Opinion

Send Ihlenfeld to Senate

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: We need and deserve better representation of the Northern Panhandle in the West Virginia Senate. Bill Ihlenfeld is the right person for the job. Our state legislature is broken — mired in partisan bickering, unable to work together to act in the best interest of our ...

Nickerson Is Supported

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am a Democrat and have been a Democrat for most of my adult life. Having said that, I find that when it comes to local elections it doesn’t matter whether a particular candidate is a Republican or a Democrat. Oftentimes in local elections, one has a better chance of ...

Elect Don Nickerson

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: This letter is written in full support of Don Nickerson for Ohio County commissioner. Don is an honest man who I know will work hard for the citizens of Ohio County. He will provide strong, committed leadership, and our strong public school system will benefit from a ...

Expense Is Too High

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The St. Clairsville-Richland City School Board has placed two levies on the Nov. 6 ballot. If approved, these levies would impose a 37-year, $88 million tax burden on the residents of the district. On top of the $88 million price tag, the levies also request additional ...

Explosions Questioned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Sunday Oct. 14, just before 8 a.m., Moundsville has rocked by two massive explosions. They rattled houses and sent residents outside to find the source. Later in the morning, thanks to social media, the reason for these explosions was made known. American Electric ...

Re-Elect McKinley

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Election day approaches and in a few short weeks, the future of our republic will rest in the hands of the electorate. A great deal is at risk this November. If Nancy Pelosi regains control of the House, any progress we’ve made will stop immediately. We need to ...

The Intelligencer Endorses Mike DeWine As Ohio Governor

Editorials

It became apparent during the 2016 presidential election that many Ohioans are fed up with traditional politics, ready to embrace government outsiders. But one long-time insider earned Buckeye State residents’ trust. He is state Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for governor in ...

Call It a Day on West Virginia’s High Court

Local Columns

Two of the five people who served as justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court just four months ago have left. A third is on his way out. It may be time to call it a day. Nothing useful can be accomplished by trying to make it four out of five. If you’ve been following the high court ...

Lost, And Found Again

Local Columns

I am not a perfect person. Let’s get that out of the way right here and now. One of my biggest faults is that I lose things, sometimes the same things over and over. My husband will attest to that. I am used to him rolling his eyes when I ask “Have you seen my keys?” He got tired of me ...

Texts That Hurt

Local Columns

Just this past Sunday, many of our congregations heard an uncomfortable verse read as part of the “2nd Lesson” for the day. The verse read as follows: “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from ...

Giving People Deserved Break

Editorials

Municipal building code enforcers cannot allow people to live in unsafe and/or unhealthy conditions. That is the whole purpose of such regulations, after all. But when owners and residents of dilapidated structures are making good-faith, reasonable efforts to repair deficiencies, a little ...

Build New Animal Shelter in Monroe

Editorials

Taxpayers have come to expect that when local governments decide to construct new buildings, for virtually any purpose, the price tags will be well up into six — or seven — figures. It should have been a pleasant surprise to Monroe County residents, then, that the estimate for a new animal ...

Civility Among Officials Vital

Editorials

The leading cause of divorce in the United States is tension between married couples, resulting from financial stress, it has been reported. Clearly, the same concern affects local government officials. On Tuesday night, Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla ordered a police officer to remove ...

Renew Toronto Recreation Levy

Editorials

Toronto City Councilman Steven Rebich has a succinct and appropriate way of encouraging voters to renew a tax levy used to support recreation facilities in the community. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” commented Rebich, who is chairman of city council’s recreation ...

Steubenville Is Out of Options

Editorials

Some of those attending a Monday public meeting over water and sewer rates in Steubenville made it clear they are upset about a proposed 24 percent increase in municipal utility rates. No doubt city officials will hear more of the same at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Eastern Gateway ...

Keeping the Signs Off State Property

Editorials

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to ...

Arming Public School Teachers

Editorials

Officials in two East Ohio school districts have confirmed that some teachers have been authorized to carry firearms while on the job. They are intended as an additional layer of security in the event of schools being invaded by someone bent on violence. As we reported Monday, officials in ...

Improving Health Care in Rural W.Va.

Editorials

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural ...