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Editorials

Have a family disaster plan, just in case

We haven't had a soaking downpour for several days in a row. Winter weather is months away.Sure, hurricane season extends through November. But the only real hassle southeast Ohio residents have in the near term is a flurry of mosquitoes and a blizzard of leaves, right?Wrong.Recall that out of ...

Adopting wild animals just isn’t a good idea

"Adopting" wild animals almost never is a good idea. Most people get that.But sometimes they break the rule because they believe it is a matter of life and death to an animal.A Knox County woman felt that way about two deer and four raccoons she raised on her small farm. A former veterinary ...

Buell Island: Lowell’s success story

To the residents of the village of Lowell Buell Island isn't just where families go to the community pool, parents watch their children play ball, adults get in some exercise on the walking track or soak up some history at Strait Run School.Buell Island represents the community spirit that's ...

‘Wheels’ program important for seniors

This week, Washington County Commissioners voted to continue a pilot program that provides transportation to senior citizens who need a lift to a doctor's appointment, the bank, even the grocery store.The Senior Wheels program operates with 55 volunteers and comes under the oversight of the ...

U.S. needs to do more for victims of violence in Nigeria

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

Ohio has to care more for its pets

In a ranking of states done annually by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Ohio falls near the bottom in terms of its laws on animal cruelty and abuse.The crimes are misdemeanors here and often don't lead to much, if any, jail time.We're not taking care of our animals in Ohio and that needs to ...

NRC breaks the law on dumping nuclear waste

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

Ruling may be first step in curbing abuses of benefits

Unemployment compensation benefits are supposed to be reserved for people who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own. But in West Virginia, the system's history of abuse has encouraged more of it.Until now, possibly.A woman fired from a Charleston hospital for sleeping on the job, despite ...

EVE auction important fundraiser for vital organization

We encourage you to take a walk past the Peoples Bank display windows in downtown Marietta to check out some of the hundreds of items up for sale at Friday night's EVE Inc. auction at the Lafayette Hotel.We think you'll be surprised at the variety - pro sports tickets, golf packages, jewelry ...

Bill would protect the flow of information

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, ''Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.''So ...

Time for Ohio to OK online voter registration

Ohio legislators and election officials were leery for several years of suggestions they allow people to register to vote online. The concern, centered on the possibility of vote fraud, was understandable.But as Secretary of State Jon Husted - who has displayed a sharp focus on honest elections ...

Area has a lot to gain from day of daredevils

Tightrope walker Rick Wallenda traveled to Marietta this week, scoping out the site of a planned walk across the Ohio River from Williamstown to the levee in Marietta.He's scheduled to join Robbie Knievel there Oct. 19 for a day of daredevil stunts.While some in the community seem excited that ...

Lowe’s workers help out in two ways

Lowe's employees who volunteered their time and skills to build a dozen raised garden beds in Harmar have set the bar for others to follow.The Harmar community garden had been at risk to see no planting this year after Bermuda grass took over the garden. Thanks to the raised beds, built with ...

Safety is a test given daily with school in session

Hard to believe, but it's almost time for school again. Fort Frye students return to classes Thursday, and the rest of the area's elementary, middle school and high school students head back to class next week.We want to urge everyone to be safe on the way to school, in class, and on the way ...

Baseball made the right call on PEDs

So much of Major League Baseball's recent past has been tied into steroid use that we cannot do anything but applaud the action to drop the hammer on superstar Alex Rodriguez and a dozen other players for their involvement with a now-closed Florida clinic.Rodriguez was hit with a 211-game ...

The greatest job you’ll ever do — for free

It's not just hard work, it's back-breaking. The conditions are hell, quite literally, hot, dirty and dangerous.Some circumstances can be life-threatening. But for those who do this work, they will tell you it's the best job they've ever done - and they do it for free.The ranks of local ...

We can’t dismiss red flags before Fort Hood tragedy

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining whether ...

Cautious attitude the best policy regarding e-cigarettes

Across the Mid-Ohio Valley, restaurant and bar policies on electronic cigarettes vary widely.Some business owners have policies that don't allow e-cigarettes, some do allow them and others don't have an actual policy and may have never had a customer ask.But until the full health effects of ...

Lawmakers need to act to clean up mess over testing

More than a few young adults have complained their high school civics classes did not give them a realistic idea of how government works. But Ohio students are on the verge of getting practical experience with a state-level fiasco.In 2009, the state Department of Education began preparing a new ...

Private drug rehab clinic will expand local options

This week, a new, private drug/rehabilitation clinic opens on Colegate Drive. We think the services are needed in our community, and we expect the clinic will operate effectively proving itself a good neighbor to other businesses.SelfRefind opens later this week and will provide outpatient ...