Editorials

Good news on opioid prescriptions

A new study looking at data from 2010 to 2015 shows that fewer opioid prescriptions are being given in the nation, in Ohio and in Washington County. While the drug epidemic rages on, we think this is a big step in the right direction. So many of the people we’ve talked to about heroin ...

Providers have a stake in health care reform

Discussions about health care, Obamacare and “repeal and replace” often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges. A hospital ...

Rewarding a murderous extremist isn’t right

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Protecting the elderly from scams

Criminals who specialize in scams often target the elderly. Their hope is they can wipe out the life savings of people sometimes more vulnerable to being misled. Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars a year to scammers. It is puzzling that state and federal governments do not do a better ...

Car wash solution a win-win

Marietta High School’s volleyball team lost out on a fundraising opportunity last weekend, after being told that due to new city regulations a car wash couldn’t be held at Wendy’s as planned. While the city would have actually allowed the long-planned car wash and others that have been ...

National debt casts a shadow

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

Taking care of problem roadways

Monroe County officials are taking steps to ensure important roadways remain safe and serviceable in the wake of severe weather. County Engineer Amy Zwick spoke to commissioners last week, seeking action that would make it possible for the county to receive state and federal funds for slip ...

Bill would make Ohio voting easier for some

Sometimes it seems virtually any attempt to improve the processes of voting and voter registration and make them less susceptible to fraud provokes claims of voter suppression. So it is regarding a common-sense proposal on early voting in Ohio. Voters who for one reason or another do not want ...

Get ready to dig into sweet corn

Knee-high by the Fourth of July ... goes the saying. It’s a reference to having a bountiful corn harvest in parts of the country such as Ohio, Indiana and anyplace else where corn is enjoyed with large amounts of melted butter, a bit of salt and all the gusto you can muster for this ...

Take care around fireworks this 4th

With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, that will mean a four-day weekend for many in Washington County and around the nation. While that’s an extra long chance to celebrate, spend time with friends and family and eat lots of tasty food, it can also mean an extended chance for ...

Hold VA employees accountable

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

Drinking? Don’t drive this Fourth

The Independence Day holiday coming up could be a long weekend for some fortunate workers. With July 4 arriving next Tuesday, folks getting Monday off as well as the Fourth of July can celebrate their freedom over a four-day weekend. Ironically, though, the holiday could end up costing ...

Viciousness is part of politics

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game on June 15, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Monroe jail project to get funding it needed

Monroe County residents received some good news this week, when they learned that financing for the new jail there is on track to be secured ahead of a Sept. 10 deadline. Earlier this month, county commissioners had talked with a financial adviser who was concerned that provisions had not ...

Belpre has a plan for the future

For those of you thinking the city of Belpre is a sleepy small town where nothing much happens, think again. City leaders and about 50 community members attended a special meeting Thursday to hear about the strategic plan for economic development for Belpre. The report isn’t ...

Appreciate simplicity of Camp David

President Donald Trump’s style is different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, too. Trump, ...

Ohio school scandal still isn’t closed

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Serving us means they are at risk

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Lawmakers should not have more power than us citizens

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Career exploration camp a plus for students

It’s an idea that seems so logical that you wonder why no one did this before. We’re talking about the two-week career explorations day camp held at the Washington County Career Center. The first such camp, which ended last week, drew about 25 high school students from all over the ...