Local Columns

Trump’s Greatest Mistake: Winning

“The Presidency is an MRI of the soul” — David Axelrod That includes the president’s voters, too. Trump voters are in for a big surprise come judgement day. My recent horoscope said: Writing matters. Pour your soul out as ink onto paper... Most people would blow that off. But I’ve ...

House Bill 214 champions equality for the unborn

In December of 2017, legislation providing protections and equality for unborn children was signed into law by Governor Kasich. Also known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, House Bill 214 was one I was proud to support, as it makes great strides in the fight for the rights and ...

S. Korea’s President defuses tensions with the north

North and South Korean teams are to match together under the “Korean Unification Flag” at the XXIIIWinter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 9. The Korean Unification Flag, designed to represent all of Korea with a blue silhouette of the Peninsula in the ...

Good Samaritan law is clarified

What is Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law? This law allows qualified persons who would otherwise be subjected to arrest for a minor drug possession offense to not be arrested if they seek or obtain medical assistance for themselves or another individual (Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.11, Possession ...

Engineer’s son knows facts behind sewer dispute

My name is Joseph A. Helm III. My late father, Joseph A. Helm Jr., graduated from North Carolina State University in 1957 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Engineering remains a strong place in the country at N.C. State, but it was near the tops in the nation when my father graduated in ...

City Schools and Read Aloud Day

Reading is a very important skill! For those of us who can read, it is difficult to imagine life without reading. Think of any job or career – some reading is required, varying only in the quantity and level of difficulty. Think of the countless ways in your personal life that reading is ...

Historic opportunity for Chinese students

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put forth an ambitious development plan for northern China. China’s State Council announced in April that it would establish a third special economic zone (SEZ), the Xiong’an New Area, in the northern province of Hebei. The Xiong’an New Area, according to ...

Mental health, next steps

Thank you to all the mental health levy supporters who made it to the polls Nov. 7. By doing so you helped to give thousands of people in Washington County a renewed hope for a better future! The Washington County Behavioral Health Board (WCBHB) is honored by the generosity and faith ...

House Republicans made good on tax reform promise

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Even so, come Lord Jesus

Are you, as am I, weary of all the political nonsense; of all the endless and meaningless rhetoric of self-consumed politicians. Weary of all the anger that courses throughout our government? Weary of politicians fighting for political control instead of fighting for we, the people? Weary of ...

Examples of kindness

My name is Alicia McIntire and I am the principal at Washington Elementary. Last year I asked our district employees for some examples of kindness they had experienced being part of Marietta City Schools. I had so many that I couldn’t share them all. December seems like the perfect time to ...

Depression and the holidays

Society has an expectation that we should all be happy during the holiday season, but not all feel merry and bright. Many have feelings of depression or thoughts of suicide that could be dealt with, over time, with the help of a trained professional. These feelings and thoughts, although ...

Is there room for more than one Santa?

Have you ever thought about the race of Santa Claus? What ethnicity is your Santa? First of all, the jolly, red-nosed white man and bearer of Christmas gifts is a fictional North American character. The Santa Claus legend can be traced to St. Nicholas, a Christian monk, who lived in the ...

‘Low-end population’ of the economic miracle

Untouchables, in sociological terms, refer to people belonging to a group of very low social status and are ostracized from the mainstream of society. According to anthropologist Sarah Pinto, in the name of untouchability, India’s Dalit communities have faced “work and descent-based ...

President Trump’s Videos: Maligning Muslims

When the president of the United States communicates publicly on any forum, even if he is just sharing videos on Twitter, he does not speak as a private individual. He represents the nation. Americans who understand his statements to be untruthful and harmful have a right and duty to say so, ...

Mentoring programs in middle school

This year at Marietta Middle School our theme as a staff and also throughout our school is teamwork. When we all work together and are on the same page, we can get a lot accomplished. Each day, we want our students to know that we care about them and that they have an adult that they can ...

Ohio students deserve a fair educational system

The need to address the complex, and for some, unfair formula for funding public education in Ohio is well-documented. The present funding formula that pretends to balance the needs of densely populated urban districts and sparsely populated rural districts has failed. The only districts ...

Congress should finish strong with small business tax cuts

With the changing of the seasons, the political winds in Washington have shifted. Congress has just a couple months before the holidays, and the American people are looking for results. Lawmakers have the opportunity to deliver well-deserved tax cuts for middle and low-income taxpayers; but ...