Opinion

Drug Threat More Diverse

Editorials

More and more when law enforcement agencies stage drug raids, they seem to be coming across veritable general stores of illicit substances. So it was in Wheeling last week, when police and sheriff’s deputies reported seizing heroin, crack cocaine, painkiller tablets — and ...

Loughry Had No Option But to Quit

Editorials

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Honor Families Of the Fallen

Editorials

As we honor those, both living and dead, who have served our nation in the military, we sometimes neglect to recognize the sacrifices made by their families. Here in Wheeling, we are about to ensure they, too, are not forgotten. The concept of Gold Star Families came into being during World ...

Change FEMA Assistance Rules

Editorials

One should not look a gift horse in the mouth, it has been said. But what about asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a little more flexibility in how it helps localities? Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a report on road slips, from county Engineer James ...

Post-Election Observations

Local Columns

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the state Supreme Court elections — among the first under the nonpartisan category — it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial ...

Honoring Those Who Serve Us

Local Columns

One hundred years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Alter St. Clairsville Schools Proposal

Local Columns

A proposal for new taxes to improve St. Clairsville-Richland School District facilities was crushed by voters last Tuesday. More than 72 percent of the 6,800 votes cast were against the request. School district officials sought nearly $80 million through a 37-year property tax levy. Nearly ...

Festival of Lights Is World-Class Event

Local Columns

Oglebay Park’s 33rd annual Winter Festival of Lights kicked off last Thursday — and it is a case in which the overused “bigger and better” description is accurate. About a million light bulbs make the festival’s nearly 100 displays glow brightly, in more ways than one. The event ...

Veterans Attend Signing of New ‘Patriots and Heroes’

Local Columns

Fifteen military veterans were among those present Thursday for the book signing of the Ninth Volume of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. This year’s book brings to more than 1,000 the number of Marshall County veterans whose ...

Higher Severance Tax Could Cripple Growth

Local Columns

Thanks to shale development, the Northern Panhandle and Upper Ohio Valley is undergoing an economic revolution not seen since the birth of the steel industry. I recognize that’s an incredible statement, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask any economic development ...

Despite Flood of Facts, Climate Change Deniers Persist

Local Columns

West Virginia has always been schizoid in its attitude toward the natural beauty of its landscape. We celebrate our Wild and Wonderful mountains and waterways even while we destroy and pollute them. Our country roads may indeed take us home, but look in those roadside ravines and you will ...

Time Is Running Out for Us

Local Columns

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every ...

Say No to Cracker

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: While visiting a beautiful little town in the mountains of Banner Elk, N.C., I picked up a June 2018 issue of “Blue Ridge Outdoors.” As I began to look through the magazine, what caught my eye was the picture of Dilles Bottom and Moundsville. The article is titled ...

Good Samaritans

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Sunday, Oct. 28, my husband and I were on 1-70 eastbound on our way to The Highlands. In the area between Wheeling Hospital and the truck weigh station, we hit a large pothole and blew out the passenger side back tire. Thank goodness we were near the exit by the ...

U.S. Status Diminished

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: During President Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the president, in truly Trumpian fashion, incredibly stated that his administration had already “accomplished more than almost any administration in U.S. history.” All this, unbelievably, ...

Dial Back the Toxicity

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Fear is a lot like opioids in that the fear-monger must keep increasing the level of fear to keep getting the effect he wants just as the dealer encourages greater use to keep his mark addicted. The danger is that at some point a crazy person will take it upon himself ...

Find New Fire, Police Proposal

Editorials

As Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has pointed out, most people voting in Tuesday’s election — nearly 54 percent of them — agreed to a new tax levy to build a new headquarters for the police and fire departments and to make a few other public safety facility and equipment improvements. But ...

Activist Court Gone in W.Va.

Local Columns

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation ...

One Scoop At a Time

Local Columns

I think butter pecan or black walnut were mom’s favorite ice creams. Anything with nuts caught her eye. She was a true connoisseur, which was a benefit for a house full of kids sharing a common sweet tooth. We were exposed to all kinds of ice cream flavors from spumoni to rocky road. ...

Trading One Drug Woe for Another?

Editorials

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...