Editorials

Delaying graduation standards does kids a disservice

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Learn from Greatest Generation

Across the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday, ceremonies honored the generation of Americans who responded to the attacks on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago by stepping up and saving the world. There are so few of them left. Americans got a stark reminder of both the strength and frailty of that generation ...

Meyer’s early retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to legislation happening

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...

Do the right thing when celebrating

Drunk or drugged drivers are a late-night, weekend worry, so the conventional wisdom goes. But a video released by the Ohio Highway Patrol shows impaired driving happens all day, every day. In fact, only 30 percent of the arrests by the highway patrol for impaired driving came between ...

Bush, a true public servant, put country first

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush left a mark on this country and the world that is sometimes overlooked in an era when self-promotion can be given as much importance as the actual work done. He was calm, quiet — a statesman, not a showman; though he did join in for a laugh when shows ...

’Tis the season to be more giving

Soon after Thanksgiving, it begins. Shoppers hear the familiar jingling of bells as they go about their day — Salvation Army bell-ringers are manning their red kettles, bringing a little extra cheer to the reminder that “need knows no season.” Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Salvation Army ...

Weigh all options in future of the harbor

There may be a big decision for the city to make soon regarding its harbor space, and we hope more is considered than simple financial implications. For 20 years, WASCO, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities, has operated the Marietta Harbor. The ...

If medicinal pot is to work in Ohio, checks need to be in place

Marijuana dispensaries will be coming to several towns in East Ohio — including Marietta — soon. Coshocton and East Liverpool will each get one. Wintersville is getting two. Personnel at the Cresco Labs Ohio store on Main Street in Wintersville, let the press in for a look the other ...

Ohio needs to get ahead of the curve to attract business

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos — predicted that the four Ohio locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Smoke detectors save lives

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Shopping small for holidays

Marietta and surrounding Washington County communities are filled with locally owned small businesses that offer shopping experiences one simply cannot find at the bigger, national chains. Today, Small Business Saturday, is a perfect opportunity to explore some of them — perhaps to get an ...

Company right to hire veterans

When it comes to taking care of our veterans, Mid-Ohio Valley communities may already be a notch above some others. But there is always room for improvement. It is no secret that employers are having difficulty finding enough qualified, capable, sober people to fill the jobs that will keep our ...

Much for which to be thankful

Local residents have much for which to be thankful this season — and one of them is the degree to which we are capable of rising above the challenges we face. There ARE challenges, of course, but we tackle them. They do not define us. So here we are, on this Thanksgiving day, grateful for ...

Prosecute those who sent men to prison

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Consider donating to Habitat

There may be no place like home for the holidays, but for a couple of local families, home is taking on a new significance this season. Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley has wasted no time in making a difference in some Washington County lives, and over the weekend celebrated not only ...

Sherrod Brown would have some work to do

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Government agencies must earn trust

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator up the river in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the ...

Be cautious on the roads as the weather turns colder

Drivers surprised by icy rain and snow spitting from the skies recently know it is only a matter of time before we are regularly faced with driving conditions that require a different skill set from those warm sunny summer drives. In fact, some counties in Ohio have already had the de-icing ...

Giving thanks for volunteers

One week from today, dozens of people in the Marietta community will be busy cooking turkey, serving mashed potatoes and cleaning up afterward. But these volunteers will be doing this not for their own families, but for neighbors, acquaintances and complete strangers. The Mid-Ohio Valley is ...