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Editorials

Mexico & US need to fight cartels together

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border was written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. They had ...

Say yes to placental donation

A donation made this week by a new Parkersburg mom who gave birth at Marietta Memorial Hospital could have a significant impact on more than two dozen lives. Kristen Casto was the first patient at Memorial to donate a placenta to the Lifeline of Ohio program. Donations started through the ...

Epicenter a valuable jumping off point

It takes a lot of courage to start a business. In many cases, it takes some money (or at least some financial backing), too. That is why projects such as the Epicenter business incubator, run by Building Bridges to Careers, are so important. With little overhead and access to support ...

Ohio needs to adopt policy on rape kits

For far too long, victims of sexual assault in both West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware little progress was being made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — was sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Ohio must do better in caring for pregnant women

Many — approximately 57% — of the nearly 200 Ohio women who died from pregnancy-related causes during the past eight years could have been saved, a new state report concludes. Combine that information with reports indicating the state has the eighth-worst infant mortality rate in the ...

Kudos to businesses meeting the need for kids

At this time of year, most of us have given in and brought out those big, warm winter coats — unable to withstand the cold in thinner fall jackets any longer. It is a luxury too many of us take for granted; and an option not available to some struggling families in our region. But a couple ...

Prison programs beneficial to everyone

When people get bundled up and head out full of Christmas spirit to see a live nativity, a prison is typically not the location where they’re going. This week it was, for hundreds of community members who showed up to support a Christmas program at Noble Correctional Institution. “A ...

Fraternity behavior a matter for police

Reports of young people injured, sometimes fatally, at college fraternity activities seem to be regular occurrences. Give higher education officials credit for cracking down with actions ranging from shutting fraternities down to expelling students. No doubt that has helped, but the animal ...

Appreciate everyday heroes all the time

Right before they streamed out of the building for Thanksgiving break, those at Washington Elementary School took a few moments to be thankful for some behind-the-scenes warriors. Honored in an assembly were aides, custodians, secretaries and other support staff, who were given superhero ...

Rethink asylum policy

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Make today celebration of gratitude

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have so very much for which to be thankful on this day. We may grumble, we may wish for more, but deep down we know just how richly we have been blessed. Certainly all the food — and we know how many talented cooks there are in our midst —and family gatherings ...

Transparency for taxpayers is always a good thing

While politicians are often accused of being too loyal to their respective party lines to effectively work together, sometimes it is true that officials of the same party can be even more loyal to their respective bureaucratic kingdoms, and make working together nearly impossible. But, at ...

Red kettle season has kicked off once again

It won’t be long now before the red kettles are popping up everywhere; and the ringing of handbells becomes the soundtrack to our outings. For most locations, the campaign is the organization’s major fundraiser. Washington County residents know how seriously the Salvation Army takes its ...

Fire safety for winter season

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher was right to alert authorities

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Ohio should keep an eye on the future — & the law

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it a means to help the Buckeye State become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio as being ahead of the curve in ...

New events a welcome addition to the holiday season

It’s a question we’ve heard more than a couple of times. A few years back, a committee in Marietta was even formed to address it. Why can’t Marietta do something more for the Christmas season, that would bring people to town, like they do in Cambridge? Cambridge, an even smaller city ...

Adoption: Making the difference in the life of children

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Buckeye State’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care ...

Drug cartel members need to be brought to justice by U.S.

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Grateful for our veterans

Today we honor those who have served this great country as members of our armed forces. We honor men and women who are veterans of all wars and military conflicts — even if the observance began as an honor for those who had served in World War I, celebrated as Armistice Day. Generations of ...