Opinion

Mother of Our Country Had Excellent Outlook

Local Columns

How old am I? One of the big stories of last week was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presented their two-day-old son to the world. His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This maybe the first time in recent history that an interracial child has been born into the royal ...

Civil War Soldier Uriah Alley Recognized With Sign

Local Columns

Members of the city of Cameron Historical Society were unaware that a road sign named for Civil War veteran Uriah “Duck” Alley was in the sign shop of the state Division of Highways in Charleston until a local resident called that agency about another matter. When Calvin Moninger was ...

Students Deserve Option of Public Charter Schools

Local Columns

Across the country, millions of students, families and educators are celebrating National Charter Schools Week and how they transform communities by bringing educational opportunities to students. Unfortunately, our students are left out of these celebrations because West Virginia is one of the ...

Neglect a Problem

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Vacant Property? I’ve re-written this letter several times, only to discover at each writing that it was turning into a book instead of a letter. So it begins anew! Vacant, abandoned, and neglected residential and commercial property is prevalent throughout our ...

Preventing Suicide

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Sunday, April 28, Jerry’s Walk — Illuminating Suicide Awareness held its third annual suicide prevention Walk in St. Clairsville. The event is an opportunity to encourage an open conversation around suicide, with a goal of removing the stigma attached to what is ...

Keep Patients Safe

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Are patients in the hospital being cared for as well as they should be? No. As a registered nurse (RN) working in a hospital in the state of West Virginia, I experience the first-hand circumstances of unsafe nurse staffing. During the 2019 legislative session, House ...

Anthem ‘a Travesty’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: We are writing today with reference to the arena football team, West Virginia Roughriders. We attended the Friday night, April 26, game at WesBanco Arena. The game was great, the crowd was good and we enjoyed it all but for one thing. The playing of the National ...

Helping Us Need Health Care Less

Editorials

It appears the announcement last week that The Health Plan and the West Virginia University Health System are forming a partnership is good news for the Wheeling area. If anything, it could mean more local employees added to The Health Plan’s still-new headquarters in our city. More ...

Information Key To Water Decision

Editorials

St. Clairsville resident Bill Brooks is right about one thing: Aqua Ohio, the company that has indicated interest in taking over the city’s water system “is not coming to bail us out out of the goodness of their heart.” No company can make such decisions solely on the basis of doing ...

Setting Session Up for Success

Local Columns

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Be Good To Mom

Local Columns

This is a tough one. Today would have been our mother’s 93rd birthday. And with Mother’s Day weekend upon us, we are doubly reminded of the nearly two-year absence of our matriarch. Mother’s Day always focused around all the moms in our families and she was the center of the attention. ...

Report Animal Cruelty Cases

Editorials

Had more attention been paid to Belmont County resident Shania Wells after charges related to mistreatment of animals were handled in 2017, some animals’ lives might have been saved. But can such a tragedy be avoided in the future? That remains to be seen. Wells was sentenced to 90 ...

Your Vote Makes Difference Locally

Editorials

Declining interest in local government is on display all too frequently in low voter turnout for municipal and county elections and referendums. Failing to go to the polls can make an enormous difference in such situations. A municipal primary election was held in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. ...

Getting the Truth In St. Clairsville

Editorials

Some St. Clairsville residents may be hoping a lawsuit filed by Police Chief Jeff Henry goes to trial soon. With any luck, it may set to rest a controversy that has pitted some city council members against others and against Mayor Terry Pugh. Last month, Henry filed a lawsuit against ...

Public Employees Owed Our Thanks

Editorials

Public employees — the people we see repairing our roads, handing out traffic tickets, helping children whose safety is at risk, dealing with the paperwork we have to file and handling thousands of other tasks — are easy targets for our wrath at government in general. They don’t ...

Keep Guns Out Of Wrong Hands

Editorials

Steubenville resident Tyrelle Gilbert wasn’t supposed to have any guns. His 1998 conviction on a felonious assault charge carried with it a ban on possession of firearms. But Gilbert, 36, had three guns last May. He used one of them to kill another man in a bar shootout. On May 24, ...

Clear Backlog In Ohio Medicaid

Editorials

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw their predecessors under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans seeking ...

Placing Blame For Bad Roofs

Editorials

If you are a homeowner, you probably expect the roof over your head to last for more than 11 years. Martins Ferry Board of Education members have the same opinion. Roofs on some Martins Ferry school buildings constructed about 11 years ago began leaking not long after the structures were ...

Redrawing Lines For Lawmakers

Editorials

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Instill Empathy Among Students

Editorials

It has been said and written that empathy is not a quality that stands out among young people. Sometimes (see editorial below) that is because we adults do not make the effort to instill it in them. But they do it at Brooke Middle School in Wellsburg. Last week, an assembly at the school ...