Editorials

‘Gray death’ is bad news for users

Drug users are at the mercy of drug sellers offering another “high” for a price. Now comes word that pushers are offering a deadly new mixture commonly called “gray death.” Gray death has a much higher potency than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High ...

Regardless of outcomes, 1 vote makes a difference

This week, voters in the Warren Local Schools district passed a bond issue to build new schools after six failed attempts on the ballot. We’re happy that the measure passed. The condition of some of the district’s schools makes learning and teaching very challenging and we’ll be ...

Threats to America constantly changing

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual Americans. His ...

Repeat offender is raising questions

How is it possible that the state of Ohio allowed a man with 14 convictions for driving under the influence to get behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again? Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato apparently wonders about that, too. On Monday, Timothy J. Jones, 53, of Columbus, ...

Caution needed in establishing rules for pot

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number of ...

Study of school start times is warranted

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In many schools, teenagers and even younger children are expected to ...

Don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s election

We want to encourage you to vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Where you stand on the issues and candidates is up to you. But taking the time to go to the polls and vote is our right as responsible citizens. Voter participation in primary elections usually is low. Understandably, ...

Dispose of drugs with Drug Take Back Day

Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. And some get those drugs unsupervised, even illegally, from medicine cabinets or family friends who no longer use them. That’s why state and local officials are encouraging everyone to participate in ...

County can’t ignore sewer issue any longer

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has moved to have the state Attorney General’s Office enforce findings and orders dealing with sewering Devola. Meanwhile, the City of Marietta’s attorney has calculated the additional cost burden to Marietta sewer customers for the ...

Fed. govt. must take position on medical marijuana

In West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law ...

Protect retired miners’ insurance

In less than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families could lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people affected ...

Ohio must cut its own spending

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

Volunteer Week worth celebrating each year

National Volunteer Week started Sunday and it’s a great time to appreciate the work done in our community by people who volunteer their time to serve, for example, as hospital helpers, youth baseball, soccer, basketball and football coaches, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders. Look around ...

Adults must not serve alcohol to teenagers

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes in motor ...

Hitting the open road? Buckle up for safety

Roadtrips are a part of spring and summer, not to mention the many activities that keep us on the road as the school year winds down. Nationwide, auto accidents are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seat belt use ...

History shows how the U.S. reacts to attacks

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

VA must correct problems with hotline

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Stay alert, safe around highway work areas

As state and local communities roll out the orange barrels for road and bridge work, drivers have to realize construction zones are dangerous places. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported there were 6,041 crashes last year in work zones resulting in 28 deaths, 186 serious injuries ...

Grandparents have a lot to offer today’s children

It was good to see grandparents joining Lowell Elementary students last week for a day of crafts, a book fair and a ventriloquist act. We know schools throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley carve out at least part of a class day to salute grandparents. We think it’s a good investment of time that ...

Organ donation saves lives

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea implant? Chances are you do, as organ donations in the United States are continuing to grow, with more than 30,000 performed. However, thousands and thousands more await transplants — more than 123,373 nationally and ...