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Editorials

Drivers are ultimately in charge of their own safety

Last year, Ohio saw a dip in the number of traffic deaths. But the improvement was short-lived. The number of traffic deaths so far this year is approximately 20 more than at this time last year, at 880, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. While the Ohio Department of Transportation ...

New pantry location raises some concerns

Upon hearing the news of Marietta’s food pantry being relocated, many people might have had the same reaction to the location: Wow, that’s really out there. The new site in the Broughton complex on Ohio 821 isn’t that far if you have a reliable automobile. But for those who rely on the ...

Nobel winners’ research is relevant to Appalachia

Conventional wisdom — and even common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were ...

Tragic death should serve as teachable moment

“If there’s anybody that understands teenagers making mistakes, it’s my mom and me,” John Schafer said last week. “If it was truly just some kids that didn’t know any better or were just being stupid kids, and not anything more than that, I think my mom would understand.” But ...

Appalachia really is the backbone of the nation

Oh, Ms. Cummings, misguided, misinformed, missed mark Cummings. Do you mind if we throw an apple at ya? We do have some incredible ones here, you know — hidden between our hills and hollers. We have delightful agriculture that East Coast transplants salivate over when deprived of our ...

Voters should pass MCS levy

Marietta residents have an important decision to make Nov. 5, when they are asked to approve a Marietta City Schools levy proposal that would build a three-school complex on 49 acres of land adjacent to Washington State Community College. That project would replace six schools - the youngest ...

Gun proposal should get thorough discussion

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a gunman ...

Suicide prevention measures should be implemented

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. Do we really need that? Judge for yourself: Suicide is ...

Officers a valuable resource in today’s schools

It takes a special kind of person to be a law enforcement officer ... but an even most of those people are not equipped to be school resource officers. As Warren Middle School’s first full-time resource officer, Deputy Brad Holbert is finding out he has what it takes. “I thought the ...

‘Blockers’ should not resort to intimidation of petitioners

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

Be vigilant in discussing vaping with teenagers

As if educators don’t have enough to worry about, now they must constantly be on the lookout for vaping devices in our local schools. Marietta school administrators say vaping has become a major problem on both the high school and middle school campuses and the devices are easy to hide and ...

Abortion numbers show issue not black-and-white

Ohio Department of Health officials announced this week the number of induced abortions in the state remains on a downward trajectory. There was a 2 percent decrease in the number of abortions reported last year, compared with 2017. In fact, that downward trend has been in place since ...

Waiver will help many who want to break the cycle of addiction

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping our state deal with the crushing substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder ...

Flu is serious business; get your shot

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes” or “vaping,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. During the 2017-18 season, nearly 15 percent of ...

Plea deal punishment does not fit the crime

An adjustment of the standard procedure on plea agreements may be in order, after a man who has a long history of criminal activity — operating a vehicle after underage alcohol consumption, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, theft and now aggravated vehicular homicide — will spend only ...

Let road work be done and be patient

“It needs to be done, so we’ll just try to make it work.” Washington County Career Center Superintendent Dennis Blatt has precisely the right attitude when it comes to those who will have to deal with full and partial road closures during a 90-day waterline replacement project on Harmar ...

Be an informed voter, attend levy meetings

One thing every Marietta resident seems to have in common when it comes to the Marietta City Schools bond issue is that we all have plenty of questions. Whether we want to know more about how the one-campus system will work, how increased traffic will affect the neighborhood or what will become ...

Career Center a shining star

Amid state report card results that left much to be desired for most of Washington County’s school districts, there was one very bright spot. Washington County Career Center scored three As and one B, for an overall score of an A — tying for top in the state with two other schools. ...

Enjoy all that the Barlow Fair has to offer

Since 1872, Washington County (and beyond) residents have gathered each fall for the Barlow Fair, an event that shines a light on so much that has built and remains an important part of our communities. It is still the largest such independent event in the state, and the secret to its longevity ...

Use caution in drug decisions

Critics of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes warn that doing so can result in an onslaught of requests for prescriptions from people who want the drug solely for recreational purposes. Good for the Ohio Medical Board for rejecting one potential avenue of such attempts at ...