Opinion

Finding Those Who Enabled Abusers

Editorials

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Implementing Plan for Growth

Editorials

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration ...

Stop Relying On Other Countries

Editorials

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Ensure Elections Are Free and Fair

Editorials

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Battling Unfair Limits on Trade

Editorials

Some of our nation’s best trading partners have the nasty habit of protecting select industries of their own by virtually locking out competition from the United States. The European Union’s ban on hormone-treated beef from the United States is an example. Usually, such blatant unfair ...

Improve Personal Finance Education

Editorials

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, ...

Follow Defense Audit With Honest Reform

Editorials

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Negotiating Lower Prices for Drugs

Editorials

Holding drug costs down is among the biggest challenge facing both local and state officials struggling to control health insurance expenses. For example it has been a big factor in decisions by Public Employees Insurance Agency officials in West Virginia to reduce benefits. State officials ...

Curbing Power Rates in W.Va.

Editorials

Dealing with the post-holiday bills has become more difficult for West Virginians during the past few years, but not because of their Christmas spending. It is because statements from the electric company have gone up drastically. Ten years ago, the average price residential users in our ...

Stopping Powerful Sexual Predators

Editorials

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

Help Is Needed Throughout Year

Editorials

For many area residents, the next month or so may be a bit of a challenge financially. Spending too much on Christmas can make that happen. But consider that throughout the valley, life is much tougher for thousands of our neighbors. Those without jobs do not have to worry about stretching ...

Fourth Wise Man’s Journey Rewarded

Editorials

By TOM FLYNN As a child, my favorite Christmas story was a little volume, a gift from my mother, Henry Van Dyke’s “The Story of the Other Wise Man.” As Van Dyke related the story there were four Magi, not three, who set out to find the newborn King of the Jews — Caspar, Melchior, ...

Magic of Christmas Never Fails to Make Appearance

Editorials

  By ADAM KELLY And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an ...

Faith Renewed Every Year

Local Columns

Santa Claus always comes, bearing wonderful gifts. Strangely, I’ve never seen him in a red suit. Once, in another town, he appeared as a little girl about 11 years old. She was from a needy, single-parent family. I saw her while some Jaycees were hosting a group of kids on a shopping ...

Christmas Eve Is Silent, Holy Night

Editorials

Well, despite our best planning and our most focused efforts, Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us. It’s tomorrow, in case you’d lost track. There is so much left to do! The house or apartment needs a last cleaning for family members who visit just a couple of times a year. ...

Bless Those Who Show Compassion

Editorials

We pull out all the stops for Christmas. Household budgets are torn up in our determination to get the perfect gift for everyone on our lists. Many — most, here in the Ohio Valley, we have reason to believe — set aside a few dollars, perhaps more, in our concern for the less fortunate. ...

A Time to Remember the Greatest Gift Ever Given

Local Columns

It’s hard to believe that it is Christmastime again. This Christmas will be special in light of our new family. Two separate families’ traditions will have to be negotiated into one. It’s exciting and a little bit scary at the same time. The truth is Christmas is an event that has ...

And Those at Work During the Holiday

Editorials

Tonight, while most of us relax in anticipation of The Big Day, firefighters will have to hold themselves ready to respond to the almost inevitable fires in chimneys and Christmas decorations. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies will patrol our streets and roads. Men and women will ...

Marshall County Santa Claus Hands Over the Reins

Local Columns

Hopefully, the ‘‘new’’ Marshall County Santa tonight will not miss dropping off gifts to all the area youngsters! For the past 43 years, Glen Dale resident Joe Blair has been a Santa Claus, but early this year he decided to hang up his Santa suit, thus turning over his Christmas ...

Christmas on the Frontier

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Christmas on the American frontier was a much different affair than it is today. For most pioneer families like my 5x great-grandparents Daniel and Mary Pegg Higgins, the birth of Jesus Christ was marked each year with quiet, simple celebration. There were no fancy ...