Opinion

RESAs an Invaluable Aid to Public Schools

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The demand on today’s public school systems is forever increasing. We consistently find ourselves trying to meet rising expectations and attempting to provide additional services. The thought of facing these demands without our regional education service agencies is ...

Expand Federal Anti-Drug Program

Editorials

There is more to West Virginia than the state capital and the area surrounding it. Yet that appears to be the extent of a new federal initiative targeting heroin and prescription drug abuse. The U.S. Drug Enforce-ment Administration will spend $500,000 on the program, intended to apprehend ...

We Need Those Expressions of Love From Others

Local Columns

When I was growing up there was a famous song that came out with words that went something like this: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love “It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of “What the world needs now is love, sweet love “No, not just for some but ...

Trump Just Making ‘The Swamp’ Murkier

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Although we are very early into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, it already is, I feel, quite obvious that Mr. Trump has no intention of comporting himself in a more serious-minded, respectful and more “presidential” manner, and we have entered an era where ...

Trump Foes’ Antics Will Destroy Democrats

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: For all the people that supported and voted for Donald Trump, thank you so much. After the devastating loss of the Democrats in the presidential election, they will never accept their loss. The far left and so-called celebrities will continue their frivolous antics ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Woodsdale Elementary School Student Council members who recently donated $1,200 to the House of the Carpenter’s Food Pantry. And to Stifel Fine Arts Center for helping the students. - To Bellaire Middle School student Andrew Masciarelli, winner of the Belmont County Spelling Bee. He ...

Voters Asked to Support Levy for Marshall County Schools

Local Columns

Registered voters in Marshall County will be going to the polls on March 25 to cast their ballots for the renewal of a five-year Marshall County Board of Education special levy. The current levy expires in 16 months, thus the new levy would not go into effect until July 1, 2018 and would ...

Action Against Legion Slap in Face to Blacks

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The late Arch Riley, the author of the Wheeling charter revision, would, I think, be shocked at the apparent hijacking of the legislative duties by two salaried employees of the city. I refer to the recent front page story about the city manager and the chief of police ...

Acting Attorney General Fired for Insubordination

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Where to start? OK. Bea Stelmach’s remarks (“Trump’s Actions Should Disturb Americans,” Sunday, Feb. 12.) Trump fired the acting attorney general because she was deliberately and knowingly insubordinate. Duh. She thought her job was to make policy, not ...

Marshall County Schools to Make Buses Cool

Local Columns

Seeking a Cool Ride to School Administrators have responded to the observations of students and drivers of Marshall County Schools, approving a bid to install air conditioning on 25 buses in the district’s fleet. Transportation Director Dave Smith said the buses, which could reach upward of ...

Where Did All of West Virginia’s Money Go?

Local Columns

The West Virginia Capitol is a crime scene. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen. So where are the cops? Have they got any leads? When will the perpetrators be brought to justice? It’s not some kind of brilliant caper we need to solve. Thieves took the money in broad daylight ...

Don’t Be Bullied On W.Va. Budget

Editorials

View funding for Fairs and Festivals from the 2016-17 budget here. Gov. Jim Justice was elected in large measure because many West Virginians viewed him as the anti-political answer to our state’s problems. The billionaire businessman milked the “I am not a politician” mantra for ...

Saving Money in Charleston

Local Columns

What if West Virginia state government could get by with less than Gov. Jim Justice wants legislators to give him? It can. We don’t need the $400 million to $450 million in tax increases the governor is seeking. Suggesting that government spend less is a sure-fire way to elicit this ...

Standardized Tests Have Their Place

Editorials

Many teachers and students in public schools got a belated Christmas gift from the West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday. The board eliminated some standardized testing that had been slated for this spring. Ninth- and 10th-graders will not have to take English and mathematics tests ...

Words Worth Repeating

Local Columns

The vistas are very different these days. Standing on Chapline Street looking down 12th Street, there is an optical illusion of the Ohio River being at eye level. A passing barge appears to be sailing along Water Street. It’s the flagpole sitting atop a concrete base at Heritage Port that ...

Capitalize On Cracker Delay

Editorials

All good things come to those who wait, it has been said. Well, if that bears out for the Ohio Valley, we are really going to be pleased with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. If it is built. PTT Global Chemical America proposed the plant in 2015. If the firm ...

Public Safety Must Be Priority

Editorials

Shadyside officials are trying hard to be good stewards of taxpayers’ money. They understand there are many pressing needs within the village. But if the situation with a dilapidated building at the corner of East 39th Street and Central Avenue is as serious as it appears, municipal ...

We Are Losing War on Drugs

Editorials

A student at Central Elementary School in Moundsville was selling marijuana to classmates earlier this year, police say. Let that sink in for a moment. A child, probably no more than 10 or 11 years old, was selling an illegal drug to other youngsters. If you did not realize it before, ...

Teaching Children About the Danger

Editorials

It would be amazing, not to mention disturbing, if every public school in our two states did not have some type of initiative to teach children about the dangers of drug abuse. But how are educators tackling the problem? How effective are their efforts? What changes are needed? A ...

Help Smaller Banks

Editorials

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...