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Editorials

Alternative power rule needs a second look

Ohio's mandate that utilities obtain much of the electricity they sell from "alternative" sources already has cost consumers millions of dollars needlessly. It is time to call a halt and reevaluate the law.A bill already approved by the state Senate would do just that. It should be approved by ...

Fishing derby can teach kids a lesson

Seems tough these days for parents to drag their children away from video games and anything related to computers or the Internet.But there's a world of wonder outside that kids need to experience first-hand, not as a spectator in front of a iPad screen or computer monitor.That's what's so ...

More work on rural prison population

Efforts to reduce Ohio's prison population have paid off, but only in big cities. Clearly, more work needs to be done in small communities and rural counties.Since the General Assembly approved a package of initiatives in 2011 to reduce prison overcrowding, results have been seen in Ohio's ...

IRS must crack down on fraud

The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats - and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop them.About 27 million families received nearly $62 billion in tax credits through the EITC in 2011. Many received checks from ...

City park should be used by all

Members of Marietta City Council debated opening up Flanders Field to area residents this week and we hope it's a discussion that will continue.The Little Sluggers team has been leasing the ball field from the city for $1 per year. They've maintained the site and improved it in many ways, ...

Letter of the law should be followed

The next time you have lunch with a state legislator, try to pick up the check. There is an excellent chance he or she will refuse. Ethics laws, you understand.And that is the point: State legislators in both Ohio are fully aware of laws such as those limiting conflicts of interest and ...

Teens and alcohol don’t mix

College and high school seniors in the next couple weeks will be preparing to enter another part of their life.Family and friends will gather at graduation parties in the weeks ahead to celebrate the milestone in the graduate's life.It also is a time to use common sense when hosting graduation ...

2 rules on pursuing abusers are wrong

In Ohio, lawsuits against those who sexually abuse children can be filed until their victims reach 30 years of age - in most cases.But if the abuser was a state employee and the crime occurred in a state institution, the cutoff is 20 years of age.That is discriminatory, of course. It is wrong, ...

Thank a teacher for being an inspiration

On Thursday night, 35 Marietta High School seniors who had outstanding academic achievements were honored and in turn, the students got to choose a teacher to honor as well.They chose elementary school teachers who started them on the right path, coaches who inspired them in the classroom and ...

Veterans deserve credit for experience

Veterans of the armed services often take off their uniforms and attempt to step into civilian life with the knowledge they have learned valuable skills while in the military. Then they try to cash in on their talents and experience - and find doing so sometimes is not easy.That can be ...

Orange barrels mean drive carefully

Orange barrels are starting to pop up around the area as the summer road construction season begins.The barrels recently appeared all along Pike Street in Marietta as work continues for safety upgrades. Numerous other projects are planned on local roadways, state routes and interstates.Driving ...

Exercise your right: Get out and vote

It is disheartening that local elections boards are predicting that less than one in three registered voters will cast ballots in today's primary election.In a free, democratic nation, voting is a privilege that needs to be exercised. Staying at home and pretending not to care is not what ...

Have some fun Friday night in Marietta

If you haven't attended any of the past Merchants and Artists Walk events in downtown Marietta and the Historic Harmar District west of the Muskingum River, we urge you to check out this Friday's 2014 kickoff event.The walks pair local artists of all sorts with downtown and Harmar neighborhood ...

Vote ‘yes’ for schools on Tuesday

Ohio's primary election is Tuesday and voters of the Belpre and Warren school districts will be asked to renew levies for their schools.We urge voters to renew these levies and allow continued financial support to pay for important work in the districts.In Belpre, the 3.65 mill emergency levy ...

Keeping college costs down could be beneficial

Obtaining a college degree can be very costly - and price tags have followed an upward trend during the past several years. News of increases planned at eight of Ohio's 14 public universities has prompted an organized protest by a student group.Tuition increases have been proposed or approved ...

Day of Prayer: Unity as a reality

For many years now, the first Thursday in May has been set aside as a day to invoke the help of a higher power for our communities, our state and our nation.Today will mark the 63rd National Day of Prayer in the United States. On the national level, prayers will be led from 9 a.m. to noon from ...

Nutrition program helps local seniors

We know many senior citizens in our community live on a fixed income, which makes programs like the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program so important.It provides eligible seniors with coupons or vouchers they can use on food available at local farmers markets. It helps the seniors, and the ...

More proof that feds want our money

It is no wonder the federal government is confused about what is fair and right, when it comes to consideration of the Social Security Administration's now-halted program in which tax refunds were seized to recoup decades-old overpayments. The Internal Revenue Service is a model of the right ...

Prime time for fans

Late April and May usually is a great time to be a fan of the Marietta College baseball team. This year appears to be no different.Two years ago, the Pioneers won the NCAA Division III World Series. Last year, the Pioneers were eliminated in the Regionals. But with a talented core of ...

Sometimes politicians get it right

Much has been written of political bickering and "gridlock" in both state and federal governments. But sometimes, the politicians join hands to get important things done.It has been pointed out lives could be saved if schools, youth camps and coaches had "pens" used to administer epinephrine ...