Opinion

What Went Wrong at OSU?

Editorials

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and in university ...

Rethinking Death Penalty in Ohio

Editorials

It is one thing to argue about the basic morality of capital punishment. But there should be no controversy about putting to death people so mentally ill they did not understand that murder is wrong. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would amend capital punishment statutes. It ...

Make Two-Mile Hill Travel Safer

Editorials

Common sense would seem to indicate that lowering the speed limit on the notorious Two-Mile Hill section of Interstate 70 in Ohio County would reduce the frequency of accidents there. It does not seem to have worked out as well as had been hoped, however. Pressure from former Ohio County ...

Follow Pool Safety Rules All the Time

Editorials

Home swimming pools are very attractive at this time of the year. There is nothing like a cool dip in the water to make high temperatures and humidity more bearable. With that pleasure comes responsibility, however. On Saturday, a 1-year-old child drowned in a home pool in East ...

Funding System For the Long Run

Editorials

Most area residents take it for granted that when they flush the toilet or use the shower, the wastewater generated will flow to and through a treatment plant before being released back into the environment. But the people in charge of wastewater treatment can’t take for granted that 20 or ...

Driving Safely In Amish Country

Editorials

Far too many Buckeye State motorists are not share-the-road drivers, to judge by Ohio Department of Transportation statistics. On average, there are about 120 accidents each year in which motor vehicles strike buggies, almost always driven by members of the Amish faith. One occurred recently ...

Saving Weirton Recreation Areas

Editorials

Like public officials in many Ohio Valley communities, those in Weirton are having to rethink priorities for spending taxpayers’ money. There just isn’t enough of it to go around, especially with populations—and, thus, the number of taxpayers — shrinking. Some municipal parks and ...

Reversing Jump In Ohio Suicides

Editorials

Residents of Ohio’s Appalachian counties do not need to be told how challenging the last decade or two has been. For far too many hope is a thing of the past, and the stress has taken a deadly toll. According to a report released by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, ...

Special Session: Things To Watch

Local Columns

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session today. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of ...

Ensure Children Can Be Educated

Editorials

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Get Help From Best Educators

Local Columns

What do the Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate Team, the Cameron and Sherrard Middle School history bowl teams and the U.S. Army have in common? Not much, except for one very important attribute: They all produce winners. Think about this: Retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gadson, ...

Helping Get Good Teachers Certified

Editorials

With shortages of teachers in some subjects and some areas of West Virginia becoming a critical problem, it makes sense to make the profession more attractive to those who understand subject matter but may lack pedagogical training. Efforts to accomplish that are ongoing. Last week, Ohio ...

Being Prepared for Energy Industry Opportunities

Local Columns

A few weeks ago, my daughter, Dannielle and I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful course running through the battlefield and farm country. The course was hilly. We expected that and trained accordingly. I had a good finishing time for me. Dannielle ...

Plan Is to Revitalize Moundsville’s East End Playground

Local Columns

“‘Bring Back the East End Playground!” No, the East End Playground hasn’t gone anywhere. Instead there are concerns pertaining to this facility — the number of attractions offered there and the number of people utilizing the Park. City Manager Rick Healy and parks and recreation ...

Making Life Easier for Small Businesses in W.Va.

Local Columns

Considering the importance of small businesses, we wanted to remind everyone that it’s never been easier to start or grow a business in West Virginia, thanks to the state Legislature’s initiative creating the WV One Stop Business Center.   The first center of its kind in the nation and ...

Support We the People

Editorials

Editor, News-Register: With all the corruption we read about in the news paper or watch on our daily television news networks it begs the question .. Who do we serve? We seemed to have lost all control of government. Throughout society our moral norms seems upside down and backwards. What ...

Restrain Netanyahu

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In the history of the world, by far the greatest crime that has ever been committed was the NAZI attempted genocide of the Jewish people when more than six million Jews were murdered at the direction of Hitler and Himmler. After World War II the civilized world ...

Help Save WJU

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Stopped at the cemetery today to tell my Dad, Tom Carrigan “We’re trying, Dad, we’re trying.” In 1954 there were 90 new freshmen and their courageous parents willing to take a leap of faith on young Jesuit priests and a brand new, muddy Wheeling College. My ...

Curbing Costly School Problem

Editorials

Something more needs to be done to lessen absenteeism among Ohio County public school employees. That is painfully apparent, at least from the taxpayers’ point of view. Absenteeism has been a chronic problem in the school system for many years. It has grown so bad that it costs the Ohio ...

Changing School Takeover System

Editorials

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...