Opinion

New Yorkers walk past political bluster over bombing

Local Columns

The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event -- except on the TV news channels. No one was killed, fortunately. And thanks to superb police work, a suspect was captured within 48 hours. On the night after, Sunday, trains ...

Take the hunger challenge

Editorials

Could you eat on $4.50 a day? That’s a question we asked our readers this week as we ran a package on hunger in Southeast Ohio. In honor of Hunger Action Month, the Southeast Ohio Foodbank has put out a calendar with a daily hunger-related challenge. The one above is the one that really ...

Reject delusion on the ISIS issue

Local Columns

Someone dares call it treason. Hillary Clinton used the occasion of the New York-area bombings to accuse Donald Trump of providing "aid and comfort" to ISIS. This speaks both to her desperation as polls show a tightening race and her foolish misunderstanding of what drives ISIS and other ...

What binds a nation of immigrants together?

Local Columns

My father would sometimes tell the story of the day he became a citizen of the United States of America. He had one suit, a blue one, and on the day he became a citizen, he wore that suit to federal court in downtown Chicago. All men wore suits to court in the early '60s, not just lawyers or ...

Americans just want politicians to be honest

Editorials

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend. A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall ...

Tammy Bates has the experience to be treasurer

Letters to the Editor

Although we have two great candidates for Washington County Treasurer, my vote will be going to Tammy Bates this fall. After analyzing the facts, it seems to me that Bates is the better choice. Bates has worked in the county treasurer’s office and was entrusted with treasurer responsibilities ...

‘Seat time’ isn’t the same as learning time

Editorials

Some proponents of taxpayer-funded charter schools are outspoken critics of public education. But a few, in making excuses for their own failures to perform, sound very much like they are part of the problem, too. State officials in Ohio have begun holding charter schools accountable both for ...

Surgical Technologists serve vital medical role

Letters to the Editor

The week of Sept. 18 to 24 is National Surgical Technology Week. I am writing to express the importance of having a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in every operating room. Surgical Technologists (ST) are a critical part of an operating room team. They scrub, gown and glove in order to ...

Get ready, here comes the cold weather

Editorials

Before you know it there will be a chill in the air in the Mid-Ohio Valley. And that should serve as a reminder to get ready for the fall and winter weather that’s just weeks away. Here are a few reminders: — Have your furnace checked out from top to bottom. This is something that will ...

Analyze candidates, analyze the issues

Letters to the Editor

We all wave the flag and listen to patriotic speeches on the Fourth of July while pretending to be good citizens who do our civic duty. We are also the first to complain when some politician does something that we don’t like even though we were totally disinterested when the politician was ...

Violent criminals should be tracked

Editorials

We hear the horror stories over and over again. A brutal crime is committed. After police make an arrest, it is revealed the perpetrator has been in trouble before for an act of violence. Within his community, no one knew.Had they been aware of the man's record - and yes, in such cases the ...

Clinton offers coal country education, training

Letters to the Editor

Supposing, by some act of political magic, all of the EPA regulations related to coal would suddenly disappear. Would all coal jobs, especially those in mining and coal-fired power plants, come back? Probably not. There are two major reasons why - first is automation; and second, and more ...

State should take its time in adopting marijuana

Editorials

Ohio's medicinal marijuana law took effect last week, but don't bother trying to find any of the drug on sale in the Buckeye State. The rules for that have not yet been adopted.State legislators and Gov. John Kasich rushed the measure into law earlier this year, for a good reason. They feared ...

Possibilities aplenty for city’s half marathon

Editorials

There's still time to sign up for Marietta's first half marathon, scheduled for Oct. 1, and we encourage anyone who's able to do so.For those who can't do the full half marathon, there are shorter race options and walkers are also allowed.It's the first race of its kind in the city and it's ...

Writer wants to set the record straight

Letters to the Editor

Most elderly don't use new technology and learn to believe some of what the media states over the television. However, we have found many medias have reported corrupted news with false statements, and tampered videos to mislead the public. Then there's the many false ads displaying a candidate ...

Clinton best option for national security

Letters to the Editor

With the memories of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, fresh on my mind, I am giving serious attention to the presidential election only weeks away.What if a crisis occurs on Jan. 21, 2017, the first full day of the new presidency? Which candidate would be best prepared to step up and make ...

Brooker a hometown girl, best choice for judge

Letters to the Editor

As the only candidate for judge who was born and raised here Shoshanna Brooker is, beyond a doubt, the most qualified person to replace Judge Ed Lane as common pleas court judge. I have known Shoshanna Brooker most of her life and during that time I have seen Brooker dedicate her time and ...

Casino money isn’t without its drawbacks

Editorials

Public schools, and local and state government entities in Ohio raked in about $10 billion during the past four years, some of it by feeding an addiction that can ruin lives and wreck families.It is revenue from illegal gambling. An analysis of it in the Buckeye State estimated about $63 ...

Harvest of Hope dinner a success

Letters to the Editor

Washington County Harvest of Hope would like to thank the sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make our 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner a success - raising over $9,500 to help eliminate hunger in Washington County. Not only was the dinner a successful event, it was also an inspiring ...

Thompson will fight for Southeast Ohio

Letters to the Editor

Does southeast Ohio need a comeback? Certainly the tailwinds coming out of the Obama and Clinton policies of the last eight years have not been helpful to southeast Ohio. These two "leaders" have a death wish for the coal industry, and have been no friends of oil and gas development either. In ...