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Editorials

Tougher day care regulations good for parents

Ohioans concerned about the quality, not to mention the safety, of the day care establishments to which they entrust their children may be encouraged to learn of a new law going into effect in January. It includes tougher standards for small day care businesses operated in private homes.That ...

Offer your ideas for a new Marietta attraction

For several years, we've heard the question from readers: Why doesn't Marietta do a big holiday display like Cambridge?Now, some merchants and members of Main Street Marietta say they plan to do just that-not copying the ideas used in Cambridge but simply using the city as a model for the scope ...

Donate a coat to keep a kid warm this winter

Snow on the ground is a grim reminder that winter is here while many in our community still lack a warm winter coat.That's where you come in. Coats are being collected right now as part of our annual Coats for Kids campaign. Collection barrels are in place throughout the community - at Peoples ...

Black lung should remain in the past for miners

Black lung, known in the scientific community as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, was back in the news recently. A big law firm has been accused of intentionally withholding information that could have helped some miners collect black lung benefits.Obviously, state and federal authorities should ...

Firefighters’ pink shirts connect with people

Firefighters are known as life savers, the men and women who rescue people in trouble, and, in a lighter vein, the first responders who are known for whipping up great dishes in the firehouse kitchen.Now, Marietta's firefighters have a new claim to fame. During October they decided to wear pink ...

Battle lost in the war on drugs

If you think the good guys are winning the war on drugs, you don't have a sinus problem.The removal from the shelves of West Virginia Rite Aid stores of products with pseudoephedrine as their main ingredient is a sad and perhaps necessary step in trying to curb the runaway damage caused by ...

Website woes reinforce old views about D.C.

In a way, the train wreck that is the Obamacare website has been a godsend to the White House. It has distracted attention away from the national health care law's many other flaws.Millions of Americans now know President Barack Obama was lying when he promised that if they like the health ...

CSX fails to spread the word about 2-day detour

The CSX railroad crossing in Oak Grove was closed Wednesday and today in order for repairs to be made but everyone affected was far from informed.Closing the crossing doesn't just cause a minor inconvenience to the residents and employees of Oak Grove. There's no quick detour around the work. ...

Ohio’s high court should expedite Medicaid lawsuit

It is easy to understand why the state's attorneys are in no hurry for the Ohio Supreme Court to decide a case involving expansion of the Medicaid program - and why those who brought the lawsuit want it expedited.Earlier this month, Gov. John Kasich convinced a majority of members of the Ohio ...

You hold the power: Be sure to vote today

While the general election of 2013 doesn't have the heat and light and attention and big spending of a presidential or congressional race, it is still an important election.Voters have, in elections such as this one, the opportunity to make a real impact on the level that impacts their lives ...

Zonta continues tradition of helping

Good clothes at a good price are a given at the Zonta Club's semi-annual Unique Boutique, which finished up Saturday in the Frontier Shopping Center beside Tractor Supply.Bargains draw the public to the fundraiser. Shoppers are always looking for a good buy (prices for clothes, accessories and ...

Theme of Halloween haunt isn’t harmless

"Entertainment" these days often is in bad taste, and that is putting it mildly. Computer gamers see nothing wrong with "game" scenarios that include slaughtering innocent people. Hollywood has found movies in which even children are murdered can be box-office hits.That said, the King's ...

Give bill to put allergy medicine in schools a swift OK

For very good reasons, public schools have strict policies on administering medications to students. Most do not allow educators to give children any medicine that has not been provided by parents and authorized by them in writing.A common-sense exception to the rules should be approved in ...

Keep the city school board intact

In the last four years, the Marietta City Schools Board of Education has made great strides when it comes to longterm planning for the district, technology and security improvements and academic offerings.Not everything we would want in place is there just yet, but the board has taken ...

Harper has the edge for treasurer

In the race to be Marietta's next treasurer, both candidates bring political connections and a passion for this city to the table.The current city auditor, Valerie Holley, will retire. Democrat Willa O'Neill, 64, is challenging Republican Cathy Harper, 56, for the position. Neither has ...

Ohio’s schools working to prevent misdeeds

The overwhelming majority of public school teachers in Ohio are good men and women who are dedicated to educating children. But as with any profession, there are a few bad apples.Finding them and doing something about them - with emphasis on ensuring misdeeds do not harm children - is the ...

City Council at-large: Grimm, Mullen, Noland

Marietta City Council at-large incumbents Michael Mullen and Harley Noland have put their experience to work for the citizens of Marietta while in office.Jon Grimm, 47, Republican, running as a newcomer to city council, has a wealth of experience he can bring to council chambers.We support all ...

Wilson best choice for 2nd Ward

In the race to represent Marietta's 2nd Ward, voters have two strong choices. One brings 12 years of serving on City Council and has been involved in many significant city projects. The other is a newcomer to the city council scene but has worked as a developer in the community for years, and ...

Red Ribbon Week’s message is worth spreading

Red Ribbon Week celebrates the choice for teens to lead a drug-free life. We encourage all local teens to get on the drug-free bandwagon.As adults know, life is full of choices. Teens are just learning about the impact of making bad choices. Going drug-free is certainly a good life choice.Red ...

St. Clair building makeover good for downtown

Until recently, the St. Clair building on Putnam Street in the heart of Marietta's downtown was a bit of an eyesore and safety hazard, disappointing given its centuries-old history.Today, it's a site full of movement and promise, as construction has begun on nine upscale apartments in the ...