Editorials

Taxpayers deserve protection in Ohio

Some have suggested Ohio Gov. John Kasich's drive to reduce income taxes is not a comprehensive enough approach to spurring the state's economy. Perhaps not. Attention also needs to be given to specific aspects of the tax and economic development program.But targeting specific businesses for ...

Give teachers tools to ID students who are ready to explode

A new Ohio law requiring public and private school teachers to be trained in recognizing students who may be considering suicide, and in doing something about it, is an excellent idea. But at the same time, another kind of training regarding youths with psychological problems should be ...

Free classes made for gardeners with an itch to plant

These chilly winter days are often the time backyard gardeners look ahead to planting time when the sunshine is more plentiful and temperatures begin to rise.In years' past, gardeners waited for their seed catalogs to arrive in the mail so they could place their order in time for planting ...

County EOC is needed before June

The severe storm of June 29 proves the move to implement a new Emergency Operations Center in Washington County can't come soon enough.County officials recently learned the county would receive $237,500 from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency toward the implementation of a permanent emergency ...

Make time to test for cancer

It's a fresh, new year - a chance for new opportunities.Given that, we ask area residents to remember their health in 2013, and, more specifically, be aware of the signs of cancer.January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and given the high incident rate of this cancer in Ohio Valley women, ...

Races need new faces, new ideas

The deadline to file to run in the May primary in Washington County is less than five weeks away and so far, only one new face has taken official steps toward running.Up for grabs are seven council seats in Marietta and Belpre, plus council president positions. Also, treasurer seats in both ...

Tough to get excited about this bowl season

Like many area college football fans, we are having a tough time getting too excited about this year's bowl season.A large part of that is because our region's major college football programs have, as a group, experienced disappointing seasons.West Virginia University, for example, found the ...