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Opinion

Stay Well Mentally

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Regiser: As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, there is little doubt that the coronavirus is impacting the mental health of everyone. From the common anxiety of contracting the disease, to the feelings of loneliness and isolation caused by quarantine and social ...

Support Ben Salango

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to submit the following editorial to be printed in a Sunday edition of the News Register prior to our state election on June 9. I thank you in advance. As our state attempts to awaken from the wounds of the coronavirus pandemic, we too must ensure we ...

Keep Battling Cancer

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The coronavirus pandemic has put a lot at risk. High among those are people who fight against cancer. With more than 12,380 estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in West Virginia and 4,750 estimated to die from the disease this year alone, it’s sometimes hard to ...

Free Press Is Vital

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In our country our fundamental declaration of freedom — and our first and therefore preeminent declaration — is the First Amendment of the United States Constitution that declares: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting ...

Put Country First

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Finally, a senator says something I believe 100%. Quoting Sen. Kennedy: most people believe the country’s founders were geniuses, but the country is now being run by idiots. Amen! I think we could put 535 chimps in the House and Senate and things might ...

Vote Armstead For High Court

Editorials

West Virginia voters knew in November 2018 that we needed to get back to the basics on the state Supreme Court. Justices committed to fairness, honesty, frugality and upholding the law and the state constitution were needed. Voters selected Tim Armstead to fill one of the unexpired terms on ...

Leonhardt Best At Agriculture

Editorials

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Shutdowns Cost Lives, Too

Local Columns

You’ve heard of “the butterfly effect.” If not, the Cliff’s Notes version is that the most minuscule action on our planet can spread and, like ripples in a pond, grow until it has gargantuan effects. Well, the butterfly may turn out to be a lightweight, compared to the COVID-19 ...

Sitting Pretty

Local Columns

To open or to stay closed? If you’re in my at-risk age group, you are sitting safely at home debating the latest thinking on whether it’s time to reopen many businesses that have been shuttered since the COVID-19 pandemic took its neck-choking hold on daily life. Each day we learn about ...

Resuming Real Public Meetings

Editorials

Steubenville City Council members — some of them, anyway — hope to see each other in the flesh for a meeting on June 9. They agreed this week to hold their next regular meeting, scheduled for that date, at the City Building. No one can say whether the plan will come to fruition. With ...

Being Prepared To Open Pools

Editorials

Getting public swimming pools open for the season does not seem like a priority now. But by late July and August, many area residents will be eager to dive in, providing that can be done safely. Concern over the health risks has kept most local government bodies from making concrete plans ...

Shopping, But With Caution

Editorials

There was truly wonderful news this week: After being closed for nearly two months, the Ohio Valley Mall reopened on Tuesday — and retailers were pleasantly surprised. Many stores there were busier than had been expected. COVID-19 forced the shutdown of much of the economy in Ohio and ...

Bipartisanship Sometimes Best

Editorials

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, along with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is ...

City’s Record Not Reassuring

Editorials

Wheeling officials are moving ahead on a proposal that the city purchase the old Ohio Valley Medical Center property, despite the fact local taxpayers have had little opportunity to think about the idea, much less comment on it. A vote finalizing the purchase could come as early as Tuesday, ...

Register to Vote

Editorials

It has been a strange, unsettling year, has it not? All the more reason to make your voice heard in the June 9 West Virginia primary election. The need for good leadership is more apparent than it has been for many years. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot cast a ballot in the ...

Reopen Ohio With Caution

Editorials

Like neighbors in many other states, Ohioans are in the process of “reopening” the state. How well that goes will be up to individuals and families in the Buckeye State. After several weeks during which Gov. Mike DeWine ordered many businesses to close and restricted the sizes of ...

Getting Computers In Students’ Hands

Editorials

Shadyside Board of Education members last week approved spending more than $273,000 to buy 790 Chromebook computers and licenses, enough for every student and teacher in the district to have one. Students in grades 7-12 will be given Chromebooks. But, as is the case in many school systems, ...

Step Up Fight Against Virus

Editorials

About 2,500 men and women in Belmont County did not have jobs at the end of March, according to the most recent statistics released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s unemployment rate was the 11th worst in the state. It is painfully obvious that the shutdown ...

Prison Transfers Were a Bad Idea

Editorials

Protecting one group of people against COVID-19 by endangering another makes no sense. Yet that is precisely what the U.S. Bureau of Prisons was doing. It had been transferring inmates out of some prisons and to others. There are two federal prisons for men in West Virginia, in Gilmer and ...

Keep Day-Care Centers Safe

Editorials

We can be grateful that the overwhelming majority of children infected by COVID-19 get through it with few or no symptoms. Yet they can carry the coronavirus and spread it to others — though scientists are not certain yet how serious a threat that presents. Clearly, however, the ...