Opinion

Grandparents Scam Despicable

Editorials

One of the nicest, most compassionate women in Wheeling called us Friday to alert us that a new round of “grandparent scam” calls is being made. She received one, but refused to cooperate. Here’s how it works: A scam artist calls an older woman, claiming her grandson has been arrested ...

Statue Not Merited

Editorials

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans — those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example — has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected an 8-foot bronze statue of Marion Barry, ...

Seeing Value In Education

Local Columns

Here are four tidbits of information. See if you can spot what’s wrong with the picture they form: 1. West Virginia has the lowest education attainment rate in the nation. 2. Throughout the nation, just 40 percent of people responding to a Pew Research Center survey said higher ...

Missing a Good Bet for Revenue

Editorials

For people scrambling to find money to run state government, while increasing pay and benefits for public school employees, West Virginia legislators are strangely uninterested in a source of millions of dollars a year. On Friday, the House of Delegates approved a bill to allow wagering on ...

Benefits of Tax Cut Becoming More Clear to Americans

Local Columns

2018 is off to a roaring start. Unemployment is down, good jobs are being created every day, and the economy is humming. And thanks to the landmark tax cut passed in December by Congress, things are only going to get better from here. That’s especially true in our state. It’s why Vice ...

Senate Being Prudent

Editorials

Republican state senators were criticized by some this weekend for not allowing an immediate vote on a plan formulated by Gov. Jim Justice to augment pay raises already granted to West Virginia public school employees. But senators were right to insist a committee look into Justice’s ...

Annual Ham, Bacon and Egg Show Scheduled for Wednesday

Local Columns

It was 40 years ago this month that the first Cameron High School Future Farmers of America ham, bacon and egg show and sale took place. The site was the Glen Dale Motors showroom. After two years at the Glen Dale facility, the show and sale moved to the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville and ...

Worry About Run-Amok Capitalism, Not Guns

Local Columns

While I have little sufferance for the NRA, I find some truth in its claim that “Guns don’t kill, people do.” The Chinese discovered gunpowder centuries ago, and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. The furor over the latest school shooting in Florida brings out the same ...

Find Out What Went Wrong

Editorials

There are no good answers to questions about how someone’s failure to pay a delinquent tax bill caused West Virginia Northern Community College to lose control of property for which $240,000 was paid. Yet the questions need to be answered. As we reported, the WVNCC Foundation spent ...

City of Wheeling Spending Too Much

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Mallett, Birch Were Wrong

Editorials

Perhaps Ohio County Board of Education members Shane Mallett and Tim Birch thought they were doing the right thing Friday. They were not. A board meeting had been called for 7:30 a.m. that day. Board President Zach Abraham and member Sarah Koegler attended in person. Member Christine Carder ...

Don’t Degrade Quality of Water

Editorials

Many Ohio Valley residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality ...

Making PEIA Worse, Not Better

Local Columns

Striking teachers and school service personnel are demanding West Virginia legislators “fix the PEIA.” To many of the education employees, that seems more important than pay raises. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance Agency, and it provides health insurance for nearly 80,000 ...

Finding Money To End Strike

Editorials

Members of the state Senate Finance Committee were to meet today to start going through the proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Their task is to ensure $58 million will be available to help end the strike by public school employees throughout West ...

Getting Children Back in School

Editorials

West Virginia public schools were supposed to be open today. Yet in not a single one were classes in session. Nearly 208,000 children missed one more day of learning. Today is the sixth day of the strike by members of the state’s two teachers’ unions and that representing school service ...