Opinion

Helping to Fill Empty Buildings

Editorials

Owners of some of the many vacant, deteriorating structures in the Ohio Valley have simply given up on them. Others lack the resources to rehabilitate the buildings. Steubenville Councilman Scott Dressel is right that local government ought to try to help. This week, Steubenville City ...

Try Being Role Model at Games

Editorials

For generations, parents and grandparents have pointed to the youth they are raising and bemoaned the failings of “today’s youth.” The problem with such criticism, of course, is that those young people are often simply following the example that has been set by their elders. A prime ...

Independent Probe Is Vital

Editorials

It is unacceptable for a public official to attempt to intimidate a critic of government at any level, including a local school system. Brooke County Board of Education members need to get to the bottom of a complaint that such an attempt was made. Accomplishing that to the public’s ...

Johnson Suggests Shutdown Solution

Editorials

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Review Standards For Foster Homes

Editorials

Four precious little children died in a house fire Saturday night in Clay County. They ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years. Their deaths raise troubling questions about West Virginia’s protection of children placed with foster families. All four of the little ones were staying with ...

McKinley Correct: Compromise Vital

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Challenging Tax Bills on Property

Editorials

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Belmont County residents are upset about property taxes, to judge by the number who thronged the courthouse last year protesting taxable valuations set on their properties. It appears much of the outrage stems from higher property valuations in general, not ...

DeWine Gets Off To a Good Start

Editorials

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most ...

Update Medicinal Marijuana Rules

Editorials

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Loughry Sentence Should Be Severe

Editorials

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry is scheduled to be sentenced today, as a result of his conviction last year on a slate of charges involving misbehavior while in office. Whether sentencing will proceed is open to question; Loughry still has some appeal channels ...

Avoid Wishful Thinking Budget

Editorials

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Lawmakers Earn Praise for Restraint

Editorials

Give West Virginia legislators credit for, as they say, walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Even as they have demanded more fiscal discipline from state agencies during the past couple of years, they have imposed it upon themselves. As House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw, ...

Week 1 at Capitol Is in the Books

Local Columns

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness ...

Helping Youngest Victims in W.Va.

Editorials

Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in ...

Why Not Legalize Only THC?

Local Columns

Despite serious concerns expressed by many in the health care and law enforcement communities, some members of the West Virginia Legislature seem determined to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Why not just permit sale of tetrahydrocannabinol — THC, as it’s referred to commonly — ...

Address Human Rights Panel Issue

Editorials

Members of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission are scheduled to meet Tuesday. On their agenda is a difficult issue they may not be empowered to handle adequately. Last month, the panel’s chairman, Steve Novotney, was accused of making social media posts antagonistic toward the homeless, ...

Investing in the Future — Our Children in W.Va.

Local Columns

On Wednesday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice gave his State of the State Address. Hours earlier, children across West Virginia were returning home from their classrooms, in schools that are severely under-funded and under-staffed to meet their mental health needs. Many of our children ...

Abusers Deserve Long Prison Terms

Editorials

Two Belmont County women who abused a 4-year-old girl severely have pleaded guilty to charges and are to be sentenced within the next two weeks. Judges in their cases should sentence them to the maximum punishments permitted by law. No leniency is called for in this case. Last year, the ...

Invest in Agriculture, Healthier Future in W.Va.

Local Columns

When you get to be my age, smart investments made decades ago start to pay off. Much like our personal finances, the state must make wise investments to ensure future generations can avoid tough budgetary decisions. We must avoid intertwining the budget with the success of certain ...

Garage Deal Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In a previous letter I explained what a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is. Although not legally binding, the courts give them weight during disputes and litigation. Well, fellow citizens, here’s a review of a MOU that the City of Wheeling has put together to lease ...