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Editorials

Connecting community with police

This week’s National Night Out events were an important celebration of the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they protect and serve. It was a chance to help residents understand the portrayal of police and civilians as having an us-vs.-them dynamic is flat ...

County is correct to launch an investigation

Washington County Commissioners have called for an investigation into the operations of the county health board, and we’re glad to see our elected officials stepping in and taking notice of some seeming blunders by the board. In recent weeks, the health board has ousted health commissioner ...

What is the underlying cause of mass killings?

Exactly why the pathetic creatures who murdered 31 people in Dayton and El Paso committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been suggested by ...

Take full advantage of river life

For most Mid-Ohio Valley residents, the rivers beside which we grew up are simply a fact of life. They are constant, ever-present, sometimes dangerous, sometimes fun ... but always there. That makes it easy for us to forget how important they really are. Fortunately, the folks at the Ohio ...

Stop the false outrage, academia

Academia makes a good show of standing up for the oppressed, championing the rights of the most vulnerable, advocating for victims ... until it comes time to put their money where their false outrage has been. In the case of Ohio State University, there will be a lot of money to pay when the ...

States, not the feds, should have control of election systems

U.S. senators were told last month the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report submitted ...

Kudos to teens working to change their world

When 17-year-old Ahni Geogerian, of Marietta, sees classmates at school, they can often seem apathetic or unwilling to participate. Involvement in the Ohio Teen Institute recently gave the teen another view. “You can recognize there are a lot of youth in the area who are really passionate ...

All it takes is that first step toward recovery

“It will be a hard thing for the first person to walk through that door.” Valerie Betkoski understands how important it is not to give up on the County Harm Reduction Education program hosted by the First Congregational Church, and that there is no need to be discouraged because there has ...

Not jumping to militarize communities is right call

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...

Voter rolls must be kept up-to-date

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

Explore Harmar during festival

Harmar Days kicks off this morning, with businesses open, food vendors and crafters adding a little more commerce to Maple Street, entertainment, a free miniature steam train ride, and more. But the annual festival is not just about having a good time. It is a way for the Harmar neighborhood ...

Everyone could use healthy eating tips

Though not every local young person can participate in events such as the Kids Chef Camp at the Changed Plate Restaurant on Memorial Health System’s Belpre Complex, the concepts being taught are valuable for all of us hoping to learn how to make better choices about our food, be healthier ... ...

Health board concerns come to light

The ousting of Washington County’s health commissioner has brought to light some potentially troubling issues with the Washington County Board of Health. The first? Their response to a public information request last week was concerning. When The Marietta Times requested the personnel file ...

Punish Ohio pill pushers

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a pharmaceutical distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving “Keep ‘em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales ...

Tax break not really for ‘rich’

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as Buckeye State residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, ...

Be more informed, learn about candidates

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. As Kennedy noted, judicial elections in Ohio are nonpartisan contests. That is, ballots do not specify whether ...

Schools would be wise to take precautions with technology

Hackers do not much care about the size of the school district, when taking advantage of our growing dependence on technology and access. Coventry Local School District, in Akron, Ohio, has about 2,000 students in total. School was closed there entirely in May as the FBI helped guide district ...

Transparency needed in matters of county health department

Washington County’s health commissioner has been ousted from the position, a board member has resigned and no one is saying why. At a meeting of the county health board Monday, board president Bruce Kelbaugh would not elaborate on the reasons for commissioner Dick Wittberg’s removal from ...

Be smart, heed all heat alerts

Anyone hoping for a break in the hot, oppressive weather — and around here, that often also means messages on our weather apps that tell us air quality is a problem for “sensitive groups” — is going to be disappointed if they were hoping for a break. Forecasters suggest it is only going ...

School funding must be included in budget

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...