Opinion

Practice pool and water safety

Editorials

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good during the dog days of summer. Notice there is no mention here of diving into the river, a local creek or ...

Security imperative for fair elections

Editorials

Here we go again, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge ...

Changing the tide of elephant poaching

Editorials

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Sickeningly, ivory still can ...

Acts of kindness go a long way in our community

Editorials

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a good deed — maybe someone paid your toll on the bridge, or covered your cup of coffee at a local drive-thru? It feels nice, doesn’t it? Knowing there are people around you looking out for their neighbors ... even if the definition of neighbor ...

Be safe on the road when utility work is happening

Letters to the Editor

Summer weather means more Washington Electric Cooperative employees are out on the road getting a jump on maintenance. Every driver knows they must pull over and stop for a rescue vehicle, but did you know motorists are also required to slow down and move over for any vehicle with flashing ...

We all need to look out for the most vulnerable among us

Editorials

Law enforcement officials at all levels and across the country are to be commended for their cooperation in putting behind bars a predator from Alaska who finally was brought to justice in Morgan County. “Justice has finally caught up to (Andrew J.) Jensen thanks to a strong partnership ...

Bridging the gap of the benefits cliff in Ohio

Editorials

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20 percent of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Thanks for support of Plant and Bake Sale

Letters to the Editor

People in the Mid-Ohio Valley support each other. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta would like to thank everyone who supported our 2019 Marietta Plant and Bake Sale – those who donated, those who shopped and those who volunteered their time. Several hundred plants and ...

Looking for a career in government? Try D.C.

Letters to the Editor

Looking for better employment? Here are some openings: Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Air Force, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director (ICE), Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (FEMA), Bureau of Alcohol ...

Support for WGU is necessary

Editorials

About a year ago, a respected national university began offering Ohioans new options for higher education. They can take online courses to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields where there are excellent career opportunities. They can save money in the process. What’s not to ...

Breaking the cycle of low-level drug charges

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have heard before “we cannot arrest our way out of this,” in reference to the substance abuse epidemic. Nevertheless, there have been plenty of arrests, some of which have no doubt saved the lives of those who were able to use an arrest and conviction as a turning ...

Climate change and the changing political climate

Local Columns

By George Banzinger, Ph.D. Just as sea levels and global temperatures are rising, public opinion is rising in the direction of greater support for the idea of human-caused climate change. In 2016, 57% of Americans believed that climate change is real and that it is caused by human activity; ...

Older, and maybe wiser in MOV counties

Editorials

Data released this week shows by 2030 there will be more people over 65 than under 18 in the United States. Local readers will not be surprised to learn there are 13 Ohio counties in which that has already happened — and 11 of them are right here along the Ohio River, including Washington, ...

Marietta welcomes many notable visitors

Letters to the Editor

I totally agree with Jack Moberg, whose letter we all read on June 14, that Marietta is no stranger to visits from famous folk. Our little corner of the world is not only prominent, but loved by those who choose to drop in, stop over, or accept our invitation. To round off Mr. Moberg’s ...

Kudos to those who keep VBS going locally

Editorials

Occasionally we think back to the “good old days” and realize there was a little less “good” in it than we remember. One tradition that has stood the test of time and DOES still bring a lot of good to our kids is Vacation Bible School. Mid-Ohio Valley congregations work as hard today ...

Muskingum Valley Safetytown says thanks

Letters to the Editor

Muskingum Valley Safetytown for 2019 has been completed. More than 80 children ready to enter kindergarten in the fall participated in the nine-day program. This was the 32nd year for this program. The sponsor, Beverly Lions Club, would like to express our thanks to the following that helped ...

Dedication in Dunham Twp. well-deserved

Editorials

Dunham Township volunteer firefighter Dusty Schwendeman died 17 years ago, but his family at the fire station is still paying tribute. This Saturday, a new addition to the station will be dedicated to Schwendeman, who was killed in an accident on an icy road while responding to a fire. ...

App to help expectant moms is a good move

Editorials

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...

Civil rights watchdogs needed for Ohio jails

Editorials

What a difference a year makes. In 2017, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report found few problems at the Cuyahoga County jail. A year later, U.S. marshals termed conditions there “inhumane.” In 2018, eight inmates died at the jail. There are now FBI investigations, ...