Letters to the Editor

When Work Day Ends

I watched as my friend made his way down the street to our appointed meeting place for lunch. He uses a cane now, something I had not noticed in the past. He is, I’m reminded, well past retirement age. We greet one another and take a table near the window where a warm and rare February sun is ...

Proposed Wheeling Raises Are Too Much

Editor, News-Register: I protest Wheeling Council’s pending monetary increase! Mayor Elliot said he needed someone to protest his and council’s considered monetary increase in order to have the people vote on this measure. Well, he has someone and I hope a lot more. The mayor says ...

Teachers Wrong To Hold Walkout

Editor, News-Register: I could not remain silent after reading teachers may hold a walkout, because they aren’t satisfied with a 1 percent pay raise every year for next 5 years. I ask how many people get guaranteed raises? Raises that are guaranteed before work performances are even known. ...

Let’s Keep Discussing The Courtesy Patrol

Editor, News-Register: On the Civilian Conservation Corps of West Virginia and the Courtesy Patrol: A couple of weeks’ prior, Mike Myer wrote an opinion piece on eliminating the Courtesy Patrol to help fund raises in teachers’ salaries. I am here to elaborate and explore this issue ...

City Offices Should Be About Serving Public

Editor, News-Register: I protest Wheeling Council’s pending monetary increase! Mayor Elliot said he needed someone to protest his and council’s considered monetary increase in order to have the people vote on this measure. Well, he has someone and I hope a lot more. The mayor says that ...

Storch Comment To Teachers Criticized

Editor, News-Register: According to the front page of the Sunday News-Register last weekend, Delegate Erica Storch, R-Ohio, told area teachers assembled at John Marshall High School: “I want to get more money to you .... Unfortunately, I don’t know where this money is coming from.” I ...

Both Democrats, Republicans Criticized

Editor, News-Register: What has happened to politics in this great country? When we have a Republican president in office, the Democrats band together and try to disrupt everything that he tries to do. And when we have a Democratic president in office, the Republicans band together and do ...

Lawmakers’ Abortion Action Is Criticized

Editor, News-Register: What is dumber than a donkey? A donkey with blinders. There are 25 such blinder-wearing donkeys chewing abhorrent alfalfa and backfire braying in the West Virginia State Senate. This is a response to your article appearing Feb. 10 of this year. The recent majority ...

Asking How We Allow People to Bully Us

Editor, News-Register: I believe that most of us Americans have been victims of bullying and/or some form of abuse at some time in our lives. As a former counselor and therapist, I worked with and tried to help many victims of everyday bullying, as well as various other forms of abuse. I ...

Trump’s Shortcomings, Hypocrisy Are Cited

I continue to find it quite ironic and most hypocritical that President Trump continues to malign the legitimate media who has the “audacity” to hold him accountable to the American people for his words and actions, when the lion’s share of his notoriety and celebrity over the years is ...

Sandy O’Haver Cared, Made a Big Difference

Editor, News-Register: Give — Advocate — Volunteer are three words that represent the foundation of what the United Way stands for — and they were the words that were ingrained in the heart and soul of Sandy O’Haver. Sandy worked for the United Way for over 30 years. Although ...

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 ...