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Opinion

Safe route to school

Letters to the Editor

Hart Street beside 756 Greene is a “Safe Route to School” to the city’s largest elementary school. Is it any wonder less than 10 percent of our students pre-pandemic walk or ride bicycles to school? Why? Because in most areas of the city, it is too dangerous to walk even 2-10 blocks to ...

Matamoras Minute: Water Street

Editorials

Rivers rise and shorelines change. Such an event forced Matamoras to give up one of the earliest streets used in the town. Water Street ran parallel to Front Street in the earliest days of the village. As floods raged over the years followed by the construction of locks and dams to maintain ...

Smile, you may be on camera

Editorials

When digital cameras first came out, they were huge, bulky and cost a small fortune. This is no longer the case. They are now everywhere. You likely have a camera right now in your pocket that is of higher quality than the state-of-the-art digital cameras were just a few years ago. When you ...

The O’Neill Center celebrates 35 years in the community

Editorials

Springtime is typically a time for rebirth and renewal and after the year we’ve had, I think everyone is ready for some recalibrating. As warmer weather and longer days finally start to peek around the corner, the O’Neill Center is excited to start returning to some semblance of normal. ...

Get all workers vaccinated

Editorials

As Ohio eases its restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, it is essential that those who are reconnecting with loved ones do not throw caution to the wind. The need to follow precautionary guidelines is as strong as it ever was. Gov. Mike DeWine was correct to ...

Gun laws don’t solve the problem

Letters to the Editor

It is a sad day in America when gun violence takes many lives. However, to continue to blame the implement used makes no sense. It is the fault of a person, not the weapon. Tighter gun legislation only makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to exercise their rights under the constitution. ...

Wanting our money’s worth

Editorials

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

Admit you’re wrong

Letters to the Editor

Since the November election I have contacted Representative Bill Johnson’s office numerous times asking for evidence of widespread election fraud that he and many other Republicans have complained about. Mr Johnson voted to disenfranchise millions of voters following the insurrection at the ...

Pantries stocking more than just food

Editorials

When the Marietta Community Foundation asked our region’s food pantries what they needed this winter, the answer was not just food. Other necessities were in short supply, too. “So, we wanted to make sure the pantries and their volunteers are well-stocked on PPE, toiletries, cleaning ...

Help those who haven’t gotten shots

Editorials

Ohioans are witnessing the next phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access. Monday he authorized health departments and other vaccine providers to give shots to anyone over age 16, if they are not able to fill appointment ...

Don’t let fear stop you from giving blood

Editorials

If you are feeling a little squeamish about the idea of donating blood, just remember an Avon Lake, Ohio, man has done it in all 50 states ... twice. By the way, Al Whitney is 84. “I’ve donated platelets over 975 units,” Whitney told another media outlet. “On my bucket list — I’ll ...

Release of census data a win for Ohio

Editorials

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Bring on Spring: Season brings arrival of color and warmth

Editorials

Today is the day. Spring has arrived. Regardless of what the weather is outside right now, at 5:37 this morning, the part of the Earth, north of the equator — the northern hemisphere — moved past the point in its yearly trip around the sun where it now points more toward the sun than ...

United Way reflects on previous year

Editorials

Here we are a little more than a year into this strange new world. It’s been on all of our minds the last couple of weeks — “where were we when...” “what was the last day of normalcy that...” “remember when the governor said...” “has it been a year since...?” All of the ...

Spelling bee brings moment of hope

Editorials

A little more than a week ago, 36 students from across the Mid-Ohio Valley got a chance to do something that was taken away from many of them the previous March. We had a spelling bee. A nice, (almost) normal spelling bee. It was fantastic. Last year would have been only my second shot at ...

Marital advice to newlyweds

Local Columns

Recently I asked several people, family and friends, to send me their marital advice. This advice was collected as a wedding present to my daughter who recently got married. I received many wonderful pearls of wisdom; lessons learned from first hand experience that were learned through ...

Take your children to parade

Local Columns

Tomorrow is the day of the annual Easter Parade in downtown Parkersburg. So this is your chance to get your children out of the house, away from the television and their cell phones for the afternoon. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at 13th and Market Street and goes all the way down Market ...

Faith will see us through

Local Columns

“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” reads Hebrews 11:1. I didn’t grow up in the church, but I was taught to believe in God. When I met my husband, I had been praying for God to bring someone like him into my life. Friends warned me away, ...

Students given extra time for test

Editorials

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will now have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

Marietta River Trail needs improvements

Letters to the Editor

The city of Marietta has the perfect opportunity to use some of the $9-10 million in pandemic/stimulus funding to improve pedestrian and bicyclists safety, particularly on Marietta River Trail. Early trail use during the pandemic double or tripled. The Multiuse trail provided safe access for ...