Editorials

Punish Ohio pill pushers

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a pharmaceutical distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving “Keep ‘em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales ...

Tax break not really for ‘rich’

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as Buckeye State residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, ...

Be more informed, learn about candidates

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. As Kennedy noted, judicial elections in Ohio are nonpartisan contests. That is, ballots do not specify whether ...

Schools would be wise to take precautions with technology

Hackers do not much care about the size of the school district, when taking advantage of our growing dependence on technology and access. Coventry Local School District, in Akron, Ohio, has about 2,000 students in total. School was closed there entirely in May as the FBI helped guide district ...

Transparency needed in matters of county health department

Washington County’s health commissioner has been ousted from the position, a board member has resigned and no one is saying why. At a meeting of the county health board Monday, board president Bruce Kelbaugh would not elaborate on the reasons for commissioner Dick Wittberg’s removal from ...

Be smart, heed all heat alerts

Anyone hoping for a break in the hot, oppressive weather — and around here, that often also means messages on our weather apps that tell us air quality is a problem for “sensitive groups” — is going to be disappointed if they were hoping for a break. Forecasters suggest it is only going ...

School funding must be included in budget

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...

Little consolation for Mount Carmel families

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees are ...

Ideas for safety at Aquatic Center worth looking into

During Tuesday’s Marietta City Council meeting, Councilwoman Cindy Oxender said she was looking into potential federal funding for better and increased signage and other safety measures at the Aquatic Center. If such funding is available, she should, by all means pursue the ...

A reminder that helmets can save lives

Some of the back roads in Southeastern Ohio make for some of the best motorcycle routes—they’re scenic, winding and have little traffic. But a continuing lack of a universal helmet law in Ohio continues to put riders in the state at risk. This week marked another fatal motorcycle ...

Vatican’s move regarding its French ambassador is the right one

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual (and other) misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched ...

Vatican’s move regarding its French ambassador is the right one

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual (and other) misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched ...

Cyber security measures a good thing

No two governments are the same, and here in Ohio they range in size from tiny townships and school boards to the state government itself. But the Ohio Department of Administrative Services is working with the National Governors Association to develop better cybersecurity and generally enhance ...

Ohio schools need health education

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But in Ohio, a peculiar approach — if it can be called ...

Courthouse security should be the priority

This week, for the first time, visitors to the Washington County Courthouse used a single entrance with a metal detector, part of an effort to enhance security there. The total project cost so far is $35,000, and county commissioners were concerned about a cost increase of more than $5,000 ...

Work together to welcome visitors

When the majestic Queen of the Mississippi docked in Marietta this week, the area where the passengers disembarked wasn’t exactly fit for royalty. Boat staff had to clear dirt and debris from the Ohio River levee in order for passengers to walk into downtown. The Marietta-Washington ...

We hold these truths on this sacred day

Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is just as important, in many ways. “We hold these truths to be ...

Practice pool and water safety

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good during the dog days of summer. Notice there is no mention here of diving into the river, a local creek or ...

Security imperative for fair elections

Here we go again, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge ...

Changing the tide of elephant poaching

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Sickeningly, ivory still can ...