Editorials

Help Texas, but be careful, too

Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a category 4 hurricane Friday, still is bringing rain to areas already flooded. The National Weather Service predicts up to 20 inches of rain could fall yet this week, adding to more than 30 inches some parts of Texas already ...

Drug crisis an ongoing tragedy

By one estimate, drug abuse claims an average of 11 lives each day in Ohio. A natural disaster — say, an emerging disease rampaging through the state — would be viewed as an emergency. Many in law enforcement and state government treat substance abuse as such a threat. But structurally, ...

Those who serve are often at risk

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the recent collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look into ...

Kmart stores riding a tough road

It’s good news, for now, that the Valley’s economy isn’t losing any of its Kmart stores. The retailer has been struggling at the cash register. Sales companywide have been falling and they continue to do so in 2017. Executives at Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holdings, have been ...

Judges must be tough on doctors who push pills

A special kind of drug pushers are responsible for much of the misery inflicted upon many addicts in West Virginia. They are health care providers — doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others — who have special access to opioid painkillers and a screen of legitimacy behind which to hide while ...

Review security for our judges

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday in Steubenville of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Friday night lights return to the Valley

The 2017 Pigskin Preview, included in today’s newspaper, marks the return of the high school football season. Friday’s games mark the return of the pageantry and traditions that make late summer and fall weekends in our area special. To help you get ready for the season, we have published ...

Wasteful spending in terror war

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Vaccinating pets still important

A puppy with distemper resulted in the canceling of a planned puppy pool party at the Marietta Aquatic Center, but more significantly, other puppies with distemper could still be unaccounted for. All the more reason for dog owners to make sure their dogs are up to date on their ...

City lot in need of major repairs

People who use the city parking lot at 304 Putnam St. face a challenge that should be remedied quickly. The asphalt pavement in the lot is deteriorated, so much so that Councilman Roger Kalter says it’s a public safety issue. Ironically, the lot serves many people who park to get to the ...

Don’t miss nature’s wonder

While some readers may have already reached “2017 Eclipse overload” we hope most are looking forward to basking in the shadow of the moon Monday afternoon. The Marietta area falls outside of the “totality zone” stretching coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina, but that ...

Negotiate with Korea and end the threat

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that North ...

Drug abuse a very real emergency

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Turning point in fight in Mosul

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Sick mindset seen in Va. isn’t shared

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and ...

Postal Service suffers at the hands of Congress

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Ohio gets ideas in war against addiction

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

What to do about those contractors who abuse

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

As school year starts, follow rules of the road

Next week, the first of the region’s school children return to class when Belpre and Wood County schools open their doors for a new school year. For many kids, their school day begins and ends with a ride on a school bus. Unfortunately, not all motorists obey the rules of the road when it ...

Not all swamp creatures cooperate

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate last week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...