Editorials

Belpre looks ahead with Greenley at the helm

Belpre City Schools’ Board of Education has named a replacement for retiring superintendent Tony Dunn. Jeffrey Greenley will take over Feb. 1 after unanimous approval from the board. He has big shoes to fill, but also an important role in moving the district forward. His credentials ...

Congress: Look into why black lung keeps happening

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Students should keep looking to trade careers

Building Bridges to Careers in Marietta has given students a chance to gain valuable experience in exploring career options here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Last week, two Marietta High School seniors did their job shadowing at the construction site for the new Williamstown Elementary School. They ...

Keep local interests on rep’s mind

At the start of 2019, Marietta will no longer have one of its own residents representing them in the Ohio legislature. Republican Andy Thompson, of Marietta, served for eight years before reaching his term limit. Voters elected Republican Don Jones, of Harrison County, to fill that ...

Set sights on the ultimate higher goal of education

Marietta City Schools’ Board of Education presented Superintendent Will Hampton with a set of goals to achieve in the next year — with reasonable expectation that he will meet them, given that he met or exceeded expectations on all 25 items on a list the board used to evaluate his ...

Sneaky bill would help politicians, hurt police, fire families

Outgoing Representative Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, was one of three members who this week voted against passing out of committee a proposal to give lawmakers and other executive elected officials a raise. Unfortunately, the raises had been tacked on at the 11th hour to a bill meant to increase ...

The Hope for the Holidays vigil to shine a light on suicide

On Sunday, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Washington County will host a candlelight vigil — Hope for the Holidays, for those remembering loved ones lost to suicide. This time of year can be difficult for those grieving the loss of a loved one. But from 6-7 p.m. in Muskingum Park, ...

Delaying graduation standards does kids a disservice

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Learn from Greatest Generation

Across the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday, ceremonies honored the generation of Americans who responded to the attacks on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago by stepping up and saving the world. There are so few of them left. Americans got a stark reminder of both the strength and frailty of that generation ...

Meyer’s early retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to legislation happening

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...

Do the right thing when celebrating

Drunk or drugged drivers are a late-night, weekend worry, so the conventional wisdom goes. But a video released by the Ohio Highway Patrol shows impaired driving happens all day, every day. In fact, only 30 percent of the arrests by the highway patrol for impaired driving came between ...

Bush, a true public servant, put country first

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush left a mark on this country and the world that is sometimes overlooked in an era when self-promotion can be given as much importance as the actual work done. He was calm, quiet — a statesman, not a showman; though he did join in for a laugh when shows ...

’Tis the season to be more giving

Soon after Thanksgiving, it begins. Shoppers hear the familiar jingling of bells as they go about their day — Salvation Army bell-ringers are manning their red kettles, bringing a little extra cheer to the reminder that “need knows no season.” Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Salvation Army ...

Weigh all options in future of the harbor

There may be a big decision for the city to make soon regarding its harbor space, and we hope more is considered than simple financial implications. For 20 years, WASCO, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities, has operated the Marietta Harbor. The ...

If medicinal pot is to work in Ohio, checks need to be in place

Marijuana dispensaries will be coming to several towns in East Ohio — including Marietta — soon. Coshocton and East Liverpool will each get one. Wintersville is getting two. Personnel at the Cresco Labs Ohio store on Main Street in Wintersville, let the press in for a look the other ...

Ohio needs to get ahead of the curve to attract business

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos — predicted that the four Ohio locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Smoke detectors save lives

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Shopping small for holidays

Marietta and surrounding Washington County communities are filled with locally owned small businesses that offer shopping experiences one simply cannot find at the bigger, national chains. Today, Small Business Saturday, is a perfect opportunity to explore some of them — perhaps to get an ...

Company right to hire veterans

When it comes to taking care of our veterans, Mid-Ohio Valley communities may already be a notch above some others. But there is always room for improvement. It is no secret that employers are having difficulty finding enough qualified, capable, sober people to fill the jobs that will keep our ...