Local Columns

A Governor Like No Other?

If ever a people needed financial reasons to be optimistic, it is now in West Virginia. We are among the most pessimistic people in the nation, and not without cause. Two statistics make our collective attitude clear: ∫ On Nov. 8, just one other state gave President Donald Trump a bigger ...

Just Waiting For The Bells

The trees are stark white and gray, naked in their winter wardrobe. The lack of leaves and foliage allows sound to travel great distances, over the hilltops, stretching to reach into the valleys. A rare warm January evening had me slowing my pace to get inside. The sun had not quite set, ...

A World Of Change

So, it is a new year, a new political environment, a new resolve for personal growth. Many of the clergy I have been in conversation with have voiced their concern about dwindling congregations; young people moving away from the area, inability of older people to attend regularly, lack of ...

No Matter How You Voted, Pray for Next President

In the spring of 1871, a young man picked up a book and read 21 words that changed his life. The young man was a medical student at Montreal General Hospital. He was worried about final examinations. He was troubled about what he should do with his life, where he should establish his medical ...

Names Still Being Sought for Memorial to Honor Veterans

A five-member committee appointed by the Marshall County Commission to review architectural designs for a Veterans Memorial to be erected in the vicinity of the Fountain on the Courthouse Lawn will hear proposals on Tuesday from four firms which have expressed interest in being awarded the ...

Thanks, Bill and Sharon, for your donation

Thanks, Bill and Sharon Bill and Sharon Burke O’Leary, 1961 graduates of Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, were regular attendees at Central functions, Wheeling City Council and other community endeavors. They loved their alma mater and Wheeling. When they passed away not too long ...

West Virginia Should Not Reinstate Death Penalty

West Virginia formally abolished the death penalty in 1965, with the last execution being in 1958. There had been a de facto moratorium before abolition, so there was only one man on the “row” when I was a guard at the old Moundsville Penitentiary in 1963. I forget his name now but I ...

Russians Target Fracking, Too

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment. But you can’t have it both ways. What if the Russians ...

More Than Just a Game

Some people don’t get it. They don’t like sports. They don’t follow sports of any kind. And that’s OK. To each his own. You don’t have to like sports to know it was more than just a basketball game that happened in Morgantown, W.Va. on Tuesday night. There was huge excitement among ...

Five Things Contented People Don’t Do

While it may be impossible to accomplish 100 percent of the time, contentment is something that most of us want in our lives each and every day. I know I do!! And in all the years I’ve been in ministry, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t continually want to be content. ...

Tackling Urban Decay With Plastic

I have to say I’m looking forward eagerly to the wonderful, massive improvement coming to some neighborhoods of Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and other big cities in Ohio. For many years, a drive through those places was an exercise in depression. Signs of urban decay and neglect were ...

Protect Consumer Protection Agency Against Assaults

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, is the most important federal agency you have probably never heard of. Since 2011, the CFPB has served as a wildly successful and accountable watchdog over unfair and greedy practices by companies offering financial products like mortgages, ...

History of Existing Water Plant, Plans for Improvements Noted

Six Moundsville residents were among eight individuals who broke ground 11 years ago (Jan. 5, 2006) for the new city of Moundsville Water Treatment Plant, and this past Tuesday five of the six were in attendance at the city council meeting when an ordinance was passed on second and final ...

Trump the True Candidate of Wall St.

Is it not now becoming more obvious that the populist rhetoric that highlighted the campaign of President-elect Donald J. Trump was utilized simply as a ploy to deceive the voting population into believing that the multi-billionaire real estate mogul was actually a “man of the people” when ...

Clean Coal Technology Is Working in W.Va.

Speaking as a CEO of a major coal-fired power plant and a coal mining company, I am compelled to start with the devastation of the coal industry, particularly in West Virginia but throughout all coal country. This devastation has been caused by excessive and politicized Environmental Protection ...

Friends, Relatives Fueling Drug Crisis

Editor, News-Register: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,(SAMHSA), a federal agency which deals with drug use, addiction, and overdoses published some very important information and I wanted to share this with the Ohio Valley as this problem affects all of us. The ...

Americans Want Pennies in Our Pockets

Editor, News-Register: I wanted to talk about the semi-recent topic of parting ways with our beloved pennies. I hold a strong opinion on this and know that many other people do, too. The penny was first minted in 1909. It has a portrait of arguably the greatest United States president on ...

Cleaning Up the Town and Fire Truck Colors

Clean It Up With city leaders in Wheeling looking to clean up the city’s landscape in 2017, it’s easy to see what they mean. City officials are looking at the possibility of banning plywood to board up vacant buildings in lieu of a more attractive and durable polycarbonate window ...

Tell the Bureaucrats Who’s Boss

President Barack Obama is infamous for using his pen and phone to upset the constitutional balance of powers by issuing executive orders. But long before Obama decided he was a one-man lawmaking machine, hundreds of wannabe dictators in the vast federal bureaucracy had realized they, too, had ...

Just Leave Things Alone

First it was the Dial soap. The manufacturer decided to change the scent of the original gold bar of soap we grew up with, not thinking it was fine the way it was. Sorry, Dial, I went with Lever after that. I was glad, too, that the Lever maker has kept its original scent while adding others ...