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Opinion

Stepping Up To Feed Kids

Editorials

Ohio County school officials’ decision to stop handling at-school pickups of meals for children cannot be permitted to affect the youngsters adversely. We are confident that too many compassionate men and women live in our communities for that to happen. Since public schools throughout ...

Volunteers Need To Be Coordinated

Editorials

You want to help people around you who are in need, for whatever reason, during the coronavirus epidemic. But how? As noted in the editorial above, we believe firmly that many local residents are willing and able to volunteer their time to deliver meals to children, buy groceries for older ...

Get Off Path To a Tragedy

Editorials

Some West Virginians are not being realistic about COVID-19. If you are among them, we beg you to recognize that your attitude is putting others at risk of losing their lives. If you know someone who has not been observing precautions against spreading the virus, we urge you to talk some sense ...

Stop Hoarding Protective Masks

Editorials

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Fighting Back To Beat Virus

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct Saturday in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. We Americans have been very lucky for more than a century and ...

DeWine Correct In New Mandate

Editorials

It has not escaped Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s notice that delay can be deadly in dealing with COVID-19. States and nations where decisive action to fight the disease was not taken expeditiously have suffered terribly. On Sunday, DeWine issued an order that Buckeye State residents not leave ...

Pitch In, Fellow West Virginians

Editorials

Are you part of the 40%? If so, you need to start doing your part. Your failure is putting lives at risk — those of your fellow West Virginians. That messages comes from Gov. Jim Justice — and it may be the most important thing he has said in his entire life. Justice spoke Saturday ...

Charitable Groups Will Need Aid, Too

Editorials

Even during normal times, many among us rely on non-profit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing. In addition, there are charities that provide help for ...

Begin Planning For Later W.Va. Election

Editorials

By May 12, COVID-19 may be no more than a very bad memory in West Virginia. If so, voters in our state will be able to go to the polls for the primary election scheduled for that date. State officials continue to plan for the primary to be held as scheduled. As matters stand, that may not ...

Protecting the Greatest Generation — Or Not

Local Columns

While Congress is in session, lawmakers ought to pass one more bill related to COVID-19. It would alter the application for college student financial aid, both grants and loans. Financial aid applications from individual colleges and universities could copy the language. Question 1 would ...

City, County Operations Adjust to Disease Epidemic

Local Columns

It became a different “ballgame” this past week. No, the major leagues didn’t begin play! Instead the coronavirus crisis has taken over for the time being. While it is here, numerous agencies/providers have come forward to help their fellow man not only in Marshall County, but ...

YSS Mission Has Extended Far Beyond Helping Youths

Local Columns

In times of crisis, a leader who serves the most vulnerable people in a community needs three things: broad shoulders, thick skin and a compassionate heart. Youth Services System Inc. CEO John Moses couldn’t do what he does day in and day out without all three. Moses said two people asked ...

Here’s How to Help

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Many people and businesses in our community have asked how they can help during this crisis. At this time, we at Wheeling Hospital are not able to use volunteers, which are critical to the lifeline of a hospital. However, there are things you can do to support the ...

FDR Words Relevant

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: In President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address he taught us: “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Extreme fear — caused by the coronavirus as our constant companion — should gives us pause to reflect on the possible loss of our ...

Maintaining Vital Services

Editorials

Most of the news about government’s response to COVID-19 has been released at the state and federal levels. But as the epidemic spreads, local governments will become more and more critical. Some municipal and county officials in our area already have begun planning for that time. Those ...

Patronizing Our Local Businesses

Editorials

Many local business people — and their employees — will get through the COVID-19 epidemic with their physical health intact but their finances ravaged. For those involved with restaurants and bars, the damage already is severe because of closure orders in West Virginia and ...

COVID-19 Is Deadly Wakeup Call

Local Columns

How long did it take modern humans to evolve from our primitive ancestors? Well, Neanderthals roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago. Let’s say it required 2,000 generations for creatures like us to evolve to what we are today. Compared to Neanderthals, we are much more capable physically ...

Look On Bright Side

Local Columns

Mother Nature is not letting the coronavirus stop her. I know this because the signs are all around. Some enterprising young bird has begun its springtime ritual of building a nest in the top of our propane tank. Despite our best efforts to discourage her last year, we gave up. And we ...

West Virginians Will Need Help

Editorials

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. Blame COVID-19. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We ...

Shoddiness Unacceptable

Editorials

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right the next time. There will be a next time. We ...