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Opinion

Proceed With Utilities Study

Editorials

Good for St. Clairsville officials for deciding to delay a formal decision on whether to privatize the city’s water and sewer systems until after Jan. 1. And good for Aqua Ohio, the company interested in buying the systems, for suggesting the move — and giving local officials some ...

Guarding Against Abuse, Neglect

Editorials

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For some students they are vital protectors. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves increasingly serving as ...

Making Police Jobs Attractive

Editorials

Jefferson County may have one of the highest unemployment rates in Ohio, at 6.1% in September, but finding good people to hire still can be a challenge for employers. Just ask the Steubenville Police Department. In August, city officials gave written and physical tests to 10 applicants for ...

Volunteers Serve Important Roles

Editorials

Most amateur genealogists rely heavily on the internet, where scores of websites provide a mountain of information to be mined for details about ancestors. But this stuff does not happen automatically. In the vast majority of cases, human volunteers need to dig out and process the information ...

Grant Brooke School Funds

Editorials

Brooke County school officials were in Charleston this week, seeking state School Building Authority funding for an important project. Many of the projects for which SBA money is sought are aimed at improving the education environment in schools. Brooke County’s request is much more ...

Leniency Without Conditions Unwise

Editorials

A bill being promoted by Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is meant to both reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers, though it is not necessarily being touted as a means to help those in the grip of addiction recover their ...

Bridge Delay Unavoidable

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners ought to pursue reconstruction of the Knowlton Covered Bridge as soon as possible, as was suggested last week. But we hope one concern, that state funding for the project could be jeopardized by delay, is unfounded. “It doesn’t seem to be moving with a lot of ...

High-Tech Good, When It’s Legal

Editorials

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it a means to help the Buckeye State become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio as being ahead of the curve in ...

Rethink School Improvement

Editorials

Ohio County Board of Education members are seeing the tip of an iceberg that is only going to grow larger and more dangerous to their plan for $76 million in school repairs and improvements. It may be time to take another look at the overall proposal. Last year, voters approved sale of ...

Just Give Charter Schools a Chance

Editorials

Proposed policies to govern charter schools in West Virginia have been made public by the state Board of Education. Fred Albert, leader of the second-largest teachers union in the state, appears not to care what policies are adopted, however. Any policy permitting charters is unacceptable ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To West Virginia Northern Community College and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle for their plan to create a new training center in downtown Weirton. The $3 million project, to be operated by WVNCC, will begin with a welding program. - To all involved in recognizing ...

Can We Handle The Truth?

Local Columns

Have we reached the point that Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1992 movie, “A Few Good Men,” is right? Can we not handle the truth? Ask the staff of the student newspaper at Northwestern University, which has a highly respected school of journalism. A few days ago, nine staff members ...

Replacing Bitterness With Feeling of Thanksgiving

Local Columns

Do you remember how we used maps and compasses to find our way? Today, just about everybody has a GPS, (global positioning system). I remember when I first got a GPS. It was for my 50th birthday, because my family was tired of seeing me get lost. Now, a navigation system comes with a lot of ...

Veterans Honor Guard Supported at Tree Gala Event

Local Columns

Six members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard were in attendance Thursday night at the annual Christmas Business After Hours/ Tree Gala auction sponsored by WesBanco and Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, held at the Moundsville Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Prior ...

Producing Energy, Protecting Fresh Water Resources

Local Columns

Our planet’s most precious resource, vital to sustaining healthy ecosystems and communities, is water. The first civilizations took root beside water, harnessing it for crops. Later, the first industries were born along waterways that provided power for machinery and a means of transport. ...

Residence Sale Criticized

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Seems the Catholic Diocese is at it again, selling the disgraced bishop’s residence quietly in a behind-closed- doors deal recently. In a letter to the 78,000-plus Catholics in West Virginia, Archbishop William Lori said in June he would immediately list the ...

Losing Our Clout by Not Voting

Local Columns

So-called “excess levies” for public schools can serve as small red ribbons tied around the fingers of education officials. That is, they can remind them that voters are watching, and if they do not like what they see, the electorate can come down hard on the education establishment by ...

Keeping College Costs Affordable

Editorials

West Liberty University’s Board of Governors is seeking a new president for the institution. Incumbent President Stephen Greiner has announced he plans to retire, though he has given the board plenty of time to find a successor. Greiner intends to leave June 30. During his nearly four ...

Recipe For Happiness

Local Columns

I should have remembered the recipe by heart. I’ve made this banana nut bread a thousand times. Yet I still pulled out the batter-splattered cookbook which holds the old recipe. I propped it up on the metal cookbook holder on my counter. My sister Denny gave me this very useful item one year ...

Requiring Bids On Major Deals

Editorials

Sale of the Monroe County Care Center to a private operator is all but a done deal. Two county commissioners believe their arrangement for the county to divest itself of the facility is the best that could be done. Perhaps so. But the method by which the sale was arranged is questionable. ...