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Opinion

Old Pool No Longer Asset

Editorials

For many years, the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool in Marland Heights Park was a showpiece in Weirton. It served the community well. But the pool has been closed for years, after a valiant fight waged by the Marland Heights Community Association to keep up with needed repairs. In 2018, ...

Pursuing King’s Fervent Dream

Editorials

Today, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Don’t Authorize New Local Taxes

Editorials

For most of West Virginia’s history, state officials kept a tight leash on local government bodies’ taxation powers. Then, a few years ago, came the municipal home rule “experiment.” It was sold as a “pilot program” — but there can be no doubt it will be permanent. One could ...

Staying Informed, Involved as Voters

Editorials

Convincing younger Americans to become engaged in public affairs is among the biggest challenges facing us as a nation. West Virginia seems to be a pacesetter in that regard. Secretary of State Mac Warner, West Virginia’s chief election officer, has announced 24 high schools are receiving ...

Stop Bleeding Through PEIA

Editorials

Ted Cheatham, who is executive director of West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency, knows the route to the state Capitol well. He has traveled it many times, often with hat in hand. It will not be long before he repeats the performance, Cheatham informed members of the House of ...

Why? It’s A Logical Question

Local Columns

Give the bigots credit for one thing: They don’t try to hide. Most of them seem never to have heard of the old saying about the devil convincing humans he doesn’t exist. Last week, we carried a story and an editorial about an event at Temple Shalom in Wheeling. It included a discussion of ...

Warner Record Inspires Trust

Editorials

Elections in West Virginia are far less likely to be affected by fraud, whether it be by individuals or another country’s computer hackers, than was the case three years ago. Yet registering to vote and casting ballots is easier than ever. How is that possible? Two words: Mac Warner. ...

Hope Comes in Persevering in a Life of Faith

Local Columns

Man is not made to live without hope. It’s like oxygen to him. Take oxygen away and death comes by suffocation; take hope away and death comes by despair. The major wars of the last generation and the men and women caught up in them underscore man’s inability to survive when hope ...

Still Battling Childhood Cancer in Marshall County

Local Columns

Marshall County Schools which has been a big participant in the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation and at the Marshall County Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines accepted a certificate and banner on behalf of the school ...

Encouraging W.Va. Prison, Jail Inmates to Read

Local Columns

On December 12, 2019, The Intelligencer reported the partnership between the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Global Tel Link. In this partnership, GTL will provide electronic tablets to inmates in state correctional facilities, and inmates may use the tablets to ...

Behind the Headlines, Things Got Done in Washington

Local Columns

Based on the cynical headlines in national newspapers, networks and cable news, most Americans probably think nothing productive was accomplished in Washington last year. Behind all of the blaring national headlines, there were notable bipartisan accomplishments that should not be ignored. ...

Make Change Happen

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In some countries people have, and would die, to be able to have a say in who runs their government for them. We’re one of those countries. In other countries, China and North Korea, to mention a couple, the people have no say in who runs the government or how the ...

Safeguard the Bridge

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which recently celebrated the 170th anniversary of its opening and is classified as the oldest working suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, has been closed to vehicular traffic since September 2019, I, as are a great ...

Keeping Bus Drivers Sober

Editorials

On Thursday, we published an editorial regarding school bus drivers who operate their vehicles while intoxicated. It originated from the DUI arrest of a school bus driver in East Liverpool. Later that same day, we received the report of serious crash in Kanawha County — caused by an ...

Confrontation May Be Coming

Local Columns

Nuclear war is avoidable, as humankind has proven since 1945 — but a confrontation between the West Virginia Legislature and the state Board of Education may be inevitable. Both sides understand that would provoke a major state constitutional crisis to be resolved by the West Virginia ...

Ohio Medicaid System a Mess

Editorials

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...

Driving Woes Set To Double

Local Columns

First it was just one vehicle. Then another passed me by. Both of these vehicles, in the early morning hours, failed to have their running lights on. I’m not sure why people do not feel the need to drive with their vehicle lights illuminated when it’s barely daylight. The same occurs in the ...

History Class Vital

Local Columns

Upfront, I’ll admit that I’m a history nerd. It’s the subject I loved the most in high school and college. If Netflix had a documentary on the history of dirt, I’d watch it. That passion is one reason I was extremely disappointed to learn that the State Board of Education has ...

Refugees Not Wanted

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to Gov. Jim Justice: Governor, I’m writing this to you because of the report that you want to re-settle refugees into our state. On the surface, this looks good, at least for you. However, and I can’t speak for everyone in the state, I believe most ...

Oversight Needs A Look at EGCC

Editorials

Obviously, more oversight of management is necessary at Eastern Gateway Community College. During their meeting this week, members of the Steubenville institution’s board of trustees, meeting at the Youngstown campus, voted to fire EGCC President Jimmie Bruce. He had been placed on ...