Opinion

Pulling Ourselves Up by Bootstraps

Editorials

As we have been pointing out for some time now, the economy in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle is not as rosy as natural gas development might lead one to expect. In fact, in Brooke and Hancock counties, the situation is not good at all. How bad is it? Consider this: Many observers ...

Unity a Message To Russian Leader

Editorials

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

Teaching Teachers Is Important, Too

Editorials

On a regular basis, public school teachers are told they are being given new tools to educate students. How to use them? You figure it out. That makes no more sense than giving a do-it-yourselfer welding equipment, then wishing him lots of luck. Ohio County public school officials hope to ...

In-School Clinic Is a Good Idea

Editorials

In many public schools, the only option for teachers when a student complains of not feeling well is to call parents or guardians and send the youngster home. Jefferson County Health Department officials want to change that. During their meeting last week, Buckeye Local Board of Education ...

Volunteers Who Keep Us All Safe

Editorials

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we rely primarily on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to help us when disaster strikes. Nationwide, 85 percent of fire departments are staffed either partially or entirely by volunteers. They receive nothing for their skill and ...

Getting Started On New Bridge

Editorials

Remember when you were young, eagerly awaiting Santa Claus’ annual visit to your home? The nearer Dec. 25 came, the more impatient you were. So it is for some area residents who have been anticipating construction of a new Ohio River bridge between southern Brooke and Jefferson counties ...

WVU’s Positive Outlook Promising

Editorials

“We have every problem under the sun,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, during Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference last week. But Gee and others at WVU see West Virginia’s woes as an opportunity — solve the problems here and it could help solve ...

Should Teachers Be Armed?

Local Columns

An informal public opinion poll I conducted last week netted mixed feelings about the idea of arming some teachers to protect schools against mass murderers. It wasn’t very mixed at all among educators, however. Every one of them I talked to worries about the idea. Think about this: ...

Our Babies Are Suffering in W.Va.

Editorials

We suspect many area residents shared our emotions upon learning of a horrific crime last week. Profound sadness and red-hot anger were intermingled. Someone killed a young mother on Wheeling Island, leaving her 2-year-old child alone in their apartment. How could anyone commit such a ...

There’s Corruption Aplenty to Investigate

Editorials

A state-federal law enforcement unit focusing on fraud and corruption in government has been formed in West Virginia, as we reported last week. It was established by Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of our state. Unfortunately, observant Mountain State residents ...

Legislature Putting W.Va. Back on Path to Prosperity

Local Columns

As we take some time to reflect upon the conclusion of the 83rd Session of the West Virginia Legislature, there is an opportunity to remember the accomplishments of the previous year, think about areas where we could improve, and look toward the long-term progress of our wonderful ...

Annual Spring Training Trip Included 36 Area Residents

Local Columns

Play Ball! I heard those words two weeks ago at Spring Training in Florida, along with 35 others from the Ohio Valley who spent the week of March 13-18 in the Sunshine State. That particular week was the fourth of the six weeks of Spring Training, and there were still a large number of ...

Thinking About Colorectal Cancer Could Save Your Life

Local Columns

“Everyone Poops.” That’s the title of a popular children’s book, but it’s also a good reminder for adults. “Bathroom talk” is often considered taboo for anyone older than age five, but when it comes to colorectal cancer, it may just save your life. March is Colorectal Cancer ...

Getting Tests Right in W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginia public education officials have taken a giant step forward in deciding to use the SAT college entrance test for all Mountain State juniors. Many more steps remain before the valuable standardized testing system we need for public schools is in place, however. Each and every ...

Recall Assault Weapons

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It seems urgent for all of us Americans to become listeners and to take some serious action on behalf of all citizens — especially our children and youth. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we know that our teenagers are now calling us to take real and ...

Thanks to the Eagles

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I recently picked up a real estate flyer, saw where the Moundsville Eagles was for sale. Being one of the boys of summer from the Fourth Ward Dodgers, the Eagles always sponsored our team. I know a lot of my team members are gone but the rest can remember wearing our ...

Demographics Are Against Us

Local Columns

The good news is that West Virginia’s labor force participation rate has risen during the past couple of years. No longer are we the only state in the union where fewer than half the working-age residents actually hold down jobs. But the bad news, with enormous ramifications for state ...

Child Predators The Top Priority

Editorials

Sexual perverts who prey on children are among the most despicable people on earth, hardly qualifying as human beings. Area residents have been reminded there may be more of them than we think in our midst. An investigation covering eight states has resulted in the arrests of 76 people, ...

Getting the Facts

Editorials

Many West Virginians understand the warning about not throwing the baby out with the bath water. Apparently, some people in Washington, D.C., don’t. One of President Donald Trump’s priorities has been killing unnecessary federal regulations and spending. Here in Coal Country, the ...

Joining the Youth to Stop Gun Violence

Local Columns

As the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, I participated in the gathering of the House of Bishops earlier this month in Texas. The assembly of bishops from across the United States and beyond came upon the heels of the school shootings in Florida and before the shootings this ...