Opinion

Funding for healthy Great Lakes still needed

Editorials

Despite often being a disliked federal agency, much of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does is necessary. The agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative falls into that category. Many Ohioans are well aware of problems in the lakes, especially Lake Erie. Toxic algae and ...

Distance is no barrier for farmers who want to help out

Editorials

After seeing social media posts describing the devastation of farmland in Kansas following a weeks-long series of wildfires, two Washington County farmers decided to lend a hand. Both Todd Stacy and Ross Lane work full-time jobs and work on their family farms. Yet they are making time to not ...

Trump is not keeping health care promises

Letters to the Editor

How, why — in a country that can afford war after war, most of them completely avoidable, costing trillions of dollars — and can afford to give tax breaks to the enormously wealthy and large corporations ... costing yet more trillions cannot see fit or find it reasonable to provide basic ...

Republicans can talk, but they can’t govern

Letters to the Editor

Republicans are pretty good at talking their way into office, but they are lousy at governing. The past two months have been interesting to say the least, but they have also brought us a rude awakening. The eight years of reasoned, steady progress by the Obama administration, despite 24/7 ...

Senators must judge Gorsuch on character

Editorials

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Family grateful for outpouring of support

Letters to the Editor

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to the family members, friends and neighbors for all acts of kindness and sympathy, food, donations, cards, visits and kind words spoken to our family regarding the tragedy that took our son Steve, his beloved girlfriend Misty, and their ...

Own a car? Own a body? You need insurance

Letters to the Editor

Why do we accept mandatory car insurance but complain about mandatory health care insurance? What’s the difference? When we choose to buy a car, we know that the state requires all of us to purchase car insurance. We see the wisdom of this requirement because it protects us from having to ...

Social workers make a difference

Editorials

Social workers work in the community every day helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is “Social Workers Stand Up.” There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their ...

Hey, who ordered dose of winter in the Valley?

Editorials

Just days before spring arrived the Mid-Ohio Valley got hit with a slick coating of snow and sleet Friday afternoon. Suddenly, it was winter! Roads got slippery in a matter of minutes. There were the usual fender bender accidents. Cars ended up in ditches, creeks, guardrails and the back ends ...

Socialism vs. communism: Know the difference

Letters to the Editor

What is socialism versus communism? Socialism: State owns and controls everything — apartments/homes, wages, where you go, what you drive, kids education and etc. ... On national news every day, we have heard people on left or social reports. Question is, lefties protesters, called ...

Reduce red tape at FDA

Editorials

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Plan to participate in Earth Day events

Letters to the Editor

Marietta’s Earth Day Celebration is fast approaching. Armory Square, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Now is the time to consider entering the Sweetgum Ball Contest and the Trash-to-Art Contest. Marietta streets provide an almost unlimited number of sweetgum balls - consider them as ...

Trump supporters have Constitutional rights, too

Letters to the Editor

On March 4, pro Trump rallies were held across the nation. Ohio citizens gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse. We were upbeat, happy for fellowship and the opportunity to speak and share our support of President Trump and Constitutional government. Then came the bombardment by the Trump ...

Access is shrinking, and why it matters

Local Columns

People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, ...

It’s still your right to know

Editorials

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Governor’s education budget attacked

Letters to the Editor

An article in the Columbus Dispatch on March 8, outlined the strong opposition to the way education dollars are allocated in the 2018-2019 budget proposed by Governor John Kasich. Any school district that uses school buses will be negatively impacted by a reduction in money provided for ...

Speaking up can stop predators early on

Editorials

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

City to recognize home beautification efforts

Letters to the Editor

As a school teacher, most times, I have found that human nature responds well to a pat on the back, a sticker or a cookie. Although negative reinforcement or consequences is sometimes what is needed, generally, positive reinforcement almost always generates a sense of teamwork and ...

No more my-side, your-side thinking

Letters to the Editor

“Too clever by half” — I remember hearing that comment by adults when I was a child, and I think it applies to author Michael J. Knowles’ new best-selling book. Perhaps his wordless book titled, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats,” was intended to completely discredit the political ...

Three weeks is too quick to overhaul healthcare

Letters to the Editor

The newly released and fast-tracked Republican healthcare legislation is a mess. I recorded and watched 23 hours of the committee hearing and studied the text of the bill. There are very real reasons that every hospital association, the American Medical Association, and all other physician ...