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Editorials

Pantries stocking more than just food

When the Marietta Community Foundation asked our region’s food pantries what they needed this winter, the answer was not just food. Other necessities were in short supply, too. “So, we wanted to make sure the pantries and their volunteers are well-stocked on PPE, toiletries, cleaning ...

Help those who haven’t gotten shots

Ohioans are witnessing the next phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access. Monday he authorized health departments and other vaccine providers to give shots to anyone over age 16, if they are not able to fill appointment ...

Don’t let fear stop you from giving blood

If you are feeling a little squeamish about the idea of donating blood, just remember an Avon Lake, Ohio, man has done it in all 50 states ... twice. By the way, Al Whitney is 84. “I’ve donated platelets over 975 units,” Whitney told another media outlet. “On my bucket list — I’ll ...

Release of census data a win for Ohio

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Bring on Spring: Season brings arrival of color and warmth

Today is the day. Spring has arrived. Regardless of what the weather is outside right now, at 5:37 this morning, the part of the Earth, north of the equator — the northern hemisphere — moved past the point in its yearly trip around the sun where it now points more toward the sun than ...

United Way reflects on previous year

Here we are a little more than a year into this strange new world. It’s been on all of our minds the last couple of weeks — “where were we when...” “what was the last day of normalcy that...” “remember when the governor said...” “has it been a year since...?” All of the ...

Spelling bee brings moment of hope

A little more than a week ago, 36 students from across the Mid-Ohio Valley got a chance to do something that was taken away from many of them the previous March. We had a spelling bee. A nice, (almost) normal spelling bee. It was fantastic. Last year would have been only my second shot at ...

Students given extra time for test

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will now have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

No one can be turned away from vaccine

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the Buckeye State can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, there were no ...

Keeping New Deal in check

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Refocus focus off of deterring energy

For decades now, lawmakers in other states have decried subsidies in places such as California that artificially propped up solar and other renewable energy sources. The argument was that if those energy sources could not succeed in the free market on their own merits, they shouldn’t be ...

Great blue heron looks like something from the Jurassic period

The Mid-Ohio Valley area is home to one of the oddest-looking birds to be found in North America. Because of the many waterways in the area, the great blue heron is actually a common bird here. They can frequently be found in the trees and shore lines of the area’s river, creeks, lakes and ...

We are not out of the woods yet

People everywhere are more than ready to get back to “normal,” and with COVID-19 cases on the decline, it seems that may be possible sometime soon. We’re not there yet. Certainly, we have received encouraging news: coronavirus cases and deaths are declining throughout our region and ...

Taking another look at wind power

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians and billionaires were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they ...

Volunteers needed and appreciated

Washington County’s effort to win the battle against COVID-19 through vaccination is built on the backs of volunteers willing to be part of the fight. Vaccines are given by volunteers at the clinics the Washington County Health Department runs in multiple locations, but so is information and ...

Mass clinics will help get vaccine to everyone

Ohio officials announced last week a mass vaccination clinic planned to administer 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day will open in Cleveland this month. That is wonderful news, but it is a FEMA-supported federal project that will likely not have much impact on Ohioans outside the Cleveland metro ...

Spring will snap the winter photography blues

Spring will be here soon, and color will return to the Mid-Ohio Valley. Winter is my least favorite season, both photographically and in life. Photographically, spring is a lot easier than winter. You need light to take photos. The light in winter is, in my view, ugly most of the time. ...

Bridge together what divides us

Corridors, pathways, bridges; The words are all nouns, and ones that evoke something more active than passive. At the end of the Franklin Street Corridor rests Building Bridges to Careers. Two roads shooting off the corridor also lead to bridges, the Putnam Bridge which arcs over the ...

Matamoras Minute: The Smith family

The Mid-Ohio Valley has the history of the underground railroad threading through its past and the Matamoras area is no exception. A small ex-slave family was to be found on Dye Ridge with the last surviving member, Mary Smith, passing away on Dec. 16, 1920. The Smiths were accounted for in ...

Don’t forget rural areas of Ohio

While the Buckeye State works to attract new visitors (and perhaps permanent residents), it has a running start with its efforts to attract employers. According to corporate real estate and economic development magazine Site Selection, Ohio leads the country in new corporate facility projects ...