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Editorials

Drop absurd attack on Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would likely agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring he be removed from office? The answer is a simple no. Three members ...

Be smart about live shows

Ohio is taking more steps toward returning to a new normal as Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a plan for reopening performance venues. Concerts, plays, musicals and other stage performances will be an entertainment option again, with some modifications. We should be used to that by now. ...

School is finally starting back — be careful

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

Voting by mail should be free

Critics of widespread voting by mail really do have some legitimate concerns. But this year, COVID-19 has made them largely academic. Tens of millions of Americans are likely to cast ballots that way. The challenge now is to make the system as efficient and honest as we can. Ohio Secretary of ...

What you have to give is enough

For some families in the Belpre City Schools system one financial worry hanging over their heads may seem small to some, but was very important. It was the amount still owed for outstanding meal bills while their children were in school last year. Thank goodness the Belpre community is filled ...

Development a plus for community

Prep work is beginning at the Buckeye Fields site in Washington County, which is slated to become a 64-home development for local seniors. We think this is a great project for our community and commend those who have helped make it happen. There is not enough safe, affordable housing for ...

USPS must use taxpayer funds wisely

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused ...

Make this school year great and ask those questions now

Wednesday marks the start of the period during which Marietta City Schools students are expected to begin using their iPads and laptops to log in to their Google classroom accounts, work on some online homework with their parents or guardians, and generally become familiar with the devices and ...

Transparency needed in awarding CDBG monies

Citizens rely on consistency, transparency and clarity in their dealings with government. For the most part, their exposure to the kind of bureaucratic hoop-jumping to which politicians and other officials have become accustomed is minimal. If government is to serve the people — and, to be ...

Kudos to those who sealed the deal on benefits for unemployed

Good for Ohio officials — Gov. Mike DeWine likely deserves much of the credit — for working out a deal on federal unemployment benefits, announced this week. After Congress was unable to renew COVID-19-related benefits for those off work due to the pandemic, the president said he would ...

Teachers must have firearms training

Ohio Supreme Court justices have agreed to hear a case with enormous ramifications for public schools throughout the state. It involves how much training school personnel must receive before they can be authorized to carry firearms while at work. Justices will hear a case from Butler County. ...

Still no warehouse registries in the Valley

Last week, Americans watched in horror as video out of Lebanon showed a terrifying explosion in Beirut, which led to the deaths of more than 130 people and thousands injured. What kind of new weapon are terrorists using now? What could inflict that kind of devastation? By the end of the week ...

Political donations must be revealed

Americans’ right to donate money in support of political candidates and/or causes must never, ever be curbed. That is not to say the public affected by those candidates or causes should be kept in the dark about their supporters. A scandal involving former Ohio House of Representatives ...

Businesses need to take care of their employees

Small businesses are not always able to invest in their employees the way they would like. There aren’t many Google Campus-esque perks available to Mid-Ohio Valley employees because we aren’t dealing with trillion-dollar companies here. That’s OK, though. We take care of each other, ...

Kids will model their parents if they adhere to mask rules

Given the resistance some folks still feel toward doing the right thing and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it would be easy for local school districts to worry about pressure from parents on the matter, as children of all ages are to wear masks during in-person school this ...

Volunteer experience looks great on a resume

For some skill sets, there is no better education than learning on the job. But while local young people navigate this very different academic year, one of their worries might well be the loss of paid job experience that would have fit nicely onto a resume. Plenty of local organizations have ...

Common sense called for in plan for sports

Unless something changes dramatically in Ohio over the next few weeks, those hoping to be able to view sports live and in-person from the stands this fall are likely to be disappointed. Over the weekend, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed an order prohibiting spectators at contact sports ...

Don’t shut press out of GOP event

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire whoever came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to their opponents. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later this month ...

Federal funds needed to support hydropower

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, though hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ...

The 2020 Census is still waiting. Fill it out.

Had a lot on your mind lately? You’re not alone. The past several months have been difficult for most Mid-Ohio Valley residents as a deadly virus and our response to it has changed the way we interact with each other — and has placed many of us into a state of financial struggle. It makes ...