Opinion

School Issues Not Only Matters Handled by Legislature

Local Columns

The second session of the 83rd Legislature of West Virginia concluded on March 10, and while the session was dominated by the teachers strike, there were several important pieces of legislation passed to benefit the citizens of West Virginia. In the fall of 2017, the West Virginia Supreme ...

Providing a Pay Raise — and Doing It Responsibly

Local Columns

Now that the dust has settled, and the static has quieted a little, I think there’s an opportunity to reflect a little bit about the past couple of months in terms of wins and losses for our state’s taxpayers. Earlier this month, the Legislature passed a balanced budget during the regular ...

Moundsville Church Planning to Observe 150th Anniversary

Local Columns

Plans for the 150th anniversary of the Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have reached the halfway point. A committee headed by A.D. Rutter has been collecting history dealing with the church, along with arranging for the celebration, which will be taking place from Sept. ...

Playing Politics

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: At the end of this legislative session, HB 4006 was passed eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts. Delegate Storch and Senators Ferns and Weld were eager supporters of this political travesty whose damage will be most felt by children, as well as the ...

Using Money Wisely

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: What is more important to Wheeling, cleaning the streets of summer dust or winter snow and ice? I would again suggest that the street cleaners that you routinely support are not worth the expense and trouble of using and maintaining. Looks like you need ...

Find Multiple PEIA Options

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a true blue-ribbon panel of people to tackle West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency challenge. The task force’s 29 members represent public employees, government, health care, insurance and public and higher education. Speaking of which, that ...

Reason for Budget Optimism?

Letters to the Editor

Republican legislators and Gov. Jim Justice had big, important plans for this year. With the state out of the fiscal doldrums, they said, it was time to move forward. Or not. Not a single part of the forward-looking agenda was implemented. The school employees’ strike got in the ...

A Marine Thing to Do

Local Columns

One by one, the Marines rose to their feet as the stretcher carrying a wounded fellow Marine passed them on the way to a waiting ship. It was a simple and moving sight to see that kind of respect doled out to one of their own. Was it because he helped saved their lives or was it because they ...

Young Heroine Saved Others

Editorials

Much has been written and said for several months about the courage of women who come forth to tell of being sexually harassed, even assaulted, by powerful men. But we in the Ohio Valley know of a far, far braver victim. She is only 12. She lives in Belmont County. For two years, ...

Picking Up Trash At Lowest Cost

Editorials

Like officials in many communities, those in Follansbee are considering whether to turn garbage collection over to a private company. Money is the problem, of course. City council members began discussing the idea in February. During their meeting Monday, they heard a report that prompted ...

Eliminate Agency That Isn’t Needed

Editorials

Even as former Gov. Gaston Caperton was persuading West Virginia legislators many years ago to create a new Department of Education and the Arts, critics suggested the agency was not needed. Its functions could be handled more efficiently through then-existing arms of state government, it was ...

Getting an Answer On State Vehicles

Editorials

Finally, West Virginia legislators have made it clear they are fed up with one aspect of pure sloppiness in state government. They should have done it years ago. During the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that will create a statewide fleet management office ...

Plan Shadyside Schools’ Future

Editorials

Five years ago when Shadyside school officials pleaded that the district needed a financial rescue, voters reacted by approving a 4.61-mill emergency tax levy. Clearly, Shadyside-area residents are eager to do the best they can for children, even if they have to dig deeper into their own ...

By Jet or Propeller Plane, Trip Wrong

Editorials

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from ...

Prevent Repeat Drug Overdoses

Editorials

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Parks Should Be Affordable for All

Editorials

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Holding Down Proposal’s Cost

Editorials

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott did not answer one question on the minds of at least some of those who attended his State of the City speech Tuesday — and that is a good thing. Among major initiatives planned by city officials is construction of a new public safety building, to serve as ...

Implement Work Rule for Medicaid

Editorials

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials ...

Keeping Our State Wild, Wonderful

Editorials

What part of “don’t trash our state” do pipeline construction companies not understand? To judge by action state officials took a few days ago, some of it did not sink in. Last July, Energy Transfer Partners was cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for violations ...

Cracker News Is Promising

Editorials

Well, yes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s big announcement on Monday was a bit of a letdown, but it was important, nevertheless. Kasich’s office revealed Friday that he would be making an announcement regarding the proposed ethane cracker plant to be built in Belmont County. When the governor ...