Local Columns

What is a pacesetter?

By Stacy DeCicco United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley By definition it is someone who sets the pace at the beginning of a race or competition- someone who takes the lead or sets the standard of achievement for others. At United Way, Pacesetters are those donors who make their gift in ...

A united community

Challenging, painful, tragic, horrific, and devastating are some of the headlines pulled from media outlets from across our country in recent weeks. There is no secret that we as a country are hurting from all that we have and continue to endure—violence, intolerance, and disparity. There are ...

Competition: The new normal in U.S.-China relations

For decades, the U.S. administrations had mumbled about welcoming China’s “Peaceful Rise.” What, in fact, the previous administrations really meant was that Washington did not know how to stop Beijing from becoming a great power, great enough to challenge America’s global ...

City deserves a plan that’s carried out

Marietta residents and those who live in our lovely, historic city are being asked to give the administration more tax money. Perhaps it would be wise to examine some of the ways the city could raise needed income or save money rather than asking those on minimum wage salaries, fixed incomes ...

New cold war looming

Trade talks between Washington and Beijing, aimed at defusing escalating tensions between the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 economies, are at risk amid latest threat from President Trump of additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. The Chinese government has vowed to hit back and made ...

Brown is no friend of Ohio’s working families

Don’t believe Sherrod Brown when he says he’s for Ohio workers. He’s not. Senator Brown’s votes on tax cuts and immigration prove that, despite his rhetoric, he only cares about workers to the extent that it will enhance his reelection prospects. Brown often claims that he supports ...

United Way strong and thriving

In a world of one click giving and mobile app philanthropy, is United Way even relevant? For decades, United Ways across the country have stood tall on the accomplishment of being the nonprofit that topped the list for most money raised. Year after year, United Ways have collected billions of ...

Recovery is a beautiful thing

Recovery from addiction is often a scary and unimaginable future for addicted people. To contemplate living a life free of alcohol or drugs is as unimaginable as going to Mars. It seems like an unobtainable goal, though one that is often thought about, known to be the right thing to do, and ...

Why Washington pulled the plug on talks with Pyongyang

With the abrupt cancelation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Pyongyang, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy seems to be taking a sharp turn, a turn that some North Korea watchers see as a “truly bad sign.” Secretary Pompeo announced on Aug. 23 that ...

Extreme weather and climate change

We, in the Mid-Ohio Valley, have experienced a relatively moderate summer — no extended heat waves or severe storms. Such is not the case in other parts of our country and in other parts of the world. Even before our summer officially started, a serious heat wave gripped the country in the ...

China-Russia strategic partnership: Stronger on surface than substance

To symbolize the growing ties between the two giant neighbors, Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Tsingtao. The Xi-Putin meeting on June 10 marked the 25th meeting between the two leaders ...

Local literacy efforts are taking root with help of MCF

Even with the amenities of modern technology, nothing can replace the feeling of opening a book and turning that first page. An investment in literacy can nurture a love of reading that positively impacts a student’s academic and professional career for decades. Through agency funds, donor ...

Trauma Informed Schools are coming

The summer months are going fast and school is about to start, which means Trauma Informed Schools will soon be here. Made possible by funding from the Washington County Behavioral Health Board, this initiative is a partnership among all six public school districts in Washington County, Ohio ...

Mother nature can’t keep up with man’s CO2

I have been honored to teach climate science in the public schools the past two years. My experience with students is that most generally believe that climate change is a natural process which has been occurring throughout earth history. Surveys of adults indicate that they overwhelmingly ...

A healthy, strong community

United Ways understand that a healthy community is a strong first step towards a thriving and strong community. Being healthy makes it easier to concentrate in school and be successful at work. We believe that providing access to quality health services and health insurance; creating healthy ...

U.S. oil industry needs a clear path forward

Thirty-five years have now passed since OPEC imposed an embargo on the export of oil to the United States. Officially, that embargo, which began on Oct. 17, 1973, ended five months later. Since the embargo, OPEC has continued using its influence to manage oil prices. Despite surging U.S. oil ...

Commissioners clarify veterans office move

Some clarity from the Washington County Board of Commissioners pertaining to the relocation of certain county offices: Much confusion has been created by the circulation of inaccurate information regarding the move by the Washington County Veterans Services from Pike Street to Putnam ...

United Way always busy

People often ask us when the “down time” comes at our United Way. They typically speculate that summer is a time of quiet in our office; they think that we are in post campaign mode and must finally have a chance to catch up a bit. Most are surprised to learn that really isn’t the ...

Trade war between U.S. & China is a power struggle between the countries

In 1985, the first year the U.S.-China trade balance was reported, the U.S. trade deficit with China was an insignificant sum of $600 million. The trade deficit with China reached its highest level last year,rose to $375.2 billion in 2017; and the cumulative U.S. trade deficit with China since ...

Together we can go so far

Our community has complex issues. Issues that cannot be solved by one individual organization, but can be addressed by a collective joining of organizations working together to achieve a common goal. Complex issues require complex solutions. As one of United Way’s strategic values, ...