Opinion

How Government Hires

Letters to the Editor

The king wanted to go fishing, and he asked the royal weather forecaster the forecast for the next few hours. The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain. So the king and the queen went fishing. On the way he met a man with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he ...

Time for a Sea Change

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: A new Associated Press investigation has revealed that local and “sustainable” seafood may be neither. AP journalists traced the murky supply chain of a leading sustainable seafood distributor “to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, ...

Disclose Facts In Bishop Case

Editorials

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Throwing Them All Off Court

Local Columns

Compared to what three of their former peers on the West Virginia Supreme Court did, misbehavior by Justices Elizabeth Walker and Margaret Workman wasn’t especially egregious. At one time, I thought state legislators might take that into account and be lenient toward them. Now, I’m not ...

Help Neighbors Via United Way

Editorials

Helping our neighbors, even if they happen to live hundreds of miles away, is an Ohio Valley tradition. Another is supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. Each year, thousands of men, women and children in our area benefit from services provided by agencies affiliated with the ...

Looking Beyond Downtown

Local Columns

There is a TV show that has two teams scouring flea markets for specific items to be transformed into something for modern use. The teams are made up of two people each, often best friends or even spouses, who challenge each other to develop the best remake for their specific pieces. The ...

Avoiding Big Costs in Future

Editorials

During the next few weeks, Steubenville residents and business owners will find out just how expensive it is going to be for them to overcome years of neglect of water and sewer systems. While they are being told that, they should be asking what will be done to prevent a similar situation in ...

Settle Constitution Question in W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Sheriff’s Budget Hike Necessary

Editorials

Belmont County taxpayers would be right to be furious if they heard that almost any agency of local government had allowed its budget to explode upward by one-third during a two-year period. Elected and appointed officials are supposed to be penny-pinchers on behalf of their constituents, ...

Thanking Area’s First Responders

Editorials

Residents of our area frequently go out of our way to thank our first responders — the men and women who work hard and stand ready to make enormous sacrifices to keep us safe. That is appropriate. Firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers and deputies earn our ...

Get Medicinal Marijuana Right

Editorials

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Renew Harrison Library Funding

Editorials

Libraries are not just books and periodicals anymore. They provide a variety of other services, ranging from internet access to children’s story hours. They are as indispensable as they were before the electronic age. For years, residents of Harrison County have recognized that by ...

Keep School Buses Safe

Editorials

No doubt some local residents thanked the Lord Monday morning that an accident involving an Ohio County school bus was not more serious than was the case. It should not have occurred in the first place. At about 8 a.m., the bus and a gas industry truck collided on W.Va. 88 near West ...

‘Rail to Trail’ Will Need Maintenance

Editorials

Barnesville residents, as well as anyone else in our region who enjoys a pleasant walk or bicycle ride, have reason to celebrate this week. A new “rail to trail” project in the Belmont County community appears to be close to becoming a reality. Village officials have been told of ...

Switch to Chlorine Tablets Good Idea

Editorials

Soon, St. Clairsville residents and municipal employees will be just a bit safer, thanks to a change being made in how the city treats wastewater. Slightly more than a year ago, a few homes had to be evacuated for a time when chlorine gas leaked out of the wastewater treatment facility. ...

Housing Group Concern Valid

Editorials

During their most recent meeting, Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority board members approved half a million dollars in payments and accepted their executive director’s resignation — all in six minutes. No wonder Jefferson County commissioners are concerned. JMHA administration has ...

Put Brakes On Traffic Cameras

Editorials

One tool Bellaire police officers use to apprehend motorists breaking the law is special traffic cameras provided by a company called BlueLine Solutions. Village council members are being asked whether the practice should continue. Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan told council ...

Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote

Local Columns

Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far little attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

Bureaucrats Are Wasting Lives

Editorials

During the past year, West Virginians have had plenty of reasons to be upset with state government. We learned of foot-dragging in getting $150 million in help to victims of severe flooding. Then it came to light that for years, no one was minding the fiscal and ethical stores at the state ...

Just Glad To Have Paying Job

Local Columns

Maybe there’s hope for the younger generation, after all. Some of them seem to have the right attitude. As the annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta was winding up Sunday afternoon, one of the event’s officials told me he and a few others would be back at the Heritage Port site early ...