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Opinion

Concerns arise as snowbirds flock to the Valley

Editorials

Warmer weather may bring a new public health hazard to the Mid-Ohio Valley — “snowbirds.” Some of them, having spent the winter in warmer climes, may be bringing more than their luggage back with them. What to do about them is a challenge public health officials should be considering, ...

Thanks to all teachers who remain dedicated

Editorials

If ever there was a group of people chasing a moving target, it is teachers who are scrambling to do their jobs during a pandemic. Our local educators are no different — and are displaying a remarkable flexibility and dedication during this unprecedented time. “We love our kids, we’re ...

Take this time to get involved & be informed

Editorials

Most public meetings in our area don’t get a lot of attendance. From county commission to city council to board of education meetings, unless there’s a rare hot-button issue to get people excited, the crowds there are anything but. And we get it. Lives are busy, schedules are hectic, not ...

Domestic violence, mental health and the coronavirus

Letters to the Editor

By now almost every living soul is aware of the coronavirus COVID-19, though behind this virus have you had time to think about the effects? I am not referring to the physical effects, but to the impact this virus has on your mental health and physical well-being. As a Service Coordinator at ...

County Home doesn’t need a storage site on property

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Home sits on a hilltop halfway between State Route 7 and State Route 26 on County House Lane, just East of the City of Marietta. The County owns 270 acres; 70 on the West side of County House Lane and 200 acres on the East side of County House Lane. Behind the Home, on ...

Water is an essential service and must be available

Editorials

It is difficult if not impossible to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes — for non-payment of utility ...

A tip from a reader on making potable water

Letters to the Editor

Hydration is the most important element next to oxygen to our survival. In today’s world we are confronted with all kinds of problems. A person might find himself without water. Having lived in the middle of Word War II there were times when it was necessary to find potable water among the ...

Help for the unemployed needs to come now

Editorials

According to the most recent report, more than 187,000 Buckeye State residents filed new unemployment compensation claims last week. Across the river, more than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes very small, that are ...

Fair board dinner was a success thanks to support

Letters to the Editor

The Washington Co. Fair Board hosted a spaghetti dinner/gun raffle Feb. 29 at the Jr. Fair Building. It was a successful evening of carnival games for the kids, live and silent auctions and amazing spaghetti prepared by Don Schafer and his group of volunteers. Everyone had a great time and the ...

The census findings are essential in these times

Editorials

It turns out, the federal mechanism for determining how many people are living where — and therefore how to distribute, for example, healthcare funding — has been derailed by COVID-19. Census 2020 workers have already been told to temporarily suspend field operations and push back ...

Request an absentee ballot now to be able to vote

Editorials

Voters in Ohio have a relatively short window to adjust to changes made by the General Assembly to our primary election this spring. Rather than conduct in-person voting June 2, as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine had initially hoped, the plan is to do away with in-person ...

Ely Chapman thankful for support from community

Letters to the Editor

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation wishes to express profound gratitude to the Marietta Community Foundation, the many generous contributors and fund sponsors for their proactive response to community needs resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Ely Chapman Education Foundation ...

Little things make a big difference

Editorials

Of all the things most on the minds of local residents right now—food supplies, masks and ventilators, social distancing—mud probably isn’t very high on the list. But it created an obstacle on the River Trail after mild flooding earlier in the week, leaving the trail impassable in ...

Volunteer efforts are making a difference

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know we can count on one another to come through in a crisis ... even if we have to stay six feet apart to do it. Volunteers are tackling everything from keeping our children fed to sewing last-resort masks for healthcare workers. Even businesses are getting in on ...

Fight for someone you don’t know

Letters to the Editor

“Are you willing to fight for a person you don’t know as much as you’re willing to fight for yourself?” I became emotional the first time I read this quote. I still do. It’s a notion at once revolutionary yet fundamental, emblematic of humanity at its absolute best. These are the ...

Use common sense to stop the spread of rumors – and COVID-19

Editorials

Washington County residents can no longer take comfort in believing we had avoided contact with COVID-19. We know now there is a case in Marietta. We also know that patient did exactly what she was supposed to do, and that she and her husband are now being monitored in quarantine at home. ...

Take food to go but remember to leave a tip

Editorials

Restaurants in both West Virginia and Ohio have been closed, with the exception that they still are permitted to fill take-out orders. So, if you want a change from home-cooked meals, you may be in luck. If you have the means, this could be a break from raiding all that stock-up food in your ...

Now is not the time for political bickering

Editorials

Should Gov. Mike DeWine have called the Ohio General Assembly into session last week to decide whether the state’s primary election should have been delayed? Of course. Should Secretary of State Frank LaRose have left it up to lawmakers to set a new date for the election? Probably. But ...

Kiwanis says thanks for support of Pancake Days

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Kiwanis Club would like to thank the community for supporting the 66th Annual Pancake Days Feb. 7 and 8. Pancake Days is the club’s largest fundraiser and all the proceeds – over $15,000 go back into our community. The Club members served over 1,600 people in just 1 1/2 days. ...