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Editorials

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 While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...

School board should make all avenues of communication available

Monday’s special meeting of the Marietta City Schools Board of Education packed a surprise for many in attendance. District officials encouraged high attendance by moving the special meeting—on school consolidation plans—to the high school auditorium. They then didn’t allow for any ...

Going overboard on charter school issue

Perhaps Ohio lawmakers ought to display a “moderation in everything” plaque at the Statehouse, at least when they are debating charter schools. They seem prone to going overboard on some aspects of the issue. One might have thought the fiasco involving lack of oversight of online charter ...

Protect yourself from the flu

As news reports last week indicated Ohio has at least two confirmed cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, most health officials urged calm — and suggested the virus that has so far killed approximately 170 people is not the killer that should have our attention. According to the Centers ...

Is justice really still color-blind?

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Last week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted of ...

Matamoras Minute: Methodist Church

The final church of the original three in the early 20th Century of Matamoras would be the Methodist. Like the Baptists, they had a presence in the old log school house on Mill Creek in the very early years. The first permanent settlers on the site of Matamoras were the James Riggs family in ...

Building a legacy and strengthening a community

This week we watched our nation absorb the news of atragic accident involving a celebrity. The sad reports of nine lives lost without warning. The poignant, painful reminder that no level of socioeconomic status can protect us from all misfortune. In the flurry of social media reaction ...

Next STEPP: Creating opportunities to fit students’ needs

We’ve all been taught to take things one step at a time, but at Noble Local, there’s an opportunity to take the “Next STEPP.” The Next STEPP (Skills, Training and Employment Pathways Program) — proposed, developed and implemented by Shenandoah High Intervention Specialist Justin ...

Medical marijuana database must be protected

Ohio’s medical marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...

Free tax help crucial for so many people

Hundreds of Washington County residents who normally get their taxes done for free by either Washington-Morgan Community Action or Caring Connection were likely very surprised to find out this tax season that they no longer have that option. For years, the agencies had provided a very ...

Those who pay for sex should be in database

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have heard plenty of warnings from local law enforcement that human trafficking is not a “somewhere else” problem. It is a “right here at home” problem. In fact, though many of us read words like “human trafficking” and assume it is something new and ...

Protection at ball games should be implemented

Anyone who has enjoyed a baseball game is familiar with the warnings to keep alert for objects leaving the field —fast-moving balls and bats (pieces of them), for the most part. But the truth is even the most alert among us might have a difficult time fending off a line-drive foul ball that ...

Puerto Rican governor deserves support

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. Last week, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Good for countries rejecting others’ trash

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Other city needs should be addressed with income tax increase

Let’s start with this simple statement: the Marietta Fire Department is vitally important. We support it, we support the firefighters. We want them to have the equipment they need. So does the community. We suspect that’s why an increase in city income tax was approved by voters in 2018 ...

Medicaid system needs to get its act together

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...