Opinion

Fix the Budget System in W.Va.

Editorials

Perhaps there is a worse way to plan a state budget than what is utilized in West Virginia. But the current system is so bad it would be difficult to make it much worse. Each year, state legislators gather for a 60-day session to consider thousands of bills, some of them complex. Soon ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Mary Lee Powell, who donated $15,000 to The Village Network in Morristown. The money was used to renovate the gymnasium at the behavioral health center for children. - To Wheeling Jesuit University for its announcement last week that the institution is adding football as a varsity ...

Words Have Moral, If Not Legal, Consequences

Editorials

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Urging Someone to Commit Suicide Isn’t Killing Them

Editorials

Words matter, ournalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter when used in a potentially consequential way among everyday people. ...

Warmbier Doubly Victimized

Editorials

We may never know what brutal torture and malign neglect American student Otto Warmbier suffered at the hands of North Korea’s dictatorship before losing his life last week at the age of 22. But it wasn’t the first time the free-spirited Ohio native died. More than a year before ...

Comparisons of Nixon, Trump Ignore the Record

Editorials

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Movement to Get Women Into Politics Taking Root

Editorials

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn’t elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly ...

Jockeying for Position As Islamic State Withers

Editorials

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is ...

Weighing Right to Privacy Against Need for Security

Editorials

Next time you set out to commit armed robbery, leave your cellphone at home. Timothy Carpenter was convicted of robbing a string of T-Mobile and Radio Shack stores, stealing smartphones. But he wasn’t too smart himself. He used his cellphone to call 15 getaway drivers. The calls were his ...

Here Comes the Bride and Taco Tuesday in Wheeling

Editorials

Here Comes the Bridal Wear Bridal gowns will once again be available for purchase in downtown Wheeling come September. J. Jones Evening Wear, a bridal fashion store in Weirton, will be opening a second location in mid-August in the long-vacant storefront on the corner of 10th and Main ...

It’s About the President’s Voters

Editorials

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...

Greatest Generation Forced to Grow Up Quickly

Local Columns

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

‘Boys of Summer’ Event Set for July 9 at Grand Vue Park

Local Columns

Received a postcard from Jim Health, the organizer of the annual “Boys of Summer” event which takes place on July 9. He stated “We Are Now in ‘Extra Innings,’” meaning that this is the 10th year for the get-together. The site of this year’s event will be a Shelter No. 2 at ...

Protecting Dogs From Heatstroke

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Every year, thousands of dogs die from being overheated inside parked cars. On a mild 73-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in 30 minutes. On a 90-degree day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in just a few minutes. Heatstroke ...

Opinions Expressed Through ‘Bean Polls’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On June 16 and 17 two “Bean Polls,” called that because opinions were expressed by placing dried beans in jars, were conducted at Wheeling Arts & Culture Fest by Ohio Valley PEACE. While visitors to the OVP booth were invited randomly to participate, those doing ...

Budget More of Same Cuts That Hurt

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Budget? Again, West Virginia has no real plans to generate new or real working revenue. The headlines state that a budget has been passed! Well, sadly, it is not a working budget but once again a slash in services that are for the very people who need them the ...

Sanders Was Tool The Russians Used

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It is now clear beyond peradventure that the Russians preferred Trump to Clinton. Further, it is fatuous, I would suggest, that a man a meticulous as Putin would wait until the general election to attempt to derail Mrs. Clinton. We all know that a socialist is a ...

Excessive Celebration By Athletes Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As a longtime sports enthusiast, I must admit that I am somewhat disappointed that the hierarchy of the National Football League has decided to be more tolerant and less restrictive in its approach to players celebrating during games. Personally, oftentimes I find the ...

State Budget Not Being Cut

Editorials

West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again ...

Tax Reform Doomed From Start

Local Columns

What went wrong? After spending something like two years formulating a tax reform strategy for West Virginia, state legislators have nothing — except, perhaps for bitter experience — to show for it. Blame the enormity of the elephant in the room. The centerpiece of lawmakers’ plan was ...