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Editorials

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 ...

Officials need to look more carefully at shooter drills

Though the chances of our local students finding themselves in an active shooter/violent intruder situation at school are remote, local officials are wise to organize drills that help them prepare for the possibility. In fact, psychologists say such preparation can help ease the anxiety of ...

Educate yourself on COVID-19

A key indicator of confidence in the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange, dropped by more than 1,000 points at the beginning of the week — primarily because of fear about a cousin of the common cold. COVID-19, the name public health officials have given ...

It will take a community to support Harmar area

The west side of Marietta has taken some hard blows in recent days. First, came news that the Historic Harmar Bridge would be closed, possibly permanently, and at best for a very long time until funds can be raised to repair it. Then, on Monday, the Marietta City Schools Board of Education ...

Victims need to be protected at all costs

Victims of domestic abuse who are seeking an escape from their situation do not have an easy choice. Fleeing might mean the loss of shelter and financial security — perhaps even the loss of a job, which could prompt the courts to award custody of children to someone else. For some victims, a ...

Referendum on referees is needed legislation

It may come as a bit of a surprise that such legislation is not already on the books, but Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would make assaulting referees while they do their jobs a crime. It is a change long overdue. The House Criminal Justice Committee is discussing the bill at ...

Don’t let bureaucracy stand in the way of needed treatment

The devil is in the details, as they say; and in the case of the effort to offer drug treatment and recovery resources in Marietta, those devilish details are creating quite the mess. While an across the board not-in-my-backyard attitude about drug treatment facilities is patently ...

Congrats to FFA on continued successes

As our region’s economy evolves, it may be tempting to believe organizations such as the FFA are outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jim and Sandy Wagner of Vincent demonstrate FFA has been so important to their family that it has become a tradition carried on by ...

Parking guidelines necessary downtown

Some parking enforcement changes being considered by Marietta City Council are getting some negative reaction from residents, but we would remind them to consider all angles on the issue. Council is considering a return to chalking tires to mark how long vehicles have been in parking spots ...

Belpre on the right track for producing well-rounded students

Last week, a woman in Jackson Township, Ohio, was arrested for disrupting public service after she called 911 multiple times ... to complain that her parents had cut off her cell phone service. She is 36. Meanwhile, politicians who want us to believe they are capable of being the leader of this ...

School report cards are necessary

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...

Caucus results a cautionary tale of tech

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

Love your heart this February

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and while there may be plenty of paper cut-out hearts floating around, the holiday presents a fantastic opportunity to think about whether we are doing all we can to improve the health of our own hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause — approximately 1 in 4 ...

Community quick to help needy; it needs to continue

Marietta and surrounding communities are fortunate to be filled with generous people who will not just dig into their pockets, but also do the work necessary to help those in need. An example last week is just one of many. “When (a story in The Marietta Times) first came out, I read it ...

Officials must keep working for our aging population

For the first time in nearly 200 years, our community will have more residents over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, if Flite Friemann’s 2020 Census projections are correct. Approximately 30 percent of those over age 65 and over are classified as low-income, according to Washington ...

Ohio’s fireworks ban needs to remain

Why is it that some laws intended to protect the public result in accusations that legislators who refuse to repeal them are being spoilsports? Ohio’s ban on many types of “consumer fireworks” is an example. While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...