Opinion

What kids learn now differs from the past

Letters to the Editor

I learned in 49 states we do not have the right to raise our children. Utah is the only state to pass a law allowing parents to raise their children. The federal government passes law that takes our rights from us. Why? What is leftist and socialist people, these are Communist. No they are not ...

Education reform still needed

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

Keep on fighting until there is a cure

Editorials

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

National debt still climbing

Editorials

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Trump continues to reject professional standards

Letters to the Editor

I’m concerned about a prevalent attitude that seems to arise from a mistaken understanding of the word “professional.” What is a professional? The wide-spread understanding of the term focuses on money and distinguishes between the amateur, who engages in an activity for enjoyment, ...

Mental health issues and policing community

Local Columns

On May 7, 2018, the Washington County Emergency Management training room was filled with 15 trainees for a week-long Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. They were there to learn more about de-escalating dangerous situations and to promote safety for both law enforcement officers and the ...

Protect pets from this summer’s hot temps

Editorials

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Nationwide, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reports that at least 24 hot weather-related animal deaths have been reported this ...

United Way works to bring community together

Local Columns

For more than 90 years, The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been essential to the fabric of this community — responding to new and emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The work is never ending as the needs and demands of building a safer and healthier community ...

Make the United States united once more

Letters to the Editor

As a Democrat, I was having trouble composing this letter until I heard Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings say, “We need to see each other.” Not only do we need to “see” each other but we need to realize that we “need each other.” Our president has done a good job of ...

Medical marijuana site in Marietta no danger

Letters to the Editor

I've read information provided by realtor Karen Strahler, and a letter to the editor by Gary Thomas, in which they claim there are 56 sites approved to distribute marijuana in Marietta. This is misleading. I don't know how many properties were approved as possible dispensary sites, but ...

Smoking still health concern for Ohio

Editorials

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Mobile service office helpws 31 veterans

Letters to the Editor

On Tuesday, June 26, local Veterans in need of help in seeking earned benefits and health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Benefits Administration were invited to a special event. Highly trained National Service Officers from the Cleveland offices of the Disabled ...

Opioids data should be released

Editorials

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...

State must distribute money for children

Editorials

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is geniune fear he or she could harm him or herself or someone else, the response too often is to remove him or her from his or her home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such ...

Johnson thanked for Alzheimer’s support

Letters to the Editor

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Facts and Figures, more than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5.7 million nationwide. While Alzheimer’s has traditionally been seen as an aging issue, Alzheimer’s is a public health issue because the burden ...

Enjoy the holiday, enjoy being an American

Editorials

We ask everyone to take a moment during the next couple of days and remember that there are few nations in the world where citizens are able to gather to celebrate the freedoms residents of the United States of America too often taken for granted. It’s an important thought as our nation ...

Broughton brings back social fun

Editorials

The Broughton Ice Cream Social is back after a one-year absence. That’s great news. It’s especially nice for the Marietta community, which dedicates each year’s proceeds to a specific cause. This year’s event raises money for the Strecker Cancer Center. That’s truly a worthy ...

Know the real stories of immigrants in America

Local Columns

Recent immigration events have me heartbroken and in disbelief, yet others are celebrating recent immigration changes. I fear that folks who support these positions are disconnected from the immigrant community by geography or misinformation. I hope that folks who think that family ...

Trump should be praised, not hated by many

Local Columns

I was first enraged when the left and the left wing media climbed all over President Trump’s immigration policy that was no different than President Obama’s immigration policy. Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday that we ...