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End Delays Over Doing Right Thing

Editorials

That rattling sound you hear, coming from Washington, D.C., is the noise of politicians busy kicking cans down the road. Seemingly unable to do the right, smart thing on scores of issues, they compromise frequently by merely postponing action. Part of the complex battle over avoiding a ...

Don’t Let Hard Feelings Flame

Editorials

Animosity between Moundsville’s paid and volunteer fire departments remains a challenge, it was made clear Tuesday night. City Council members may play a role in deciding whether it persists. Last week, Councilman David Wood suggested looking into whether the two departments could share ...

Money-Saving Idea Worthwhile

Editorials

Bellaire officials simply cannot afford to be paying $8,000 a year to rent a computer that is virtually useless. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan is right to suggest it be eliminated. Flanagan’s other idea, to do away with parking meters altogether, may require some ...

Saving the Hemlocks

Editorials

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. But they are at risk from an invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. Now, the tiny bug has been found in three new Ohio counties, Athens, Geauga ...

Parking Permit Idea Has Merit

Editorials

Making Wheeling’s core — the downtown business district and neighborhoods adjacent to it — more attractive as a place to live is not a new concept. As more and more residential structures are built and renovated, however, the idea demands more attention. Wheeling is not like some ...

Give Volunteers Credit for Efforts

Editorials

It is understandable that when the safety of children is at issue, emotions may run strong. They did last week during a Wheeling Traffic Commission meeting during which use of a street in the Fulton neighborhood by large trucks was debated. “If we end up with a dead child, it is on your ...

Be Cautious On Marijuana

Editorials

Far from legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, as has been suggested, West Virginia legislators ought to take another look at the statute allowing its use for medicinal reasons. Use of the active ingredient in marijuana to help those suffering from some injuries and diseases was ...

Spotting, Stopping Child Sex Abuse

Editorials

West Virginia legislators, some probably shocked by Gov. Jim Justice’s comment about sexual abuse of children, seem eager to do something about it. If you missed it, Justice said during his State of the State speech that one in 10 Mountain State children will suffer sexual abuse before ...

Avoid Catastrophe At Prisons, Jails

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a 1 percent pay raise for all state employees. That may not be enough to forestall a catastrophe at one or more state prisons or jails. As we have reported, the shortage of corrections officers for state prisons and regional jails has grown so ...

High School Renovations To Be Shown During Chamber Event

Local Columns

Those attending the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Jan. 25 at John Marshall High School will have an opportunity to tour the renovated facility. The MCCC, the Marshall County Board of Education, West Virginia Northern Community College and the staff of John ...

Maintaining Parks

Editorials

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided. West Virginia’s state parks are the ...

W.Va. Benefits Greatly From Past Year’s Action

Local Columns

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve ...

Setting Priorities to Create New Jobs in W.Va.

Local Columns

As we think about job creation in the new year, it is important to note that private sector employment in West Virginia increased during 2017. Increases in employment can be attributed to growth in mining and logging, construction, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. ...

Forget Frugality During This Year

Editorials

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

Addiction Vs. Being A Parent

Local Columns

Imagine the state taking your child away from you because there is a genuine fear you may harm the little one. Perhaps you already have. In all likelihood, you can’t even comprehend such a situation. But then, you’re probably not addicted to opioid drugs. Last week, the West Virginia ...

Improve Current Law On Medical Marijuana

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In my view, state Sen. Ryan Fern’s views on legalizing marijuana — delivered from a head in the sand, albeit imperial, point of view and recorded in your publication — offer confusion rather than clarity to West Virginians hungry for a progressive, debt-free ...

Reject Cuts to Federal Food Stamp Program

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. But today, Republicans are waging war on the poor. Having just passed the most cruel and short-sighted tax bill in history, now Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on going after ...

Revoke Tax Cuts, Use Money to Create Jobs

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I want to preface my letter by pointing out that I am writing to your newspaper because I earned both of my master’s degrees at West Virginia University and also had the privilege of being a professor at WVU. I believe that West Virginians are the nicest people in ...

Trump Claims Can Be Proven To Be False

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to identify a number of areas of serious contradictions and hypocrisy on the part of President Trump, as well as his Republican collaborators in the Congress and conservative media, regarding their selling of their agenda and glorifying their ...

Postal Service Not Doing Adequate Job

Letters to the Editor

Having sent five packages to Katy, Texas for Christmas via the United State Post Office, we are not very merry. The parcels were sent within the Post Office guidelines for on-time delivery during the holiday season. The parcels were posted at the Glen Dale office and then forwarded to the ...