Local Columns

Taking our freedoms for granted

Isn’t it terrible how our children are being used and exploited these days? I’m not talking about pedophiles or child porn hucksters, although today’s perpetrators are nearly as despicable. First an instance of child exploitation in our own region. West Virginia teachers recently held ...

Ohioans deserve clean air and responsible development

In the viewpoint published on March 17th Dr. Robert Chase presents a false choice between the economic benefits of oil and gas development and clean air protections for Ohio communities. The truth is that we can both encourage a more responsible energy industry and protect our air. Voluntary ...

Why Kim Jong-un went to Beijing

Kim Jong-un paid an surprise, highly secretive visit to Beijing from March 26 to 27, marking the first time the 34-year-old North Korean leader has set foot outside the Hermit Kingdom since he took power in 2011. Chinese authorities greeted the North Korean leader with an over-the-top ...

Alcoholism is a family affair

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a fitting time to talk about the devastation the disease of alcoholism has on families across the globe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older (6.2 percent of this age group) have an ...

Reducing methane emissions with minimal govt. input

Is it possible to have “near zero” methane emissions from oil and natural gas production operations and, at the same time, low-cost energy? Fortunately for Ohioans and shale-gas producers in Ohio the answer is yes. Not just any climate policy will achieve these twin goals, however. It will ...

The Korean Peninsula: At the starting line for peace

History is in the making on the Korean Peninsula. On March 6, Chung Eui-yong, Chief of South Korea National Security Council, announced, “the 2018 inter-Korean summit is planned to be held in late April, on the South Korean side of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, between President Moon ...

Rising together and giving back

As February ebbed and the rivers rose, the Marietta community came out in droves to actively support local home owners, businesses and downtown organizations in the flood plain. Hundreds of volunteers, from students to professionals, lent a helping hand as high waters threatened the area ...

Certified Peer Supporter: A recovery program

Who knows more about behavioral health disorders than those who have lived the experience? Who knows more about recovery than those who are well along the path to recovery? A peer supporter is someone who is on the recovery journey and is helping others. Peer supporters share lived experiences ...

Humpty Dumpty is falling and Republicans are to blame

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” The reason we teach impressionable children ages-old wisdom is because they will need it later on. Very few eventually learn that an ...

Lungs, marijuana, and cancer

Common sense says that putting smoke, aerosol, vehicle exhaust, asbestos, coal dust, silica, or any inhaled (deliberate or not deliberate) chemicals into your lungs is going against self-preservation and a healthy body. But, humans demand study results before they’ll say what common sense ...

The “Peace Olympics”: Will the rapprochement last?

A sudden detente, anchored by the leaders of the two Koreas, has brought a welcome de-escalation of tensions on the Peninsula. Korea watchers are calling the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics the “Peace Olympics.” “The big story of the 2018 Winter Olympics has been the participation of ...

Social Studies Night at Putnam

Putnam Elementary staff, with support from our PTO and some community members, will be having a social studies night on Feb. 27. This will be an opportunity for Putnam students and families to participate and enjoy activities, demonstrations and see some displays together. Over the past several ...

Ohio kids need programs

Growing up in East Liverpool, I have to take care of myself a lot of the times. Both my parents struggle with addiction, which is all too common in our area. It has been up to me to get myself breakfast, lunch and dinner, to make sure I go to the doctor if I was sick, and to make sure I have ...

Tax cuts make the leap from recovery to prosperity

In an economy like ours, tax cuts go to work for the American people. Ohio makes it plain to see. And fortunately, our leaders in Washington recognized that. They finished out 2017 with a landmark tax bill that’s now bringing well-earned relief across the state-and across the country. To ...

Tax reform helps create more opportunity for Marietta families

For too long, our tax code has held back rather than helped middle-class families. Expenses have gone up—healthcare being the biggest expense—and wages have been flat for more than a decade. With the new tax reform law, we are making the American Dream more than just a dream for ...

Economic status, and the opioid crisis

The Appalachian Ohio region spans from the periphery of Cincinnati to the edge of Cleveland, following the Ohio River. The 32 counties of Ohio’s 88 counties are considered Appalachian. The Appalachian Regional Commission monitors, compares, sums, and averages the economic status of these 32 ...

GOP tax reform bill is a big favor to the middle class

Philip W. Sturm was West Virginia Professor of the Year in 2000 and has been Professor of History for 50 years at three different institutions of higher education in the U.S., but that does not obscure the fact that he is a liberal Democrat, and is in fact no expert on United States tax ...

Trump’s Greatest Mistake: Winning

“The Presidency is an MRI of the soul” — David Axelrod That includes the president’s voters, too. Trump voters are in for a big surprise come judgement day. My recent horoscope said: Writing matters. Pour your soul out as ink onto paper... Most people would blow that off. But I’ve ...

House Bill 214 champions equality for the unborn

In December of 2017, legislation providing protections and equality for unborn children was signed into law by Governor Kasich. Also known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, House Bill 214 was one I was proud to support, as it makes great strides in the fight for the rights and ...

S. Korea’s President defuses tensions with the north

North and South Korean teams are to match together under the “Korean Unification Flag” at the XXIIIWinter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 9. The Korean Unification Flag, designed to represent all of Korea with a blue silhouette of the Peninsula in the ...