Editorials

Church should pay for its negligence

A store owner whose negligence results in a customer breaking his back in a fall and never being able to work again is in the wrong both legally and morally. What about church officials who do nothing about a pastor accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, then find he has raped a ...

Give First Fridays a chance at succeeding

Tonight will mark the first of a new downtown event—First Fridays. We’re anxious to give it a try and we hope others do, too. We talk to people all the time who are anxious for more events downtown and evening hours for downtown merchants so we’re happy to see that there is a brand ...

Testing can help beat cervical cancer

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2017. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Local control of school districts still necessary

Centralized control of public education has been blamed for a variety of problems, ranging from one-size-fits-all curriculum to spending on politically correct agendas rather than better teaching. And the higher on the ladder that centralization goes, the worse. It has been suggested that if ...

2017 ushers in new time for new attitudes

Let’s put aside all the hubbub associated with the day’s news from Washington. That’s because people must realize  that very little of what happens in our nation’s capital has much impact on the daily lives of  people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Politics has become an embarrassment in ...

FEMA is lucky ricin exposure uneventful

Hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were placed at great risk by an error made by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, it has been revealed. While training at a FEMA facility in Alabama, scores of Ohioans were among about 9,600 people exposed to high-toxicity ricin during ...

Law about cocaine too lenient on drug dealers

Criminal law for some serious offenses is based on intent. For example, someone who causes a vehicle accident in which another person dies might be charged with negligent homicide. But if prosecutors learn the driver intended to cause a crash, the charge probably would be upgraded to ...

Start the new year with a new HSOV pet

Just like we may feel we’re bursting at the seams after all our holiday meals and cookies, so is the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. It’s at capacity for both cats and dogs, meaning it’s a great time  to adopt for those who are able. Many people may not know the joy a pet can bring ...

Prepare now for winter’s dangers

Don’t let recent warm weather fool you. Winter officially began last week and winter weather is ahead. Drivers didn’t have to worry too much last year about snow and ice but it is only a matter of time before residents will face ice and snow covered roads. The Ohio State Highway Patrol ...

Ethics must be a priority for both GOP, Dems

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Celebrate responsibly with OSU, as they seek gridiron title

The upcoming New Year’s Day holiday is often adopted by all sorts of revelers as an excuse to go crazy  to celebrate the coming of a new year. We say go ahead and celebrate. Have a blast! Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car or truck. Designate a non-drinking friend or relative to ...

Christmas Eve brings its own peace, contentment

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Ohio bill tackles truancy

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that treats truancy as a problem for schools and parents to solve, rather than a crime to be dealt with by the courts. That is probably a good thing, so long as students — and, let us face it, some older students are no longer “children” — do not get ...

Helmets for motorcyclists can save lives in Ohio

Five motorcyclists were killed on Washington and Morgan county roadways this year, with three of those drivers not wearing helmets. As this statistic shows, wearing a helmet won’t always save your life but it can prevent death and traumatic brain injuries. Helmets are about 37 percent ...

Be a smart consumer of news

Did a Santa Claus in Knoxville, Tenn., hold a terminally ill child who died in his arms as he made a Christmas wish or not? Depends on who is asked. The tale surfaced in a column by a newspaper writer in Knoxville who since has been unable to independently verify the story. But, by the time ...

Lock repair should not stop traffic

One of the nation’s most important highways — the Ohio River — was bottlenecked in our area for a few days because of a disturbing failure by the federal government. Last Wednesday, workers at the New Cumberland Locks and Dam noticed a sheen on the water in the lock chamber. Hydraulic ...

Count your blessings and hold them close

We’re fast approaching the time of year when we count our blessings. Your accounting of those blessings can take many shapes and sizes. But we’re certain your accounting of any blessing is an important part of daily life. - It could be taking comfort in good health and continuing on ...

Russia isn’t the only cyber threat

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is ...

Frigid days require extra measure of caring

Though the calendar claims it’s not yet winter, the Mid-Ohio Valley had its first brutal taste of winter weather this week, with wind chills in the negative numbers. Those of us who can stay indoors with a reliable source of heat are fortunate to do so. But let’s also remember to check on ...

Rowing, Cycling Club caring for Lockmaster’s house

A few weeks ago I was reading the editorial page in the Marietta Times and came upon a letter written by a Marietta resident bashing the city of Marietta for all the money that had been spent saving the Lockmaster’s House. Needless to say I was quite shocked by this opinion since our club, ...