Editorials

Statewide bail reform called for

With jails bulging due to the opiate epidemic, county-level officials across the state are calling for the legislature and the Ohio Supreme Court to fix a bail system that is contributing heavily to the overcrowding problem. Both the County Commissioners' Association of Ohio and the Buckeye ...

Dangerous drugs must be kept from kids

Keeping dangerous substances out of reach of little children has been a point of  emphasis for families for a long time. But in today’s world the concerns for what children can get into takes on a much more serious tone. In the past, adults likely had to worry about cold medicines or blood ...

Don’t throw baby out with the bath water

Opposition to some of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals already appears to virtually preclude their adoption by the General Assembly. His plan to cut income taxes while increasing sales taxes is being criticized by both Republicans and Democrats. Let’s not throw the baby out with ...

Move over and keep others safe

The Ohio Highway Patrol is asking motorists to ‘Move Over’ for emergency responders. We all know stopping along the state’s interstates and roadways can be dangerous, even deadly. In fact, the highway patrol reports that from 2012 to 2016, highway patrol cruisers were involved in 73 ...

Tump’s policy hurt by lack of planning

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Keeping the state budget balanced

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Moore a trailblazer who will be missed

Mary Tyler Moore was a trendsetter who didn’t make her life about her own star power. She made the shows she made, supported the charities she supported and lived the life she lived. And, it goes without saying that for a few generations of Americans, she is missed as an entertainment ...

Welfare League’s helping hand continues to give

The Marietta Welfare League has a long and impressive track record of helping community projects in our community. “From shower chairs to multi-use trails, playground equipment to musical instruments...” said Amy Elliott, finance chairwoman. “We were able to fill $52,500 worth of need ...

Help stop human trafficking

Mention truck drivers and state troopers, and most people think of an adversarial relationship. That’s not entirely true. Especially this past week. Troopers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness of domestic sex ...

Tenants’ list shows armory is off to good start

The halls and rooms of the former National Guard Armory on Front Street in Marietta are no longer empty as they were for decades. In fact, the city has now rented all but one of the spaces available in the renovated building. That’s something to celebrate. The tenants and soon-to-be ...

Campuses must do more to stop sexual assaults

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

Free speech re-affirms a peaceful transition

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

There’s still time to fight the flu

If it hasn’t affected you personally, it’s very likely that you at least know someone who has been struck by the flu bug in the past few weeks. Ohio health officials say influenza-like illness has become widespread around the state for the first time this flu season and the U.S. Centers ...

Some will remember Obama as the next JFK

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it. Obama's enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first ...

Mark your calendar: Kiwanis Pancake Days

Not many Marietta fundraising events  can trace their history back 63 years. But that’s what Kiwanis Pancake Days can do and it has been a successful 63 years, too. This year’s event comes Feb. 3 and 4 and First Congregational Church, as usual. Also as usual, you buy a ticket good for ...

U.S., Trump must be cautious about Russia

Let us hope President Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Man should walk on the moon once more

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for awhile. He didn’t suspect he’d be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at age 82, ...

City police with beards in the spirit of giving

Those who have seen a Marietta Police officer out and about recently may have noticed something new. Through the duration of winter, officers are allowed to sport a beard, all in the name of giving. Those who want to participate pay $15 a month to grow the facial hair and the proceeds go to ...

Give blood, give life this winter

In recent days, an emergency appeal went out to donors for blood and platelet donations in response to what American Red Cross officials are calling a severe winter blood shortage in the Ohio Valley. What’s happening is blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are ...

Ohio must redraw its districts fairly

Surely, Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in ...