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Opinion

Justice Income Tax Proposal Good Start

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice has submitted to lawmakers a state income tax repeal plan with the encouragement that “This is the time to seize our opportunity!” It starts with a 60 percent reduction in the personal income tax for the first year. For many West Virginians —and perhaps those ...

Accelerate Vaccine For Elderly in Panhandle

Editorials

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in West Virginia has been among the best in the nation and the world. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas for improvement, particularly closer to home as some elderly residents — those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 — continue to wait ...

Stick To Skipping Rope

Local Columns

I’m not proud of it, but I skipped school a couple of times when I was in high school. And I got caught each time. It wasn’t a pretty outcome when the principal, Doc Viglietti, reminded me that he loved me, and all his students, but yes, I would suffer the consequences of my misdeeds. I ...

Not the Year for State Testing

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: All I keep hearing about this year is the “mental health” of our children. If any policy makers out there are truly listening to the children, and truly considering their mental health, then state testing would not be taking place this year. My daughter is a good ...

Expanding Help for Nonprofits

Local Columns

Most people who don’t work in the nonprofit community in West Virginia are unfamiliar with the Neighborhood Investment Program. The NIP is a program of the West Virginia Development Office and provides a limited number of tax credits to nonprofit organizations to use for ...

Energy Innovation Critical to W.Va.’s Future

Local Columns

Resilience. Tenacity. Realism. These are things that we here in West Virginia know a thing or three about. We make our homes in a place that can be both stunningly beautiful and obstinately difficult to live in, and we’re rightfully proud of our ability to make it work for our families. We ...

Reliable Information About Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry

Local Columns

I recently saw an article in The Intelligencer entitled “Report: Ohio fracking counties saw declines in jobs, population and income.” This runs counter to dozens of other reports that all say the oil and gas industry is investing billions of dollars in Eastern Ohio, creating tens of ...

March Madness At the Prep Level

Editorials

It’s the first week in March, and that means it’s time for West Virginia high schools to open their basketball seasons. Yes, we said basketball. And wrestling. And swimming. If you are thinking these are sports that typically take place during the winter months and would be wrapping up in ...

Educating Ohioans on COVID Vaccine

Editorials

Residents of our region of Ohio are adopting pandemic-fighting techniques —including getting the vaccine — much more slowly than their counterparts in non-rural and non-Appalachian Ohio. It’s a troubling trend examined in an Ohio University study that reported only 52.2 percent of rural ...

Mavromatis Earned Vote of Confidence

Editorials

Members of Steubenville City Council made a wise decision when they approved a two-year contract extension for City Manager James Mavromatis. Mavromatis, who has been on the job for five years, has brought a no-nonsense style of management to the post, and his leadership has helped the city ...

McKinley Stance on Energy Makes Sense

Editorials

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. Surely, then, President Joe Biden knows Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is correct when he says “Their ...

Don’t Listen to Vaccine Myths

Editorials

Dr. Clay Marsh has been part of the effort that led West Virginia to be a leader in trying to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in distributing the vaccine that might help us one day turn the corner in that fight. Mountain State residents have come to trust him as he talks us through the ...

Protecting Most Vulnerable First

Editorials

It’s rather amazing when you think about it: the first COVID-19 vaccine shots became available in early December; now, three months later, nearly 200,000 West Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while another 100,000 residents have received the first shot. That’s 300,000 of ...

Don’t Forget Small Business

Editorials

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without ...

Plague of Potholes Returns to Region

Editorials

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, and the rain has made its presence known, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the region: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Main and Market streets in ...

Making Morning Commute Easier

Editorials

Road construction is no fun for anyone. The sight of orange cones and barrels lining the highway can leave anyone seeing red, knowing the traffic jams and longer detours that likely are to follow. Yet as much as those orange markers can be a sign of a frustrating path ahead, they’re also ...

Finger-Pointing in U.S. Capitol Fallout

Editorials

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Waiting To See Justice Tax Plan

Local Columns

As of today, we’re one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session. We still have the whole month of March and about a week and a half of April left to go. The one thing I keep hearing as we trudge on through the slaughterhouse where the legislative sausage is made is people ...

Who’s in Charge In West Virginia?

Editorials

When Republicans took over the legislative majority in Charleston in 2014, there was renewed hope that those elected to represent us in state government would be weeding out fraud, waste, incompetence and frivolous spending; they’d dethrone King Bureaucracy; they’d turn their backs on ...