Opinion

New district map must be bipartisan

Editorials

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Officials must be sincere in plan to end medical backlog

Editorials

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw the previous administration under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans ...

Students learning unacceptable behavior

Editorials

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the degree to which too ...

State grants for body armor should be pursued

Editorials

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Phone issues need to be dealt with — ASAP

Editorials

Peoples Bank Theatre sent out a mass email Tuesday to let people know they weren’t able to receive most phone calls. Included was an image of a little boy holding a can with a string attached to his ear. Unfortunately, it pretty accurately depicts what much of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been ...

Take advantage of health screenings

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have the opportunity to attend several health fairs and expos throughout the region each year. These are important activities not only for the sake of those seeking new ideas for exercise classes or healthy eating, but also those who might not otherwise learn about ...

Education funding last on state’s agenda

Letters to the Editor

Voters, please pay attention. The Ohio House Leadership is throwing away your child’s future. Whether you have a child, a grandchild or simply care about the public schools; Ohio is once again putting education last on the agenda. As reported in the April 24 article in the Marietta Times, ...

Hold agency accountable before giving more money

Editorials

It is no secret our region’s population is aging, and that more families are having to make difficult decisions about the best place for older relatives to live. That decision is made no easier by the knowledge that Ohio is far behind federal guidelines when it comes to inspections of nursing ...

Government works when both sides come together

Editorials

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

Voters know there’s no such thing as ‘free’

Editorials

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Small biz incentives need to also include larger employers

Editorials

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in the Buckeye State — more than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give credit to ...

Give fair funding formula a shot to help our schools

Editorials

According to Ohio legislators, the proposed Fair School Funding Formula to revamp the state’s school funding system won’t be included in the two-year budget to be passed in June. Like many of our local educators, we’re disappointed. This seemed like the first plan to receive widespread ...

Thanks Lowell community for help with egg hunt

Letters to the Editor

Lowell Masonic Lodge 436 held its 23rd Annual Easter Community Egg Hunt and would like to thank our Lowell area business and community donors for making this a very successful egg hunt for area children. So, a big “thank you” to the following: St. Johns Evangelical Church, Beardsley ...

Teens won’t agree but permit bill is a good idea

Editorials

It has been said that really good moms and dads work hard to be excellent parents — not their children’s best friends. In other words, they do what is best for the youngsters, even if that does not please them. Those who make our laws should adopt the same approach. A bill pending in ...

Too often we are turning a blind eye

Editorials

When California sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of David and Louise Turpin last year, they found what some have described as “a house of horrors.” First, the deputies had to unshackle the Turpins’ 22-year-old son from the bed to which he had been chained. Then, they had to get ...

Handwriting still a useful skill to learn

Editorials

Newport Elementary School students Katelyn Morris, kindergarten; Anna Bowersock, fifth grade; and Kaylynn Lauer, sixth grade, have earned high honors for excellence in a skill many young people have dismissed as unnecessary. But as the three received this year’s awards from Zaner-Bloser, ...

Funding must keep up with evolving drug plague

Editorials

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

North Korea playing dangerous games

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clearly has no intention of reassuring the rest of the world he is ready to dismantle his arsenal, given his recent publicizing of test-firing a new type of rocket. It is a tactical weapon, not a long-range missile capable of use against distant foes. ...

Complaint against prosecutor more than justified

Editorials

On Tuesday, 12 Washington County attorneys stepped forward and filed a complaint against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, who was convicted of coercion on Friday in a case involving a sexual relationship with a woman who was both the defendant in a drug case and victim in a kidnapping ...

DNA testing so crucial in solving crimes

Editorials

Officially, the crime that took place behind a house in Martins Ferry, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1997, may have been listed as a “cold case.” The victim likely did not view it that way for more than two decades. She was 5 years old when she was raped. The harm her assailant caused is virtually ...