Opinion

Make ‘Wellness’ Plan Appealing

Editorials

The timing could not have been better: Last week, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation officials stopped in Steubenville to promote what amounts to a “wellness” program for many working people in the Buckeye State. At about the same time, a similar program in West Virginia suffered a ...

Collecting Money ECOT Owes Ohio

Editorials

Ohio education officials say they have “other options” for recovering the $80 million owed to the state by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, now that the online charter school has shut down. For months, the state Department of Education had been deducting money from state funding for ...

New Jail an Asset In Monroe County

Editorials

Monroe County residents ought to be very pleased with their new county jail and sheriff’s department. At the same time, they will have to continue worrying about why such a large facility is needed in a county of just 14,210 residents. An open house was held at the $15.5 million facility ...

Reform Increases Prospect of Cracker

Editorials

Many area residents have had their fingers crossed for so many months that we wonder whether there is a possibility of permanent damage to their hands. Just kidding, but you probably know where we’re headed: the ethane cracker plant. Prospects for PTT Global Chemical to build the plant ...

Pipelines Help Hold Down Energy Costs

Local Columns

By Chris Ventura Midwest Director Consumer Energy Alliance Houston, Texas Nearly 360,000 West Virginians depend on food stamps to make ends meet — that’s 19.5 percent of the state’s population. For these households, paying for food and necessities like clothing and shelter is ...

Getting Sports Betting Right

Editorials

West Virginia ought to have a sports betting statute on the books this spring — but it needs to be a home run, not a foul ball. Within a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to clear the way for states to set up sports betting operations. A few states already have plans in ...

Treat the Homeless With Compassion

Editorials

What happened last week in Wheeling was wrong. People who need help were hurt terribly. Helping the homeless is a controversial matter. Some are drug addicts. Some squander money given to them for food on gambling. Some are homeless by choice. But many have no place other than Mother ...

Address Corrections Officer Pay Crisis

Editorials

Attention on pay and benefits for public employees is focused on teachers, and that is appropriate. At the same time, however, West Virginia legislators cannot let the same problem among corrections officers persist. State prisons and regional jails are so understaffed that clerical workers ...

Solving the PEIA Riddle Is Vital

Local Columns

Pay is only part of the problem, in the minds of many public school teachers in West Virginia. To them, PEIA is the very dirtiest of the dirty four-letter words. At two strokes, Gov. Jim Justice has both pacified some teachers and made matters worse regarding the Public Employees Insurance ...

Battle Addiction Where It Is Worst

Editorials

Battling the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia cannot be a matter of bureaucratic formulas and politics as usual in Washington. The federal government needs to do more about drugs in the Mountain State. To many members of Congress and, no doubt, to most people in the executive branch ...

Keep Fund to Aid Jobless Solvent

Editorials

It is fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days, with unemployment at 4.7 ...

Feed Us, And We Will Come

Local Columns

There is a much maligned myth among the media — local, state or national — that if you feed us, we will be happy to cover your event. Now true journalists pay no mind to the buffet table of select meats and cheeses at news events, nor do they knock people over for first dibs on the ...

Rebuilding Our Infrastructure

Editorials

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Guarding Freedom Of Beliefs in W.Va.

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, our Republicans and Democrats could teach cats and dogs something about doing battle. On many issues, adherants of the two parties differ greatly. But not on basic human rights, such as not being forced by the government to do something that goes against one’s ...

Easing Burden Of Regulations

Editorials

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Retain Secure Site for Terrorists

Editorials

Though former President Barack Obama pledged in 2009 to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was never able to accomplish it. Why? Because he could not propose an acceptable alternative site where terrorists could be held securely, without threat to the ...

Fed Up With Attacks

Editorials

A few gentle bipartisan jabs at politicians are to be expected, even encouraged, from some in the entertainment world. But many of its denizens have gone far beyond that in their attacks on President Donald Trump. Turns out, some in their audiences don’t like that. Television ...

New Strategy, Tactics Needed

Editorials

West Virginia pharmacies dispensed 31.3 million fewer doses of controlled medications, such as opiate painkillers, in 2017 than the previous year. It might be tempting to call that wonderful news, especially as it relates to the fight against the opioid epidemic that has crippled this ...

Missing Opportunity on Teachers

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Most of us can remember our favorite teacher. For some of us, perhaps we had more than one favorite teacher. What a blessing it is to look back into childhood and fondly remember a teacher who was inspiring. Every teacher wants to provide a high-quality education ...

Really Serving The Community

Editorials

“Community service” sentences for perpetrators of relatively minor crimes have been around for years. As prosecutors and judges try to cope with overcrowded jails and prisons, they seem to be popping up frequently. But what do those handed such sentences do? In Steubenville, they save ...