Local Columns

Will Taiwan endure?

In a major diplomatic victory for Beijing, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama announced on June 13 that the Central American state had decided to sever its 105 years of formal relations with Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, and to switch diplomatic ties to the People’s ...

‘SNAP’ judgment makes budget unpalatable

It wasn’t that long ago when this president was still a candidate courting the hard-working people of America, suggesting that America had fallen on hard times and that, together, we needed to make America great again. However, the release of the President’s budget titled, “A New ...

Oxford House helps in recovery

Drug addiction or alcoholism can be deceptively easy to fall into. An auto accident or sports injury may require opiate pain pills. After a period of time, the victim cannot live without the pills. When he or she can no longer gain access to the pills, heroin becomes the drug of choice. It is ...

City needs to preserve riverbank for future generations

As the 4th Ward Councilman for nearly 19 years, one of my goals has been to keep as much of our riverbank accessible to the public as possible. In 2001, I had dinner with some folks from Cleveland who were in town with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). You probably remember those 3,000 ...

Join the effort to protect Marietta’s healthy trees

Historic Marietta, a Tree City USA 38 years running, needs its citizens to step up if our urban forest is to survive. While the spirit of Marilyn Ortt inspires many everyday, her physical presence fighting for every healthy tree and continual planting now is in the hands of others. The ...

Money driven medicine

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Columnist Erick Erickson calls the Republican plan to replace Obamacare “Swampcare.” He says, “If Swampcare continues, the government takeover of healthcare will escalate and costs will soar.” It ...

Bring Constitutional Carry in Ohio in ’17

2017 has got to be the year that Ohio passes Constitutional Carry! In the face of innumerable threats from the federal government and powerful politicians in the states that would see to it that Americans no longer have the right to protect themselves, the renewed efforts of Ohio ...

Lions International celebrates 100th anniversary

This year marks a historic one for Lions International — our 100th anniversary of worldwide service. As an organization, we have undergone many changes to create a bigger impact on our world through service. In 1925, Helen Keller designated us as “knights of the blind in the crusade against ...

Recovery can be beautiful

Each of us has experienced or knows someone who has experienced the devastating effects of a mental health disorder. The World Health Organization has found that these disorders are the single greatest health problem in North America. One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness and ...

When it comes to American politics it’s all ‘Greek to me’

If one were to use the expression “It’s Greek to me” to express resignation or bafflement concerning the bizarre behavior of the present-day occupant of the Oval Office, they might not be far off the mark. As I’ve suggested in two previous op-ed pieces, an important clue for ...

Globalization 2.0: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ plan

As the new U.S. administration continues to give emphasis to President Trump’s “America First” mantra, China is seizing the historic opportunity to champion for its global leadership position. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship project, dubbed “One Belt, One Road” — to ...

Parents should read to children, beginning early

What was your favorite book as a child? Why was it your favorite book? Did the author construct a thrilling story from cover to cover, or did the illustrator create beautiful illustrations that allowed you to visualize a magical place? For some students, like me, it was the first book that I ...

Muslim families are celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is celebrated as the month when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the prophet Muhammad (SWA) in 610 CE. Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, is thought to be the actual day when the Qur’an was given to the prophet and usually falls within the last 10 days of Ramadan. ...

Republicans must search beyond Fox for facts

Attention all partisan Republicans, ignorant Independents, and traitorous Democrats who voted for Donald Trump. Did you know that in Trump’s first hundred days the Secret Service has spent $35,000 of your tax dollars on golf cart rentals? Guess who we paid it to: Donald Trump. And that ...

Direct talks with N. Korea

The triangular relationship between the United States, North Korea and China is taking some interesting turns. Not too long ago, candidate Trump called North Korea the “greatest immediate threat” to the United States. In his Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News on May 1, however, the ...

Local schools find themselves on the short end again

The Ohio House is at it again, and while the cuts are less than those proposed by Gov. John Kasich, Washington County schools stand to lose a total of $1.7 million over the next two years. The only school district which will see an increase is Belpre City Schools, who will see about a quarter ...

City needs yes votes on tax issue

The city of Marietta is in financial trouble and needs your vote to pass a 1/2% income tax increase on the May 2 ballot. Here are some of the problems your city government is dealing with, that I believe you need to know, in order to help you in making your decision in this coming election. ...

Groups address climate change

February was an extremely warm month in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and for the first time in living memory we did not experience one significant snowfall in the 2016-2017 winter. Does this represent a pattern? Of course, one warm winter does not make a trend. But there are two possible explanations ...

Proposed tax increase would hurt families, businesses

Hello, my name is Austin James. I live and work here in the city of Marietta and I would like to share my thoughts on the proposed city tax increase. Marietta is a wonderful place that so many of us are proud to call home. It is also a great place for small businesses as it was recently ...

A breakdown of the current funding for behavioral health

Since the Washington County Behavioral Health Board is requesting passage of a levy in November, many people are asking what we do with the funds we currently have. In short, we subsidize prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental ...