Editorials

Help stop human trafficking

Mention truck drivers and state troopers, and most people think of an adversarial relationship. That’s not entirely true. Especially this past week. Troopers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness of domestic sex ...

Tenants’ list shows armory is off to good start

The halls and rooms of the former National Guard Armory on Front Street in Marietta are no longer empty as they were for decades. In fact, the city has now rented all but one of the spaces available in the renovated building. That’s something to celebrate. The tenants and soon-to-be ...

Campuses must do more to stop sexual assaults

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

Free speech re-affirms a peaceful transition

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

There’s still time to fight the flu

If it hasn’t affected you personally, it’s very likely that you at least know someone who has been struck by the flu bug in the past few weeks. Ohio health officials say influenza-like illness has become widespread around the state for the first time this flu season and the U.S. Centers ...

Some will remember Obama as the next JFK

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it. Obama's enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first ...

Mark your calendar: Kiwanis Pancake Days

Not many Marietta fundraising events  can trace their history back 63 years. But that’s what Kiwanis Pancake Days can do and it has been a successful 63 years, too. This year’s event comes Feb. 3 and 4 and First Congregational Church, as usual. Also as usual, you buy a ticket good for ...

U.S., Trump must be cautious about Russia

Let us hope President Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Man should walk on the moon once more

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for awhile. He didn’t suspect he’d be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at age 82, ...

City police with beards in the spirit of giving

Those who have seen a Marietta Police officer out and about recently may have noticed something new. Through the duration of winter, officers are allowed to sport a beard, all in the name of giving. Those who want to participate pay $15 a month to grow the facial hair and the proceeds go to ...

Give blood, give life this winter

In recent days, an emergency appeal went out to donors for blood and platelet donations in response to what American Red Cross officials are calling a severe winter blood shortage in the Ohio Valley. What’s happening is blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are ...

Ohio must redraw its districts fairly

Surely, Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in ...

Keep up the good work as your neighbor’s keeper

Well, we made it through another Mid-Ohio Valley winter storm. We know you have been told time and time again to remember your neighbors especially the elderly and disabled to see if they can use a helping hand. Offers of help are especially timely now as a lot of people are dealing with the ...

Recognize, help those at risk of suicide

The tragic stories of veterans taking their own lives have grabbed headlines of late, but the death last week of a local teen reminds us that even the young among us are vulnerable to suicide. When someone takes his or her own life, those left behind often express shock and disbelief. But in ...

Monroe County gets 911 upgrade

Monroe County is a safer place today than it was a few months ago, thanks to installation of a new 911 system. Phil Keevert and Jason Harter, system coordinators, told the Monroe County Board of Commissioners recently the new Next Generation 911 system is up and running. The ...

Women’s march addresses key issues

Several bus loads of local residents will be making their way to Washington D.C. next week to take part in the Women’s March on Washington. We’re proud to have so many local people participating in the human rights march and encourage anyone else who can attend to consider it. The ...

Take care changing Affordable Care Act

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

About-face on ethics commission right call

In an era when the population has shown its ability to foist its discontent on political leadership, regardless of how actions match words, the word “ethics” might seem a lost piece of terminology. Except it shouldn’t be. And that’s why the about-face on what to do with the Office ...

Local stage offerings top notch in quality, quantity

Have you noticed that there’s so much more in the Marietta/Parkersburg area than museums, farmers markets, vibrant church congregations willing to pull together to serve meals at no cost to their neighbors? As residents of this area, we are so lucky to have community theater groups — ...

Church should pay for its negligence

A store owner whose negligence results in a customer breaking his back in a fall and never being able to work again is in the wrong both legally and morally. What about church officials who do nothing about a pastor accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, then find he has raped a ...