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County should discuss $1.25M

May 24, 2014 A $1.25 million windfall for Washington County is good news to be sure, but we’d like county officials to share publicly a more specific breakdown of how that money will be spent. more »»

Inferior health care for vets is unacceptable

May 23, 2014 Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one’s duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. more »»

Automated renewals can pay off for readers

May 22, 2014 There are so many ways to read these days. Many of them don’t even involve a physical book, much less a trip to the local public library. more »»

Ohio should avoid oil taxes that are punitive

May 20, 2014 Gas and oil drilling have provided something of a lifeline for East Ohio counties where thousands of steel and aluminum mill workers have lost their jobs during the past several years. more »»

Alternative power rule needs a second look

May 20, 2014 Ohio’s mandate that utilities obtain much of the electricity they sell from “alternative” sources already has cost consumers millions of dollars needlessly. more »»

Fishing derby can teach kids a lesson

May 19, 2014 Seems tough these days for parents to drag their children away from video games and anything related to computers or the Internet. more »»

More work on rural prison population

May 17, 2014 Efforts to reduce Ohio’s prison population have paid off, but only in big cities. Clearly, more work needs to be done in small communities and rural counties. more »»

IRS must crack down on fraud

May 16, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

City park should be used by all

May 15, 2014 Members of Marietta City Council debated opening up Flanders Field to area residents this week and we hope it’s a discussion that will continue. more »»

Letter of the law should be followed

May 13, 2014 The next time you have lunch with a state legislator, try to pick up the check. There is an excellent chance he or she will refuse. Ethics laws, you understand. more »»

Teens and alcohol don’t mix

May 12, 2014 College and high school seniors in the next couple weeks will be preparing to enter another part of their life. more »»

2 rules on pursuing abusers are wrong

May 10, 2014 In Ohio, lawsuits against those who sexually abuse children can be filed until their victims reach 30 years of age — in most cases. more »»

Thank a teacher for being an inspiration

May 9, 2014 On Thursday night, 35 Marietta High School seniors who had outstanding academic achievements were honored and in turn, the students got to choose a teacher to honor as well. more »»

Veterans deserve credit for experience

May 8, 2014 Veterans of the armed services often take off their uniforms and attempt to step into civilian life with the knowledge they have learned valuable skills while in the military. more »»

Orange barrels mean drive carefully

May 7, 2014 Orange barrels are starting to pop up around the area as the summer road construction season begins. more »»

Exercise your right: Get out and vote

May 6, 2014 It is disheartening that local elections boards are predicting that less than one in three registered voters will cast ballots in today’s primary election. more »»

Have some fun Friday night in Marietta

May 5, 2014 If you haven’t attended any of the past Merchants and Artists Walk events in downtown Marietta and the Historic Harmar District west of the Muskingum River, we urge you to check out this Friday’s... more »»

Vote ‘yes’ for schools on Tuesday

May 3, 2014 Ohio’s primary election is Tuesday and voters of the Belpre and Warren school districts will be asked to renew levies for their schools. more »»

Keeping college costs down could be beneficial

May 2, 2014 Obtaining a college degree can be very costly - and price tags have followed an upward trend during the past several years. more »»

Day of Prayer: Unity as a reality

May 1, 2014 For many years now, the first Thursday in May has been set aside as a day to invoke the help of a higher power for our communities, our state and our nation. more »»



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