Editorials

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 ...

It’s time to come together

Throughout the nation, approximately half of the people who had hoped to be elected to public office on Tuesday have been disappointed. So have their supporters. The aftermath of any election calls for a period of reconciliation. By their very nature, political campaigns aggravate the ...

Political signs are eyesores

Let us hope the energy displayed by candidates for office and their supporters in placing the thousands of campaign signs that litter our area is matched by their speed in removing them. It has been impossible for weeks to travel anywhere without having one’s eyes assaulted by placards ...

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations

Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago. Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social ...

Get out and vote Tuesday

The days leading up to Tuesday’s Election Day seemed far away for many during the primary season — Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, etc. Well, look at your calendar now! Starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday it’s Election Day. That means it’s your turn to make your choice unless you ...

High cost of marijuana fees will be passed down

Earlier this year, the Ohio General Assembly approved a bill that would legalize use of the active ingredient in marijuana for health care reasons. Gov. John Kasich signed the measure into law. State officials are busy now working out the details of how the law can be implemented. One ...

Thompson good for business

Andy Thompson is familiar with the ins and outs of running a business. He is publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a Marietta-based business owned and operated by Thompson’s family for decades. It’s that experience that makes him a good advocate for businesses in Ohio and specifically the ...

Johnson has the edge in 6th District

As he concludes his third term in Washington, Bill Johnson’s experience gives him the edge in the race to represent the 6th Congressional District. Johnson is a member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee that plays a key role in developing energy, health care and ...

Support 911, senior levies on Nov. 8

It may be the presidential race drawing the most attention but next Tuesday Washington County voters will also be casting a ballot on two very important issues. Both the levy to maintain and improve 911 service and the levy to consider senior services around the county are crucial, and we ...