Editorials

Knowledge a big step in learning heroin’s full impact

The heroin epidemic has infected every corner of Ohio and Washington County has not escaped its reach. Cities throughout the region have their stories to share, shocking all of us with the rising number of overdoses and deaths. We cannot become desensitized to this issue. Too many people ...

Take safety steps when decorating

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are other causes of fires in December. The ...

Smoking ban working in Ohio for 10 years

Ten years after a public smoking ban was approved in Ohio, it can be hard to remember what it was like to go into a bar or restaurant and have the air filled with cigarette smoke. We think that’s a good thing. A decade ago, our state took the initiative to pass a measure unpopular with ...

Too soon to say if death of Castro is positive

Fidel Castro’s death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades. But does Castro’s demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not. For more than half a century, ...

Loft tour showcases good news story about downtown

Those interested in turning downtown Marietta into a showcase for change, we await the loft tour, coming Saturday Dec. 3. Lofts have gained a special place in the hearts of energetic people who want to show that old spaces retain their value and usefulness in 2016. Much of the renovation ...

Support local this weekend

Tucked between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. Downtown Marietta has lots to offer shoppers and holiday revelers this weekend. Founded in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day set aside to celebrate the many small businesses and retailers in towns across America. ...

Electoral College has its place

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Send Help to those who are hungry this season

Every year at this time, it seems that we are being asked to donate money to a dozen meaningful causes. It can be hard to give to everyone, for those who can give at all. But we would ask everyone to consider making a donation to the annual Send Help campaign. The money donated goes to one of ...

Questions remain about Ohio graduations

Either Ohio’s system of determining whether high school students are ready to graduate is valid, or it is not. The question facing education policymakers and school officials and teachers is that simple. It needs to be answered. Juniors in high school now are in the first class to be ...

Kids need warm coats this winter

For weeks, residents of this community have generously been dropping new and slightly used coats into several barrels located around the greater Marietta area as part of our annual Coats for Kids campaign. Today marks the first day those in need of warm winter coats for their children can ...

Ready, set, go and give thanks

It’s finally here, Thanksgiving Week. Time to take a deep, deep breath and exhale while giving thanks in so many ways. That’s the point of this uniquely American holiday: giving thanks. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Say it loud. Say it proud. Whisper it even. Or just keep it to ...

Take steps to stop drugged driving

We want to add our voice to that of local law enforcement cautioning drivers to avoid drugged driving. The long-running drug problem in our communities has led to growing alarm about crashes resulting from drivers who are driving while under the influence of drugs. The number of drugged ...

Trump should look at Keystone XL pipeline

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review ...

Breathe: Don’t be angry behind the wheel

A recent road rage incident in Marietta is getting the attention of residents, but we hope it brings something else as well: awareness. Not many of us would get so angry about a slow driver in front of us that we would hit their car and then hit them, as a Marietta man is accused of doing to ...

Trump must keep promises to vets

President-elect Donald Trump has made many promises during the more than a year he has been campaigning. He may have been reminded of one on Friday. It was Veterans Day, an annual observance during which we Americans pause to remind ourselves of the many sacrifices made by those who have ...

Americans must be protected

Leaders of other countries were not the only people overseas watching the U.S. presidential election last week. Many of them are concerned with maintaining good, if not friendly, relations with us. But others monitoring our leadership have no such desire. All they want to do is kill as many ...

Fort Frye stayed calm in the face of anger

We can talk until we’re blue in the face about sportsmanship in today’s high school athletics, but Fort Frye’s Cadets passed the test in a big way Friday night. On the way to a 40-19 win over Barnesville at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night, the Cadets stayed cool under pressure while two ...

Trump must restore faith in our govt.

Finally, one of the most divisive presidential election campaigns in history is over. Now comes the task of restoring Americans’ faith in government to serve us, not special interests and big-government bureaucrats. Donald Trump’s victory in the election Tuesday was a clear indication ...

Effort to help cats at fairgrounds is important

For more than a decade, there has been a sizable colony of cats that live at the Washington County Fairgrounds and along the city’s River Trail. While they sometimes struggle with the cold and elements, they’ve had some loyal community feeders to help them. But recently some extra—and ...