Editorials

Pancakes taste best when served for a cause

For more than 60 years, Marietta Kiwanis Club has been serving up warm pancakes on cold February days. This year marks the 64th anniversary of the annual fundraiser, Kiwanis Pancake Days, and we hope you’ll support this local club’s good works. The club serves more than 6,000 pancakes ...

Get into the Read Aloud habit

Reading is an essential part of being able to communicate. And reading out loud is a key ingredient to developing communication skills. That’s the idea behind Read Aloud Day, which was explained in our weekend edition by dedicated longtime educator Cheryl Cook, Harmar Elementary School ...

Making Medicare efficient

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must spend ...

What is the proper response to school shootings?

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Identifying children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Sometimes seeking fame is harmful

In the wake of the Tide Pod challenge coursing through social media — in which teens post videos of themselves seeing how long they can keep the laundry capsule in their mouths — a meme attempted to supplant the hazardous stunt by daring potential participants to use the lumps to do ...

Justice should step down

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill should have stepped down from the bench when he announced he was running for governor. But he did not. Instead, he continued campaigning, expressing opinions on various issues. We Americans have a tradition of discouraging such behavior, simply ...

It’s not too late to fight the flu bug

Like it or not, the flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most regions of the United States, including our Tri-State Area, are reporting widespread activity. There’s good news however — indications are that the season might already have peaked, ...

Public shows its interest in future of city schools

A crowd estimated at 200 people attended Thursday night’s meeting on the future of Marietta City Schools. Plans have been floated that include combining classes, moving students to schools, even closing a school building (Putnam or Harmar elementaries have been mentioned). No decision is ...

Give blood, give the gift of life

Recent winter weather did more than cancel classes and make travel treacherous. It caused the cancellation of blood drives in the region, lowering the reserves of life-saving blood and its byproducts to critical levels. Marietta falls under the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood ...

Seizure law must be fair to all

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Help in the fight against childhood cancers

Prom season isn’t just for local teens. Tickets go on sale Friday for the fifth annual BrAva Mom Prom which raises money for local families and childhood cancer research. We urge readers to participate in this one-of-a-kind event that grows in popularity while raising money for a very ...

Ohio must take steps to protect hemlocks

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. But they are at risk from an invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. Now, the tiny bug has been found in three new Ohio counties, Athens, Geauga ...

W. Virginia must work to stop child abuse

Though Gov. Jim Justice tried hard to be cheery during his State of the State speech on Wednesday, part of what he said should have upset and outraged every West Virginian. “Imagine this,” the governor said, “Every 18-year-old in West Virginia, one in 10 of them — one in 10 of them ...

Immigration reform is up to Congress

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Get the facts about city schools’ future

The Marietta City Schools plan to rebuild should interest every taxpayer. The school board is looking at two options, but is taking a slow, measured approach because change can be difficult to accept. First we urge you to approach the issue with an open mind. No matter which school your ...

U.S. should continue to promote peace talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

W.Va. must continue with college incentive

With the very worst education attainment level in the nation, West Virginia simply must encourage more young people to go to college or career school. Making higher education more affordable is a key to that. Since 2002, the Mountain State has funded the P.R.O.M.I.S.E. scholarship program for ...

Iran should not cast blame elsewhere

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

Cracking down on repeat DUI offenders

Let us hope Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato is wrong about the 30-year-old woman he sentenced to a year in prison. Unfortunately, Fregiato may be correct in his assessment of people like her. Last week, Fregiato ordered the woman spend the next year behind bars. He also ...

Dictator’s motivations are suspect

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...