Opinion

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To the many people, both professionals and volunteers, who aided in searching for Ohio County resident Page Gellner, who was swept away in a flash flood last week. - To the House of the Carpenter, for providing services for the community for many years, and for the institution’s plan to ...

The Problem in Trump White House Is Trump

Editorials

Let’s review a few recent developments. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has resigned. This was part of a “White House shakeup” to get the Trump administration back on track. The new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, would fix the White House’s “messaging ...

Patients, Not Computer Screens, Should Be Focus

Editorials

“The doctor will see you now.” It’s a common phrase, but it’s no longer true. Even in the examining room, you’re unlikely to make more than fleeting eye contact with your doctor. That’s because federal laws and regulations have turned doctors into robotic clerks. Your doctor has to ...

Mexican Officials Aid Smugglers

Editorials

Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn’t the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Walmart last weekend. He’s just a cog in the machine. Bradley may now face the death ...

McCain a True Patriot Amid Many Pretenders

Editorials

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Sometimes, Young People Are Listening to Trump

Editorials

Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

Unfortunately for Him, Trump Is Transparent

Editorials

Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is. Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him ...

President May Have Made Right Decision in Wrong Way

Editorials

Serving in the U.S. military is a privilege, not a right. Not everyone who wishes to serve can be allowed to do so, for a variety of reasons — age, physical and mental fitness, education, and legal status, to name a few. The purpose of the military is not to advance a social or political ...

News Media Bias Has Gone Too Far to Fix

Letters to the Editor

Our local newspapers have a well- earned reputation for fair play, accuracy and honesty. Not so for our big-city so called neighbors. The following are quotations from a speech delivered by Michael Goodwin, the chief political columnist for the New York Daily Post, published in Imprimise, a ...

Affordable Housing For Purchase Needed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Affordable housing, not renting: Having lived here near Wheeling all my life and seen this area lose factories and population. It is nice to see all the new housing being built in the Wheeling. They are all very nice and quality built. As we baby boomers approach the ...

Thanks for the Work At Bishop Donahue

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Knights of Columbus Wheeling Council 504 wishes to express deep appreciation to the numerous administrators, faculty, staff, coaches, advisors, and volunteers for the many years of service to and faith formation of the youth who were educated at Bishop Donahue ...

Don’t Give Up On Obamacare

Editorials

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Portman, Capito on Right Track

Local Columns

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. Last week’s column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless ...

Insist Pipeliners Follow the Rules

Editorials

Energy companies were justified in complaining that former President Barack Obama’s administration threw all sorts of unnecessary obstacles in their way. President Donald Trump’s more realistic attitude is a welcome change for tens of millions of Americans who rely on reasonably priced ...

Too High For Me

Local Columns

I never was one for riding roller coasters or sky-high rides at the county fair or amusement park. My heart aches for the family of the young man who died and others who were injured severely this week when an amusement ride failed at the Ohio State Fair. That event only reinforced my outward ...

Review Ride Safety Process

Editorials

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when ...

‘Designer Babies’ Raise Ethics Issues

Editorials

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he ...

Flooding Was Not Preventable

Editorials

Occasionally, Mother Nature reminds us who’s boss. We puny human beings can do little when she unleashes her wrath, as occurred on Sunday. During little more than half an hour, one local resident measured 3 inches of rainfall. Flash flooding was virtually inevitable. It is difficult to ...

Philippine Leader May Need Warning

Editorials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Capito, Portman Priorities Right

Editorials

If there is one thing certain to get the hackles of West Virginians and East Ohioans up, it is telling us that trying to do the right thing is, well, wrong. Two of our U.S. senators are being accused of just that. It has proved so difficult to repeal and replace the Obamacare health ...