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Editorials

For Leadership, Re-Elect Justice

Each and every one of the 422 fellow West Virginians we have lost to COVID-19 has been a precious life, as Gov. Jim Justice points out. But just seven states have done better to save lives. Our epidemic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 is one-third of the national average — and lower than ...

Cameron Dragons Ready to Play First Home Game of Year

Cameron High School’s football team is looking forward to this coming Friday. The Dragons are hoping they can play their first home game of the season, an event which will include Homecoming. The opponent on Friday will be Bridgeport, Ohio. CHS, like others in the Ohio Valley, has had ...

Why Dislike Trump?

Editor, News-Register: For anyone not supporting Trump: Do you dislike that he made cruelty to animals a felony? Do you dislike that he gave billions to stop the opioid crisis? He destroyed ISIS, killed how many terrorists without going to war and oh, wait, everyone said we’d be in ...

Resolve Weirton Police ‘Issues’

Recognizing that the word “issues” has come to be synonymous with “problems” makes it clear why Weirton City Council members decided they needed an outsider to manage the police depart ment. It also will make some city residents wonder what the issues are. On Oct. 13, Mayor Harold ...

Centrism Is Prudent For W.Va. Politicians

This will come as a shock to tens of millions of Americans, perhaps to you: Neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden is wrong all of the time. Neither of them is right all of the time, either. And — brace yourself again — the top priority of leaders in both the Democratic and Republican ...

Give Scugoza A Fair Hearing

Given the history of environmental degradation linked to the Crossridge Landfill, it is no wonder many Jefferson County residents are biased against a proposal to reopen the facility. Still, the plan’s proponents ought to get a fair, objective hearing. Landfill owner Joseph Scugoza has ...

Get Replacement For HB 6 Right

Unless Ohio legislators change the law very quickly, every consumer of electricity in the Buckeye State will be paying more for power next year ­— under a plan tainted by allegations of a $60 million bribery scheme. Former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder and ...

Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Belmont County commissioners have recognized this as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That came after commissioners heard statistics on the problem in East Ohio. Last year, the Tri-County Help Center in St. Clairsville helped hundreds of people involved in domestic violence. To cite just ...

School Employees Should Be Priority

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, the demand for it will be enormous. As we have pointed out, states need to have thoughtful plans in place. West Virginia’s plan has been submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is good news. So are sketchy ...

Settle GC&P Controversy

Wheeling City Council members should make clear their position on the GC&P Development proposal as soon as possible — certainly before the end of the year. For all concerned, the matter has dragged on long enough already. Blame COVID-19 for much of the delay in action by the Wheeling ...

Provide Funding For Follansbee

Important upgrades to both the water and sewer systems in Follansbee are being pursued by city officials. They should receive both state and federal funding assistance for the work. Members of the municipal water and sewer boards discussed the plans last week. On the water system side, they ...

WPHS Closing Right Decision

Did Ohio County Schools officials have to close Wheeling Park High School? Probably not. But was suspending WPHS in-person classes this week the prudent move? Yes. Two WPHS students and one staff member were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the weekend. While that number may not seem ...

Allow Flexibility On Local Funds

Jefferson County commissioners are better qualified than anyone in Columbus or Washington to decide how to dole out federal funds intended to counteract COVID-19’s damage to the economy. Last week, commissioners discussed using part of the county’s allocation to help financially ...

Deciding On GC&P Plan

It is time for Wheeling officials to make a decision on the GC&P Development proposal, one way or the other. Controversy over the plan has dragged on for more than seven years. Neither investors in the project nor residents of the affected area should have to endure more delays in ...

Ensure Reform Is Meaningful

When an institution has a decades-long pattern of covering up or failing to acknowledge abuse by one of its own, it is necessary for both the wellbeing of the victims and of that institution to do everything possible to set the situation right. We see the degree to which institutions ranging ...

Getting Public’s Business Done

West Virginia legislators should not allow the coronavirus to keep them from getting the public’s business done. Surely there is a way lawmakers and their staffs can stay safe while holding their regular 60-day annual session next year. Because this is a gubernatorial election year, ...

Explain Failure To Pick Spencer

“Personnel matters” often is a convenient excuse for public officials to refuse to comment on hirings, firings and related situations. Frequently, they are advised by attorneys to keep their mouths shut, for fear of lawsuits. What is happening in Weirton cries out for an explanation, ...

Body Cameras Good for Cops

Body cameras have become very important equipment for law enforcement personnel. If you have to ask why, you have not been following the news. Video and audio records of interactions between the public and law enforcement officers or deputies serve multiple good purposes. First, they ...

Learning About Election Process

Election officials in Belmont, Monroe and Harrison counties have said they expect to have plenty of poll workers for the Nov. 3 election. But, they add, they can always use more people to go on standby lists. Such backups are more important than in normal years, for obvious reasons. We ...

WVU Is Key to W.Va. Future

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee had no option but to devote much of his State of the University speech this week to two critical issues — racial justice and COVID-19. It was appropriate that he talked at length about how WVU has dealt with the two concerns and how it will ...