Editorials

Keep on fighting until there is a cure

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

National debt still climbing

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Protect pets from this summer’s hot temps

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Nationwide, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reports that at least 24 hot weather-related animal deaths have been reported this ...

Smoking still health concern for Ohio

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Opioids data should be released

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...

State must distribute money for children

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is geniune fear he or she could harm him or herself or someone else, the response too often is to remove him or her from his or her home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such ...

Enjoy the holiday, enjoy being an American

We ask everyone to take a moment during the next couple of days and remember that there are few nations in the world where citizens are able to gather to celebrate the freedoms residents of the United States of America too often taken for granted. It’s an important thought as our nation ...

Broughton brings back social fun

The Broughton Ice Cream Social is back after a one-year absence. That’s great news. It’s especially nice for the Marietta community, which dedicates each year’s proceeds to a specific cause. This year’s event raises money for the Strecker Cancer Center. That’s truly a worthy ...

Recycling trailer to make the rounds

Beginning next week, the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District will provide its recycling trailer to Washington County Communities through the month of September. There are 10 different locations making recycling convenient to residents living outside Marietta city limits ...

Plan now for a safe July Fourth

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with family picnics and get-togethers, sometimes accompanied by a few bangs and booms, but remember: The best advice about fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. It’s estimated that emergency rooms across the country will treat about 760 ...

What America does next matters

It’s safe to say that most Americans are deeply concerned about the ongoing plight of the children of illegal immigrants, regardless of their opinions about how the immigration issue in general should finally shake out. The mental and emotional terror — indeed, horror — that the ...

Ohio law will help protect animals

Ohio lawmakers are to be applauded for their passage of a bill that significantly “strengthens the standard of care for breeding dogs,” according to the Humane Society of the United States. In fact, the Humane Society was so satisfied with the language of the bill that it put an end to its ...

Check out John Glenn Astronomy Park

Southeastern Ohio has a new attraction that’s just a few miles from Marietta and Washington County. It’s The John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan. A grand opening ribbon cutting was held Thursday to coincide with the arrival of summer. Activities at the ...

Forums on opioid and addiction issues open to public

A series of meetings planned for July are designed for our readers and the community as a whole to have a voice in developing local solutions for the drug epidemic ravaging our state, cities and neighborhoods. Marietta and Washington County are not immune. In fact, more than 300 people in the ...

Legislators take steps to fight drug crisis

Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, for not only talking about the opioid addiction crisis but also authoring bills and having them passed by the full House of Representatives. Johnson’s T.E.A.C.H. Act would provide incentives ...

FBI probe just doesn’t smell right

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Sexual assaults at big colleges too common

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Take part in elections and stay on the record

In a partisan 5-4 split, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving how Ohio purges voting rolls. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to attempt to remove people who have moved or died from voter rolls. Ohio does this by notifying by mail people who failed to cast ...

Weigh the arguments on tax issue

Marietta city officials are telling the citizens of the city that it is time for a change. On Thursday they will vote to put another income tax increase proposal on the November general election ballot, asking for a raise of the current 1.7 percent income tax to 1.85 percent. Last spring a ...

Immigration plan could be a fair compromise

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...