Editorials

Multiple-Bill Approach Right

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Honoring Williams, Greatest Generation

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate ...

What Went Wrong at OSU?

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and in university ...

Rethinking Death Penalty in Ohio

It is one thing to argue about the basic morality of capital punishment. But there should be no controversy about putting to death people so mentally ill they did not understand that murder is wrong. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would amend capital punishment statutes. It ...

Make Two-Mile Hill Travel Safer

Common sense would seem to indicate that lowering the speed limit on the notorious Two-Mile Hill section of Interstate 70 in Ohio County would reduce the frequency of accidents there. It does not seem to have worked out as well as had been hoped, however. Pressure from former Ohio County ...

Follow Pool Safety Rules All the Time

Home swimming pools are very attractive at this time of the year. There is nothing like a cool dip in the water to make high temperatures and humidity more bearable. With that pleasure comes responsibility, however. On Saturday, a 1-year-old child drowned in a home pool in East ...

Funding System For the Long Run

Most area residents take it for granted that when they flush the toilet or use the shower, the wastewater generated will flow to and through a treatment plant before being released back into the environment. But the people in charge of wastewater treatment can’t take for granted that 20 or ...

Driving Safely In Amish Country

Far too many Buckeye State motorists are not share-the-road drivers, to judge by Ohio Department of Transportation statistics. On average, there are about 120 accidents each year in which motor vehicles strike buggies, almost always driven by members of the Amish faith. One occurred recently ...

Saving Weirton Recreation Areas

Like public officials in many Ohio Valley communities, those in Weirton are having to rethink priorities for spending taxpayers’ money. There just isn’t enough of it to go around, especially with populations—and, thus, the number of taxpayers — shrinking. Some municipal parks and ...

Reversing Jump In Ohio Suicides

Residents of Ohio’s Appalachian counties do not need to be told how challenging the last decade or two has been. For far too many hope is a thing of the past, and the stress has taken a deadly toll. According to a report released by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, ...

Ensure Children Can Be Educated

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Helping Get Good Teachers Certified

With shortages of teachers in some subjects and some areas of West Virginia becoming a critical problem, it makes sense to make the profession more attractive to those who understand subject matter but may lack pedagogical training. Efforts to accomplish that are ongoing. Last week, Ohio ...

Support We the People

Editor, News-Register: With all the corruption we read about in the news paper or watch on our daily television news networks it begs the question .. Who do we serve? We seemed to have lost all control of government. Throughout society our moral norms seems upside down and backwards. What ...

Curbing Costly School Problem

Something more needs to be done to lessen absenteeism among Ohio County public school employees. That is painfully apparent, at least from the taxpayers’ point of view. Absenteeism has been a chronic problem in the school system for many years. It has grown so bad that it costs the Ohio ...

Changing School Takeover System

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Finding Way To Get Things Done

It sounds as if local officials in Belmont County cut a substantial amount of bureaucratic red tape in giving the village of Belmont a much-needed hand with an old school building. One wonders whether similar flexibility and ingenuity would be possible in Washington or even ...

Infrastructure Plan Should Be Pursued

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was ... nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Youth Critical In Communities

An interesting coincidence — one might call it serendipitous, in a way — occurred Wednesday evening when two distinguished men giving speeches in Wheeling reiterated messages many of us have heard previously. What they said, in somewhat different ways, was linked by some common ...

Chamber’s Work Makes Area Better

Retired Army Col. Gregory Gadson’s message about the importance of communities was, in a way, preaching to the choir. Members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, to whom he spoke Wednesday, are involved intensively in making our area better. It is true, as Andy McKenzie, chairman of ...

Keep Wary Eye On Investments

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...