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Opinion

Ensuring You Are Still Registered

Editorials

If you are an Ohioan planning to vote in next year’s important elections, think back: Have you voted in any election or referendum during the past six years? If not, shame on you. But more important for the future, you may want to ensure you remain registered to vote next year. State ...

Give Taxpayers More Information

Editorials

Exactly what went so badly wrong in Bridgeport village government remains unclear. What is plain is that for a time, municipal officials were spending more than they were bringing in ­— but were not aware of that. Effective today, Bridgeport residents will begin paying a 1% income tax ...

Funding Repairs To Roads, Bridges

Editorials

Apparently, we West Virginians are not alone in our displeasure with the conditions of our highways and bridges. People in quite a few other states have similar concerns, to judge by a U.S. Senate committee vote this week. On Monday, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works ...

Smaller May Be Better for JMHA

Editorials

Downsizing is something you hear about families doing, perhaps after the children have moved out and a smaller home makes financial sense. But when was the last time you heard about downsizing in government? You’re hearing it now, from the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority. And ...

Safeguarding Our Children

Editorials

The most effective protectors of children are off duty now. They are the school teachers who so often get credit for alerting the authorities about abused and neglected youngsters. That places a special burden on the rest of us to keep our eyes open and, if we see something, to say ...

Expedite Lawsuit Against Governor

Editorials

Action in lawsuits often moves at the speed of molasses. One in Kanawha County Circuit Court ought to be resolved expeditiously, however. West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has been attempting since last summer to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Leave Security In States’ Hands

Editorials

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

Reducing Apex Odor Complaints

Editorials

Complaints about foul odors emanating from the Apex Landfill have been an ongoing headache for Jefferson County officials. Those living within nose-range of the facility may have reason to hope the problem will be alleviated. During their meeting last week, county commissioners heard a ...

Keeping Rural Residents Healthy

Editorials

Many Americans living in urban or fast-growing suburban areas don’t even think about access to health care. It is just around the corner, figuratively and sometimes literally speaking. West Virginia is different. In most of our rural state, help from a doctor or nurse can mean driving for ...

Keep W.Va. Income, GDP Growth Going

Editorials

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, we’re told. With that in mind, there is no denying that a federal report showing West Virginia had both the highest personal income and gross domestic product growth in the nation is good news. Personal incomes here were up 5.6% during the first ...

Anti-Social Media A True Puzzle

Local Columns

I wonder how many religious leaders scratch their heads on occasion, wondering why they cannot instill in their followers the kind of faith so many of them seem to have in the internet. The difference is that while most Christians do think about our beliefs, many “social media” followers ...

Public Schools Need Flexibility

Editorials

One reason private charter schools appeal to some education reformers is that they are burdened with less bureaucratic red tape than public schools. A few charters may be coming to West Virginia, as a result of a bill enacted earlier this summer by the Legislature. As we have pointed out ...

Listen to Mueller

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Wednesday, at a fundraiser in my hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia, President Trump described Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House of Representatives this way: “I wouldn’t say that performance was too good.” Anyone who follows the president’s ...

Stronger Pills Raise New Issue

Editorials

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best ...

Regulating the Rides

Editorials

Two years ago, an amusement ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart in operation, killing one man and injuring seven other people. The tragedy made clear the need for better regulation of such rides. Last week, state regulators refused to allow one ride to operate at the fair. “Visible ...

‘Medocracy’ May Be the New Form of Government

Local Columns

The Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, and gas prices shot up about 20 cents on June 20. If we are to believe the oil and gas officials, that spike in prices did not happen because fracking has made America energy independent. If we are in the midst of a frack boom, why have Wheeling and so many ...

Meetings Must Be Open

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Unanimous! To this casual observer, and based on news stories and not actual attendance, it seems that City Council votes are almost always UNANIMOUS. When I have attended a council meeting, which is rare, I’ve noted little or no discussion on the matters to be ...

Cracker a Nightmare

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Regarding the cracker plant, the author of a 7/19/19 editorial wrote, “it will be the most important economic development activity in decades for our area.” Will it, though? The Beaver County cracker plant employs 6,000 people for construction of the facility. ...

Enough Is Enough

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Even though voters disapproved a levy for a municipal building, it looks like city officials are going to give it to us anyway, through a user fee which will hit hard for a lot of people. Why can’t they just listen to the will of people? On top of that they ...

Supplement Praised

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to commend Wheeling Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register on the supplement to Sunday’s paper, June 30, 2019. What a wonderful collection of pictures and articles on Wheeling. Heather Ziegler, Linda Comins on their content to help mark 250 years of ...