be Proven To Be False

Editor, News-Register: I would like to identify a number of areas of serious contradictions and hypocrisy on the part of President Trump, as well as his Republican collaborators in the Congress and conservative media, regarding their selling of their agenda and glorifying their ...

Postal Service Not Doing Adequate Job

Having sent five packages to Katy, Texas for Christmas via the United State Post Office, we are not very merry. The parcels were sent within the Post Office guidelines for on-time delivery during the holiday season. The parcels were posted at the Glen Dale office and then forwarded to the ...

Panhandle Cleaning, Restoration Is Praised

Editor, News-Register: After experiencing a devastating fire that almost completely destroyed our home this past year, my wife Linda and I were faced with the decision of whom to select to restore (and practically rebuild) our home. We chose Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration of Wheeling, and ...

Businesses Thanked For Coat Project Help

Editor, News-Register: The coat closet of Belmont County wishes to thank Macy’s and Christopher at the Ohio Valley Mall for the fantastic discount of children’s coats, and also for the wonderful personal service provided by Christopher. With the donations from Belmont Savings Bank, The ...

Thanks for Helping With Annual Food Drive

Editor, News-Register: I want to sincerely express gratitude to all who helped make the recent Neighbors Helping Neighbors Annual Food Drive a great success. I always say that our warm-hearted and caring residents are the greatest blessings to our community. The drive is a perfect ...

Company Should Be Paying for Water

Southwestern Energy (SWN) was scheduled to start stealing water from Middle Wheeling Creek in December. According to a company spokesman, the water will be pumped out from Middle Wheeling Creek at Dallas Pike, before it reaches the Division of Natural Resources Middle Creek Reservoir. Southwest ...