Editorials

Police need more people to step up

Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp has a lot on his mind these days, including the shrinking pool of people willing (and able) to become recruits. “We’re in a cycle in this society where people just don’t want this work, they’re not interested,” he said. “It’s not only in law ...

McFarland true public servant

Washington County resident said farewell Friday to a public servant who at one point was named the best in the state at the work he was doing. Only a few short years ago, Bill McFarland was named Outstanding County Auditor of the Year by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio. Now as he ...

New drug treatment another valuable weapon in the arsenal

There is much debate about the merits of medically assisted treatment for those attempting to break the bonds of drug addiction. While some call it trading one drug for another, others believe it is one tool in the it’s-time-to-throw-everything-at-this-problem toolkit, and can be helpful to ...

County’s rejection of grant request is misguided

When the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River approached the Washington County Commissioners about a grant opportunity last week, the commissioners immediately jumped to the answer of “no”— something we think they should reconsider. The nonprofit wasn’t asking the commissioners for ...

Word of gas line upgrade good news for Belpre

If Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards, R-94th District, is correct, an important improvement is on its way to the Mid-Ohio Valley. He told Belpre City Council this week that the Ohio Public Utilities Commission is likely to approve a project to improve and expand natural gas infrastructure between Marietta ...

Gas tax proposal is a good idea

Because nearly everyone who votes also drives a car or truck, most politicians are afraid to suggest increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Give new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for having the courage to do just that. DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per ...

IS recruit wants to come home, and should be heard

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Chip in on blight fund if you can

Most Mariettans understand there are properties in our community that should be torn down and cleaned up. But that takes money — and no small amount of it. At Thursday’s city council meeting, $45,000 from the city’s general fund was appropriated for a new fund for blight demolition and ...

Gaffe in gun law needs fixed ASAP

Quite a few law-abiding Ohio gun owners may find themselves running afoul of a new state law because of an error in how it was drafted. State legislators should correct the statute immediately. Lawmakers approved what should have been a mere housekeeping bill, to bring state law into ...

DeWine’s task force needs to step it up on warrants

Too often, we hear of violent crimes committed by people who ought to have been behind bars instead of finding new victims. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to do something about that. Last week, DeWine announced he has created a task force to look into how arrest warrants are handled in Ohio. His ...

Drugs come through ports of entry — ask El Chapo

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to stop ...

Addiction problem a moving target

Local law enforcement officials have already let us in on a little secret — the substance abuse fight has evolved. Opioids are no longer the heavy hitter; meth has returned. But for those wondering whether that is simply a Washington County trend, the folks near Cincinnati are offering ...

Thanks to troopers for professionalism, compassion

“Can you imagine having someone basically attack you, and then have to save their life?” It was a question asked by Lt. Chris Chesar, post commander of the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, as he commended three of his troopers for doing just that, in December. Troopers ...

Be inspired to do good for others

Marietta natives Justin Futrell and Mitchel Gearhart have each done 1,000 pull-ups, they’ve reached out to friends, family and those on social media, all in the name of raising money for others. In November, they set a goal of raising $25,000, enough to pay for a water well in a rural ...

Brown continues his appeal to working people

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, to New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

Save a life: Consider organ donation

An increasing number of Ohioans — particularly here in the southeastern part of the state — are beginning to understand you can’t take it with you. The number of people in central and southeastern Ohio who shared the gift of life through organ donation increased by 5 percent last year. ...

Save lives with organ donation

An increasing number of Ohioans — particularly here in the southeastern part of the state — are beginning to understand you can’t take it with you. The number of people in central and southeastern Ohio who shared the gift of life through organ donation increased by 5 percent last year. ...

Rethink the blizzard bag idea

Marietta City Schools staff has told Superintendent Will Hampton blizzard bags — lesson material sent home with students so that unscheduled closings might still count as instructional days — are a waste of time. According to Hampton, his staff says the effort required to prepare those bags ...

Time to take a serious look at our homeless problem

In late January, the numbers for the Washington County homeless count were collected. While it’s too soon to have that data, we think that once we do, there might be a need for a discussion about filling some gaps in service. There is currently no emergency shelter in the county and ...