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Opinion

W.Va. Leading the Way on Vaccines

Editorials

More than 6% of West Virginia’s 1.8 million residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s a number we continue to marvel over, particularly as other states — including those on our borders ­— struggle to get shots into arms. What has led West Virginia to lead the ...

How to Pay For First Lady’s College Plan

Editorials

First Lady Jill Biden is reviving an idea, hoping a rebuilding of the economy during her husband’s administration will include free access to community college. She’s right, of course, that education and training will be essential both to digging out of the slump created by the pandemic. ...

Working Toward A Better W.Va.

Editorials

It sounds as though leadership of the West Virginia House of Delegates are on board with this year’s theme of making West Virginia the kind of place that attracts and retains residents. As Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, put it during the West Virginia Press Association Legislative ...

Investigate Officers’ Actions in Rocheste

Editorials

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Celebrating 154 Years of Service

Editorials

Feb. 7, 1867. That’s the day West Virginia University (then known as the “Agricultural College of West Virginia”)was founded in Morgantown under the Morril Land-Grant Colleges Act. The university has grown from one building at its founding (Martin Hall) to now serving as the economic ...

Getting Best People To Operate Clinics

Editorials

If we agree we are at war against the spread of COVID-19 — and we are — it is good to know the Pentagon is sending out more than 1,100 troops to the first five mass vaccination centers planned by the Biden administration. Perhaps they are taking some cues from how well the National Guard ...

Johnson Bets Big On Local Region

Editorials

Dr. John Johnson sees promise in what others have abandoned. Alecto Healthcare Services closed East Ohio Regional Hospital in 2019. Johnson bought it, just last week, the facility reopened its doors. Johnson bought the landmark Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building in downtown Wheeling, which ...

Wheeling Making Right Call on Help

Editorials

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott’s announcement last week that the city is planning to see what additional financial assistance it can offer to struggling businesses is welcome news. We will be interested to see what form that help takes. Council last week heard first reading of a measure that ...

Hoping for a Return to More Normal Times

Local Columns

My Super Bowl has finally arrived, and no, I’m not talking about football. The 2021 legislative session starts Wednesday and I’m simply excited to have 60 days of writing about things other than COVID-19. Little did I know that, by the end of last year’s legislative session in March, ...

Leading the Way In Vaccine Rollout

Editorials

When Dr. Clay Marsh testified Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee on how West Virginia has been at the front of the nation with getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of residents, one underlying point stood out: The state trusted the data. While other states have struggled in ...

W.Va. Passes Some Important Markers

Editorials

As of Friday, a total of 205,252 West Virginians — more than 11% of the state’s population — have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That means that more than 1 in 10 of our residents are now at least somewhat resistant to COVID-19, as the first ...

Mail Call

Local Columns

Some trips to the mailbox of late have been more than interesting and frustrating. I’m not referring to just the ridiculous number of sweepstakes offers or Medicare recruitment letters. It’s the letters, notepads, address labels, pens and coins from dozens and dozens of charities seeking ...

W.Va. 2 Project Not Worth It

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Your reporting and subsequent editorial on the widening of W.Va. 2 from Proctor to Kent is typical of your lack of research and questioning. I travel this section regularly and I attended all the public meetings and studied the engineering report. ADT, average daily ...

Team Effort Needed With Virus

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: For West Virginia’s 602 nurse anesthetists, (the just passed) CRNA Week feels less about celebrating our profession and more about honoring those who touched our lives, and whose lives we touched, during the year of the pandemic. Across West Virginia, Certified ...

Time To Redesign W.Va. Flag

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: There is nothing offensive about West Virginia’s flag, other than how boring it is. Our state has a proud and rich history that should be celebrated in a unique flag we can all be proud of. The current design is dated and does not adequately express our ...

Marshall County Commission to Oversee COVID Testing

Local Columns

Now that the Marshall County Health Department is engaged heavily in vaccination clinics, it has turned over to the Marshall County Commission the testing phase of COVID-19. One of the reasons for the change-over is that the vaccination clinics requires some 25-30 individuals to ...

Injection Versus Infection: A Bigger Game Than the Super Bowl

Local Columns

Be serious, is there any event bigger than the Super Bowl? Well, this annual championship game of the National Football League is one of the biggest single day sporting events in the world, drawing high television ratings each year. This huge exposure attracts advertisers, who in 2020 paid an ...

New Revenue Crucial to W.Va.

Editorials

As lawmakers, lobbyists and members of the press gathered virtually this week for the annual West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead, a familiar phrase popped up — quietly and infrequently, but it was there. Once again, Republican lawmakers are going to be “finding ...

Place Your Bets …

Editorials

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Last year, according to the American Gaming Association, a little less than $7 billion was bet by Americans on the game. Not a dime of that money was spent in Ohio. In fact, according to legalsportsreport.com, there are 19 states where sports betting is regulated ...

Be Thoughtful With New Maps

Editorials

How political districts for state and federal offices in Ohio get drawn this year will be different from how it was done 10 years ago, and 10 years before that. Gerrymandering — the to-the-victor-go-the-spoils approach previously employed — has been done away with, mostly, for a new plan ...