×

Editorials

Is justice really still color-blind?

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Last week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted of ...

Matamoras Minute: Methodist Church

The final church of the original three in the early 20th Century of Matamoras would be the Methodist. Like the Baptists, they had a presence in the old log school house on Mill Creek in the very early years. The first permanent settlers on the site of Matamoras were the James Riggs family in ...

Building a legacy and strengthening a community

This week we watched our nation absorb the news of atragic accident involving a celebrity. The sad reports of nine lives lost without warning. The poignant, painful reminder that no level of socioeconomic status can protect us from all misfortune. In the flurry of social media reaction ...

Next STEPP: Creating opportunities to fit students’ needs

We’ve all been taught to take things one step at a time, but at Noble Local, there’s an opportunity to take the “Next STEPP.” The Next STEPP (Skills, Training and Employment Pathways Program) — proposed, developed and implemented by Shenandoah High Intervention Specialist Justin ...

Medical marijuana database must be protected

Ohio’s medical marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...

Free tax help crucial for so many people

Hundreds of Washington County residents who normally get their taxes done for free by either Washington-Morgan Community Action or Caring Connection were likely very surprised to find out this tax season that they no longer have that option. For years, the agencies had provided a very ...

Those who pay for sex should be in database

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have heard plenty of warnings from local law enforcement that human trafficking is not a “somewhere else” problem. It is a “right here at home” problem. In fact, though many of us read words like “human trafficking” and assume it is something new and ...

Protection at ball games should be implemented

Anyone who has enjoyed a baseball game is familiar with the warnings to keep alert for objects leaving the field —fast-moving balls and bats (pieces of them), for the most part. But the truth is even the most alert among us might have a difficult time fending off a line-drive foul ball that ...

Puerto Rican governor deserves support

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. Last week, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Good for countries rejecting others’ trash

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Other city needs should be addressed with income tax increase

Let’s start with this simple statement: the Marietta Fire Department is vitally important. We support it, we support the firefighters. We want them to have the equipment they need. So does the community. We suspect that’s why an increase in city income tax was approved by voters in 2018 ...

Medicaid system needs to get its act together

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...

Cellphone use behind the wheel should be primary offense

Using a cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device, already is a crime in Ohio. But drivers can be ticketed for it only if police or deputies spot them doing something else that is illegal. Since 2013, 305 people have died in Ohio accidents caused by “distracted driving,” ...

As a nation, we still need to reflect on Dr. King’s message

Today we observe the birthday of a man who had a dream. A man who asked those he led to achieve their goals without violence ... and who was killed for it. Many get a three-day weekend because today we commemorate the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in trying to drag us all ...

Devola sewer: The public has the right to information

While this week’s meeting with the engineering firm handling the Devola sewer project was open to the media and the public, a meeting last week involving the sewering was not. Devola resident Glen Pawloski invited an attorney to speak to residents about options for them to organize and ...

Ohio needs to find new ways to grow its economy

While many analyses of our national economy have been relatively positive, folks here in the Mid-Ohio Valley still find themselves wondering when all that prosperity is going to make its way to them. Researchers at the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in ...

Something is wrong when so many kids are uninsured

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Pharmacies SHOULD take some responsibility

This week, a group of pharmacy chains asked a federal judge in Cleveland to reject claims by some Ohio counties that they bear some responsibility for the opioid epidemic that swallowed parts of Ohio — including the Mid-Ohio Valley — over the course of several years. According to a filing ...

Taking care of blight should continue to be a city priority

Marietta City Council is moving forward with purchase and demolition of another blighted property, one that’s at risk at collapsing over Goose Run and a city sewer line. We’re glad that these steps are being taken by our local leaders and that blight in the city continues to be viewed as ...

Harmar teachers thinking outside of the box

Shrinking budgets, shrinking class sizes and constant changes in the educational needs of students mean teachers have to be flexible and creative in providing the best classroom experience for our children. Harmar Elementary School’s co-teaching and open classroom approach is a fantastic ...