Opinion

Councilperson wants to set the record straight

Letters to the Editor

Today I read the paper after several supporters called me. It was exceedingly peculiar to find myself credited with an idea that was actually that of Councilor Scales at a working Planning, Zoning and Annexation meeting to discuss possibilities to address the blight problem in Marietta (meeting ...

Enjoy a safe festival weekend

Editorials

Since 1976, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival has been one of Marietta’s largest events, drawing in estimated crowds of 100,000 people each year, coming to town on the roadways and rivers. Whether it’s the food booths, the car show or the fireworks that appeal, there seems to be ...

Don’t wait for someone else to act

Editorials

When David Baker noticed that the historical marker for the Ohio Land Company was dirty, with paint peeling, he didn’t just say “Well, that’s too bad” and keep on moving. Baker, a Rotary Club of Marietta member, went to the group, assembled a team and refurbished not only that marker ...

Contents of warehouse fire still unknown, need to be public

Editorials

Last fall, Mid-Ohio Valley residents watched for a week and a half as the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue went up in flames, smoldering and sputtering fumes. No one was quite sure what was burning, let alone what had caused the fire — or whether it was ...

County fair is for all to enjoy

Editorials

We hope you’ll take time to enjoy the Washington County Fair this weekend. It’s that end-of-summer community party that offers something for everyone and it’s economical, too. Admission is just $8 per person and children 2 and under can get in for free. Tuesday is free to veterans and ...

Recovery is a beautiful thing

Local Columns

Recovery from addiction is often a scary and unimaginable future for addicted people. To contemplate living a life free of alcohol or drugs is as unimaginable as going to Mars. It seems like an unobtainable goal, though one that is often thought about, known to be the right thing to do, and ...

Why Washington pulled the plug on talks with Pyongyang

Local Columns

With the abrupt cancelation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Pyongyang, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy seems to be taking a sharp turn, a turn that some North Korea watchers see as a “truly bad sign.” Secretary Pompeo announced on Aug. 23 that ...

City needs a better plan to remove blight

Letters to the Editor

Customers of Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant already are paying at least an additional $600 annually because Washington County Commissioners have failed to connect Devola and Oak Grove septic systems as agreed in 2011. Now Marietta Councilman Cindy Oxender believes a brilliant blight ...

Closing of street no easy decision

Editorials

Butler Street between Fourth and Seventh sees about 8,000 cars per day. It’s situated between two major intersections and as such is a valubale cut-through street for local drivers. Even before the coming traffic studies are completed, those who drive in Marietta frequently know the value ...

Meyer is a football coach, not a marriage counselor

Letters to the Editor

Apparently Urban Meyer’s fault was not coming to you for advice, because you could have told him what to do. But let me point out that until quite recently the advice you would have given him would have been in direct contradiction to what the law and social norms would have allowed. The ...

Victims of sexual abuse need to be heard

Editorials

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Belpre board right in online crowdfunding consideration

Editorials

Belpre City Schools’ Board of Education is right to be considering a policy on online fundraising tools such as Go Fund Me, DonorsChoose and Kickstarter, for its employees. Guidance on use of such technology is important as those platforms are sometimes used to raise money for school ...

Grange says thanks for support of Annual Pull

Letters to the Editor

Little Muskingum Grange 2621 thanks the sponsors of their July Annual Pull. The grange, founded in 1867, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural America and agriculture. The grange has a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community ...

Extreme weather and climate change

Local Columns

We, in the Mid-Ohio Valley, have experienced a relatively moderate summer — no extended heat waves or severe storms. Such is not the case in other parts of our country and in other parts of the world. Even before our summer officially started, a serious heat wave gripped the country in the ...

Take note of measles comeback

Editorials

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Ohio State, Meyer, fail to do the right thing —again

Editorials

Add Urban Meyer and Ohio State University to the growing list of colleges and institutions that have failed to take a stand for victims. Urban Meyer lied about knowing one of his coaches had a pattern of abusive behavior. He apparently reported the claims of abuse to his superior, but kept ...

More needs to be done about dangerous dog

Letters to the Editor

There were several dog incidents from this dangerous pitbull dog, but nothing has been done with the dog — only small fines to the owner for not controlling the dog. My little dog was attacked and killed by the dangerous pitbull dog, weighing 50 pounds or so. But my little chihuahua dog ...

Take time to make the right call

Editorials

A recent proposal to combine Washington County’s Children Services and Job and Family Services agencies may have promise, but it’s not an agreement we should rush into. As the opioid epidemic rages on, there are more children who need to to be placed and higher costs to do so. Children ...

Parkersburg council right to pray before meetings

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to the members of the Parkersburg City Council for not giving in to the threats and opinions of one narrow minded person or group concerning praying before meetings. This a democracy and you have just as much right to your beliefs and prayers before the meeting as they do ...

Victims deserve justice

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...