Opinion

Find New Fire, Police Proposal

Editorials

As Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has pointed out, most people voting in Tuesday’s election — nearly 54 percent of them — agreed to a new tax levy to build a new headquarters for the police and fire departments and to make a few other public safety facility and equipment improvements. But ...

Activist Court Gone in W.Va.

Local Columns

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation ...

One Scoop At a Time

Local Columns

I think butter pecan or black walnut were mom’s favorite ice creams. Anything with nuts caught her eye. She was a true connoisseur, which was a benefit for a house full of kids sharing a common sweet tooth. We were exposed to all kinds of ice cream flavors from spumoni to rocky road. ...

Trading One Drug Woe for Another?

Editorials

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Explore New EMS Options

Editorials

Martins Ferry officials are right to be exploring new options for emergency medical service in the city. If a better, cheaper way of providing it can be found, good. If anything, results of such an investigation could come in handy if and when voters are asked again to approve a tax levy ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

Editorials

Give Hancock County Board of Education members credit for trusting voters rather than employing sly tricks to gain renewal of a big tax levy. Standard practice in some counties is to schedule special elections for school levy questions. The theory is that with no other reason to go to the ...

Voters Demand Loyalty to Us

Editorials

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Teaching Caution With Compassion

Editorials

Most of us include compassion in the life lessons we try to teach our children. It is unfortunate that we must temper that teaching with a good dose of self-defense. We were reminded of that this week, when two Dillonvale teenagers were victimized because they tried to help someone ...

Enforcing Leash Laws Important

Editorials

Give the owner of a dog that injured two other animals in Belmont — and bit one of their owners — some credit. It appears the owner was trying to comply with the village rule requiring all dogs be on leashes when they are not on their own property. But, as Belmont Mayor Stan Sobel reported ...

Keep Pool Open In Martins Ferry

Editorials

Essentials such as street repair, keeping water lines in good shape and ensuring the police department is staffed adequately have to be priorities for any local government official. Recreation has to take a back seat. That should not be the case in Martins Ferry, where the municipal swimming ...

Paying Attention To School Buses

Editorials

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio. We doubt there is a school bus driver ...

Voting Lets You Make Voice Heard

Editorials

You’ve probably had it up to here with reminders to get out and vote today, if you have not already cast a ballot. Take consolation in the fact that it will be two more years before you are bombarded again with messages in every conceivable form urging you to vote for some people and against ...

Voting More Than a Duty

Editorials

No doubt you will be going to the polls Tuesday if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia and Ohio. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you ...

Drug Abuse A War in U.S.

Editorials

We in West Virginia and Ohio have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our states’ futures. West Virginia has the highest illicit drug overdose death rate in the nation (52 per 100,000 residents in 2016, the most recent year covered by the Centers ...

Final Countdown To Election Day

Local Columns

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...

Keeping Ferns In State Senate

Editorials

West Virginia is on the move again, after many years of a stagnant economy. Give credit where it is due, to a shift in national and state policies. In our region, give much of the credit to state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio. We at the Wheeling News-Register endorse Ferns ...

Lists May Not Tell Full Story

Local Columns

He was a teenager during the 1960s, my caller said. He had a driver’s license and access to a car, so friends sometimes asked him for rides. One asked every week. They would drive to a Roman Catholic Church in our area, during the early evening. The friend would get out and go into the ...

Renew Hancock County School Levy

Editorials

It is likely that some people who voted for a tax levy to provide supplemental funding for Hancock County schools when it first went into effect have had the pleasure of watching it benefit their great-grandchildren. The levy has been in effect that long. For nearly 70 years, Hancock County ...

PEIA a Better Deal Than Most Private Insurance

Local Columns

Part of the statewide discontent this spring centered on the rising premiums borne by state employees who have PEIA as their primary health insurance. Headlines amplified this sentiment, and ongoing discussions have focused on what should be done to curb these increases. Nonetheless, these ...

Cooper Blair To Be Grand Marshal of Christmas Parade

Local Columns

In less than two weeks the annual Moundsville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will be taking place. The Nov. 17 parade will begin at 6 p.m. from Second Street and Jefferson Avenue and proceed southward, and will end at Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue. This will mark the first ...