Letters to the Editor

Privatization Not Good Idea for We, the People

Editor, News-Register: President Trump is said to be preparing to privatize key public services, including the Veterans Administration (VA), public schools, and public broadcasting, expanding private prisons and launching a privatized infrastructure program. Republicans in Congress want to ...

Pence, Trump Actions, Appointees Criticized

Editor, News-Register: As a retired elementary public school teacher, I am appalled, frustrated and disgusted at Mike Pence, the do-nothing congressman for 12 years, the Indiana governor who is remembered for passing the Freedom of Religion Act which made it legal to discriminate against gays ...

There’s No Substitute For Winning the Game

Editor, News-Register: Kim North's article in the sports section about Buckeye North appointing Roger Herbert (an interesting name, to be sure) head football coach contained a comment of Mr. Herbert’s about Mark Cisar, one of his predecessors, which caught my attention: The one thing that I ...

Don’t Allow Environment To Be Devastated in W.Va.

Editor, News-Register: Apparently our beloved state will need a new slogan, because “West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful” just won’t cut it anymore — not if Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Manchin, and David McKinley have anything to say about it. Their actions indicate that “West ...

Sentence in Credit Union Embezzlement Is Cited

Editor, News-Register: News Item, Wheeling News-Register, February 25: “Kathleen Gramlich, the former director of Ohio County Schools Public Credit Union who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, was sentenced today to one day in jail and ordered to pay a $100 fine and make restitution in ...

View Health Insurance As Right, Not a Privilege

Editor, News-Register: After seven years of obstructionism, demagoguery and virtually countless votes by congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, the nation now awaits how President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans will proceed to ...

RESA Vital for First Responders

Editor, News-Register: If you are a West Virginian, and you’ve needed emergency services (Fire, Rescue, Police) you can thank RESA (Regional Education Service Agency) for your help. They train in all aspects of emergency service, offer affordable modern training to fire, EMS, police, ...

Don’t End Funding For Public Broadcasting

Editor, News-Register: I praise Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech. It’s rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education ...

Muslim Immigrants Should Be U.S. Concern

Editor, News-Register: It is well known that many Muslims wish to come to our country. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and those settlers who came from other countries have been absorbed into our culture, abide by our Constitution and for the most part, follow our ...

Battling Opioid Abuse Effectively

Editor, News-Register: West Virginia is definitely in a financial dilemma, Gov. Justice! Regulations on top of regulations obscure common sense approaches to sound judgment, not bureaucratic rhetoric. Case in point: Former Cabinet Secretary Bowling came up with the brilliant idea that ...

Service Personnel Need Raise, Too

Editor, News-Register: As president of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, and a school secretary for 40 years, I write this letter on behalf of the hard-working school service personnel in West Virginia. School service personnel were not included in the proposed two ...

Agencies Promote Cooperative Efforts

Editor, News-Register: I would like to address the need for regional education service agencies beyond some of the obvious points that have been made like the cooperative purchasing, outstanding professional development, and professional coaching that happens throughout each school year when ...

RESAs an Invaluable Aid to Public Schools

Editor, News-Register: The demand on today’s public school systems is forever increasing. We consistently find ourselves trying to meet rising expectations and attempting to provide additional services. The thought of facing these demands without our regional education service agencies is ...

Trump Just Making ‘The Swamp’ Murkier

Editor, News-Register: Although we are very early into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, it already is, I feel, quite obvious that Mr. Trump has no intention of comporting himself in a more serious-minded, respectful and more “presidential” manner, and we have entered an era where ...

Trump Foes’ Antics Will Destroy Democrats

Editor, News-Register: For all the people that supported and voted for Donald Trump, thank you so much. After the devastating loss of the Democrats in the presidential election, they will never accept their loss. The far left and so-called celebrities will continue their frivolous antics ...

Action Against Legion Slap in Face to Blacks

Editor, News-Register: The late Arch Riley, the author of the Wheeling charter revision, would, I think, be shocked at the apparent hijacking of the legislative duties by two salaried employees of the city. I refer to the recent front page story about the city manager and the chief of police ...

Acting Attorney General Fired for Insubordination

Editor, News-Register: Where to start? OK. Bea Stelmach’s remarks (“Trump’s Actions Should Disturb Americans,” Sunday, Feb. 12.) Trump fired the acting attorney general because she was deliberately and knowingly insubordinate. Duh. She thought her job was to make policy, not ...

RESAs Important For Local School Systems

Editor, News-Register: Like many West Virginians, I am nervously bracing myself for anticipated cuts to the very things that make our state livable and therefore positioned for growth; whispers from our legislators and the media that covers them allude to cuts to K-12 education, higher ...

Humble Doesn’t Mean Weak, Mr. President

Editor, News-Register: I’ve been trying to stay away from politics for awhile and simply pray for our country and her leaders. If my post sounds political in any way, I assure you it is not my intention. Here goes. If I could say anything to our President Trump today it would be ...

Trump’s Actions Should Disturb Americans

Editor, News-Register: Trump has been busy the few days he has been president. He fired an acting attorney general because she stood up to him indicating his Muslim ban likely was unlawful. Then he fired the acting ICE chief over the refugee order. One thousand diplomats at the State ...