Local Columns

Is the Revolution Going Too Far?

It may be time to call off the revolution. It certainly is time to reflect that the person who recommended we “question everything” didn’t say “change everything.” Jim Justice is governor of West Virginia and Donald Trump is president of the United States because discontent with ...

Color Me Confused

I made it a point this week to pick up a package of food dye to color a few eggs for Easter. I probably should have stuck to the food coloring found in the baking aisle. You know the kind — the package of basic colors in little plastic squeeze bottles. You can mix the blue and yellow and ...

Let’s Keep Public Broadcasting in W.Va.

West Virginia may well be first in another category: the first state in the nation to lose its public broadcasting system. The West Virginia State Senate passed its budget proposal Wednesday and there is no funding for public broadcasting. The Senate leadership didn't just take a portion of ...

Is Justice What Agency Says It Is?

Either we believe in one of the most revered statements of who we are as Americans — innocent until proven guilty — or we do not. During the next week, we’ll find out whether members of the West Virginia House of Delegates agree with the concept. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a ...

Hoping for a Change of Heart by the Governor

In just one week, the 60-day legislative session will have come to a close. Since Feb. 8, the Senate has sent 267 bills over to the House for consideration, and in the coming days, many of those will become law. While most of this session has been completely under the umbrella of the ...

How We Americans Live Is Definition of Insanity

Accepting the following definition of, insanity, as stated in Merriam-Webster: a: extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable I was dumbfounded by the Houston Police Department’s recent report that placed the assigned value of $500,000 on the jersey ...

Learning to Make Do With Less

During the past few years, officials in the executive branch of West Virginia state government have been remarkably successful in avoiding real spending cuts — while convincing Mountain State residents the reins were being pulled in. They have, but not to the extent you may ...

True Value Of Play Time

“I don’t get this March Madness stuff. It’s just basketball,” a casual observer said. Well that could be said of soccer, football, baseball, volleyball and so on, to anyone who does not participate in sports or doesn’t have a child playing on a team. But anyone involved in ...

Events at Old Prison Resume; Operation Pride Is Reviewed

Saturday marked the reopening of day tours of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. For the next two months, tours will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and beginning on June 1 the tours will be seven days a week. The tours and other attractions at the former ...

Beggars Before God

Luther once said, “We are all beggars before God.” It is such a powerful image to imagine your life as a beggar before God. How would that change our opinions if we resonated with the beggar inside of us? Everything you do relying upon God’s grace, never knowing where you will receive ...

Giving Vote to 18-Year-Olds

Sometimes when people mention the U.S. Constitution, they might be able to recite the First Amendment’s rights to free press and freedom of religion, or they might speak of the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms. But what do you know about the other amendments to the Constitution? I ...

‘Fake News’ Seldom Is Intentional

This week’s Fake News Trophy goes not to any newspaper, internet site or broadcast outlet, but to the U.S. Census Bureau. On Thursday, the Census agency released its 2016 population estimates. The next day, we published a story and chart showing the Northern Panhandle-East Ohio region had ...

Balanced Budget Requires Work — Not Hyperbole

Most everybody is familiar with the old adage: “Those who can, do.” That’s been pretty evident around the halls of the Capitol this past week, especially as the Legislature finishes its balanced budget bill. But as we put together the final pieces of the puzzle, we’ve found ourselves ...

Encounter at Spring Training in Florida Was a Surprise

I and 32 other Ohio Valley residents made our annual Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel trek to the Sunshine State for a five- night stay two weeks ago, which included five Major League games in five different parks. In addition to the games, I did encounter one surprise which occurred on the third ...

Trump Wants to Help Rich at Expense of W.Va.

I don’t know whether to say it is utterly shocking, or completely believable, but the Trumpcare bill in Congress (ACHA) turned out to be a rescue package for Wall Street fat cats, paid for by West Virginians. Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have put together a new law that will deprive hundreds of ...

Wheeling Roads, Streets Need Attention Badly

Editor, News-Register: After having read comments of praise published recently in the Wheeling News-Register regarding the paving and resurfacing of National Road, I feel that our city officials, in particular our mayor, Mr. Elliott, should direct their attention to Our Friendly City; our ...

Gorsuch’s Faith in Constitution Makes Him Good Pick for Court

Few individuals over the last century have impacted the American legal discourse as profoundly as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the wake of his untimely passing last February, this lion of the law left behind a legacy of faithfully applying the law and upholding the principles enshrined ...

Gorsuch Right for High Court

By U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Few individuals over the last century have impacted the American legal discourse as profoundly as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the wake of his untimely passing last February, this lion of the law left behind a legacy of faithfully applying ...

Correct Injustice In W.Va.

Innocent until proven guilty isn’t a concept accepted by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. They seem to think that if you’re arrested for driving under the influence — even if you’re never convicted — they ought to suspend or revoke your driver’s license. That may be ...

State Government Must Live Within Its Means

After nearly two weeks of grizzlies, goading, and a nonstop, taxpayer-funded road show, it looks time has run out on Governor Justice’s countdown clock. Last Monday, Republican leadership presented the framework for how the Legislature plans to balance the state’s budget this year, and ...