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Editorials

Victims need to be protected at all costs

Victims of domestic abuse who are seeking an escape from their situation do not have an easy choice. Fleeing might mean the loss of shelter and financial security — perhaps even the loss of a job, which could prompt the courts to award custody of children to someone else. For some victims, a ...

Referendum on referees is needed legislation

It may come as a bit of a surprise that such legislation is not already on the books, but Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would make assaulting referees while they do their jobs a crime. It is a change long overdue. The House Criminal Justice Committee is discussing the bill at ...

Don’t let bureaucracy stand in the way of needed treatment

The devil is in the details, as they say; and in the case of the effort to offer drug treatment and recovery resources in Marietta, those devilish details are creating quite the mess. While an across the board not-in-my-backyard attitude about drug treatment facilities is patently ...

Congrats to FFA on continued successes

As our region’s economy evolves, it may be tempting to believe organizations such as the FFA are outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jim and Sandy Wagner of Vincent demonstrate FFA has been so important to their family that it has become a tradition carried on by ...

Parking guidelines necessary downtown

Some parking enforcement changes being considered by Marietta City Council are getting some negative reaction from residents, but we would remind them to consider all angles on the issue. Council is considering a return to chalking tires to mark how long vehicles have been in parking spots ...

Belpre on the right track for producing well-rounded students

Last week, a woman in Jackson Township, Ohio, was arrested for disrupting public service after she called 911 multiple times ... to complain that her parents had cut off her cell phone service. She is 36. Meanwhile, politicians who want us to believe they are capable of being the leader of this ...

School report cards are necessary

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...

Caucus results a cautionary tale of tech

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

Love your heart this February

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and while there may be plenty of paper cut-out hearts floating around, the holiday presents a fantastic opportunity to think about whether we are doing all we can to improve the health of our own hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause — approximately 1 in 4 ...

Community quick to help needy; it needs to continue

Marietta and surrounding communities are fortunate to be filled with generous people who will not just dig into their pockets, but also do the work necessary to help those in need. An example last week is just one of many. “When (a story in The Marietta Times) first came out, I read it ...

Officials must keep working for our aging population

For the first time in nearly 200 years, our community will have more residents over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, if Flite Friemann’s 2020 Census projections are correct. Approximately 30 percent of those over age 65 and over are classified as low-income, according to Washington ...

Ohio’s fireworks ban needs to remain

Why is it that some laws intended to protect the public result in accusations that legislators who refuse to repeal them are being spoilsports? Ohio’s ban on many types of “consumer fireworks” is an example. While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...

School board should make all avenues of communication available

Monday’s special meeting of the Marietta City Schools Board of Education packed a surprise for many in attendance. District officials encouraged high attendance by moving the special meeting—on school consolidation plans—to the high school auditorium. They then didn’t allow for any ...

Going overboard on charter school issue

Perhaps Ohio lawmakers ought to display a “moderation in everything” plaque at the Statehouse, at least when they are debating charter schools. They seem prone to going overboard on some aspects of the issue. One might have thought the fiasco involving lack of oversight of online charter ...

Protect yourself from the flu

As news reports last week indicated Ohio has at least two confirmed cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, most health officials urged calm — and suggested the virus that has so far killed approximately 170 people is not the killer that should have our attention. According to the Centers ...

Is justice really still color-blind?

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Last week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted of ...

Matamoras Minute: Methodist Church

The final church of the original three in the early 20th Century of Matamoras would be the Methodist. Like the Baptists, they had a presence in the old log school house on Mill Creek in the very early years. The first permanent settlers on the site of Matamoras were the James Riggs family in ...

Building a legacy and strengthening a community

This week we watched our nation absorb the news of atragic accident involving a celebrity. The sad reports of nine lives lost without warning. The poignant, painful reminder that no level of socioeconomic status can protect us from all misfortune. In the flurry of social media reaction ...

Next STEPP: Creating opportunities to fit students’ needs

We’ve all been taught to take things one step at a time, but at Noble Local, there’s an opportunity to take the “Next STEPP.” The Next STEPP (Skills, Training and Employment Pathways Program) — proposed, developed and implemented by Shenandoah High Intervention Specialist Justin ...

Medical marijuana database must be protected

Ohio’s medical marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...