Opinion

Sexual assaults at big colleges too common

Editorials

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Moving Veterans’ Services could hurt veterans

Letters to the Editor

Moving Veterans’ Services could hurt veterans This time of year often brings out our most patriotic feelings, or maybe that’s just me, but by showing of U.S. flags in and about our town, it seems I’m not alone. I am filled with respect knowing so many people have served and sacrificed ...

Take part in elections and stay on the record

Editorials

In a partisan 5-4 split, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving how Ohio purges voting rolls. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to attempt to remove people who have moved or died from voter rolls. Ohio does this by notifying by mail people who failed to cast ...

Weigh the arguments on tax issue

Editorials

Marietta city officials are telling the citizens of the city that it is time for a change. On Thursday they will vote to put another income tax increase proposal on the November general election ballot, asking for a raise of the current 1.7 percent income tax to 1.85 percent. Last spring a ...

There shouldn’t be ‘welfare for coal’

Local Columns

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 ...

Immigration plan could be a fair compromise

Editorials

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...

Beware: Not all licensed contractors are qualified

Letters to the Editor

With spring coming to an end and summer fast approaching, beware of the so-called contractor with the professional looking signs advertising their up and coming booming business. Well, booming for them, but not for you or me. I’ve been taken by one of these young men. You know, the kind, ...

War on trucking industry can cripple the whole economy

Local Columns

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

Local Columns

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 ...

Money in inactive accounts should be put to use

Editorials

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Check packages before leaving the post office

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing this letter to caution and inform all veterans who receive meds by mail from the VA ... I worked as a nurse at the VA for over 20 years and my husband died from the results of Agent Orange. He did two tours in Vietnam. He received medical care from the VA and was very ...

The flag is a symbol of us as a nation

Editorials

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Don’t be swept into uncivil rants of the leftists

Letters to the Editor

The Little Hocking writer’s “civil” spiel showed plainly the mindset of the democrat/progressive/socialist/liberals. It is do as I say and not as I do. She said civil talk is needed and then jumped into an uncivil rant about the president, blaming him for every perceived wrong. She ...

There’s no reason to show violence on TV/video games

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing about violence on TV and video games. Been wondering, does anyone else agree with me about the things they see on TV the way the world is today? You turn on the TV and what do these young people see? Someone shooting someone or about rape, just evil things happening. I turned ...

Added uncertainty on ACA provision

Editorials

Polls consistently show that Republicans and Democrats agree about the need to protect the health coverage of those Americans with pre-existing conditions. For all the division over the Affordable Care Act, both sides favor its provision barring insurers from denying coverage based on a ...

Right Path event builds leadership skills in youth

Letters to the Editor

The Right Path for Washington County hosted our 1st annual Young Men and Women of Promise event Saturday, May 13, on the Marietta College campus. With 36 middle school youth attending, including Marietta Middle School, Belpre and Veritas Classical Academy, facilitators from Paradym Shift ...

Standing is a sign of respect

Editorials

Should citizens of the United States stand during the playing or singing of the national anthem? Yes, it is a sign of respect. If the tune does not move you, that's fine. It is simply a sign of respect. Should NFL players stand for the anthem at the beginning of games? Yes, in this ...

Behavioral health crisis response

Local Columns

Last year the Washington County Behavioral Health Board began planning enhanced or new services that address our mental health and addiction crisis and fill gaps in our community-based continuum of care, as required by law. Funding for added services is coming from the Mental Health Levy, ...

Why on-again, off-again Singapore Summit is on again?

Local Columns

The on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit is at last back on track. Why did President Trump abruptly cancel the summit? And why it was back on just as abruptly as its cancellation? The head-spinning twists in such a high-stakes diplomatic drama had confused much of the ...

Court is no day at the beach

Editorials

Going to court is serious business. The days of powdered wigs may be behind us, but courtrooms are still far from casual environments. And that is what leads at least one Lucas County judge to warn the public, defendants, and witnesses each summer that she will not tolerate inappropriate ...