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Editorials

Hands off Ohio rainy day fund

My, how far the state has come.When the Ohio legislature approves the next two-year state budget, whether it's Gov. John Kasich's proposal, the Ohio House version, an Ohio Senate version or, what's most likely going to be a blend of all, it will start the biennium with $482 million in the rainy ...

A Gibbs move adds up to a loss for local districts

The Athens City Board of Education has a meeting today and members could be deciding whether to make an official job offer to Tom Gibbs, current superintendent of both the Warren and Fort Frye districts.We hope if the offer comes, Gibbs makes the best decision for himself and his family but we ...

Manchin determined to get new gun bill approved

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin seems determined to gain full Senate approval of updates to federal background check rules for prospective gun buyers. Though the amendment he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., crafted was rejected earlier this spring, Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he is preparing to try ...

Revenue tempers gambling fever for Ohioans

Ohioans probably should not be terribly concerned about the substantial dropoff in revenue - and thus, a reduction in tax income for local and state governments - at the state's four gambling casinos between March and April.But it is not too soon to worry about imprudent long-term reliance on ...

Merchants and Artist Walk draws people to local shops

Imagine this scene: In spite of cool, rainy weather all day, Marietta's shopping district was full of families and couples strolling the downtown and Harmar District sidewalks anyway. Artists of all sorts and of all ages were drawing interest all along Front, Second and Putnam streets from ...

Don’t be quick to legalize pot

No matter what states do, possession of marijuana for recreational use is banned by federal law. And no matter how widespread its illegal use, serious questions remain about its safety.Apparently, Ohio state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown, has not thought much about those two factors.Hagan ...

Police need to push; neighbors need to be interested

The discovery of three young women who were missing for more than a decade in Cleveland calls for action in several ways, the most basic of which is to know our own neighborhoods, if not our neighbors.There was a time in America, back when front porches and stoops were the evening hangouts for ...

Sentences should punish criminals

Intermittent sentences, postponed sentences and furlough days for local offenders heading to jail seems to have become a regular part of sentencings in Washington County.An argument can be made for the special sentences when it may cause the loss of a job, or when it would mean a medical ...

Don’t mess with who pays in-state tuition fees

Attending a public university in Ohio could become a lot cheaper for residents of other states if the General Assembly approves a provision in the state budget bill. Doing so would be crazy, however.Public universities throughout the country charge higher tuition for students from other states. ...

Ohio Senate should nix bill to allow drinking on city streets

Police officers have enough trouble with public intoxication without being told, "Get lost, cop. I'm allowed to drink on the street.''A bill introduced in the state Senate could lead to just such an exchange in Ohio. It would allow cities with more than 50,000 residents to designate areas ...

Humble local hero finally gets a place in Hall of Fame

Typical of many military heroes, Vietnam veteran Gary Rhoades, 67, of Marietta, prefers to tell stories of the bravery displayed by his fellow soldiers decades ago.But we insist in saying congratulations, Sgt. Rhoades, and thank you for serving our country and defending our freedom.While we're ...

Share the road with motorcycles

Motorcycle wrecks involving injuries were trending downward until last year.The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 3,674 motorcycle accidents involving injuries in 2008. The number dropped to 2,973 in 2011 but increased to 3,261 last year.Statewide the number of motorcycle fatal ...

Alliance sets solid standards for oil, gas industry

Industry and environmental groups do not often see eye-to-eye. But a group of companies in the shale oil and gas industry has decided to take its own step toward improved stewardship.Companies including Chevron, EQT Corp., Consol and Shell have formed the Center for Sustainable Shale ...

Safeguards don’t exist to filter news online

The desire to know sometimes trumps perspective, and it happens more and more in the high-speed world of social networks and instant Internet news.Bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264, followed during the same week by letters suspected of containing the deadly ...

Crackdown on Internet cafes can eliminate law breakers

When it comes to gambling and the law, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is right to be mounting a campaign to assist local police departments in cracking down on "Internet cafes."Many such businesses are thinly disguised electronic gambling dens. They are illegal. A state appeals court in ...

Drivers: Be extra careful in ‘cone’ zones

Yellow dandelions are popping up in yards and orange construction barrels are beginning to appear on area roads.Driving in a construction zone can be dangerous, with narrow lanes of travel, reduced speeds and anxious drivers staying way to close to other vehicles.More people are dying in ...

Memorial makes huge commitment to local community

Memorial Health System is making a huge investment in the Mid-Ohio Valley that should make everyone confident about the future.Memorial broke ground Thursday for the expansion of its Belpre Medical Campus on Farson Street. It's the third phase of Memorial's expansion plan. Memorial is ...

Dispose of medication safely and securely

Many of us have unused medication in the house and often we aren't sure the best way to dispose of it.That's why today's Medication Take Back Day is so important. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, residents can turn in unused medication to local ...

Attacks show need to address mental illness

While President Barack Obama and most members of Congress have focused on gun control since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., not much has been said about getting to the root causes of such horror - insanity and the evil that sometimes drives it.On April 15, Americans were reminded ...

City should consider all options to monthly parking fee

Marietta City Council is considering a plan that would make some spots in city-owned parking lots available for rent.It would reduce the number of free spots downtown but would increase city revenue, some of which would be used for repair and maintenance costs for parking lots.We think it might ...