Editorials

Roads must be safe for area drivers

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did not ...

If you use tobacco, try to quit

Today is a good day to stop smoking. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit that could lead to dire ...

Get ready, for winter is coming

We’ve already seen sub-freezing temperatures and a few flurries, so winter weather can’t be far away. So it’s no coincidence this is Ohio Winter Safety Awareness Week. Helpfully, the Ohio Department of Insurance has outlined five ways Ohioans can avoid costly setbacks: 1) Review your ...

Judge (and candidate) should leave the bench

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who last month announced his intention to run for Ohio Governor, should resign his post. O’Neill, who served as an Appeals Court Judge for 10 years on the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, says for now he’ll recuse himself from all ...

IEI fire: Better standards needed on storage

Last month’s enormous fire at the IEI Plastics warehouse in part of the former Ames site in Parkersburg turned out to be an eye-opener for residents and public officials alike. As officials scrambled to find out what, precisely, was burning and sending pungent fumes into the air inside a ...

Honor veterans each and every day

Today is Veterans Day and Marietta will honor our members of the Armed Services, past and present, with a parade. The schools in Washington County spent the week hosting celebrations and inviting all area veterans to come be serenaded with patriotic songs and receive thanks. We are grateful ...

Deadly oversight must be corrected

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Broadband access must be expanded

Eastern Ohio’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want to do something about that. Cera and Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, introduced a bill intended to provide money to expand internet ...

Pipelines must abide by their promises

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Check smoke detectors

The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be replaced at least once a year. It also is a good time to check on hardwired smoke detectors to make sure the units are working properly, and that includes those ...

A most important to-do task: Go vote.

By now, informed voters should be familiar with the names appearing on local ballots. We hope you’ve been paying attention and have your decisions, either on candidates or issues, already set. Tuesday is Election Day. Polls in Ohio are open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Results of voting ...

Vote yes for county mental health levy

If ever there was a time to support a county-wide mental health levy, it’s now. While the number of overdoses, drug arrests and even suicides may make headlines, many in our community suffer in silence. Mental health issues and addiction know no boundaries. They afflict young and old, ...

33 years of Unique Boutique

Women on a budget looking for professional but affordable clothes have a chance to check both of those boxes with Zonta’s Fall Unique Boutique Nov. 10 and 11 at the former Food 4 Less building. This project is in its 33rd year and it’s been so successful for so long because it allows the ...

Iran’s effort to calm fears doesn’t work

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

N. Korea: Intelligence will have to get it right

Knowing what North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is thinking is virtually impossible because of his brutal, often erratic personality. One question is whether he understands he has an ace in the hole and is using it. If so, Kim may well bring on a nuclear war. During the weekend, U.S. Defense ...

Mess in Puerto Rico demands attention

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

YES Day continues to teach

The Valley is blessed to have dedicated YES Day organizers. More importantly, it’s important that they’ve been working hard for 25 years. Young engineers and scientists — seventh- and eighth-graders — were enthralled last week by presentations and lessons with liquid nitrogen, body ...

Unused medication is a serious danger

Expired, unused, unwanted medication is a danger in more ways than one. It’s a hazard to children and pets who can be poisoned if they accidentally ingest medication. Flushing unwanted medication down the toiled or sink endangers the environment because that medication can release toxins ...

Tax relief can boost stagnant economy

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Keep you and your kids safe at Halloween

Trick-or-treating children aren’t the only ones who celebrate the occasion. This year, some 58 million adults are expected to attend or host a Halloween party, and many of those gatherings will include alcohol. That helps explain why, on Halloween Night in 2015, half of all traffic ...