Opinion

Razing Buildings That Are Hazards

Editorials

Old, dilapidated buildings such as those found throughout many Ohio Valley towns and cities can stand strong for generations, then collapse with little or no warning. That makes it especially important that when there is reason to worry about a structure’s stability, something be done about ...

Travel Ban Ruling Recognized Reality

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban this week made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the ...

Another Failure Not an Option

Editorials

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State University spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why OSU was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Following Water Safety Precautions

Editorials

With really hot weather on the horizon, many local residents will decide the best way to cool off is to head for the water, whether it be a swimming pool, a lake or the river. That may mean trouble, if history is any guide. Deaths by drowning remain a regular occurrence in our area. Just a ...

Farm to School Worth Support

Editorials

West Virginia public schools, including some in our area, are getting a whole new appreciation for the old question about whether the chicken or the egg came first. The twist on it this time involves a worthwhile program called Farm to School. It is intended to help Mountain State farmers ...

Artillery a Critical Issue on N. Korea

Editorials

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

Move Slowly On Loughry

Editorials

Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have started down a road that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by ...

Keep Pedophiles Out of Schools

Editorials

A report datelined Chicago and making national headlines would be upsetting by itself. But the fact it is merely a new twist on an old story needs to be kept in mind. Roman Catholic Church officials are frequent targets of criticism for a substantial number of cases in which little or no ...

Don’t Cover Up Sex Scandals

Editorials

Give Ohio State University officials credit for handling a sex abuse scandal the way it ought to be done — openly, with apparent concern for victims, and an intensive effort to get the whole truth. One wonders why that approach does not seem to appeal to everyone. A few months ago, it ...

Relationship With Putin Is Important

Editorials

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...

Keeping Parks From Closing

Editorials

Steubenville City Council members have worried for years that they may have no choice but to close some municipal parks. Budget constraints make it impossible for the city to maintain the recreation areas. But there may be a choice. During a council meeting last week, the issue of ...

Doing Something About Vacant Jobs

Editorials

Nearby Noble County presents a perfect example of the complexity of the unemployment challenges faced by our communities. It has the third-highest unemployment in Ohio — at 6.4 percent in April — yet is experiencing a labor shortage. “The McDonald’s sometimes doesn’t open mornings ...

Making It Mecca For Recreation

Local Columns

What Ohio County officials have in mind for The Highlands is impressive solely by its size. They plan to erect a 180,000 square-foot indoor sports and recreation building at the retail center. That’s big enough to swallow up three football fields, with room to spare. But big and promising ...

Use Some Bond Funds on Repairs

Local Columns

Some area residents have grown so frustrated with badly damaged, sometimes dangerous, roads that they are taking matters into their own hands, as we reported last week. One resident of Timber Haven Road in Ohio County has used bricks in an attempt to make one deep pothole less jarring for ...

Address Flooding Woes in Woodsdale

Local Columns

Twice in less than a week, some homes and businesses in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling have been flooded. It happened first last weekend, then again on Wednesday night. One cannot blame those for whom heavy rain has become synonymous with flooding for being frustrated. Part of the ...

Small Towns Should Cooperate on Cops

Local Columns

Dramatic population loss in many small towns has made it impossible for municipal officials to continue offering services taken for granted for years. Officials in Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland have been talking about cooperating on police protection, for that reason. Combined, the ...

Anthony Bourdain Helped Inspire Us to Eat ‘Vividly’

Local Columns

Like so many others, I was stunned by the abrupt suicide of Anthony Bourdain, who was one of my heroes, first and foremost as a writer with a wicked and incisive prose style. He likely would never have become famous had he not written “Kitchen Confidential,” the bestseller that launched his ...

Flagger Was Directing Children to Rehearsals, Not Traffic

Local Columns

With construction in progress along W.Va. 2 from Fifth Street to the Jefferson Avenue, in Moundsville, and the replacement of curbs at intersections along Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, we have come to watch for individuals flagging motorists through these areas. However, I was surprised this ...

The Readers Say: Challenge Wheeling Event Was a Success

Letters to the Editor

Challenge Wheeling Event Was a Success Editor, News-Register: The fifth Challenge Wheeling scavenger race showed off Wheeling and its caring community in great fashion. I do mean the fashion aspect with Team Love, the Colerain Karters, and the Neverland Scavengers winning for best team ...