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Opinion

Enforce Limits On Spending

Editorials

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money for a small government entity such as the village of Belmont. Village Council members are right to be upset that the amount was spent without their knowledge. Municipal officials had agreed to renovate the basement of an old school building to house ...

Accountability Must Be Personal

Editorials

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...

‘Fake News’ Label Incorrect

Editorials

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several big national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Davis Claims Without Merit

Editorials

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Rethink Security

Editorials

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

Look at Two-Year Institutions, Too

Editorials

Big changes may be on the horizon for higher education in West Virginia — part of it, anyway. As for the rest, there are indications it may continue to be treated as the ugly stepsister of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. We refer to the two-year community and technical ...

Pressure Trump on Miners

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Open Letter to Sen. Joe Manchin: Senator — You have voted with President Trump more than any other Democrat. And what is he doing for you now? He and his gang are attacking you. Well, this retired miner thinks it’s time for you to dish it back. Do not vote ...

Fund Efforts to Find The Missing in Action

Editorials

Just a couple of weeks ago, one story followed by many was the return by North Korea of 55 cases purportedly containing the remains of U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War. About 8,000 Americans remain listed as missing in action from that conflict. But nearly 79,000 are on the MIA ...

Prioritize Road Bond Proposal

Editorials

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

Strzok Firing Long Overdue

Editorials

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

Ensuring Fires Can Be Fought

Editorials

Among the most frustrating surprises firefighters encounter is arriving at the scene of a blaze, hooking a hose to a hydrant and finding no water is flowing. It happens from time to time, often because of malfunctioning or inoperable hydrants. That was not the problem on July 17, after a ...

Curbs on Spending Needed to Cut Debt

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

RISE Failures Are Infuriating

Editorials

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Focusing Attention On Space Defense

Editorials

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines ...

Swift Justice in The Supreme Court?

Local Columns

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 articles of impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Something To Smile About

Local Columns

No doubt the most overlooked education and economic development initiative in West Virginia was showcased in a picture we printed a few days ago. It showed dentists and dental students. You may remember it. Local dentists Dr. Craig Wilcox and Dr. Trey Wilcox, along with West Virginia ...

Penny Pinching Still Wise Course

Local Columns

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Show of Strength Is Not Necessary

Local Columns

Members of teachers’ and service personnel unions who shut down West Virginia public schools for nine days earlier this year said they wanted two things: a pay raise and a “fix” for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. They got more money in their paychecks. Gov. Jim Justice ...

Be Careful: School Buses Back on Roads

Local Columns

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

West Virginia a National Leader in Election Security

Local Columns

While there is considerable banter about election security throughout the United States, West Virginia voters can be proud of steps taken by election officials in the Mountain State to lead the nation in security and the integrity of our election system. West Virginia now has the best-trained ...