Opinion

Support Power Plant Proposal

Editorials

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...

Giving Americans Needed Tax Relief

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Paying the Tab For Washington

Editorials

Those who set and implement national policies do not seem to care how they affect American families and local governments. We in the Ohio Valley have been aware of that for many years. Our once-powerful steel industry is but a memory, thanks in part to the reluctance of federal officials ...

UN Health Agency Honors Wrong Man

Editorials

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and ...

Change Culture Of Government

Editorials

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Read what you will into our use of the word “fertile.” Residents of ...

Making Children Feel More Secure

Editorials

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior. The list is a long one. It includes having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or ...

See Something? Do Something

Editorials

Many of us remember a time when, if you found a package in the parking lot of a store, you picked it up and carried it inside. You turned it over to store personnel, in the hope they could identify the owner and return his property. That is not what happened Friday at the Wal-Mart store in ...

Planning Ahead For Sewer Work

Editorials

A consultant’s report to Wheeling City Council last week was timed perfectly, in a way, during the Halloween season. If what he said doesn’t scare you, chances are no number of zombies and other make-believe monsters will faze you. Council members have been discussing a $28 million ...

Heroes We See Every Day

Local Columns

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to ...

W.Va. Needs Railroads, Too

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: West Virginia is in need of two kinds of transportation, roads and rails. Many years, ago one of the means to transport goods as well as people disappeared. The railways that traced the state along rivers and creeks and over the hills and mountains were turned into ...

Ensure Survey Results Are Honest

Editorials

State officials have begun conducting a survey, both online and by mail, to gauge interest in West Virginia’s newly legalized medical marijuana program. Judging by questions on the survey form, the intent is to determine how many people believe medicinal marijuana would help them cope ...

Legislators, Governor Work Together to Get Things Done

Local Columns

One of the most reliable things in life, oddly enough, is change. And, what a change the state of West Virginia has experienced in just a few short months. The first time the Legislature found itself called back to Charleston, it was after an acrimonious regular session that ended in a ...

Law Officers Need Support

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: One of the most commendable jobs in the world is that of a law enforcement officer. It is a job where you put your life on the line for the citizens of your community every day. To some, like me, the men and women who take these positions deserve utmost respect, ...

Diversifying in W.Va.

Editorials

An economic development announcement by Gov. Jim Justice last week was a reminder both of the need to diversify West Virginia’s economy and the fact it can be done. Justice revealed a new plant to be built near White Sulphur Springs to produce whiskey barrels. Along with 113 jobs at ...

Protecting Local Residents From Domestic Violence

Local Columns

It seems like every day’s news includes at least one story about domestic violence. But for every story that’s reported by the news media, there are a thousand other stories that never make the daily headlines: a wife or child beaten by a partner or parent. A teen threatened, raped or ...

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Conducted at New Boat Dock

Local Columns

A ribbon cutting for the new boat dock at Riverfront Park in Moundsville took place this past Thursday, with Mayor Eugene Saunders Sr., having the honor of cutting the ribbon. The cost of the dock was some $700,000, according to Brett Preston, assistant chief of the state Division of Natural ...

Identify, Correct ‘Oasis’ Problem

Editorials

West Virginia taxpayers already have spent about $150 million on the wvOasis computer accounting system, and the meter still is running. One might expect that for that amount of money, the Oasis system would make coffee for its human handlers each morning, in addition to dealing efficiently ...

Checks, Balances Not Working

Local Columns

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Old Buildings Are Worth Another Try

Editorials

At some point, Wheeling officials may have to throw in the towel on their attempt to market four old buildings in the 1400 block of Market Street — but not yet. In two separate purchases, beginning more than two years ago, the city purchased the adjoining buildings, at 1425, 1429, 1433 ...

Something In Red

Local Columns

There was always something about the color red. Growing up, I remember my aunt crocheted red mittens for me that kept my fingers warmer than store-bought gloves. There was usually a long, red scarf to go with the gloves. One Christmas, Mom got the idea to buy matching red flowered dresses for ...