Opinion

Avoid Costly Mistake On Budget Estimates

Editorials

Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature are right to insist on what amounts to a hold-the-line state budget that does not depend on massive tax increases. But there is danger even in their fiscally conservative plan. It is simply that even the $4.055 billion general revenue ...

Continuing in Our Race Toward the American Dream

Local Columns

This year, our youngest son is finishing his freshman year in college. It put me in remembrance of the last school trip we took together. Ever since my son was in the school band, he had asked me to go on the annual school band trip. Each year I had been out of town, or simply to busy to go. ...

Concerns About Health Care Proposal Listed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In the Wheeling Intelligencer on March 7 was an article about repealing the Affordable Care Act. Congressman David McKinley is saying what the bill Congress is trying to replace it with it keeps. The bad part of this terrible legislation is what it doesn’t keep. The ...

W.Va.’s Richest Man Reveals Flip Phone at Conference

Local Columns

On the Flip Side of Technology West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice — a billionaire listed as the state’s richest man — carries a flip phone. Justice revealed his outmoded telephone technology during a stop in downtown Wheeling this week. He was planning to read a message on the phone to ...

Old Prison a Boon for Community, Development Group

Local Columns

When the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) is mentioned, it is usually in reference to the former West Virginia Penitentiary, but actually the MEDC was formed in 1994, a year prior to the closing of the state’s maximum security prison. However, whether the MEDC has worked ...

Stop Delays in Congress, Get Something Done

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: If any Democrats or far left idiots did not agree with what President Donald Trump said at his address to Congress, then not one of them could call themselves Americans. I am so proud of Donald Trump because of what he said. I know that it comes from the heart and ...

If Trump Has Evidence, He Should Present It

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: At 3:35 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, the 45th and current president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, stated in a tweet that he had “just found out that his telephones were wire tapped in Trump Tower just before his election victory,” accusing his ...

Changing Minds On Collection of Race Data

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Regarding “Ohio Police must collect traffic stop data”: Officers must now collect data on the race and gender of people they pull over in traffic stops or take aside for questioning. This was a policy in many agencies across the country for years, until the ...

Junk Buildings Block Progress

Editorials

When it comes to what government can do to boost economic development and improve the quality of life for people, tearing down can be as important as building up. On Thursday, we published yet another one of those stories about dilapidated buildings. This one involved rundown structures in ...

Skeletons in W.Va. Budget Closet

Local Columns

There is really good money to be had in the good Samaritan business. Cruising the highways and stopping occasionally to help motorists who have run out of gasoline, had flat tires or other problems can net you millions. Ask Robert Martin, president of the Citizens Conservation Corps of West ...

Let Counties Help With Infrastructure

Editorials

State officials eager to improve highways and other infrastructure throughout West Virginia should remember that every little bit helps. There is a way counties can augment state and federal funding for such work. In some areas where local economies have gotten shots in the arm from ...

Appreciating The Artist

Local Columns

The first time I walked into an actual art gallery, I realized I would never be an artist. I was in awe of the paintings, drawings and photographs neatly framed and hung on the partitions that made up an Oglebay Institute display. I was about 12 years old at the time and there was an art show ...

Hijacking Foreign Policy?

Editorials

“The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call for a ...

One Way

Local Columns

“... I will make them jealous with those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.” Deuteronomy 32:21b. “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.” Romans 10:19. (E.S.V. here and throughout.) The ...

Amend Storage Tank Regulations

Editorials

West Virginia legislators’ reaction to a chemical leak into the Elk River at Charleston more than three years ago was understandable. They enacted what came to be known as the “tank bill,” establishing strict rules for owners of storage tanks throughout the state. Water supplies for ...

Eliminate Wasteful Defense Spending

Editorials

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

Weirton Acts To Battle Drugs

Editorials

Lots of people are high on Weirton these days, in part because of great news about a new business at the old ArcelorMittal plant site. That’s good. But you may want to think twice about being high in Weirton. Courtesy of City Council, it’s illegal. On Monday, council made Weirton the ...

Improving Park In Moundsville

Editorials

Moundsville City Manager Deanna Hess has an excellent idea — providing it does not go too far. During a City Council meeting this week, Hess suggested adding recreational facilities at the Riverfront Park. Specifically, she thinks a roller skating and ice skating rink would be appealing ...

Continue Cleaning Up Great Lakes

Editorials

Around here, a vote on “most disliked federal agency” would be no contest. The Environmental Protection Agency would win, hands down. Much of what the EPA does is necessary, however. The agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative falls into that category. Many Ohioans are well ...

Keep Debate Among W.Va. Officials Civil

Editorials

There is plenty of acrimony stemming from disagreement over the issues facing West Virginia state government without adding to it by making the arguments personal. Unfortunately, that has happened. It may be impossible to discover who threw the first verbal stone, but clearly, relations ...