Opinion

Stalling runoff order is short sighted

Editorials

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission is supposed to look out for all Ohioans by making sure Ohio's precious natural resources aren't squandered. Those resources include, prominently, Lake Erie, a state jewel. Instead, by hastily shelving Gov. John Kasich's recent executive order ...

Responders need legible house numbers to find you

Letters to the Editor

It’s early morning and raining with light fog. A member of your family is having a heart attack. You call 911 and the dispatcher instantly knows your address. You give them your information and hang up. The fire department is dispatched to your home. But,there is a huge problem. Your mail box ...

Take advantage of tax holiday

Editorials

Ohio welcomes back-to-school shoppers with a tax holiday on most school supplies and some clothing. The tax holiday began Friday and runs through Sunday. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less ...

Township appreciates others’ assistance

Letters to the Editor

The trustees of Liberty Township would like to thank Salem and Lawrence Township for helping the township spread stone during their application of dust control. Your help and generosity was very appreciated. Emily Griffin, fiscal officer Liberty Township

Local literacy efforts are taking root with help of MCF

Local Columns

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

Local Columns

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 ...

Keep the pressure on Kim and North Korea

Editorials

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Judge candidate unfit for Supreme Court

Letters to the Editor

I think Judge Kavanaugh is unfit to be a Supreme Court Justice. His viewpoint would stack the court with yet another extreme right wing ideologue. He very well could be the most extreme voice of the other extremists on the court. Among some of his views are: The president cannot be ...

Reno volunteers appreciate support

Letters to the Editor

To the wonderful citizens of our community, The members of the Reno Volunteer Fire Department would like to offer our sincere gratitude for your attendance of the 60th Annual Reno Fireman’s Social. This event serves several purposes; it builds community camaraderie, it provides ...

Ohio House candidate enjoys visit in county

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, July 8, I completed a 36 consecutive day journey across 70 small towns in Eastern Ohio. The purpose of this journey was to educate myself on the history, people, and current issues facing the areas I wish to represent in the 95th District of Ohio’s House of ...

Talks with Taliban must be about peace

Editorials

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from ...

Opioid sale information should be released

Editorials

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities. Yet a federal judge is ordering ...

Public parcel along trail should stay public

Letters to the Editor

Public lands are a public trust. Our beautiful Marietta has a long history of preserving land for public use. The Ohio Company set aside the Great Mound and the area from the Muskingum River to the Turtle Mound, a later generation of city leaders designating a portion of that land as the city ...

Summer sun is still dangerous

Editorials

As we become busier outdoors these days as soccer practice spectators, football practice observers, backyard pool lifeguards and gardening aficionados, let us all remember the dangers of the sun. It’s a fact: Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, ...

Tourism up in the Mountain State

Editorials

Creativity, energy and hard work do, indeed, pay off, and West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby should receive a great deal of credit for dedicating hers to bringing more people here to experience Almost Heaven. According to statewide hotel occupancy figures reported by global hotel ...

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

Local Columns

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

Local Columns

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 ...

We all have a role to play in drug fight

Editorials

What are you willing to do? That was the final question posed to those attending the last of three forums recently called to discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on our community. Roughly 75 people attended the Marietta session representing addicts, their families, health care ...

Sappington offers change for the 94th House District

Letters to the Editor

When I think of the 94th Ohio House District, I think of the people of southeast Ohio and their needs. What will it take for permanent positive change to take place? At this point in time, that would be positive change at all levels in our state elected offices. We need someone that ...

Local fight against drugs needs state’s help

Editorials

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...