Local Columns

China-Russia strategic partnership: Stronger on surface than substance

To symbolize the growing ties between the two giant neighbors, Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Tsingtao. The Xi-Putin meeting on June 10 marked the 25th meeting between the two leaders ...

Local literacy efforts are taking root with help of MCF

Even with the amenities of modern technology, nothing can replace the feeling of opening a book and turning that first page. An investment in literacy can nurture a love of reading that positively impacts a student’s academic and professional career for decades. Through agency funds, donor ...

Trauma Informed Schools are coming

The summer months are going fast and school is about to start, which means Trauma Informed Schools will soon be here. Made possible by funding from the Washington County Behavioral Health Board, this initiative is a partnership among all six public school districts in Washington County, Ohio ...

Mother nature can’t keep up with man’s CO2

I have been honored to teach climate science in the public schools the past two years. My experience with students is that most generally believe that climate change is a natural process which has been occurring throughout earth history. Surveys of adults indicate that they overwhelmingly ...

A healthy, strong community

United Ways understand that a healthy community is a strong first step towards a thriving and strong community. Being healthy makes it easier to concentrate in school and be successful at work. We believe that providing access to quality health services and health insurance; creating healthy ...

U.S. oil industry needs a clear path forward

Thirty-five years have now passed since OPEC imposed an embargo on the export of oil to the United States. Officially, that embargo, which began on Oct. 17, 1973, ended five months later. Since the embargo, OPEC has continued using its influence to manage oil prices. Despite surging U.S. oil ...

Commissioners clarify veterans office move

Some clarity from the Washington County Board of Commissioners pertaining to the relocation of certain county offices: Much confusion has been created by the circulation of inaccurate information regarding the move by the Washington County Veterans Services from Pike Street to Putnam ...

United Way always busy

People often ask us when the “down time” comes at our United Way. They typically speculate that summer is a time of quiet in our office; they think that we are in post campaign mode and must finally have a chance to catch up a bit. Most are surprised to learn that really isn’t the ...

Trade war between U.S. & China is a power struggle between the countries

In 1985, the first year the U.S.-China trade balance was reported, the U.S. trade deficit with China was an insignificant sum of $600 million. The trade deficit with China reached its highest level last year,rose to $375.2 billion in 2017; and the cumulative U.S. trade deficit with China since ...

Together we can go so far

Our community has complex issues. Issues that cannot be solved by one individual organization, but can be addressed by a collective joining of organizations working together to achieve a common goal. Complex issues require complex solutions. As one of United Way’s strategic values, ...

Approved grants strengthen summer activities

The Marietta Community Foundation’s first grant cycle awarded 18 grants to area nonprofit initiatives that ranged from beautification efforts to emergency discretionary funds for domestic violence survivors. As the Foundation receives more applications each cycle, they see the diversity of ...

Mental health issues and policing community

On May 7, 2018, the Washington County Emergency Management training room was filled with 15 trainees for a week-long Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. They were there to learn more about de-escalating dangerous situations and to promote safety for both law enforcement officers and the ...

United Way works to bring community together

For more than 90 years, The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been essential to the fabric of this community — responding to new and emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The work is never ending as the needs and demands of building a safer and healthier community ...

Know the real stories of immigrants in America

Recent immigration events have me heartbroken and in disbelief, yet others are celebrating recent immigration changes. I fear that folks who support these positions are disconnected from the immigrant community by geography or misinformation. I hope that folks who think that family ...

Trump should be praised, not hated by many

I was first enraged when the left and the left wing media climbed all over President Trump’s immigration policy that was no different than President Obama’s immigration policy. Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday that we ...

As he goes from summit to summit, next on Kim Jong-un’s list: Shinzo Abe

Kim Jong-un is busy these days, going from one summit to another. In less than three months, the 34-year-old leader of North Korea has had a summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, met Chinese President Xi Jinping three times, held two inter-Korea summit talks with his South Korean ...

Port authority focuses on sites for development

Since its inception, and most certainly over the past year, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board and staff have been hard at work trying to determine what efforts will most impact our region for the better by way of economic development. What has emerged over the last year from strategic ...

There shouldn’t be ‘welfare for coal’

In the past week Donald Trump has issued a directive to Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, requiring transmission operators to purchase electricity from nuclear-generated and coal-generated power plants. The claimed rationale for this directive is to provide “resilience” for a secure system ...

War on trucking industry can cripple the whole economy

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the war on one group and another but there is a war going on in this country that will cripple the whole economy if it isn’t stopped. That is the war on the trucking industry. People are taught to keep off rail road tracks and that trains ...

Where I am does not define who I am

Since I was 14 years old, I have battled with addiction — sometimes things would get so bad for me that the only escape would be to numb my brain with alcohol or whatever street corner drug that was readily available. Like millions of other people I drowned and injected my sorrows. Drugs ...