Opinion

Accountability Sorely Lacking

Editorials

As another round of investigations winds down in the search for fault over West Virginia’s tardiness, three years in a row, in turning in statewide audits of every agency, the likelihood that any “heads will roll” in the matter diminishes. The investigations also are getting less ...

Extremists Not Among the Heroes

Editorials

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as ...

Probe Increase In Mine Deaths

Editorials

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we know about coal mining. We understand there is risk in the job. We have become accustomed, sadly, to hearing of lives lost in the mines. Still, as Gov. Jim Justice put it during the weekend, a mine fatality Friday was “especially ...

Aid Flood Victims Here and There

Editorials

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Houston, Texas, area because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. At this writing, it was still raining there. Some parts of Texas were expected to record more than five feet of precipitation in less than a week’s time. We ...

Iran Stepping Up War Against Israel

Editorials

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Check iPad Project Results

Editorials

Improvements have been made in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s pioneering program to provide students with personal computing devices. As officials noted in announcing the changes, the school system was one of the first in Ohio to implement the program, about four years ...

Kicking Debt Can On Down the Road

Editorials

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

No Cause Excuses Use of Violence

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting earlier this month that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually ...

Stupidity On The Upswing?

Local Columns

Apparently, federal officials do not believe they can spare enough money to help Ohio County individuals and business people who suffered losses in the July flash floods. That form of assistance has been approved for some counties, but not ours. But Uncle Sam does have enough in the bank to ...

Take Care of ‘Harp’ Roads

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to West Virginia commissioner of highways: It is encouraging to see the effort being placed on getting a bond issue passed and to see the start of reconstruction of our wonderful highway system, which has fallen in dire need of repairs. I am hopeful there ...

Earmark Money For Existing Roads

Editorials

We’re happy for our fellow West Virginians in Logan County. They had every reason to celebrate last week. But their cause for joy is an illustration of why a substantial portion of the proceeds from a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges needs to be earmarked for repair ...

Vote for Bond Issue to Improve Route 2 in Our Area

Local Columns

After multiple years of cuts to the Road Fund, West Virginia’s legislators have finally done something to bring in money to repair our current roads and fund new road projects. Supplemental to this new revenue stream, West Virginians will be asked to vote in October to allow the state to ...

Island Stadium Project Merits Commendation

Editorials

As we reported last week, it is expected a repair and renovation project at Wheeling Island Stadium will be completed in time for a football game to be played there on Sept. 15. That is weeks ahead of what officials had expected earlier this summer. And the project will be completed at a ...

Test Scores Still Reason to Worry

Editorials

Standardized testing results for students in West Virginia public schools have been released and, once again this year, there are plenty of reasons for hand-wringing as well as head-scratching. On the whole, the numbers are not good. It is possible to draw some conclusions from the ...

Changes Occurring at Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

Local Columns

During the past three months, several changes have taken place at the Salvation Army in Moundsville, one being there are no longer religious services and there is no longer a full-time officer assigned to the facility, while other differences deal mainly with name changes. One thing that ...

Details on Bond Needed

Letters to the Editor

On Thursday, your paper reported that the Executive Committee of the State Republican Party had passed a resolution overwhelmingly opposing the bond issue that has been placed on the ballot for a special election in October. I am a member of that committee. I traveled to Princeton, W.Va., and ...

Avert Trouble At Jails, Prisons

Editorials

Corrections officials were relatively restrained in what they said Monday to West Virginia legislators about severe problems in state-run jails and prisons. They stuck to the facts, which are worrisome enough. But their unspoken message was this: Jail and prison overcrowding, with drug ...

Rental Inspection Plan Not Ready

Editorials

A proposal to establish a rental housing inspection program in Wheeling clearly is not ready for prime time in the form of a vote by City Council. The only sketchy details of it revealed thus far need fleshed out. Obvious flaws need to be addressed. Proposed just a few weeks ago, the ...

What Not To Wear?

Local Columns

Sorry, Ford Springer, you went too far. Either you don’t have children of your own or you are simply someone who finds fault with everything and everyone. Springer, a columnist with The Daily Caller, took jabs this week at Barron Trump for wearing Bermuda shorts and a shark logo T-shirt ...

Road Bond Plan May Be at Risk

Local Columns

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in ...