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Editorials

Students show their best at state fair

Seven Washington County students earned prizes at the Ohio State Fair this year, showcasing their skills in art, public speaking, raising rabbits and more.We're proud of them and all the local students who represented us at the state level.If one of those participants is a neighbor, a friend, ...

Ohio’s action sets a standard

Ohio officials have done something unusual - perhaps even precedent-setting - about wrongdoing by public officials. They are holding a man accountable for criminal misdeeds.Recently, former state Deputy Tax Commissioner Rick Anthony pleaded guilty in Franklin County Municipal Court to ...

Ohio has a stronger sense of urgency

Going back to school in Ohio will require adjustments for students, parents and educators.Graduation examinations are out. End-of-course tests are in. There will be no more "calamity days" during inclement weather. Curriculum may change - but that is not certain.Welcome to public education ...

Funding needed to fight Ebola, like diseases

Nearly 20 years ago, author Richard Preston's nonfiction book, "The Hot Zone," told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tale. It was about a disease called Ebola and a narrow escape from an outbreak of it in the United States.Since then, most people probably have not thought much ...

Law on inspections must be reviewed

A major malfunction on a ride at the Cedar?Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, will not be investigated by state inspectors. That should prompt state legislators to amend the law on inspections of rides such as those at carnivals and amusement parks.Two people were hurt Saturday when a ...

No texting, cell phone signs need clarified

The new signs around Marietta notifying drivers of the city law banning cell phone use while driving are hard to miss.But though the 14 signs are large and spread out throughout the city, their meaning isn't exactly crystal clear, especially for those visiting who aren't already familiar with ...

Voice your opinion to EPA about war on coal

During their "listening tour" of the country several months ago, Environmental Protection Agency officials claimed they wanted a cross-section of Americans' opinions about proposed new rules that would cripple the coal-fired electric power industry. They planned the tour carefully to avoid ...

Many ways to give to area VFD’s year-round

As summer enters its last full month, ice cream social season is winding down, but that doesn't mean support for the area's local volunteer fire departments should.There are still a few socials to attend, including one in Oak Grove on Saturday. The departments count on the events as major ...

Clearly, Kasich has delivered

Politicians do not really create jobs, regardless of what they would have you think. The most they can do is establish a tax, regulatory and incentive environment that encourages job creation.Clearly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has done just that during his three and one-half years in office.When ...

Legislators who ignore the facts and guarantees

Many Ohioans agree Obamacare is an expensive social-engineering fiasco. So how do liberals in the General Assembly react?By trying to restore at the state level a part of the law declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. In doing so, they would force some Buckeye State business owners to ...

Strict exotic animals list a good place to begin

Like some animals, politicians can be very territorial. As West Virginians have learned, that can be counterproductive.Earlier this year, state legislators approved a measure calling for controls on possession of certain species of animals in the Mountain State. If anything, the measure was ...

Financial education needed in schools

Public school teachers and administrators sometimes grow frustrated at demands politicians put on them. No wonder. Curriculum demands vary regularly, depending on what seems to concern the public most at a given time.But some failings in the priorities we set for schools seem obvious. One is ...

Ohio right to back clean coal research

State governments simply cannot have the clout federal officials do in funding important research initiatives. Still, Ohio's efforts to help the coal industry are important - in part because President Barack Obama's administration has slashed "clean coal" research funding.Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, ...

Levee activities missed

Those who have visited the Ohio River levee in Marietta in recent weeks have found no Music on the Levee series as well as a vacant trailer where the Kreamy Kreations ice cream stand is usually operating.Both the business and the free concert series have been organized for the last several ...

Bordering on Madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!"One of the things that make the history of clashes over ...

Why Vladimir Putin is kicking Barack Obama’s behind

On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence ...

Chemicals used should be made available to the public

Concern about the chemicals found in the mix of water, sand and chemicals used in the fracking process flared anew recently when a fire at a Monroe County well pad resulted in chemicals washing off into a nearby creek and then the Ohio River.As many as 70,000 fish were killed, yet state ...

Audit shows progress in open records requests

An open records "audit" of local governments in Ohio earlier this year showed improvements in officials providing access to documents. But when it comes to people who request records electronically, a distinctly mixed bag was uncovered.Not so long ago, Ohioans could have reasonable confidence ...

Pipeline deserves a fair shake

If the United States achieves energy independence during the next decade or so, it will be no thanks to President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress. They continue to pursue a goal of shutting down coal-fired power plants, and Obama has blocked new sources of oil such as the Keystone XL ...

W.V. water company deserves stiffer fine

Federal officials sometimes seem overly eager to enforce some laws and regulations, at times inventing new ones to fit their own ideological agendas.But when it comes to punishing the company responsible for a chemical spill that sickened many West Virginians and interrupted water service to ...