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Editorials

Parents must weigh decision carefully

Marietta City Schools parents have some decisions to make in the coming weeks, as the Board of Education has decided on a blended re-entry plan that gives them some options. “None of this is perfect,” said Superintendent Will Hampton. “It’s the best we can do with what we know and what ...

Eliminating resource officers not the best idea

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the bad apples among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more engaged ...

Eliminating resource officers not the best idea

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the bad apples among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more engaged ...

States should foot the bill for mail-in ballot postage

Of all the irrational debates Americans could be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported earlier this month tops them all. Of course, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

Investigate everyone involved

Allegations against Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder and others should make Buckeye State residents sick to their stomachs. If true, they mean higher utility bills throughout the state will be due to bought-and-paid-for legislation. Householder, a Republican from a ...

Officials should do all they can to safeguard state prisons

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now — lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

Apprentice programs can prove quite useful

Among the more useful financial infusions to the Buckeye State amid this pandemic is the $9.4 million Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation grant to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin building a ...

Washington County embarks on suicide and overdose study

During the pandemic, there is an increased awareness of the important role mental health plays in the overall wellness of individuals and our community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has also brought about an increase in the risk of overdose and suicide. According to a recent Washington Post ...

Matamoras Minute: Business and products

Matamoras was always a center for the gathering of an important line of products that are associated with the early years. At the commission house, butter, eggs, and chickens would be gathered and then shipped to market. Because of the vast stocks from the surrounding farming country this was a ...

Drug court a positive for region

Our region’s substance abuse epidemic has not provided much in the way of reasons to celebrate, but this week, we saw at least two. Tracy Lamp and Glenna Brooker became the first two graduates of the Compass Drug Court after going through the program and being sober for more than a year. ...

Teaching kids to care about the world we all live in

It is never too early to start thinking about ways to do better for our environment. In Williamstown, officials found a way to rope in local elementary students in lending support to pollinators. In fact, Williamstown Bee City USA had the aid of 16 children this summer, who planted their own ...

Keep it up with the charitable endeavors

Local residents know what a struggle the past few months has been economically. For far too many, the financial uncertainty has just been more of the kind of challenges they have been enduring for quite some time. It is up to those who are able to do what is right during such times and lend a ...

Leaders using virus as political game are misleading

Using the kind of logic in which an 8-year-old could spot the flaw, Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale, R-85th, is urging his constituents to stop wearing masks, and to stop getting tested for COVID-19. “This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It is giving the ...

Partygoers should contact health deptartment

Among the possible reasons for the significant increase in the number of those seeking COVID-19 testing in our region is the revelation that attendants at a three-day get-together near Belpre — approximately 45 people — were exposed to someone who later tested positive for the virus. Of ...

Duo’s theft from shelter needs harsh punishment

It takes a special kind of scum to steal money meant to help others. Yet if the allegations against Crystal Chrisman, 52, and Jaime Cardinal, 44, are true, that is exactly what the pair did, in cooking the books so that thousands upon thousands of dollars intended for use by a domestic violence ...

Check on elderly neighbors, friends

When we have a heat wave, it’s always important to check on those who might be at at risk: the elderly, those without air conditioning, those with health conditions. The same is true now, as the Mid-Ohio Valley continues its streak of 90-plus degree days. However, we want to remind people ...

Parents, be vigilant when it comes to technology

Most Mid-Ohio Valley parents try their best to keep an eye on their children’s online activities. But since the beginning of time, children have found ways to act just outside their parents’ awareness. Rapidly changing technology makes that easier — and much more dangerous. This week, ...

Suicide rates on the rise sharply in Ohio

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Keep an eye on Iran

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Schools are correct to take cautious approach to reopening

At board of education meetings this month, our local school districts have been busy making plans for the upcoming school year. The problem, of course, is that nobody knows yet what we will be experiencing with the pandemic when that time rolls around. We think the way our administrators and ...