Opinion

Budget Caution Is Appropriate

Editorials

Local government officials often seem to be on edge about budget issues. Good. That is the appropriate attitude on spending the public’s money. This week, Steubenville City Council members told the municipal finance director, David Lewis, they have concerns about the 2018 budget. ...

Ensure Tax Bill Makes a Difference

Editorials

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Tax Funds Being Used Improperly

Editorials

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened Monday during a Columbus City ...

Stop Terrorism By Destroying Leaders

Editorials

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Find New Site For Bus Stop

Editorials

It is good that Wheeling has Greyhound bus service in the downtown business district. It is not so good that the site where passengers get on and off the buses is right in front of a restaurant. Vagabond Kitchen owner Matt Welsch’s concern is understandable. People waiting for buses ...

Blochs Contributed In Important Ways

Editorials

Two people who did a great deal of good not just in Wheeling but also in the wider world have passed from our midst. They are Stuart Bloch, who died Sunday, and his wife Stephanie, who died in August. The Blochs would be remembered for their support of West Virginia University, if nothing ...

Your Tax Dollars …

Editorials

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

Both Parties Trying Harder to Defeat Themselves

Editorials

I recently wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have been on or the son of someone on the presidential ticket in seven ...

Americans Do Need a Tax Cut

Editorials

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. ...

Renew Levy In Steubenville

Editorials

For more than half a century, Steubenville voters have engaged in an important kinds of voluntarism. Periodically during that period, they have been asked to approved 5-mill property tax levies to support municipal government. They have done so, every time. It is difficult to conceive of a ...

Speed Project Permit Process

Editorials

If, as many Ohio Valley residents hope, PTT Global Chemical constructs an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, it will require a stable supply of ethane. We are not going out on a limb in suggesting that is one of the key factors in PTT executives’ consideration of whether to build the ...

Investigate Power Deal in Puerto Rico

Editorials

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Blaze Should Set Off Alarm Bells

Editorials

On Saturday, a full week after fire destroyed an old plant near Parkersburg, smoke continued to waft into the air into the air over the area. The charred remnants may be smouldering today. No one really knows what was in that smoke, though. It is enough of a concern that schools in Wood ...

Going To Bat For The Babies

Local Columns

Just two weeks before her husband declared drug abuse a national public health emergency, first lady Melania Trump was in Huntington, W.Va. After the president announced his action on Thursday, some in his administration outlined a few specifics of what he hopes to do to battle substance ...

Do More to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was right to express his frustration about what some in the media refer to as an “extraordinary” federal campaign against abuse of opioids and other drugs. “I don’t understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West ...

Grand Vue Park Wins State Association’s Family Award

Local Columns

Grand Vue Park was the recipient of this year’s James L. McClelland Public Parks and Recreation Family Award, presented at the 45th annual Convention of the West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association (WVRCA) held Oct. 17-19 at Canaan Valley Resort. GVP general manager Craig White ...

This Isn’t Greatness

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The rank hypocrisy, lack of focus, unbridled narcissism, self-aggrandizement and seeming unwillingness to learn even the very basics of the exalted position of president of the United States are sadly becoming ever more evident and troubling with President Donald Trump. ...

Try Offering Jobs

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I say RIGHT ON to Tony Domenick who wrote the article entitled, “Slum mentality seen,” in the readers say section of the Wheeling newspaper. I was once told that if you are homeless anywhere in the entire United States, the city you live in will give you a bus ...

Defend 2nd Amendment

Letters to the Editor

When one reads various articles in the newspapers, watches night-time talk show hosts and their guests and listens to the leftist news on “TV and Radio, their opinions on the 2nd amendment are becoming out of control. It is easy for the members of the entertainment industry and some ...

Enforce Smoking Ban

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I went to the “ Stern Wheeler Festival” in Wheeling. I listened to one of the bands that were playing. They were good. I left and then came back to listen to the next band. While sitting at the Heritage Port, I heard a lady tell a young woman that was smoking ...