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State must address rising sex offense numbers

October 3, 2015 Drug offenses are why the overwhelming majority of people behind bars in Ohio were sent there. As many as 80 percent of state prison inmates have histories of trouble with substance abuse. more »»

Reconsider decision to scrap space shuttle

October 2, 2015 President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. more »»

Putin does what’s best for Russia, not the U.S.

October 1, 2015 How do you say “get real” in Russian? One wonders whether the answer might have been had Monday, when President Barack Obama met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the United Nations. more »»

Next Speaker walks into impossible situation

September 30, 2015 Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down — leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people... more »»

Safeguards on pot already failed with liquor and tobacco

September 29, 2015 Some opponents of legalizing marijuana in Ohio, which will happen if voters approve Issue 3 on the November election ballot, worry it would increase drug abuse by juveniles. more »»

Candidates’ night really the voters’ night to shine

September 28, 2015 We hope you watch Tuesday’s candidates’ night event on TV. If you don’t watch it live (starting at 7 p.. more »»

Dispose of prescription drugs the right way

September 26, 2015 The 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. more »»

Watchdogs fall down on the job with VA

September 25, 2015 Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. more »»

150 years of headlines; The Times has told the stories

September 24, 2015 On Nov. 23, 1963, the headline read “The entire world is mourning President John Kennedy.” On Aug. 26, the front page story celebrated suffrage becoming a reality for women. more »»

Middle East working on the future of energy

September 23, 2015 Unemployment reports for August were released last week. Once again, West Virginia has the highest rate of joblessness in the country — and that rate went up, from 7.5 percent in July to 7. more »»

Reasons to get a flu shot

September 22, 2015 If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there’s no sense taking chances. So .. more »»

Check out Marietta’s pump track

September 21, 2015 Marietta’s brand new public, paved bike track is so different it’s the only one of its kind in all of Ohio. more »»

Colleges are wrong to deter freedom of expression

September 19, 2015 Suggesting terrorists may attempt to enter the country through a program to admit Syrian immigrants could land you in trouble at the University of California system in the future. more »»

Constitution gives our nation its structure

September 18, 2015 For more than two centuries, the Constitution has been the guarantor of our liberties as Americans. That has been possible only because our leaders, with rare exceptions, have been loyal to it. more »»

Expanding adult day care service serves need

September 17, 2015 As a population we are aging in Washington County and with that, services for older adults are, and will become, more in demand. more »»

Don’t ignore the smell around State Issue 3

September 16, 2015 Ohioans should not, in effect, ignore the stench from Issue 3 on the November ballot, as a national advocate for legalization of marijuana advocates. more »»

Consumers stuck with the bill for energy alternatives

September 15, 2015 If President Barack Obama gets his way, many Ohioans will be paying higher electric bills. State legislators are being urged to jack up the tab even more. more »»

Festival finale

September 14, 2015 The 2015 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival closed out the weekend Sunday in grand fashion as thousands of people attended the festival over the weeken. more »»

Minor injuries in boat fire; vessel a total loss

September 14, 2015 The festivities of the 2015 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival were interrupted briefly Sunday afternoon when a fire broke out at a boat fueling station along the Muskingum River a short distance from... more »»

Keep up the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

September 14, 2015 Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th largest cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.3 million Americans and their families, are faced with copin. more »»

Dept. of Ed can’t sit on public records

September 12, 2015 More and more, government officials at all levels seem to have adopted a new philosophy about laws requiring them to turn over public records when they are requested: Just say no. more »»



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