Editorials

Recapture the code that unites us all

Monday we honored our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

What the Snyder Jr. means to many

Marietta got a chance over the weekend to celebrate one of its more famous residents. The W.P. Snyder Jr. was rechristened on its 100th birthday, and attendees at the ceremony could see just how special the towboat is, and how much it means to our community. On its long journey from towing ...

Letter grades show room for schools to improve

Local school districts received an enormous amount of information last week when the annual state report cards were released by the Ohio Department of Education. The use of letter grades gives folks a quick takeaway that vastly oversimplifies the detailed results for each school. Those letter ...

Medical marijuana process needs more time

Ohioans whose doctors agree they have a genuine medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They weren’t. State officials were given two years, after legislation enacted in 2016, to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ...

Remain vigilant in fighting HIV

In the 1980s and ’90s, HIV and AIDS dominated headlines. Ryan White became a household name, red ribbons were prevalent and the deaths of Freddie Mercury and Rock Hudson shocked fans, as did the announcement that Magic Johnson had been infected with HIV. Today, most hear little about the ...

House bill could tackle broadband tract issue

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans and West Virginians lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied on by the Federal Communications ...

Keep on teaching the lessons from 9/11

A generation has grown up since the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. Children born that fall are in or approaching their senior years of high school. They never knew a world without Homeland Security, airport screening on the lookout for shoe bombers, or a New York City skyline featuring one ...

Don’t be so quick to celebrate cancellation of leases in the Wayne

Conservation groups celebrating the cancellation of auctions of two mineral leases in the Wayne National Forest are hopeful this unusual step, taken by the Bureau of Land Management, is a victory — and perhaps a first step in eventually pulling all such extraction out of the ...

Who would pay for AC in schools?

Local students and parents are among those across the state crying out for a better way to keep students cool — and in classrooms — during the sweltering hot days of late summer. (A problem magnified by the return of students to classrooms before Labor Day). Here in Marietta, teachers, ...

United Way kicks off important campaign

According to United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley Executive Director Stacy DeCicco, 50 percent of local families are “1-2 paychecks away from a financial crisis and every day the gap widens.” She was talking to all of us when she added “It’s time we start closing the gap.” ...

Enjoy a safe festival weekend

Since 1976, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival has been one of Marietta’s largest events, drawing in estimated crowds of 100,000 people each year, coming to town on the roadways and rivers. Whether it’s the food booths, the car show or the fireworks that appeal, there seems to be ...

Don’t wait for someone else to act

When David Baker noticed that the historical marker for the Ohio Land Company was dirty, with paint peeling, he didn’t just say “Well, that’s too bad” and keep on moving. Baker, a Rotary Club of Marietta member, went to the group, assembled a team and refurbished not only that marker ...

Contents of warehouse fire still unknown, need to be public

Last fall, Mid-Ohio Valley residents watched for a week and a half as the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue went up in flames, smoldering and sputtering fumes. No one was quite sure what was burning, let alone what had caused the fire — or whether it was ...

County fair is for all to enjoy

We hope you’ll take time to enjoy the Washington County Fair this weekend. It’s that end-of-summer community party that offers something for everyone and it’s economical, too. Admission is just $8 per person and children 2 and under can get in for free. Tuesday is free to veterans and ...

Closing of street no easy decision

Butler Street between Fourth and Seventh sees about 8,000 cars per day. It’s situated between two major intersections and as such is a valubale cut-through street for local drivers. Even before the coming traffic studies are completed, those who drive in Marietta frequently know the value ...

Victims of sexual abuse need to be heard

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Belpre board right in online crowdfunding consideration

Belpre City Schools’ Board of Education is right to be considering a policy on online fundraising tools such as Go Fund Me, DonorsChoose and Kickstarter, for its employees. Guidance on use of such technology is important as those platforms are sometimes used to raise money for school ...

Take note of measles comeback

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Ohio State, Meyer, fail to do the right thing —again

Add Urban Meyer and Ohio State University to the growing list of colleges and institutions that have failed to take a stand for victims. Urban Meyer lied about knowing one of his coaches had a pattern of abusive behavior. He apparently reported the claims of abuse to his superior, but kept ...

Take time to make the right call

A recent proposal to combine Washington County’s Children Services and Job and Family Services agencies may have promise, but it’s not an agreement we should rush into. As the opioid epidemic rages on, there are more children who need to to be placed and higher costs to do so. Children ...