Editorials

Good news from The Betsey Mills Club

The Betsey Mills Club’s roots date back to its founding in 1911 under the name The Girls’ Monday Club. The Monday Club was the result of a sewing class started in 1898 in Marietta by Mrs. Betsey Mills and other community minded women. The first permanent home of the Monday Club was the ...

We must wipe out extremism

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that was ...

Time is short to register to vote

If you plan to vote in the May 2 primary election, you have less than a week to get registered. The deadline for voter registration is Monday. If you think your vote doesn’t matter, then you should think again. The Ohio secretary of state pointed out that in the last three years, the ...

America must insist aid hits its target

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

It will take time, and both parties, to fix ACA

Since the withdrawal of a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, much of the national news media’s emphasis has been on the president and not the policy. Commentary and news reports — but we’re being redundant here — has focused on President Donald Trump’s failure to see ...

Teach students to know facts over fiction

Students at some schools in our area benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the ...

Talent show worthy of repeating

Last week’s Memorial’s Got Talent was a successful take off on the popular TV shows such as “America’s Got Talent,” which is a takeoff on the original show _ “Britain’s Got Talent.” where ever the idea originated, it grew into an audience favorite. So, folks in the Human ...

Attack is a grim reminder

The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an unarmed police officer. That Great Britain still posts unarmed police officers outside Parliament is an anachronism in a civilized world seemingly ...

Funding for healthy Great Lakes still needed

Despite often being a disliked federal agency, much of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does is necessary. The agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative falls into that category. Many Ohioans are well aware of problems in the lakes, especially Lake Erie. Toxic algae and ...

Distance is no barrier for farmers who want to help out

After seeing social media posts describing the devastation of farmland in Kansas following a weeks-long series of wildfires, two Washington County farmers decided to lend a hand. Both Todd Stacy and Ross Lane work full-time jobs and work on their family farms. Yet they are making time to not ...

Senators must judge Gorsuch on character

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Social workers make a difference

Social workers work in the community every day helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is “Social Workers Stand Up.” There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their ...

Hey, who ordered dose of winter in the Valley?

Just days before spring arrived the Mid-Ohio Valley got hit with a slick coating of snow and sleet Friday afternoon. Suddenly, it was winter! Roads got slippery in a matter of minutes. There were the usual fender bender accidents. Cars ended up in ditches, creeks, guardrails and the back ends ...

Reduce red tape at FDA

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

It’s still your right to know

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Speaking up can stop predators early on

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

Counter recruiters must be effective

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Slow down the repair of ACA

While the zeal to replace Obamacare with a system that is more sustainable and doesn’t penalize working Americans has been in place since the legislation became law several years ago, the effort should not be hasty. The proposed American Health Care Act is flawed in its current form and the ...

VA Clinic working out in new location

We hear a lot in the news about how veterans are treated, especially those who need medical attention. Fortunately, local veterans have easy access through the Marietta VA Clinic at 27843 State Route 7 in Reno. The clinic just marked its first year at the new site. The former VA clinic was ...

Supreme court right to reverse

Ohio Supreme Court justices did something exceedingly unusual this week: They admitted they were wrong just a few months ago. Late last year, a case involving a man convicted of buying more than 100 grams of cocaine went before the court. It was important because prison sentences are ...