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Local Columns

Is Attorney General Just Seeking Favorable Publicity?

It is a very dangerous thing when the government seeks to regulate or control religion for any reason. The First Amendment has long been construed by the courts to require “a wall of separation” between church and state. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has sued the ...

What’s Wrong in Wheeling?

Editor, News-Register: In all the years I have lived in Wheeling, over 60, I have never seen so much corruption, chaos and, sadly, death in all four corners of our city. With both hospitals trying to stay afloat, one battling a corruption crisis and the other a financial crisis, both of which ...

We Should Have Seen It Coming

While we were all banging and bouncing through potholes this winter, the West Virginia Legislature was cutting the Division of Highways maintenance fund by $50 million. Now, Gov. Jim Justice is poking around the budget in an attempt to find $240 million for secondary road repairs. Blame bad ...

Putting Best Foot Forward

I’m going to do it, I told myself the other day. I am going to put the winter boots away. Spring already arrived on the calendarl. In fact, I think I’m going to throw away a certain pair of boots that have seen me through several winter seasons. As I looked in the closet, I pulled out a ...

W.Va. Supreme Court Is Working to Rebuild Trust

Thomas Paine once said that “character is much easier kept than recovered.” Throughout 2018, events involving our State Supreme Court of Appeals rightfully shook our citizens’ confidence in the integrity of our State’s highest Court. However, 2019 is a new year and we have a new ...

DOH Meeting Was PR Stunt

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...