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Letters to the Editor

Putting Cart Before the Horse

Editor, News-Register: It seems city council is again putting the proverbial cart before the horse by wanting to purchase land negotiated on the promise that the the owner would take less if the city doesn’t get a grant to demolish and clean up a possibly contaminated former industrial site ...

Keeping It Quiet

Editor, News-Register: Imagine waking up on a lovely Sunday morning, reaching for the paper, and being jolted out of your seat by the sound of gunfire just beyond your front yard. And the gunfire continues all day, every day. That’s what the residents of the Roney’s Point/Chapel Hill ...

Post Office Criticized

Editor, News-Register: On Nov. 8, I went to the Wheeling post office to get my mail. Five people were in line. There was one postal worker at the counter. There seemed to be a problem getting a package processed. A postal worker came out from the back room, pulled one woman our of line, ...

Hiding Something?

Editor, News-Register: The main focus of the national media continues to be, as is most appropriate, the impeachment inquiries by the U.S. House of Representatives on whether President Trump is culpable in the attempt to pressure the Ukraine government to conduct a formal investigation of ...

Helping Veterans

Editor, News-Register: Just a moment of thanks to allthose who helped make the recent “operational stand down” a high success at West Virginia Northern Community College. A big thank-you to all the great patriotic students at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, led by Mr. Rob Magruder ...

Recognizing Milestones

Editor, News-Register: I want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate seeing the wedding, anniversary and birth announcements in the Sunday paper. The public announcement of the milestones in members of our community allows us to celebrate those milestones, thus bonding us as a close ...

Getting It Off Chest

Editor, News-Register: Here we go, wanting to pay a dilapidated property owner possibly several hundred thousand dollars for property appraised at $40-50 thousand. This property has been an eyesore for years, why wasn’t he made to raze or repair? Is he connected? Our council seems ...

Budget More Realistically

Editor, News-Register: When the state legislature puts coal, oil and gas revenues in its budget, what happens when prices fall, drilling slows and pipelines get put on hold? You guessed it ... budget cuts. All year it’s been a roller coaster ride; one quarter it’s down, one up. Now ...

Get Rid of the Signs

Editor, News-Register: Have you ever noticed as you travel the streets and byways of Wheeling, the numerous small signs pushed into the ground or affixed to fences, and utility poles? We counted 21 at exit 4 coming off of I-70 into Elm Grove. These signs were in the state right-of-way and ...

Diocese Criticized

Editor, News-Register: An open letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: I am part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. I was baptized here. I received my First Communion and Reconciliation here. I was Confirmed here. I have attended Mass in this state every Sunday. When I was 4, I ...

Navigating Holidays

Editor, News-Register: I am a Care Coordinator from BreakThru at WVU Reynolds Memorial Hospital. I write to you offer tips for those in recovery from substance use disorder to help them navigate through the holidays. Gatherings with family, friends, or co-workers can prove challenging to ...

Save Sites for Industrial Use

Editor, News-Register: Have you noticed that our fair city has been getting a large number of subsidized housing projects over the last three or four years? And unfortunately, some of those housing projects have been constructed on property that was previously zoned for industrial use. An ...

Honor Frank Rodriguez

Editor, News-Register: I have thought long and hard about how to handle this and the only way I know how to is to engage as many people as possible to get the right results. I have tried reaching out to the city and the Hall of Fame Board members, but they want me to do the work and still ...

Best Hospital Says Thanks

Editor, News-Register: On behalf of the staff at Wheeling Hospital, I would like to express my gratitude for being voted Best Hospital in the Ohio Valley. Once again, the Ohio Valley residents have spoken and have voted us to be the best. I thank you for putting your trust in us each and ...

Residence Sale Criticized

Editor, News-Register: Seems the Catholic Diocese is at it again, selling the disgraced bishop’s residence quietly in a behind-closed- doors deal recently. In a letter to the 78,000-plus Catholics in West Virginia, Archbishop William Lori said in June he would immediately list the ...

New Garage Opposed

Editor, News-Register: How many of you want to be a partial owner of another parking garage? Raise your hand! You know, of course, that you and I are already partial owners of a number of parking garages within our fair city, some of which have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of yearly, ...

Happy Armistice Day

Editor, News-Register: “Happy Armistice Day” from Ohio Valley Peace. The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month — let it be a time to begin peace today, as it was 101 years ago when we ended The Great War, The War to End War, WWI. We have an American tradition of ...

Stop the Tax & Spend

Editor, News-Register: I’m sure you’ve heard and understand the saying “chickens coming home to roost.” What about “when it rains it pours?” Or “can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?” Well, I’m here to tell you that all of the above, and more, are applicable to the ...

Dr. Merrick Praised

Editor, News-Register: I recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the Schiller Cancer Institute at the Wheeling Hospital after a biopsy by Dr Merrick. The other urologist that I went too before Dr Merrick did not find the cancer but my PSA kept increasing. Dr Merrick located and ...

Don’t Bring the Baby

Editor, News-Register: On October 23, I attended the musical “Jersey Boys” at the Capitol Theatre. My ticket cost $68. I hadn’t seen the musical before, so I was really looking forward to a wonderful night of music. About 15 minutes into the musical during the dialogue, I heard a ...