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Opinion

We Are Thankful, Lord, For Our Many Blessings

Local Columns

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Avoid Another Big Shutdown

Editorials

COVID-19 has outrun Ohio officials’ ability to keep track of it, much less control it. On Monday and Tuesday, viewers of the state’s online epidemic “dashboard” — coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards — saw the following message in bright red ...

Hoyer’s Service Merits a Salute

Editorials

West Virginians owe Maj. Gen. James Hoyer a crisp, heartfelt salute for his leadership of the state National Guard. On Monday, it was announced Hoyer is retiring as state adjutant general. He will step into a senior associate vice president’s role at West Virginia University. Hoyer has ...

Giving Thanks for Our Blessings

Local Columns

This Thanksgiving is unlike any Americans living today have ever observed. We are in a war against an invisible enemy. Yet we have so much for which to be thankful. We see blessings all around us, as the vast majority of people in our communities have donned face coverings while in ...

More Contact Tracers Needed

Editorials

County health departments on both sides of the Ohio River are under enormous strain because of the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. They need help, especially in the critical work of contact tracing. That is an attempt to identify people who, because of contact with others who test ...

Treat Surrogate Parents Equally

Editorials

It takes a lot of money to properly raise children, keeping them safe and giving them the best opportunities possible. According to a federal lawsuit, however, officials in Ohio believe it costs less for relatives to raise children placed in their care than for licensed foster caregivers to do ...

St. Clairsville Action Wise

Editorials

Many local government officials can be pardoned for feeling like bystanders in the battle against COVID-19. Indeed, there is relatively little they can do about the epidemic. But St. Clairsville Mayor Katheryn Thalman decided to put up a fight. What she did may be a good idea for other ...

Prosecutor Did The Right Thing

Editorials

Give Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Owen Beetham credit for thinking of those he serves rather than himself. Beetham, defeated by Lauren Knight in the April primary election, was scheduled to leave office in early January. Knight, who went on to win the general election, will succeed ...

Put a Smile on Your Face This Christmas Morning

Local Columns

This will be a very different Christmas. For some in our area, the best gift they can give loved ones is to tell them to stay away. Big holiday gatherings may be invitations for a visit from COVID-19. In other ways, the virus’ timing is especially hurtful. One is that children won’t ...

Enjoying, Being Grateful for Our True Blessings

Local Columns

As we come to Thanksgiving 2020, I would like to share some stories that have meant much to me in the past and that others told me they have enjoyed. This Thanksgiving will be different than any other. Some have said, “If you have a big family Thanksgiving gathering, you can also have a ...

Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village, Sale Will Begin Friday

Local Columns

This marks the 22nd year for the Elizabethtown Festival, which in past years has been held inside the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. This year the event, in addition to having been moved outdoors, had its name changed. The new name is Elizabethtown Christmas ...

We Can’t Take More Shutdowns

Editorials

Our 10-county region — the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio — had just 7,227 people on the unemployment rolls in September 2019. By this September, the most recent month for which statistics were available, the number had soared to 12,442. We all know why the economy went into a hole ...

Having Backups Ready to Step In

Editorials

A few days ago, we reported COVID-19 is wearing out some of the public health professionals serving West Virginia. That problem will only grow worse, perhaps with little warning. We focused on the Marshall County Health Department, where Threat Director Mark Ackermann told us the staff ...

Bransfield Sinned

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I’m not a Catholic but my son-in-law is. My daughter is not, but they chose to raise their three children as Catholics. They were appalled, as I was, when I told them what has been in the paper about Michael Bransfield. Never once have I read that he ever ...

Poisoning Minds

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The Sunday News-Register on Oct. 4 printed a commentary by Charles Rogerson, an English professor at West Virginia Northern Community College. Rogerson refers to President Trump as “the champion of white supremacy,” further stating that Trump plays golf, a ...

People Have Spoken

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The American people have spoken clearly. We’ll have a better president in January. The electoral college victory is clear, and the popular vote margin is in the millions. I have no great love for Joe Biden. He is a normal politician with the normal issues. We will ...

Safeguarding Others

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I just read the front page morning news regarding the overworked staff at the Marshall County Health Department. It brought tears of both sadness and anger at the echoing complaint by these “saints” who are trying to take care of us. I speak for them when I say, ...

Who Will Prevail?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The conflict rages over what will be the very nature of the election process whereby leadership — executive, legislative, and judicial — is determined in this Republic under God. Or is it to be a secular democracy that was utterly rejected by the founders of ...

On Right Track In Development

Editorials

Welcome to West Virginia, Gruppo Fanti. We’re pleased to have you here and we look forward to many years of a mutally beneficial relationship. Significant economic development achievements are rare enough in our region to merit special attention — and to be viewed as learning ...

Perhaps We Can Still Love a Parade

Editorials

Throughout our area, Christmas parades have been dropping like winter snowflakes. Cancellations have been responsible attempts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cadiz has not called off its annual parade, however. It will go ahead, just not as usual. Instead of holding a normal parade, ...