Local Columns

Mental health levy crucial

Over the last decade the Washington County Behavioral Health Board has watched with growing alarm as shrinking state and federal appropriations and growing needs have made it increasingly difficult to strengthen mental health and substance use disorder services. The board understands that more ...

It is time for the U.S. to talk to Pyongyang

On his final state visit to Asia in September 2016, Barack Obama issued a statement on North Korea, “To be clear,” the statement declared, “the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state.” Exactly a year later, the Hermit Kingdom is, conclusively, a ...

Tax cuts a big win for Main Street, Congress

The White House and congressional leaders are hard at work on a tax package. It’s clear what works best for Main Street: Small business tax cuts. The Trump administration has led on the issue, guiding the conversation toward a 25 percent small business tax rate. Now, it’s time for ...

Global warming is caused by overpopulation

I grew up in the Kanawha Valley during the 1960s and early 1970s. These were the days before Richard Nixon created the EPA. My father worked as a mechanical engineer for the Union Carbide Corporation across the river from St. Albans in Institute, W.Va. Unlike anything today, these were the ...

Schools and community together

It is amazing what you can learn by planning a simple event, like Marietta City Schools hosting the October 6, First Friday in downtown Marietta. Actually, it is not simple. An event like this has a lot of moving parts. What I learned most is that there are a lot of people that are proud to ...

Constitution a guiding document

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...” These 15 words begin the preamble of the United States Constitution, our country’s founding document that was signed on Sept. 17, 230 years ago. A first-of-its-kind, modern composition, our Constitution ...

North Korea a ‘nightmare neighbor’ for China

With North Korea speeding up its nuclear and missile tests at an unprecedented pace, the Hermit Kingdom is turning into one of the biggest headaches for China, Pyongyang’s only treaty ally in the world. North Korea’s sixth nuclear test — the most powerful detonation to date with a ...

Devola resident questions official motives of Devola sewer proposal

My wife and I have lived in Devola for over 30 years. When we first bought our home in this wonderful neighborhood we immediately found out we had a septic problem. We didn’t call our neighbors or petition our county commissioners to come up with a solution to our problem, or ask them for ...

Right Path rounds up summer of activities

The Right Path for Washington County just wrapped up our 13th summer of safe teen and family events, thanks to our many supporters and our youth and their families! Our mission is to promote healthy youth development and we do this through both pro-social and community service ...

For a reliable energy future, Ohio needs a coal fleet

Reliable electricity is something many of us take for granted. From simple light switches to the iPhones that connect us to the rest of the world, we don’t spend much time wondering whether the power will work when we need it. Thankfully, reliable power is not something national leaders ...

Working to bridge digital divide

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too ...

Welcome Back to our students

Welcome back Marietta! Wednesday our doors opened to our students and staff who are eager to start an exciting, new school year. Thanks to the efforts of all our staff, our buildings are polished and ready for action. The Marietta City School District has been working very hard to make ...

Supporting mental health levy will help many

From a text I read late at night on (10:42 p.m.) Sept. 4, “Hey dad, play Words With Friends. Night. Love you.” Little did I know that this was to be the last communication from my son. The phone call in the wee hours of the next morning, still resonates with me and will be permanently ...

A permanent crisis on the Korean Peninsula

The crisis on the Korean Peninsula is escalating. “North Korea,” President Donald Trump told reporters on Aug. 10, “best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” A day later, Trumptweeted again, “Military ...

The Dragon vs. the Elephant in the Himalayas

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Fit and Fun in the Sun

While obesity rates continue to rise nationwide, local initiatives are helping to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to instill healthy choices at a young age through their Preschool Family ...

The dragon vs. the elephant

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Education key to preventing drug, alcohol addiction

In a society that promotes alcohol and drug use continually at every level, the need to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and drug use and its effect on youth has never been greater. Children and youth are much more likely to avoid such dangers when they are properly educated. The ...

The State Budget: A Checks-and Balances

During the final week of June, the end of the last fiscal year, a conference committee of the Ohio House and Senate agreed upon a version of the biennial state operating budget, the spending plan for the state for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. As a part of the typical budget process, Governor ...

Serving up sustainability: Local initiatives fight hunger

Food insecurity is a reality for our area and many surrounding areas of Appalachia. To address area needs, food pantries must be able to stock the necessities on a regular basis. While donations from community members are always needed and appreciated, they are unpredictable. Several local ...