Editorials

Sherrod Brown would have some work to do

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Government agencies must earn trust

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator up the river in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the ...

Be cautious on the roads as the weather turns colder

Drivers surprised by icy rain and snow spitting from the skies recently know it is only a matter of time before we are regularly faced with driving conditions that require a different skill set from those warm sunny summer drives. In fact, some counties in Ohio have already had the de-icing ...

Giving thanks for volunteers

One week from today, dozens of people in the Marietta community will be busy cooking turkey, serving mashed potatoes and cleaning up afterward. But these volunteers will be doing this not for their own families, but for neighbors, acquaintances and complete strangers. The Mid-Ohio Valley is ...

Give now, give always, to food pantries

Most Mid-Ohio Valley families look for ways to help others when they can — even those who probably could use a hand, themselves. Among the many opportunities to give is the Send Help campaign, which focuses on local food pantries. Participants can be individuals, families, businesses — ...

Look into marijuana as relief for opioid addictions

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Yet another delay hurts patients needing marijuana

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

‘Love locks’ removal a lesson in common courtesy

Love hurts, it seems, at least in the case of the “love locks” that were being placed on the iron flower baskets on the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge. Officials have decided not to replace the baskets, after they were taken down during the Harmar clean-up day last month. They were ...

Tuesday’s results a big win for women

One of the post-election headlines this week is one that we think everyone in the nation should be celebrating: a historic number of women were elected to the Congress Tuesday. About 100 women earned seats, with more than 33 being elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. ...

Interest in service, social groups is dwindling

Over the weekend, Belpre’s American Legion Blennerhassett Post 495 announced it will close its doors. The announcement came at a dinner the organization hosted to thank those who have supported the post over the past 86 years. Despite that support, the population and its attitude toward ...

Number of drug deaths hits too close to home

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our states’ futures. West Virginia has the highest illicit drug overdose death rate in the nation (52 per 100,000 residents in 2016, the most recent year covered by the Centers for ...

Diocese right to speak out

The Diocese of Steubenville did the right thing last week when it released the names of priests who had been “credibly accused” of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor. Some of the names were of men who are now deceased — that is important to those who have held their secrets for ...

Dunn will be missed by Belpre

“He’s done good things for Belpre. Really good things,” said Belpre City Schools board member Fred Meredith. “We tried to talk him out of (retirement), but we wish him well.” In fact, many Belpre residents will be sorry to see Superintendent Tony Dunn retire in January after eight ...

Unique Boutique boosts confidence, business

This afternoon and Saturday at the Marietta Township Community Center, local residents who need to find a way to stretch their budgets for work wardrobes can take advantage of the 34th annual Fall Unique Boutique, conducted by the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Proceeds from the event ...

Teachers find new way to seek funds

If you enter Marietta’s zip code into donorschoose.org at any given time, about a dozen projects seeking funding in Washington County schools, and in surrounding counties, are likely to pop up. It’s a testament to how creative our local teachers are, how much they care and how much work ...

Take no chances with kids’ treats

Only a few local communities — Bartlett, Cutler and McConnelsville — remain to hold their annual trick-or-treating; but parents likely are still faced with mounds of Halloween candy from events held over the weekend and last night. To those who have not yet had a chance to do so, and to ...

Lack of communication between county departments is disturbing

Washington County’s Children Services Board says it was blindsided by the decision made last week by the Washington County Commissioners, who voted to merge county job and family services with children services and place fiscal and administrative oversight with the commission. Board ...

Community cooperation essential

Two of Marietta's communities had a laundry list of projects this year that weren't granted Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds—mostly because those funds only run so deep. But while there were unfulfilled wish lists in both Norwood and Harmar, there seems to be much more ...

Go ahead with new shelter plan

Taxpayers have come to expect that when local governments decide to construct new buildings, for virtually any purpose, the price tags will be well up into six — or seven — figures. It should have been a pleasant surprise to Monroe County residents, then, that the estimate for a new animal ...

Crisis response effort must not lose momentum

Among the cultural shifts some believe have led to public health crises such as our region’s substance abuse epidemic and other “diseases of despair,” is the rise in isolation and loneliness. Fewer people feel as though they have a sense of being surrounded by a community. Fewer people ...