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Opinion

County Home administrator wants to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

A false claim was recently made in these pages that the County Commissioners had decided to dedicate land across from the County Home for a new storage facility. As the Administrator of the County Home, I can assure the public this is not the case. The County Commissioners and I are always ...

Easter brings message of hope and renewal

Editorials

So much of our daily lives has been thrown off balance in recent weeks that it may be easy to forget tomorrow is Easter. Tomorrow is the holiest day on the calendar, for most Christians. It is the day on which many are accustomed to celebrating with joyous church services, special family meals ...

Matamoras Minute: Dr. Duncan’s home visits

Local Columns

Continuing this week with the healthcare given to Matamoras by Dr. Harry L. Duncan we pick up with his faithfulness in home visits. These included trips which sometimes witnessed his wife, Helen, and daughter, Jo, accompanying him. The two would stay in the vehicle enjoying the outing as the ...

PRS: Providing a powerful recovery connection

Local Columns

In Ohio, a Peer Recovery Support Specialist is a certified individual who has walked the path of recovery from a substance use or mental health disorder and gets the privilege to be employed and assist others in their Recovery journey. The main goal of a PRS is to empower individuals to achieve ...

Local schools step up to meet PPE needs during pandemic

Local Columns

In time of need, the best of humanity tends to step forward. As the county, region, state, nation and the entire world face the stark reality of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the glaring needs of those in the medical field who come face-to-face with exposure daily is evident — ...

Releasing COVID-19 info to first responders is necessary

Editorials

During a public health crisis, the more facts available the better — not just to the general public, but even more so for those on the front lines in dealing with a pandemic. Washington County’s Health Department Board did the right thing this week in voting to release the names and ...

During crisis, coal industry remains vital to economy

Letters to the Editor

The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on nearly every sector of our economy and the coal industry is no different. In this most challenging time, it’s vital that this essential industry is provided the flexibility and support it needs to continue producing the fuel that ...

Send a virtual hug through good deeds

Editorials

From a small gesture to a full-fledged parade, those in the Mid-Ohio Valley have been finding ways to hold events and bring cheer in new and inventive ways. There’s the American Legion in Beverly, which decided to turn its annual Bunny Hop 5K into a virtual race rather than just canceling ...

Concerns arise as snowbirds flock to the Valley

Editorials

Warmer weather may bring a new public health hazard to the Mid-Ohio Valley — “snowbirds.” Some of them, having spent the winter in warmer climes, may be bringing more than their luggage back with them. What to do about them is a challenge public health officials should be considering, ...

Thanks to all teachers who remain dedicated

Editorials

If ever there was a group of people chasing a moving target, it is teachers who are scrambling to do their jobs during a pandemic. Our local educators are no different — and are displaying a remarkable flexibility and dedication during this unprecedented time. “We love our kids, we’re ...

Take this time to get involved & be informed

Editorials

Most public meetings in our area don’t get a lot of attendance. From county commission to city council to board of education meetings, unless there’s a rare hot-button issue to get people excited, the crowds there are anything but. And we get it. Lives are busy, schedules are hectic, not ...

Domestic violence, mental health and the coronavirus

Letters to the Editor

By now almost every living soul is aware of the coronavirus COVID-19, though behind this virus have you had time to think about the effects? I am not referring to the physical effects, but to the impact this virus has on your mental health and physical well-being. As a Service Coordinator at ...

County Home doesn’t need a storage site on property

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Home sits on a hilltop halfway between State Route 7 and State Route 26 on County House Lane, just East of the City of Marietta. The County owns 270 acres; 70 on the West side of County House Lane and 200 acres on the East side of County House Lane. Behind the Home, on ...

Water is an essential service and must be available

Editorials

It is difficult if not impossible to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes — for non-payment of utility ...

A tip from a reader on making potable water

Letters to the Editor

Hydration is the most important element next to oxygen to our survival. In today’s world we are confronted with all kinds of problems. A person might find himself without water. Having lived in the middle of Word War II there were times when it was necessary to find potable water among the ...

Help for the unemployed needs to come now

Editorials

According to the most recent report, more than 187,000 Buckeye State residents filed new unemployment compensation claims last week. Across the river, more than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes very small, that are ...

Fair board dinner was a success thanks to support

Letters to the Editor

The Washington Co. Fair Board hosted a spaghetti dinner/gun raffle Feb. 29 at the Jr. Fair Building. It was a successful evening of carnival games for the kids, live and silent auctions and amazing spaghetti prepared by Don Schafer and his group of volunteers. Everyone had a great time and the ...

The census findings are essential in these times

Editorials

It turns out, the federal mechanism for determining how many people are living where — and therefore how to distribute, for example, healthcare funding — has been derailed by COVID-19. Census 2020 workers have already been told to temporarily suspend field operations and push back ...

Request an absentee ballot now to be able to vote

Editorials

Voters in Ohio have a relatively short window to adjust to changes made by the General Assembly to our primary election this spring. Rather than conduct in-person voting June 2, as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine had initially hoped, the plan is to do away with in-person ...

Ely Chapman thankful for support from community

Letters to the Editor

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation wishes to express profound gratitude to the Marietta Community Foundation, the many generous contributors and fund sponsors for their proactive response to community needs resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Ely Chapman Education Foundation ...