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Editorials

Bush Was Kinder, Gentler President

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Unmasking More Predator Priests

Thursday’s release of a list of predator priests who served in West Virginia is only a beginning for the Roman Catholic Church, in many ways. One of them is that the shocking, disturbing revelations in the list may — and should — make the list longer. Church officials say that was one ...

Rethinking W.Va. Age of Consent

Why do some predator priests escape imprisonment? Here in West Virginia, the age of consent — that at which voluntary sexual contact is legal — is 16 years in most cases. At the same time, state code recognizes that “intimidation, expressed or implied, by another person who is at ...

Modify Schools’ Block Schedule

As quickly as public schools seem to embrace fads in education, they often abandon them without retaining what may be valuable concepts. That should not happen in Hancock County high schools. Children do not learn by the artificial schedules forced on them in most schools. Teaching some ...

Managing Public Money Prudently

What if your employer allowed you to make big purchases, borrowing money in the company’s name, without prior approval? Absurd, you say? Not in West Virginia state government. There, until a few days ago, executive branch agencies could borrow enormous amounts of money without getting the ...

Be Skeptical Of Predictions

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted that the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 ...

Clean Up Voter Registration Rolls

Claims of “voter suppression” have sunk to new, ridiculous lows in many parts of the United States. Good for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, soon to be lieutenant governor as a result of the Nov. 6 election, for refusing to be cowed by them. Like conscientious chief election ...

Prevent Chases At High Speed

When suspects in vehicles flee from law enforcement officers, they endanger themselves, police and innocent bystanders. It has happened at least three times in our area during the past few weeks. On Saturday night, a Wheeling man wanted in Belmont County allegedly led multiple law ...

Keep Motorboats Off Belmont Lake

Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are considering a plan to allow use of motorized boats on Belmont Lake in Barkcamp State Park. It’s a bad idea. A public meeting concerning the proposal is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. today in the Community Room at the Ohio Valley ...

Battling Pain, Opioids at WVU

People experiencing severe, chronic pain have been victimized in two ways by opioid drugs. Good for West Virginia University researchers for concentrating on giving them some relief. Widespread use of opioids for pain relief during a period of several years resulted in some people ...

Probe Charter School Fiasco

As Ohio legislators and public education officials continue cleaning up years of mistakes regarding charter schools, precisely what went wrong is not known fully. It is clear much of the fiasco involving taxpayer subsidies for private charter schools was because they were subject to very ...

Guard Against Drug Abuses

Ready or not, marijuana stores are coming to a town near you — literally, not figuratively. Two are scheduled to open in Wintersville and one in East Liverpool. Other nearby locations include Marietta and Coshocton. Personnel at one of them, the Cresco Labs Ohio store on Main Street in ...

Showing How To Handle Elections

After a canvass of votes in the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis was named the winner over challenger Tommy Ogden, by a count of 5,064 votes to 5,054. But the 10-vote margin was close enough that Ogden thought it was worth a try to request a recount. Most ...

Consider Private Utility Company

Too often, when trying to find solutions to challenges, public officials look only for the most promising approach within government. That sometimes is not the best answer for their constituents. St. Clairsville officials are being asked to think out of the government box. They are right ...

We’re Not Too Old!

Editor, News-Register: Where do they get off saying we are too old to govern? What malarkey! I will be 82 in June and I will be damned if I will be relegated to a nursing home or wherever they want us to go and die. Forget it! We are here to fight for our children and grandchildren and ...

Maintain Business Growth in W.Va.

Our business community in the Mountain State is growing. That trend needs to be maintained. Statistics reported by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner suggest the expansion has picked up steam during the past year or so. During the year between Oct. 1, 2017 and the same date this ...

Shopping Local Makes Sense

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

Level Playing Field Remains Important

Sometime next week, our Ohio Valley steel industry will take a small step toward a comeback. Let us hope no one trips us up. JSW Steel, based in India, purchased the electric arc furnace at Mingo Junction earlier this year. As U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., revealed, the company plans ...

Don’t Count The Chickens …

Gov. Jim Justice, given to using folksy language in some of his public pronouncements, no doubt has heard the warning about counting one’s chickens before they are hatched. Let us hope he and Republican leaders in the Legislature have not done just that. A few weeks ago, Justice engaged ...

Getting Things Done By Compromising

One thing local residents had to give thanks for yesterday is the fact that politics in our area has not degenerated into the personal, counterproductive animosity seen in many other places. This week, Wheeling City Council approved changes in traffic and parking rules for the neighborhood ...