Editorials

So many willing to serve is inspiring

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education selected a new member to fill a vacant seat on Monday, but that’s not the only highlight of the selection process. Nine city residents expressed interest in the board seat, offering up a varied range of experiences, professions and ...

Ohio must do more to make college affordable

Results of an evaluation by the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency show many of Ohio’s public universities are not yet committed to the directive to cut wasteful spending and find new funding resources. To be fair, the 14 public universities in the Buckeye State have ...

Important to spay or neuter pets

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Engineering Day a good place to start learning

High school students from around Washington County got a chance to learn last week for the Epicenter’s Discover Engineering Day, The Epicenter sent out a call to invite each local school to send interested students to the day’s events. The Epicenter is an entrepreneurial and education ...

A healthy heart is just steps away

American Heart Month, marked each February, is a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle. The grim fact is heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in America. Statistics still show that more than 715,000 people have heart attacks every year, and heart disease kills more than ...

Tracking overdoses good idea, but be open

There’s much to like about Gov. John Kasich’s proposal concerning county-level study of overdose fatalities. The idea is to let a county form a committee to investigate each overdose death, and build a database that would include demographic information of victims, where the overdoses ...

Verdict for History on Trial: Guilty of providing real lessons

A nearly 170-year-old court case made its way into a local courtroom for trial this week, not the work of a very slow-moving justice system but a creative way to share local history with the public. The mock trial examined a real case from 1849 regarding the Fugitive Slave Act and whether a ...

The Good Samaritan Law should drop its 2-call limit

Ohio has two crucial components for combating overdoses of heroin or other opioids. At least one critical change is needed to make them more effective. One element is the availability of naloxone — sold under the brand name as Narcan — which can reverse the deadly effects of an opioid ...

VP Pence deserves better

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Mechanics student breaking barriers

Freedom is Americans’ constitutional right. Among those freedoms is the freedom to pursue any career regardless of gender or other factors. It wasn’t too long ago that many workplaces were exclusively for men. Why? Well, often it was because that was the status quo. In recent years, the ...

State must keep bridge funding in place

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. Ensuring money is available to do that can be a challenge, but it is prudent financial management. That, in essence, appears to be the rationale for a bill ...

Ohio should keep a good thing going

Long after Gov. John Kasich leaves Ohio’s highest elected executive office, we hope a tradition he started in Steubenville in 2012 will continue: The taking of the State of the State Address on the road. Kasich started this custom in 2012 at Steubenville High School. Last year he gave his ...

Smoke detectors can save you from a fire

In the last two months, Washington County has had two fatal fires, resulting in the deaths of five people. In another fire, a local teen was critically burned. With these tragedies fresh in our minds, there’s no better time to make sure that your family is as protected as possible. Along ...

New FERC members are needed

A major natural gas pipeline serving our region will be built as a result of a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline should ease the problem of gas “locked in” to West Virginia and East Ohio because there is no way to ship it. But the Rover ...

Start of baseball is here

While the Mid-Ohio Valley has — so far — managed to escape much of the bad winter weather we have come to expect, there are many signs that spring is not that far off, the most reliable of which happens this week. That’s when pitchers and catchers report for Major League Baseball’s ...

Not too early to get ready for spring

Spring cleaning time isn’t too far away. Don’t let the predictions of Groundhog Day give you a false sense that there’s plenty of time before the mercury starts to rise above freezing. Pretty soon people in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be cleaning windows, washing walls and sprucing up ...

Trump must recognize the U.S. is exceptional

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Tax time is here, don’t put it off

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s form 1040 instructions, the average individual tax filer can expect to spend eight hours and $110 preparing and filling out a return. That doesn’t include time your employer spends getting tax forms ready for you. There’s a table showing all ...

High school students set example for all of us

Not every teenager thinks very often about the community around them and the issues that might exist. Even fewer identify problems and then take action against them. But a group of local high school students is doing just that, through a program designed to give foster parents a ...

Black History Month important

February is Black History Month. It’s a chance to remind the nation of the advances that have been made. It’s not just about civil rights, but about justice — the justice that comes from deserved recognition. Black History Month’s roots go back to the 1920s, when Dr. Carter G. ...