Opinion

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 ...

Reducing Risk Of Chemical Leak

Editorials

Though a chemical leak last week at St. Clairsville’s wastewater treatment plant appears to have caused no lasting harm, city officials and emergency responders were right in reacting to it decisively. A few people were evacuated, several fire departments responded, and the event was handled ...

Punish Corrupt Officials Severely

Editorials

It appears all of Bruce E. Kenney III’s ill-gotten gains are going up in smoke, courtesy of U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in Wheeling. In addition, Kenney, 61, will have 21 months behind bars to think about the error of his ways. Good. Kenney may have committed only a ...

Aiding, Abetting Massive Waste

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Getting in Shape, Enjoying Nature

Editorials

A library director in Kentucky is putting together a remarkable piece of community outreach that should be emulated by as many communities in Appalachia as possible. He is doing something about the abysmal state of our physical and mental health in this region, one person at a time; and he is ...

Parties’ Shrinking Bases Leave Room for Moderate Independent

Editorials

“The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in the polls. Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a ...

Bad News on Economy May Be Looming

Editorials

Who says that President Trump refuses to accept responsibility for anything? He bravely accepted responsibility for the soaring stock market and the good news emerging about the American economy, which grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent, more than double the first-quarter anemic rate of 1.2 ...

Encouraging Diversity of Thought on Our College Campuses

Editorials

Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was ...

Ohio County Merits Aid, Too

Editorials

Ask just about anyone what happened here late last month. A disaster, many will reply. A flood, some may add. Except in Washington. Government decision makers there are in the habit of splitting bureaucratic hairs. It was not a disaster, not a flood, they will reply. It was two floods, ...

Rethink How Thrill Rides Are Checked

Editorials

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...

Getting Bus Routes Ready

Editorials

Local, state and federal governments will have no trouble finding ways to spend money, some of which will be a long time in coming, to help residents of our region of West Virginia recover from disastrous flash floods last month. Top priority needs to go to ensure public schools are usable, ...

School Official Right on Target

Editorials

In the minds of Northern Panhandle residents, what a Wetzel County school official said the other day goes without saying. But because of his eloquence in how he said it, it bears repeating: Brian Jones, director of transportation and facilities for Wetzel County schools, was asked by our ...

Better Safe Than Sorry on Budget

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice seems unable to resist any opportunity to belittle legislators, both Democrat and Republican. Last week he accused them of forcing some state agencies, including higher education, to reduce spending unnecessarily. Indeed, lawmakers enacted a budget that, in ...

Don’t Withhold Crime-Fighting Aid

Editorials

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to ...

Ensure Tenants Do Not Suffer

Editorials

Government’s attempts to make life better for people too often backfire. It will require care to ensure that does not occur with a plan some members of Wheeling City Council have for rental housing. Councilman Dave Palmer, chair of the Public Safety Committee, previewed the proposal last ...

Smelling The Roses Editorially

Local Columns

Shop talk the other day with a fellow Mountain State editor turned to editorials. Unless you write for a handful of national newspapers, the more local, the better. But about what? We swapped a few tips about identifying and writing about important matters at the local level. You know: ...

Review W.Va. Ride Inspection Process

Editorials

Tens of thousands of people will be thronging the grounds of the West Virginia State Fair when it opens Thursday in Lewisburg. Many will want to test their nerve on the midway’s thrill rides. But on the minds of many will be what happened at the Ohio State Fair on July 26. Part of the ...

Are Competitive Electric Rates a Thing of the Past?

Local Columns

It’s time to talk turkey about what should be a major concern to all West Virginians, increasing electric rates. In his July 1 commentary, Mike Myer (Wheeling Intelligencer) asked “What’s Up With Electric Bills,” and then proceeded to use the appropriate term “skyrocketed” to ...