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Opinion

Rediscovering West Virginia

Editorials

Many Mountain State residents have cut back on or even canceled vacation plans for the summer. But with the Independence Day holiday weekend upon us, we suspect some are thinking a recreational trip would be just the thing. Good. A day trip or even a weekend away from home need not break ...

Take Some Time To Read to Kids

Editorials

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

Avoid Budget Cuts in Schools

Editorials

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. At one point, Ohio officials were ...

Prison Appropriate In College Scheme

Editorials

It may be some time before the college entrance cheating scandal is resolved. More than four dozen have been charged. One high-profile case should be dealt with during the next several weeks. It involves television star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. ...

Ensure Teachers Safe With Guns

Editorials

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is controversial. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Critics worry about gun accidents and “friendly-fire” mistakes by ...

Keeping Valuable Museums Open

Editorials

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

We Really Need To Be Talking

Local Columns

Talking with someone of a different race about bigotry is difficult. I’ve done it, though not as many times as I should have, so I know. It’s a whole lot tougher than, say, demanding that your state remove from the capitol building a bust of a Confederate general. It’s more ...

Correct Flawed Broadband Data

Editorials

Working and learning from home this spring made many Americans familiar with the online world. All too many lacked the experience, however, because they do not have access to high-speed broadband service. That is especially a concern in areas such as ours, which are largely rural. As we ...

Give the Legion A Look, Veterans

Editorials

Nationally, the American Legion remains strong. It has nearly 2 million members in more than 12,000 posts throughout the United States. But as many Legionnaires in our area are aware, it has become more and more difficult to bring new members into the organization. Earlier this month, ...

Allow Students To Show Faith

Editorials

Ensuring public school students are not penalized because of their religious beliefs is a worthwhile goal, even if pitfalls are encountered during the process. Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill intended to expand the religious freedom of students in public ...

‘Boys’ Excuse No Longer Acceptable

Editorials

Too often in the past, dangerous behavior by members of college fraternities has been shrugged off. The old “boys will be boys” excuse is trotted out. Strange, isn’t it, how they and college administrators refer to themselves as men? It seems that more people have decided they ...

Learn Whether Cuts Are Needed

Editorials

With the process of “reopening” our economy seemingly well along in West Virginia, nagging questions remain to be answered for state policymakers. High on the list is how many businesses succumbed to the COVID-19 shutdown and how they will affect the economy as a whole and, more ...

Bailing Out State, Local Governments

Editorials

It has been nearly three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, providing more than $2 trillion to help Americans cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. West Virginia state government has received $1.25 billion — but it appears not a dime of that can be spent on the most ...

July Revenue Won’t Be Predictor for Fiscal 2021

Local Columns

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will have an ace up their collective sleeve when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday. My guess is the card will be worth $105 million to $140 million. State personal income tax collections for the first five months of 2019 totaled about $932 ...

Coal Will Remain Major Part of W.Va. Economy

Local Columns

Everyone knows the important role that West Virginia coal has had on our daily lives and the overall health of our state. The coal industry has always accounted for an abundance of good paying jobs, a reliable revenue stream and funding source that supports a myriad of education and ...

Groundbreaking Set for Gold Star Families Monument

Local Columns

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Marshall County Gold Star Family Monument will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Plaza on the northwest corner of the county courthouse. It was some 15 months ago that Marshall County resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” ...

Adapting Higher Education to Online Learning

Local Columns

In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic upheavals has been in the way students learn in schools and colleges at every level. In higher education, the traditional model of classroom-based, face-to-face instruction ...

Giving the Money Back

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Bethany College and other politikally korrect institutions will want to complete their purification by returning all funds and other benefits that accrued to them because of Sen. Robert Byrd. I just KNOW they will. After all, they’re not hypocrites or ...

What’s the Plan?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Mike Myer’s column on May 31 commented on the known COVID-19 and what to do. How about the unknown? Climate change will kill millions in due time. What’s your strategy, — or are you a climate change denier until the dead begin to pile up? Steve ...

Ideas for Government

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I have a big wish: When are the American people going to wake up and see what this country is coming to? 1. Now is the time to get all of these old people out of office and put some new ideas in for people to vote on. 2. Bring back the draft board. 3. Put an ...