Opinion

Technology Not Enough

Editorials

The computer that can match the education skill of a good human teacher has not yet been made. We suspect it never will. Union Local School District officials and educators have taken an important step in recognizing that — and ensuring some students are not left behind because of ...

Helping Veterans With Surplus Items

Editorials

Surely the Pentagon can spare a few old blankets and coats to help those who served our country in uniform. It doesn’t seem too much to ask. Another in a series of “Veteran Stand Down Resource Fairs” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10, at West Virginia Northern Community ...

Funding Delay Not Acceptable

Editorials

Belmont County officials may have no choice but to borrow money to cover their share of repairs on roads damaged by flooding. At least their willingness to do that to get repair work moving indicates a sense of urgency. Apparently, the same cannot be said of state government. During ...

Drug-Dealing Doc Merited Long Term

Editorials

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins’ was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at him ...

Questions Still Not Answered

Editorials

It has been more than two months since Martins Ferry Board of Education members voted to place district Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave. Taxpayers still have not been told why that occurred. Meanwhile, she continues to draw a salary of nearly $90,000 a year, according to ...

Enforcing Sex Offender Laws

Editorials

People convicted of sex offenses in both West Virginia and Ohio are required by law to have their names, pictures and other personal information listed on state registries. In both states, members of the public concerned about whether sex offenders live near them can check the registries ...

Healthy Weight Up to Individuals

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

Unpredictability In Charleston

Local Columns

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11, I was given a ...

Refusing To Protect Children

Local Columns

Perhaps the Roman Catholic Church finally is living up to its own teachings by protecting children from predator priests. Events last week may be evidence of that. Pope Francis met with a group of U.S. bishops to discuss the situation. And the church revealed it is investigating just-retired ...

Curb Upswing In HIV Locally

Local Columns

Six new cases of human immunodeficiency virus - HIV - in Ohio County this year is cause for alarm. Both public health and law enforcement officials should make dealing with it a priority. First, the good news: For now, at least, very few people have cause for worry. The new cases involve ...

Get Children Out Of Unsafe Homes

Local Columns

When people hear of outrages such as that involving two children removed from deplorable living conditions in Belmont County earlier this month, the reaction often is demanding that government do something to prevent similar problems in the future. Belmont County’s Board of Health is ...

Pats on the Back

Local Columns

- To the nearly 350 volunteers who turned out Wednesday for the Day of Caring, held by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. And to the more than 40 companies that allowed them to participate. Day of Caring, which kicks off the United Way’s annual fundraising drive, sends volunteers to ...

Persistence Often Is the Key to Getting to ‘Yes’

Local Columns

When I was in high school I rarely got turned down for a date. My secret was simple. I didn’t ask. I was afraid of rejection. The result was I didn’t have much of a social life. When I went to West Virginia University, I knew that if I wanted a social life I would have to get ...

Special Events Set for This Week at John Marshall H.S.

Local Columns

Three John Marshall High School Homecoming events will be taking place this week. First will be the Homecoming Parade, which will take place on Wednesday. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., from in front of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex on Jefferson Avenue (south of Eighth ...

McCain Great American

Letters to the Editor

McCain Great American Editor, News-Register: Sunday, August 25, 2018, marked the passing of a truly great American — Senator John Sidney McCain III (Republican from Arizona) as a result of a lethal form of brain cancer, for which he was diagnosed in July 2017. He died at the age of ...

Improve Wetzel Roads

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In regard to the article recently on Monroe and Wetzel counties being distressed counties: If you haven’t been down to New Martinsville lately, I suggest you or an investigative reporter to check us out. You will discover a poorly, unprofessional strip paving of ...

Open Letter to Diocese

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: An Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: West Virginia Catholics want “specific, achievable actions” and full investigation As the Roman Catholic Church reels from new revelations of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, thousands of Catholics from ...

We Can’t Go It Alone

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The nation that was respected all over the world is now being led by a president who is in awe of a dictator who rules by intimidation, i.e., Vladimir Putin. Regarding the Mexican border wall, i.e., “Build the wall or I will shut down the government.” Is this how ...

How Government Hires

Letters to the Editor

The king wanted to go fishing, and he asked the royal weather forecaster the forecast for the next few hours. The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain. So the king and the queen went fishing. On the way he met a man with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he ...

Time for a Sea Change

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: A new Associated Press investigation has revealed that local and “sustainable” seafood may be neither. AP journalists traced the murky supply chain of a leading sustainable seafood distributor “to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, ...