Opinion

Punishing Those Who Choose to Live According to Their Faith

Editorials

Actress Meryl Streep’s political diatribe at the Golden Globes awards isn’t the only surprise attention-getting provocation from the event. Nominee film “Hidden Figures,” a box-office hit about the true story of three black women mathematicians who played important roles at NASA in the ...

Stop Draining Rainy Day Fund

Editorials

Many West Virginia legislators seem to have little use for former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s budget proposal. They are right to reject his recommendation for $270 million a year in tax increases. But one cautionary note struck by Tomblin should be kept firmly in mind. It involves the only life ...

Marketing Wild Wonderful W.Va.

Editorials

New Gov. Jim Justice has said many times that we West Virginians do not do a very good job of marketing ourselves. He may want to talk to former Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin about that. Goodwin, replaced by Justice appointee Chelsea Ruby, talked about her job last week with a ...

Hold Pushers Accountable

Editorials

Drug overdose calls are coming in to area police and emergency medical units at a disturbing rate — nearly every day, according to the head of the Belmont County Drug Task Force. Those responsible should be held accountable. Drug Task Force head John McFarland, who also serves as Martins ...

Get Drug Statistics Out to the Public

Editorials

Substance abuse is more than a problem in our area. It has become a deadly, life- and family-wrecking epidemic. Yet outside of law enforcement, few people comprehend its scope. Just in Belmont County, heroin is causing nearly one overdose a day, county Drug Task Force head John McFarland ...

Take Regional View on Utilities

Editorials

For many years, just about any local government interested in having its own water and sewer treatment plants was encouraged to build them. State and federal loans and grants incentivized the proliferation of small utility systems. To their credit, Jefferson County commissioners are ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

Editorials

Wheeling residents already pay $3 a month to support a municipal recycling program that loses money. Why dump good money after bad? City Council members are being asked to consider a project whereby the municipal program would work with a private firm, Scrappy Pappy’s Recycling. Company ...

Nothing Should Be Forever at the EPA

Editorials

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Some Stars Still Prefer Americanism

Editorials

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country need ...

Hollywood’s Changed Values Make Movies Less Appealing

Editorials

During the Golden Globes ceremony in posh Beverly Hills, California, celebrities preached diversity and tolerance, some of them subtly or not-so-subtly denouncing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hollywood has traditionally been an important force for America around the world, a “soft ...

New York Being Mismanaged by Mayor

Editorials

It isn’t just Chicago; New York City is in big financial trouble too, The Fiscal Times reports: “While Chicago’s place at the bottom of the list is unsurprising, New York City’s position — just one step above — was unexpected. An extended bull market and soaring real estate prices ...

NewYork Times Makes Its Liberal Bias Clear in Reporting

Editorials

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that’s The New York Times. The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit. Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few ...

State Spending Is Up, Not Down

Editorials

Outgoing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin deserved the standing ovation he received from West Virginia legislators Wednesday, during the last speech he will give to lawmakers. On Monday, his successor, Gov.-elect Jim Justice, will take office. But Tomblin was wrong about one thing he told lawmakers. ...

Lawmakers Found Ways to Cut Back

Editorials

In telling state agencies they need to get better at controlling their spending, West Virginia legislators may want to consider offering a model — themselves. State government spending has been increasing steadily for years, as the above editorial notes. But about two years ago, state ...

Move on to Repave Some Wheeling Streets

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I want to commend Wheeling city leaders for their hard work on the LGBT ordinance. This is a monumental piece of work that has major national and worldwide impact. It said in the paper that passing this timely and important ordinance would create jobs in Wheeling. I ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

∫ To West Virginia University student Blake Humphrey, a Wheeling native who has been named a member of the Volunteer West Virginia Commission. His hope is the panel “can empower young people across the state to serve in their communities.” ∫ To Ohio County Sheriff’s Department Lt. ...

New Labor Secretary Unfit for the Position

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump has nominated fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to lead the Labor Department. One would be hard pressed to find a worse candidate for the position. This pick betrays the spirit of the Trump campaign, which is unsurprising, and threatens to leave working people ...

No Matter How You Voted, Pray for Next President

Local Columns

In the spring of 1871, a young man picked up a book and read 21 words that changed his life. The young man was a medical student at Montreal General Hospital. He was worried about final examinations. He was troubled about what he should do with his life, where he should establish his medical ...

Names Still Being Sought for Memorial to Honor Veterans

Local Columns

A five-member committee appointed by the Marshall County Commission to review architectural designs for a Veterans Memorial to be erected in the vicinity of the Fountain on the Courthouse Lawn will hear proposals on Tuesday from four firms which have expressed interest in being awarded the ...

Maybe Now Americans Can Have Real Hope

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Now that Trump is officially president, maybe we can get them to fade away and leave Trump alone and give him a chance. Although I heard rumors that the Clintons are preparing their daughter to run for public office. Good grief, won’t they ever give up? Also, the ...