Editorials

Lawsuits shouldn’t be used to hide records

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in Ohio, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances, such as ongoing criminal investigations. Reportedly, officials in some ...

Ohio’s children deserve better

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Some of our regulations need to be revisited

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Speak up on medical marijuana moratorium

Marietta City Council plans to introduce legislation lifting the moratorium on medical marijuana this week. The moratorium was passed in September last year with the intention of giving the state time to finalize rules and regulations for medical marijuana, which was legalized in Ohio that ...

Districts must be drawn fairly

Districts must be drawn fairlyThe first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice ...

Student loan defaults require answer

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Johnson’s bill would benefit our area

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has ...

Investigate facts behind reports of assault

For many years, standard practice on many college and university campuses was to minimize, even cover up actively, reports of crime affecting students. That is changing, in some measure because of federal law insisting on honest campus crime reporting. With that in mind, reports of crime at ...

Congress should vote to extend C.H.I.P. 

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Special events with local flavor worth seeing

Living in the Mid-Ohio Valley has its advantages, especially fairs and festivals our communities hold each year. Take your pick from the Belpre Heritage Festival, Lowell’s Octoberfest, Barlow Fair, Beverly-Waterford Homecoming and the Washington County Fair. There are plenty of events to ...

Moving beyond the pink ribbons

It’s that time of the year in which the color pink can be seen just about everywhere. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are seeing pink ribbons in our schools and pinned to our sheriff’s deputies, pink T-shirts that area school athletes are donning and even pink confections at ...

Make way for Sunday road race

Marietta is gearing up for its second annual half marathon this weekend and those around the city should be prepared. The race means that several main roadways, including Putnam and Front streets, and Glendale Road, will be closed. Some major intersections that will remain open, including ...

Abused children must be protected

Sometimes, the only rescuers abused children can rely on are teachers, principals and other school personnel. Many cases of child abuse and/or neglect come to light only because educators go to the police. In Ohio, they are required by law to report suspected abuse. They do so almost every ...

Kennedy papers should be released

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

We need more facts about Las Vegas tragedy

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least ...

Wait! Those building projects can wait a while

It is no surprise to read that labor and materials are in short supply mainly because demand it so strong from hurricane-stricken regions in Texas and Florida. That’s understandable as those areas begin the monumental task of rebuilding. Damage estimates are running in the billions. So it ...

Take steps to register, and vote

With such warm temperatures recently in the Mid-Ohio Valley, it may be hard to believe that this weekend, the calendar will turn the page to October. Not only does that mean pumpkins, foliage and sweater weather are nearly upon us, it also means Election Day soon will be, too. And just days ...

State law on distracted driving must be tougher

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Keep the pressure on China

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Oxender valuable player on city council

Small communities face challenges on many fronts. Finding quality people with vision and creativity to serve in leadership positions is at the base of these challenges. In Cindy Oxender we have a candidate with demonstrated service, vision and leadership. Her track record on council speaks ...