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Opinion

Fire safety for winter season

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher was right to alert authorities

Editorials

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Ohio should keep an eye on the future — & the law

Editorials

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it a means to help the Buckeye State become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio as being ahead of the curve in ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 20, people all over the world will come together for the 20th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. After the death of transgender woman of color Rita Hester in 1998, activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created the event in 1999 to honor Hester and all of the transgender women ...

New events a welcome addition to the holiday season

Editorials

It’s a question we’ve heard more than a couple of times. A few years back, a committee in Marietta was even formed to address it. Why can’t Marietta do something more for the Christmas season, that would bring people to town, like they do in Cambridge? Cambridge, an even smaller city ...

Children Services is on the right track

Letters to the Editor

In December 2018, the Board of Commissioners voted to disband the Children Services Board and begin the process of moving Children Services under the Department of Job and Family Services. We knew this move would not happen without some pushback but we believed strongly the agency could not ...

Adoption: Making the difference in the life of children

Editorials

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Buckeye State’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care ...

Drug cartel members need to be brought to justice by U.S.

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Grateful for our veterans

Editorials

Today we honor those who have served this great country as members of our armed forces. We honor men and women who are veterans of all wars and military conflicts — even if the observance began as an honor for those who had served in World War I, celebrated as Armistice Day. Generations of ...

Veterans Day: Answering a new call by sharing their stories

Local Columns

"Off we go, into the wild, blue yonder. Climbing high into the sun." Wednesday, my voice caught as I sang along with the Harmar Elementary students serenading veteran servicemen and women gathered at Settlers Bank. I grew up moving from station to station, wherever the U.S. Air Force sent ...

Ride rules a good start; more could be done

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for Buckeye State residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the ...

District should put levy back on ballot

Editorials

The Marietta City Schools bond levy that would have paid the local share of a one-campus construction failed before voters Tuesday but we hope the district gives it another shot. Voters who said “no” had myriad reasons—and many were valid. They may be on a budget with zero wiggle room, ...

Reader feels article on sewer needed clarification

Letters to the Editor

While I certainly congratulate the county commissioners for holding a very preliminary public meeting on the inevitable project to sewer some 400 homes in the Devola community, I take issue with the lack of clarity in The Times’ article as to how the project will be funded. I did attend the ...

Living and surviving on this planet we call home

Letters to the Editor

Earth hangs precariously in the cosmos. Astronomers sifting through the stars for signs of extraterrestrial life have observed the peculiarity of our lonely blue marble. A planet orbiting too close to its parent star will prove boiling hot, whereas one too far away will be a veritable ball of ...

Autonomous vehicles on rural roads

Editorials

Ever watch a commercial for a vehicle with lots of semi-autonomous features (cameras and lasers to detect lane lines, automatic braking ... that kind of thing), and think to yourself, “Well, that’s great in a city, but how would those cars work out here?” It seems as though any system ...

Be alert to early-rising wildlife on the roads

Editorials

Most Ohio voters (in fact, we hope ALL registered voters who have not already cast ballots) will head to their polling places today. Many will do so before or after work — maybe not quite dawn for those early risers, but certainly dusk and thereafter for plenty of people. We all know who ...

State’s rape technicality is wrong

Editorials

Rape is a heinous crime, period. But in some circumstances, it is legal in Ohio. No, you did not misread that. Though state law makes raping a spouse a crime, there is a loophole: According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, the law “prevents rape charges from being filed when a spouse ...