Opinion

Big Trucks, School Buses Not Good Mix

Editorials

One still can see signs posted years ago along highways in West Virginia, advising drivers of energy company trucks to stay off certain roads during hours when school buses are using them. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see big, wide, heavy trucks rumbling right past the signs. That ...

Be Careful With Plan On School Strikers

Editorials

It is understandable that some West Virginia legislators are annoyed that teachers and service personnel who shut down schools for nine days last year were paid for that time. They were so irritated that a provision in a major education bill calls for docking teachers’ pay during a work ...

Blame The Adults, Not The Teens

Editorials

Where were the adults? That’s the question we ought to be asking about what happened to a group of Kentucky high school kids last weekend in Washington. Why were the teenagers left without capable adult help in an explosive atmosphere? Who thought it was a good idea to involve them in a big ...

Auditor’s Office Focusing on Fraud Prevention

Local Columns

While the state Legislature is debating and setting budgets for the coming fiscal year, it’s important for West Virginia citizens to know the State Auditor’s Office has been, and continues to implement modern and improved accounting practices to track the spending of your taxpayer dollars. ...

City Manager Outlines Plans for Future of Moundsville

Local Columns

When new Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy spoke Tuesday at the Moundsville Lions Club his first words were, “As I look around the room I see many friends and associates from the past.” Rightly so, as Healy has lived in the Moundville-Glen Dale area his entire life, with one exception ...

Helping More West Virginians Get Training for Jobs

Local Columns

One of West Virginia’s most pressing issues is its low workforce participation rate, which is the measurement of those in our state who are above the age of 16 and are either employed or are actively seeking employment. Sadly, with only 53 percent of West Virginians employed or actively ...

Trump Wrong on Wall

Letters to the Editor

Trump Wrong on Wall Editor, News-Register: As the current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of our great nation, impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers, who are sadly being disrespected and used as “pawns” by President Trump in a quite obvious ...

News Media Criticized

Letters to the Editor

News Media Criticized Editor, News-Register: Why all the secrecy? The more our elected officials try to hide something from their constituents, the more it makes one wonder why the secrecy? That was the case when I found out about a secret memorandum of understanding that was in the hands ...

Repairing W.Va. Roads

Letters to the Editor

Repairing W.Va. Roads Editor, News-Register: Recently, Delegate Joe Canestraro rightly took aim at the need to fix the crumbling secondary roads in Marshall County and throughout West Virginia. Delegate Canestraro is proposing pieces of legislation that would increase the oil and gas ...

Grow It. Sell It. Tax It.

Letters to the Editor

Grow It. Sell It. Tax It. Editor, News-Register: This letter pertains to Mike Myer’s thought piece a few days back, regarding West Virginia’s penchant to embrace recreational marijuana; his thoughts smack of assumption and suspicion. He and the other naysayers at the press’s ...

Making Nation Greater

Letters to the Editor

Making Nation Greater Editor, News-Register: “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.” — Socrates, the Greek scholar. Many people have benefited from the Trump tax cuts, the increase in the values of their portfolios, nationwide job increases and the ...

Moving Brooke Schools Forward

Editorials

Brooke County Board of Education members are “focused on moving ahead,” emphasized their president, Theodore Pauls, after a bombshell dropped in the middle of controversy over the school system. It happened Wednesday, when Toni Paesano Shute resigned as school superintendent — and it ...

Informing, Including the Public

Local Columns

More and more, public officials at all levels are adopting the opinion that people are either for them or against them. The corollary to that, in their minds, is that if you’re against them, you must be not just wrong, but mean-spirited. Even asking questions about what they do and ...

Sports Betting Tax Too Low?

Editorials

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a mult-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much ...

Revisiting a Bright Idea

Local Columns

Attention automakers. I have a beef with you. Whatever possessed you to remove the bright light button from the floor of vehicles? Since summer turned to fall and darkness came earlier every day, it became very apparent to me that many drivers of today just can’t seem to find that dimmer ...

Make Probe Results Public

Editorials

Behavior such as that the West Virginia Department of Education says former Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute engaged in is outrageously unacceptable, unpardonable and probably illegal. State officials need to get to the bottom of the matter immediately and publicly. As ...

Really Think About DUI Consequences

Editorials

Deciding there’s nothing wrong with driving after indulging in too much alcohol or using other drugs, even legal ones, improperly can have earth-shattering consequences. Ask Wheeling Police Cpl. Sean Brantley and his wife, Brooke. Last June their niece, Maddisan Chase, was killed by an ...

Committing To Better Schools

Editorials

Why four Marshall County Board of Education members decided school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook should be let go in June may never be known. The standard “personnel matters” already is being offered as a reason for not explaining their action. One perplexing aspect of the situation is ...

Thinking Outside Box in Education

Editorials

Improving public education requires thinking outside the box. But sometimes, boxes are there for very good reasons. Officials in the McGuffey School District of Washington County, Pa., are considering a drastic change. As we reported, they are looking into the possibility of holding classes ...

Amend Rule On Rental Units

Editorials

Thousands of students go to college classes at two institutions of higher learning in Steubenville. Some of them choose to live off campus. It is understandable that city officials would be concerned about various issues, ranging from parking to loud parties, that occasionally result from the ...