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Opinion

Stretching School Project Dollars

Editorials

Ohio County Board of Education members already have received some unpleasant surprises involving the district-wide campaign to repair and improve school buildings. Recall that a few months ago, they learned a contract they thought included replacement of all doors in a school included only ...

Helping Veterans In Rural Regions

Editorials

Especially in areas such as West Virginia, it can be difficult for military veterans to find transportation to veterans’ centers and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and five other senators want to make it easier for them. A bill ...

Report on VA Hospital Safety

Editorials

Earlier this year, it was disclosed that several patients have died under suspicious circumstances at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. The information did not come from the VA but rather, from an attorney suing the agency on behalf of the family of one of the deceased ...

Minimize School Shooting Risks

Editorials

Some school officials in our area are considering joining the significant number of others throughout the United States who have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service workers can protect students in the event of an ...

Stop Spending On Old Buildings

Editorials

Since 2015, before the current mayor and city council took office, Wheeling officials have been pouring money into four old buildings in the 1400 block of Market Street. It is time, one way or the other, to stop. Buildings at 1425, 1429, 1433 and 1437 Market Street were purchased by the ...

Traffic Cameras Are Not Popular

Editorials

Ohio Valley residents just do not like the idea of “Big Brother” watching them — or their motor vehicles. Once again, voters in an East Ohio community have said no to use of cameras to catch speeders. East Liverpool officials had considered use of the cameras, but voters in a recent ...

Strategy for PEIA

Editorials

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last ...

Money Spent Wisely At Benwood Pool

Editorials

Benwood officials were right to take the $2 million plunge to rehabilitate the municipal swimming pool, where work is nearing completion. Initially, they had expected an $800,000 price tag for the project. A $400,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund made the plan a ...

Port Authority Plan Has Merit

Editorials

Efforts to get the now-closed Crossridge Landfill in Jefferson County cleaned up have proved futile for years. One can understand, then, why officials at Greenway Reclamation in Garden City, New York, thought their business plan might appeal to area residents. Greenway has proposed doing ...

Really Investing In W.Va.’s Future

Editorials

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

Helping Others At Christmas

Editorials

We reserve this space every Sunday for editorials we consider to be among the most important of the week to local residents. So it is today regarding a timely, critical issue. Christmas is coming. Throughout the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, compassionate people are working hard to help ...

Fault Is Ours, Not Trainees’

Local Columns

Reaction to a prank by some W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees says much about our state — more of it good than bad. The question we need to face up to is about the trainees, however. What does it say about their generation? You may have heard about a prank, ...

Rethinking Plan For Better Schools

Editorials

St. Clairsville-Richland School District officials misgauged public sentiment badly a little more than a year ago. Now, they seem to be taking a more realistic approach regarding repairs and improvements to school facilities. In November 2018, the district sought voter approval of a $79.9 ...

Let Public Comment Before Votes Are Taken

Local Columns

Apathy? I noted in the last election, which happened to be for the Ohio County School Bond renewal levy, that fewer than 10% of the registered voters in Ohio County participated in the election. This fact was pointed out by the news media, and was mentioned to me on more than one occasion by ...

Being More Realistic About State Budget

Editorials

Another monthly revenue report for West Virginia’s general fund budget has been prepared — and the situation is growing worse. At the end of October, revenue collections were $33 million behind what had been expected for that point in fiscal 2020. Now, with November numbers available, ...

Convention and Visitors Bureau Gets State Distinction

Local Columns

Officials of the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau were presented with a certification of accreditation at a recent meeting of the Marshall County Commission, with Craig White accepting on behalf of the GMCVB, of which he is executive director. He is also the executive ...

Putting Cart Before the Horse

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It seems city council is again putting the proverbial cart before the horse by wanting to purchase land negotiated on the promise that the the owner would take less if the city doesn’t get a grant to demolish and clean up a possibly contaminated former industrial site ...

Keeping It Quiet

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Imagine waking up on a lovely Sunday morning, reaching for the paper, and being jolted out of your seat by the sound of gunfire just beyond your front yard. And the gunfire continues all day, every day. That’s what the residents of the Roney’s Point/Chapel Hill ...

Post Office Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On Nov. 8, I went to the Wheeling post office to get my mail. Five people were in line. There was one postal worker at the counter. There seemed to be a problem getting a package processed. A postal worker came out from the back room, pulled one woman our of line, ...

Hiding Something?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The main focus of the national media continues to be, as is most appropriate, the impeachment inquiries by the U.S. House of Representatives on whether President Trump is culpable in the attempt to pressure the Ukraine government to conduct a formal investigation of ...