Opinion

Paying Math Teachers More

Editorials

Would you want a lawn mower specialist repairing your car’s transmission? Probably not. You’d go to someone trained and experienced in automotive mechanics. You’d be willing to pay a few dollars more to get that expertise. So why don’t state officials in West Virginia have the same ...

Keep Corrections Centers in Repair

Editorials

There are lots and lots of ways to spend taxpayers’ money, West Virginia legislators are learning as they get their annual 60-day regular session moving. Unfortunately, making up for money not spent in the past has to be viewed as a priority. State Division of Corrections Commissioner ...

Bipartisanship In The Early Going

Local Columns

We made it through the first full week of the session, several bills have already been passed and sent to the next chamber, and the two major pet projects of legislative leaders — broadband expansion and workforce development — will be up for votes next week. I won’t rehash a lot of ...

Keeping W.Va. Public in the Dark

Editorials

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Reducing Deaths Among Ohio Babies

Editorials

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ...

Giving Gift of Life

Editorials

Predictions are that the weather Monday will be quite unpleasant. But there is a way you may be able to put a little sunshine into someone’s life — and perhaps save it — that day. From 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. that day, the 33rd annual Ohio Valley Media Blood Donor Day will be held ...

When Will Last Bigot Be Gone?

Editorials

Wouldn’t it be nice to be around for the very last MLK March for Justice in Wheeling? The day on which a group of people gather for the event, talk for a few minutes, and conclude there’s no need to march — because the last bigot has passed away? Well, we can all dream, can’t ...

Don’t Push Children to Start School Too Soon

Local Columns

At or near the start of every school year, I used to get calls and notes from parents demanding a waiver in order to get their children into kindergarten early, even though the children were too young to meet the age cut off. Grandparents often add their weight to the parents’ request to ...

Ensuring West Virginia Has Best Schools Possible

Local Columns

There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children. Thomas Jefferson felt so strongly about the importance of public education that he wrote the following: “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the ...

Lions Club Continues Record of Successful Blood Drives

Local Columns

In 2006, the Moundsville Lions Club was contacted about sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive, with member Eugene Lough agreeing to chair the event. This past Thursday was the club’s 14th year being a part of this community service. While Lough remains the chairman, there have been ...

Light of God’s Love Needed Most When It Is Darkest

Local Columns

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Make Your Voice Heard

Letters to the Editor

Make Your Voice Heard Editor, News-Register: It is my understanding that Mayor Elliott and City Council are considering “user fees” to fund, or partially fund, the cost for constructing the mid-town parking garage and the construction of a new “public safety” building. Now mind ...

Trust in Brooke Board Is Crucial

Editorials

Public education in Brooke County is a mess. That is a strong word, but the diagnosis is reinforced by what has happened during county board of education meetings during the past few months. Unless this gets cleared up quickly, the backlash may harm students in Brooke County schools. It has ...

‘Severability’ Is the Question

Local Columns

No member of Congress in his or her right mind is going to allow 20 million people covered by Medicaid to lose their health insurance. And each and every one of the lawmakers can visualize the attack ads that would result from a wave of insurance company rejections of coverage applications ...

New Attitude On Court Important

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court justices seem to have learned a lesson from last year’s impeachment summer. Let us hope they resist a recurrence of the arrogance — and that is the word for it — that caused the problem. Two of the court’s five members were forced out of office after they ...

A Dilly of A Situation

Local Columns

They still make fun of me, sometimes. However I have to admit my husband and older sisters have learned to accept the fact that I can’t stand pickles. They actually come to my aid if a pickle ends up on my plate when we go out to dinner. They’re quick to remind the wait staff that ‘she ...

Learning From Ohio Experience

Editorials

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Joan Caleodis of Martins Ferry earned the distinction of being the first person in modern times to purchase marijuana legally in Ohio — at least, in the eyes of state officials. The substance remains illegal under federal law. But Caleodis was not ...

Cracking Down On Medicaid Fraud

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey may have the right idea in asking lawmakers to transfer jurisdiction of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office. Right now, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources oversees the unit. Morrisey argues his office can do a ...

Keep W.Va. 2 Plans on Track

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s suggestion that some funds earmarked for “Roads to Prosperity” highway and bridge projects could be diverted to handle secondary road maintenance already has been criticized by some. As we have pointed out, West Virginia voters who approved the $1.6 billion Roads to ...

We Need the Money Right Here at Home

Editorials

Three members of the House of Delegates — none from the Northern Panhandle, we are pleased to note — are suggesting an idea that falls squarely into the category of hare-brained. Delegates Caleb Hanna, R-Webster; Carl Martin, R-Upshur; and Patrick Martin, R-Lewis, are preparing a bill ...