Editorials

Businesses a key factor in Seventh, Pike decision

In the wake of several business owners expressing concern about the proposed changes to the Seventh, Pike and Greene streets intersection, some council members have said they're willing to reconsider their support of the plan, and will hold another public meeting.We're encouraged that they're ...

Koop was dedicated to helping others

Too often, deeply religious men and women are branded as unqualified for public service roles helping others, solely because of their faith. They are labeled "too extreme" and rejected out of hand.Dr. C. Everett Koop, who served as U.S. surgeon general from 1981-89, was a shining example of why ...

Oil, gas companies need to police contractors

Recently, authorities in Ohio and West Virginia had to take action against companies that disposed of drilling waste improperly.Federal prosecutors are charging the owner of Hardrock Excavating LLC with violating the U.S. Clean Water Act. They say the company's owner, Ben Lupo, ordered about ...

Punish school statistics’ scrubbers

In what amounted to a spot check of Ohio school districts, state Auditor Dave Yost found eight that engaged in "scrubbing" of attendance reports. Clearly, officials responsible for lying about the data were trying to make it appear their school systems were doing a better job than actually was ...

Pioneers end season of success

Marietta College's NCAA Division III basketball tournament run ended Saturday night in Carlisle, Pa., at the hands of Dickinson College.To say Saturday's game was a bummer would be an understatement. Dickinson jumped out to an early lead and held on to it in spite of the Pioneers' best ...

1st offense for all, not just teens

Ohio's no texting while driving law took full effect Friday, which means drivers under the age of 18 can now be pulled over if it is suspected they were texting or talking on a cell phone.It's punishable by up to a $150 fine and could include a license suspension of 60 days. Multiple offenses ...

America needs to protect itself from hacking

During the Cold War, the peace was assured by fear of the accepted concept of MAD - mutually assured destruction by nuclear weapons. It is doubtful Americans can rely on the cyber warfare equivalent - perhaps MACC, for mutually assured computer crash.Last week it became apparent the Chinese ...

Honor the bank’s gift, and the Colony’s history, too

It was 1949 when a contest determined the new name of the Hippodrome in Marietta and it became the Colony Theatre.In the years following, the site hosted some of the nation's most famous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart and Judy Garland.In 1957, more than 25,000 fans crowded ...

License freebies shouldn’t penalize ODNR

Proposals introduced in the state legislature would provide free hunting and fishing licenses to Ohioans age 65 and older, and allow members of the military on active duty to hunt deer and wild turkey without buying permits.Both proposals are well-intended. Soldiers and sailors on leave or ...

Spaying, neutering pets an essential choice

It's a given ... all pet owners must take responsibility for their animals, and that includes offering a safe and warm home, food and water and daily exercise.But there's also the spaying and neutering issue, and it's only right that we, as responsible pet owners, don't add to the pet ...

An ‘easy’ solution to bath salts, K2 issues

Drug distributors are making money off area residents through the sale of so-called bath salts and a family of products called K2, which contain an array of chemicals.If you think the bath salts problem in the area was under control, think again. If you think the problem was solved because a ...

Very few surprises in Kasich speech

There were few surprises when Gov. John Kasich delivered his annual State of the State address Tuesday.Kasich had outlined many of his plans for Ohio for the coming year in a series of announcements made during the last few weeks. Those policy proposals are a part of a biannual budget of $63.2 ...

Cemetery effort will be valuable; help needed

Marietta and Washington County are known for their history and much of that history can be found in the area's cemeteries.That's why we support an effort within Marietta to more accurately map and catalog the city's cemeteries. It's hoped that once this occurs, more interest will lead to ...

Cloud still hangs over Joe Paterno

On Sunday, the Paterno family released its long-awaited rebuttal to the Freeh report - the project commissioned by the Penn State University Board of Trustees to determine what exactly happened during the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Not ...

Intentional oil, gas law breaking must be punished

Major gas and oil companies with drilling operations in our area seem to have a good-neighbor attitude about their operations. In most cases they try to follow all the local, state and federal rules and sometimes go beyond to ensure their work does not affect local residents adversely.The same ...

IOC wrong to drop Olympics’ wrestling

Some decisions just leave you dumbfounded.The most recent is the one made Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. That is the day the IOC pulled the plug on one of the staple sports of the Summer Olympics - wrestling.The inexplicable IOC decision was met by widespread disbelief, ...

Beverly incident shows bad things can happen here

Living in this area, we tend to feel insulated from some of the harsh realities of life in today's world.After Thursday's attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Beverly, everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley knows the unthinkable can happen here.While authorities work to find the man ...

Intersection plan not right for Norwood residents

A vote could come in the next several days on changes to the Seventh, Pike and Greene streets intersection in Marietta, and it looks like the proposed plan will pass.We urge council members who plan to vote yes to re-consider.The plan has many great parts, including safer measures for ...

Pope put needs of church above everything

Men and women throughout the world in general, and Roman Catholics in particular, were a little stunned Monday morning when word spread that Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would retire as of Feb. 28.As he has done throughout his entire eight years in the papacy, Benedict put the needs of ...

Do your heart a favor one step at a time

Go Red Month is in full swing, with the message of promoting heart health nearly everywhere you turn.We hope everyone in our community, and especially women, won't look right past the ads, the articles and all the information and will instead take time to let it sink in.Heart disease is the No. ...