Editorials

4-H gives youth skills to thrive

Many a young person has been helped by 4-H programs in our region. 4-H Week is being celebrated this week in Washington County and throughout Ohio. Through Ohio Uniersity Extension, the 4-H Youth Development program reaches youngsters in every corner of the state, whether they live in a city, ...

OAK Club all about outdoor fun for families

The Outdoor Adventures for Kids (OAK) Club is getting set to launch in Washington County and we hope the first adventure has a great turnout. Organized through the Washington County Health Department, the OAK Club is aimed at teaching families how to play and spend time together outdoors. ...

Local heroes at work with American Red Cross

Everyday heroes exist in our small town communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and for that we’re thankful. We’re talking about the many volunteers with the American Red Cross who unselfishly give of their time to this worthy agency. These volunteers help victims of fires and floods, they ...

Trump action could help farmers

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

Penalties for drug users who put children in harm’s way

All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. Various bills in the W.V. Legislature are aimed at cracking down on adults ...

Don’t repeat mistakes made with opiod drugs

Among contributors to the epidemic of opioid drug abuse was sale of prescription pain pills obtained legally. In some cases, people with no pain at all conned doctors into allowing them to buy the pills, which they sold at tidy profits. In other situations, people were given large supplies of ...

Ohio’s fight against voter fraud continues

It isn’t the massive vote fraud President Donald Trump insists occurred in the presidential election last fall, but problems identified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are serious. Husted has had people in his office checking the state’s Registered Voter Database, as he has done ...

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 ...