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Opinion

Cuts hurt but DeWine is right to make them

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know the COVID-19 pandemic has meant an immediate re-evaluation of the household budget. For many families, a severe reduction in spending was required, and planning must be done for the possibility that income may not return to comfortable levels for quite some ...

Teachers, school staff appreciated

Letters to the Editor

It was once said that “Superheroes don’t always wear capes.” In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one has seized the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn new things, adapt to change and truly embrace and reach out to their students more than the heroic educators and ...

A Light in the Darkness

Letters to the Editor

As the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus hit the United States millions struggled to meet the challenges a need to isolate themselves presented. The dark night of despair and hopelessness seemed destined to overtake each and every person, even if the illness itself had not personally done ...

Public Service Recognition Week

Letters to the Editor

Federal employees provide vital services that benefit Americans every day, yet much of this important work goes unnoticed. We see them when hurricanes strike, floods destroy communities and pandemics spread worldwide. We know that they help land our planes safely and perform inspections to ...

Heroes can be found in all sectors; let’s express our gratitude

Editorials

As our community has made its way through the difficulties and pain of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been heartened to see such love for many truly essential employees, particularly health care workers and first responders such as law enforcement. There have been signs posted and free ...

State employees need more than a slap on the wrist

Editorials

Wouldn’t it be nice if government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules. Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat ...

A legacy of externalized costs

Letters to the Editor

Externalized costs are costs that are generated by one party who benefits but a third party pays for those costs directly or indirectly. The Mid-Ohio Valley is rife with examples of its residents and its lands paying the price while others reap the rewards, from forest harvest in the early ...

FDA needs to stop with the red tape

Editorials

At least federal regulators recognize the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency use of a new ...

Increasing risk without our consent

Letters to the Editor

Yet again, proposals affecting the health and well-being of everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley are being made without our input. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering a proposal that would expand a docking facility on Route 7 south of Marietta to allow potentially radioactive drilling ...

Give local to make a big impact

Editorials

For many of us, the past several weeks has been eye-opening in terms of how very fortunate we are. Daily gratitude exercises encouraged as a means of combating the depression and anxiety of adapting to our “new normal” have led quite a few folks to understand just how much they truly have. ...

Board of Elections action comforting

Editorials

Though it might have thrown some folks for a loop when election results did not immediately become available after the official closing of polls Tuesday evening, the delay is actually a good sign that those in our board of elections offices are doing things by the book. The manner in which ...

Matamoras Minute: School construction

Local Columns

The start of construction for the new school of Matamoras on Broadway was an impressive ceremony. It was Saturday, June 11, 1892 and a cadence of muffled drums sounded. In the time-honored tradition of George Washington the cornerstone was laid by the Matamoras Masonic Lodge No. 374. The ...

Resuming healthcare safely, together

Local Columns

Since early March many of us have stayed home, followed the guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We know these actions weren’t always easy, but they made a difference, and for that, we thank you. These actions have helped prevent a massive spike in cases that would have potentially ...

Strengthening a community through teamwork and partnerships

Local Columns

Strong partners build strong communities. You’ve probably heard us say those words before. We say those words often. We craft those words into hashtags. We talk about and promote collaborative relationships always... and we really, truly believe those words. We have always valued that ...

Reflections from WCBH Providers during this pandemic

Local Columns

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl (Austrian Neurologist, Psychiatrist, and Holocaust Survivor) Every week since the Pandemic ...

While we should all wear masks, it should remain our own choice

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was right to relax language on whether Ohioans will be required to wear masks when they are customers walking into businesses. Though his initial order said face coverings would be mandatory for employees and customers as we reopen our economy, DeWine quickly realized the ...

Difficult decisions are impacting every sector

Editorials

Many employers are having to make hard decisions as the battle against COVID-19 rages on. The city of Marietta is no exception. Due to the closure of or slowdown for businesses like restaurants and hotels, the city has been seeing fewer local tax dollars and reduced usage of water and sewer ...

Reopening the right way means baby steps

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a plan Monday for gradually reopening our state’s economy over the next couple of weeks. Good. Such a move is necessary even if it comes with a little risk. But it is important for every Buckeye State resident to remember successfully and SAFELY reopening our ...

Naval capt. acted on behalf of crew – he should be reinstated

Editorials

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal in the first place raises questions about what led to his removal — and whether the military did an acceptable job of protecting ...

Difficult times call for great leadership

Letters to the Editor

We all know these are difficult times for all of us due to the current health dangers. We are each facing challenges to our daily lives – which may include family, spiritual, job and financial issues. We also know that “We are Better Together”. Yet while offering no concrete ...