Opinion

Leave Marijuana Laws Up to States

Editorials

In withdrawing federal protection for transgendered students, the Trump administration paid tribute to our federalist system. “The president believes that this is a states’ rights issue,” said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Yet, hours later, the administration had little use for ...

‘Jane Roe’ Came to Understand the Truth About Abortion

Editorials

I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion. That conversion set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe,” McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with ...

Rethink School Starting Times

Editorials

Early to bed, early to rise may make an adult healthy, wealthy and wise — but what about children? What is the optimum time of the morning for them to begin the learning process in school? Many school officials seem to think that the earlier, the better. A variety of scientific studies ...

Clean Up Voter Registration Rolls

Editorials

McDowell County had 17,437 registered voters as of Jan. 31, according to a report from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. But only 15,729 people 18 years of age or more lived in the county as of 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Obviously, something isn’t right, ...

Too Many Glass Houses in D.C.

Editorials

Gotcha has become a key tactic of politicians — of all ideological stripes — trying to discredit opponents in Washington. Forget one piece of information among hundreds about which a congressional committee may question you and — gotcha! — you are labeled a liar. Attorney General ...

Burying Victims Of Drug Overdoses

Editorials

So many people have died of drug overdoses in West Virginia that the state fund to cover burials of the indigent has run out of money. As we reported Sunday, the approximately $2 million set aside for the purpose was exhausted last month, with four months left in the fiscal year. That is ...

French Still Unwilling to Try Backing Away From Socialism

Editorials

For those thinking that the French could be on the brink of a collective epiphany, you might want to hold your bets. Even if the people of France wanted a badly needed economic upgrade to bring their nanny-state system into the 21st century, there’s no presidential contender willing to give ...

Use FUDS to Help Local Economies

Editorials

President Donald Trump wants to make America great again by removing bureaucratic roadblocks and regulatory red tape. He could focus on hundreds of thousands of acres effectively trapped in limbo by the federal government, unable to be used by the communities around them to generate tax ...

Trump Should Have Stuck With Plan to Cut Military Spending

Editorials

Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress’ automatic “sequestration” cuts didn’t go far enough, that they were “a very small percentage of the cuts that should be made.” Then he ran for office and said he would “make ...

Cost of Inaction Is Unacceptable

Editorials

How West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice handle the state’s fiscal meltdown will affect each and every person in our state for years to come. Both for now and the future, they simply must get it right. But that challenge pales in comparison to the life-and-death crisis that both ...

Hey, Let’s Go To Wheeling!

Local Columns

On a fairly regular basis when I was growing up in New Martinsville, my parents or, later, my buddies, would suggest, “Hey, let’s go to Wheeling!” Except from folks headed to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack or a Nailers game, I suspect not many people have that thought these ...

Don’t Let Haste Rule Budget Bill

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is pushing Republicans who control the Legislature to finish work on a state budget by April 8, the last day of this year’s regular lawmaking session. They should ignore him on that. Last week, the governor unveiled what he calls a “countdown clock” showing how ...

Reform, Not Big Tax Increases, Is Legislators’ Plan

Local Columns

One of the oldest rules in the book when you’re in the middle of trying to make a deal is to never negotiate against yourself. Just 19 days after he dropped the largest tax increase in West Virginia’s history on an unsuspecting, and then-adoring public, Gov. Jim Justice did just that. He ...

Cost Cutting Long Overdue at Agencies

Editorials

Well, good for officials in the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. They have found a way to save taxpayers nearly $500,000 immediately and $150,000 a year in the future. DNR officials announced last week they are cutting 84 vehicles from the agency’s fleet. They can do without ...

Flooded Baseball Field a Special Challenge Due to Timing

Local Columns

For the past 48 years Bob Montgomery has been a high school baseball coach (42 as a head coach, and six years as an assistant coach). His jobs have entailed the wearing of many hats, one of which is to check out projected weather forecast daily during a three-month period—March, April and ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

To those recognized by Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott last week, for their contributions to the community. They included: - Former Mayor Jack Lipphardt, presented with the Gateway Award. Elliott said Lipphardt “led Wheeling through some tough times, and he did so with creativity, a ...

Tax Plan Would Hurt Lower-Income People

Local Columns

No one distorts language better than a politician. Politicians just have the uncanny ability to take the worst ideas possible, and dress them up in words that make them seem wise and wonderful. The latest example in West Virginia is the “voluntary tax scenario.” How appealing. It’s a ...

Project Helps Students Learn How to Lead the Way

Local Columns

Helping Kids Learn to Lead the Way Chevron Appalachia is expanding its support of Project Lead The Way programs with $810,000 in grants to 15 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. Two Northern Panhandle school districts will receive a ...

Don’t Allow Environment To Be Devastated in W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Apparently our beloved state will need a new slogan, because “West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful” just won’t cut it anymore — not if Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Manchin, and David McKinley have anything to say about it. Their actions indicate that “West ...

Sentence in Credit Union Embezzlement Is Cited

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: News Item, Wheeling News-Register, February 25: “Kathleen Gramlich, the former director of Ohio County Schools Public Credit Union who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, was sentenced today to one day in jail and ordered to pay a $100 fine and make restitution in ...