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Editorials

Use caution in drug decisions

Critics of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes warn that doing so can result in an onslaught of requests for prescriptions from people who want the drug solely for recreational purposes. Good for the Ohio Medical Board for rejecting one potential avenue of such attempts at ...

Report cards just one tool

Long before the Ohio Department of Education changed its scoring system to letter grades, The Marietta Times used the old system on state report cards of number of indicators met to create grades of A, B, C D and F for our local districts and schools. It was a way for our readers to have a ...

Drills must occur in schools

Toledo Public Schools officials have egg on their faces because some students had (fake) blood on their clothing. Here's hoping the education administrators get some of the praise they are due, too. Last week, officials held an "active shooter drill" at the school system's Toledo Early ...

Ohio youth must be educated on the dangers of vaping

How it is that few in government regulatory agencies thought to question the safety of a new nicotine delivery system four years ago is a question that needs to be answered. For now, however, reversing what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling “the youth nicotine epidemic” needs ...

Tax cuts are helping

It is mind-boggling some people believe allowing us to keep more of our own money, instead of sending it to Washington, is a bad idea. Yet some, presumably those who believe politicians are the best people to decide how our hard-earned cash is spent, say the 2017 federal tax cuts were a bad ...

Trump plan for mortgage companies could be bad

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is right to be concerned about a proposal to privatize two mortgage industry giants that have been under federal control for about a decade. But Brown, D-Ohio, may be missing the big picture. Before the so-called "subprime mortgage crisis" several years ago, two ...

Businesses on Harmar Hill would be welcome

The news that a Frostee Shoppe, Too was opening on Harmar Hill was met with excitement from many of the residents of Marietta’s highest neighborhood. We’re glad to see a new business open its doors, too, and we hope that momentum will continue on the hill, where there is currently a gas ...

Be diligent in your own voting record

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal judge ...

Vaping is not a safer alternative

At one time, companies who produced them wanted consumers to believe electronic cigarettes/vaping products were “safe,” particularly when compared to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. That claim, combined with an aggressive marketing effort and the development of products ...

Precautions must be taken when hiking

Many people from the Mid-Ohio Valley enjoy a quick trip over to the Hocking Hills region occasionally. The natural beauty is breathtaking and lures thousands of people a year to its trails — many of whom are not used to being let loose amid such a stunning landscape. A visit over Labor Day ...

Stand up, be counted in census

The 2020 Census is underway and we urge everyone in our community to participate. Having an accurate population count is vital to ensuring this area receives the right amount of state and federal funding. An undercount of population, as is suspected in the 2010 census for Washington County, ...

Buckeye State backs its farmers

Ohio farmers are a proud and hardy bunch, accustomed to facing challenges without much assistance. For many of them, the idea of asking for help is difficult to process. It is a mindset the Ohio Farm Bureau is working to adjust with the campaign #gotyourback. Buckeye State farmers have not ...

Time to hit pause on voter purge

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Thanks to all workers who keep us moving

Today is an extra day off for most people, as we celebrate Labor Day. It is a day honoring workers — the people who ensure the wheels keep turning on this economy of ours. Some of them do not get a day off today. Some of them are so important they must let the rest of us enjoy our break ...

OSU’s wage increase is an exception

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum wage in ...

Transitional kindergarten right fit for some kids

The students in Marietta City Schools’ first transitional kindergarten class are just this week starting their time in a more traditional kindergarten class. And according to accounts from educators and parents, those students are right where they need to be. Last August, the first ...

Water quality program must not suffer from state changes

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials are adamant that proposed changes to the state’s water quality monitoring program would not diminish the program. In fact, “We see it really as more of an enhancement,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson. We hope that is the case. It ...

Damage to trails hurts community

“It’s been going on for a couple of months, and we haven’t been able to completely understand the motive for it,” said Ryan Smith, head of the River Valley Mountain Bike Association and co-owner of Marietta Adventure Company, in discussing vandalism that has plagued local trails ...

Rumble strips will hopefully lessen crashes on Ohio 60

Is there anything scarier than seeing a car coming head-on toward you when you don’t have time to react or room to move out of the way? In the age of distracted driving, way too many drivers are having that experience, and for too many, it ends their lives. There have been six fatal ...

Volunteers make a difference

“I just like helping,” said Doris Robinson, at a dinner honoring Memorial Health System’s hundreds of volunteers. It is a sentiment that is likely carried by all of the folks — from ages 17 to 93 — who give of their time and energy to make patients more comfortable, and their ...