Opinion

McKinley Thanked

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Since the Peace Corps was created by President Kennedy in a 1961 Executive Order, more than 240,000 volunteers have served in over 141 countries on five continents. More than 700 of them were from West Virginia; approximately 400 of them still live in West ...

Enforcing Building Codes

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Code Enforcement could also be called Ordinance Enforcement if you really think about it. Since I’ve become a self-appointed citizens’ advocate, it has slowly dawned on me that the majority of issues and complaints I bring to light are all related to a lack of, or ...

Changing ‘the Game’ at WPHS

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The rock band Queen had a hit single in 1980 called “Play the Game,” and playing the game is exactly what you have to do at Wheeling Park High School if you want to compete for valedictorian or salutatorian or even finish ranked in the top 10 in the graduating ...

Hire Independent Consultant

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: St. Clairsville’s mayor is not willing to hire an ndependent out-of-town consultant. An independent consultant would be vested with duties to include evaluating the water plants, recommending if the city should get on county water and providing an estimate of how ...

Rethinking Public Education

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In your Saturday edition you had three articles relating to our current public education issues. The first is the problem with teacher absenteeism. This all stems from a number of things started as money-saving policy change by the State of West Virginia Department ...

Park Leaving Marshall County for Post in Petersburg

Local Columns

The opportunity to work just 20 hours a month isn’t very attractive! However, Suzanne Park agreed to such an offer 21 years ago, which brought her to Moundsville in 1998 to work for the Moundsville Economic Development Council, which was in its infancy. Her duties then were that of ...

Making Progress in Battle Against Drug Abuse

Local Columns

Is there anyone in West Virginia who hasn’t experienced the effects of our state’s opioid epidemic? The lives ruined and deaths from addiction have devastated every community in every county. Even so, when many understandably may feel a sense of hopelessness, I believe there is reason for ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To hospitals with “Safety Town” programs that teach children 4-5 years of age many safety lessons. Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial are among local sponsors of “Safety Town.” For more information, call the hospitals. - To the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley for ...

Consider Closer Links in Future

Editorials

Wheeling Hospital is the largest single health care provider in our area. West Virginia University Health System (WVU Medicine) is, by far, the most important provider in the Mountain State. A partnership makes sense. One was announced this week: WVU Medicine will be providing management ...

Funding Fossil Fuel Research

Local Columns

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Moving Forward At Heritage Port

Editorials

Wheeling City Council members agreed this week to establish a new commission to advise municipal officials on using and developing the Heritage Port and waterfront areas near it. The body has no authority other than to make recommendations. It will be surprising if one of the first actions ...

Fearing A Familiar Sound

Local Columns

Enough already. I’m sitting at my home computer hearing the ominous sound of thunder in the distance. My phone is blowing up messages left and right from the various weather apps. These messages, too, are ominous. Flood watches, then flood warnings. Storm watches and then warnings. I don’t ...

Understanding Key to Politics

Editorials

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. West ...

Lawmakers Right In Nod to Taxpayers

Editorials

West Virginia legislators who question whether $50.2 million in “found money” ought to be spent on highway and bridge repairs might seem eligible for a world-record-level chorus of “boos.” But wait. They merit cheers, instead. House of Delegates members this week voted to use the ...

Potpourri

Local Columns

Today the House of Delegates resumes the education special session, breaking into four select committees to consider legislation from its members, the Senate’s Student Success Act and accompanying education savings account bill, and some additional bills. That’s right, Gov. Jim Justice is ...

Program Good For W.Va., Ohio

Editorials

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some probably affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

Giving Ohioans A Break on Taxes

Editorials

Things are picking up for state government in Ohio and, fortunately, legislators of both parties seem to agree some of the wealth ought to be shared with Buckeye State taxpayers. State House of Representatives members already have approved a budget calling for a 6.6% tax cut. Now, state ...

Construction Proceeding on Plaza Honoring Veterans

Editorials

The northeast corner of the Marshall County Courthouse lawn is taking on a new look. That area has for many years consisted of monuments, a fountain and benches. The new look will consist of five granite slabs, a new fountain, additional benches, walkways and lighting, along with the old ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To Barnesville Police Officer Andrew Stewart and Julie Webb, also of Barnesville. Stewart, off-duty and enjoying a day of fishing from his kayak, heard Webb’s cries for help as a stroller in which her grandson was riding rolled down a hill and down the bank toward the lake on which he was ...

Repenting, Forgiving In Cards?

Local Columns

So, what about Monsignors Frederick Annie, Anthony Cincinnati and Kevin Quirk? Are demotions enough punishment? The three were, for years, vicars in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, under former bishop Michael Bransfield. They enabled some of his misbehavior, according to a ...