Editorials

Too often we are turning a blind eye

When California sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of David and Louise Turpin last year, they found what some have described as “a house of horrors.” First, the deputies had to unshackle the Turpins’ 22-year-old son from the bed to which he had been chained. Then, they had to get ...

Handwriting still a useful skill to learn

Newport Elementary School students Katelyn Morris, kindergarten; Anna Bowersock, fifth grade; and Kaylynn Lauer, sixth grade, have earned high honors for excellence in a skill many young people have dismissed as unnecessary. But as the three received this year’s awards from Zaner-Bloser, ...

Funding must keep up with evolving drug plague

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

North Korea playing dangerous games

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clearly has no intention of reassuring the rest of the world he is ready to dismantle his arsenal, given his recent publicizing of test-firing a new type of rocket. It is a tactical weapon, not a long-range missile capable of use against distant foes. ...

Complaint against prosecutor more than justified

On Tuesday, 12 Washington County attorneys stepped forward and filed a complaint against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, who was convicted of coercion on Friday in a case involving a sexual relationship with a woman who was both the defendant in a drug case and victim in a kidnapping ...

DNA testing so crucial in solving crimes

Officially, the crime that took place behind a house in Martins Ferry, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1997, may have been listed as a “cold case.” The victim likely did not view it that way for more than two decades. She was 5 years old when she was raped. The harm her assailant caused is virtually ...

Cutting the fat will help state move forward

Ohio lawmakers have a tough job on their hands, as Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget proposals exceed mandatory spending growth limits and must be cut. Budget advisers are also expecting revenue collection to be lower than DeWine anticipated. There are a lot of good, necessary spending projects in ...

Spying on Trump campaign is concerning

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress last week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Be patient on pothole patching projects

And so, the annual war on all those potholes that appeared over the winter months begins. Be patient, folks. This is not an easy or fast process. According to Assistant Street Superintendent and Construction Foreman Chris Hess, the system in place for finding areas in need of repair has ...

Rings should step down regardless of trial outcome

Wednesday was the third day of a trial for Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, who is accused of using his position to prey on vulnerable women and charged with coercion and sexual imposition. The trial is still going, there is no verdict yet, but when it comes to whether Rings should ...

Cohen keeps playing political games

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Be cautious of roadway workers

Those orange cones and signs warning of a lane change or slowdown may seem like an annoyance to you, but to the men and women working on our roadways, they may be the difference between life and death. Even with those warnings, last year there were 14 people killed in work zones in Ohio, 961 ...

Time to inform the public about OSU doctor case

It is easy to understand why The Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Ohio State President Michael Drake says the school will release the ...

Savings on license plates should be passed on to taxpayers

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on both the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to ...

Responders deserve thanks, honors

Our communities are fortunate to have so many dedicated first responders keeping us safe. Each year brings an opportunity to thank a few of those men and women, at the annual award luncheon presented by the Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce and the Sons of the American ...

Thanks to teachers who care beyond academics

Most in the working world are familiar with the idea that what is happening at home — what you experienced the night before, a tough problem that has been on your mind — can affect your performance at work in the morning. Kids do not have it any easier; and in fact, far too many Mid-Ohio ...

Proposal would offer fair education funding for all

While there are still details to work out and legislative approval to be had, it seems for the first time in decades that there may be hope in Ohio of ending the unconstitutional school funding system. We’ve seen educators and residents alike frustrated by the formula, through different ...

April is Month of the Young Child in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. The proclamation coincides with the national designation of April ...

Always look for light in the darkness

Families struggling with the illness of a loved one can experience a range of emotions. Among them, in the case of the McIntyre family in Williamstown, was determination and a desire to help others. When Mike McIntyre needed a port in his upper chest for delivery of chemotherapy to try to ...

The need to help others never really goes away

Ten years ago, as it became clear a national recession had the Mid-Ohio Valley in its grip, too, AEP began its Neighbor to Neighbor program, with the help of The Caring Connection in Washington County, to give those who still had a little wiggle room an opportunity to help those who were simply ...