Editorials

Don’t put it off — get a flu shot soon

Flu season is upon us, whether we like it or not. Students have had several weeks to circulate their germs and spread them back home — and the holidays are fast-approaching. Protect yourself. Get a flu shot. There are very few circumstances in which avoiding the shot makes sense: Babies ...

Check early, check often for signs of breast cancer

Tomorrow, a mobile medical clinic funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Ohio Department of Health will be parked outside Marietta College's Physician Assistant School at 208 Third St., to provide free PAP tests, pelvic and breast exams, referrals for mammograms and breast health education ...

One incident of domestic violence is one too many

First, the good news: The number of domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio went down last year — from 116 in fiscal 2016 to 91 in fiscal 2017. Now, the bad news: There were still 91 domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio last year. For domestic violence advocates it is an unfortunate ...

Workers’ comp fraud is everyone’s problem

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 healthcare ...

A shameful moment for our country

The hearings are over, the confirmation complete, but there is still much we can learn from the weeks that followed the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. After the accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, the process became a political boxing match for which ...

Now more than ever, journalists are needed

“Journalism matters. NOW more than ever.” For 78 years, National Newspaper Week has reminded readers each year of the value to our communities and our democracy in maintaining a vigorous free press. The theme for this year’s observances is focused on the challenges of the ...

Mental health partnership in local schools much needed

Schools used to worry about reading, writing and arithmetic when it came to meeting students’ needs. Today, some schools are facing the problem of providing clothing and hygiene products, food, after-school care, some basic health care and mental health services to their students. “If the ...

We must do better to get DNA in databases

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Vets’ Hall of Fame is a special recognition

On Nov. 1, the Washington County Veterans Service Commission will hold its first Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The men and women in the first class of inductees displayed not only a willingness to serve their country in the military, but to continue serving upon their return to ...

Register to vote, it’s so important

There are only a handful of days left to register to vote in Ohio ahead of the Nov. 6 election. We hope those who haven’t already gone through the simple process will take a few minutes to do so and have their say in who will be making decisions in their county, state and country. The ...

STEAM programs add art to the lessons

Some teachers and administrators made an important shift when they turned STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into STEAM — the A stands for “arts.” Programs like Artsbridge, which brings classes, performances and demonstrations to local schools, show perfectly the ...

It’s well past time to protect our elderly

Ohioans already know they need to look out for the wellbeing of children; and the law caught up to that reality years ago. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. ...

Plan for school security would leave some lacking

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s office ...

Publishing list a good start in regaining trust

The Steubenville Diocese, which includes some parishes in Washington County, has made an important and welcomed announcement. It will publish the names of priests in the diocese against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse have been made, and who have been removed from active ...

LWCF will expire Sunday if it’s not reauthorized

Washington County residents who enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which many may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. ...

Will new tech help with opioid epidemic?

Though awareness and changes in the law have meant a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the main factor in our current substance abuse crisis, the fact remains: “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications being provided ...

Will new tech help with opioid epidemic?

Though awareness and changes in the law have meant a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the main factor in our current substance abuse crisis, the fact remains: “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications being provided ...

Disc golf course is another reason to get moving

Marietta-area residents have another tool in the fight to stay healthy and active, with the opening of a 9-hole disc golf course at Gold Star Park this week. “This is what this area needs,” said Julian Powell, a disc course owner in Vienna who attended the opening. “This whole course ...

Church in dire need of someone to organize luncheon

Norwood United Methodist Church plays host each year to an event that brings the work of volunteers from all over the community together to serve more than 500 Thanksgiving meals. This year, the event may be in trouble, if a leader cannot be found to organize it. “We have had some really ...

Adults and kids alike can learn lessons from Sandy Hook

An organization founded by families of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting knew they needed to try something different — something a whole lot of other adults had ignored — if they were to make a difference in kids’ lives. “We empower and help one population ...