Opinion

Carvers List Winners

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild lists the winners of their Christmas Tree Project, which included the 6-foot tree loaded with over 250 hand-carved ornaments. The winner of the tree was Ed Schafer, Madison, Indiana. He purchased his winning ticket during the Fall ...

MarkWest’s Nick White Named ‘Employee of the Month’

Local Columns

Nick White, facility engineer at the MarkWest Energy’s Majorsville Complex in Marshall County, has been named the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce “Employee of the Month.” He was nominated by plant manager Bob Shough. White runs many construction projects at one of the largest ...

Paying for I-70 Repair Work

Editorials

Complaints already are being heard from motorists upset about traffic delays on Interstate 70 in Ohio County and Washington County, Pa. Let us hope taxpayers in both states do not have cause for complaint, too. As we reported, traffic slowdowns are because one lane of the highway in each ...

Settle Separation Of Powers Question

Editorials

Most West Virginians probably would like to put last year’s state Supreme Court impeachment crisis behind us. But the episode left behind what could be a serious question in the future. In brief — as you may recall, the high court fiasco was exceedingly complex — the question stems ...

Privatizing May Be Best Option

Editorials

Only 48 of the 98 beds at the Hopemont State Hospital in Terra Alta, W.Va., are occupied — yet there are 50 people on the waiting list to be admitted. How can that be? Because the hospital, which specializes in long-term care for geriatric patients, is run by the government, that’s ...

Providing More Jobs for Ohioans

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Keeping an Eye On W.Va. Courts

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court merit high praise for their reaction to the scandal that removed three of the five justices last year. As Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker told legislators this week, new safeguards against waste and corruption have been established. Unfortunately, ...

Fire Department Busier Than Ever

Editorials

From time to time, we point out that declining populations throughout our area seem to suggest that ever-increasing government budgets could be trimmed. Apparently that is not a factor where the Wheeling Fire Department is concerned. Though the city’s population is far less than once was ...

Funding Repairs To Area Roads

Editorials

Roads — specifically the deplorable ones plaguing many Northern Panhandle residents — need to be a focus during the annual 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature, Delegate Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall, told our reporter. He is absolutely right about that. While the state’s ...

Build Maintenance Funds Into Budgets

Editorials

Good for Monroe County Dog Warden Rhonda Piatt, for her idea of enhancing a proposed new animal shelter by creating a walking trail nearby. County commissioners already are on board with a plan to construct a new shelter at Woodsfield. Piatt wants to add a 1,408-foot walking trail around a ...

Machine Gun Cause for Worry

Editorials

The picture above is of a .30-caliber machine gun, the kind you see in the movies mowing people down by the dozens. It was seized Monday by Wheeling police in the process of making a drug arrest at a Pierce Street home. Whether the weapon is fully functional was unknown at this writing. ...

Paying to Repair Belmont Roads

Editorials

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once. One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting last week, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during the ...

Discipline Critical In Public Schools

Editorials

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being ...

Make Fiscal Future Part of Major Speech Majo

Editorials

On Monday, just two days before he is to deliver his State of the State speech, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice announced he will run for re-election in 2020. “The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there’s work still to be done,” Justice explained on Monday. He is right ...

Veterans Courts Good for W.Va.

Editorials

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of ...

Rethink Foster Care System

Editorials

Among the most heartbreaking aspects of the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia is the effect it has on children. Many have to be taken from their parents for their own safety. That, in turn, has resulted in a severe shortage of foster homes. Of the more than 6,000 Mountain State children ...

Calm Before The Legislative Storm

Local Columns

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Getting Answers On RISE Failure

Editorials

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed ...

Taking Care of Ohio Infrastructure Needs

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Longterm Jobs Vital

Editorials

News last week that the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan area is in the midst of a boom in construction jobs was gratifying. About 2,400 people are employed by that industry in the area, which includes Jefferson, Brooke and Hancock counties. But those jobs will last only as long as it ...