Editorials

Viciousness is part of politics

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game on June 15, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Monroe jail project to get funding it needed

Monroe County residents received some good news this week, when they learned that financing for the new jail there is on track to be secured ahead of a Sept. 10 deadline. Earlier this month, county commissioners had talked with a financial adviser who was concerned that provisions had not ...

Belpre has a plan for the future

For those of you thinking the city of Belpre is a sleepy small town where nothing much happens, think again. City leaders and about 50 community members attended a special meeting Thursday to hear about the strategic plan for economic development for Belpre. The report isn’t ...

Appreciate simplicity of Camp David

President Donald Trump’s style is different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, too. Trump, ...

Ohio school scandal still isn’t closed

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Serving us means they are at risk

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Lawmakers should not have more power than us citizens

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Career exploration camp a plus for students

It’s an idea that seems so logical that you wonder why no one did this before. We’re talking about the two-week career explorations day camp held at the Washington County Career Center. The first such camp, which ended last week, drew about 25 high school students from all over the ...

We can all help to keep our rivers beautiful

Volunteers have gathered on the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries on a Saturday morning in June to pick up debris and trash for many years now. Last weekend’s River Sweep, its 28th year, is the largest environmental event of its kind. It encompasses six states and more than 3,000 ...

Mueller must be fair and impartial

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

No need to turn our disputes into public a spectacles

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

U.S. should consider global impact of unrest

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Lower judge can’t overrule appeals court ruling

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

Community gardens help fill local plates

Washington County Harvest of Hope manages five community garden sites. All five are dedicated to providing a plot of land that can be turned into a productive garden capable of providing fresh produce on the dinner plates of local residents. Washington County Harvest of Hope was founded in ...

Only a clean slate can solve mess at VA

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Redraw Ohio districts to be fair statewide

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Consider lifting ban on medical marijuana businesses

Marietta City Council has been approached about lifting the moratorium on medical marijuana growing and distribution in the city to allow for businesses to move in. We think it’s something they should seriously consider. At a committee meeting this week, council was told there is a business ...

Drug fight must go on in Ohio

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

U.S. should continue to investigate Turkish guards

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One ...

Traveling local streets takes extra effort to stay safe

The sun is shining, it’s warm and it’s easy to let your mind wander while driving on area streets. But... you’re late for your son or daughter’s ball game. Your neighbors are grilling up some tasty steaks and you’re invited. Or, maybe the lawn is calling your name to run the ...