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Opinion

Old Raceboats Readied for New Martinsville

Local Columns

On June 15-16, New Martinsville will once again hear the sound of vintage hydroplanes running on the waters of the Ohio River. For enthusiasts, who love the sight of a boat’s rooster tail shooting high into the air behind a speeding boat, the weekend event will once again fulfill that thrill. ...

Success Act Helps Our Schools in Many Ways

Local Columns

By the time you read this, Saturday’s special session in the Senate may (or may not) be finished. When all is said and done, it may be hard to cut through the noise and be certain what was (or wasn’t) included in the West Virginia Student Success Act of 2019. To make it a little easier, ...

‘Glassware for the Boudoir’ Is Fostoria Glass Show Theme

Local Columns

The 39th annual Fostoria Glass Show Convention will be a three-day event beginning Friday in Moundsville. This year’s theme is: “Glassware for the Boudoir.” Participating in the show again this year will be dealers from the Imperial Glass Club and the Moon & Stars Club. The show ...

Is This Pro-Life?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register:: I am concerned that Ohio is one of a growing number of states that have passed very restrictive anti-abortion legislation. The “Pro Life” movement is concerned with protecting the life of the unborn child at all costs. However, often there is more than one life ...

Weekend Was Special

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Having participated in and viewed Memorial Day activities, I am certain the human spirit is still doing a lot of good. We are overrun with bad news and sometimes think all is bad, but there is so much good if we just look around. First and foremost, Ogden ...

Not in My Neighborhood

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Most of you who read this letter to the editor live in areas of Wheeling that haven’t been touched by the blight that our fellow citizens have to live beside. So you might have a hard time grasping the daily sight of an abandoned structure next door, over grown with ...

Give Students More Support

Editorials

Disagreements about some aspects of public school improvement in West Virginia simply must not be permitted to derail a bipartisan move to address what has become a desperate need: better mental health services for children. State senators were to convene a special session this morning to ...

Whistleblowers Merit Protection

Editorials

Whistleblowers — people who report wrongdoing in either the public or private sectors to the authorities — deserve protection from retaliation. But in Ohio, a 2013 Franklin County Court of Appeals ruling is viewed by many as having weakened such safeguards. A bill introduced in the ...

What’s Outlook for School Bills?

Local Columns

So, what will happen today in Charleston? Will the state Senate pass public school “betterment” legislation? What will be in it? What happens next? One of the few fun aspects of politics is making predictions. Many people do it, sometimes betting money on their hunches. So, let’s make ...

What Makes A House A Home?

Local Columns

Sitting in traffic on a well-traveled road in Wheeling, my eyes wandered to the hillside, a place I have passed by thousands of times. Only this time, my eyes fell upon a ramshackle house situated on that steep slope. Its roof was pitched on either side but sunk in the middle like a well-worn ...

Learning When Money Will Come

Editorials

Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch and other state officials may get the answer to a question some West Virginians are asking: What about the $83.7 billion? Gaunch and a small delegation left Charleston today on their way to Beijing, at the invitation of China Energy executives. The visit comes as ...

Improving W.Va. Public Schools

Editorials

Charter schools have become the bogeyman of public school improvement in West Virginia. Their opponents, including the three unions representing many school employees, warn of dire consequences if legislators allow them in our state. Charters will siphon off funds needed by public schools, ...

Don’t Lift Ban On Risky Fireworks

Editorials

Legalizing dangerous fireworks was a bad idea when it was done in West Virginia in 2016 — and it is no better now for Ohio. A bill in the Ohio state Senate, SB 72, would legalize consumer use of most pyrotechnic devices, including some powerful enough to blow a child’s hand off. Most ...

Settling Governor’s Residence Question

Editorials

The accusation by a legislator that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is violating the state constitution is not over the most earth-shattering of issues. It involves no claim of dirty political tricks or misuse of taxpayers’ money. In fact, Justice is quite open about the matter: He lives ...

Get Answers On HIV, Syringes

Editorials

HIV, which can lead to fullblown AIDS, is exploding in Cabell County, West Virginia. The cause: People who share needles to inject illicit drugs. One unsettling aspect of the “cluster” of HIV cases, as health professionals are referring to the situation, is that the Cabell County Health ...

Ensuring Students Earn Their Degrees

Editorials

More than one in five students entering West Virginia University as freshmen do not make it to sophomore status. More than two in five do not obtain degrees within six years — yes, the bachelor’s degrees many people still manage to earn in four years. And those rates are among the best ...

Nov. 9 Voting Is Wise Plan

Editorials

Loss of $18 million a year would devastate public schools in Ohio County. It is difficult to envision how they could meet even state minimum standards without the money. Certainly, education quality would plummet. Ohio County Board of Education members decided Tuesday to play it safe on ...

Saving St. John Grade School, Too

Editorials

Bigger is not always better in education, especially when it comes to elementary-level students. Smaller neighborhood and community schools have proven their worth for many generations. It is unfortunate, then, that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville has made the decision to close ...

Take the Time To Get Education Reform Right in West Virginia

Editorials

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session on Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete ...

Curbing Speeders On Weirton Street

Editorials

Weirton Traffic Commission Chairman Romie Castelli is right in his approach to a complaint about speeding on a section of South 13th Street. Stepped-up patrols by police and possibly installation of new stop signs are preferable to placing “rumble strips” on the street. During their ...