Opinion

Knowing High Court Hopefuls

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. Kennedy, who is up for reelection next year, made the comments during a presentation last week in St. ...

Making Secondary Roads Last Longer

Editorials

Work to repair roads damaged by flash floods in a few counties late in June is proceeding, but the damage could have been much worse, West Virginia Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston commented this week. Wriston is in charge of implementing Gov. Jim Justice’s campaign to ...

Measles Vaccine Vital for Children

Editorials

It probably was only a matter of time for Ohioans to become part of the measles outbreak that has hit about half the states. For a few months, it appeared the Buckeye State might be spared involvement. Now, it has been reported that a young adult from Stark County contracted the disease ...

Ensure Hospitals Don’t Do Harm

Editorials

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio Schools Work

Editorials

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Paine Right In Rejecting Raise

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they were not using their heads. Fortunately, Paine recognized that and said he will not take the $4,170 salary boost board members ...

Spineless Stupidity Encouraged

Local Columns

I have a confession to make: I understand how the fellow in the Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, felt. Sometimes I, too, am seized by an almost uncontrollable fear of police officers. It makes me very uncomfortable. Usually, it happens when I notice a police or sheriff’s cruiser parked near the ...

Being Prepared For a Downturn

Editorials

West Virginia House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan is firmly in favor of improving public schools. But McGeehan, R-Hancock, voted against a bill to that end for an understandable reason — cost. “We seem to have short memories in Charleston,” McGeehan told our reporter. “In ...

You Can Fool Some …

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Trust Us! Somewhere in my memory banks I recall the following being promised “a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage,” and, “Government Of, By, and For the People…not the monied interests.” The first quote was by Herbert Hoover (1928), and the ...

Views Seem Different

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: If congressional Democrats and the media had cared so much about the air traffic controllers (all American tax-paying citizens) during their “illegal “ strike in the 1980s as they do about those wanting to enter the U.S. “illegally” now, Reagan might have ...

Potter Should Apologize

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I was appalled to read that the WV GOP Chairwoman, Melody Potter, applauded a fellow Republican state senator’s call for intolerance against members of the LGBTQ community. I expect more of all West Virginians than this, and especially of someone in a position of ...

Explaining Injection Wells

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: This is in response to the July 6 letter in The Intelligencer regarding injection wells in Belmont County. I believe misinformation was intentionally portrayed, and it is obvious that education on this topic is needed. First off, fluids being injected into Class II ...

Really Reforming the Church

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Archbishop Lori recently gave an interview to The Intelligencer, and I praise the paper for providing him the space to explain the church’s problems. The content of that interview; however, makes clear that there is no need for anyone to listen to him any more. ...

Plans Are Made for Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

Local Columns

The Salvation Army Service Unit in Moundsville will hopefully become more active in not only Marshall County but also, Wetzel and Tyler counties, under the direction of Captains Mark and Jennifer Van Meter who are the new officers of the Ohio County Salvation Army Headquarters in Wheeling, and ...

Living by the Golden Rule in West Virginia

Local Columns

We come from different political parties, represent two different parts of the state and sometimes vote differently as a result.  As two of the youngest members of the West Virginia State Senate, however, we hold much in common.    Both of us have seen too many of the people we grew up ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To the Ziegenfelder Co. of Wheeling for the free community concert it presented last Wednesday at the Heritage Port. It featured entertainment, “bounce houses” and face painting for the kids, hot dogs and frozen treats for everyone, all free of charge. It was the company’s way of ...

Road Pledges Not Being Kept?

Editorials

Big promises were made by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration in 2017, in order to convince West Virginia voters to approve $1.6 billion in bond sales for the “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. The question now is whether those pledges will be fulfilled. Brooke County commissioners ...

Facing Up to Road Funding

Local Columns

Secondary roads are a lot like the weather. Lots of people in West Virginia talk about them, but no one ever seems to do anything. Actually, that isn’t quite accurate. During the past decade, we have done something: We’ve reduced the Division of Highways budget. Yes, reduced. During ...

Aid Rural Ohio School Districts

Editorials

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan ...

‘Pie Crust’ Was Right

Local Columns

I received a phone call from a faithful reader this week. She goes by the pen name of “Pie Crust.” Several years ago she sent me her recipe for the perfect pie crust, and ever since then we have shared some thoughts and observations about life in general. It’s always good to hear from her ...