Editorials

Answers needed to questions about VA

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Proceed cautiously with Kim

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Parts of River Trail need to be cleaned up

As a moderate flood hit Marietta for the first time in years last month, there was a flurry of activity—first to prepare, then to clean up. But now, three weeks after those waters receded, there are still areas in the city that need attention. The River Trail is still unusable in many ...

An open goverment and why it matters

The annual Sunshine Week is under way. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week is an ...

Are you really ready for Daylight Saving Time?

The switch to Daylight Saving Time is a prelude to springlike weather and later sunsets on a daily basis. One common task to accomplish with the time change is installing new batteries in your home’s smoke detectors. But there are more tasks to add to your time change regimen. Since it ...

Creation of new state park a plus for region

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in Eastern Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new ...

Opioid use just got deadlier

As if the opioid crisis isn’t already serious enough, now drug dealers are enterprising to draw even more users to these highly addictive drugs. They are doing this by adding opioid-based fentanyl to cocaine. Families, first responders and, yes, even users, need to be aware of this deadly ...

Social workers make a difference

Social workers work in the community every day, helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month, and the theme this year is “Leaders. Advocates, Champions.” There are more than 650,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated ...

Next move must keep up water quality

Many residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality standards for ...

Trump’s boastings don’t prove anything

Donald Trump says he would have ran into the building at the latest school shooting even if he did not have a gun. Talk is cheap. When he had the opportunity to fight for his country he sought five deferments to avoid serving. Trump described his promiscuous lifestyle and his avoidance of ...

Be ready to vote come Primary Day May 8

It seems we Americans are dissatisfied with our representation in Washington, D.C., and our chance to do something about it is quickly approaching. A new study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Barbara with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Conceal carry remains viable option

Who knows what this signifies, but the Ohio attorney general says more than 131,000 residents were issued licenses last year to carry concealed weapons. Attorney General Mike DeWine says there were 77,281 new permits issued and 54,064 renewals. For gun haters among us that is good news. The ...

Putting safety before studies

There was a time when public school administrators and board members could plan levy campaigns to raise funds for capital improvements and personnel. Discussions and decisions could focus on gymnasiums, computers and hands-on learning equipment, plus pay and benefits for teachers, custodians, ...

Your new driver’s license? It’s in the mail

A rite of passage for Ohio teenagers — getting a driver’s license — will change this summer when the Department of Public Safety stops issuing licenses at the bureau of motor vehicles and instead sends them by mail. As of July 2, new and renewed licenses are to be mailed to drivers ...

Harassment of any kind revolting to true patriots

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Simple lessons remain relevant

It was a simple message delivered sweetly and directly to children. Be a neighbor. Fred Rogers first delivered the message Feb. 19, 1968, 50 years ago, on National Educational Television, the forerunner to PBS. Along the way, the world learned from live characters such as Pittsburgh jazz ...

Spaying, neutering pets is important

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

After the big flood, now what?

Once the high water subsides and damage is assessed come the major questions: What’s next? We tend to look for our comfort zone, but given two weekends of flooding in the Valley “comfort” takes on a new meaning. For example, comfort might mean a lack of rain, or snow as March ...

Count on each other in times of crisis

With Marietta located on the confluence of two rivers, residents can count on the fact that at least once in a while, a serious flood will strike. But the other thing the same residents can count on when it does? Each other. Those of us who have been in the community for a long time and ...

Facebook’s strategy to stop Russia unrealistic

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...