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Opinion

PUCO Should Investigate, Too

Editorials

Nearly two months after former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder was arrested by federal agents charging him with participating in a $60 million bribery scheme, a key question remains unanswered, officially, at least. Federal prosecutors still have not identified the “Company A” their ...

Consider City Building Future

Editorials

About 10 days ago, Martins Ferry municipal employees were shocked to notice part of the City Building lying on the ground beside it. A substantial section of brick facade near the roof had torn away from the building and collapsed. It appears the building, more than a century old, remains ...

Wheeling Hospital Plan Good News

Editorials

After years of uncertainty regarding health care in the Wheeling area, there was good news last week. Wheeling Hospital will become a full member of the West Virginia University Health System. Bad news during the past three years led to concern about the future of health care in our region. ...

Backsliding Into a Wave Of Death in West Virginia

Local Columns

Let’s hope the third time really is the charm, because we West Virginians have botched our first two opportunities to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears we’re at the crest of the third wave of coronavirus devastation in the Mountain State. We’re not handling it well. For a ...

Answers Needed On Balakos Firing

Editorials

As so often is the case when public officials get the ax, Jefferson County Board of Health members offered virtually no explanation last Thursday when they fired Health Commissioner Nicole Balakos. But the tiny piece of information put forward certainly raised some eyebrows. Regarding ...

Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws in West Virginia

Local Columns

For most of us, it would be wildly illegal to stop a vacationing, pregnant woman and her husband, search their belongings, and make off with more than $10,000 in cash plus their personal cell phone — but West Virginia’s civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to do just that. To stop ...

Lions, Mount Rose Cemetery Involved in Wreath Program

Local Columns

Members of the Moundsville Lions Clubs and officers of Mount Rose Cemetery will be involved in an undertaking which will also include individuals, businesses and organizations. It is known as “Wreaths Across America.” It is the same program that places wreaths in Arlington National ...

Think of Completing Census as an Act of Kindness

Local Columns

In my 13 years as the president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Battling COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: According to a news article I read several months ago in the local newspaper, President Trump dismantled the National Security Council office of Global Health Security and Bio-Defense, an office initiated by former President George W. Bush, expanded under former ...

Keep Stars and Stripes

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump’s latest threat to America’s freedom of the press hits our troops overseas. The Trump administration wants to block publication and end funding for the military newspaper, Star and Stripes. This comes as the latest news swept our nation overnight that ...

Zone Change Opposed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am writing to voice several concerns regarding the requested zone change that would allow medical offices to be built on Washington Avenue. Although I no longer live in Wheeling, I grew up on Washington Avenue and my parents still live there, so I am personally ...

Help Minority Businesses

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Sometime in the early 1970s, an employee of Centre Foundry and Machine died unexpectedly. My memory isn’t so good if it was work related or not, but the employees thought taking a day off in memory of the deceased man would be a nice gesture. My father, who was in ...

Protect Postal Service

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am writing concerning the crisis in the Postal Service. This vital entity is under attack by the president and his fellow Republicans. President Trump has pledged to “starve the Postal Service” of much- need funding while handing out relief money with ease ...

Stand Up and Fight

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I am flabbergasted that I haven’t heard the screams, “Oh No!” Where is the outrage? What in the hell is the matter with you? What am I talking about? Donald Trump and his no-nothings have set in motion the death of Social Security, Medicare, ...

You Can’t Fix Stupid

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: After watching the next day’s news coverage of the last day of the RNC convention, two lines came immediately to mind, one from Forrest Gump ,who stated, “Stupid is as stupid does” and comic Ron White’s human perception, “You can’t fix stupid.” Due ...

Vote as Christians

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As the election approaches, it is not erroneous for Christians to vote as Christ taught. It is our obligation to love our neighbor. That means being pro-birth for God’s creation of developing human life in the womb, and continued pro-life for them after birth, ...

Being Secure Against Foes

Editorials

A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies. Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foe was terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an ...

Keeping Drunken Drivers Off Roads

Editorials

During a Labor Day weekend campaign against motorists who drive while intoxicated or distracted, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers based in St. Clairsville made 12 arrests for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. That may not seem like many — but consider this: The 12 now in serious ...

Local Approach Is Best on Race

Editorials

Comments by one of those organizing a new group focused on equality in our area certainly were gratifying — but were no cause for patting ourselves on the back. Named 4 BC, the organization’s mission statement calls for it to “work for racial reconciliation in Belmont County, help ...

Show Compassion

Editorials

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial ...