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Editorials

Grateful for our veterans

Today we honor those who have served this great country as members of our armed forces. We honor men and women who are veterans of all wars and military conflicts — even if the observance began as an honor for those who had served in World War I, celebrated as Armistice Day. Generations of ...

Ride rules a good start; more could be done

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for Buckeye State residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the ...

District should put levy back on ballot

The Marietta City Schools bond levy that would have paid the local share of a one-campus construction failed before voters Tuesday but we hope the district gives it another shot. Voters who said “no” had myriad reasons—and many were valid. They may be on a budget with zero wiggle room, ...

Autonomous vehicles on rural roads

Ever watch a commercial for a vehicle with lots of semi-autonomous features (cameras and lasers to detect lane lines, automatic braking ... that kind of thing), and think to yourself, “Well, that’s great in a city, but how would those cars work out here?” It seems as though any system ...

Be alert to early-rising wildlife on the roads

Most Ohio voters (in fact, we hope ALL registered voters who have not already cast ballots) will head to their polling places today. Many will do so before or after work — maybe not quite dawn for those early risers, but certainly dusk and thereafter for plenty of people. We all know who ...

State’s rape technicality is wrong

Rape is a heinous crime, period. But in some circumstances, it is legal in Ohio. No, you did not misread that. Though state law makes raping a spouse a crime, there is a loophole: According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, the law “prevents rape charges from being filed when a spouse ...

Have plan in place for NCAA change

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

All votes matter; exercise your right

With no presidential race, no county commissioner or sheriff race and no county-wide issues on the ballot in Washington County, early voter turnout for next week’s election has been a little low. It’s understandable but we would still encourage every county resident to exercise their ...

Take an opportunity to thank local heroes

Monday was National First Responders Day — a day to recognize the men and women who sacrifice constantly so that the rest of us might feel safe and protected. Law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics deserve far more than a day’s nod to what they do for us. They are heroes in ...

Later school start is worth consideration

When State Senator Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed legislation that would mean a later start to the school day for Buckeye State students, the reaction was mixed. But even if the idea may have been inspired by similar legislation in California, it should not be dismissed entirely. It ...

Executive orders come rightly with scrutiny

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. But President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact his use of ...

Teen driver simulation serves as a valuable teaching tool

“I can do this,” says the person, before he staggers sideways ... “Oh, my God, I can’t do this. I can’t even see the line.” That could be the audio from any field sobriety test, right? Fortunately, it was 16-year-old Marietta High School student Josh Martin, during an impaired ...

Take safety precautions around trick or treaters

Trick or treaters in Marietta and many surrounding communities will be hitting the streets this weekend. Let’s all do our best to make sure the Halloween tradition is fun, not tragic. Most trick-or-treating safety guidelines are simply common sense, but sometimes we can get caught up in the ...

Cleanup of voters rolls ultimately a good thing

When Ohio experimented this year with releasing ahead of time the hundreds of thousands of names it intended to purge from voter rolls before the November election, organizations such as the League of Women Voters and other volunteer groups were asked, essentially, to double check the state’s ...

An effort should be made to encourage reading at home

Ohio education officials are looking forward to a $42 million federal grant, which will be spread over five years, to improve child literacy. It is an important effort, as literacy is the foundation for the rest of an education. According to the state department of education, the money will ...

Opioid crisis costs communities much more

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. But an estimate released a few days ago, of the epidemic’s cost in dollars, also provides a window into human ...

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 ...