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Editorials

Kids will model their parents if they adhere to mask rules

Given the resistance some folks still feel toward doing the right thing and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it would be easy for local school districts to worry about pressure from parents on the matter, as children of all ages are to wear masks during in-person school this ...

Volunteer experience looks great on a resume

For some skill sets, there is no better education than learning on the job. But while local young people navigate this very different academic year, one of their worries might well be the loss of paid job experience that would have fit nicely onto a resume. Plenty of local organizations have ...

Common sense called for in plan for sports

Unless something changes dramatically in Ohio over the next few weeks, those hoping to be able to view sports live and in-person from the stands this fall are likely to be disappointed. Over the weekend, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed an order prohibiting spectators at contact sports ...

Don’t shut press out of GOP event

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire whoever came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to their opponents. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later this month ...

Federal funds needed to support hydropower

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, though hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ...

The 2020 Census is still waiting. Fill it out.

Had a lot on your mind lately? You’re not alone. The past several months have been difficult for most Mid-Ohio Valley residents as a deadly virus and our response to it has changed the way we interact with each other — and has placed many of us into a state of financial struggle. It makes ...

Parents must weigh decision carefully

Marietta City Schools parents have some decisions to make in the coming weeks, as the Board of Education has decided on a blended re-entry plan that gives them some options. “None of this is perfect,” said Superintendent Will Hampton. “It’s the best we can do with what we know and what ...

Eliminating resource officers not the best idea

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the bad apples among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more engaged ...

Eliminating resource officers not the best idea

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the bad apples among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more engaged ...

States should foot the bill for mail-in ballot postage

Of all the irrational debates Americans could be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported earlier this month tops them all. Of course, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

Investigate everyone involved

Allegations against Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder and others should make Buckeye State residents sick to their stomachs. If true, they mean higher utility bills throughout the state will be due to bought-and-paid-for legislation. Householder, a Republican from a ...

Officials should do all they can to safeguard state prisons

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now — lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

Apprentice programs can prove quite useful

Among the more useful financial infusions to the Buckeye State amid this pandemic is the $9.4 million Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation grant to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin building a ...

Washington County embarks on suicide and overdose study

During the pandemic, there is an increased awareness of the important role mental health plays in the overall wellness of individuals and our community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has also brought about an increase in the risk of overdose and suicide. According to a recent Washington Post ...

Matamoras Minute: Business and products

Matamoras was always a center for the gathering of an important line of products that are associated with the early years. At the commission house, butter, eggs, and chickens would be gathered and then shipped to market. Because of the vast stocks from the surrounding farming country this was a ...

Drug court a positive for region

Our region’s substance abuse epidemic has not provided much in the way of reasons to celebrate, but this week, we saw at least two. Tracy Lamp and Glenna Brooker became the first two graduates of the Compass Drug Court after going through the program and being sober for more than a year. ...

Teaching kids to care about the world we all live in

It is never too early to start thinking about ways to do better for our environment. In Williamstown, officials found a way to rope in local elementary students in lending support to pollinators. In fact, Williamstown Bee City USA had the aid of 16 children this summer, who planted their own ...

Keep it up with the charitable endeavors

Local residents know what a struggle the past few months has been economically. For far too many, the financial uncertainty has just been more of the kind of challenges they have been enduring for quite some time. It is up to those who are able to do what is right during such times and lend a ...

Leaders using virus as political game are misleading

Using the kind of logic in which an 8-year-old could spot the flaw, Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale, R-85th, is urging his constituents to stop wearing masks, and to stop getting tested for COVID-19. “This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It is giving the ...

Partygoers should contact health deptartment

Among the possible reasons for the significant increase in the number of those seeking COVID-19 testing in our region is the revelation that attendants at a three-day get-together near Belpre — approximately 45 people — were exposed to someone who later tested positive for the virus. Of ...