Opinion

Keeping Roads Safe, Passable

Editorials

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did ...

Improving Both Park Programs

Editorials

Enormous progress has occurred at Marshall County’s Grand Vue Park during recent years. Yet it cannot come close to city-owned recreation opportunities in Moundsville, in important respects. Between them, the two entities offer truly impressive recreational opportunities — and both can ...

Communication Can Save Lives

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Help Zimbabweans Gain Their Freedom

Editorials

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what ...

Breaking Cycle Of Dependence

Editorials

Officials are looking at the possibility of adding a work requirement for the 170,000 West Virginians covered by Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion. According to Jeremiah Samples, deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, this would affect about 30 ...

Probe Clinton Link To Uranium Deal

Editorials

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe former ...

Gaining a Link To a U.S. Marine

Editorials

Young people don’t know enough about our nation’s history, we adults sometimes worry. Especially, they do not understand the sacrifices made by those who serve us in uniform, we complain. Don’t mention that to fourth graders at Bellaire Elementary School. They understand — possibly ...

Compromise On Tax Reform Bill

Editorials

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared ...

Drug Epidemic Grows Worse

Editorials

News media representatives attending a daylong presentation on substance abuse at West Virginia University heard a variety of innovative, decisive ideas about battling the scourge in our state. But we also were told on Monday that, in important ways, the fight is just beginning. One ...

Leaving Millions Out of Tax Relief

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Do What’s Best For the Children

Editorials

Really good educators, and we have many in Ohio County schools, constantly look for ways to improve how they teach children. Most of the time, classroom-level techniques are the focus. A concern about enrollment at elementary and middle school buildings raises the possibility of more big- ...

Trade Speech Is Important Reminder

Editorials

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Maximize Benefit From China Plan

Editorials

It appears we West Virginians have hit the jackpot. A Chinese company’s plan to spend nearly $84 billion on natural gas-related projects in our state should prove to be a shot in the arm for our economy. Let’s not be like the Powerball winners who ignore advice to handle their good ...

Learning How To Be Americans

Local Columns

It’s tempting to suggest that high school social studies could be eliminated entirely, except for two lessons hammered into students’ heads over and over again: 1. Two plus two never equals five, no matter how many times a politician tells you it does. 2. Regarding anything a ...

It Is Great News For Ohioans, Too

Editorials

The days of considering the Ohio River some sort of wall between good neighbors on both sides of it are long gone. In both the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, we take a regional approach to economic development now. So, Mountain State residents will be cheering along with Ohioans soon ...

Investing in the Future of Your Community

Local Columns

Marilyn (Lyn) and Joe Fraker were long-time residents of New Martinsville. Lyn was a strong advocate for stray animals in Wetzel County, working to establish the Humane Society of Wetzel County and instrumental in assisting the Wetzel County Animal Shelter during her lifetime. When she and ...

Getting Highway Work Done on Time

Editorials

Crews working on repaving and other improvements to Bethany Pike in Wheeling were hard at work last week, striving to complete the project as quickly as possible. Their haste was in order to avoid increasing traffic congestion during the Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park, which opened ...

Christmas Trees Ready for Viewing at Old Penitentiary

Local Columns

Twenty-two decorated Christmas Trees were unveiled Thursday night at the 24th annual Tree Gala sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Actually, there were two events at the Training Center of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, the other being a Business After Hours event ...

Tax Reform Plan Gives Us a Chance to Prosper

Local Columns

Last year, American households spent more on taxes than they spent on food and clothing combined. Meanwhile, 72 percent of Americans told pollsters they believed the economy was rigged in favor of the rich and powerful. It is — due, in part, to our broken tax code. Ordinary Americans are ...

Veterans, the American Legion Needs You

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As a 40-plus year proud member of our community, a veteran and a member of Benwood Blake Brothers Post 46 American Legion, I can say we are more than a canteen/bar. It is also sad to see that the younger generation in the area are not joining the American Legion. The ...