Opinion

Reject Revival Of Estate Tax

Editorials

West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so Wednesday, during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state ...

Let’s Put Conway Slip in Perspective

Editorials

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon ...

Improving W.Va. Public Education

Editorials

West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more than ...

Defining ‘Local Control’

Local Columns

Among Gov. Jim Justice’s first concrete initiatives involving West Virginia public schools is a proposal to defund regional education service agencies. Yet Justice says he wants more local control over public education in our state. It brings up a question: Just what do the governor ...

RESAs Important For Local School Systems

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Like many West Virginians, I am nervously bracing myself for anticipated cuts to the very things that make our state livable and therefore positioned for growth; whispers from our legislators and the media that covers them allude to cuts to K-12 education, higher ...

Ignore Suggestion For ‘Sanctuary City’

Editorials

Wheeling faces any number of challenges and opportunities. One of them is not whether we tell local police officers to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Yet a group of local residents plans to stage a demonstration this week, demanding that Wheeling become a “sanctuary ...

Humble Doesn’t Mean Weak, Mr. President

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I’ve been trying to stay away from politics for awhile and simply pray for our country and her leaders. If my post sounds political in any way, I assure you it is not my intention. Here goes. If I could say anything to our President Trump today it would be ...

Trump’s Actions Should Disturb Americans

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Trump has been busy the few days he has been president. He fired an acting attorney general because she stood up to him indicating his Muslim ban likely was unlawful. Then he fired the acting ICE chief over the refugee order. One thousand diplomats at the State ...

Thank You, Teachers, for Your Fingerprints

Local Columns

I am an educator. No matter where I wander or roam, my “teacher-ness” stays faithfully by my side. But I often wonder how life has brought me to this place: teaching in a development department at an Ivy-plus, Midwestern university. I have taught high school, I have taught middle school, ...

State Agencies, Officials Not Held Accountable

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As we are all aware, West Virginia is in financial distress. One of the state’s biggest problems is that our state agencies resort to being sued for frivolous issues and then lose, costing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly! I know for a fact as I ...

Support Bill on Shared Parenting in W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The purpose of this letter is to request your readers to support Senate Bill 189, a bill to push a more balanced child custody law that would lead to more equal parenting time after divorce. Children raised by single parents account for 90 percent of homeless and ...

Proposal for Helicopter In Marshall Questioned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In order to put the helicopter at the Marshall County airport, all the general aviation aircraft would need to be thrown out of the current hangar. This will also close down general aviation maintenance and services. It was also suggested to put a double- wide home ...

Trump Fails to Realize How U.S. Is Different

Editorials

Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin. “He is the leader of his ...

Founders Didn’t Envision Use of Filibusters in Senate

Editorials

Last Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump’s pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon — and they intend to use it. Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority ...

Feminists Become Irrational

Editorials

All that was missing from Hillary Clinton’s video address to a left-wing women’s group last week was a pink pussyhat and a “BOYS SUCK” T-shirt. Feminists at the MAKERS conference in Southern California gushed over the twice-failed presidential candidate’s remarks, which exhorted ...

Being Civil Toward Those Who Are Democrats

Editorials

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s” Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to “working right now with the Congress,” “working very closely with leaders of the ...

Yes, Fellas, Women Will Persist in Speaking Out

Editorials

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

Trump Immigration Ban Legal, But Still a Loser

Editorials

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since ...

Trump Should Stop Being Petty About Grievances

Editorials

At no point in my life have I ever felt as alienated from politics as I do now. Three weeks into the Trump administration, I find much to agree with — proposed tax cuts, deregulation, good Cabinet choices — but even more that makes me uncomfortable, indeed fearful. Despite the ...

What About Our Budgets?

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice offered West Virginians a choice during his State of the State speech on Wednesday. Increase taxes by about $600 million ... or else. Or else what? “Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities ...