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Letters to the Editor

Make Change Happen

Editor, News-Register: In some countries people have, and would die, to be able to have a say in who runs their government for them. We’re one of those countries. In other countries, China and North Korea, to mention a couple, the people have no say in who runs the government or how the ...

Safeguard the Bridge

Editor, News-Register: As the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which recently celebrated the 170th anniversary of its opening and is classified as the oldest working suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, has been closed to vehicular traffic since September 2019, I, as are a great ...

Refugees Not Wanted

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to Gov. Jim Justice: Governor, I’m writing this to you because of the report that you want to re-settle refugees into our state. On the surface, this looks good, at least for you. However, and I can’t speak for everyone in the state, I believe most ...

Don’t Change Zoning

Editor, News-Register: Take a ride. That’s right, jump in the car and take a ride. Travel the residential streets in Elm Grove, Warwood, Wheeling Island, Mozart, East and South Wheeling — actually in all the residential areas of our city. What you will see is what I’ve seen: ...

Fix Pool Problems

Editor, News-Register: Open letter to Ohio County school officials: Dear Dr. Miller, Board Members and Ms. Minch: As the parent of a child on the Wheeling Park High School Swim Team, I write to express my complete dismay and frustration with the (apparently ongoing) renovation of the ...

Park Plan Criticized

Editor, News-Register: I am writing to express my opposition to Oglebay’s intention to open a clay shooting facility on Point Run Road. I recently learned of this venture from residents living near the proposed site. Although I now reside in Ohio, at one point, I lived on the property ...

Why Favor Russia?

Editor, News-Register: Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, sadly, and most alarmingly, the Republican Party has obviously become “the pro-Russia party,” conveniently choosing to ignore the countless atrocities they have committed and continue to commit internationally ...

Food Drive a Success

Editor, News-Register: I want to express sincere gratitude to all who helped make the recent Neighbors Helping Neighbors Annual Food Drive 2019 a success. The drive would not be a success without all the generous and kindhearted community members who stepped up and lent assistance. ...

Something Is Rotten

Editor, News-Register: At the recent Wheeling City Council meeting, they voted to proceed toward buying Frank Calabrese’s “nightmare” property located at 19th and Jacob. Originally, Mr. Calabrese was going to get $500,000, but people complained, so council went back to the ...

Battling HIV/AIDS

Editor, News-Register: Word of Democrats and Republicans working together is unlikely to make headlines in any news outlet these days, but while political cooperation may not seem so newsworthy, the hard work of advocates and legislators alike deserves recognition nonetheless. ...

Revamp Social Studies

Editor, News-Register: I am responding to your editorial of Dec. 14, 2019 concerning the changes in the state requirements in the social studies. I am a retired teacher (Wheeling Park High School) with over 39 years experience. I have taught all of the required social studies classes (that ...

Sad Day for America

Editor, News-Register: December 18 marked two things. The first was the filing deadline for candidates in Ohio, and the other was the most politically-divisive moment in our nation’s history, the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Members of Congress showed yet again they are ...

It Makes No Sense

Editor, News-Register: Taxation Without Representation: Historical accounts of the “Boston Tea Party” attribute the dumping of 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor, by frustrated and angry citizens, due to what they viewed as “taxation without representation.” I don’t think ...

Meet Cracker Foes

Editor, News-Register: Who does Ohio Governor Mike DeWine represent? The governor of Ohio recently met behind closed doors with representatives of PTTG about the Belmont County cracker plant. We call for Governor DeWine to meet with Concerned Ohio River Residents, an Ohio Valley ...

Put Range Elsewhere

Editor, News-Register: Oglebay’s plan for a 7-days-a-week shooting complex in our farm neighborhood is a huge MISFIRE. We love Oglebay, but NOT how they are trying to force this complex on us, against the wishes of the Maxwell heirs who co-own the land. Clay shooting on this land is ...

Quirk Was Wronged

Editor, News-Register: It’s time to get the record straight. Years before the Washington Post printed allegations of criminal activity against Bishop Michael Bransfield, one priest alone reported to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston these very crimes that he had witnessed concerning ...

Clean Up the Water

Editor, News-Register “By the way, a boil advisory was issued for us. Just wanted to let you know in case you didn’t see it on Facebook.” That was a text I received one morning from a neighbor while living in Greenbrier County. It was my first introduction to the problems in West ...

Welcoming Visitors

Editor, News-Register: Parking? Most of us don’t have to worry about a parking fine because we rarely, if ever, fail to feed the meter. That being said, what about a visitor to Wheeling who parks at a meter with a little time on it, and runs into a store to make a purchase. ...

Shooting Site Opposed

Editor, News-Register: Imagine ... a not-so-country way of life. Imagine waking up every day to hear gunfire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 365 days a year. Imagine you work the night shift and cannot sleep because of the noise of the gunfire. Imagine trying to cut grass, weed your ...

No Bias? Come On!

Editor, News-Register: As one who follows sports far more than I do politics, I often compare the two. First off, personally I’ve switched party affiliation three times in the past 11 years, much like NBA fans switch teams when their favorite players leave for greener pastures, except ...