Opinion

Admitting We Have A Problem

Local Columns

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Getting Across the Street at Downtown Wheeling Corner

Local Columns

Safe Crossing Pedestrians are happy to see that a missing “walk” light has been replaced with a new and improved model at the southwest corner of 16th and Chapline streets in downtown Wheeling. It’s a busy intersection where pedestrians need all the help they can get in crossing the ...

Iran Not Complying With Nuclear Pact

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register The Intelligencer published a column by Patrick Buchanan on March 29 entitled “Trump and His War Cabinet.” Buchanan may have whatever opinions he would like, but he shouldn’t continue to make statements that are simply untrue. Buchanan’s column dealt with ...

Unarmed People Can Find Selves Defenseless

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register I am writing in regard to a March 25 letter advocating for a recall of “assault weapons.” The writer refers to the AR-15 specifically as an automatic weapon; it is not. The AR-15 has been around since the 1950s so I’m unsure why it is such a problem now. Look on ...

Second Amendment Is Irrelevant Now

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: This letter is in regard to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This Amendment is irrelevant to the 21st Century. Conditions in the 18th Century, when the amendment was written, were totally different than the conditions we face today. It was meant for a ...

Why Do We Spend Too Much on Water?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Humans are, by nature, creatures of habit. We love to follow set patterns, methods, and techniques in our day to day lives. It is also the reason change, in any form, can be frightening to so many individuals. Habit allows an established culture and society to ...

Economic Policies Adding to Poverty

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: We live in a time when dogs and cats grow fat and lazy one-fourth of American children grow up in poverty. Those who are on the street, who are hungry and in poor health are the ones feeling the real effects of economic policies that have made half of all ...

Preserving the Old Suspension Bridge

Editorials

For more than a century and a half, Wheeling’s beloved Suspension Bridge has survived everything nature and human beings could throw at it. But even an engineering marvel can stand only so much abuse — and the span has received plenty of that during recent years. Just last week, it had ...

Keeping Selves Safe

Editorials

Wheeling police are to be commended for stepping up patrols on and near the Heritage Trail, following a spate of robberies there. There have been no incidents since the crackdown. Unfortunately, criminals tend to react to such law enforcement action by moving to other neighborhoods. That is ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

∫ To the anonymous donor who contributed $37,500 to the Wheeling Police Department, enabling it to purchase several pieces of new equipment. Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he and officers are “extremely grateful” for the good deed. ∫ To Faith in Action Caregivers, which ...

Unsustainable Urban Renewal

Editorials

An unfortunate fact of life in Wheeling is that the city contains many rundown buildings. They detract from the appeal of the downtown business district as well as some residential neighborhoods. Just this week, municipal officials discussed a private-sector proposal to renovate two ...

Social Media Rules Have Their Limits

Editorials

During the past week, we have heard complaints about social media from officials in no fewer than three separate local government entities. Their frustration is understandable, but there is very little they can do about the situation. Moundsville needs a social media policy for municipal ...

A Subsidy by Any Other Name …

Local Columns

Americans who rely on low-cost, reliable electricity from coal-fired power plants are trapped in what we might think of as subsidy wars. So are the miners and communities that rely on such generating stations as markets. Here’s the question about that: If you have to pay more for ...

Priorities Askew?

Editorials

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. West Virginia and Ohio are ...

Just Who Does That?

Local Columns

I’ve driven through South Wheeling hundreds or more times, but only recently really took notice of the American flags neatly lining some of the homes and storefronts on Jacob Street. Who does that? A drive through Elm Grove and I am greeted by a large welcome sign with lovely flowers ...

Hold Down Cost Of Running City

Editorials

It would be nice if Steubenville had the 42-45 paid firefighters a national organization recommends. It also would be nice if city officials did not have to pinch pennies to keep their budget balanced. During a meeting of City Council’s Safety Committee this week, fire department staffing ...

Don’t Leave Allies Behind to Suffer

Editorials

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position, with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time for U.S. troops to be pulled out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria ...

Stop Corruption At Local Level

Editorials

Details of an investigation into allegedly fraudulent activity by a former city employee in Wheeling are sparse this week. That is not uncommon during an ongoing law enforcement probe. What is known is this: A week ago, Mayor Glenn Elliott and City Manager Robert Herron were informed of the ...

Spying Revelation Not Unexpected

Editorials

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed this week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...