Opinion

Delaying graduation standards does kids a disservice

Editorials

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Learn from Greatest Generation

Editorials

Across the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday, ceremonies honored the generation of Americans who responded to the attacks on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago by stepping up and saving the world. There are so few of them left. Americans got a stark reminder of both the strength and frailty of that generation ...

Meyer’s early retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Editorials

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to legislation happening

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...

Trump’s behavior against the media is un-American

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump’s willingness to soft pedal the brutal murder of a journalist is a disgusting reminder of his disregard for the ideals that made this country great. The virtuous ideas of our founders are regularly bludgeoned by his repulsive ego and trampling of traditional norms. Constant lies ...

Thanks for support of MOV Gift of Life 5K event

Letters to the Editor

MOV Gift of Life would like to thank those that came out and supported our 2nd Annual 5K Run & Walk at the Marietta Aquatic Center. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. We would like to thank the following area ...

Do the right thing when celebrating

Editorials

Drunk or drugged drivers are a late-night, weekend worry, so the conventional wisdom goes. But a video released by the Ohio Highway Patrol shows impaired driving happens all day, every day. In fact, only 30 percent of the arrests by the highway patrol for impaired driving came between ...

Bush, a true public servant, put country first

Editorials

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush left a mark on this country and the world that is sometimes overlooked in an era when self-promotion can be given as much importance as the actual work done. He was calm, quiet — a statesman, not a showman; though he did join in for a laugh when shows ...

’Tis the season to be more giving

Editorials

Soon after Thanksgiving, it begins. Shoppers hear the familiar jingling of bells as they go about their day — Salvation Army bell-ringers are manning their red kettles, bringing a little extra cheer to the reminder that “need knows no season.” Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Salvation Army ...

Weigh all options in future of the harbor

Editorials

There may be a big decision for the city to make soon regarding its harbor space, and we hope more is considered than simple financial implications. For 20 years, WASCO, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities, has operated the Marietta Harbor. The ...

Leave a light on

Letters to the Editor

It is getting darker earlier everyday and our letter carriers in many areas are still making their rounds delivering the mail well after dark. To make their jobs easier and safer I suggest that we leave a porch or front door light on. This extra illumination will help them to see and miss ...

If medicinal pot is to work in Ohio, checks need to be in place

Editorials

Marijuana dispensaries will be coming to several towns in East Ohio — including Marietta — soon. Coshocton and East Liverpool will each get one. Wintersville is getting two. Personnel at the Cresco Labs Ohio store on Main Street in Wintersville, let the press in for a look the other ...

Incoming commissioner says thanks for support

Letters to the Editor

It seems appropriate in this Thanksgiving season to take a moment and say thanks for all the help and support I received during my campaign this summer and fall. I am profoundly grateful for friends and acquaintances alike who took time from their schedule to knock on doors, put up signs, and ...

Reader takes issue with national debt letter

Letters to the Editor

You printed a recent letter titled “Nation’s budget deficit skyrocketing under Trump.” The author assumes that the national debt is a bad thing and that everybody agrees that it is a bad thing, but he doesn’t give any evidence. We have a fine college and a community college, so there ...

Ohio needs to get ahead of the curve to attract business

Editorials

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos — predicted that the four Ohio locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Smoke detectors save lives

Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

What is a pacesetter?

Local Columns

By Stacy DeCicco United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley By definition it is someone who sets the pace at the beginning of a race or competition- someone who takes the lead or sets the standard of achievement for others. At United Way, Pacesetters are those donors who make their gift in ...

Shopping small for holidays

Editorials

Marietta and surrounding Washington County communities are filled with locally owned small businesses that offer shopping experiences one simply cannot find at the bigger, national chains. Today, Small Business Saturday, is a perfect opportunity to explore some of them — perhaps to get an ...

Looking for father’s fellow soldiers

Letters to the Editor

I am putting a scrapbook together for my daughters, in honor of their grandfather. My father passed away before our first daughter was born. I am looking for who served with my dad in the Korean War, 1950-53. His name was Cpl. Howard Ray Thomas; and his unit was Company A, 702nd Armed ...