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Opinion

West Virginia —Wild, Wonderful

Editorials

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Addressing Ohio’s Infrastructure Needs

Editorials

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed. The report card gives Ohio a grade of C-, saying “In Ohio ...

Keeping an Eye On Relief Funds

Editorials

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling like they’re in the deep end of the pool when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan ...

Keep Focused on Outside Threats

Editorials

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Should We Follow Virginia’s Lead?

Editorials

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers spent much of this year’s legislative session behaving as though they would have been among those opposing our state’s secession from Virginia nearly 160 years ago. Perhaps, then, those folks will look to what Virginia did recently and be more ...

Warner Made Right Choice With Voting Bill

Editorials

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner was correct to pull a bill before the Legislature that would have changed voting rules in West Virginia. While most of the changes sought in the legislation seemed to make sense, at least two raised eyebrows and likely would have led to fewer ...

Reflecting on a Rollercoaster 2021 Session

Local Columns

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with me. ...

Exploring Options To Help Residents

Editorials

In the midst of a global pandemic that has crippled private-sector companies (but not local, county or state governments, of course), that has created massive levels of unemployment and underemployment around the nation, enters the city of Wheeling telling its residents that they must now pay ...

City-County Cooperation Locally Long Overdue

Editorials

For years, we have been among a small group locally advocating for enhanced cooperation between leaders in the city of Wheeling and the Ohio County Commission. It appears those efforts may finally be bearing fruit. Last week, city and council officials agreed on considering a coordinated ...

County Should Offer an Explanation on Highlands

Editorials

Members of the Ohio County Development Authority owe the public a fuller explanation as to why, two weeks after saying they would have a new contract ready for Greg Stewart to manage The Highlands, the board voted 15-3 Thursday to not offer him a contract at all. Ohio County Commissioner Zach ...

Spring Enters an Open Window

Local Columns

I awoke to what sounded like the repetitive ringing of a telephone from half a century ago. When fully awake, I realized the sound I heard was that of an ambitious woodpecker at work on a tree in the nearby woods. This sound was complimented by the voices of numerous spring gobblers making ...

Island Lions Club Serving Youth

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Great things are happening and will continue to happen for the children and their families on Wheeling Island. On March 27th, many different individuals and organizations came together to bless them with an Easter Egg Hunt. Seeing kids smiling, laughing, and enjoying ...

Modernize W.Va. Gas Laws

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As the sixth-largest natural gas producing state, West Virginia is vital to America’s energy supply and security. In fact, about half of all homes in the U.S. are fueled by affordable, reliable natural gas. West Virginia is already an energy leader because of its ...

Just Where Are the Mothers?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Daily we have witnessed the heart-wrenching accounts of unaccompanied children being herded by cartel members to our southern border. Their parents, convinced by the drug cartels that they would be taken care of on their journey and allowed to remain in the U.S., paid ...

Pie-in-The-Sky Policy Won’t Stop Climate Change

Local Columns

During the Vietnam War, an American general was paraphrased saying he had “to destroy the village to save it.” This phrase may be the motivation behind President Biden and the liberal left who want to eliminate fossil fuel use in America. Now President Biden’s stated goal is to ...

HIV Cases Rising In West Virginia

Editorials

As federal officials are being brought on board to address an HIV outbreak in West Virginia, a warning in February by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC’s chief of HIV prevention, rings through: “It is possible the current case count represents the tip of the iceberg,” Daskalakis said. ...

Time for Bold Action in W.Va.

Local Columns

Earlier this week, West Virginians witnessed something almost unheard of across this country: Leaders from both parties coming together for a constructive conversation about the future of this great state at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher. Rather than infighting, insults, and ...

Time to Revise Bethlehem Policy

Editorials

We have no doubt that Bethlehem police officer Rusty Jewell was, as he told our reporter, simply following department policy on Monday afternoon when he dropped Moundsville resident Frank Ott off at a gas station in the village following a traffic accident. Ott, 85, was coherent, according to ...

Ohio Seeing Rising COVID-19 Numbers

Editorials

Don’t look now, but the COVID-19 pandemic might be getting a fourth wind in Ohio. At one point, Gov. Mike DeWine had assured residents all health orders would be lifted once the state was averaging 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks in a row. Last week, the average was 146 cases per ...