Opinion

Letting Kim Know We Are Skeptical

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Shut Down ‘Pill Mills’ in W.Va.

Editorials

The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic. Local, state ...

Promoting State However Possible

Editorials

A new online video game, “Fallout 76,” is set in West Virginia, as we reported Sunday. That is wonderful news for our state. Video games, especially the post-apocalyptic sort, are not everyone’s cup of tea. This one, with survivors of a nuclear war battling ghouls, mutants, etc., ...

Ensuring Dam Is Not a Danger

Editorials

Someone qualified to inspect dams needs to examine the one at Epworth Park in Bethesda soon. And if it proves to have deteriorated as severely as a woman living near it believes, state officials should take emergency measures to repair it. During their meeting last week, Bethesda Village ...

McCain a True American Hero

Editorials

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Punishment Lacking

Editorials

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

House Gavels In, Court Gavels Out

Local Columns

Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced arguments scheduled before the court in September would be moved to October. Jennifer Bundy, the court’s spokeswoman, wouldn’t provide any additional information as to why, but it’s pretty obvious. Pretrial hearings for the ...

Knowing Our Social Media Limit

Local Columns

Strange, isn’t it, how people behave when they’re Facebooking, tweeting, text messaging, emailing or communicating in a dozen other ways over the internet. Outrageous things you couldn’t imagine them saying to someone’s face or even on the telephone appear on smart phone or computer ...

Getting Two-Year Colleges on Agenda

Editorials

Perhaps Gov. Jim Justice is right to insist a panel examining four-year colleges and universities stick to its original mission. But at some point — the sooner, the better — community and technical colleges need to be looked at, too. Justice established the Blue Ribbon Commission on ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

n To law enforcement resource officers in Ohio County schools, who were honored recently. Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard was cited for ongoing service to the resource officer program. Deputies Sgt. Chuck Kittle and Chad Clatterbuck were given the “Outstanding Community Service Award.” ...

Slow Down or Else

Editorials

Stopping a car traveling at 35 mph takes much longer than braking it to a halt from 15 mph. The difference can be deadly to children crowding sidewalks and sometimes darting out into streets near schools. In both our states, the speed limit in school zones is 15 mph when children are ...

Ohio Issue 1 Wrong Approach on Drugs

Editorials

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, ...

Seeing How Washingtons Lived at Home at Mount Vernon

Local Columns

While you can learn about things through the use of electronic devices, probably the best way to check something out is in person. Such was the case recently when I was visiting my daughter’s family. During the week, I had the opportunity to tour the home of George and Martha ...

New Plan Levels Playing Field for W.Va. Coal

Local Columns

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it followed through on President Donald Trump’s executive order to review and repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). From its inception, the CPP was a total overreach of the federal bureaucracy. That’s why West Virginia led 24 ...

A Ray of Hope in a Heartbreaking Story of Abuse

Local Columns

Having worked in or with child advocacy centers (CACs) for 12 years, I see how CACs provide hope, healing, and justice for child victims of abuse — at what is often the toughest time in a child’s life. It is especially painful to victims, and all of us who serve them, when the abuse happens ...

Release the Names

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Friday, August 17, days after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report which found that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese of Indiana vowed to release the name of ...

Battling Crime on Island

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It has been my experience and education that criminal activity oftentimes derives from lack of opportunity or the possibility of great gain for minimal input or labor. As a Wheeling Island resident since 1993, I have been the victim of criminal activity (burglary, ...

Settling Meyer Case Properly

Editorials

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

Are You ‘Otherwise Harmful’?

Local Columns

Suppose you decided to call me to complain about something I’d written. But after you punched in my number, you got a recording informing you that, “We’re sorry, but the person you are trying to reach has violated our standards and you are not permitted to call him.” Or maybe I was ...

Clean Up W.Va. Waste, Corruption

Editorials

It turns out the worst swamp may not be in Washington. A regular quicksand pit seems to exist in Charleston, where corruption, waste and incompetence have become habitual. State Supreme Court justices who cheat taxpayers, a $150 million flood relief program that can’t seem to help ...