Opinion

Helping Wetzel, Monroe Counties

Editorials

Fifteen West Virginia counties are categorized by the Appalachian Regional Commission as “economically distressed.” While most of them are in the southern half of the state, a recent addition is not. It is Wetzel County. Just across the Ohio River, Monroe County is in trouble, too. It ...

Knowing About Prostate Cancer Could Save Your Life

Local Columns

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to revisit what you know and don’t know about this disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer. Approximately 164,690 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and about ...

Battle W.Va. Drug Crisis With Strong Leadership

Local Columns

West Virginia is ground zero for the nation’s opioid crisis. Communities throughout the state are firmly in the grips of addiction, and they’re desperate to find solutions. By putting the right policies into place and by taking advantage of every resource available, we can emerge stronger, ...

Moundsville First Christian Church Celebrates 150 Years

Local Columns

The Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be observing its 150th anniversary celebration Sept. 27-30. Current pastor Wesley Howsare said,”This is a special time in the life of our church, as we will be coming together to remember the legacy that has been passed on to ...

Regulate Wind Farms

Editorials

Wind farms to generate electricity are wonderful for the environment, Americans have been led to believe. The truth is more complicated. Tall towers on which enormous spinning blades are mounted can be massive killers of birds. Officials at the Ohio Power Siting Board want to minimize that ...

Funding Conservation

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Since I am a native of the Mountain State and love its public lands, I thought I knew a lot about West Virginia’s parks and forests until I attended a community presentation from the West Virginians for Public Lands alliance at the Brooke County Public Library in ...

Respecting Our Flag

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Unbelievable: A multinational American corporation has openly supported the disrespect of our flag by giving Colin K. an endorsement contract. This is the black football player who started taking a knee when our National Anthem was being played at NLF games. In ...

Supporting Barton VFD

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Barton Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce our 25th annual Polkafest, held on Aug. 5, was a huge success. To continue to serve our community efficiently, we are currently developing plans to build a new fire station. The proceeds from this recent ...

Repairing the Roads

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: OK, Division of Highways, let’s try this again. You did a decent job by Kroger but why did you stop by Perkins? There are major holes in concrete and no, you don’t need to patch with concrete, you could use hot mix, it would last longer. What about ramps and ...

There Was Collusion

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: When President Trump campaigned on the slogan “Make America Great Again,” he and millions of our fellow citizens simply ignored the factual data that showed that our country was already great by any metric on which data was available. We didn’t really like a ...

Find Out What Went Wrong

Editorials

When more than three dozen school band members have to be taken to hospitals for heat-related sickness, something has gone wrong — badly. It happened Thursday at John Marshall High School’s Monarch Field. As we reported, 37 students had to be taken by ambulance to local hospitals. ...

Refusing to Play by the Rules

Local Columns

Most of us have been in line at the grocery store, wishing people ahead of us would get moving, I suspect. Can’t they tell we’re in a real hurry? But we don’t push ahead of them. The rules are that we wait our turns. We follow them and other rules of daily life, because, if too many ...

Be Conservative On State Budget

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice deserves to revel in his “I told you so” moment over West Virginia’s state budget. At the same time, legislators who doubted him earlier this year are to be encouraged to keep up the good work. Just two months into the fiscal year, collections for the general revenue ...

Hey, I’m Talking To You

Local Columns

We have all heard it at one time or another. You’re browsing the aisles of the supermarket or enjoying a leisurely lunch at a favorite restaurant. Then you hear the loud, uncontrollable crying of a child. You search around, not too conspicuously, because you’re wondering if there is a child ...

Protecting Society From Viciousness

Editorials

Five people arrested in Braxton County several days ago ought to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives, if they are guilty of charges against them. West Virginia State Police say Zachary Bailey, 27, is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl and recording the attacks on video. ...

Alter Residency Rule for Workers

Editorials

The improving economy in our region is a good thing, unless you happen to be an employer trying to hire new workers. That can be a challenge for local government officials, as we have reported many times. Weirton officials are considering a change in rules for municipal employees, for that ...

More Money Not Always a Solution

Editorials

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Set Up Belmont Veterans Court

Editorials

More than 5,200 veterans of military service live in Belmont County, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of them have had — and will have — brushes with the law. A substantial number of them might not have gotten into trouble but for the physical and mental ...

Farm Subsidies Are Big Conflicts

Editorials

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions ...

Recycling Rather Than Dumping

Editorials

Recycling may be headed for the trash can in some regions of the country, including ours. Last spring, Moundsville shut down its program. This week, two popular recycling collection sites in Ohio County were shut down. In our area as well as many others, the problem is that not everyone is ...