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Editorials

Generous donations a big help for food pantries

After thieves broke into the Harmar Gospel Mission Food Pantry, stealing thousands of dollars worth of food, director Candy Waite was heard saying God had turned a tragedy into a triumph.We couldn't agree more.That's because the community's response to this crime has been overwhelming and even ...

Celebrate America’s freedoms on July 4

We hope you take at least a few minutes this week to appreciate the meaning behind the Fourth of July holiday: Our independence.In fact, the holiday often is called Independence Day and it's something we all should celebrate every day. Communities around the area are definitely in the ...

Office of Civil Rights could protect freedoms

Basic freedoms - the ones cited in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights - were given a lot of thought by our nation's founders. For the first few decades of the United States of America's existence, whether actions by presidents and congresses ...

Ice cream social good for taste buds and community

The annual Broughton's Ice Cream Social is planned for 2 to 6 p.m. July 21, and we hope you'll be there.We hope you'll be there to support Healthy Kids Appalachia and the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank. Behind these organizations is the Hunger Solutions task force, a group effort by Marietta ...

Warren board chose speed over public scrutiny

The Warren Local Board of Education voted Wednesday evening to hire a new superintendent, a candidate who was not part of the original list of contenders for the job.The board had originally whittled 18 applicants down to three and invited district personnel and community members to meet and ...

U.S. money spent to rebuild, repaid?

Americans poured billions of dollars into rebuilding Iraq's economy and infrastructure after our military toppled Saddam Hussein from power. The result has not been satisfactory. Iraq continues to be torn by sectarian violence.Evidence we cannot buy friendship or stability apparently was not ...

Safety first with July 4 fireworks, firecrackers

The Fourth of July is usually celebrated with family picnics and fireworks, and sometimes those fireworks are set off in backyards.The best advice on fireworks is to leave them to a professional.Thousands of people are taken to the emergency room every year for treatment of fireworks injuries. ...

Annual Legends camp a real winner for youngsters

Local resident Mike Wagner's dream of meeting Cincinnati Reds players of the past who could pass on their special knowledge about the game celebrated it 20th anniversary this past week.This year's Reds Legends camp at Patriot Field behind VFW Post 5108 on Pike Street drew scores of young ...

School funding in Ohio still unaddressed

Attend a board of education meeting in Ohio, and there's an excellent chance you will hear school officials worrying about how to pay the bills.In truth, the Buckeye State's public schools could be operated more efficiently. The 611 or so school districts in the state represent an excellent ...

Don’t believe Ohio’s ‘voter suppression’ numbers

A report by two Democrat legislators that there were nearly 60,000 cases of "voter suppression" in Ohio last November would be cause for concern but for one fact: There weren't.In general, the general election last fall went well from the standpoint of votes being cast and counted in an orderly ...

Beverly should vote on utility aggregation

Beverly Council voted recently not to put an issue before voters that would allow village residents to be part of an electric aggregation program.The program, similar to what voters approved in Marietta and Belpre, allows group purchasing among a large group of customers, such as a city or ...

Summer’s a good time to get out and take in the music

Music truly is in the air during a Mid-Ohio Valley summer.Local communities recently kicked off their summer music series and we urge readers to get out and enjoy local talent while also taking advantage of our beautiful parks and rivers.The lineup for the series' each week can be found in The ...

Full and impartial probe of State Dept. is needed

Accusations of a sex crime involving a minor are made to an organization that investigates the charges itself.Does this sound familiar?The Catholic church has been facing head-on the fallout from doing just that for years, but we're not referring to the Catholic church scandal today.Rather, ...

Safetytown continues to educate youngsters

Today marks the start of Marietta's 36th annual Safetytown.Over the years, more than 7,000 youngsters in our community have learned the basics of safety whether it's crossing a street, riding a bicycle or tricycle, or having fun in the backyard or neighborhood playground.Safetytown covers it ...

Give blood, save lives this summer

Giving blood is something just about all of us can do to help others and help our community and it doesn't cost a thing.But too often, especially during the summer months, blood collections run short. It's a concern locally and around the world.According to the World Health Organization, the ...

Online warfare: America needs to be ready

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Secret email accounts shroud the truth

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

Volunteers needed for River Sweep

Looking for a way to help your community and the environment at the same time? Then Saturday's annual Ohio River Sweep is just the opportunity.Each year, the Ohio River Sweep brings together more than 20,000 volunteers all along the Ohio River, from its origin in Pittsburgh to its end at Cairo, ...

Ohio Board of Pharmacy can help thwart bath salts makers

When it comes to innovation and responsiveness to consumers, the private sector almost always does a better job than government. Normally, that's fine.But when it comes to finding new ways to satisfy the public's seemingly bottomless appetite for mind-altering drugs, it is not.Drugs of the ...

Springtime athletes excel at state meet

Congratulations to the five Washington County athletes who placed in the state track meet over the weekend.Just making it to the state meet is a special honor, but to finish among the top eight in Ohio is extra special.They are:- Ally Rohrer, of Waterford High, two hurdles events.- Maddy Sury, ...