Opinion

Start Making Schools Better

Editorials

West Virginia legislators determined to get the ball rolling on improvement of public schools have been showered with abuse this year. Unions representing many school employees staged a two-day strike earlier this year, killing one attempt at an education bill. Gov. Jim Justice had threatened ...

Bailing Bridgeport Out of Emergency

Editorials

Unlike some large cities and major corporations, Bridgeport residents cannot rely on state or federal government to bail them out. Dealing with the village's fiscal emergency will be up to municipal officials and taxpayers. State auditors have determined that, between the village's general ...

Can Justice Block Session?

Local Columns

Will members of the West Virginia House of Delegates convene as scheduled on Monday? I think so — though it may be within the power of Gov. Jim Justice to stop them. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, has called delegates back to a special session in Charleston, pursuant to a call issued ...

Sharing Joys Of Fatherhood

Local Columns

None of them claims to be perfect, but each has had an interesting story that included pride, joy, and at times, sorrow and regret. I’m talking about fathers, of course. I have met many fathers over my 40 years working as a newspaper journalist. Most times, fatherhood is the only common ...

Don’t Cancel House Session

Editorials

Democrat leaders in the West Virginia House of Delegates apparently have a simple philosophy on improving public schools: Let’s not even talk about it. House members are to convene at the Capitol on Monday, pursuant to Gov. Jim Justice’s call earlier this year for the Legislature to ...

Agreeing to Disagree Still Excellent Policy

Editorials

Politics has become so vicious at some levels that good people often are reluctant to seek public office. Sometimes, the personal animosity even affects local government. But on Wednesday, our front page featured a picture showing it does not have to be that way. Don Junkins and Charles ...

Don’t Let Feud Harm Our State

Editorials

A dislike that has been simmering for many months, between some state senators and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, has come to a boil. Now, a high-ranking lawmaker is calling for Justice to resign. That will not happen. Justice is not the type of man to walk away from a political ...

Informing Public Of Disaster Plans

Editorials

Some Belmont village officials are concerned that members of the public are not aware of first responders’ plans to handle a major disaster. The issue came up during a village council meeting, when fire department Lt. Kaye Hall reported on a major fire May 30 at a well pad near ...

Bellaire Utility Worker Wrong

Editorials

A municipal employee in Bellaire is in a bit of hot water — and he or she should be. What the person did is the type of thing that can come back to haunt local governments years in the future. Bellaire Village Council members learned last week that someone in the municipal utility ...

Stay Away From Railroad Tracks

Editorials

Our region is criss-crossed with railroad tracks. We get used to the sights and sounds ... sometimes the waiting in traffic. But a tragedy last week reminds us those trains that have become so much a part of the background cannot be forgotten. Last year alone, 21 pedestrians were killed ...

Scheduling Votes On School Bills

Editorials

Pop quiz: What is included in the Student Success Act approved last week by the West Virginia Senate? If your answer was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have been napping in class. Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But, as we ...

How’d He Get Away With It?

Local Columns

To judge by the report investigators submitted on Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, he didn’t exactly measure up to what most people like to see in a high-ranking church official. Bransfield, who oversaw West Virginia’s Catholics for ...

Guarding Against Budget Meltdown

Editorials

West Virginia’s budget is in fine shape, Gov. Jim Justice continues to proclaim. At first glance, the report of May collections for the general revenue budget seems to bear him out. Through May, the 11th month of the fiscal year, the state has taken in $4.278 billion in general revenue ...

What’s Controversial About Better Schools?

Local Columns

While some opponents of comprehensive education reform cheered its defeat during the 2019 regular legislative session, students, parents, and rank-and-file teachers have little reason to celebrate. West Virginia’s education system remains mired in dysfunction, near the bottom of states in ...

Inspecting County Jails

Editorials

What a difference a year makes. In 2017, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report found few problems at the Cuyahoga County jail. A year later, U.S. marshals terms conditions there “inhumane.” In 2018, eight inmates died at the jail. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike ...

Flag Day Parade, Other Activities Set for Moundsville

Local Columns

National Flag Day will be observed in Moundsville on June 14 with a parade followed by a flag disposal ceremony. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., on Grant Avenue between First and Second Streets, with everyone welcome to participate in the non-motorized event. Parade organizers say ...

‘Sleepy Joe’ Label for Biden Is Standard Trump Tactic

Editorials

As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence’s days as vice president are numbered. Trump’s preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The vice-presidential candidate often plays the attack dog in a campaign — hurling invectives, slinging mud and taking the heat for ...

Trail Partners Grateful

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Ohio Valley Trail Partners wish to extend a hearty THANK YOU to all our wonderful sponsors and donors, volunteers, and bikers, who made our 13th Wheeling Heritage Bicycle Tour a fine success. OVTP ,through the years, has given back to the city of Wheeling and its ...

Guard Against Russians

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The recently released Mueller report, a redacted version of the official investigative summation that is now available for public review and scrutiny, and that was compiled by a team of professionals headed by former FBI director, former U.S. Justice Department official ...

Care Center a Concern

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In January, 2016, Monroe County had $6.3 million in cash reserves. That reserve is now under $100,000. Monroe County is on the verge of a serious financial crisis. This problem is directly related to the operation of the Monroe County Care Center. The care center has ...