Opinion

Goodbye, House Of Children

Local Columns

It got to be funny. Silly, in fact. My sister swore she cleaned out Mom’s rolltop desk, readying it for a move from the homestead of 60 years. Then I pulled out the empty bottom drawer only to find a large pile of letters, newspaper clippings, photographs and greeting cards that had fallen ...

Helping Firefighters Who Get Cancer on the Job

Local Columns

Last month, we observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and that brings a fresh reminder that the devastation from that fateful day continues to take a toll on the brave emergency service men and women who served their communities. On Sept. 11, 2017, as I came off shift as ...

Get Truth About Broadband Access

Editorials

Despite years of talk about the need to expand access to broadband internet service in West Virginia, state officials are not certain how many households lack it. No wonder there is no comprehensive strategy to address the problem. Members of the state Broadband Enhancement Council are ...

Showing Up For School

Editorials

Half of the about 700 employees in Ohio County schools have perfect attendance records thus far this year, school Superintendent Kim Miller reported Tuesday. That certainly is gratifying, as she noted during a board of education meeting. “I think our employees know how important it is to ...

Follow the Money In Clinton Probe

Editorials

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

Broadband Plan Worth Exploring

Editorials

You don’t hear a lot about municipal and county governments becoming involved in expansion of broadband internet service. That is because extending such access can cost really big bucks. Now, however, Belmont County commissioners are looking into what, if anything, they can do about areas ...

Pursue Campaign Against Terrorists

Editorials

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Support Power Plant Proposal

Editorials

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...

Giving Americans Needed Tax Relief

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Paying the Tab For Washington

Editorials

Those who set and implement national policies do not seem to care how they affect American families and local governments. We in the Ohio Valley have been aware of that for many years. Our once-powerful steel industry is but a memory, thanks in part to the reluctance of federal officials ...

UN Health Agency Honors Wrong Man

Editorials

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and ...

Change Culture Of Government

Editorials

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Read what you will into our use of the word “fertile.” Residents of ...

Making Children Feel More Secure

Editorials

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior. The list is a long one. It includes having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or ...

See Something? Do Something

Editorials

Many of us remember a time when, if you found a package in the parking lot of a store, you picked it up and carried it inside. You turned it over to store personnel, in the hope they could identify the owner and return his property. That is not what happened Friday at the Wal-Mart store in ...

Planning Ahead For Sewer Work

Editorials

A consultant’s report to Wheeling City Council last week was timed perfectly, in a way, during the Halloween season. If what he said doesn’t scare you, chances are no number of zombies and other make-believe monsters will faze you. Council members have been discussing a $28 million ...

Heroes We See Every Day

Local Columns

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to ...

W.Va. Needs Railroads, Too

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: West Virginia is in need of two kinds of transportation, roads and rails. Many years, ago one of the means to transport goods as well as people disappeared. The railways that traced the state along rivers and creeks and over the hills and mountains were turned into ...

Ensure Survey Results Are Honest

Editorials

State officials have begun conducting a survey, both online and by mail, to gauge interest in West Virginia’s newly legalized medical marijuana program. Judging by questions on the survey form, the intent is to determine how many people believe medicinal marijuana would help them cope ...

Legislators, Governor Work Together to Get Things Done

Local Columns

One of the most reliable things in life, oddly enough, is change. And, what a change the state of West Virginia has experienced in just a few short months. The first time the Legislature found itself called back to Charleston, it was after an acrimonious regular session that ended in a ...

Law Officers Need Support

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: One of the most commendable jobs in the world is that of a law enforcement officer. It is a job where you put your life on the line for the citizens of your community every day. To some, like me, the men and women who take these positions deserve utmost respect, ...