Opinion

Yates, Rice Performances Raise Hopes for the Future

Editorials

For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope. Make that two reasons — two women — Sally Yates and Condoleezza Rice. It’s likely neither would prefer to be singled out as women who are brilliant but rather as ...

Justice, Or Trial By Mob?

Editorials

Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert: Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing. Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes was in Oklahoma last week to stir up trouble as jury selection began in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer ...

Democrats Need to Be More Pro-Choice in Many Ways

Editorials

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Some Republicans Getting Testy as #Russia Story Grows

Editorials

#Russia The Trump administration is foundering at breakneck speed these days, and it can feel overwhelming just trying to keep up. #Russia As I write this, less than 24 hours has passed since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. This was a stunning development for all ...

Trump’s Frustration Explains Comey Firing

Editorials

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as ...

Trump Needs To Be Told To Lay Off the Foolishness

Editorials

The comparisons between the investigation into Russia’s nefarious involvement in the 2016 presidential election and Watergate aren’t perfect, but there are important lessons Republicans can learn from the latter. We don’t yet know whether anyone in the Trump campaign, knowingly or ...

Mother’s Day Scams, Taking a Stroll and Family Ties

Editorials

AG: Beware of Mother’s Day Scams West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers not to be fooled by what appears to be a lucrative coupon appearing in social media feeds across the nation. Retailers, including Lowe’s Home Improvement and Bed, ...

Repair W.Va. Roads, Bridges

Editorials

We have to do something about crumbling roads and rusting bridges in West Virginia. It is that simple. Many legislators have demonstrated a laudable reluctance to raise taxes they and many of their constituents see as a refusal of some in state government to live within taxpayers’ means. ...

Control Spending to Cut Taxes

Local Columns

Phasing out West Virginia’s personal income tax is a wonderful idea. It would attract more people and, even more important, businesses to our state. But the tax feeds about $1.9 billion a year into state government. That is nearly half the general revenue fund. So, what to do about that ...

Use Separate Bill For Tax Credits

Editorials

Here in the Mountain State, we have a saying relevant to what could happen to a proposal that is important for Wheeling and several other communities in West Virginia: Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. In other words, don’t let a good idea die just because it is embroiled ...

What Did You Say?

Local Columns

It was just one line among dozens of police reports, but it caught my eye. Someone called police to complain that children were using foul language at a local playground. Wow. I didn’t think anyone cared these days. Bad language is in the music our kids listen to, the shows and movies they ...

Making W.Va. Children More Resilient

Local Columns

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As with any other public health campaign, there is emphasis on integrated services, early intervention, and prevention — all worthy ideas and all worthy of our full attention, especially for our kids. The future of West Virginia depends on the health ...

Relay for Life, Boys State Programs Are Coming Up in June

Local Columns

At Tuesday’s Marshall County Commission meeting representatives Karen Coffield, Lottie Durban and Howard Coffield, representing the Relay for Life of Marshall County, and Jim Davis and Gary Wolfe, director and assistant director, respectively of Mountaineer Boys State, appeared before the ...

Keep It in the Ground’ Campaign Bad for W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Having a job is the most important life time concern to many individuals. It is believed that being without a job is more devastating to an individual than even going through a divorce. Because of the economy in West Virginia, many people are unemployed. In spite of ...

Stiffer Repeat DUI Law Needed

Editorials

Timothy J. Jones exhausted his supply of second chances a long, long time ago. Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato was right to throw the book at him this week, in sentencing Jones for his 17th driving under the influence conviction. Unfortunately, the “book” in this ...

Brown Supported War Against Coal

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, pitched in enthusiastically with other coal-state lawmakers who have spent months attempting to protect retired miners from losing their health insurance. It was the least he could do. “Brown Secures Healthcare for Miners in Bill to Fund Government,” ...

Tax Proposal Not Workable

Editorials

Give state Senate leaders and Gov. Jim Justice credit for attempting to make West Virginia’s tax system more attractive to potential new residents and businesses. But the proposal they devised is both too little and too much. It offers too little reduction in the state’s personal income ...

Don’t Be Deterred On Creative Ideas

Editorials

Moundsville officials deserve praise for an idea they came up with earlier this year. It was to establish a city-owned recreational vehicle area at Riverfront Park. That would expand recreational opportunities and bring in much-needed cash for municipal coffers, it was thought. But as ...

Comey Had to Go As Director of FBI

Editorials

Many Democrats have been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...

Comey Dismissal Was Necesssary

Editorials

Conspiracy theories abound in Washington, and not without good reason. Power of the kind that rules the nation’s capital virtually invites back-stabbing, scheming against both enemies and friends, and use of authority to advance one’s career. So it came as no surprise that after ...