Opinion

Keep the Risks Firmly in Mind

Editorials

Martins Ferry officials are to be commended for hoping city government can do something to boost economic development in the downtown business district. They should move cautiously, however. Buildings housing several businesses were destroyed in an October 2016 fire. Some business owners were ...

Credit Trump With Diplomacy

Editorials

President Donald Trump is accused frequently of shooting from the lip — that is, speaking and tweeting what is on his mind without regard to the potential consequences. This week, he is being criticized harshly for not doing that. After meeting in Helskinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump and ...

Answers About Official Needed

Editorials

Asking questions about personnel issues is by far the surest method of getting government officials to clam up. So it was last week after the Martins Ferry Board of Education voted to place school district Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave. “I’m not commenting on it,” ...

Russia Not Only Cyber Enemy

Editorials

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

Higher Education Numbers in W.Va. Just Don’t Add Up

Local Columns

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Justifying Need For New Building

Editorials

In March, when Wheeling officials proposed construction of a new city public safety building, the price tag was estimated at $15 million. That is a lot of money, we commented at the time. Voters asked to increase their taxes to pay the bill will want to see evidence of need. Now the cost ...

Represent Valley On Education Panel

Editorials

Major changes in West Virginia’s network of four-year public colleges and universities may be on the horizon. What they may be will depend largely on recommendations by a group established by Gov. Jim Justice. Earlier this month, Justice appointed 12 people to his Blue Ribbon Commission ...

Hold Line on Budget In Belmont County

Editorials

Since 2016, Belmont County commissioners have imposed a “freeze” on their budget, keeping it at $22.3 million a year. Now, they are discussing whether it is time for a thaw. County department heads have submitted budget requests for more than $26 million. Meetings are planned to discuss ...

Why Did Power Costs Skyrocket?

Local Columns

West Virginia, with mountains of coal and huge reserves of natural gas, is the eighth most energy-expensive state in the nation, according to a WalletHub study. How on earth did that happen? WalletHub puts out scores of comparison studies each year, on everything from “neediest ...

Debating What Gender Reference to Use for the Deity

Local Columns

On July 7, the House of Delegates of the Episcopal church at its 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, adopted a resolution that would set the stage of the revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The House of Delegates is comprised of lay and clergy delegates from churches within the ...

A Country Without Borders Is Not a Country

Local Columns

When you leave your house or go to bed at night, do you lock your doors? When you leave your car on the parking lot at the grocery store or mall, do you lock your doors? When you close your business at the end of the day do you lock and shutter the doors? If you do lock your doors in these ...

Youths 8-18 Can Tee Off at July 30 Golf Tournament

Local Columns

A free junior golf tournament will take place on July 30 at the Moundsville Country Club, sponsored by Honeywell International Inc. Ohio Valley youths 8-18 are encouraged to sign up for the event by picking up an entry form at the Pro Shop at the Moundsville Country Club or by calling the ...

President Guilty Of A Humanitarian Crime

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am ashamed of my president and his administration to behave like a monster! I am appalled by abhorrent, inhumane policies that not only ignore the painful impact they have on people’s lives, but are designed to cause maximum suffering! No amount of ...

Highways Division Leadership Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Hello D.O.H. What have you been doing? Besides blaming the weather or your inability to clear bridges and ramps, not to mention patch holes. You could do all these things with a four- to five-man crew and do it at night. And if you do patch do it right, ...

They Have as Much Right as Our Ancestors

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The forced removal of immigrant children from their parents calls into question who we are as a nation. Two moments in history may serve to clarify this issue. Growing up during the Cold War, we heard stories of how Communists ripped children from their parents. I ...

Require Medicaid Recipients to Work

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I agree with Kentucky for wanting to have people work for the state health care. I am a transplant from Kentucky. I was on Medicaid from the time I was 4 until I was 16 (probably longer than that). Why? Because of the fact my mother “couldn’t find full-time ...

Food Hub Can Support ‘Farm to School’ Initiative

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Here at Grow Ohio Valley, we were pleased and encouraged to see Lisa Summers’ article on the emerging “Farm to School” program — and the editor’s followup. More institutional buyers are seeking local food, and more local farmers need to be connected to ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

∫ To Margaret Howells, third-grade teacher and dean of students at Wheeling Country Day School, who won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Howells received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington to receive the award. ∫ ...

End Corruption In Government

Editorials

U.S. senators pondering whether to confirm federal Supreme Court nominees have a relatively easy task. All they have to ask is whether potential justices are liberal or conservative in terms of how they interpret the Constitution. West Virginians deciding how to vote for state Supreme Court ...

Manchin’s Numbers Are Inflated

Local Columns

Has Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., been informed he can’t get a pass on this one? Democrat and Republican disciplinarians in Congress have ways of forcing lawmakers to adhere to the party line. Choice committee assignments can be denied. An offender’s pet bills can be stalled or shelved. ...