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Opinion

Unemployment continue to be a problem

Editorials

As another wave of federal stimulus rolls in, checks in personal bank accounts are not the only benefit. State unemployment systems got a much-needed boost, too. In fact, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says many of the state’s unemployment claimants will soon see the $300 ...

Giving into unfounded fears

Editorials

Officials working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most have run into an unfathomable problem. Health care workers are buying into the nonsense that the vaccine might not be safe, and are refusing the shot. Not all of them are so bull-headed, of course. Many are doing the right ...

Alice Chapman’s legacy

Letters to the Editor

It was startling to read the news of Alice Chapman’s very recent passing. Mrs. Chapman – or Mrs. C, as she preferred the children to call her – was a significant part of the daily lives of generations of children through the Ely Chapman Foundation. My daughter spend evenings there after ...

A new beginning

Letters to the Editor

I rarely make New Year resolutions, but this year I feel the need to do so. 2020 has been hell on wheels for most of us, and indeed, those of us who are blessed with empathy feel more deeply the suffering of all living things. Sometimes it’s too much and we have to turn away and go within to ...

Never too late to better yourself

Editorials

It is never too late to earn your high school diploma, learn a new skill or change careers. And local residents don’t have to try to do any of those things alone, though it does take a little initiative to get the ball rolling. The folks at the Washington County Career Center, or the Aspire ...

Christmas is out of sight

Letters to the Editor

Yes, Christmas is over in Marietta and the harsh, cold reality of another winter in the Ohio Valley is upon us. The lucky ones among us are off to warmer places to escape the cold or at least retreat to warm homes with cable tv and hot beverages at the ready. What do the homeless do? ...

Pentagon gives mixed signals

Editorials

Last week, the U.S. sent an Air Force B-52 bomber to the Persian Gulf in a show of force intended as a warning to Iran against carrying out attacks on U.S. forces or interests. A day later, however, acting secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced the Pentagon has decided to send home ...

Body cam footage is nauseating

Editorials

In the wake of Andre Hill’s death last month, initial calls were for ensuring law enforcement officers’ awareness of and compliance with policies designed to keep them and those they encounter safe. That was the right place to start. But now it seems there was something else missing the ...

Check on LETF

Editorials

Most Ohio residents are likely unfamiliar with Law Enforcement Trust Fund accounts, but they probably are well aware of the police forfeiture raids and other seizures from which some of the cash for those accounts flow. More than a year ago, Eye on Ohio, part of the nonprofit, nonpartisan ...

Throw out partisan politics to help people

Editorials

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 fell on political ears—much worse than merely deaf ones—in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists believe the ...

Matamoras Minute: Mail Delivery

Local Columns

We can all appreciate the delivery of mail and the hours necessary to complete the job of dispensing piles of envelopes and packages. But winter has to be the worst season of all in this profession. And complicate that with the conditions in bygone days. In a roaring winter storm, carrying mail ...

High hopes for 2021

Editorials

What high hopes we have for 2021. After the year we have endured, it seems as though there is no where to go but up, for many people. We can only achieve progress, however, if we have learned the lessons of the past year. We can only round the corner on COVID-19 if we do what we must to stop ...

I sing this song for my grandfather

Local Columns

My heart is filled with anger. It’s as though every moment I am battered from another side, beaten with another blow. My chest feels like a tire is crushing it, my ribs are squeezed in a titan grip. “That’s why they call it heartbreak,” said my mom as we curled up side-by-side. On ...

Shooting of DNR officer should be punished

Editorials

While most Ohioans are well aware of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in police and sheriff’s departments, we don’t often consider the peril for those who work for other agencies. State agents who enforce hunting laws often have to confront suspects who are carrying guns. Very ...

Muskingum judge shows poor judgment

Editorials

Muskingum County Court Judge Mark Fleegle might want to take another look at his own judgment, after Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was forced to remove him from two cases because of his careless attitude toward coronavirus prevention measures. One would be hard pressed to ...

Embrace Christmas spirit all year long

Local Columns

After the presents have been opened and the festivities of Christmas day are over, most of us pack away our Christmas spirit with the decorations. Our Christmas spirit- you know, that extra cheery, smile and be nice to everyone vibe that we embrace in the holiday season. It’s time to tuck it ...

Matamoras Minute: Winter of 1912

Local Columns

Continuing with the winter activity of the early years, note should be made of the welcomed cold temperatures in order for ice to form. This was true because it would be packed in sawdust for use in the summer since electricity for refrigeration was not widespread. This lack of electricity ...

VA pick must restore trust

Editorials

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. Local residents are familiar of course with headline-making issues such as the former ...

May Christmas inspire hope

Editorials

“Joyful and triumphant” may feel a little more like “content and surviving” for many Mid-Ohio Valley residents on this Christmas Day, but given the year we as a valley, and nation, have experienced, that is enough. Together we have, for nearly 9 months, learned how to be a community ...

Plenty of blame for post office

Editorials

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for the mess with which the U.S. Postal Service is now dealing. Of course, the culprit being blamed by USPS ...