Opinion

Saving Small Towns Money

Editorials

Environmental remediation has become big business — perhaps too big, in a way. Ask Belmont Village Council members about that. Last Thursday, council members approved spending $20,000 to hire a company to manage asbestos abatement at the old elementary school building, which is owned by ...

Enforce Existing Laws on Firearms

Editorials

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Improve Access To the Internet

Editorials

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Rethinking Ohio County Schools

Editorials

Local public education officials plan to look at Ohio County’s elementary and middle schools, with an eye to adjusting the areas they serve. “We have some schools overpopulated, some underpopulated,” county Board of Education member Tim Birch told our reporter. That is true. ...

Identifying People Who May Be Killers

Editorials

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: ∫ Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Armed Man May Have Saved Lives

Editorials

What if Stephen Willeford had not noticed what was going on at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday — and sprung into action? We can never know with certainty. But there is reason to believe that the man Willeford confronted would have gone on to kill more ...

Limiting Damage Caused by Abusive Class-Action Lawsuits

Local Columns

Manufacturing is essential to West Virginia’s economy, providing tens of thousands of jobs and more than $4 billion a year in exports. But there’s an import that threatens these West Virginia companies: Class action lawsuits. This profit-driven litigation frequently sprawls across state ...

Drawing a Firm Line on Conflicts

Editorials

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Puerto Rico Getting Good Deal in Aid

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Change Requires Political Courage

Editorials

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no ...

Rights Of Accused Also Important

Local Columns

Most of the time, there is nothing we as a society can do to repair the harm criminals do to their victims. Judges can order restitution be made, but that frequently doesn’t happen. And in the worst offenses — rape and murder come to mind — the harm cannot be undone. What we can ...

Tuesday Election Important in Ohio

Editorials

Ohioans helped elect a president last year. Races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be decided next year. So why bother going to the polls for statewide balloting this Tuesday? Because it’s important. Races for local government posts including mayor and council members ...

Iran Is Cheating on Nuclear Arms Agreement

Local Columns

On Oct. 19, The Intelligencer printed a column by Patrick Buchanan entitled, “War with Iran Inevitable?” In it Buchanan made several inaccurate statements. Early in the column he states, “After decertifying the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security ...

EPA Right to Plan For Hearing in W.Va.

Editorials

You may remember that when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was holding hearings on its Clean Power Plan, the agency was at pains to avoid giving people in coal states opportunities to comment. The 2015 hearings were held in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Now the ...

David Dalzell Jr. Honored for Years of Service to Libraries

Local Columns

Members of the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library Board, along with staff personnel of the Moundsville, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron Public Libraries, honored long-time library board President David B. Dalzell Jr., at a recent reception hosted by the three libraries at Alexanders on 7th ...

Coping With Opportunity, Challenges of Tourism

Local Columns

The phrase “the world is flat” is now part of today’s lexicon. In an interview given more than a decade ago, journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman, explained how he came up with the idea and wording. “I was in India interviewing Nandan Nilekani at Infosys. And he said to ...

Park, Central Should Compete More Often

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I recently had the opportunity to read an article written by Josh Strope, sports editor of the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer. It seemed that teacher Gail Adams, an English teacher of advanced topics at Wheeling Park High School, decided to undertake a ...

Use Road Bond Funds To Improve W.Va. 88

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Oct. 7, my wife and I were both pleased when West Virginians came together and voted for Gov. Jim Justice’s $3 billion bond issue to repair and rebuild our state highways and bridges. I have always been an advocate for better roads in West Virginia, but one thing ...

GOP Budget Helps Rich, Hurts the Poor

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back at it. This time, they're trying to push through one of the worst budget and tax proposals in the history of our country. This budget will hurt tens of millions of working families, women, kids, the sick, ...

Attorneys Profit By Blaming Doctors

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Not all people that take narcotic pain medicine take other drugs, including heroin. Doctors are blamed for addicts being addicts and actually are being sued by attorneys for their (clients’) addiction, getting thousands of dollars for themselves and addicts. Who’s ...