Letters to the Editor

News Media Criticized

News Media Criticized Editor, News-Register: Why all the secrecy? The more our elected officials try to hide something from their constituents, the more it makes one wonder why the secrecy? That was the case when I found out about a secret memorandum of understanding that was in the hands ...

Repairing W.Va. Roads

Repairing W.Va. Roads Editor, News-Register: Recently, Delegate Joe Canestraro rightly took aim at the need to fix the crumbling secondary roads in Marshall County and throughout West Virginia. Delegate Canestraro is proposing pieces of legislation that would increase the oil and gas ...

Grow It. Sell It. Tax It.

Grow It. Sell It. Tax It. Editor, News-Register: This letter pertains to Mike Myer’s thought piece a few days back, regarding West Virginia’s penchant to embrace recreational marijuana; his thoughts smack of assumption and suspicion. He and the other naysayers at the press’s ...

Making Nation Greater

Making Nation Greater Editor, News-Register: “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.” — Socrates, the Greek scholar. Many people have benefited from the Trump tax cuts, the increase in the values of their portfolios, nationwide job increases and the ...

Mayor Reacts to Editorial

Editor, News-Register: I write in response to this morning’s editorial (in Tuesday’s edition of The Intelligencer) suggesting Wheeling City Council has acted inappropriately in refusing to disclose the names of all eight applicants for the vacant Ward 3 position. I hope by this response to ...

Mayor Explains Council Process

Editor, The Intelligencer: I write in response to (Tuesday’s) editorial suggesting Wheeling City Council has acted inappropriately in refusing to disclose the names of all eight applicants for the vacant Ward 3 position. I hope by this response to provide some added context on this issue. ...

Make Your Voice Heard

Make Your Voice Heard Editor, News-Register: It is my understanding that Mayor Elliott and City Council are considering “user fees” to fund, or partially fund, the cost for constructing the mid-town parking garage and the construction of a new “public safety” building. Now mind ...

Garage Deal Criticized

Editor, News-Register: In a previous letter I explained what a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is. Although not legally binding, the courts give them weight during disputes and litigation. Well, fellow citizens, here’s a review of a MOU that the City of Wheeling has put together to lease ...

Bringing Them Back

ditor, News-Register: In your Mike Myer’s Sunday column, he raised the question of how to retain our current youth population and recruit others to the state. The answer is that we need to do two really big things very quickly: Fix our infrastructure and revamp our education system. Both ...

Cut Wheeling Budget

Editor, News-Register: Yes that’s right: Wheeling needs to make cuts to its budget. The people voted against the public safety building; the citizens can’t or don’t want any additional taxes. We already have the burden of the fire service fee each year, along with rising property taxes ...

Just Tear Them Down

It seems the city is selling three of the four buildings they bought for $155k a few years ago for $80k. That’s a $75k loss plus the cost of tearing down the rear of one because it was structurally unsound. They also paid $140k for the adult bookstore building, and was going to end that ...

Carvers List Winners

Editor, News-Register: The Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild lists the winners of their Christmas Tree Project, which included the 6-foot tree loaded with over 250 hand-carved ornaments. The winner of the tree was Ed Schafer, Madison, Indiana. He purchased his winning ticket during the Fall ...

Garage Plan Questioned

Editor, News-Register: I continue to read with interest the grand plans that the mayor, his sidekick, and members of city council envision for the new year. This letter is written concerning the proposed parking garage to be located on Market Street across from the old Wheeling-Pittsburgh ...

Release Tax Returns

Editor, News-Register: I, as many, find puzzling President Trump’s response, or lack of, to the murder and subsequent dismemberment of Saudi native and legal United States resident, Jamal Khashoggi who was an esteemed columnist for “The Washington Post,” by the government of Saudi Crown ...

Thanks from St. John’s

Editor, News-Register: On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and boys of the St. John’s Home for Children, we would like to express our humble and heartfelt thanks to the many businesses and multitude of individuals who helped to make Christmas so very special for the young boys ...

Generosity Praised

Editor, News-Register: The Staff and Volunteers of the House of the Carpenter would like to thank those who helped to provide Christmas for 392 children this year. There were many individuals, but there were also groups like the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club, The Health Plan, Troy ...

Comparison Wrong

Editor, News-Register: On Dec. 25 you ran an article about spending Christmas behind bars at Belmont Correctional. In this article, Belmont Warden Gray compared life of an inmate during Christmas behind bars to life of a soldier deployed during Christmas. Let me set the record straight to ...

Donors Made Impact

Editor, News-Register: I want to express sincere gratitude to all who helped make the recent Neighbors Helping Neighbors Annual Food Drive 2018 a success. There are 16 local agencies on my distribution list. Every year I pray about the drive, worried that there will not be enough food to ...

Bring Immigrants Here

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice: Much has been said and reported recently on the migrant caravan containing anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 Guatemalans, Hondurans, Central Americans and other national immigrants headed to the southern United States border. Our ...

Justice Questioned

Editor, News-Register: Isn’t something wrong when four young West Virginians are arrested for going below ground to possibly steal copper when above ground tobacco merchants of death legally crawl, cruise, and creep around preying on mostly poor and uneducated youth to keep their perpetual ...