Opinion

Approve St. C Levy

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am a Bethany College graduate, a 54-year alumnus of St. Clairsville High School, proud father of two successful St. Clairsville High School graduates, and grandfather of a wonderful second grader in the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District. I also am a ...

Vote Johnson For East Ohio

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has been more than a congressman from East Ohio. Since he took office in 2011, Johnson has proved to be the representative for his constituents — and very frequently, among them. In contrast to some lawmakers who begin to think of Washington as home and their ...

Remember Past 5 Years, Too

Local Columns

Assume for a moment that your family has had five really bad financial years in a row. Every year, you’ve taken in far less money than you’d hoped. You’ve had to dip deeply into your savings account to keep your head above water. You’ve had to reduce your spending. What would you ...

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Local Columns

There’s a signup sheet on the refrigerator door in our lunchroom for a Halloween pot luck lunch. Costumes are optional. Downstairs in the accounting department there are a number of Halloween decorations that range from spooky skeletons to fake rats in a candy bowl. Everywhere you turn, there ...

Give West Liberty, Others, New Funds

Editorials

Administrators at several public institutions of higher learning in West Virginia, including West Liberty University, have had high hopes they might get some additional state funding. Members of a special commission studying colleges and universities have agreed some of them ought to be ...

Keep Ferns in Senate

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Let me make this clear from the start! I am not a Republican nor am I a Democrat. I have been a registered no-party Independent since 1972, when I first registered to vote. I did not vote for Nixon and I did vote for Bill Clinton the first time. But, perhaps a bit of ...

Vote for Longwell

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I’m writing to encourage everyone to get out and vote on Nov. 6th. This election is an important one and has an impact on our future. I’m supporting Denny Longwell from Wetzel County, for West Virginia Senate from District 2 and would like to tell you about the ...

Make Good Use Of Fresh Start

Editorials

Now that Melody McClurg has been hired legally as the new executive director of the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority, she will have quite a mess — both literally and figuratively — to clean up. Obviously, McClurg is entitled to begin with a clean slate. She had nothing to do ...

Consider Limits On Young Drivers

Editorials

Two Ohio legislators want to set new limits on young motorists. They would increase the length of time new drivers are required to operate under permits rather than full licenses. Currently, drivers under 18 are required to hold instruction permits for six months. A bill sponsored by state ...

Release of Names Is a Good Start

Editorials

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Getting More People To Vote in W.Va.

Editorials

Election officials in some states are being accused of “voter suppression” for attempting to clean up outdated registration lists. You probably can guess that Republican officials are targets of such claims. They just won’t stick in West Virginia, where Secretary of State Mac Warner ...

Renew Edison Schools Levy

Editorials

FirstEnergy Corp.’s plan to shut down coal-fired generating stations in Jefferson County is bad news for that area’s economy. It also is a blow to the Edison Local School District. Industrial facilities such as power plants pay substantial portions of the property taxes that help to ...

Steubenville Rate Hikes Were Vital

Editorials

Steubenville City Council members have done the right thing in attempting to break the cycle of neglect involving municipal services such as water, sewer and garbage collection. No one likes to pay higher taxes or steeper fees for public services. The Intelligencer is a firm opponent of tax ...

Discuss Pay Raises Soon

Editorials

Brooke County Board of Education members should be taking a few days to come up with a plan to cope with the anger expressed Monday night over pay raises granted to some school administrators. What taxpayers, including some educators, heard Monday was not sufficient. Members of the public ...

Look Into Road Salt Price Hikes

Editorials

You may want to polish up your winter driving skills. Roads may be slipperier this winter than in the past. That is because many local governments are being informed of gigantic price increases for the salt many use to treat icy and snowy streets and highways. Just a few days ago, trustees ...

Pursue Research On E-Cigarettes

Editorials

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Keeping Coal-Fired Power Plants Open

Editorials

For some time during former President Barack Obama’s administration, it appeared that the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys, W.Va., was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that ...

Fire District Levy Merits Support

Editorials

Round-the-clock firefighting and ambulance coverage are critical services, relatively easy to provide in larger municipalities but substantially more difficult in rural areas. Two challenges — personnel and money — have to be overcome. For the about 3,500 people who live in the Short ...

Sense of Urgency On Drugs Is Vital

Editorials

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Explain School Salary Increases

Editorials

Brooke County Board of Education members agreed last year they no longer could afford to pay for as many schools and personnel as in the past. So they laid off more than 40 people and approved closure of three schools. About $143,700 a year in pay raises for school administrators was ...