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Letters to the Editor

Teachers Unions’ Pay Raise Logic Is Faulty

Editor, News-Register:According to the newspaper's Jan. 6 article, "W.Va. Unions: Raise Teacher Pay," the West Virginia Teacher Unions, the WVEA and AFT-WV, are demanding an increase in teacher salaries because teachers make more in the neighboring states of Ohio and Virginia. West Virginia ...

There’s a Better Way To Teach Reading

Editor, News-Register:The Ohio law makers and Gov. Kaisch were wrong writing into law the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, which requires schools to retain students in third grade who do not pass the third grade reading test. One writer estimated that it will cost over $500 million to re-educate ...

Are Human Beings Basically Good or Bad?

Editor, News-Register:This is in response to Mike Myer wondering (almost sotto voce) as to whether mankind is inherently good or bad: If human nature is only a subset of pan-nature, I think we must decide in favor of a grand indifference. Storms and catastrophes (nature) keep a secret rhythm ...

Workers Helped At Christmas, Too

Editor, News-Register:As the holiday season comes to an end, once again we feel the need to recognize some wonderful people. We never thought that after the huge donation at Thanksgiving by the local craft unions, URS and their subcontractors to the Wheeling Soup Kitchen that we would be able ...

Anonymous Donor Thanked by Church

Editor, News-Register:We want to thank the anonymous person who gave the Warwood Kroger a $164 gift card to give to a church.We, the Warwood Presbyterian Church, used the $164 gift card to help pay for our Christmas baskets that we give away every year.We hope that you see this thank-you ...

Blame pointed at Kasich, Republicans misplaced

People up and down this valley amaze me.They blame John Kasich and Republicans for the increase in electricity rates. That is the exact same thing as me blaming the makers of forks and spoons for me being "fat."Those no-good fork-and spoon-makers, they should be more regulated!Tom StandifordNew ...

Medical community should weigh in on pseudoephedrine debate

As we approach the 2014 legislative session, the prescription status of pseudoephedrine is again being debated. It is imperative the medical community lend its voice to the debate to ensure this decision is based on the facts. This initiative has been sidetracked in the past by a mirage of ...

Williams/URS Corp. Employees Thanked

Editor, News-Register:The Moundsville Church of the Nazarene would like to thank the employees of the Williams/URS Corporation for the donations they made toward our community this Christmas. Many children woke up to a Merry Christmas because of your generosity.Pastor John KeenerMoundsville

Monument Place Event Was Appreciated

Editor, News-Register:My appreciation goes to the Shriners who opened Monument Place to the public on four evenings during the Christmas season. We were warmly welcomed, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the rooms were beautifully decorated. My out- of-town guests thoroughly enjoyed the ...

Let’s Get Back To Real Sportsmanship

Editor, News-Register:"Of all the creatures of the world, mankind is the best of the best and the worst of the worst." - William A. Welker.The preceding quote also pertains to athletics. Unfortunately, it is the "worst" in athletics that is becoming the norm or commonplace with our athletic ...

Presence of Strong Nation Serves Peace

Editor, News-Register:Surprising, what you can learn about from nature - if you pay attention. Take peace, for instance.Some ranchers here in the Southwest have learned an important lesson about peace from the mountain lions that inhabit the land grazed by their cattle. The lesson they've ...

Give NPLEx a Chance In War Against Drugs

Editor, News-Register:I was very interested in recent news stories about a new tool for law enforcement in the midst of the debate over prescription pseudoephedrine. The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), came online last January, yet has been under attack by several state officials ...

Time for W.Va. to Move Away From Gambling

Editor, News-Register:It was with great sadness that I read the article concerning the loss of revenue from state and local gambling. Perhaps fire needs to be fought with fire. Wheeling Island could be turned into a theme park for all seven vices. Maybe a Roman-style Colosseum at the current ...

Eliminate Nonpartisan Municipal Elections

Editor, News-Register:I have attended a few city council meetings and planning commission meetings and I am convinced nonpartisan elected positions should be abolished.A Republican and a Democrat think differently as we all know or we would all be of one party.The last city council election I ...

Salvation Army Thanks Christmas Donors

Editor, News-Register:The Salvation Army of Brooke County wishes to thank and commend the many people who so very generously donated to this year's Angel Tree Project and Kettle Campaign.For so many years Angel Trees, Red Kettles and Bell Ringers have been an important and symbolic part of the ...

Continue Central Vs. Park Rivalry

Editor, News-Register:As my wife and I recently listened to the voice of longtime Wheeling Park Coach Sam Andy extolling the pluses and minuses of the Park's successful basketball efforts against Preston County, W.Va., I thought of how fortunate we are to have WKKX broadcasting the Park and ...

What About School Funding in East Ohio?

Editor, News-Register:I recently read in the paper that the governor of Ohio wishes to tax various shale and oil companies and lease holders to the tune of 4 percent and distribute it around the state. This seemed to be the basic gist of the article.Let's trade. We the people of Belmont, ...

Workers Compete To Help Soup Kitchen

Editor, News-Register:During this holiday season, we would like to let people know about the unselfish donations given by some wonderful people we have met. We are the nurses of Brown Medical and are subcontracted by URS at the Williams Fractionation Plant south of Moundsville. URS and local ...

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives

Editor, News-Register:I would like to thank Myles Henry of Steubenville for locating a photo of one of Steubenville's heroes. John Caniff died in Vietnam during operation Attleboro which is named after my home town. I have started searching for the photos of all 155 men who died during the ...

Children Helping Others at Christmas

Editor, News-Register:During the Christmas season, I just wanted to share a story of kids wanting to make a difference with the hope that maybe it will make others want to do the same. I have three children who attend school at St. Mary's in St. Clairsville. Our school does community service ...