Editorials

Strange story of student’s veteran project a real head-scratcher

Occasionally a story makes its way across the wire that might make one wonder — maybe we HAVE lost our minds. It is difficult to find a reasonable explanation for the suspension of a middle school student in Celina, Ohio, who, according to reports included a toy gun in his class project to ...

We must all be good stewards of natural resources

It was an easy joke for years. The Cuyahoga River caught fire, it is the reason we have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was synonymous with “contaminated” and “dirty.” Now, maybe not so much. It turns out changes in environmental policy and practice mean (according to the ...

Move over for vehicles on the side of the road

When most of us think of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty, we are imagining the kind of violence that comes from them being first responders. Most of us do not think of writing traffic tickets or directing traffic as times of extreme danger for ...

If you see something, say something about animal neglect, abuse

Two horses in the area are now back in good health and eating regularly thanks to the attention of someone who noticed they were neglected and did something about it. Connie Abbott—a long-time horse rescuer—sounded the alarm when she saw three underfed horses. The third, sadly, didn’t ...

Going slow on drug court seems likely road to success

If slow and steady wins the race, the folks at the Washington County Common Pleas Drug Court are working toward victory for the participants who have chosen the program. It appears as though great care has gone into avoiding a push to simply fill the program quickly, which might have made for ...

Battling the drug scourge

Local residents may remember that while serving as Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive ...

Move over bureaucrats, DeWine has good ideas

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken last week in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

MOV behind man who won’t give up

Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores has been an inspiration to many here in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and his own message may serve him well during a new challenge for him: “Never give up on your dreams.” Cystic fibrosis has shaped Flores’ life to a great degree, but not taken away ...

Monroe County needs to deal with its dire fiscal situation

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, according to county Treasurer Taylor Abbott earlier this week. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent ...

JFS move too pricey for county

Price estimates to renovate two potential sites for a newly-merged Washington County agency came in last week and there were a lot of zeros. Pickering Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, determined that the cost for the renovation of the Gilman Avenue site currently housing Job ...

Challenge accepted? Making a community we all want to live in

When Wally Kandel was honored Monday as the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, he had a message that should reach well beyond those who were in attendance. Every Mid-Ohio Valley resident should take it to heart. Kandel is senior vice president and Marietta ...

If Brown is not liberal enough, Democrats might have a problem

Democrats across the country should be worried about 2020, if U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is not considered liberal enough to be a viable candidate for the presidency, by the party’s current powers that be. At one point, Brown had what most would consider well-established credentials as ...

A happy ending and valuable lessons learned

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, Calif. Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search a couple of weekends ago. It seems that on a Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, ...

Parents must talk to kids about vaping

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at Edison Local High School in Jefferson County last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar ...

In helping others, we often help ourselves

Students at Putnam Elementary School are learning a lesson about which we could all use a reminder: Usually when you help someone else, you get more back for yourself. In this case, the second-graders in Melissa Levelle’s and Donna Kubisik’s classrooms were raising money for the Memorial ...

Kudos to HSOV board for trying new methods

It’s no easy task to care for hundreds of animals each day, many of whom may be scared to be in a shelter and away from the home they’ve had for many years. It’s a job many of us might not be able to handle. But it’s something the staff and the board at the Humane Society of the Ohio ...

Ohio must improve but not at the expense of taxpayers

On the eve of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address Tuesday, One Ohio Now issued its annual report “How Does Ohio Measure Up?” The progressive-leaning group acknowledged Ohio has made some improvements, but still has much work to do. Numbers used in the report are, indeed, ...

Where will money for roads come from if not gas tax?

Telling constituents it is going to cost them $2-$4 more every time they fill their gasoline tanks is not a prospect likely to appeal to many Ohio legislators. So it is no wonder there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggestion that the state increase its tax on ...

Police need more people to step up

Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp has a lot on his mind these days, including the shrinking pool of people willing (and able) to become recruits. “We’re in a cycle in this society where people just don’t want this work, they’re not interested,” he said. “It’s not only in law ...

McFarland true public servant

Washington County resident said farewell Friday to a public servant who at one point was named the best in the state at the work he was doing. Only a few short years ago, Bill McFarland was named Outstanding County Auditor of the Year by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio. Now as he ...