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Opinion

Roadside Warrior

Local Columns

I first saw him against the light of a still moonlit morning sky. He was standing at the side of the road, statue-like. I slowed to get a good look at him. Then he lifted his head as if to say ‘look at me.’ For that fleeting moment I was in awe of what nature had given this majestic wild ...

Approve Wells Township Levies

Editorials

Officials — and voters — in Jefferson County’s Wells Township must find some way to deal with a very simple challenge. It is that last year, township trustees had about $2.4 million in tax revenue to cover services such as police protection and road repairs, but this year, they have just ...

Eliminate Loophole On Spousal Rape

Editorials

Rape is a heinous crime, period. But in some circumstances, it is legal in Ohio. You read that correctly. Though state law makes raping a spouse a crime, there is a loophole: According to The Columbus Dispatch, the law “prevents rape charges from being filed when a spouse was drugged, ...

Time Running Out for Retirees

Editorials

Give Murray Energy Corp. credit for hanging in there longer than many other coal companies. While many other firms, both large and small, succumbed to financial pressures and filed for bankruptcy protection during the past several years, St. Clairsville-based Murray attempted to tough it ...

Consider Later Start for Classes

Editorials

When state Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed legislation that would mean a later start to the school day for Ohio public school students, the reaction was mixed. But even though the idea may have been inspired by similar legislation in California, it warrants discussion. The ...

Reveal Details About Bransfield

Editorials

Roman Catholics in West Virginia may well be wondering whether there was any end to Michael Bransfield’s perfidy — and that clearly is the right word —while he was in power as bishop of their diocese. Revelations about Bransfield’s misdeeds continue to spill out. The most recent, a ...

Protecting Against Drunken Drivers

Editorials

Alcoholism certainly is a disease. Its victims need help. They do not need to be allowed to drive while under the influence. On Monday, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra sentenced a Martins Ferry man, John P. Kulabonish, to three years in jail after his seventh conviction for ...

Minimize I-70 Project Danger

Editorials

Driving in some areas of Wheeling can be frustrating during the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park. Long lines of cars and trucks exiting Interstate 70 and on sections of U.S. 40 and W.Va. 88 leading to the park are common during the event, especially in the early ...

Renew Garbage Collection Levy

Editorials

Garbage — or at least, collection of it — will be on the Nov. 5 election ballot in Mingo Junction. Voters there will be asked to renew a property tax levy used to fund garbage and refuse collection in the village. The levy has been in effect for decades, with periodic renewals by ...

Spending Hike Was Premature

Editorials

You may have heard it said that the problem with the always-unbalanced federal budget is not a lack of revenue but, rather, too much spending. The same could be said for West Virginia’s general revenue budget. On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration revealed state agencies have ...

Double-Checking The Bureaucrats

Editorials

When Ohio experimented this year with releasing ahead of time the hundreds of thousands of names it intended to purge from voter rolls before the November election, organizations such as the League of Women Voters and other volunteer groups were asked, essentially, to double check the ...

Red Tape A Disaster In Itself

Local Columns

Factory workers understand that whatever tasks are assigned to them must be completed within a certain amount of time. If they aren’t, an entire assembly line can be slowed down or even stopped. Management’s task is to prevent obstacles from getting in the way of line workers. It often ...

Council Vacancy Creates a Dilemma

Editorials

St. Clairsville City Council members are in a difficult situation regarding the most controversial issue to come before the body in many years. The problem is this: Council members are slated to vote Nov. 4 on whether to sell the city water system to a private company, Aqua Ohio. But they ...

Plaza Honors Those Who Gave Lives While in Military

Local Columns

“What is a Veteran?” was the topic of talk given by C. William Harris, the long-time post commander of Cameron American Legion No. 18, at the dedication ceremony of the new Veterans Plaza on the lawn of Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville this past Wednesday. Some 300 individuals ...

Stagger Council Terms

Editorials

Voters in Toronto will be asked to make an important decision during the Nov. 5 election. Currently, all members of city council there are elected at the same time, every two years. On the ballot will be a proposal for staggered four-year terms. That way, there would be no possibility of an ...

Mission Remains the Same at Wheeling University

Local Columns

What’s in a name? It’s been more than 400 years since Juliet first asked this question of Romeo, but even in 2019 it seems as though we still don’t have a clear answer. This summer, after a series of changes at the academic and administrative levels, Wheeling Jesuit University was ...

Enact Drug-Sentencing Reform Bill in Ohio

Local Columns

Ohio has become ground zero in our national opioid epidemic. Just last month, in just one county, a staggering 10 people died in the span of 26 hours from drug overdoses. Until recently, Ohio’s response to the crisis consisted mostly of handing out lengthy prison sentences to both dealers ...

Vote For Levy To Fund Schools

Editorials

For many years, students in Ohio County schools have been able to rely on local voters to put our money where our mouths are. That is, we demand good public schools — and are willing to dig into our pockets to pay for quality education. Evidence of that commitment comes every five years, ...

Keep Amateur Sports

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Amateur sports! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting fed up with some of the ridiculous off- the-wall proposals that are not only being openly discussed, but in some cases being enacted into law. Take for example the recent legislation passed in California, ...

Enforce Speed Limit

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Over the last few months, starting with the coal mining under I-70, the amount of large truck traffic has increased dramatically on Route 40. With the construction nightmare in the next few years constricting the major East/West route, it will only get worse. It’s ...