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Opinion

Voting Makes Difference

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Just wanting to remind everyone there’s often a story behind the story. Don’t you wonder why Donald Trump has been coming to West Virginia so much? Are some of our elected politicians handing over our natural resources and not taking care of their ...

Get Trump Involved

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Now, 10 months after an off-year, no voter turnout special election for $1.6 billion to repair our deplorable West Virginia roads, no caution barrels or hard hats are beginning the process of rebuilding nearly all of I-70 in West Virginia. Why? A huge “it cost that ...

Thanks for Cleanup Aid

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Just wanted to say a big thank-you to everyone who pitched in for clean-up after the flood. Thanks to the Police Department. Thanks to the Fire Department. Thanks to the Sanitation Department. Thanks to the Coleman/Evans Flood Crew, who always pitches in and ...

Spaces Backs East Ohio

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Zack Space’s record shows strong support for southeastern Ohio families. I am responding to misleading information that questioned former U.S. congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor Zack Space’s record on the issues facing southern and eastern Ohioans. Zack ...

Hold Trump Accountable

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: It has recently been reported that President Trump has now surpassed the 5,000 plateau of documented false and or misleading statements made during his tenure in the White House and counting, which is most alarming and certainly unprecedented and this from an ...

Admitting We Have a Problem

Editorials

Not long after Gov. Jim Justice took office, he asked the West Virginia Department of Education to rethink its method of reporting the quality of public schools. The A-F grading system in place then stereotyped some schools as failures, he said. So a new “Balanced Scorecard” report was ...

Conspiracy Claim Ridiculous

Local Columns

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s all a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Where have we heard that before? In 1998 and again in 2016, from Hillary Clinton. Give Davis credit for coming up with a new and improved version. Davis has filed a federal lawsuit ...

Watching Out For Others

Local Columns

Admit it. You’ve done it. You’ve driven past your children’s school yard or day care center at lunch time, hoping to catch a glimpse of your kids at play. Maybe you’ve done something similar with your elderly parents. You pop in at their home during the middle of the day just to make ...

Local Flexibility May Be Helpful

Editorials

During a meeting among some Northern Panhandle educators and state legislators this week, a variety of concerns were aired. At least one on which we reported may be relevant in the context of improving public schools in West Virginia. Wetzel County Board of Education President Warren Grace ...

Growing Up Amid Violence

Editorials

No doubt psychologists, sociologists and other experts on behavior could provide theories in attempts to explain what happened Monday in Steubenville. But how is it possible to understand, by any human reasoning process, why someone would shoot a 2-year-old child and her mother? Most minds ...

Paying for New Pain-Relief Ideas

Editorials

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

Tie State Funds To Performance

Editorials

Perhaps the agency overseeing most four-year public colleges and universities in West Virginia should be replaced. Quite a few people involved in higher education believe something better than the current Higher Education Policy Commission can be devised. But HEPC officials are on the right ...

Using School Safety Funds More Wisely

Editorials

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s ...

Conservation Fund Important

Editorials

What do Grand Canyon National Park and the Benwood and Barnesville municipal swimming pools have in common? The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both the national landmark and the local pools have benefited from LWCF funding. Unless Congress acts soon, however, the LWCF may cease ...

Consider Funds For Paving Work

Editorials

The idea of helping to pay for a road 3 miles outside the village may raise eyebrows among some Barnesville taxpayers. But because it could improve the community’s economy and provide new jobs for some residents, it is worth considering. Belmont County Port Authority Executive Director ...

Eastern Gateway Worth Celebrating

Editorials

Tens of thousands of Ohio Valley residents have reason to join in a celebration occurring this week in Steubenville. A variety of festivities are scheduled in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Eastern Gateway Community College. In the beginning, it was Jefferson Technical College, ...

Long-Shot Politics Muddies the Water

Editorials

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all on Monday. They ...

Being Safe During Fall, Winter Months

Editorials

After months in which the bedtime drill was to ensure the air conditioning was set for comfortable sleeping, the fall/winter heating season is upon us. Already, local residents have received a sharp reminder of the need to take precautions to keep our families safe. On Saturday, two ...

Change Weirton City Job Rules

Editorials

Like many Ohio Valley communities, Weirton has grown smaller and older during the past couple of decades. At 18,685, the population is nearly 3,500 fewer than it was a quarter-century ago. And the average age of residents has risen to about 47.5 years. Combined with an economy much ...

Drug Abuse Crisis Worsens in Ohio

Editorials

Imagine the entire population of Bellaire being wiped out in a year. Now you have an idea of the devastation being wrought by the drug abuse epidemic in Ohio. Slightly fewer than 4,300 people reside in Bellaire. Last year, drug overdoses claimed 4,854 lives in the Buckeye State, according ...