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Challenging, painful, tragic, horrific, and devastating are some of the headlines pulled from media outlets from across our country in recent weeks. There is no secret that we as a country are hurting from all that we have and continue to endure—violence, intolerance, and disparity. There are ...

Government agencies must earn trust

Editorials

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator up the river in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the ...

Thank you coaches for making a positive impact

Letters to the Editor

It was a cold and rainy night last Friday in Zanesville as our Tigers played their last football game of the season. The Tigers went into half-time only down one score and the Tiger fans were hopeful. As the Blue Devils began to pull away in the second half, I saw my wife’s demeanor begin to ...

Be cautious on the roads as the weather turns colder

Editorials

Drivers surprised by icy rain and snow spitting from the skies recently know it is only a matter of time before we are regularly faced with driving conditions that require a different skill set from those warm sunny summer drives. In fact, some counties in Ohio have already had the de-icing ...

Commissioners take issue with article on drug rehab

Letters to the Editor

In the summer of 2017, the director of Oriana House, Jason Varney, approached the Washington County Commissioners about possibly using a portion of the (Washington) County Home as a drug rehabilitation facility. Eager to help provide additional local services to those seeking to free themselves ...

Giving thanks for volunteers

Editorials

One week from today, dozens of people in the Marietta community will be busy cooking turkey, serving mashed potatoes and cleaning up afterward. But these volunteers will be doing this not for their own families, but for neighbors, acquaintances and complete strangers. The Mid-Ohio Valley is ...

Nation’s budget deficit skyrocketing under Trump

Letters to the Editor

Trump and McConnell are at it again! Recently the Treasury Department reported the federal budget deficit rose this year to $779 billion, that’s billion — with a “B”, over the previous year. With that in mind, this is the highest deficit in six years. So much for fiscal ...

Thanks to staff, volunteers for help with library event

Letters to the Editor

Last November, the staff of the Beverly Library got an idea for “a fall patron appreciation event.” This grew into a fall storybook park. They came up with ideas, some were rejected, and some they ran with. They talked to many people through the year. They looked for crafts and stories. ...

Give now, give always, to food pantries

Editorials

Most Mid-Ohio Valley families look for ways to help others when they can — even those who probably could use a hand, themselves. Among the many opportunities to give is the Send Help campaign, which focuses on local food pantries. Participants can be individuals, families, businesses — ...

Thanks to all who have served the country

Letters to the Editor

On Veterans Day 2018, I just wanted to thank all of the men and women who have served our country over the years, including my husband Joseph Lee (3 years U.S. Army), my sons Sgt. Jeffrey Lee (11 years U.S. Marines), Sgt. Major Jonathan Lee (25 years U.S. Marines), Jason Lee (16 years U.S. ...

Support of fall foliage tour is appreciated

Letters to the Editor

The Little Muskingum Watershed Association members want to thank all who participated in our tour, Oct. 13 and 14, along Ohio 26 and adjoining roads this year. A variety of different things to see, food to eat and history to relive was a big part of keeping our tour going. Each stop had ...

Judge-elect thanks community for their votes

Letters to the Editor

Over the course of the last few years, I knew that my passions had me wanting to seek a seat on the 4th District Court of Appeals. As a non-political person, looking at a 14 county district across southern and southeast Ohio had me wondering just how I could make this happen. I spoke with ...

Look into marijuana as relief for opioid addictions

Editorials

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Kudos to Board of Elections members

Letters to the Editor

On Election Day I had the opportunity to be an observer at the Washington County Board of Elections. In Ohio, the county Board of Election members are made up of two Democrats and two Republicans charged with efficiently, fairly and cooperatively administering our elections. After witnessing ...

Thanks for support of the Unique Boutique

Letters to the Editor

The Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley would like to thank the community for all their support of our fall Unique Boutique used clothing sale on Nov. 2 and 3. This is our biggest fundraiser that we hold bi-annually and all the proceeds benefit our service projects. This includes our scholarships ...

Yet another delay hurts patients needing marijuana

Editorials

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

‘Love locks’ removal a lesson in common courtesy

Editorials

Love hurts, it seems, at least in the case of the “love locks” that were being placed on the iron flower baskets on the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge. Officials have decided not to replace the baskets, after they were taken down during the Harmar clean-up day last month. They were ...

(Good Guys) Just for the record

Letters to the Editor

After reading the letter from Nov. 2 titled, “Commissioners just wanted to look like Good Guys,” concerning the County Group Medical Insurance that expressed a very inaccurate view of the benefits, I thought maybe I would share a broader view. For starters, the plan includes doctor office ...

Children Services merger is NOT ‘no big deal’

Letters to the Editor

I have been reading with dread the articles about the Washington County Commissioners blindsiding the Children Services Board recently. The commissioners are moving faster than they did with the WIOA Program administered by Washington Morgan Counties Community Action. It took over three years ...

Tuesday’s results a big win for women

Editorials

One of the post-election headlines this week is one that we think everyone in the nation should be celebrating: a historic number of women were elected to the Congress Tuesday. About 100 women earned seats, with more than 33 being elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. ...