Editorials

Don’t miss nature’s wonder

While some readers may have already reached “2017 Eclipse overload” we hope most are looking forward to basking in the shadow of the moon Monday afternoon. The Marietta area falls outside of the “totality zone” stretching coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina, but that ...

Negotiate with Korea and end the threat

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that North ...

Drug abuse a very real emergency

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Turning point in fight in Mosul

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Sick mindset seen in Va. isn’t shared

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and ...

Postal Service suffers at the hands of Congress

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Ohio gets ideas in war against addiction

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

What to do about those contractors who abuse

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

As school year starts, follow rules of the road

Next week, the first of the region’s school children return to class when Belpre and Wood County schools open their doors for a new school year. For many kids, their school day begins and ends with a ride on a school bus. Unfortunately, not all motorists obey the rules of the road when it ...

Not all swamp creatures cooperate

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate last week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Playground gets a boost for future

The playground by Washington School has always ben a busy place. Pickup hoops games day and night, summer and winter are common, attracting teens and young adults. The playground equipment really gets a work out on days when there’s no school. Then, on the days when there is school it’s a ...

Right to free speech can be murky

When we first heard of the recent arrest of a Fleming couple who allegedly kept journals detailing sexual activity they considered with their infant son, our first reaction was disgust. But our second reaction to the journals, found stashed away in a home they had moved out of, was “Can ...

Tax holiday is good for families

Ohio will welcome back-to-school shoppers this Friday through Sunday with a tax holiday on most school supplies and some clothing. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional ...

Enjoy all the area offers

There is something for everyone this weekend in Marietta. The next few days will offer the Band Organ Rally downtown, the Inland Waterways Festival at the Ohio River Museum and First Fridays in some of our favorite local stores. Outside of the city there is the Oak Grove Ice Cream Social, ...

It’s time to review Ohio’s tax incentives

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Answers needed following tragedy

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Pool party builds good will in our community

Wednesday night’s long-running pool party event is a way for law enforcement to become more visible in the community and to continue efforts to bond with citizens. If you read headlines from around the nation, you’ll see public attitudes toward police and their on-the-job performance ...

Students garden and learn about life

Throughout Washington County, kids are getting their hands dirty and along the way they are fostering an interst in gardening, learning the benefits of good nutrition and developing compassion for others. It’s all thanks to the OSU Extension Office. Consider the work already under way in ...

Keep asset forfeiture in place but monitored

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Bodycam policies, procedures are needed

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...