Letters to the Editor

Reason for Budget Optimism?

Republican legislators and Gov. Jim Justice had big, important plans for this year. With the state out of the fiscal doldrums, they said, it was time to move forward. Or not. Not a single part of the forward-looking agenda was implemented. The school employees’ strike got in the ...

Finding the Solution To Substance Abuse

Editor, News-Register: For some time, I’ve been on a quest to understand and determine a possible solution to the opioid dilemma that plagues our country. I’ve heard a lot of opinions and talk, but no solution(s). I have come to the conclusion that it will take a generation or ...

Washington Avenue Demolition Criticized

Editor, News-Register: Many Wheeling residents resided in the Washington Avenue area their entire lives. This is our home. The mere foundation of our homes is being threatened by Wheeling Jesuit University. Major destruction of a handful of historical (Bill Lias) is planned, And the best ...

Tax Cut, Health Care Agendas Are Questioned

Editor, News-Register: The tax cut legislation passed is touted to be a large tax reduction for corporations and tax reductions for all tax payers. The government operates on tax revenue. The question is where are they going to get the funds to replace these tax cuts? President Reagan used ...

There Never Really Was a School Strike

Editor, News-Register: When you play poker, you have to ante up. An ante is a stake in the action; it’s skin in the game. That’s something state school employees never had in the recently settled work stoppage. They literally never had anything at risk. At even the first unfounded rumor of ...

Think About What You’re Seeing at Rodeo

Editor, News-Register: Rodeo fans, when the “tie-down roping” (aka calf roping) event starts, please take a moment to consider this: What must it be like for a baby animal — a 2- or 3-month- old calf — to come bolting out of the chute at speeds of 25 mph only to be wrenched by a rope ...

Don’t Blame Video Games for Violence

Editor, News-Register: The Trump administration has made the choice to again suggest that somehow video games are causing violence. I have one tiny problem with the White House saying this: There’s no reason to believe it. No major studies link violence to gaming; crime doesn’t go up as ...

Teachers Underappreciated

Editor, News-Register: No matter what your personal feelings are about the West Virginia public school employees’ strike, I believe we have witnessed why teachers across the U.S. are woefully underappreciated. These dedicated men and women care about our children, and make unprecedented ...

City of Wheeling Spending Too Much

Editor, News-Register: We have a city of approximately 28,500 souls. Those 28,500 souls have, as a result of this new city council, been required to pay taxes to support a new position “police liaison” which probably costs in the neighborhood of $40,000-plus. They most recently created a ...

Help Public Employees, Not Big Businesses

Editor, News-Register: School personnel in West Virginia on strike are working on a bigger picture than is often being portrayed to the public. We are standing up against corruption that is going on in our state. Please see this link about Lissa Lucas being pulled of the legislative floor for ...

Privatization a Bad Route for PEIA

Editor, News-Register: Saving Ohio County schools money, forcing workers into disability and poverty: In response to the previous article in The Intelligencer, “Dealing With PEIA Challenge.” As stated on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, injured workers suffer as reforms limit ...

Idea of Arming Teachers A Sign of Disrespect

Editor, News-Register: Candidate Trump told us we could vote for him without fear of his doing the bidding of the special interests because he was financing his own campaign. If anyone doubts that President Trump is, in fact, beholden to the special interests, that person only needs to ...

Educators Striking For the Wrong Reasons

Editor, News-Register: First let me say I agree the teachers should get a fair raise. What you are striking for is ridiculous. Who, in today’s world gets free insurance? Most everyone has to pay a portion of their insurance, plus pay deductibles. There are a lot of people out there who ...

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 ...