Opinion

Always look for light in the darkness

Editorials

Families struggling with the illness of a loved one can experience a range of emotions. Among them, in the case of the McIntyre family in Williamstown, was determination and a desire to help others. When Mike McIntyre needed a port in his upper chest for delivery of chemotherapy to try to ...

Big ideas equal small benefits to most of U.S.

Letters to the Editor

Like many Americans I have watched with both fascination and horror the behavior of the Trump administration with its multiple scandals, resignations and firings. My first instinct was to blame Donald J. Trump, after all he is the president. Recently, I came to the conclusion that Mr. Trump is, ...

The need to help others never really goes away

Editorials

Ten years ago, as it became clear a national recession had the Mid-Ohio Valley in its grip, too, AEP began its Neighbor to Neighbor program, with the help of The Caring Connection in Washington County, to give those who still had a little wiggle room an opportunity to help those who were simply ...

New school buildings will keep kids safer

Editorials

In an era of Run, Hide, Fight training in offices; Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate training for teachers, service personnel and school administrators; and a heightened sense of vigilance on the part of the general public, it is encouraging to know students in the Warren Local school ...

Funding needed for roads damaged by trucks

Editorials

East Ohio residents who have to suffer from damage to roads caused by energy industry trucks ought to receive special consideration when proceeds from the state severance tax are handed out. That was state Rep. Jack Cera’s goal in action he took earlier this year. Cera, D-Bellaire, was ...

Time for U.S. to look at policy regarding Israel

Letters to the Editor

How many remember the old English saying, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander?” When I asked Cortana on my computer to help me understand this, several explanations were presented: ¯ “Used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another ...

Kudos to educators who go above and beyond

Editorials

Every day there are educators doing something innovative in their schools and classrooms, keeping students engaged and learning. This week, we learned of two in particular in our area with whom we’re particularly impressed. Kristi Lantz, principal of Phillips Elementary in Marietta, has ...

Welfare League does so much for so many

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Welfare League’s membership base has been volunteering in Washington County for nearly 100 years. Many locals know about our group and our services like The Shoe Tag Fund, Music in the Park and The League Shop located inside Marietta Memorial Hospital. Current members are excited ...

DeWine’s idea for coal mine reclamation makes sense

Editorials

For many years, coal mining was a major employer, not to mention a key part of the tax base, in many eastern Ohio counties. Now, in large measure because of federal government action, the industry is struggling. Meanwhile, abandoned mine land throughout the region needs to be reclaimed. Gov. ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Letters to the Editor

“To be powerless is not gender specific.” April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Crime Victim Awareness Month. Many individuals believe that a man cannot be sexually assaulted. According to the CDC, one out of seven men has been victim of severe beating, burning and strangulation by ...

Strange story of student’s veteran project a real head-scratcher

Editorials

Occasionally a story makes its way across the wire that might make one wonder — maybe we HAVE lost our minds. It is difficult to find a reasonable explanation for the suspension of a middle school student in Celina, Ohio, who, according to reports included a toy gun in his class project to ...

We must all be good stewards of natural resources

Editorials

It was an easy joke for years. The Cuyahoga River caught fire, it is the reason we have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was synonymous with “contaminated” and “dirty.” Now, maybe not so much. It turns out changes in environmental policy and practice mean (according to the ...

Colorectal cancer is a preventable disease

Local Columns

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. More than 145,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an ...

Move over for vehicles on the side of the road

Editorials

When most of us think of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty, we are imagining the kind of violence that comes from them being first responders. Most of us do not think of writing traffic tickets or directing traffic as times of extreme danger for ...

If you see something, say something about animal neglect, abuse

Editorials

Two horses in the area are now back in good health and eating regularly thanks to the attention of someone who noticed they were neglected and did something about it. Connie Abbott—a long-time horse rescuer—sounded the alarm when she saw three underfed horses. The third, sadly, didn’t ...

Going slow on drug court seems likely road to success

Editorials

If slow and steady wins the race, the folks at the Washington County Common Pleas Drug Court are working toward victory for the participants who have chosen the program. It appears as though great care has gone into avoiding a push to simply fill the program quickly, which might have made for ...

Battling the drug scourge

Editorials

Local residents may remember that while serving as Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive ...

Marietta City Taxes due — have you filed yet?

Letters to the Editor

Monday, April 15 is the deadline for filing and paying 2018 Marietta City Income Tax and first quarter of your 2019 Declaration of Estimated Tax. The 2018 rate of 1.7 percent on all earned income applies to all individuals 18 years of age and older who live and/or work in the City of ...

Move over bureaucrats, DeWine has good ideas

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken last week in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

MOV behind man who won’t give up

Editorials

Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores has been an inspiration to many here in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and his own message may serve him well during a new challenge for him: “Never give up on your dreams.” Cystic fibrosis has shaped Flores’ life to a great degree, but not taken away ...