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Opinion

Some ‘Faithful to the End’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Readers, how many of you are as nauseated as I to read the numerous hollow platitudes from Wheeling Hospital, including the new CEO stating OVGH/OVMC’s history? Of course, it was never mentioned that in the early 80s, Wheeling Hospital’s nefarious deal with an ...

Car Club Grateful

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The officers and members of the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club would like to thank the attached list of sponsors for their help in making the 27th Oglebay Good Zoo Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show the success that it was. Because of the businesses that ...

GC&P Proposal Questioned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Good day, Wheeling. For some this will be a “Who does he think HE is?” letter and others will ask, “If he cares so much why did he move away after graduating from Triadelphia and attending WVU”? Well the answers are: one who saw it coming, and one who still ...

Pay Health Care Claims Quickly

Editorials

A letter sent to Gov. Jim Justice, regarding the financial collapse of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling raised hackles among some state officials. They were right to be unhappy about part of it (see editorial below). But the missive contains complaints that should be looked into by ...

Tax Relief Will Be Difficult

Local Columns

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have big plans for the lawmaking session that begins in January. They hope to eliminate the property tax on business inventory. Then the report on August revenue came in. For the second month in a ...

Buying OVMC Not Prudent Idea

Editorials

As noted above, a suggestion for keeping Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling open was made by an official of Alecto, the company that owns the hospital, in a letter to Gov. Jim Justice. It involves spending as much as $30 million in taxpayers’ money, and it should not be ...

Excuse Me For Staring

Local Columns

I could not help but stare, although I was taught from an early age that it was not polite. But sometimes I come across someone or, in this case something, that requires a longer look than the customary glance. The young woman was standing in front of me in line at Walmart. She looked ...

Immigrants on Our Border Treated Well

Local Columns

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...

Drug War Is Far From Won

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark a bit in reacting to some good news recently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared with ...

Environmentalism Can Save Money

Editorials

One does not have to be a climate change alarmist to recognize that energy efficiency is a very good thing. Sometimes it materializes in places and ways most people would not imagine. On Tuesday, East Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority officials and employees held a celebratory ...

Bring a ‘Miracle’ To Steubenville

Editorials

Surely there is a way Steubenville-area residents with special needs can enjoy a recreation field that also serves those who do not have to cope with physical limits. The idea of a “miracle field” does not have to be an either-or proposition. An organization called Urban Frontier has ...

Charters Fewer In Number, But Better

Editorials

For a few years, Ohio served as a model for other states in how not to do charter schools. That is changing. When Buckeye State policymakers permitted charter schools — institutions operated privately but receiving government funding — they went overboard in exempting them from ...

A Day to Show Our Area Cares

Editorials

How appropriate it is that today is an occasion of compassion and hope in our area. Eighteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a band of murderers massacred nearly 3,000 people in the United States. They wanted to strike terror into the hearts of Americans. They hoped 9/11 would be a date on which ...

A-10 a Reminder Of Military Might

Editorials

Welcome back, Maj. Alberts. And thank you. As we reported, Wheeling native Jonathon “Cliffy” Alberts is now a major in the Maryland Air National Guard. On Thursday, he plans to bring an A-10 aircraft — popularly known as a “Warthog” — to the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. He ...

Getting It Right In St. Clairsville

Editorials

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money, but it may be a wise investment for St. Clairsville City Council. Disagreement over what to do about the municipal water system has divided council, and many residents of the community, for some time. It is obvious major repairs and improvements ...

Nature, Economy Go Hand in Hand

Editorials

Conserving precious plants, animals and places is a critical responsibility in West Virginia. No one does it better than the Nature Conservancy. Some people who see themselves as environmentalists favor confrontation as a way to achieve their goals. But the Conservancy is based on the ...

Funding Weirton Senior Center

Editorials

Weirton City Council members were told last Wednesday that the senior citizens center serving the community needs help. Surely there is some way to provide the relatively modest subsidy required. Important assistance including recreation and a meals program for older Weirton residents are ...

Checking Your Status as a Voter

Editorials

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal ...

Collecting Money Owed by Alecto

Editorials

When Wheeling officials agreed to provide substantial economic incentives to keep Ohio Valley Medical Center in operation two years ago, they did so openly and in good faith. And for several months, they have continued to demonstrate that concern for the community by not pressing Alecto ...

Hospital Employees Are Angels

Local Columns

There are angels, too, hidden in plain sight. There are a lot more of them than the devils I wrote about last week. Sometimes, we fail to notice great evils in our midst, I wrote a week ago. Then, I was reminded they are greatly outnumbered. Hundreds of people have been displaced from jobs ...