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Editorials

The census findings are essential in these times

It turns out, the federal mechanism for determining how many people are living where — and therefore how to distribute, for example, healthcare funding — has been derailed by COVID-19. Census 2020 workers have already been told to temporarily suspend field operations and push back ...

Request an absentee ballot now to be able to vote

Voters in Ohio have a relatively short window to adjust to changes made by the General Assembly to our primary election this spring. Rather than conduct in-person voting June 2, as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine had initially hoped, the plan is to do away with in-person ...

Little things make a big difference

Of all the things most on the minds of local residents right now—food supplies, masks and ventilators, social distancing—mud probably isn’t very high on the list. But it created an obstacle on the River Trail after mild flooding earlier in the week, leaving the trail impassable in ...

Volunteer efforts are making a difference

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know we can count on one another to come through in a crisis ... even if we have to stay six feet apart to do it. Volunteers are tackling everything from keeping our children fed to sewing last-resort masks for healthcare workers. Even businesses are getting in on ...

Use common sense to stop the spread of rumors – and COVID-19

Washington County residents can no longer take comfort in believing we had avoided contact with COVID-19. We know now there is a case in Marietta. We also know that patient did exactly what she was supposed to do, and that she and her husband are now being monitored in quarantine at home. ...

Take food to go but remember to leave a tip

Restaurants in both West Virginia and Ohio have been closed, with the exception that they still are permitted to fill take-out orders. So, if you want a change from home-cooked meals, you may be in luck. If you have the means, this could be a break from raiding all that stock-up food in your ...

Now is not the time for political bickering

Should Gov. Mike DeWine have called the Ohio General Assembly into session last week to decide whether the state’s primary election should have been delayed? Of course. Should Secretary of State Frank LaRose have left it up to lawmakers to set a new date for the election? Probably. But ...

Group’s sewer fight needs to include city lawsuit

Devola Against Sewering Homes (DASH) seems to be moving full steam ahead, fundraising for legal fees to fight an EPA order to sewer Devola homes. Affected residents are being asked to contribute what they can to help DASH (a nonprofit formed by residents) pay the estimated hundreds of ...

Support for small business so crucial now

In these extraordinary times, nearly every one has faced some kind of challenge as a result of the attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. Among the hardest hit will be small business owners — especially if those small businesses are restaurants, bars, or depend on larger gatherings of ...

DeWine made right call

Though he waited until the last moment to do it, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made an important decision Monday. He recommended the delay of the state’s primary elections, which had been scheduled for today. But, because he was not able to make such an order himself, he said a lawsuit was to be ...

No more important time to trust in journalists

Local newspapers do a great deal to shine a light on that which some wish would remain in the dark, so that our readers get all the information they need about what is happening in our communities. This year’s Sunshine Week falls during the first week of school closures in West Virginia ...

Commerce on area’s rivers needs to be treated as an asset

Mid-Ohio Valley residents take for granted the incredible transportation resource that is the Ohio River. We get used to seeing the barges gliding by, and do not give a second thought to its importance to the nation’s economy. For too long, decision-makers outside our region have also been ...

Schools need to carefully weigh any decisions to close for virus

In a short amount of time, Ohio has gone from having no known cases of the coronavirus to seeing scores of large gatherings canceled, colleges and universities moving to online-only classes and even some churches stopping worship services, as the first cases emerge in the state. At the urging ...

State officials wrong to use tax money on campaign trail

This time of year, elected officials walk a fine line between public appearances required by their jobs and appearances that turn out to be campaign stops. They and their staffs know the value of every voter greeted, every bit of name recognition reinforced. In the Buckeye State, a ...

Johnson deserves your vote

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...

Plan for special needs students a good start

Last week a federal judge signed a settlement that will affect a quarter of a million special needs students in Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio has been fighting the Ohio Department of Education for nearly 30 years over low test scores and seclusion of special needs students. Now, the work must ...

Renew the operating levy for Marietta City Schools

For nearly a decade, Marietta residents have supported their school district by first approving an operating levy in 2011 and then renewing it in 2015. Because of that support, the district has received approximately $2.5 million per year purely to cover operating costs. It makes up ...

Cast wider net to hear what voters want on school issues

Marietta City Schools had its first meeting this week of a new facilities group and one of the topics discussed was tweaking the school construction plan before it goes before voters again, namely finding out what district residents want and would be willing to approve. These meetings are ...

Reading is, indeed, fundamental

Read Across America, kicked off each year by the celebration of author Dr. Seuss’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and parents to remind kids what a wonderful world awaits them if they embrace reading. For the most part, students who learn to enjoy reading when they are ...

Is peace accord good for Afghan citizens?

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as many Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...