Opinion

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 ...

Trust Needs Real Repair

Local Columns

I had vacation days this week and spent some time in the Pittsburgh area, visiting loved ones and enjoying the various offerings of the area. But it was clear from the start there was one thing on the minds of a lot of people … and it wasn’t the opening game of the Steelers. I wish it had ...

The Intelligencer Focus Is Local

Editorials

These days, much of the public’s concern about journalism is focused on the quality of national political reporting. But for one and two-thirds centuries, we at The Intelligencer have concentrated on something different: your news. We regard ourselves as the community newspaper. Our ...

Making Miracles Happen in Valley

Editorials

So many tragedies, frequently caused by truly evil people, seem to fill the news that when miracles wrought by good men and women occur, they are worth special attention. Here’s one: This week, officials in Yorkville celebrated the rescue of a child several weeks ago. Little Corey ...

Rethinking U.S. Energy Policy

Editorials

If it does no more than slow the nation’s headlong rush toward abandoning a relatively inexpensive, reliable source of energy — coal — the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy rule will be performing an enormous service to Americans. Announced this week, the ...

Enforce Existing Immigration Laws

Editorials

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts ...

Restore Level Playing Field

Editorials

Coal mining will never be what it was once in West Virginia, President Donald Trump’s detractors say. Yet prominent in the crowd of those who listened to him speak in Charleston Tuesday night were miners, who appeared to be cheering the president enthusiastically. Trump’s political ...