Opinion

Not Doing Enough For Troubled Kids

Editorials

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Congress Erred on Postal Service

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Tax Day reminds us that there is one place where no tax dollars are spent — on the United States Postal Service (USPS). While providing universal service at uniform, reasonable rates to 157 million addresses, our national treasure runs its operation on funds received from ...

Compassion Can Make Us Victims

Editorials

Perhaps the most disturbing story we published last week was the one about Darlene Baldwin. It was a reminder that the very compassion that makes Ohio Valley residents special can place us at risk. Baldwin, 67, of Clarington, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week. A judge in Monroe ...

Trump Diplomacy Effective Last Week

Editorials

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on chemical ...

NAS Translates To Child Abuse

Editorials

Babies born with opioid drugs in their systems can experience excruciating pain as their tiny bodies go through withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, as it is called, can have lasting, adverse effects on the children’s health and intellectual development. It happens because their ...

Deterring Use Of Chemical Arms

Editorials

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Big Brother Version 2.0 On Horizon

Local Columns

For all the talk during recent weeks about privacy and the internet, I doubt all but a few people really understand how much Big Brother and his cousin, Big Brother Inc., know about us. George Orwell’s book “1984” and the film based on it scared a lot of people for decades after the ...

Help Necessary To Stamp Out Bigotry

Editorials

Some local residents may wonder why on earth Ohio County Schools is planning to pay an out-of-town consultant to tell us how to deal with bigotry among our children. Racism is wrong, after all. Why do we need someone to help us teach our children not to do something wrong? Because we as ...

Passage of Bond Issue Would Make Schools Safer

Local Columns

There is nothing more important than the safety our children. This is the ideal time to ensure it. For that reason, Ohio County Schools has planned important security upgrades at all of our schools following the passage of the upcoming bond initiative. The security projects involve new ...

Slow Down and Let Someone Else Live

Editorials

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing ...

Highlights of Trip Included Learning About John Marshall

Local Columns

This past week while visiting my daughter and her family in Arlington, Va., I had the opportunity to choose a number of attractions in the Arlington/D.C. area to visit. From previous baseball trips, we had been up close to these attractions, but not to actually go through them. This time we ...

Spend Money More Wisely

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Ten thousand dollars. That’s up to how much Ohio County Schools has committed to paying a “diversity training firm” to address a non-issue, to pretend to examine what will be claimed to be a systemic problem which is actually a personal problem involving a couple ...

Litter Enough To Cause Tears

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Interesting to read Heather Ziegler’s article in last Saturday’s paper. I am one of those people she was talking about. I have spent the last three Sundays cleaning up garbage along my stretch of Cherry Hill Road just off of Warwood Avenue. Among the many items I ...

Pandora’s Box Can’t Be Closed

Local Columns

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

My Vessel Of Choice

Local Columns

It’s a funny thing, when I think about it. When I go to the cupboard to grab a glass when I’m hankering for some milk or iced tea, I find myself reaching for the same vessel each time. After so many years of household bliss, there are probably 12 or 14 mismatched glasses in the cupboard. ...

Doing a Better Job in Education

Editorials

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Get Facts Right On Firearms

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In response to the lady from Mingo Junction about her recall of all “assault” weapons. My suggestion to you ma’am, is to do some research before you write a letter filled with falsehoods to any newspaper. I am willing to have a debate with anyone, just as ...

Extending Internet To Rural Areas

Editorials

Hancock County commissioners have been asked to chip in some money to do something about a pressing problem for some West Virginians — access to broadband internet service. During a recent meeting, commissioners met with Mark DeBruyn, a representative from the state Office of Technology. ...

Dealing With Old Buildings

Editorials

Steubenville officials may be ruffling some feathers in their aggressive enforcement of rules intended to crack down on owners of rundown buildings. That’s too bad — but it is necessary. During a council meeting this week, City Manager Jim Mavromatis reported on extraordinary steps ...

Take Advantage Of Early Voting

Editorials

Voting has never been easier in Ohio. Frankly, there is no good reason why every registered voter should not be able to participate in the May 8 primary election. The key to that is early voting, which began this week. It allows anyone to cast a ballot early. In our area, early voting can ...