Editorials

Stay safe while on the water

We want everyone to enjoy their time outdoors now that summer recreation time has arrived. Of course, that brings a plea to boaters to operate safely for their own good and the good of others around them. Make sure everyone on your boat has personal flotation devices. This is especially ...

Leaks of intel info can be a real threat

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

W.Va. governor tries a brand of shuttle diplomacy

Shuttle diplomacy is not uncommon when crises among parties that cannot stand one another need to be averted. One can conceive of a mediator shuttling among North Korea, the United States, South Korea, Japan and China, for example. But the stalemate — and yes, hard feelings — over a ...

Budget cuts start with self-serving projects

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

MMH is changing the landscape for the better

For many years, the homes along a portion of Muskingum Drive—one of the entryways to our city—have been eyesores rather than a good representation of a beautiful community. Parking lots are never particularly exciting additions. However, we think the one that will be put in by the ...

No happy ending in drug story

“Man bites dog.” That’s a phrase journalists sometimes used to explain an aphorism in journalism that means something unexpected is more newsworthy than an atypical event — such as a dog biting a man. The story late last week of a 5-year-old boy saving his parents fits that ...

Stay tough on CEOs who skimp on safety

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine ...

Get behind Kiwanis’ playground competition

The Marietta Kiwanis Club has entered a Kiwanis International contest that will award the winning club $25,000 to go toward playground equipment. The club’s selection of the community playground near Washington School, we think, is an excellent choice to get behind. If the local club wins, ...

Nutrition important over summer

We learned this week that one in seven people living in Washington County at times struggles to have enough to eat. That’s more than 8,000 people within the county. Many have jobs but still have a hard time providing themselves and their families with enough food to be healthy. The report, ...

Twisted justice enforced in Manning episode

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted ...

U.S. faces important decisions to protect info

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: Safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Stay safe during graduation celebrations

It’s that exciting time of the year for a group of our young people who are looking ahead to their futures and hoping for a smooth transition to the next phase in life. Our area graduates will don caps and gowns and accept diplomas in the coming weeks, and we wish them all the best on this ...

Remember those who serve and protect

Members of area law enforcement agencies from around the country have been joined by people from all walks of life in communities around the country to remember the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty. The services offer a reminder that fighting crime is dangerous ...

Sit back, take a breath, enjoy the games

You know the feeling. Deep down in your stomach is that anxious feeling. The urge to open your mouth as the mother or father of your young ballplayer. Your temper simmers. Your blood pressure skyrockets. How can they do that to your child? Why don’t they give him or her a chance? You want ...

Vogt still has a chance at a productive life, minus drugs

The arrest and trial of Ryan Vogt is something that got a lot of attention locally, as he was the first suspected drug dealer in Washington County to be charged with manslaughter due to an overdose death. The case was a success for law enforcement and prosecutors, with Vogt being found guilty ...

Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday

Helping those who are hungry is as easy as walking to your mailbox this weekend. Saturday is the 25th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive and the Marietta Post Office is participating once again. Marietta Branch 154 of the National Association of Letter Carriers has been involved with this ...

Everyone must help keep the city clean

While the focus the past few weeks has been on big cleanup projects by volunteers or cities conducting annual bulk pickups of large items, the chore of cleanliness isn’t something that should just be done for all of us. We all have a responsibility, and it glares at us as winter turns to ...

Weather will likely stay warm and wet

Never mind May flowers. April showers this spring brought something else: drought relief. Last month was the second wettest April measured in the United States since record keeping began in 1895. Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said an average of 3.43 inches of ...

In Ohio, charter schools still fall short

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

‘Gray death’ is bad news for users

Drug users are at the mercy of drug sellers offering another “high” for a price. Now comes word that pushers are offering a deadly new mixture commonly called “gray death.” Gray death has a much higher potency than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High ...