Editorials

Funding for healthy Great Lakes still needed

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

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 ...

Senators must judge Gorsuch on character

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, ...

Social workers make a difference

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?

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 ...

Reduce red tape at FDA

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 ...

It’s still your right to know

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 ...

Speaking up can stop predators early on

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 ...

Counter recruiters must be effective

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Slow down the repair of ACA

While the zeal to replace Obamacare with a system that is more sustainable and doesn’t penalize working Americans has been in place since the legislation became law several years ago, the effort should not be hasty. The proposed American Health Care Act is flawed in its current form and the ...

VA Clinic working out in new location

We hear a lot in the news about how veterans are treated, especially those who need medical attention. Fortunately, local veterans have easy access through the Marietta VA Clinic at 27843 State Route 7 in Reno. The clinic just marked its first year at the new site. The former VA clinic was ...

Supreme court right to reverse

Ohio Supreme Court justices did something exceedingly unusual this week: They admitted they were wrong just a few months ago. Late last year, a case involving a man convicted of buying more than 100 grams of cocaine went before the court. It was important because prison sentences are ...

4-H gives youth skills to thrive

Many a young person has been helped by 4-H programs in our region. 4-H Week is being celebrated this week in Washington County and throughout Ohio. Through Ohio Uniersity Extension, the 4-H Youth Development program reaches youngsters in every corner of the state, whether they live in a city, ...

OAK Club all about outdoor fun for families

The Outdoor Adventures for Kids (OAK) Club is getting set to launch in Washington County and we hope the first adventure has a great turnout. Organized through the Washington County Health Department, the OAK Club is aimed at teaching families how to play and spend time together outdoors. ...

Local heroes at work with American Red Cross

Everyday heroes exist in our small town communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and for that we’re thankful. We’re talking about the many volunteers with the American Red Cross who unselfishly give of their time to this worthy agency. These volunteers help victims of fires and floods, they ...

Trump action could help farmers

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

Penalties for drug users who put children in harm’s way

All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. Various bills in the W.V. Legislature are aimed at cracking down on adults ...

Don’t repeat mistakes made with opiod drugs

Among contributors to the epidemic of opioid drug abuse was sale of prescription pain pills obtained legally. In some cases, people with no pain at all conned doctors into allowing them to buy the pills, which they sold at tidy profits. In other situations, people were given large supplies of ...

Ohio’s fight against voter fraud continues

It isn’t the massive vote fraud President Donald Trump insists occurred in the presidential election last fall, but problems identified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are serious. Husted has had people in his office checking the state’s Registered Voter Database, as he has done ...

So many willing to serve is inspiring

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education selected a new member to fill a vacant seat on Monday, but that’s not the only highlight of the selection process. Nine city residents expressed interest in the board seat, offering up a varied range of experiences, professions and ...