Editorials

U.S., Mosul at critical juncture

Iraqi officials announced during the weekend that the long-awaited major offensive to liberate Mosul from Islamic State terrorists was getting underway. Good. It is about time. Mosul, in northern Iraq, is the last major bastion of the IS in that country. No doubt the terrorists will fight ...

Graduates must have fair chance to graduate

Perhaps Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements are flawed, as some critics insist. It may be that they unfairly block some students’ paths to diplomas. But Buckeye State residents should also be upset about what the new program implies about how much public school students are ...

Give PAWS program a chance to succeed

Educators have come up with new twist to reward good behavior and we hope everyone gives the PAWS program half a chance to succeed. PAWS is a new program being introduced in a lot of schools in the area to reward good behavior rather than focusing on the not-so-good. The whole idea behind ...

Habitat helping Mid-Ohio families

Congratulations to the Mid-Ohio Valley Habitat for Humanity, which recently completed its first home since the Wood and Washington County chapters of Habitat merged. Located outside of Belpre on Braun Road, this is the 94th home finished in Wood/Washington counties. The two chapters merged ...

Screenings, knowledge best tools to fight cancer

While pink seems to be the color of October with the observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the stark reality is one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Yes, breast cancer remains a killer of women, but, as always, early detection and treatment remain ...

Proposal on armory space worth pursuing

We think a proposal heard this week by Marietta City Council about the addition of an entrepreneurial education center at the armory is a win-win-win. It would help satisfy grant funding requirements, would provide a little rental income to the city and provide a real service to the ...

Feds should come to aid of retired coal miners

Unless Congress does the right thing, Christmas will be bleak in the coalfields of West Virginia, Ohio and other states. That is because without a federal bailout, pension and health care benefits for about 120,000 retired miners and their families will run out of money by Dec. 31. About ...

Protect yourself this flu season

It’s flu season and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone get a flu shot to protect themselves and others from a potentially life-threatening illness. The issue is that a flu virus can lead to other complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, meningitis, ...

Tabby’s Clothesline a good deed done well

A club dedicated to making Marietta High School a better place is working hard in accomplishing that goal with Tabby’s Clothesline. Found inside from the floor up in this closet are supplies ranging from hygienic needs like deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes to actual clothing ...

National security still vulnerable

When Edward Snowden fled from the United States in 2013, bearing with him an enormous amount of secret government information, it became clear the National Security Agency was anything but secure. Members of Congress demanded and President Barack Obama’s administration pledged to seal up ...

Small banks shouldn’t suffer for big banks’ misdeeds

Some community bankers — the people we deal with for car loans, mortgages, checking accounts and any number of other financial services — worry the Wells Fargo scandal may give Washington another excuse. Indeed, what happened at Wells Fargo was enormous in scope and disturbing in sheer ...

Encourage younger voters to participate

We probably all know one. It may be your own son or daughter, another relative, perhaps a neighbor. There are many in the community who will very soon have the opportunity to vote in an election for the very first time. For many more, November’s general election will mark the first time ...

Delaware is claiming unclaimed Moneygrams

It is unlikely you ever used a MoneyGram to send money to someone else, but if you did and it was not cashed for some reason, you may feel you should have a shot at getting the funds returned. Talk to the state of Delaware. MoneyGrams are much like money orders, with an important ...

Plenty of blame to go around for EpiPen

Mylan Pharmaceuticals and its chief executive officer, Heather Bresch, have been easy targets for politicians seeking to gain headlines as defenders of financially hard-pressed American families. Of course, the company’s officials might just as well have taped “Kick me” signs to their ...

The end of homework just a pipe dream

Any parent who has struggled with their school-age child to complete a homework assignment might welcome the suggestion that teachers eliminate all homework. In August, an elementary school teacher’s note home went viral when she informed parents of her new “no-homework” policy. Brandy ...

The stories behind Ohio’s drug crisis

Too often stories about illegal drug use focus on statistics instead of the lives of the people involved. This week, thanks to a project at Marietta Municipal Court, readers were introduced to many of the people caught up in this very real nightmare of drug addiction. The court is using its ...

Veterans Affairs bonuses questioned

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation. Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...

Animal abuse law sends a message

We’ve seen far too many cases locally of animal cruelty. There is a wide range of how it occurs. Some dogs, cats and other animals are beaten, some are starved, some are senselessly killed. Others are forced to live in filthy homes with dozens of other animals, practically stacked upon one ...

Register to vote and get in on the action

The first of three presidential debates has the nation talking, but are you part of the conversation? You can be. Register to vote by Oct. 11 in Ohio, and you can cast your ballot on Election Day. The nation will choose its next president, and locally voters will also decide other  races ...

Coal families deserve help from D.C.

Members of Congress who worry that bailing out the beleaguered miners’ pension fund will set a bad precedent should consider the reason help is needed: Washington. Retirement benefits for about 120,000 miners and their families are in jeopardy because of the method used to fund them. For ...