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Opinion

Making Our Own Decisions

Editorials

If history, including last week, is any guide, critical decisions regarding our futures as West Virginians may be made in a few weeks by as little as one-fifth of the state’s electorate. There still is time to avoid that. Our primary election had been scheduled for May 12. Concern over ...

Make Fraudulent Callers a Priority

Editorials

A friend in his 80s called the other day, asking that we caution local residents once more against a threat not as deadly as COVID-19 — but certainly devastating to victims. He had received a call from someone identifying himself as a grandson who had been in an accident and was in jail, ...

Wildness Important To Many

Local Columns

Check our website and our many digital offerings about the park, suggested one national park website after advising everything had been shut down due to COVID-19. So, viewing an online video is going to replace a walk in the spring woods? I don’t think so. Many national parks shut down ...

Being Connected Even If Not on the College Campus

Local Columns

I do not intend to speak for everyone during this pandemic, which is dividing an already divided society; divided on many subjects including politics, religion, economy, and now, how we deal with higher education during a pandemic. However, I will speak to how this pandemic has affected Belmont ...

Grand Vue Park Cabins, Other Facilities Set to Reopen

Local Columns

The cabins at Grand Vue Park were the last to close when the stay-at-home order was initiated as the result of COVID-19, and now the cabins will be among the first to reopen. GVP General Manager Craig White said Thursday that several of the 12 cabins will be occupied beginning today. White ...

Reject Materialism

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The spirit of the French Revolution that incubated fascism, communism, and secular progressive democracy from 1789-1815 has metastasized in the United States. It is the polar opposite of the American Revolution founded in the Triune God that is unique amongst the ...

Testing Is Critical

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Testing! Testing! Testing! Normal life in the Ohio Valley, the state, and the nation cannot return to normal, i.e., commerce reopening, the unemployed are reemployed, students returning to their schools, congregations filling church pews, and the public patronizing ...

Agreeing to Disagree

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: On April 19, a letter to the editor was published in the Wheeling News-Register that was directed at me, regarding my writing of letters to the editor that have appeared in the aforementioned outstanding news source for residents of the area. In addressing this ...

Entitled to Opinions

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: I would like to say, “Bravo” to Mr. Tom Standiford on his letter to the editor in the News-Register on Sunday, April 19, in regard to Richard Hord’s letters to the editor and their left-leaning spin on everything Republicans do or say. Nancy Pelosi would be proud ...

It Is a Wake-Up Call

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: “COVID-19 Is Deadly Wake up Call” is the title of a piece written by Editor Mike Myer appearing in the Wheeling Intelligencer on Saturday, March 21. This title and subsequent article caught my eye and prompted the following response. Yes indeed, it is a ...

Accessing the Internet

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: Once again we see our local community struggling to meet the demands of supporting digital education in the 21st century. This not only affects K-12 education, but also post-secondary institutions of education that require students to attend classes online. If ...

Expand ‘Mi-Fi’ Internet Access

Editorials

For years we have been hearing that expanded access to the internet is a critical problem. Thousands of families in our area now have very personal understandings of that. When schools throughout the Ohio Valley were closed because of COVID-19, many educators turned to the internet as a way ...

Get Casinos, LVL Outlets Reopened

Editorials

Getting legalized gambling back up and running in West Virginia may not seem a high priority as we prepare to “reopen” our state. It should be. Gov. Jim Justice’s order a few weeks ago to close casinos and limited video lottery outlets — the bars, stores, etc., with electronic slot ...

Primary Offers Very Few Clues

Local Columns

More than 1.5 million Ohio voters were “disenfranchised” during the primary election this year. Don’t blame Republicans or Democrats, though. Blame COVID-19. Just 1.76 million people cast ballots in the election, the official date of which was Tuesday, according to unofficial returns ...

Keeping Each Other Safe

Local Columns

Each morning when I wake up, I keep thinking this day will be different. I will hear people singing in church, I will see children running about on playgrounds and I will notice parking lots filled with shoppers and workers. But then I remember. So I clear my head and face what is real. I ...

Success Is Up To the Public

Editorials

There will be no getting back to normal in either West Virginia or Ohio for the foreseeable future. Plans to “reopen” both our states envision nothing like the worlds we began leaving just two months ago. On Monday, both W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released plans to ...

Voters Supportive If Results Show

Editorials

Our longstanding contention that voters insist on seeing results from the taxes they pay — and support local entities providing them — was proven again on Tuesday. According to unofficial election returns, Belmont County voters resoundingly approved renewal of a property tax levy that ...

Getting Back To Business

Editorials

Some businesses in Ohio will be able to reopen next Monday, if Gov. Mike DeWine proceeds with his plan to reduce curbs put in place to battle the COVID-19 epidemic. The question here, though, is whether we are ready to move back toward normal lives. Belmont County has become East Ohio’s ...

W.Va. Has Edge In COVID-19 Tests

Editorials

One reason West Virginians can have more confidence about COVID-19 than our neighbors in many other states is that testing for the disease has been remarkably high here. While talk at the national level is of finding ways to get 2% of Americans tested for the disease, our state passed that ...

Testing Order May Save Lives

Editorials

News that employees at two long-term care facilities in our area have tested positive for COVID-19 came as a shock to some.But — at least for now — the news is good, in a way. Why? Because the positive tests were of staff members, not elderly residents of the facilities. One employee at ...