Editorials

Keep up the good work as your neighbor’s keeper

Well, we made it through another Mid-Ohio Valley winter storm. We know you have been told time and time again to remember your neighbors especially the elderly and disabled to see if they can use a helping hand. Offers of help are especially timely now as a lot of people are dealing with the ...

Recognize, help those at risk of suicide

The tragic stories of veterans taking their own lives have grabbed headlines of late, but the death last week of a local teen reminds us that even the young among us are vulnerable to suicide. When someone takes his or her own life, those left behind often express shock and disbelief. But in ...

Monroe County gets 911 upgrade

Monroe County is a safer place today than it was a few months ago, thanks to installation of a new 911 system. Phil Keevert and Jason Harter, system coordinators, told the Monroe County Board of Commissioners recently the new Next Generation 911 system is up and running. The ...

Women’s march addresses key issues

Several bus loads of local residents will be making their way to Washington D.C. next week to take part in the Women’s March on Washington. We’re proud to have so many local people participating in the human rights march and encourage anyone else who can attend to consider it. The ...

Take care changing Affordable Care Act

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

About-face on ethics commission right call

In an era when the population has shown its ability to foist its discontent on political leadership, regardless of how actions match words, the word “ethics” might seem a lost piece of terminology. Except it shouldn’t be. And that’s why the about-face on what to do with the Office ...

Local stage offerings top notch in quality, quantity

Have you noticed that there’s so much more in the Marietta/Parkersburg area than museums, farmers markets, vibrant church congregations willing to pull together to serve meals at no cost to their neighbors? As residents of this area, we are so lucky to have community theater groups — ...

Church should pay for its negligence

A store owner whose negligence results in a customer breaking his back in a fall and never being able to work again is in the wrong both legally and morally. What about church officials who do nothing about a pastor accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, then find he has raped a ...

Give First Fridays a chance at succeeding

Tonight will mark the first of a new downtown event—First Fridays. We’re anxious to give it a try and we hope others do, too. We talk to people all the time who are anxious for more events downtown and evening hours for downtown merchants so we’re happy to see that there is a brand ...

Testing can help beat cervical cancer

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2017. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Local control of school districts still necessary

Centralized control of public education has been blamed for a variety of problems, ranging from one-size-fits-all curriculum to spending on politically correct agendas rather than better teaching. And the higher on the ladder that centralization goes, the worse. It has been suggested that if ...

2017 ushers in new time for new attitudes

Let’s put aside all the hubbub associated with the day’s news from Washington. That’s because people must realize  that very little of what happens in our nation’s capital has much impact on the daily lives of  people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Politics has become an embarrassment in ...

FEMA is lucky ricin exposure uneventful

Hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were placed at great risk by an error made by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, it has been revealed. While training at a FEMA facility in Alabama, scores of Ohioans were among about 9,600 people exposed to high-toxicity ricin during ...

Law about cocaine too lenient on drug dealers

Criminal law for some serious offenses is based on intent. For example, someone who causes a vehicle accident in which another person dies might be charged with negligent homicide. But if prosecutors learn the driver intended to cause a crash, the charge probably would be upgraded to ...

Start the new year with a new HSOV pet

Just like we may feel we’re bursting at the seams after all our holiday meals and cookies, so is the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. It’s at capacity for both cats and dogs, meaning it’s a great time  to adopt for those who are able. Many people may not know the joy a pet can bring ...

Prepare now for winter’s dangers

Don’t let recent warm weather fool you. Winter officially began last week and winter weather is ahead. Drivers didn’t have to worry too much last year about snow and ice but it is only a matter of time before residents will face ice and snow covered roads. The Ohio State Highway Patrol ...

Ethics must be a priority for both GOP, Dems

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Celebrate responsibly with OSU, as they seek gridiron title

The upcoming New Year’s Day holiday is often adopted by all sorts of revelers as an excuse to go crazy  to celebrate the coming of a new year. We say go ahead and celebrate. Have a blast! Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car or truck. Designate a non-drinking friend or relative to ...

Christmas Eve brings its own peace, contentment

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Ohio bill tackles truancy

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that treats truancy as a problem for schools and parents to solve, rather than a crime to be dealt with by the courts. That is probably a good thing, so long as students — and, let us face it, some older students are no longer “children” — do not get ...