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Opinion

Groundbreaking Set for Gold Star Families Monument

Local Columns

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Marshall County Gold Star Family Monument will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Plaza on the northwest corner of the county courthouse. It was some 15 months ago that Marshall County resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” ...

Adapting Higher Education to Online Learning

Local Columns

In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic upheavals has been in the way students learn in schools and colleges at every level. In higher education, the traditional model of classroom-based, face-to-face instruction ...

Giving the Money Back

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Bethany College and other politikally korrect institutions will want to complete their purification by returning all funds and other benefits that accrued to them because of Sen. Robert Byrd. I just KNOW they will. After all, they’re not hypocrites or ...

What’s the Plan?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Mike Myer’s column on May 31 commented on the known COVID-19 and what to do. How about the unknown? Climate change will kill millions in due time. What’s your strategy, — or are you a climate change denier until the dead begin to pile up? Steve ...

Ideas for Government

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I have a big wish: When are the American people going to wake up and see what this country is coming to? 1. Now is the time to get all of these old people out of office and put some new ideas in for people to vote on. 2. Bring back the draft board. 3. Put an ...

Recognizing Redemption

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: While I support removal of Confederate Monuments around the country, and strongly support The Black Lives Matter movement, I don’t agree with Bethany College’s removal of Robert C. Byrd’s name from the Student Health Center. I personally worked with Senator ...

Good for ‘Cookie Lil’!

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: With all that is going on today, I would like to tell you about a special person who makes life better in our area. Her name is Lillian Payne. I call her “Cookie Lil.” She is a widow with married children. She loves to cook and bake. She will call her ...

Pros Outweighed Cons

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: An open letter to the trustees of Bethany College: PROS of ROBERT C. BYRD 1937 — valedictorian of high school class. 1946 — elected to the WV House of Delegates. 1950 — elected to WV Senate. 1952 — elected to U.S. House of ...

Yearning for Better

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I yearn for a president who is not devoid of honor. I yearn for a president who has integrity. I yearn for a president who doesn’t lie as easily and readily as he breathes. I yearn for a president who gets his information from books, journals and briefing papers ...

Stay Healthy, Anyway

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: “Wearing that mask isn’t good for you,” said the mail voice behind me. “Why are you wearing that? It’s not good for you,” persists the voice. “To protect you and others,” I respond. “Well, I did a lot of research on this and the whole damn ...

Be Careful With Tree

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Regarding the small park added at the base of the “Witness Tree” at Monument Place, I was pleased to see that the tree was not totally removed but I want to caution people that adding material around the base of a tree like this is not recommended. Tree roots lie ...

Keeping Airport Oversight Power

Editorials

No doubt members of the Jefferson County Airport Authority are merely trying to make administration of the facility more efficient. But sometimes, a little red tape serves taxpayers well, and that may be the situation now. Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a request from the ...

Giving Those Who Served Us Credit

Editorials

Throughout the valley, a number of good men and women will be stepping down from local government offices, ranging from municipal councils to boards of education next week. Their successors take office on Wednesday. A few lost re-election bids, but most did not choose to ask voters for new ...

Pick Chancellor For the Future

Editorials

Higher education in West Virginia has always required innovative, forward-looking leadership. The last few months have reinforced that point, in effect redefining it: Campus shutdowns due to COVID-19 have altered what the future will be like, and how college students will have to be prepared ...

Dancing the Night Away — or Not

Editorials

For many high school juniors and seniors, the annual prom is a really big deal. Needless to say, it was not this year. Officials in the Toronto school district are discussing whether the young men and women can still have their big evening. During their meeting last week, Toronto Board ...

Accomplishing Reform in Ohio

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State ...

Get Ready for New Approach at Fairs

Editorials

The Jefferson County Fair, from Aug. 23-28, will not be what area residents have become accustomed to over the course of many years. Neither will similar events elsewhere. “It’s not the fair we were hoping for,” noted Jefferson County Agricultural Society President Ray Hilderbrand. He ...

What About the Lives Saved?

Local Columns

About 70 unarmed people are shot to death each year by U.S. law enforcement officers, deputies, troopers and agents, to judge by a Washington Post database. It would not surprise me if officers here in Wheeling have saved that many lives during the past few years. Digest that for a ...

Mental Health Aid Important

Editorials

Good for Steubenville Municipal Judge John Mascio for doing something about what virtually every judge sees as a problem — criminals facing mental health challenges. Mascio revealed last week that he has obtained $60,000 in grant funding to support establishment of a mental health court. ...

High Court Right On Free Speech

Editorials

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an ...