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Opinion

It’s Time for Real Change in W.Va.

Editorials

If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic officials to take seriously the fight against substance abuse in our state, here is one that might come closer to speaking their language: According to the Center on Budget and Policy, treating and addressing substance ...

No Time to Relax On Virus Controls

Editorials

Despite the positive news that nearly 38 percent of Ohio’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is a worrying development. Though we’ve been waiting for a magic low number of new cases that would signal the easing of many restrictions, the numbers are going ...

Helping Families Deal With COVID

Editorials

Perhaps the most unsettling recent reminder of the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic came last week, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled its new funeral assistance program hotline. More than 1 million callers tried to get through, creating busy signals and “technical ...

Economy is Rebounding

Editorials

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...

Catching Up On COVID-19

Local Columns

After covering the 60-day legislative session, I almost always need the week after to recover, decompress, and catch up on things. For example, I feel like I missed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in the state. I didn’t. I did write about it even while covering the session, but ...

Standing Against D.C. Hypocrisy

Editorials

West Virginians are lucky to have a group of common-sense lawmakers representing their interests in Washington. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Rep. David McKinley, continue their efforts to ensure lawmakers in the nation’s capital not only don’t remake our ...

W.Va. Falling Behind in COVID Vaccination Race

Editorials

A situation we warned of several weeks back with fewer West Virginians getting vaccinated seems to be growing — and it has caught the attention of Gov. Jim Justice. Justice, during a COVID-19 news conference this past week, said it was unacceptable that less than 85% of the COVID-19 vaccine ...

A Lesson From Lizzie

Local Columns

It was a silly, even prankish game we played in grade school. Actually, we were about middle school age at the time. As is the case in Catholic school, we lined up in silence and walked single file into school in the morning and after recess. The teacher, usually one of the habited nuns, ...

Glad to Know Late Ramsey Clark

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I was sued for $2 million by a Teamster Lawyer that was representing the Oneida County, NY Deputy Sheriff’s Union. (I had said “I don’t like the cops reporting to the robbers.”) They sued for two million, instead of one, because the county only carried one ...

Their Mothers Are Worried Sick

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: This letter is in response to the letter from Harry C. Hamm Jr. in the April 11 Sunday News Register. Mr. Hamm asks “Where are the mothers?” referring to the mothers of the unaccompanied children. As a mother and grandmother myself, I suspect many of them are ...

Presidents Should Just Be Honest

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: As I look back on Trump’s wasted four years as president, the 20,000 lies that he spoke, none of them affected me as much as the untruths he spoke about Covid-19, that it would be gone by spring. The Chinese virus he called it, the fact that he refused to wear a ...

SBA Can Help W.Va. Small Businesses With PPP Loans

Local Columns

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its impact known on small businesses, employees, and Mountain State residents as a whole. There are many financial relief options available to help businesses remain open and employees to continue to receive their paychecks. The Paycheck Protection ...

Valuing Education In West Virginia

Editorials

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...

Deliver Census Data

Editorials

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” “Given the difficulty in using data in ...

Time to Clean Up Wheeling Island

Editorials

“It takes a village” is often associated with how the collective “we” care for and tend to one another. Starting this weekend and continuing twice more later this month, Wheeling City Councilman Ben Seidler will be leading a charge — one that, appropriately, could be thought of as ...

DeWine Urges Locals To Get Vaccinated

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a simple reminder to area residents during Monday’s visit to Steubenville: Get your COVID-19 vaccination. DeWine and his wife, Fran, stopped at the Jefferson County Health Department’s vaccination clinic inside the Fort Steuben Mall. The stop allowed the ...

West Virginia —Wild, Wonderful

Editorials

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Addressing Ohio’s Infrastructure Needs

Editorials

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed. The report card gives Ohio a grade of C-, saying “In Ohio ...