Local Columns

A ‘hinge moment’ in U.S.-China relations

His suggested headline: In their ninth and final official meeting in Lima in November, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, “We meet at a hinge moment in the China-U.S. relationship.” The Chinese president was probably right to be concerned. ...

Appreciation for all who help Phillips school, students

The holiday season brings thoughts of appreciation for the wonderful occurrences and people in our life. This is especially true in schools that have the opportunity to reflect on the learning process with students, and how learning compassion can benefit them for a lifetime. It is also a time ...

Combating Ohio’s opioid addiction

With the year coming to a close and many things on the docket to complete, one of the most urgent was the passage of Senate Bill 319. Our homes and families have been ravaged by the epidemic that has gripped Ohio for the last few years: opioid addiction. Last year, 3,050 people died from ...

Government red tape costs too much, causes delays

With a historic election behind us, it’s time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and move forward on rebuilding America. Among the first issues Congress and President-elect Trump should address is our aging national infrastructure. Quick action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, ...

Act bigger, think bigger

I was reminded recently of a story about some of Marietta’s earliest and most successful businessmen, the Beren Brothers. They owned Okmar oil and Interstate Pipe and Supply and they are the namesake of Marietta College’s tennis courts on Fourth Street. The story goes that one of the ...

Motivating, inspiring through connections, recognition

At Marietta Middle School, our mission is to inspire excellence through example and opportunity. We will create a safe, nurturing, disciplined community that motivates and enables all students to reach their fullest potential in order to become positive, productive members of society. When ...

Children of substance abusers: victims of drug epidemic

Her suggested headline: In a video released by Cabell Huntington Hospital (WV) to Reuters news service, a days old infant writhes in the throes of a seizure. He is in the early stages of withdrawal. He is a baby born addicted. His agony is similar to that of adult drug abusers who are trying to ...

Chip in to make our city beautiful

Public officials often like to lament their lack of money to solve problems. Well, here are a number of things everyone can do immediately to improve everyone’s quality of life in Marietta. And it won’t break the budget. Volunteer in your neighborhood to help pick up trash and litter. ...

U.S. withdrawal from the Asia-Pacific?

U.S presidential elections always have had profound effects on the global balance of power. The 2016 election is no exception, especially for the countries in the Asia-Pacific. The “Pivot to Asia” policy of the Obama administration represented a significant shift in U.S. global strategy, ...

Give thanks post election

A few short weeks ago, most Republicans were whining that the system was “rigged” and were angrily threatening to resort to “extraordinary measures” if Hillary Clinton won. However, since the election of Trump, their pre-packaged talking points have shifted to ordering Democrats to ...

Newspapers are the answer to fake news

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson There is good news on fake news. As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And there is a ...

We must curb the abomination of fake news generated for fun, profit

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The emergence of "social media" as compared to "news media" has morphed into "fake news" as opposed to reliable journalism. The legitimate citizen chatter on the Internet offering alternative views on the events of the day to the work of trained ...

One nation under God

Not ashamed to admit it, on the eve of Election Day while washing the supper dishes, tears ran down my cheeks while I prayed that the Lord’s will would allow Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. Truth is, such was the prayer of many Christians, and here is ...

Honoring our veterans and making their lives easier

Earlier this month, we celebrated Veterans Day. Each year on Nov. 11 is set aside the time to honor those who have heeded the call to serve, and with it, the need to make sacrifices for our country. One day is really a pittance when it comes to thanking our brave veterans, but year-round, the ...

Marietta shines thanks to the many volunteers

There is much to be thankful for in Marietta at Thanksgiving. Volunteers step up on a daily basis and help make Marietta the beautiful city it is. From individuals to large, organized groups, each helps Marietta shine as a diamond on the banks of the Ohio. Perl Totman of Lowell captivated ...

The history behind one of Ohio’s stately courthouses

Throughout my years of traveling around this state, I have gained an appreciation for Ohio’s county courthouses, the architectural jewels that are the crossroads of life in our towns and cities. It’s no accident that the courthouse is usually the grandest, most prominent building in a ...

North Korea a top foreign policy priority for the next president

North Korea is one of the most serious foreign policy challenges for the next U.S. president. “The president-elect is going to face a problem with North Korea that none of his or her predecessors have faced,” says Judith Miscik, former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence, “it is well ...

Real estate revaluation program nearing completion

Washington County’s real estate revaluation program is nearing completion. This program, began in the summer of 2014, has been carried out under an order from the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT). Letters informing property owners of their newly established valuations have been mailed. ...

Veterans Day 2016 and service before self

All gave some, some gave all. A truth we as veterans know above all others as it remains with us for a lifetime. Service before self, three words that define every person who has ever worn the uniform of our great nation. Each of us have sacrificed in some way, and I want to thank you, from ...

Election resembles Frankenstein

Those who have been following the NBC time-travel show “Timeless” might be tempted to wonder what some of today’s disoriented G.O.P. leaders would change if they had a device to take them back to the decade before their once-respectable party was usurped by an unpredictable and ...