Opinion

Why Do We Put Up With It?

Local Columns

If you were planning to attend conservative Ann Coulter’s speech on the University of California’s Berkeley campus this week, you may want to ask for a refund on the airline tickets. UC officials have canceled the Thursday event. Republicans at UCB had invited Coulter to speak about ...

What’s the Future Of Aetnaville Bridge?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As the historic Aetnaville Bridge, also known as the Georgia Street Bridge, has been closed to all, including pedestrian, traffic since January 2016, I am curious as to what may be the future plans for the once very popular landmark, which essentially connected ...

Upset About Attempt To Collect Old Fire Fees

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: HELP! Is there anyone who can help me with this problem? For a couple of years now I have been repeatedly billed and threatened for alleged non-payment of fire service taxes/ fees. These alleged non payments are dated from 23, 24, and 25 years ago. I have made ...

Ensure Old Wheeling Island Stadium Is Safe

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Ohio County Board of Education can thank a falling piece of concrete for what may have prevented a disaster of epic proportions; failing to properly inspect a structure that is 30 years old, leading to injuries and worse, death, to our children and their families ...

Keep Students Safe on Buses

Editorials

Thursday afternoon was one of those heart-stopping times for people who knew why the sirens just kept echoing off the hills around W.Va. 88 between West Liberty and Wheeling. No doubt, more than a few prayers were said. They were for students on a school bus that crashed about a mile south ...

Cutting the Budget Gradually

Local Columns

You haven’t heard a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the folks who run scores of fairs and festivals throughout West Virginia during the past few years, have you? Ditto for the Public Broadcasting crowd and the fine arts folks. But all of them — and we’re talking ...

Trim Spending In Ohio Budget

Editorials

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

What Really Matters to Us

Local Columns

There’s only so long I can stare at it before I know I have to do something about it. Sure I can continue to close the door and pretend all is well inside my closet, or I can pull up my bootstraps and tackle the mess that lies within. Just because I recently acquired a larger closet than I ...

Democracy’s Death Spiral?

Editorials

"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better. ... "People say, 'If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be ...

Having Faith In Our Post- Resurrection World

Local Columns

Now that the Easter holiday is behind us, we are all looking to warmer weather, vacations and summer fun-time. I want to share some thoughts, in retrospect, of how we Christians, really view the Resurrection of Jesus. First is a simple realization which most Christians don’t quite get: ...

Protecting Mine Retiree Insurance

Editorials

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families — some right here in the Ohio Valley — will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an ...

Ensuring Drillers Are Good Neighbors

Editorials

At county Engineer Amy Zwick’s urging, Monroe County commissioners are taking steps to ensure the oil and gas drilling boom is a blessing, not a curse, to local residents. A variety of new requirements are being placed on drillers and those hauling equipment to and from well sites. In ...

Keep Up Good Work in Bellaire

Editorials

Congratulations, Bellaire. Your school system is yours again. More than eight years of hard work and sacrifice have paid off in a school system state officials no longer view as a fiscal emergency. State supervision of the school district began in 2009, when it became apparent the system ...

Keep Teens Safe At Prom Time

Editorials

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Adding Up Impact Of Taxes We Pay

Editorials

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other ...

Budget Cuts Would Have Been Devastating to Many in W.Va.

Editorials

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) touches the lives of every resident in the state, from birth to death and all stages in between. However, the budget proposed by the West Virginia Legislature and subsequently vetoed by Governor Jim Justice threatened the very ...

If You Don’t Like A Law, Change It

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Recognizing That Tax Cuts Can Bring In More Tax Revenue

Editorials

“Drain the swamp.” It was one of President Trump’s most powerful messages on the way to victory. Shake up Washington, D.C. Break a few eggs to create a new omelet. Overturn the establishment. Well, hats off to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for doing some swamp draining when ...

Start Budget Talks Afresh

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s veto last week of a budget bill sent to him by the West Virginia Legislature may have prompted some frustrated lawmakers to adopt a “back to square one” attitude. Let us hope the governor’s position is that reasonable. During a press conference in which he had ...