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Opinion

Prevent Small Stream Floods

Editorials

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but do you suppose we could get some help to prevent a disaster, rather than to react to one? Last week, Belmont County commissioners heard a report on a project to clean up stream beds and banks. It came from Mike Schlanz, who then was workforce ...

Doing the Right Thing at Ohio State

Editorials

Too often, college athletes accused of wrongdoing are coddled by coaches and even administrators. Not at Ohio State University, it is gratifying to note. Two OSU football players have been accused of kidnapping and rape. One had been expected to vie for a starting spot on the team later ...

We’ve Lost A Genuine Maverick

Local Columns

Many people like to categorize others neatly. We class them as good or bad, brilliant or crazy, personable or anti-social, a friend or someone to avoid, etc. Good luck fitting H. John Rogers into a neat pigeonhole. He was all of the above and more. For two weeks now, I’ve struggled ...

Don’t Begin By Giving Up

Editorials

Changing the time classes start at Wheeling Park High School would involve much more than merely telling students to show up later than they do now. Ohio County school Superintendent Kimberly Miller referred to the many difficulties during a recent Board of Education meeting: “Is it really ...

Consider Dog Park For Steubenville

Editorials

Steubenville Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf was right to caution City Council members a few days ago that establishing a dog park is not as simple as it may sound. Just ask Wheeling officials about that. Despite having large amounts of donated money available, Wheeling had to ...

Bethlehem Election Change Worthwhile

Editorials

Voters in Bethlehem may experience a feeling of deja vu when they go to the polls for the May 12 primary election. They will be selecting municipal officials, including a mayor. But wait. Didn’t that happen last year? It did indeed. A municipal election was held last spring — but ...

Public Prayer May Be Messy, But It’s Worthwhile

Local Columns

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, celebrating the bounty of nature, was observed this past week and begs a very important question: What was God thinking when pomegranates were created? Does the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe have something against clean shirts? Anyone who has ever had ...

Business and Health Expo to Include New Attractions

Local Columns

This year’s 15th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business & Health Expo will feature nine different types of attractions, the most ever. The event will take place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, and will be held from 4-8 p.m., on March 6, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., ...

Controlling Cost Of Prescription Drugs in W.Va.

Local Columns

We all know that over the years the prices we pay for prescription drugs have increased. Whether it be for generic or name brand prescriptions, the one thing we’re certain of is that they’ve all become more expensive. The one thing we don’t know, however, is why this happens. This session ...

Call Your Legislators

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: God says in Proverbs 14:34 that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. How do we get righteousness, since God says that there is none righteous, no, not one. He says we have all sinned and the wages of sin is eternal death in hell. Jesus ...

Start Classes Later

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Our Board of Education recently had a “workday” to discuss having an earlier start time for high school. The news article, however, seemed to indicate changing the time from 7:25 to 7:55. I’m less interested in the suggestions than in what “research” is ...

Saving Children

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I write this letter as a constituent and as a nurse who serves to promote evidence-based health care policy that supports disease prevention and health equity. WV House Bill 2956 — Expanding comprehensive coverage for pregnant women through Medicaid is a policy ...

Honesty Lacking

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: What is it about school superintendents in Ohio County Schools? We hire these well meaning people who apparently were good teachers, good principals and generally good people, but when it comes to honest interaction with parents on tough issues, they fail miserably. We ...

Limiting Access To Information

Editorials

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication of ...

Both Budgets Going to Dogs

Local Columns

West Virginia’s state government budget is going to the dogs in more ways than one. Let’s start with a bill in the House of Delegates that would have the effect of wrecking the greyhound racing industry. That would be accomplished by eliminating a requirement that the two ...

Don’t Give Up On Old Building

Editorials

Barnesville taxpayers already have nearly $180,000 invested in the Bohandy Building, an old, relatively large structure in the village’s downtown. But that money was sunk into the building at a time when officials thought they had an occupant for it. At least for now, they do not, it was ...

Approve ‘Born Alive’ Measure

Editorials

One argument made frequently regarding proposals for legislation has always puzzled us. It is that certain bills should be rejected because they allegedly duplicate statutes already on the books. Some critics of a measure in the West Virginia State Senate, the “born alive” bill, ...

Cleaning Up In Bridgeport

Editorials

Residents of Bridgeport have received far more than their share of unpleasant surprises regarding village government during the past few years. Still, news this week must have come as a shock: Mayor David W. Smith has been indicted. Smith abused his office by taking money from the village ...

WVU Medicine An Asset for State

Editorials

Among aces-in-the-hole we West Virginians possess in terms of both economic development and quality of life is West Virginia University Medicine, which includes numerous health care programs. Just last week, the WVU Heart and Vascular Insititute revealed a fully robotic aortic valve ...

Retain, Refine Report Cards

Editorials

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...