Opinion

Visitor Grateful For Caring Local People

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I recently had the opportunity to visit your city briefly — we were traveling through on our way from Kansas to Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, I had a mishap and fell entering the McDonald’s store in Elm Grove. The kindness and attention I received from the staff and ...

Dismayed at Condition Of Cemeteries in Area

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to travel back to Wheeling from my home in Maryland. The roots of my family run deep in Wheeling, going back to the middle of the 1800s in one branch and even farther in another. I was anticipating the chance to see where my great ...

Parking a Problem In Downtown Wheeling

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Will we ever get retail shopping in downtown Wheeling? If we do and we park at a meter, you need to remember, that a parking meter ticket went from $3 to $10! Look at the time on the meter and if you park at a one hour meter, you may only get benefit of 55 minutes and ...

Drug Companies Have Responsibility, Too

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Opioid addiction is a true crisis, especially here in West Virginia, and your paper should be commended for highlighting the issue. As a nurse, however, I believe your focus was largely misplaced. It’s true that we need help from all corners to prevent addiction to ...

Legacy of Racism Is A Problem in America

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I’m interested in Walter Williams’ analysis of Black Americans’ struggles. His argument is that their greatest threat is having access to a social safety net. His recent op-ed, “Blame Liberalism for many of Black Americans Problems” argues, among other ...

Sports Gambling May Be Good Bet

Editorials

No one knows how much money Americans wager on sporting events, simply because much of the betting is done illegally. Estimates are mind-boggling, however. One is that annual betting on the Super Bowl alone tops $8 billion. Another is that $30 billion to $40 billion a year is wagered on ...

Don’t Discourage Waterfront Events

Editorials

One reason the Heritage Port was constructed beside the Ohio River was to attract people to downtown Wheeling. Various festivals and other special events held at the venue have done a good job in that. Now, however, city officials are discussing a proposal that would discourage those who ...

Stopping Killers Like Paddock

Local Columns

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock last Sunday night would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats ...

Beauty And Our Beasts

Local Columns

The bright moonlit sky has been a blessing on recent dark mornings. It makes me stop and reflect on its beauty. There is something awe-inspiring about looking into the face of that very full moon and believing that someone is looking back. Just the other morning as I left for work, the ...

Get Politics Out Of ECOT Dispute

Editorials

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among ...

Insist on Clean Bill For CHIP Funding

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill ...

Enact Mine Pension Program Safeguard

Editorials

Congressional action earlier this year to safeguard health insurance on which thousands of retired miners and their families depend was an important victory. But it was far from a giveaway — and it also was only part of the equation. Both health insurance and pensions for mine retirees ...

Avoiding a Drive For DMV Services

Editorials

A trek to the Division of Motor Vehicles office can be a time-consuming, frustrating experience. First, one has to get there. Just two DMV offices, in Moundsville and Weirton, serve Northern Panhandle residents. Once at the DMV office, one has to wait in line before transacting ...

Demolish Old Building Quickly

Editorials

It appears the old Kirk’s Art Supplies building in downtown Wheeling has deteriorated to the point it is beyond saving. Most of the first floor has collapsed into the basement. The second floor may not be far behind, according to Mayor Glenn Elliott. The sooner the structure can be ...

Helping Residents Of Poor Countries

Editorials

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Compassion, Courage Were the Reactions

Editorials

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Get Scam Case Resolved Soon

Editorials

More than eight years ago, West Virginia taxpayers lost $1.5 million to a very sophisticated scam. About a year later, state officials went to court in an attempt to recover the money. At the rate the matter is proceeding through the courts, some of those involved may be dead before the ...

Don’t Look For Easy Answers

Editorials

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 58 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Insisting Educators Report Child Abuse

Editorials

Sometimes, the only rescuers abused children can rely on are teachers, principals and other school personnel. Many cases of child abuse and/or neglect come to light only because educators go to the police. In both Ohio and West Virginia, they are required by law to report suspected abuse. ...