Opinion

Decline in population is generally bad for society

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Appalachia’s rising suicide rate needs to be addressed

Editorials

Residents of Ohio’s Appalachian counties do not need to be told how challenging the last decade or two has been. For far too many hope is a thing of the past, and the stress has taken a deadly toll. According to a report released by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, ...

Click It or Ticket renewed and needed

Editorials

Across the country, approximately 89.6 percent of motorists are smart enough to put on their seat belts when they get in their cars. Here in Ohio, the figure is more worrisome, at 84.9 percent. That means more than 15 percent of Buckeye State motorists are unnecessarily putting their lives at ...

Use of app will help to grow broadband services

Editorials

A new free app that measures wireless signal strength and speed could be a great tool for our area and Appalachia in general—but only if people get the app and use it. When users operate the app in their location, that data is given to the National Association of Counties, with the goal to ...

The Glenn legacy cannot be denied

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Muskingum County, is to be ...

Why the rush to redraw Ohio’s district maps?

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio: What’s the rush? Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional gerrymandering meant to ...

We must all do our part to save biodiversity

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. But human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...

Remember the heroes, and that good exists in the world

Editorials

It is a shame, but once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. This week, two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage ...

Who will playground serve if the school is gone?

Editorials

The head of a committee raising funds for a new playground next to Washington Elementary School said this week that whether or not the school remains at that location, plans for the playground construction will continue as planned. There is some uncertainty as to whether a school will remain ...

New district map must be bipartisan

Editorials

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Officials must be sincere in plan to end medical backlog

Editorials

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw the previous administration under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans ...

Students learning unacceptable behavior

Editorials

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the degree to which too ...

State grants for body armor should be pursued

Editorials

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Phone issues need to be dealt with — ASAP

Editorials

Peoples Bank Theatre sent out a mass email Tuesday to let people know they weren’t able to receive most phone calls. Included was an image of a little boy holding a can with a string attached to his ear. Unfortunately, it pretty accurately depicts what much of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been ...

Take advantage of health screenings

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have the opportunity to attend several health fairs and expos throughout the region each year. These are important activities not only for the sake of those seeking new ideas for exercise classes or healthy eating, but also those who might not otherwise learn about ...

Education funding last on state’s agenda

Letters to the Editor

Voters, please pay attention. The Ohio House Leadership is throwing away your child’s future. Whether you have a child, a grandchild or simply care about the public schools; Ohio is once again putting education last on the agenda. As reported in the April 24 article in the Marietta Times, ...

Hold agency accountable before giving more money

Editorials

It is no secret our region’s population is aging, and that more families are having to make difficult decisions about the best place for older relatives to live. That decision is made no easier by the knowledge that Ohio is far behind federal guidelines when it comes to inspections of nursing ...

Government works when both sides come together

Editorials

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

Voters know there’s no such thing as ‘free’

Editorials

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...