Opinion

A Governor Like No Other?

Local Columns

If ever a people needed financial reasons to be optimistic, it is now in West Virginia. We are among the most pessimistic people in the nation, and not without cause. Two statistics make our collective attitude clear: ∫ On Nov. 8, just one other state gave President Donald Trump a bigger ...

Democrats Ignored Obama, Clinton Flaws

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: People, can’t you see what you have done to America and the world when you voted for Obama once, but that was not enough for you and the Democratic Party, you had to vote again for 4 more years of all the corruption, lies and cover-ups that you should have seen by the ...

Take Fresh Look At Expenditures

Editorials

During the past couple of years, West Virginians have been assured by many in Charleston that it is impossible to cut any more state spending. Before he even took office, new Gov. Jim Justice agreed. “We’ve cut about all that we can cut,” Justice commented last fall. Then, on Monday, ...

Saving Moundsville Four Seasons Pool

Editorials

The twists, turns, starts and stops involving Moundsville’s Four Seasons Pool during the past year make it clear that nothing can be taken for granted regarding whether city officials will decide to save the pool or retire it. For now, however, the tide seems to have shifted back to ...

Just Waiting For The Bells

Local Columns

The trees are stark white and gray, naked in their winter wardrobe. The lack of leaves and foliage allows sound to travel great distances, over the hilltops, stretching to reach into the valleys. A rare warm January evening had me slowing my pace to get inside. The sun had not quite set, ...

Cartoon Demeaning To Civil Rights Icon

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I object to the cartoon on the Editorial page on Jan. 18 in The Intelligencer, demeaning Representative John Lewis of Georgia.  John Lewis is an icon of the civil rights movement.  You can read about him in his graphic three-book series, “March,” about his part in ...

Trump’s Actions Show His Heart ‘Cold, Ugly’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Trump sinks to the bottom with his latest move, at least that I’m aware of. After so many despicable attempts to hurt people, he’s at it again. For example: 1. Women abuse. Remember, he said if you’re famous, they let you do whatever you want to do with them, ...

Investigate How, Why Election Was Influenced

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully respond to a number of points made by Mr. William Welker, who obviously is well-informed and well-educated, and it is by no means my intention to disparage the aforementioned columnist in any way. However, I would ...

Make Marijuana Legal in West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Regarding Governor Tomblin’s budget recommendations: West Virginia towns, cities, counties, and state governments have pulled hobo pockets inside out, wandering about, lamenting about how to replenish done-in pockets — $213.7 million and racing to $500 million. ...

Trump’s New World

Editorials

"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Wheeling City Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday, who has been appointed as a member of the West Virginia Board of Architects. Scatterday, with a 20-year career in the field, will help ensure architects comply with state rules and laws. - To the St. Clairsville American Legion post, for ...

A World Of Change

Local Columns

So, it is a new year, a new political environment, a new resolve for personal growth. Many of the clergy I have been in conversation with have voiced their concern about dwindling congregations; young people moving away from the area, inability of older people to attend regularly, lack of ...

Goodwin Talent Will Be Missed

Editorials

Since she was named West Virginia commissioner of tourism in 2014, Amy Shuler Goodwin has made a variety of improvements in how our state attracts visitors. If you want a look at the initiatives she has overseen, stop at the state Welcome Center on Interstate 70 westbound in Ohio County. Or, ...

Traitor Should Be Kept Behind Bars

Editorials

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Worrying About The Poor in W.Va.

Editorials

Almost undoubtedly, Jim Justice is the only governor in the United States who kept a beat-up old fishing tackle box and an ax in his personal car at all times. As he told those listening to the speech he gave Monday, after being inaugurated as governor of West Virginia, he did so for a ...

Flexibility Key To Parking Rules

Editorials

Not everyone can afford a nice paved driveway or even an asphalted parking pad in the front yard. Weirton City Council members should keep that in mind. An ordinance calling for new regulations on those who park vehicles on unpaved areas of their property was approved by council this week, ...

Liberals Fine With Their Own Profiling

Editorials

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a strange way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Back to that in a moment. Liberal critics of Trump have been shouting themselves ...

Rejecting Political Division in W.Va.

Editorials

What a difference 367 miles — the distance between the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston and the U.S. Capitol in Washington — can make. In Washington, partisan politics has assumed an even more strident, take-no-prisoners tone than in the recent past. A substantial number of ...

Some States Order Retailers Not To Tell Truth About Credit Cards

Editorials

The owner of a small town beauty salon outside Binghamton, N.Y., argued at the U.S. Supreme Court recently for the right to tell her customers the truth about paying by credit card: There’s a swipe charge. On the other side, New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is battling to ...

Don’t Worry About Being Uninsured

Editorials

Republicans are wrestling with how to repeal and replace ObamaCare. It turns out that legislating is much more complex than campaigning. Still, ObamaCare as we know it is unlikely to be with us much longer. So what happens after it’s gone? Some of the most likely provisions of any ObamaCare ...