Editorials

County can’t ignore sewer issue any longer

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has moved to have the state Attorney General’s Office enforce findings and orders dealing with sewering Devola. Meanwhile, the City of Marietta’s attorney has calculated the additional cost burden to Marietta sewer customers for the ...

Fed. govt. must take position on medical marijuana

In West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law ...

Protect retired miners’ insurance

In less than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families could lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people affected ...

Ohio must cut its own spending

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

Volunteer Week worth celebrating each year

National Volunteer Week started Sunday and it’s a great time to appreciate the work done in our community by people who volunteer their time to serve, for example, as hospital helpers, youth baseball, soccer, basketball and football coaches, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders. Look around ...

Adults must not serve alcohol to teenagers

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes in motor ...

Hitting the open road? Buckle up for safety

Roadtrips are a part of spring and summer, not to mention the many activities that keep us on the road as the school year winds down. Nationwide, auto accidents are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seat belt use ...

History shows how the U.S. reacts to attacks

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

VA must correct problems with hotline

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Stay alert, safe around highway work areas

As state and local communities roll out the orange barrels for road and bridge work, drivers have to realize construction zones are dangerous places. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported there were 6,041 crashes last year in work zones resulting in 28 deaths, 186 serious injuries ...

Grandparents have a lot to offer today’s children

It was good to see grandparents joining Lowell Elementary students last week for a day of crafts, a book fair and a ventriloquist act. We know schools throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley carve out at least part of a class day to salute grandparents. We think it’s a good investment of time that ...

Organ donation saves lives

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea implant? Chances are you do, as organ donations in the United States are continuing to grow, with more than 30,000 performed. However, thousands and thousands more await transplants — more than 123,373 nationally and ...

Registry of rental owners, managers is needed

We support a proposed rental registry for the City of Marietta and we think City Council should approve the measure at its meeting April 20. The rental registry would require the owners and property managers of rental property within city limits to provide contact information, such as a name ...

Reaction to lost trees shouldn’t be a surprise

The shade is gone and some Marietta residents are already feeling heated this week about the recent removal of some large trees along Eighth Street. The trees, removed by AEP in order to accommodate higher utility poles, are just some of the first cuts to be made as part of a $330 million ...

New rule helps some addicted to painkillers

The first rule of holes states if you find yourself in one, stop digging. Ohio is among states attempting to avert opioid addiction by reducing the painkillers prescribed to workers hurt on the job. New rules issued by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation state reimbursement for opioid ...

Babies who are born addicted are abused

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month and there appears to be a disturbing trend developing with babies being born addicted to drugs. It is heartbreaking to imagine the withdrawal that a newborn goes through in his or her first several days out of the womb. Neonatal abstinence ...

NBA fans primed for more Cavs’ success

Remember the celebration last year when the Cleveland Cavaliers brought home the NBA title? It was HUGE! Thousands clogged downtown streets and the team, led by Akron’s own LeBron James, basked in the light of success Cleveland fans hadn’t experienced since 1964 when the Browns won the ...

The legacy of WWI endures

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago. It was April 6, 1917, that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into ...

We must make change work for us

Gov. John Kasich delivered a sales pitch during his State of the State address in Sandusky Tuesday night. He wants Ohioans to embrace change, especially the technological variety. Resistance, however, isn’t just due to the “age-old fear of change,” as Kasich stated. Reluctance also ...

Entitlements burden fed budget; time to ease up?

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights. Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. This week, we learned ...