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Editorials

Consider serving as big brother, big sister

The Big Brother, Big Sister concept of helping children in a community has been around for many years.The local chapter has been operating quietly, but now organizers are looking to expand here. Washington County is covered by the Athens County chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, which ...

Drinking and driving isn’t worth the risk

The holiday season has begun and it is a good time to think about drinking and driving.In the weeks ahead, there will be parties and gatherings to attend. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other's company and ...

High cost of electric costs many

Supporters of a bill to change how electric utilities are governed in Ohio had hoped to enact the proposal quickly. A state Senate committee vote on it had been scheduled for Wednesday.But the vote was canceled that morning. In all likelihood, that meant supporters realized they did not have ...

Special AIDS quilt should remind us of dangers that still exist

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is on the campus of Marietta College this week, along with opportunities for free HIV tests and other events designed to increase awareness about HIV and AIDS.It's a subject that doesn't make headlines like it once did, so we're happy to see that those at the college are ...

Send Help takes aim at hunger

Throughout the year, but especially during cold-weather months, local families need help putting food on the table.The annual Send Help campaign, which is under way and will continue through the end of the year, takes aim at the issue of hunger by raising awareness about our local food ...

ODNR’s decision on fracking info fails to serve the public

Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials were wrong to withhold records on oil and natural gas fracking waste, a state appeals court judge ruled last week.Of course they were. The judge was right to order the records be turned over to parties in a lawsuit involving a dispute over whether ...

Spirit of giving isn’t limited to holidays

We hope that the spirit of the season - caring for everyone in our community -continues well after the calendar flips over into 2014.Sure, it's a lot of work to help our friends and neighbors. But time and again the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley have demonstrated deep passion for the plight of ...

Don’t be a target; shop safely

No matter what standard you use, let's agree that the holiday shopping season is officially under way, and that means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings as they visit area merchants.Remember that while it is supposed to be the happiest time of the ...

No excuses for dishonesty in taxation department

Anyone involved in the Ohio Department of Taxation's scheme of keeping millions of dollars that ought to have been returned to taxpayers should be fired. The arrogance and dishonesty of what happened demands it.An investigation by the state Inspector General has revealed that at least since ...

The wrong people are hurt by hike in flood insurance

Area residents living in modest riverfront homes should not have to pay for the government's miscalculation regarding people who like ocean views. Yet unless a federal law passed last year is repealed or amended, that may happen.Premiums for federal flood insurance are about to rise faster than ...

Texting penalty must fit the crime

Marietta City Council may delay a citywide ban on texting and talking on hand held cell phones while driving, as its members further discuss the appropriate penalties that would be associated with the crime.Language may be changed so that a license suspension isn't automatic but rather an ...

Shopping before Black Friday is a personal choice

Here's a thought: Don't blame the merchants who simply are in business to make a dollar for turning Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday Minus One.The vitriol that has been spewing around the Internet and elsewhere since it became clear that most major retailers in the nation were going to be ...

Be alert and safe driving for the holiday

Lots of people have holiday trips planned this Thanksgiving weekend. We hope your travels are safe from start to finish.First and foremost, don't text and drive or talk on your cell phone and drive. If there's someone else in the car, let them talk or text. If you're by yourself, pull over and ...

Can’t quit? Consider the alternatives

We're going to throw some numbers out, so wrap your mind around these, if you can - an estimated 58.5 million of U.S. adults were smokers in 2012, and of those, 41.6 million smoked every day.We offer those statistics because Thursday was the 38th-annual Great American Smokeout - a day set aside ...

Nov. 22 marks an American tragedy

Fifty years ago today, charismatic young President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The horror of a U.S. president being murdered was, by itself, enough to ensure the event would burn itself into most memories and into the history books.But the JFK story maintains its hold on many Americans ...

Active shooter drills vital for all schools

Only an hour after Warren Elementary School staff went through an active shooter drill with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Parkersburg High School went on lockdown after a student was texted a photo of a gun.The former student who sent the text was intercepted before he could ...

Ohioans hurt by health care glitch deserve fast relief

No one can say with certainty what President Barack Obama's apparent reversal concerning canceled health insurance policies means. In all likelihood, Obama and his aides don't really know themselves.Thursday's announcement by the president was purely for political reasons, meaning Obama will ...

U.S. must eliminate logjam of vets’ claims

When our nation needed them, veterans of the armed forces responded quickly and decisively. In every time of peril, they prevailed over our enemies - even if, sometimes, public opinion and diplomacy did not follow through.Contrast the veterans' record with that of our government: As of Nov. 4, ...

Get involved as a Marietta recycling center helper

We want to encourage anyone with an interest in helping the environment to consider volunteering for work at the Marietta Recycling Center on Gilman Avenue.The work isn't glamorous. It involves going through items left at the center and sorting them into plastics and other recyclables.The work ...

Ohio must find funds to fix ailing bridges

Ohioans should be able to take it for granted the highway bridges they travel are safe. Like so much of the nation's infrastructure, a substantial investment will be necessary to ensure that is so.Analysts say about 5,700 of the 44,000 highway bridges in Ohio are either structurally deficient ...