Letters to the Editor

Bring Back Civics, History

Editor, News-Register: I could cry when I see a “man on the street” TV interview with questions about our government and our history and the “man” can’t answer or gives an absurd answer that the interviewer thinks is funny. When did civics and history (American and world) become ...

Judge’s Ruling Questioned

Editor, News-Register: Judge Hummel is quite the man. Not much of a jurist, but quite the man. He’s sentenced a decorated veteran and co-conspirator to six years in prison for what was not much more than a drunken and opioid fueled frenzy that resulted in a burned down bar. No dark money. ...

Vote for Brooke Levy

Dear Editor: This is an open letter to my fellow Brooke County Citizens: This Saturday is going to be an exciting day as we vote for our annual excess levy, which lasts for 5 years. The passage of this levy is crucial to our school system as it is the backbone of its operation. Yes, ...

Repair Sidewalk on Bridge

Dear Editor: I used to live at the Welty Home on Washington Avenue. Many of us would walk to the Dollar Store over the bridge. Most of us had walkers. Along the side of the walking area there is a dangerous problem. A lot of the cement on the edge has come loose and fallen off. When ...

Out-of-State Plates Cited

Editor, News-Register: Out-of-state plates! Can anyone hazard a guess as to how much money the state of West Virginia and its subdivisions are losing by permitting residents of our state to have their vehicles registered in another state? Obviously, there are a least a couple of reasons ...

Amazing Teacher Mourned

Editor, News-Register: One recent morning, I was saddened to pull up The Intelligencer, only to see the unfortunate news that Mary Alice Florio had passed away. For those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Florio, please know this: she was a force of nature, a legend, and an ...

Overcoming Our Biases

Editor, News-Register: The Mike Myer Sunday column of February 3 poses a question: “Do we still have a race problem in America?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!!!!!” Several factors perpetuate it. One is that the brain perceives differences in physical features of objects and faces ...

Garage Options Cited

Editor, News-Register: Proposed parking garage —other alternatives! I guess I need to “clear the air” before getting into the meat of this letter. Let me state without reservation, I do not have any animosity, or think that the two lawyers that own the property the city wishes to ...

Just Fix the Roads!

Editor, News-Registe: Why are Wheeling drivers screaming, “Fix the damn roads,” when driving east from Ohio over Wheeling’s I-70’s broken half-mile stretch, taking the ramp off to 10th Street and south down broken Main Street to Center Wheeling, or north up broken downtown Market ...

Charter Schools Backed

Editor, News-Register: Superman had his kryptonite. The Wicked Witch of the West had water, and Indiana Jones had snakes. Now apparently the teacher unions have charter schools as the thing which will destroy public education as we know it. It’s more like Chicken Little and the falling ...

Oppose the User Fee

Editor, News-Register: Taxation without representation! Where do I start? I’ve already written about an interpretation of a “user fee,” but to refresh your memory; here it is again. A true “user fee” is a fee that one has to pay for use of a service or a facility, i.e. rental of ...

Defeat Education Bill

Editor, News-Register: I’m writing this letter to the editor to make sure your readers are aware of some key points in the Omnibus Bill — WV Senate Bill 451. This bill affects taxpayers, service personnel, teachers, students, and parents. It affects taxpayers by putting more burden on ...

Mayor Is Criticized

Editor, News-Register: The caption over a letter appearing in these pages on 23 January 2019 read: :Mayor Explains Council Process.” With all due respect, Mayor Glenn Elliott didn’t explain a single thing. What the mayor did in “explaining” why the city refused (until the ...

Trump Wrong on Wall

Trump Wrong on Wall Editor, News-Register: As the current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of our great nation, impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers, who are sadly being disrespected and used as “pawns” by President Trump in a quite obvious ...

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. ...