Opinion

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 ...

Election Oversight A Vital Safeguard

Editorials

Fortunately, a problem with the election last November in Miami County, Ohio, did not affect the outcome of any races on the ballot. Still, the fact that 6,000 ballots were not counted is disturbing. Members of the county elections board had to meet this week to amend official returns. ...

Mayor Reacts to Editorial

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I write in response to this morning’s editorial (in Tuesday’s edition of The Intelligencer) suggesting Wheeling City Council has acted inappropriately in refusing to disclose the names of all eight applicants for the vacant Ward 3 position. I hope by this response to ...

Moving Brooke Schools Forward

Editorials

County boards of education often evaluate the school superintendents who work for them. Often, such discussions are scheduled annually. For that reason, the special Brooke County board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today is nothing out of the ordinary. According to an announcement of the ...

Restore Special Veterans Courts

Editorials

State legislators ought to make it plain that West Virginians consider the debt we owe to veterans of military service a greater priority than ensuring justice of our Supreme Court have fancy offices. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has introduced a bill to establish a Military Service ...

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

Editorials

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough ...

Scatterday Was Involved Leader

Editorials

For many years, there were two ways to find out whether everything was in perfect readiness for the annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic races in Wheeling. One could contact each of the dozens of dedicated volunteers staging the event — or one could ask Race Director Robert ...

Mayor Explains Council Process

Letters to the Editor

Editor, The Intelligencer: I write in response to (Tuesday’s) editorial suggesting Wheeling City Council has acted inappropriately in refusing to disclose the names of all eight applicants for the vacant Ward 3 position. I hope by this response to provide some added context on this issue. ...

Pass Tuition Aid Bill Soon in W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginia legislators seem to have adopted the philosophy that perfect is the enemy of good regarding an important proposal to make it easier for Mountain State residents to continue their educations past high school. That is appropriate this year in particular. It is likely that the ...

Consider Charges In Beating of Suspect

Editorials

Two West Virginia State Police troopers, Derek Walker and Michael Kennedy, have been fired as a result of accusations they beat a 16-year-old suspect pulled over after a car chase last fall in Berkeley County. State Police reviewed cruiser dash camera footage of what happened during the ...

Transparency Clearly Missing

Editorials

East Wheeling resident Melinda Koslik’s interest in making Wheeling better and her record of volunteer work on behalf of the community appear to indicate she will do a good job as the newest member of City Council. Appointed Friday to fill the Third Ward vacancy created by the resignation of ...