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Editorials

Concerns arise as snowbirds flock to the Valley

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

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

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 ...

Water is an essential service and must be available

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 ...

Help for the unemployed needs to come now

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 ...

The census findings are essential in these times

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

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 ...

Little things make a big difference

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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 ...

Group’s sewer fight needs to include city lawsuit

Devola Against Sewering Homes (DASH) seems to be moving full steam ahead, fundraising for legal fees to fight an EPA order to sewer Devola homes. Affected residents are being asked to contribute what they can to help DASH (a nonprofit formed by residents) pay the estimated hundreds of ...

Support for small business so crucial now

In these extraordinary times, nearly every one has faced some kind of challenge as a result of the attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. Among the hardest hit will be small business owners — especially if those small businesses are restaurants, bars, or depend on larger gatherings of ...

DeWine made right call

Though he waited until the last moment to do it, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made an important decision Monday. He recommended the delay of the state’s primary elections, which had been scheduled for today. But, because he was not able to make such an order himself, he said a lawsuit was to be ...

No more important time to trust in journalists

Local newspapers do a great deal to shine a light on that which some wish would remain in the dark, so that our readers get all the information they need about what is happening in our communities. This year’s Sunshine Week falls during the first week of school closures in West Virginia ...

Commerce on area’s rivers needs to be treated as an asset

Mid-Ohio Valley residents take for granted the incredible transportation resource that is the Ohio River. We get used to seeing the barges gliding by, and do not give a second thought to its importance to the nation’s economy. For too long, decision-makers outside our region have also been ...

Schools need to carefully weigh any decisions to close for virus

In a short amount of time, Ohio has gone from having no known cases of the coronavirus to seeing scores of large gatherings canceled, colleges and universities moving to online-only classes and even some churches stopping worship services, as the first cases emerge in the state. At the urging ...

State officials wrong to use tax money on campaign trail

This time of year, elected officials walk a fine line between public appearances required by their jobs and appearances that turn out to be campaign stops. They and their staffs know the value of every voter greeted, every bit of name recognition reinforced. In the Buckeye State, a ...

Johnson deserves your vote

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...