Opinion

Watching Out For Children

Editorials

It is impossible to say with certainty what would have happened last Tuesday, had the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department not received the call it did at about 7:13 p.m. What might have occurred is reason enough to be very grateful someone called 911. Within two minutes of the call being ...

Avoiding Deadly Hospital Errors

Editorials

We go to hospitals to get well, not to be killed by incompetence or worse. State and federal governments have a critical role in protecting us in that regard. Federal officials have notified Mount Carmel Health, of Columbus, that Medicare will cease paying for patients at two of the ...

Same Situation, But New Circumstances

Local Columns

Here we are at the beginning of February and we’re staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike imminent. But is it really all that similar? There are ...

Avoid Second School Shutdown

Editorials

Members of West Virginia’s three big unions for public school teachers and service personnel will be asked this week to authorize another strike — and that, semantics and legal technicalities aside, is the word for it. Another lengthy work stoppage like the one that shuttered nearly all ...

Pick Interim School Leader Cautiously

Editorials

Less than a week after Brooke County Board of Education members select an interim superintendent for the school district, early voting on a critical tax levy to support schools will begin. What board members do will have an effect, perhaps decisively, on how voters react. Board members have ...

Remove Ron Walker From Cameron Council

Editorials

Ron Walker’s conviction last week on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse gives Cameron City Council no choice but to remove him as one of its members. Walker was fired previously as Moundsville fire chief. Council took no action against Walker when he was arrested, with members ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To the many firefighters and other first responders who fought the Thursday fire at the Ziegenfelder Co. in Wheeling — not only containing it under miserable, dangerous conditions, but avoiding any injuries. - To Marshall County Board of Education members for selecting respected veteran ...

Not at All Funny Or Acceptable

Local Columns

Imagine responding to the doorbell some Halloween night, opening the front door and finding in front of you a youngster dressed as a Native American from the late 1700s, holding a doll smeared in blood. “So, who are you?” “I’m a Shawnee warrior” he might respond, holding up a ...

Don’t Divert Money From Public Schools in W.Va.

Local Columns

On Friday Jan. 25, the West Virginia Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 to pass what leadership is calling the “Education Reform Omnibus Bill.” It passed along party lines, despite many only seeing its final version hours before. In fact, the meeting had to be recessed in order for all ...

Leo Club Aids Moundsville’s House of Carpenter II

Local Columns

One of the undertakings the John Marshall High School LEO Club has chosen this school year is to assist the House of Carpenter II in Moundsville, and this past week four members of the club, President Kailey Filben, Whitney Coffield, Faith Corley and Dakota Wyatt along with adviser Dianne ...

We Need to Do a Better Job for Foster Children in W.Va.

Local Columns

West Virginia’s child welfare system is in crisis. The drug epidemic that’s plagued our state has pushed our current system well beyond its limits. To remedy the foster care crisis and ensure the health and well-being of nearly 7,000 little Mountaineers, the state Department of Health ...

At Least Show Some Respect for Our Anthem

Local Columns

At a time when the media are constantly pointing out social, political and ideological divisions in America, most of us can agree on uniting around the larger meaning of our nation and the sacrifices that made it possible in the first place. This is embodied in our National ...

Ensure Education Bill Is Not Harmful

Local Columns

We teachers stick together. Only a fellow educator understands the hours, the heart, and the dedication it takes to give everything of yourself to your students. Only a fellow educator can empathize with the late nights grading papers, the afterhours parent messages and phone calls, the long ...

Charter Schools Backed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Superman had his kryptonite. The Wicked Witch of the West had water, and Indiana Jones had snakes. Now apparently the teacher unions have charter schools as the thing which will destroy public education as we know it. It’s more like Chicken Little and the falling ...

Oppose the User Fee

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Taxation without representation! Where do I start? I’ve already written about an interpretation of a “user fee,” but to refresh your memory; here it is again. A true “user fee” is a fee that one has to pay for use of a service or a facility, i.e. rental of ...

Defeat Education Bill

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I’m writing this letter to the editor to make sure your readers are aware of some key points in the Omnibus Bill — WV Senate Bill 451. This bill affects taxpayers, service personnel, teachers, students, and parents. It affects taxpayers by putting more burden on ...

Mayor Is Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The caption over a letter appearing in these pages on 23 January 2019 read: :Mayor Explains Council Process.” With all due respect, Mayor Glenn Elliott didn’t explain a single thing. What the mayor did in “explaining” why the city refused (until the ...

Getting Reform Done in W.Va.

Editorials

Decisive action needs to be taken to improve public schools in West Virginia. State Senate Bill 451 is the right idea with the wrong strategy, however. Republican leaders in the Senate have taken what amounts to an all-or-nothing approach in SB 451, the so-called “omnibus education bill.” ...

How Will We Pay for This?

Local Columns

Remember the good old days when Republican politicians could argue that Democrats were spending like there was no tomorrow? Welcome to the new reality in West Virginia. Here, Republican Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a fiscal 2020 general revenue fund budget that is nearly $300 million higher ...

Ziegenfelder Firm Has Many Friends

Editorials

The Ziegenfelder Co., founded in 1861, would be a Wheeling treasure solely on the strength of its success. The firm, with other facilities in Denver, Colo., and Chino, Calif., makes more than 2.5 million of its famous “Budget Saver Twin Pops” every day. But there are other reasons why ...