Editorials

Helmets for motorcyclists can save lives in Ohio

Five motorcyclists were killed on Washington and Morgan county roadways this year, with three of those drivers not wearing helmets. As this statistic shows, wearing a helmet won’t always save your life but it can prevent death and traumatic brain injuries. Helmets are about 37 percent ...

Be a smart consumer of news

Did a Santa Claus in Knoxville, Tenn., hold a terminally ill child who died in his arms as he made a Christmas wish or not? Depends on who is asked. The tale surfaced in a column by a newspaper writer in Knoxville who since has been unable to independently verify the story. But, by the time ...

Lock repair should not stop traffic

One of the nation’s most important highways — the Ohio River — was bottlenecked in our area for a few days because of a disturbing failure by the federal government. Last Wednesday, workers at the New Cumberland Locks and Dam noticed a sheen on the water in the lock chamber. Hydraulic ...

Count your blessings and hold them close

We’re fast approaching the time of year when we count our blessings. Your accounting of those blessings can take many shapes and sizes. But we’re certain your accounting of any blessing is an important part of daily life. - It could be taking comfort in good health and continuing on ...

Russia isn’t the only cyber threat

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is ...

Frigid days require extra measure of caring

Though the calendar claims it’s not yet winter, the Mid-Ohio Valley had its first brutal taste of winter weather this week, with wind chills in the negative numbers. Those of us who can stay indoors with a reliable source of heat are fortunate to do so. But let’s also remember to check on ...

Rowing, Cycling Club caring for Lockmaster’s house

A few weeks ago I was reading the editorial page in the Marietta Times and came upon a letter written by a Marietta resident bashing the city of Marietta for all the money that had been spent saving the Lockmaster’s House. Needless to say I was quite shocked by this opinion since our club, ...

Trump needs to go the extra mile for West Virginians

West Virginia lags behind most states in a variety of economic opportunity indicators. Among the most critical is availability of high-speed internet access. Our state ranks 45th on a list of 56 states and territories examined by the federal government for broadband access. It is available to ...

State must be fiscally responsible

Five months into the fiscal year, Ohio’s general fund budget already has a shortfall of more than $360 million. Gov. John Kasich is warning the state is “on the verge of a recession ...” In the context of a $36.3 billion budget for the year, that gap may not seem large. It amounts to ...

Firearm safety is of vital importance

In our region of the country, it is not uncommon for teenagers or even younger children to hope that one thing they find under the Christmas tree is a new rifle or shotgun, perhaps the first they have ever owned. Most parents understand such a Christmas present has to be combined with another ...

Firearm safety is of vital importance

In our region of the country, it is not uncommon for teenagers or even younger children to hope that one thing they find under the Christmas tree is a new rifle or shotgun, perhaps the first they have ever owned. Most parents understand such a Christmas present has to be combined with another ...

Remember to help pets this month

From childhood, through adulthood, we fondly think of those pets that provided companionship and unconditional love. It’s that spirit of giving that inspires December’s Light Up Our Lives program. It’s a time to remember and honor the pets that have brightened and enriched our lives. ...

Glenn was deserving of celebrity

John Glenn stands in stark contrast to so many of the sports stars, entertainers and even politicians held in high esteem today. Glenn, who died Thursday, was much more deserving of celebrity. While studying engineering at Muskingum College, Glenn took up flying for credit in a physics course ...

Secretary of education nominee a concern

The coming of a new administration brings with it possible problems for IDEA, (individuals with disabilities act) .The federal educational program that helps fund IEP programs (Individual educational program.). Parents, caregivers,as well as school administrators and teachers need these ...

Don’t drink and drive this holiday

The holiday season is in full swing and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. In the weeks ahead, there will be many parties and gatherings to attend. Alcohol will be available at some of those events. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, ...

Uniting chambers will benefit two towns

While the name for the new chamber of commerce serving the Beverly and Waterford communities is a bit cumbersome, we fully support the idea of one chamber for the area. For more than two decades, there have been two chambers that meet in Beverly, with membership rosters pretty close to ...

Calif. fire shows that cities must be vigilant

Property owners often chafe at building codes requiring them to maintain structures in safe, healthy manners. That can be costly, so a certain amount of judgment should be exercised in enforcement. But what can happen when scofflaws get away with ignoring the rules entirely has been ...

State effort to combine medical boards a concern

The state legislature is considering two bills (Senate Bill 366 and House Bill 617) which would dramatically alter the way medical professionals are regulated in Ohio, including optometrists. Under the bills, about a dozen boards would be eliminated and consolidated in some cases with unrelated ...

Be sure to light up the season

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is ...

Jobs for US sounds like a good thing

President-elect Trump has garnered lots of headlines for aving 1,100 jobs at the carrier Corp. in Indiana. Of course, the employhees are happy. They were facing a financial Armageddon with the company opting to move their jobs to Mexico. Trump made a big point of Carrier leaving the ...