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Opinion

Ensuring Deer Season Is Safe

Editorials

While many Mountain State residents are preoccupied with planning the Thanksgiving Day meal this week, an army — not a small one — will be combing the woods and fields with something else in mind. The annual two-week deer hunting season for firearms opened Monday. More than 250,000 ...

Consider New Camera System

Editorials

With all the many important needs Steubenville City Council members are called upon to address — need we mention water and sewer infrastructure? — it is a shame they have to worry about money for law enforcement. But they do. Last week, police Chief Bill McCafferty recommended council ...

Ensuring Real Justice Is Done

Editorials

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Turning Backs On Children

Local Columns

You can’t beat our sense of timing here in West Virginia. In one respect, it has been perfect — in a catastrophic sense. Children by the thousands are the innocent victims of the drug abuse crisis. Yet at a time when they need a certain kind of help the most, many in the Mountain State ...

Keeping W.Va. Highways Safe

Local Columns

Nearly $3 billion in state and federal funds are to be used in what Gov. Jim Justice touts as a “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. Much of the funding is earmarked for construction of new roads and bridges. We need to be thinking more about another campaign involving highways. We’ll ...

Improve School Attendance Rates

Local Columns

Here in the Northern Panhandle, we sometimes like to boast that our public schools are better than the state average. That’s nice — but it is not enough. Last week, state school Superintendent Steve Paine told the West Virginia Board of Education that student absenteeism is a serious ...

Your Vote Counts

Local Columns

Hancock County residents have new evidence of the importance of getting to the polling place on Election Day. There, on the night of Nov. 6, it appeared incumbent county Commissioner Jeff Davis had been unseated by challenger Tommy Ogden, by just eight votes. A more formal count, ...

Why Not Try Thanks-Living All Year Long?

Local Columns

Friends and family gather to show respect. The sobs of the husband drift through the funeral parlor. Irma, the oldest daughter, is greeting each new arrival with fresh outbursts of tears. Dora, prostrate with grief, is helped to another room. Ellen, the youngest, has to do the million and one ...

Number of Lions Clubs in County Dwindles to Three

Local Columns

Now there are three! Over the years there have been as many as 10 Lions Clubs in Marshall County.However, with the loss of the Washington Lands Lions Club earlier this month the number of clubs in the county has been reduced to three — Dallas, Mount Olivet and Moundsville. Previously, ...

An Open Letter to Those About to Serve in W.Va.

Local Columns

The election is over, and to the victors go the spoils. To all who ran, thank you for putting your name on the ballot because you helped keep our democratic traditions alive. Each cycle everyday citizens, like those who just campaigned, step up and put their reputations on the line just for a ...

Helping Homeless Youths

Letters to the Editor

Helping Homeless Youths Editor, News-Register: The outpouring of community support for the eighth annual Wheeling SleepOut on Nov. 2 makes it clear: Businesses and individuals in our communities are convinced, as we are, that it is vital to save our young people from the often tragic ...

St. C Voters Thanked

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News Register: I want to thank the voters of the St. Clairsville-Richland School District who voted against the recent school levies for protecting our senior citizens, our hardworking families and those on a fixed income from the hardships that passage of the levies would have ...

Support Appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News Register: On behalf of the BRAVE MISS WORLD-WHEELING SCREENING Committee, we want to acknowledge and thank all our sponsors and community support. The documentary shown at the Highlands Event Center November 4 told the story of Linor Abargil’s journey as an 18- year-old, ...

Cracker Opposed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News Register: The people in the valley are being sold a bill of goods by the politicians when it comes to the cracker plant at Dilles Bottom. We are being promised huge amounts of jobs, that it is safe, and it will be good for the community. What we aren’t being told is that ...

Get Answers On Bus Issue

Editorials

How many times have area residents been given the same brushoff when they express concerns about public schools? You know the line: Can’t comment on that. It’s a personnel matter. Often, it also is a matter of the wellbeing of our children. It is not just “a personnel matter.” It ...

Scandals Linked Over Years

Local Columns

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico more than a year ago, West Virginians probably were among those shaking our heads over the situation. Inefficiency and corruption are bad enough in the U.S. territory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had to put special rules in place to ...

Finding Drivers For School Buses

Editorials

State education officials express concern regularly about the shortage of qualified teachers in West Virginia public schools. But there is another insufficiency, and in a critical way, it is much more worrisome. During a discussion Tuesday of problems involving a Brooke County school bus, a ...

Taking Back Our Churches

Local Columns

Sorry, Catholic clergy, attending Mass is not and never should be about you. I had this discussion with a fellow Catholic the other day and it inspired me to put down on paper what has been bouncing around inside my head for the past couple of years. Talk seems to be all that we’ve done ...

Board Must Deal With Raise Issue

Editorials

This one isn’t going to fade away quickly. If Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Shute had any illusions about that, they were dispelled Tuesday. A large crowd of people attended the county board of education meeting held that day in the gymnasium at Brooke Middle School. Many in ...

Brown Far From Democrat Outsider

Editorials

Soon after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...