Opinion

Spend Money More Wisely

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Ten thousand dollars. That’s up to how much Ohio County Schools has committed to paying a “diversity training firm” to address a non-issue, to pretend to examine what will be claimed to be a systemic problem which is actually a personal problem involving a couple ...

Litter Enough To Cause Tears

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Interesting to read Heather Ziegler’s article in last Saturday’s paper. I am one of those people she was talking about. I have spent the last three Sundays cleaning up garbage along my stretch of Cherry Hill Road just off of Warwood Avenue. Among the many items I ...

Pandora’s Box Can’t Be Closed

Local Columns

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

My Vessel Of Choice

Local Columns

It’s a funny thing, when I think about it. When I go to the cupboard to grab a glass when I’m hankering for some milk or iced tea, I find myself reaching for the same vessel each time. After so many years of household bliss, there are probably 12 or 14 mismatched glasses in the cupboard. ...

Doing a Better Job in Education

Editorials

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Get Facts Right On Firearms

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In response to the lady from Mingo Junction about her recall of all “assault” weapons. My suggestion to you ma’am, is to do some research before you write a letter filled with falsehoods to any newspaper. I am willing to have a debate with anyone, just as ...

Extending Internet To Rural Areas

Editorials

Hancock County commissioners have been asked to chip in some money to do something about a pressing problem for some West Virginians — access to broadband internet service. During a recent meeting, commissioners met with Mark DeBruyn, a representative from the state Office of Technology. ...

Dealing With Old Buildings

Editorials

Steubenville officials may be ruffling some feathers in their aggressive enforcement of rules intended to crack down on owners of rundown buildings. That’s too bad — but it is necessary. During a council meeting this week, City Manager Jim Mavromatis reported on extraordinary steps ...

Take Advantage Of Early Voting

Editorials

Voting has never been easier in Ohio. Frankly, there is no good reason why every registered voter should not be able to participate in the May 8 primary election. The key to that is early voting, which began this week. It allows anyone to cast a ballot early. In our area, early voting can ...

Handling Justice Without Delays

Editorials

Justice sometimes must proceed slowly and deliberately. We have all heard of it taking years to try and convict people guilty of heinous crimes. But take note of what has happened during the past 10 months in Belmont County. There, on the night of June 7 last year, four men and a woman ...

Surgeon General Getting Involved

Editorials

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Here in West ...

Settle Bethesda Police Turmoil

Editorials

Bethesda officials have a police department problem, perhaps more complex than meets the eye at first glance. It needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. For several weeks, police Chief Eric Smith has been under fire from some members of Bethesda Village Council. Earlier this month, he ...

Expanding Internet Availability in Ohio

Editorials

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of East Ohio — is high enough ...

Training to Keep Our Schools Safe

Editorials

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You ...

Take Another Look At Spending Plan

Editorials

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Ask Questions About Projects

Editorials

Bellaire Village Council members are right to be asking questions about a $4.5 million plan to upgrade the municipal water treatment plant. They should continue doing so. Too often when taxpayers’ money is being used, government officials don’t ask enough questions. Cost overruns, ...

Going Public With Allegation

Editorials

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

It’s a Hot Idea To Battle Crisis

Editorials

No single tactic, regardless of how powerful it appears to be, will rescue us from the drug abuse crisis. Only a strategy including multiple and varied steps will do the trick. It happens that proven mastery of one of them resides right here in Wheeling, hiding behind the frozen treats many ...

Admitting We Have A Problem

Local Columns

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Getting Across the Street at Downtown Wheeling Corner

Local Columns

Safe Crossing Pedestrians are happy to see that a missing “walk” light has been replaced with a new and improved model at the southwest corner of 16th and Chapline streets in downtown Wheeling. It’s a busy intersection where pedestrians need all the help they can get in crossing the ...