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Opinion

Minimizing Risks of Vacationing

Editorials

We hate to break the news to those of you planning to get away from it all for a few days, but there is no such thing as a carefree vacation this summer. That was made clear last week. Eight West Virginians who made the trek to a popular vacation area for people in our state — Myrtle ...

Don’t Relax Precautions

Editorials

Two weeks ago, there were just 16 active cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Panhandle. As of Sunday, there were 32. Do we get the message? Let us hope so. When Gov. Jim Justice more than a month ago began easing restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, too many West Virginians ...

East Ohio Not Out Of Woods, Either

Editorials

While West Virginians seem to be experiencing somewhat of a resurgence of COVID-19, East Ohio may be on the mend. The past week has shown a gratifying decrease in cases — except for the state prison in Belmont County, where 62 inmates and staff members remain on the sick list. But ...

Selling OVMC Property Quickly

Editorials

Wheeling taxpayers are about to become the owners of a hospital, or at least a complex of buildings that served that purpose until last fall. The question now is what to do with the facility. City Council members voted Tuesday night to proceed with acquisition of most of the old Ohio Valley ...

Cleaning Up Site At 19th and Jacob

Editorials

Plans by Wheeling officials to acquire the old Ohio Valley Medical Center property and use part of it for a new police and fire department headquarters appear to put the lid on a very bad idea. For months, city officials had talked of buying a 2.8-acre tract at the corner of 19th and Jacob ...

Protecting Children From Drug Abusers

Local Columns

As we celebrate our state’s birthday this weekend, West Virginians can take some pleasure in how well we’ve handled the COVID-19 epidemic. Though it has been bad here in several respects, we have escaped the horror experienced by many of our fellow Americans. Too bad we can’t say the ...

Senate Makes Landmark Investment in Nature

Local Columns

In times of trouble and uncertainty, humanity has always turned to the natural world for solace. In West Virginia, this is no different. West Virginia is a place encompassed by beautiful landscapes, sprawling mountain ranges and endless outdoor recreation opportunities for both residents and ...

Coping With Being a Parent During Unusual Time

Local Columns

This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over the past 20 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. One year it was unique because my father and my grandfather died, making me the oldest male in my immediate family. Then ...

Baseball, Softball Teams Cleared to Begin New Season

Local Columns

Play ball! Baseball and softball teams in Moundsville will be permitted to begin their seasons, although the actual first pitches will depend on the different league officials. One thing which is certain is that the 13 playing fields are in readiness. The Moundsville Recreation ...

Law and Order Needed

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: When did anarchy become our form of government? When did rioting and looting become acceptable? Where was the National Guard during the nights of chaos? Where is the Army? Send in the Marines! These anarchists want to overthrow our government and replace it with ...

Question Use of Army

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Donald Trump’s threat to usurp the power of state governors by calling out active duty Army to “control” protesters and quell rioting could be the first step on a slippery slope to dictatorship. I am reminded of German theologian Martin Niemoeller’s ...

Outlawing Small Print

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: If I were was king for a day ... I would outlaw “small print.” I watch commercials and sometimes I go to their websites and read what their small print says in their commercials. Lots of ’em say “disregard anything verbally said in this commercial as it’s ...

What About Yale?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I write as someone who never understood the Confederate flag lasting this long to begin with. Lincoln probably should have banned them at the end of the Civil War. That darned First Amendment. I have some interesting theories about the removal of all the statues ...

Eliminate the Friction

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I heard the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” a few years ago. Proponents of that phrase were offended when this was echoed as “All Lives Matter.” In recasting the phrase, proponents of the original language asserted the power of the phrase was lost. Initially, I ...

Reflecting on Heroism

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: V-E Day (Victory in Europe) occurred on May 8, 1945. I suppose COVID-19 has allowed this important 75th anniversary milestone to slip by us, as I have seen very little written or broadcast about it in the media. When I think about the “Greatest Generation,” I ...

New Cases Are Not a Surprise

Editorials

As we West Virginians get into “reopening” our state in earnest, some have observed, with more than a trace of concern, that the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area and the state as a whole are increasing. Of course they are. Does that mean we need to go back to stay-at-home orders ...

Finishing Corridor H

Editorials

State officials revealed this week that another $12 million in federal funding has been received for Corridor H. That may be enough to complete the road, they noted. Not really. Corridor H is nearly completed from Elkins to the state’s border with Virginia, near Wardensville. But for many ...

Basing Policy On the Facts

Editorials

It says something about the prospects for ethane cracker plants that Shell Chemical, after a short break due to COVID-19, has resumed construction of one near Monaca, Pennsylvania. Shell executives seem confident. The governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are being urged to ...

Supporting Fairs

Editorials

County fairs and various festivals throughout our area serve important purposes. Especially this year, they may be opportunities for recreation may Ohio Valley residents need sorely. But for that very reason — COVID-19 — many special events have been canceled. Not so the Belmont County ...

Guard Against Another Tragedy

Editorials

It has been 30 years since walls of water swept down Wegee and Pipe creeks in Belmont County, taking 26 lives and changing scores of others forever. Were the events of June 14, 1990 enough to shock both residents of our area and public officials into doing all in their power to keep something ...