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Letters to the Editor

Call Your Legislators

Editor, News-Register: God says in Proverbs 14:34 that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. How do we get righteousness, since God says that there is none righteous, no, not one. He says we have all sinned and the wages of sin is eternal death in hell. Jesus ...

Start Classes Later

Editor, News-Register: Our Board of Education recently had a “workday” to discuss having an earlier start time for high school. The news article, however, seemed to indicate changing the time from 7:25 to 7:55. I’m less interested in the suggestions than in what “research” is ...

Saving Children

Editor, News-Register: I write this letter as a constituent and as a nurse who serves to promote evidence-based health care policy that supports disease prevention and health equity. WV House Bill 2956 — Expanding comprehensive coverage for pregnant women through Medicaid is a policy ...

Honesty Lacking

Editor, News-Register: What is it about school superintendents in Ohio County Schools? We hire these well meaning people who apparently were good teachers, good principals and generally good people, but when it comes to honest interaction with parents on tough issues, they fail miserably. We ...

Maintaining Our State Parks

Editor, News-Register: West Virginia State Parks are a wonderful and important part of our state. They protect irreplaceable natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources as a legacy for generations to come, while providing recreational opportunities to our citizens. Further, they are ...

Is It Coincidence?

Editor, News-Register: Are you kidding me? Can anyone tell it’s an election year? Little over three months and our local elections take place, just in case you didn’t know. Well, that’s what our council and mayor must think. Is it a coincidence that they now have over $300,000 to do ...

Deal With Neglect

Editor, News-Register: Eyesores, trash in yards, junk and unlicensed cars, trucks, RV’s, boats, abandoned structures, poorly maintained rental units and owner occupied homes, and homeless camps. A sign of the times? Except for the homeless camps, I don’t think so; we’ve had these ...

Stand Up for Students

Editor, News-Register: The policies of Ohio Republicans are draining millions of dollars from public schools into private school vouchers. Toledo Public Schools’ voucher costs jumped $5.7 million, while Parma schools saw their voucher expenses leap $2.1 million this year. The ...

Rethink Shooting Facility

Editor, News-Register: As a lifelong resident of the area, I firmly and wholeheartedly OPPOSE Oglebay’s plans to develop a donated tract of land (co-owned with the Maxwells) on Point Run Road for a seven-days-a-week sport shooting complex. The land sits within a one-mile radius of over ...

Deal Bad for Taxpayers

Editor, News-Register: Oh, where do I start? Mayor Elliott and our city council are still determined to justify the purchase of Frank Calabrese’s “nightmare” property at 19th and Jacob. This would be funny — except it is not that funny. First, the mayor tells us (taxpayers) that ...

Living Within Our Means

Editor, News-Register: I would hope that a newly elected mayor and city council would, as one of their first acts of business; rescind the so-called “user fee,” and shortly thereafter reduce the business and occupation tax. To attract and keep businesses, we don’t need more taxes and ...

Holding Leaders Accountable

Editor, News-Register: The founding fathers of this nation established a republic, not a democracy. A republic is a government controlled by voters and their elected representatives. Initially, the right to vote was denied to a large percentage of white males, nearly all males of color, and ...

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. ...