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Editorials

Levee has long been Marietta’s welcome mat

The visit last weekend by the American Duchess returned Marietta to what it has always been, a stop for sternwheelers visiting the upper Ohio River. She stopped again on Wednesday during the trip downriver. Marietta was settled where it is because of the proximity to the rivers. Boat building ...

Prison escapes should not happen

It seems common sense: Prisons are meant to discipline criminals by keeping them locked away from the rest of society. The function of a prison is to keep the inmates, well, imprisoned. But according to a recent Associated Press report, our nation’s minimum-security federal prison facilities ...

Power play won’t be tolerated

Officials in Hong Kong don’t have to dance much around whether their censorship laws are infringing upon citizens’ rights. They can crack down on criticism of Chinese Community Party rule, arrest pro-democracy activists, criminalize calls for independence and even ban films that include ...

Self examination time

Supporters of bills such as Ohio House Bill 322 and 327 are often in the same circles as those who love to wail about “cancel culture” when they believe some of the more vile parts of their “heritage” aren’t receiving the respect they deserve. It is pitiful, then, to watch them push ...

Don’t forget south, east Ohio too

Ohio residents, particularly those of us in coal country, know full well the economy is transitioning around us. What we hope for is that such a transition will not be forced in a way that sacrifices those who spent their lives — powering a nation and feeding their families — in vilified ...

Inconsiderate drivers lead to aggressive behavior

By this point in 2020, there had been 407 deaths on Ohio’s roads. This year there have been 507. So what is to blame for the horrifying increase in the number of deadly traffic crashes: OVI? distracted driving? Not exactly. “A lot of the problems we are dealing with is not only the ...