Editorials

New law would help victims

All too often, it seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot in the Buckeye State this fall will be an initiative being referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, ...

McCain recognized as true hero

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Summer is almost gone; fill your personal calendar

Now’s the time to check your calendar and figure out what you would like to do yet this summer. Schools start classes in less than a month. That can’t be right! But it is. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone was so excited about summer break starting. Newspapers were full of items ...

Ohio a leader in civility

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Lyme Disease threat is serious

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in Ohio, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, chills, ...

Ohio, W.V. right to be cautious

Ohio secretary of state Jon Husted in Ohio, and Mac Warner, secretary of state in neighboring West Virginia, are absolutely right to take firm stances on one of their responsibilities, protecting voters’ privacy. Husted and Warner are among the vast majority of chief state election officers ...

By coming together we can achieve many things

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Don’t break reading habits built during this summer

We hope your student is keeping up with promises to read throughout the summer. Now is a good time for a reminder to read throughout summer break. Doing so keeps young brains sharp and in training for the lessons ahead in classrooms. We hope students in the house are keeping up this summer. ...

Congress must get the job done

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge that we must do it makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Put safety first when going out on the water

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries ...

Good news on opioid prescriptions

A new study looking at data from 2010 to 2015 shows that fewer opioid prescriptions are being given in the nation, in Ohio and in Washington County. While the drug epidemic rages on, we think this is a big step in the right direction. So many of the people we’ve talked to about heroin ...

Providers have a stake in health care reform

Discussions about health care, Obamacare and “repeal and replace” often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges. A hospital ...

Rewarding a murderous extremist isn’t right

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Protecting the elderly from scams

Criminals who specialize in scams often target the elderly. Their hope is they can wipe out the life savings of people sometimes more vulnerable to being misled. Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars a year to scammers. It is puzzling that state and federal governments do not do a better ...

Car wash solution a win-win

Marietta High School’s volleyball team lost out on a fundraising opportunity last weekend, after being told that due to new city regulations a car wash couldn’t be held at Wendy’s as planned. While the city would have actually allowed the long-planned car wash and others that have been ...

National debt casts a shadow

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

Taking care of problem roadways

Monroe County officials are taking steps to ensure important roadways remain safe and serviceable in the wake of severe weather. County Engineer Amy Zwick spoke to commissioners last week, seeking action that would make it possible for the county to receive state and federal funds for slip ...

Bill would make Ohio voting easier for some

Sometimes it seems virtually any attempt to improve the processes of voting and voter registration and make them less susceptible to fraud provokes claims of voter suppression. So it is regarding a common-sense proposal on early voting in Ohio. Voters who for one reason or another do not want ...

Get ready to dig into sweet corn

Knee-high by the Fourth of July ... goes the saying. It’s a reference to having a bountiful corn harvest in parts of the country such as Ohio, Indiana and anyplace else where corn is enjoyed with large amounts of melted butter, a bit of salt and all the gusto you can muster for this ...

Take care around fireworks this 4th

With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, that will mean a four-day weekend for many in Washington County and around the nation. While that’s an extra long chance to celebrate, spend time with friends and family and eat lots of tasty food, it can also mean an extended chance for ...