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Opinion

Morrisey Standing With West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was back on the case last month as he led a 19-state coalition in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an appeals court ruling that would give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to “decarbonize virtually any sector of the ...

New Guidelines Due To Vaccine Hesitancy

Editorials

Try as they might, Ohio officials have not yet been able to convince all those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines. But Gov. Mike DeWine was able to offer another reason to those working in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as he announced a change in the guidelines for ...

Volunteers Make Wheeling Shine

Editorials

If Wheeling is serious about marketing itself as a low-cost, low-crime, family friendly location for remote workers to move and live, then volunteer-based community events such as the Make Wheeling Shine effort that took place this past Saturday are critical in ensuring the city presents ...

Caring for Ohio’s Kids

Editorials

Buckeye State residents care deeply about the wellbeing of our children, but a recent report suggests that does not always translate to the way we take care of their health. In WalletHub’s ranking of 2021’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health Care, Ohio was 44th. As the rankings ...

Making Right Call On Admissions

Editorials

West Virginia University has made a good decision in extending the relaxed requirements for test scores for students applying for admission. In fact, if they have not already done so, other institutions of higher learning should follow suit. At WVU, the extension will carry through the ...

Cleaning Up Retired Coal Power Plants

Editorials

Federal and state officials have another question to answer, as communities across the country — but particularly here in Appalachia — face the realities of a changing economic and energy landscape. What happens to the shuttered coal-fired power plants once they are no longer ...

Mr. Adams Goes To Washington

Local Columns

Last week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital shadowing Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and it was an eye-opening and enlightening experience. I was asked by my friend Ric DeRubeis, afternoon host of “Real Big Talk with Big Ric” WKKX-WVLY, why I ...

Don’t Defund the Public Library

Editorials

This past Monday, by a 3-2 vote, the Ohio County Board of Education chose to reduce funding to the Ohio County Public Library, from an annual allocation of $884,547 to $589,698. Voting to partially defund the library were board members David Croft, Molly Aderholt and Christine Carder. At ...

Agri-Business Program Great Choice at School

Editorials

One of the best features at Wheeling Park High School is the greenhouse. Each year, students and staff work to cultivate flowers and plants, all leading up to the pre-Mother’s Day sale that kicks off Monday. Local residents who take advantage of that sale know the hard work the students ...

Library Deserves Full Funding

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Save the library! David Croft may not think the Ohio County Public Library is important enough for full funding but I do. The Ohio County Public Library is vital to many people as a resource. Book information does not change from day to day like Wikipedia and ...

Ohio County Library a Treasure

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Recent actions of the Ohio County Board of Education that will result in a 33% reduction ($294,849) of annual revenue to the Ohio County Public Library should give all citizens of the county cause for alarm. Too frequently, funding of libraries is considered an ...

Natural Gas Critical to Our Clean Energy Future

Local Columns

Editor’s note: This guest commentary from Sen. Shelley Capito initially appeared in The Washington Times. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the Appalachian region were an independent country, it would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world. Job creation and ...

Forest Fires On The Rise in W.Va.

Editorials

In case we were looking for something else to worry about, the West Virginia Division of Forestry is reporting it has had to respond to 312 fires with nearly 3,000 acres burned since Jan. 1. Compare that with the previous year, when during the same period there were 158 fires with only 632 ...

Investigate Shootings By Columbus Police

Editorials

Earlier this week, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther asked for a federal Department of Justice investigation into the city police department, and a series of police killings of Black people. In seeking the investigation, Ginther rightly noted there have already been significant changes in the ...

Paying Residents To Get Vaccinated

Editorials

The numbers are concerning: just a few months ago, West Virginia was in the top five states in the nation in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Jim Justice, on a daily basis, touted the effectiveness with which the state not only got shots in arms, but shots in the most vulnerable arms ­ ...

A Return to Normal Requires All of Us

Editorials

Ohio is bringing some of its health orders in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the result should be more flexibility for some residents. One example is Buckeye State athletes, or students participating in other activities, no longer need to quarantine after ...

Don’t Shut Public Out of Meetings

Editorials

More than a year after the pandemic changed how everything in our lives operates — including government — it continues to concern us that some local governments fail to adequately host meetings accessible to the public. Two recent examples come to mind. First was a meeting of St. ...

We All Can Play a Role in Litter Control

Editorials

Think tossing a fast-food wrapper or plastic bottle out of your vehicle window is harmless? Well, if you’re not worried about the environmental impact or the creation of an eyesore, maybe the cost will grab your attention. Ohio taxpayers spend approximately $4 million a year to pay the Ohio ...

Pushing Back on Biden Energy Plan

Editorials

It must have been quite a victory for President Joe Biden to receive the backing of the United Mine Workers in his plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition.” Biden claims that transition will include thousands of jobs in renewable energy ...