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Editorials

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 ...

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 ...