Opinion

Simulated Workplace Program Gives Students Experience

Local Columns

Fifty individuals had the opportunity on Wednesday to learn about Simulated Workplace, which is part of the curriculum at John Marshall High School, and also view the renovation at the school over the past four years. Simulated Workplace is a program the West Virginia Department of Education ...

Capitalizing on Past For Wheeling’s Future

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The last couple of years, I have been researching Wheeling’s history. The city that started as a frontier town, then transitioned into being an important stop for westward movement, then became a staple in manufacturing. All of these stages are something to be proud ...

French Share Americans’ Worry Over Immigrants

Editorials

In case you’ve been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. For example, we recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash the “final glass ceiling” by electing a ...

Avoiding a Shutdown By Backing Off From Bluster

Editorials

As Donald Trump approached the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he had defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until last Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all things, his ...

Waters Muddied By Corruption

Editorials

Are you kidding me? Thirteen-term Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced “rock star” of the Democratic Party. “Auntie Maxine” is stoking the resistance, inspiring millenials, combating hate, crusading ...

Special Elections Can Generate Momentum

Editorials

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

Millennials Ready, Able To Shoulder the Burden

Editorials

On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I’ve discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about this. Three semesters ago, I agreed to teach at the journalism school that launched ...

Populist Movement Delayed, Not Erased

Editorials

Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post-first-round French presidential election): The ...

Trump Needs to Set Priorities, Focus Attention

Editorials

Donald Trump wants to have it both ways: He has had the most successful first 100 days as president in the history of the republic (or at least since FDR, depending on which day he makes the claim); or the 100-day standard is more media-concocted fake news, and we shouldn’t even be looking at ...

Why a Water Rate Increase Bombed in Bellaire

Editorials

Gee, There’s an Idea! During West Virginia University Academic Media Day this week in Morgantown, WVU President E. Gordon Gee spoke of what is a pressing problem for West Virginia — keeping the best and brightest in the state after they have graduated from institutions of higher ...

Holding Taxes Down in W.Va.

Editorials

Not enough is known about the state budget agreement between Gov. Jim Justice and state Senate President Mitch Carmichael for West Virginians to know whether it is good for us or not. What we do know is that giving in to the governor’s position earlier this year — that the state simply ...

Cutting Employees — Or Not

Local Columns

Last week, members of the Brooke and Hancock County boards of education had to tell about 43 men and women they will not have jobs during the next school year. Declining enrollment and uncertainty about state funding were cited. Throughout West Virginia, many school boards either have done ...

Getting Bellaire Finances in Order

Editorials

A “government shutdown” in Bellaire seems almost inconceivable. But the fact the term is being used by some in municipal government is evidence of the disarray in the village’s finances. It appears the problem is centered in the village water department, which is on track for a ...

Let’s Just Go Out To Eat

Local Columns

Where do you want to go for dinner? I don’t care. Yes, you do. What do you feel like eating tonight? No, really I don’t care, whatever you want. Aghh! This frustrating conversation is repeated about once a week when a few of my siblings and I want to take Mom out to eat. Because there ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Wheeling police — and to Wheeling Island residents who provided them tips that led to the apprehension of a 17-year-old boy accused of a burglary in which a woman was injured seriously. An arrest was made less than 36 hours after the crime was committed. - To members of the Cameron ...

To Be Good Enough Can Be Perfect, Practically

Local Columns

There is a saying that goes, “Perfection is the enemy of the ‘good enough’” and that is worth remembering. None of us does anything perfectly every time, nor do we need to. Sometimes I find myself stuck in a mode of working toward perfection, when really, all that is required is “good ...

Shutting Down Nuisance Bars

Editorials

Steubenville officials have been trying for years to shut down Club 106, which they have said serves as a center for troublemakers and has engaged in illegal activity itself. Finally, they have succeeded. On Monday, action in Jefferson County Common Pleas and Steubenville Municipal courts ...

Reversing Assault On Nation’s Energy

Editorials

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it, in states such as ours, is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are ...

What About Tax Increase?

Editorials

Well, thanks for the pocket change, governor. Now, let’s talk about the real money. On Monday, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials announced a plan to charge entrance fees to six state parks and one state forest. The idea was to raise money to address maintenance ...

Ensure Stadium Work Is Adequate

Editorials

Ohio County Board of Education members have not had a very happy new year. First, they learned property values are down, so tax revenue to fund schools will be less next year. Then, they watched as Gov. Jim Justice and legislators failed to come to agreement on a budget. That means how much ...