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Letters to the Editor

All Racism Is Offensive

Editor, News-Register:The column by Kathleen Parker on July 7, "Cracker nowhere near offensive as the N-word," has me writing this letter in response. Racism is racism. One cannot be more racist or less racist - you either are or you're not. One is not worse or more offensive than the other. ...

Statehood Celebration Moving, Educational

Editor, News-Register:West Virginia Day, June 20, 2013, will be remembered as one of my favorite days. From a learning experience to a moving one. The great folks at West Virginia Independence Hall and our elected officials outdid themselves. The Wildcat Regiment Brass Band performed at ...

School Board Ignored Wishes of Parents

Editor, News-Register:Parents of high-achieving students know that educational foundations and academic curiosity start long before a child is dropped off at the schoolhouse each morning. These parents expect the schools to enhance and expand upon what these children already have been provided ...

Here’s How New ‘Obamacare’ Works

Editor, News-Register:I have read a lot about ObamaCare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). I have not seen some specific information in the news media about its financial structure. Therefore, I decided to write this article. This writing is not an opinion. They are only the facts.In ...

Job, Family Services Questions Are Posed

Editor, News-Register:In the appropriately provocative and intriguing editorial titled "What's wrong at the DJFS?" that appeared in the June 24 edition of The Intelligencer, speculative questions were asked regarding the current state of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services, ...

Many of Dr. Mercer’s Patients Feel ‘Blessed’

Editor, News-Register:Regarding the letter in Sunday's paper on June 23, "Compassion Lacking on Immunizations," I, and many of Dr. William Mercer's patients, must strongly disagree with the implication made by Mr. Bill Welker that Dr. Mercer is not a compassionate doctor. Although I have no ...

Motorcyclists Should Wear Safety Helmets

Editor, News-Register:I have been hearing so much talk about helmets for motorcycle riders.What is the big problem about helmets? It's a matter of life or death and a big hurt that one never gets over. So what is the problem? Comfort or a death or getting hurt so bad?A fact of life is that ...

Questions Raised About Bellaire Bridge

Editor, News-Register:What is going on under the bridge?Just like everyone else, I want to see the Bellaire bridge come down! My questions is, who is storing trucks and materials under the interchange? They put up tarps and sealed the expansion joints with spray foam insulation!OK, question No. ...

Manchin Should Address These Issues

Editor, News-Register:I would like to see Senator Joe Manchin speaking about Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, coal, jobs, the economy, our failing school system, etc.I don't know about all of your readers, but I am deeply troubled about the way this country is being run.Hillary Clinton's ...

Park Trustees Say Thanks for Levy

Editor, News-Register:As members of the Board of Trustees for Memorial Park of St. Clairsville and Richland Township, we would like to extend our gratitude to the voters for supporting and passing the recent operations levy for Memorial Park.During the early stages of the levy campaign many ...

Put on Lime Green Boots Occasionally

Editor, News-Register:While on a weekend motorcycle trip, my wife and I were eating breakfast at a little diner in Elkins, W.Va., and a young couple walked in with two children. A little girl who looked to be around seven or eight years old, and a little boy who looked to be around four or five ...

Suggestions Offered To Highways Division

Editor, News-Register:Another question for the W.Va. Division of Highways:When are they going to grind down the speed bumps by Kroger and the red light? If you don't have the machine, rent it. And when you're patching holes, if they're deep, put in layers. That way, they won't come out and ...

Taking A Walking Tour of Wheeling

Editor, News-Register:Many years ago, a friend, Ted English, who never drove a car, wrote down a walking tour of downtown Wheeling. I would like to repeat it here, in his own words. Ted passed away years ago, but his overview of our town is much like a legacy. No mall could hold a candle to ...

Some Labels Are Tad Overprotective

Editor, News-Register:On a recent grocery shopping trip, I bought some usual household products. On two of the containers I note a warning something like, "It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." Gosh. So if I use insecticide to spray ...

How Is the Medicaid Trust Fund This Bad?

Editor, News-Register:Regarding 06/29/13 article "Medicaid Raided For W.Va. Budget". What are the Charleston bandits up to now? $18M raided from the West Virginia Medicaid trust fund, for the general budget (deficit): more precisely, it probably means stolen.Is that what the Medicaid Trust Fund ...

Hefner Is Nothing But A Poor Loser

Editor, News-Register:Aren't you tired? I know your readers and I are tired of Mr. William Hefner of Palm City, Fla. Mr. Hefner is a poor loser. Ever since he lost his election bid in Wheeling, he has done nothing but complain. All he ever did in Wheeling was blow off steam to his coffee klatch ...

Road Work Is Taking Longer Than It Should

Editor, News-Register:Question: The state has a contractor fix W.Va. 2. At any given time, there is a lane or a ramp closed. Why doesn't the Division of Highways have their guys out there when they are closed cleaning ramps, patching holes, etc? That way, they don't have to screw traffic up at ...

Freedom of the Press Is Double-Edged Sword

Editor, News-Register:The Saturday, June 22 editorial, "Tackle Tough Labor Issues" illustrates that freedom of the press is a double-edged sword. The Wheeling News-Register is free to print as fact a one-sided view that ignores the many things that organized labor has achieved, not only for its ...

A Big Thank You For Charity Hoops Game

Editor, News-Register:Once again, the Pittsburgh All-Star Footballers basketball team came to town to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. On May 10, the gym of Wheeling Park High, normally a sea of red, white and blue, was awash with Pittsburgh's gold and black. ...

How About Some Lights for the Tunnel?

With an announcement a short while ago that that millions of dollars will be spent on I-70 from Wheelng to the Pennsylvania border on bridge repair and other work, I was just wondering if the state can spend a little of that money on a better lighting system for our tunnels ?Robert ReasbeckWheeling