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Editorials

Delay new flood insurance premiums

An important test of whether Congress really can get important things done - or, alternatively, is mired in the gridlock critics claim - affects thousands of area homeowners and business people.A law enacted in 2012, involving the federal flood insurance program, has had consequences not ...

More money needed for preserving the historic Monitor

After nearly a century and a half at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a treasure of American history was raised in 2002. Without a re-examination of federal government priorities, however, it may not be preserved for posterity.It is the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship built by the U.S. ...

Give added calamity days to Ohio schools

In the wake of subzero temperatures and several snow storms, local school districts may get a break when it comes to snow days.Ohio legislators are considering whether to give three or four extra calamity days for this school year, given the harsh winter conditions.We think it's something that ...

EPA mess a prime example of lack of oversight

Among those responsible for the government's war on coal and reasonable electricity prices was a now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale. At one time he was the agency's highest-paid employee.Beale is about to begin serving a 32-month prison sentence for ...

Just say ‘no’ to casinos’ demands

As revenue continues to drop at Ohio casinos and horse race tracks, beware of how the state legislature responds. And look no further than West Virginia for a preview.Gambling proprietors in West Virginia are beneficiaries of enormous gifts bestowed upon them by politicians. Voters never had a ...

Appreciate those who have to be outside

Snowy days, followed by more snowy days with a few below-zero temperatures mixed in have made January a month to forget.We just want to take time out today to thank the snow removal crews and other workers who do their jobs outside. It's especially heartfelt during these times of nasty ...

Don’t take chances keeping warm

Another wave of arctic-cold weather has hit the area. With it will come an increase in the number of house fires - and, possibly, deaths in them.Many of the primary heating systems in local homes struggle to keep residents comfortable when outside temperatures dip below zero. That prompts many ...

How about a little teamwork on Sochi security

This summer marks 42 years since the Israeli Olympic team was taken hostage and murdered in the Munich summer games in 1972. It will be 18 years since a backpack exploded at the Atlanta games, killing two and injuring 111.It's been a little more than eight months since bombs exploded at the ...

Look for new ways to combat poverty

The family featured on the front page of the paper lives in poverty. Jennifer Harbert is a single mother who works and also receives assistance. She grew up in a similar fashion.Jennifer's not alone.In Marietta, nearly a quarter of residents are currently living below the poverty line. There ...

Ohio’s kids need new law about alcohol emergencies

Adults should do nothing that encourages juveniles to drink alcoholic beverages. Nothing. They also should not leave minors to sink or swim when they abuse alcohol, however.That is the philosophy behind a bill introduced in the Ohio General Assembly. It would provide very limited immunity from ...

Consumers must be vigilant about credit protection

The number of people facing potential problems because of security breaches with personal information seems to grow every day.Target reported 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million other records containing customer data were stolen during the holiday shopping season as part of a cyber ...

Legal clinics fill local need

Even though Southeastern Ohio Legal Services has had to close its doors in Marietta, local people in need can still get free legal advice.That's because monthly legal clinics are continuing. They are held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (except in December) at St. Luke's ...

Take the money and run

Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website - www.healthcare.gov - last fall.Government officials announced last week they are not renewing CGI's contract to handle the website. Another company, ...

Recognizing Ohio has a heroin problem a big first step

Heroin overdoses claim about 11 lives each week in Ohio, it has been estimated. The epidemic, which has spread throughout the state, ruins thousands of lives and makes battlegrounds out of some neighborhoods.Various initiatives have been undertaken to reduce the enormous human carnage caused by ...

Value of donated formals goes beyond the dollars

Starting on Monday, dozens of donated formal dresses will be on sale at the Goodwill store in Marietta, something we hope ensures that students who couldn't afford a high-end gown for prom still have a first-rate prom experience.The dresses came from a local boutique that went out of a ...

Baseball’s integrity goes beyond policing A-Rod case

Major League Baseball has taken its lumps for doling out a season-plus-49-game suspension against star Alex Rodriguez in the latest doping scandal.But an arbitrator upheld, with modification, the suspension, reducing it to effectively keep Rodriguez off the field for the 2014 season. Rodriguez, ...

Consider hearings on water supplies, drilling

Despite the enormous amount of natural gas well drilling in Ohio during the past few years, the state has recorded just 6 confirmed cases of contamination of water supplies. That is a tiny percentage of the number of wells drilled.Some would say that is an excellent record for the drilling ...

Nally set a strong example for next OEPA director

Radical environmentalists probably will take advantage of an opening for a new Ohio government watchdog over air, water and ground quality to demand a change in state policy. A harsher standard for regulating industry should be adopted, they have maintained.But state Environmental Protection ...

Mental health issues aren’t always very obvious

Prosecuting attorneys in Connecticut have concluded that 20-year-old Adam Lanza "displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies" before he massacred 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown about a year ago.Thousands of pages of documents involved in an ...

Breaking tobacco habit is tough, but worth it

Many resolve to stop smoking at the start of the new year. We wish you luck and want you to know help is out there.A study released this week shows anti-smoking measures have saved about 8 million lives since it was determined in 1964 that there is a link between smoking and various diseases. ...