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Editorials

Good for countries rejecting others’ trash

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Other city needs should be addressed with income tax increase

Let’s start with this simple statement: the Marietta Fire Department is vitally important. We support it, we support the firefighters. We want them to have the equipment they need. So does the community. We suspect that’s why an increase in city income tax was approved by voters in 2018 ...

Medicaid system needs to get its act together

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...

Cellphone use behind the wheel should be primary offense

Using a cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device, already is a crime in Ohio. But drivers can be ticketed for it only if police or deputies spot them doing something else that is illegal. Since 2013, 305 people have died in Ohio accidents caused by “distracted driving,” ...

As a nation, we still need to reflect on Dr. King’s message

Today we observe the birthday of a man who had a dream. A man who asked those he led to achieve their goals without violence ... and who was killed for it. Many get a three-day weekend because today we commemorate the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in trying to drag us all ...

Devola sewer: The public has the right to information

While this week’s meeting with the engineering firm handling the Devola sewer project was open to the media and the public, a meeting last week involving the sewering was not. Devola resident Glen Pawloski invited an attorney to speak to residents about options for them to organize and ...

Ohio needs to find new ways to grow its economy

While many analyses of our national economy have been relatively positive, folks here in the Mid-Ohio Valley still find themselves wondering when all that prosperity is going to make its way to them. Researchers at the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in ...

Something is wrong when so many kids are uninsured

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Pharmacies SHOULD take some responsibility

This week, a group of pharmacy chains asked a federal judge in Cleveland to reject claims by some Ohio counties that they bear some responsibility for the opioid epidemic that swallowed parts of Ohio — including the Mid-Ohio Valley — over the course of several years. According to a filing ...

Taking care of blight should continue to be a city priority

Marietta City Council is moving forward with purchase and demolition of another blighted property, one that’s at risk at collapsing over Goose Run and a city sewer line. We’re glad that these steps are being taken by our local leaders and that blight in the city continues to be viewed as ...

Harmar teachers thinking outside of the box

Shrinking budgets, shrinking class sizes and constant changes in the educational needs of students mean teachers have to be flexible and creative in providing the best classroom experience for our children. Harmar Elementary School’s co-teaching and open classroom approach is a fantastic ...

Healthy blood donors needed this time of year

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you, this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we normally think. According to one ...

Check detectors; the life you save could be your own

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

State must take action on statute of limitations Senate bill

As victims in Marietta are interviewed about encounters with a possible serial rapist when they were children, a bill that would have extended their ability to seek justice for those crimes seems to be dormant in Ohio. Senate Bill 162, which would have eliminated the statute of limitations ...

Time to reflect and try to heal as a nation

Got those new calendars hung up? Your pork and sauerkraut simmering? Resolutions at the ready? Good. Let’s get 2020 started right. Today’s possibilities are endless. It is the day on which we all give ourselves — and those around us — the chance to hit the reset button. If we are ...

Stay safe on the roads this holiday

Going out for a big New Year’s Eve celebration this evening? Thinking of having a drink or two more than you would normally drink? That’s fine. Plenty of people will be celebrating in similar fashion. What are your plans for getting home safely? If you are a host, what are your plans for ...

Monitor kids’ online activities

Should parents need any more reminders they should be monitoring their children’s social media and other online activity, the Cincinnati Police Department would likely be happy to give one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one ...

Broken system to blame for 25 Mount Carmel deaths

Lawyers have convinced ten former colleagues of Dr. William Husel that they can win a lawsuit in which they are defending Husel’s actions in the deaths of 25 patients of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus. According to nine nurses and a pharmacist formerly employed by Mount Carmel, ...

As new tech arrives this holiday, look out for scams

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Coats for Kids success shows need is still there

The local Coats for Kids campaign had a record-breaking year for collections, and although distribution ends this week, we want to remind people that help is still out there. The cold months are really just beginning and while we’re happy so many coats have been received by families in ...