Opinion

Don’t Cut Programs For Working People

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress want to give expensive tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations that ship jobs overseas. And they want to pay for those tax cuts by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and other ...

Trump Worst Divider Ever To Be President

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Why do we have laws if they are not enforced? Why do we have experts who are not pro-active about sharing what they’ve learned? When it comes to the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t such scholars be front and center, explaining it to Americans? When someone ...

Islamaphobia a Very Real Problem in U.S.

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I wish to respond to a recent article Michelle Malkin wrote called “Islamophobic’ Incidents Not Always What they Appear.” Her general argument is that the vast majority of Islamaphobic cases are hoaxes. In other words, if a Muslim tells us they’ve been ...

Why Don’t We Try To Stop Subversives?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Froma Harrop tears into Donald Trump in a typically plagiaristic screed common to all liberal/progressive Democrat pundits. There must be a well-distributed propaganda organ obviously arising from the Democratic National Committee’s “Truth Committee” that informs ...

Rule Out I-70 Toll Collection

Editorials

Inclusion of nearly $300 million in repair and improvement projects on Interstate 70 and W.Va. 2 makes the state’s proposal to issue $1.6 billion in bonds for them and similar work elsewhere in West Virginia attractive to Northern Panhandle residents. Some have asked, what’s the ...

Playing Anti-Establishment Card

Local Columns

Long before Donald Trump turned politics inside-out by trash-talking the establishment, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was using the strategy to win a seat in Congress from our state. Trouble is, the political establishment then was the Democrat Party. Now, it’s the ...

Cooperation Vital On Cracker Plant

Editorials

Not many years ago, the thought of officials from Ohio and West Virginia sitting down together to strategize on economic development would have seemed far-fetched. When the issues were relatively limited opportunities, that seemed natural. But the potential for construction of an ethane ...

Texting And Driving Again!

Local Columns

I hope this is the last time I have to write anything on this topic. It infuriates me that we even have to talk about it. You would think there have been enough warnings and tickets issued to deter it. But driving south on W.Va. 88 near West Liberty the other afternoon prompted me to write ...

Uphold Property Owners’ Rights

Editorials

Officials in many cities are frustrated at owners of buildings who allow them to deteriorate year after year instead of tearing them down and making the land available for development. When structures become safety and/or health hazards, local governments can order owners to do something ...

Make America First On Driverless Cars

Editorials

We’ve all heard about “driverless” cars, more properly referred to as autonomous vehicles. Navigating us to and fro on their own, without the need of a driver to provide steering, acceleration or braking input, they are the wave of the future. An important forum on issues facing that ...

Creating Jobs For Ohioans

Editorials

It is ironic that Democrat candidates for governor in Ohio are saying they want to focus on job creation. That and complaints about incumbent Gov. John Kasich dominated a debate among four Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tuesday in Martins Ferry. Our region of the state once was an ...

Recreation Plan Requires Caution

Editorials

A proposal for a privately owned new indoor recreational complex in Moundsville certainly is intriguing. At first glance, it seems like something city officials should support. Were the proposal to be an entirely private-sector endeavor, there would be no question about that. Government’s ...

Indeed, She Did Sound Heartless

Editorials

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to admit it was ...

Fund Health Study On Surface Mines

Editorials

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Creating Local Inspection Unit

Editorials

The process by which developers of commercial buildings in Belmont County get their structures inspected to ensure they meet building codes does not appear to make a lot of sense: Instead of calling a locally based inspector, contractors must call Washington County for one. That can cause ...

Honoring Heroes

Editorials

Young people who entered college this fall were just babies 16 years ago this week, when the defining hours of our era occurred. Many first responders active today were not on the job then. It would be easy for many of them, as well as tens of millions of other Americans, to think little ...

Officers Are Educators, Too

Editorials

Public school officials have to juggle a number of important priorities for spending money. Most want to reserve as much as possible for programs that enhance education. Resource officers — law enforcement personnel whose “beats” are school hallways — meet that test. Sometimes, that ...

Helping Our Other Fellow Americans

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Why the Secrecy On School Plan?

Editorials

Let us hope Gov. Jim Justice takes a good look, on the public’s behalf, at a proposed plan for how West Virginia schools will be managed in the future. We’ll all have to rely on Justice because, apparently, we’re not allowed to see the plan. State Board of Education members, in a ...

Company’s Lapse Increased Danger

Editorials

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...