Opinion

‘Fake News’ Seldom Is Intentional

Local Columns

This week’s Fake News Trophy goes not to any newspaper, internet site or broadcast outlet, but to the U.S. Census Bureau. On Thursday, the Census agency released its 2016 population estimates. The next day, we published a story and chart showing the Northern Panhandle-East Ohio region had ...

Wheeling Hospital’s Motives Questioned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I read with interest the article in your Saturday (March 18) newspaper entitled “Wheeling Hospital Requests Hearing on OVMC Sale.” Let me begin by saying, I’m so fed up with the animosity that exists between Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center. I’m ...

Getting to Work On W.Va. Budget

Editorials

Less than two weeks from now, at midnight on Saturday, April 8, the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature will end. And to date, there has been no vote on a state budget for the coming year. Contrary to what Gov. Jim Justice would have you believe, that is not a crisis — yet. ...

Balanced Budget Requires Work — Not Hyperbole

Local Columns

Most everybody is familiar with the old adage: “Those who can, do.” That’s been pretty evident around the halls of the Capitol this past week, especially as the Legislature finishes its balanced budget bill. But as we put together the final pieces of the puzzle, we’ve found ourselves ...

Let’s Talk About What Obamacare Costs Us

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: There have been two recent articles in the paper about replacing Obamacare. The first was about how this change would hurt many states. The second was the rally in Wheeling against replacing Obamacare. Let’s add some facts concerning both. First, West Virginia ...

Manchin Should Support Gorsuch

Editorials

The nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court may come up for a vote in the Senate this week. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrat leaders have vowed to prevent confirmation, using a filibuster if necessary. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Encounter at Spring Training in Florida Was a Surprise

Local Columns

I and 32 other Ohio Valley residents made our annual Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel trek to the Sunshine State for a five- night stay two weeks ago, which included five Major League games in five different parks. In addition to the games, I did encounter one surprise which occurred on the third ...

We Still Have Freedom To Think Independently

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In the March 17th edition of The Intelligencer, Mr. J. Cohen of the West Virginia notes that, “we have friends, neighbors and family members that have horrible political beliefs.” I would ask, based on whose criteria? Is not civil liberty the ability to hold ...

Trump Wants to Help Rich at Expense of W.Va.

Local Columns

I don’t know whether to say it is utterly shocking, or completely believable, but the Trumpcare bill in Congress (ACHA) turned out to be a rescue package for Wall Street fat cats, paid for by West Virginians. Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have put together a new law that will deprive hundreds of ...

Wheeling Roads, Streets Need Attention Badly

Local Columns

Editor, News-Register: After having read comments of praise published recently in the Wheeling News-Register regarding the paving and resurfacing of National Road, I feel that our city officials, in particular our mayor, Mr. Elliott, should direct their attention to Our Friendly City; our ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Martins Ferry native Patrick Shrodes, son of Bruce and Barbara Shrodes, who still live in Martins Ferry. Shrodes is a police officer in Columbus. Earlier this month, Shrodes and other officers were serving a search warrant involving drugs. Shrodes was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a ...

Pay Attention to Russian Connection, Not Leaks

Editorials

Last Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia’s election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense. House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How successful those ...

Gorsuch’s Character Suits Him for Supreme Court

Editorials

Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a president ...

Bring Murderer To Justice

Editorials

If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can’t they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur? It is time for one of the agency’s most wanted women in the world to pay her dues. And President Trump is just the man to force this militant ...

Sometimes, Politics Should Be a Laughing Matter

Editorials

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Understand That Trump’s Opponents Have a Point, Too

Editorials

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Our Checks and Balances Still Doing Their Job

Editorials

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. ...

Deepening Partisan Divide Not Good for the Nation

Editorials

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch — who is eminently qualified — puts them on a dangerous collision course that jeopardizes the confirmation process itself. Similarly, Republicans’ ...

We Are the Champions and Upgrades at Oglebay

Editorials

Wins for Wheeling Wheeling’s winning. Delegates Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, worked to present citations to three winning teams from Wheeling Park High School earlier this month at the state Capitol in Charleston. Members of the cheer squad, the speech and debate ...

Wheeling’s History Should Be Our Future

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The last couple of years, I have been researching Wheeling’s history. The city that started as a frontier town, then transitioned into being an important stop for westward expansion, then became a staple in manufacturing. All of these stages are something to be proud ...