Opinion

Playing It Safe On Tax Relief

Editorials

Give Delegate Randy Swartzmiller credit for wanting to give all West Virginians who worked hard all their lives a bit of a break. But at the same time, give other legislators and Gov. Jim Justice their due for being prudent with state finances. During this year’s regular legislative ...

Being Safe, Not Sorry Good Policy

Editorials

Hancock County commissioners’ $10.1 million budget for the coming year is about $1 million less than for the current 12 months, Commissioner Jeff Davis noted this week. Uncertainty over how much of an unencumbered balance will be left in county coffers when the current fiscal year ends ...

Making Government Friendly to Business

Editorials

For a long time, West Virginia was viewed by some as anything but a business-friendly state. That is changing in many desirable ways. Among them is Secretary of State Mac Warner’s goal of making it as easy as possible for businesses to deal with his office. In addition to being the ...

Go to the Polls, Weirton Voters

Editorials

For residents of Weirton, the big, important political news this week has nothing to do with President Donald Trump and “collusion.” More important than anything going on in Washington, in many ways, is the municipal primary election being held today in Weirton. Local government has ...

Serving Ohio’s Children Better

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. There is much to do, starting with making the lives of some ...

Marijuana Tax Break Bad Idea

Editorials

Giving a tax break to big marijuana businesses that allegedly have a financial advantage over small ones makes absolutely no sense. Yet a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature would have done just that. Gov. Jim Justice was right to veto the measure. Any attempt to resurrect it ought ...

State Police Mark Century of Service

Editorials

A special exhibit at the state Culture Center in Charleston marks the 100th birthday of an institution for which many people have reason to be grateful: the West Virginia State Police. Formed in 1919 by a special act of the Legislature, the State Police were intended as a professional, ...

Rethinking Plans For Old Buildings

Editorials

Wheeling taxpayers simply cannot afford to continue rescuing the owners of dilapidated buildings by purchasing them at unrealistic prices, then spending more to make them usable. At some point, a discussion about whether hundreds of thousands of dollars spent that way could be utilized more ...

Using Proceeds Of Lawsuit

Local Columns

If West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wins his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, he ought to put any damages awarded by a judge to good use, a local woman suggested to me last week. Morrisey filed the suit, naming the diocese and former Bishop ...

Punishing Corrupt Officials Severely

Editorials

Personnel in West Virginia’s state Ethics Commission are always eager to answer public officials’ questions about what types of behavior are acceptable and what are not. On a regular basis, the commission offers training sessions. But does a police chief really need to be told that using ...

Is Attorney General Just Seeking Favorable Publicity?

Local Columns

It is a very dangerous thing when the government seeks to regulate or control religion for any reason. The First Amendment has long been construed by the courts to require “a wall of separation” between church and state. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has sued the ...

Finding Ways to Help

Editorials

One of Steubenville Councilwoman Kimberly Hahn’s constituents is asking for just a little help. As Hahn explained last week, the woman lives solely on her Social Security checks. Because of the time of the month they arrive, the woman sometimes is not able to pay her city utility bill on ...

What’s Wrong in Wheeling?

Local Columns

Editor, News-Register: In all the years I have lived in Wheeling, over 60, I have never seen so much corruption, chaos and, sadly, death in all four corners of our city. With both hospitals trying to stay afloat, one battling a corruption crisis and the other a financial crisis, both of which ...

Money Management Cited

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: After all of the letters to the editor that I’ve written, concerning our mayor and city council, I finally realized the letters all have a common thread. That common thread is “money management” or, more accurately, the lack thereof. Now, you and I learn money ...

Listen to the Teachers

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Last year Forbes ranked West Virginia teachers among the 50 top leaders in the world. Leaders like that are exactly who we should want educating our children. Leaders like that, who work in our schools and interact with our children, are exactly who we should be ...

Trump Honesty Questioned

Letters to the Editor

As it has recently been reported that President Trump, during his first 773 days in office as chief executive of our great nation, has told, or tweeted, no fewer than 9,014 lies or false statements and counting, including an average of 22 verifiable untruths per day. Thus far in 2019, it ...

Righteousness Missing

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Deuteronomy 16:18-20 reads: “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality; ...

Give Taxpayers A Break on Rate

Editorials

As the value of local property increased during recent years, Ohio County Board of Education members have done the right thing: They have reduced tax rates. They should consider doing so again. Property taxes are collected as percentages of taxable values of property. The higher the value, ...

We Should Have Seen It Coming

Local Columns

While we were all banging and bouncing through potholes this winter, the West Virginia Legislature was cutting the Division of Highways maintenance fund by $50 million. Now, Gov. Jim Justice is poking around the budget in an attempt to find $240 million for secondary road repairs. Blame bad ...

Doing Better Job On W.Va. Roads

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice plans to raise $240 million — somehow — to repair secondary roads throughout West Virginia. Even if he does, it will be no more than a partial, temporary fix. In fact, it is easy to recognize that the entire $240 million could be spent right here in the Northern ...