Opinion

Decision to resign rather than be heard is puzzling

Editorials

Many West Virginians are angry at the three remaining members of the state Supreme Court, we suspect. Allegations against them paint a collective picture of high court justices on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money, eager to circumvent state law and dismissive of ethics rules that guide ...

Roberts, Johnson, very different with public

Letters to the Editor

On a recent Friday evening, friends and neighbors gathered in Devola to meet with Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives from the Ohio Sixth Congressional District, Shawna Roberts. Roberts is challenging the Republican, Bill Johnson, who currently represents the Ohio Sixth, which ...

Attacks of ‘fake news’ must end

Editorials

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Wayne National Forest should be protected

Letters to the Editor

A recent Times article detailed efforts by a group of local landowners to pressure elected officials to expedite drilling on parcels they own in the Wayne National Forest. Unfortunately, drilling the forest is likely to have serious negative effects on the economic, environmental, and human ...

Benefit to help family of boy with cancer

Letters to the Editor

Family - Cancer. Those two words should never go together in a sentence, but unfortunately they do everyday for families. Saturday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., will be the 3rd Buckeye Bob’s Cruisin’ for a Cure benefit. Each year, the three hour dinner cruise aboard The Valley Gem ...

Leaders lack the will to watch spending

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of revenue that is collected has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was ...

People should be outraged by Trump’s actions

Letters to the Editor

I don’t understand the total lack of comment from the editor of this newspaper and from most Republicans when our president continues his daily destruction of what it means to be an American. We have forgotten what decency is all about as President Trump goes about destroying what past ...

All of our Korean vets must come home

Editorials

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Don’t be so quick to applaud revenue growth

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Head back to school safely

Editorials

Many of our local schools resume classes next week and with the start of the school year will come the rush to get to school on time. Safe Routes to School National Partnership estimates that as much as 20 to 30 percent of all morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to ...

Food a concern for too many

Editorials

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

Thanks to all who helped with Purple Heart ceremony

Letters to the Editor

We would like to thank everyone involved in the Purple Heart ceremony on Tuesday, August 7, designating Marietta as a “Purple Heart City.” As a community we are honored by this distinction. “Purple Heart City” signage will be going up at the entrances to Marietta shortly. Thank ...

We need focus, not a force, in space race

Editorials

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a “Space Force.” That is ...

It’s almost fair season, enjoy it!

Editorials

There’s no glitz, glamour or full-scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. Fairs provide plain old fashioned ...

Stalling runoff order is short sighted

Editorials

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission is supposed to look out for all Ohioans by making sure Ohio's precious natural resources aren't squandered. Those resources include, prominently, Lake Erie, a state jewel. Instead, by hastily shelving Gov. John Kasich's recent executive order ...

Responders need legible house numbers to find you

Letters to the Editor

It’s early morning and raining with light fog. A member of your family is having a heart attack. You call 911 and the dispatcher instantly knows your address. You give them your information and hang up. The fire department is dispatched to your home. But,there is a huge problem. Your mail box ...

Take advantage of tax holiday

Editorials

Ohio welcomes back-to-school shoppers with a tax holiday on most school supplies and some clothing. The tax holiday began Friday and runs through Sunday. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less ...

Township appreciates others’ assistance

Letters to the Editor

The trustees of Liberty Township would like to thank Salem and Lawrence Township for helping the township spread stone during their application of dust control. Your help and generosity was very appreciated. Emily Griffin, fiscal officer Liberty Township