Local Columns

Defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula

June 12 will be the defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th,” President Trump tweeted on May 10, “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” In ...

Earth Day support was appreciated

Marietta Earth Day celebrated its 19th year with a sunny, beautiful spring day! A special thanks to event sponsors: Clare Kremer and Cathy Schafer, Peoples Bank, and the Marietta Area Recycling Center. The Union Ridge Wildlife Center, through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, ...

Combat stigma of mental illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, during which we advocate against the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma is all around us. Where there are people, there is stigma. It is time to bring awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness. There are two types of stigma. The ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

The coming conflict in the Taiwan Strait

As the United States and China are positioning themselves for a possible trade war, Beijing launched a massive military drill in the Taiwan Strait on April 18. The April 2018 Taiwan Strait exercise was the “biggest ever” military parade carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army ...

Milleson has experience to lead the 95th

We are lucky to live in a day and age where individuals are able to voice their unique opinions and concerns on social, economic, and political issues through print and digital news media outlets, social media applications, and other public fora. These avenues should make Americans of all walks ...

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 ...