Editorials

Responders deserve thanks, honors

Our communities are fortunate to have so many dedicated first responders keeping us safe. Each year brings an opportunity to thank a few of those men and women, at the annual award luncheon presented by the Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce and the Sons of the American ...

Thanks to teachers who care beyond academics

Most in the working world are familiar with the idea that what is happening at home — what you experienced the night before, a tough problem that has been on your mind — can affect your performance at work in the morning. Kids do not have it any easier; and in fact, far too many Mid-Ohio ...

Proposal would offer fair education funding for all

While there are still details to work out and legislative approval to be had, it seems for the first time in decades that there may be hope in Ohio of ending the unconstitutional school funding system. We’ve seen educators and residents alike frustrated by the formula, through different ...

April is Month of the Young Child in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. The proclamation coincides with the national designation of April ...

Always look for light in the darkness

Families struggling with the illness of a loved one can experience a range of emotions. Among them, in the case of the McIntyre family in Williamstown, was determination and a desire to help others. When Mike McIntyre needed a port in his upper chest for delivery of chemotherapy to try to ...

The need to help others never really goes away

Ten years ago, as it became clear a national recession had the Mid-Ohio Valley in its grip, too, AEP began its Neighbor to Neighbor program, with the help of The Caring Connection in Washington County, to give those who still had a little wiggle room an opportunity to help those who were simply ...

New school buildings will keep kids safer

In an era of Run, Hide, Fight training in offices; Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate training for teachers, service personnel and school administrators; and a heightened sense of vigilance on the part of the general public, it is encouraging to know students in the Warren Local school ...

Funding needed for roads damaged by trucks

East Ohio residents who have to suffer from damage to roads caused by energy industry trucks ought to receive special consideration when proceeds from the state severance tax are handed out. That was state Rep. Jack Cera’s goal in action he took earlier this year. Cera, D-Bellaire, was ...

Kudos to educators who go above and beyond

Every day there are educators doing something innovative in their schools and classrooms, keeping students engaged and learning. This week, we learned of two in particular in our area with whom we’re particularly impressed. Kristi Lantz, principal of Phillips Elementary in Marietta, has ...

DeWine’s idea for coal mine reclamation makes sense

For many years, coal mining was a major employer, not to mention a key part of the tax base, in many eastern Ohio counties. Now, in large measure because of federal government action, the industry is struggling. Meanwhile, abandoned mine land throughout the region needs to be reclaimed. Gov. ...

Strange story of student’s veteran project a real head-scratcher

Occasionally a story makes its way across the wire that might make one wonder — maybe we HAVE lost our minds. It is difficult to find a reasonable explanation for the suspension of a middle school student in Celina, Ohio, who, according to reports included a toy gun in his class project to ...

We must all be good stewards of natural resources

It was an easy joke for years. The Cuyahoga River caught fire, it is the reason we have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was synonymous with “contaminated” and “dirty.” Now, maybe not so much. It turns out changes in environmental policy and practice mean (according to the ...

Move over for vehicles on the side of the road

When most of us think of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty, we are imagining the kind of violence that comes from them being first responders. Most of us do not think of writing traffic tickets or directing traffic as times of extreme danger for ...

If you see something, say something about animal neglect, abuse

Two horses in the area are now back in good health and eating regularly thanks to the attention of someone who noticed they were neglected and did something about it. Connie Abbott—a long-time horse rescuer—sounded the alarm when she saw three underfed horses. The third, sadly, didn’t ...

Going slow on drug court seems likely road to success

If slow and steady wins the race, the folks at the Washington County Common Pleas Drug Court are working toward victory for the participants who have chosen the program. It appears as though great care has gone into avoiding a push to simply fill the program quickly, which might have made for ...

Battling the drug scourge

Local residents may remember that while serving as Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive ...

Move over bureaucrats, DeWine has good ideas

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken last week in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

MOV behind man who won’t give up

Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores has been an inspiration to many here in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and his own message may serve him well during a new challenge for him: “Never give up on your dreams.” Cystic fibrosis has shaped Flores’ life to a great degree, but not taken away ...

Monroe County needs to deal with its dire fiscal situation

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, according to county Treasurer Taylor Abbott earlier this week. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent ...

JFS move too pricey for county

Price estimates to renovate two potential sites for a newly-merged Washington County agency came in last week and there were a lot of zeros. Pickering Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, determined that the cost for the renovation of the Gilman Avenue site currently housing Job ...