Opinion

Seek Bids For Care Center

Editorials

Suppose your neighbor called the mayor of your town, said he’d heard the police chief was complaining about the cost of keeping a certain police cruiser repaired and offered to take the car off the police department’s hands for a few thousand dollars. Then suppose the mayor accepted the ...

Use Energy Wisely

Editorials

No doubt the fossil fuel-hating crowd will be upset at action last week by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection — but DEP officials were absolutely right. The DEP has approved construction of a plant proposed for Mason County, where a coal-to-liquids plant is to be ...

Writing Rules For Charters

Editorials

West Virginia has authorized charter schools, as some education reformers urged, but it will be exceedingly difficult to open one. State Department of Education officials should not make it even more difficult than the law enacted earlier this year does. Fierce pressure, including a work ...

Holding Mom, Dad Accountable

Local Columns

“Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Ms. Jones, your son’s fourth-grade teacher, here. This is your morning wake-up call to ensure that you get Johnny dressed and to the bus stop in time.” Ridiculous? Absolutely. It’s not the teacher’s job to get your child to school every day. It’s ...

What Went Wrong In St. Clairsville?

Editorials

As St. Clairsville officials near a decision on whether to sell the municipal water system to a private company, it is becoming clearer that the city’s H2O infrastructure is, well, a wreck. Last week, city council members were told the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is mandating ...

Using Our God-Given Minds for Good Decisions

Local Columns

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and one of the former Republican presidential candidates, as well as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said, “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their ...

Making the Future Brighter for Many

Editorials

Graduates of Northern Panhandle schools understand some truly excellent teachers work in our area. One of them has been recognized as the best in the state. Jennifer Schwertfeger, who teaches science at Cameron High School, was named the state “Teacher of the Year” last week, by the West ...

Marshall County School Personnel Receive Honors From State

Local Columns

Jennifer Schwertfeger, West Virginia Teacher of the Year for 2020, was honored Friday morning at Cameron High School school by fellow teachers, school administrators, staff members, county school staff members, two family members and House of Delegate member Lisa Zukoff. The morning started ...

Wheeling Council Faces Important Vote on Bank Zone Change

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register, I recently attended a city council meeting, and was reminded of the wide variety of tough decisions that our local elected officials all are called on to make regularly. As an elected official myself, there are times when I have struggled to understand which choice is ...

Here’s a Scorecard:

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: When in doubt, go shopping. That seems to be the wife’s answer to any problems, perceived or real. That also seems to be the mayor and city council’s philosophy, when you look at their history since being elected to office. It almost took an act of God to get ...

Approve Zone Change

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As a resident of Wheeling and specifically the 5th Ward, I support, and hope that City Council will support, the proposed zone change for 1154 National Road. I grew up in Wheeling and spent many summer days and nights biking from my small neighborhood to play with my ...

Some ‘Faithful to the End’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Readers, how many of you are as nauseated as I to read the numerous hollow platitudes from Wheeling Hospital, including the new CEO stating OVGH/OVMC’s history? Of course, it was never mentioned that in the early 80s, Wheeling Hospital’s nefarious deal with an ...

Car Club Grateful

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The officers and members of the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club would like to thank the attached list of sponsors for their help in making the 27th Oglebay Good Zoo Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show the success that it was. Because of the businesses that ...

GC&P Proposal Questioned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Good day, Wheeling. For some this will be a “Who does he think HE is?” letter and others will ask, “If he cares so much why did he move away after graduating from Triadelphia and attending WVU”? Well the answers are: one who saw it coming, and one who still ...

Pay Health Care Claims Quickly

Editorials

A letter sent to Gov. Jim Justice, regarding the financial collapse of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling raised hackles among some state officials. They were right to be unhappy about part of it (see editorial below). But the missive contains complaints that should be looked into by ...

Tax Relief Will Be Difficult

Local Columns

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have big plans for the lawmaking session that begins in January. They hope to eliminate the property tax on business inventory. Then the report on August revenue came in. For the second month in a ...

Buying OVMC Not Prudent Idea

Editorials

As noted above, a suggestion for keeping Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling open was made by an official of Alecto, the company that owns the hospital, in a letter to Gov. Jim Justice. It involves spending as much as $30 million in taxpayers’ money, and it should not be ...

Excuse Me For Staring

Local Columns

I could not help but stare, although I was taught from an early age that it was not polite. But sometimes I come across someone or, in this case something, that requires a longer look than the customary glance. The young woman was standing in front of me in line at Walmart. She looked ...

Immigrants on Our Border Treated Well

Local Columns

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...

Drug War Is Far From Won

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark a bit in reacting to some good news recently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared with ...