Opinion

Youth Critical In Communities

Editorials

An interesting coincidence — one might call it serendipitous, in a way — occurred Wednesday evening when two distinguished men giving speeches in Wheeling reiterated messages many of us have heard previously. What they said, in somewhat different ways, was linked by some common ...

Chamber’s Work Makes Area Better

Editorials

Retired Army Col. Gregory Gadson’s message about the importance of communities was, in a way, preaching to the choir. Members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, to whom he spoke Wednesday, are involved intensively in making our area better. It is true, as Andy McKenzie, chairman of ...

Keep Wary Eye On Investments

Editorials

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

St. John Rebirth A Chance to Shine

Editorials

Just a few months after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville announced St. John Central High School in Bellaire would be closed, it has been reborn. That is excellent news for many reasons. A group of the school’s alumni refused to let St. John die. So they rallied to find the ...

Reading Will Help Students

Editorials

No one likes to be viewed as a “copycat.” But when a neighbor makes successful use of a great idea, it would be foolish to pass it up. Good for new Brooke County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook for seeing it that way. Crook, formerly at the helm of Marshall County schools, has ...

Being Flexible On ‘Floodway’ Rule

Editorials

It appears Dillonvale residents will have to put up with water dripping on their heads from the village event center’s leaky roof because of the possibility that, figuratively speaking, their feet may get wet. With enthusiastic support from county and regional officials, the village had ...

Rating Addiction Treatment Plans

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Historic Stone Span Is Worth Preserving

Editorials

Try this, for fun: Go to an engineer and ask her or him to design a highway bridge that will last a century. Be prepared to get laughed out of the office. It can be done. We in Wheeling are fortunate to have two such bridges. The Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River, built in 1849, is the ...

Injection Well Safeguards Vital

Editorials

Truck traffic seems to be the primary concern on the minds of some people living near a site where two injection wells to accept fracking waste from oil and gas drilling are to be located. But state officials considering permits for the project should be focused on what may go on underground. ...

Recognizing Real Heroes Among Us

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a ...

Saving Cash For Rainy Day

Editorials

All of us, upon finding more money than expected or needed in our checking accounts, are tempted to go shopping. Experience teaches us we never know what is around the bend, however. Socking some or all of that surplus cash away for a rainy day is the wise course of action. That is how ...

Put Order on New Districts on Hold

Editorials

What’s the rush? That is the question U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio. Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional ...

Lessen Safety Building Cost

Editorials

Few of the Wheeling voters who last year said no to a proposed new public safety building did so because of objections to the site where it was to be located, in our opinion. It was the price tag — $20 million — that dismayed most of those who cast ballots against the plan. It is true, ...

Giving Mom A Great Gift

Local Columns

Sometimes, it’s not a bad thing to put off getting a Mother’s Day gift until the last minute. It gives you time to come up with the perfect present. It came to me Thursday night, while I was watching a softball game between two teams of little girls. My, were they having fun! A glance at ...

Looking at Honesty Among Magistrates

Local Columns

Late last month, former Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe pleaded guilty in federal court to a single charge involving a tax conspiracy. His attorney said the case was about failure to report some income on his tax return. Other charges against Radcliffe, including one of soliciting ...

Honoring Those Who Serve and Protect Us

Local Columns

Many of those who serve and protect us as police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state police troopers and in other law enforcement capacities will gather for a somber ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Heritage Port in Wheeling. It will be the seventh annual memorial ceremony honoring ...

Mother of Our Country Had Excellent Outlook

Local Columns

How old am I? One of the big stories of last week was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presented their two-day-old son to the world. His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This maybe the first time in recent history that an interracial child has been born into the royal ...

Civil War Soldier Uriah Alley Recognized With Sign

Local Columns

Members of the city of Cameron Historical Society were unaware that a road sign named for Civil War veteran Uriah “Duck” Alley was in the sign shop of the state Division of Highways in Charleston until a local resident called that agency about another matter. When Calvin Moninger was ...

Students Deserve Option of Public Charter Schools

Local Columns

Across the country, millions of students, families and educators are celebrating National Charter Schools Week and how they transform communities by bringing educational opportunities to students. Unfortunately, our students are left out of these celebrations because West Virginia is one of the ...

Neglect a Problem

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Vacant Property? I’ve re-written this letter several times, only to discover at each writing that it was turning into a book instead of a letter. So it begins anew! Vacant, abandoned, and neglected residential and commercial property is prevalent throughout our ...