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Editorials

Have a little fun with food drive

While fall Saturdays are often reserved for settling in to the couch for a long day of college football, The Marietta Times and Marine Corps Veterans Association Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon hope you will spend a small portion of the day helping to feed those in need. It won’t take much effort, ...

Ginsburg made mark, left model

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to some Americans — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at the heart of the ...

Talk to kids about consequences of actions

More than a year ago, Parkersburg High School graduate Victoria Schafer was taking photos at the base of the stairs on the Old Man’s Cave trail at Hocking Hills State Park when Jaden Churchheus and another teenager decided to push a 74-pound log off the cliff at the top of the trail. That log ...

Postage should be paid for ballots

One would think Ohio’s elected and appointed officials would want it to be as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, regardless of the letter after their names. Democrats and Republicans alike had an opportunity to help make that happen, thanks to a ...

Company A still unidentified

Nearly two months after former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by federal agents charging him with participating in a $60 million bribery scheme, a key question remains unanswered, officially, at least. Federal prosecutors still have not identified the “Company A” their ...

Census remains important

No Census during the past century has faced challenges like those which must be overcome by the people in charge of the 2020 population count Clearly, however, they must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond to the ...

Never Forget

Today is Patriot Day — our annual reminder we told ourselves we would “never forget,” after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We would never forget the nearly 3,000 lives lost — citizens of 78 different countries, by the way. We would never forget the heroes who rushed in, who ...

Politics holding up relief measure

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, we know that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over ...

DeWine needs to double down on all schools’ reporting of COVID cases

Ours has been called the “Information Age.” Within hours of a celebrity opining on politics, we know about it. Even local news travels at the speed of light; we hear how our high school football team did minutes after the fourth-quarter clock hits zero. But if Ohioans want to know ...

Keep an eye on all children

It’s the kind of story that turns your stomach. The Associated Press reported last week that federal authorities had arrested a couple in Canton, Ohio, for felony child endangerment. This was after a 7-year-old girl had been pulled from their home after allegedly enduring many months of ...

Somber Labor Day still just as necessary

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the ...

Longtime Marietta Times news editor says good-bye

For the last several weeks, I’ve been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I’ve spent most of my career, first as a reporter and ...

Matamoras Minute: Businesses

When the members of the audience had finished seeing the movie and left The Palace Theatre they were provided with an opportunity to spend more time in downtown Matamoras with an array of establishments on both sides of Main Street. On the Southwest corner of Main and Second in 1926 was a ...

Celebration of possibilities in Williamstown

For the first time since 1985, Wood County Schools saw the opening of a new school this week, as Williamstown Elementary School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the facility. It is, of course, the result of the understanding that some of the old is no longer necessary and must be let go to ...

Keeping interest rates low a good thing

At this point in our economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are meant to help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they can ...

Thanks to those who are making fair possible

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have spent the last 5 months or so experiencing loss after loss — ranging from the crushing blow of losing a job to the slow bleed of losing the opportunity to participate in one cherished tradition after another. It has taken a toll on all of us. But we can ...

Bravo to dedicated public servants

Frustration with government is understandable. But sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. For example, there is the story ...

Teens are taking the lead during virus crisis

As is often the case, a few bad apples make us forget about the good in the basket as a whole — particularly when we are talking about young people. It is too easy for members of older generations to grumble about “kids these days,” and point to examples of irresponsibility, apathy and ...

Gift to vets very much needed in tough times

Sometimes those who demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice everything for this country by joining the military find that in the process they have sacrificed some of their ability to find a job — or advance in the workplace — when they leave the service. For example, Amanda Sutphin, ...

Drop absurd attack on Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would likely agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring he be removed from office? The answer is a simple no. Three members ...