Opinion

Commissioner for a Day and a Double Creature Feature

Editorials

Health Board Lacking a Woman’s Touch The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department welcomes its newest member, Terry Sterling, who was appointed by the Ohio County Commission this past week. Sterling replaces Wilkes Kinney, who resigned due to health issues. The health board now has an ...

Being Selectively Correct

Local Columns

Protesters confronting each other this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., may have been in the wrong place. Their demonstrations, both pro and con, were focused on a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in a city park. Charlottesville officials have decided the statue has to go. Like ...

Governor Needs to Learn to Work With Legislators

Local Columns

The first half of 2017 was certainly a unique time in West Virginia politics. West Virginians inaugurated a Democrat governor (now a Republican) who followed the Trump wave and campaigned as a successful CEO and political outsider. Meanwhile, a new Republican-majority Legislature was sworn ...

Slim Lehart Coming Out of Retirement for a Special Show

Local Columns

Slim Lehart is coming out of retirement for at least one musical performance, two years after the Marshall County native announced that he would be hanging up his guitar after some 60 years. However, it was this past January when a friend with whom he was visiting in Florida convinced him to ...

Wheeling Should Expand Recycling

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am pleased to see that the City of Wheeling administration is evaluating its recycling program. For many years I have participated in the program. But it seemed somewhat futile only saving newspapers and cans when so many products families regularly use are packaged ...

Firefighters Oppose Reduction in Funding

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Bethlehem Fire Department Incorporated is a private, nonprofit corporation that has been serving the Village of Bethlehem since 1930. The Fire Department is owned by village residents who purchase shares of stock and operated by a Board of Directors. Partial ...

Kim Raises Stakes In Confrontation

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Opioids a Crisis For Many Years

Editorials

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem ...

Pine Grove Needs Help From State

Editorials

Imagine knowing that every time you flush a toilet in your home, raw sewage will be sent pouring into a local stream. Even worse, think about living beside that open sewer. Pine Grove residents don’t have to imagine that scenario. They have been living it for about two months, since the ...

Time for New Beginnings

Local Columns

In a few days students will begin school. Some students will begin the new school year as they return to a familiar building, but to a new classroom. Others will start something new; going to school for the very first time. While the new school year is only days away, the anxiety about going to ...

If It’s Good for West Virginia …

Local Columns

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. ...

Criticism? Bring It On

Local Columns

My critics — yes, I have quite a few — will let me know that they think I am stuck in the past. Maybe I wear bell bottomed slacks on occasion, but I still believe my mentions of the past have merit. I have written many times about various events in downtown Wheeling when the streets were ...

Give Postal Service Additional Flexibility

Editorials

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its ...

Inventing Ways Out of Epidemic

Editorials

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. It there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John ...

Radioactive Waste Storage Plan Vital

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people in our region probably did not notice. Give Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a ...

Cities, States Can Refuse to Aid Federal Immigration Enforcement

Editorials

Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration officials. The DOJ ...

Higher Education Not for Everyone, Especially Those Not Ready

Editorials

August is the month when parents bid farewell to not only their college-bound youngsters but also a sizable chunk of cash for tuition. More than 18 million students attend our more than 4,300 degree-granting institutions. A question parents, their college-bound youngsters and taxpayers should ...

Justice No More Than a RINO

Letters to the Editor

Does Governor Justice believe that a switch of political parties will help his re-election? He did nothing but fight the West Virginia House of Delegates over the budget, costing the state excess money that we do not have by his causing the special session. He continues to fight and refuses ...

Doing the Right Thing

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Voting for the “skinny” repeal of the ACA without a solid plan of replacement passed is an absolutely ridiculous idea. Representatives for the residents of West Virginia have an obligation to vote in our best interest. Luckily, I have work sponsored insurance. ...

Justice Used Democratic Party

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Voter fraud in West Virginia is not an issue. The issue here is Jim Justice’s candidate fraud. West Virginia voters elected Democrat Justice in good faith and we were rewarded with lies and deception. It is incomprehensible that he is allowed to change his party ...