Opinion

New Labor Secretary Unfit for the Position

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump has nominated fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to lead the Labor Department. One would be hard pressed to find a worse candidate for the position. This pick betrays the spirit of the Trump campaign, which is unsurprising, and threatens to leave working people ...

No Matter How You Voted, Pray for Next President

Local Columns

In the spring of 1871, a young man picked up a book and read 21 words that changed his life. The young man was a medical student at Montreal General Hospital. He was worried about final examinations. He was troubled about what he should do with his life, where he should establish his medical ...

Names Still Being Sought for Memorial to Honor Veterans

Local Columns

A five-member committee appointed by the Marshall County Commission to review architectural designs for a Veterans Memorial to be erected in the vicinity of the Fountain on the Courthouse Lawn will hear proposals on Tuesday from four firms which have expressed interest in being awarded the ...

Maybe Now Americans Can Have Real Hope

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Now that Trump is officially president, maybe we can get them to fade away and leave Trump alone and give him a chance. Although I heard rumors that the Clintons are preparing their daughter to run for public office. Good grief, won’t they ever give up? Also, the ...

Thanks, Bill and Sharon, for your donation

Local Columns

Thanks, Bill and Sharon Bill and Sharon Burke O’Leary, 1961 graduates of Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, were regular attendees at Central functions, Wheeling City Council and other community endeavors. They loved their alma mater and Wheeling. When they passed away not too long ...

Friends Should Be Able To Criticize Friends

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: So often, we West Virginians are occupied dousing our domestic and financial fires, and we do not have the freedom to focus on foreign affairs. But your publication’s past editorial — condemning the current Washington administration and praising a faultless Israel ...

Joining Israel’s Foes A Big Mistake for U.S.

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: This outgoing president has done probably one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. Now, if you’re not a Christian who believes that every promise in the Bible is true, then this letter will mean nothing to you. But if you been taught that there is a deep connection ...

West Virginia Should Not Reinstate Death Penalty

Local Columns

West Virginia formally abolished the death penalty in 1965, with the last execution being in 1958. There had been a de facto moratorium before abolition, so there was only one man on the “row” when I was a guard at the old Moundsville Penitentiary in 1963. I forget his name now but I ...

Getting Over Loss In Presidential Election

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: For the last eight years of Obama, Clinton and the entire Democratic Party has been the most disgusting and irresponsible party America has ever seen or ever wants to see again, from all the corruption, lies and coverups. Michelle Obama said hope is dead, but what she ...

State Vehicle Fleet a Mystery

Editorials

Somewhere between 2102 Washington Street, East, in Charleston and 1124 Smith Street in the same city, West Virginia state government lost 4,961 motor vehicles last year. Figuratively speaking, that is. Last year a Charleston reporter asked around in an attempt to learn how many vehicles the ...

Russians Target Fracking, Too

Local Columns

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment. But you can’t have it both ways. What if the Russians ...

Reminding EPA Of Limits to Power

Editorials

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials enjoy enormous power, granted by Congress. They can decide unilaterally that individuals, families and businesses must do certain things to comply with the EPA’s definitions of clean air, water and soil. But there are some limits. The agency ...

More Than Just a Game

Local Columns

Some people don’t get it. They don’t like sports. They don’t follow sports of any kind. And that’s OK. To each his own. You don’t have to like sports to know it was more than just a basketball game that happened in Morgantown, W.Va. on Tuesday night. There was huge excitement among ...

Mingo Junction Back on Track

Editorials

Mingo Junction officials and taxpayers certainly deserve a fiscal break. They have earned one. For several years, making the village budget balance was an exercise in frustration. At one point there was doubt the municipality would be able to make payments on a loan used to improve the water ...

Ensure Ambulance Service Is Adequate

Editorials

How fast an ambulance arrives after being summoned can be a matter of life or death. That is why Moundsville City Council should investigate a complaint by Fire Chief Noel Clarke thoroughly but quickly. During a meeting Tuesday, Clarke urged council members to consider changing to a new ...

Enjoying Retirement — or Not

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In the years, a growing number of people are bothered by hardship in lives after retirement. There is data showing that 35 percent of households in their prime earning years or later have nothing saved in a retirement account and have no access to an original pension. ...

Be Realistic About Dealing With Putin

Editorials

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Overhaul Agency That Serves Veterans

Editorials

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Bring Back Ragtime Music

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Today’s music consists of pop, rap, rock, country, jazz, and many more new forms of music. Whatever happened to one of the best genres, ragtime? Just ask Scott Joplin. Well, you can’t really, because he has long been deceased nearly 100 years ago. If Scott were ...

Clinton Should Not Escape Prosecution Over Her Emails

Editorials

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill. Even though the case against her ...