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Opinion

Climate change and national security

Letters to the Editor

“Within a few short centuries, we are returning to the air a significant part of the carbon that was extracted by plants and buried in the sediments during half a billion years Through his worldwide industrial civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a ...

Take steps to make essential jobs easier

Editorials

Wondering whether you should be wearing a mask when you leave your home to run essential errands such as taking a trip to the grocery store? “I do prefer they wear them,” said Kristi Merew, a cashier and manager at Warren’s IGA in Marietta. Imagine for a moment doing what she and so ...

Protect the rights and health of essential workers

Letters to the Editor

Congress has a responsibility to ensure essential workers have the protections they need, the rights they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve. We must ensure essential workers are protected as much as possible through safety standards around personal protective equipment and ...

Thank you to those preparing school meals

Editorials

As social distancing guidance and orders carry into months, rather than weeks, some of the most vulnerable among us are affected in a way most of us are fortunate not to be able to imagine. Thousands of Washington County children are hungry. They are relying on local school districts to ...

Matamoras Minute: Public schools

Local Columns

From the last several weeks of covering the doctors of Matamoras it is intersting to note how many began their life’s work as educators who then decided to go into the field of medicine. It is appropriate then that we now turn to the various public schools that were in operation throughout ...

Behavioral Health Matters: Housing updates

Local Columns

Homelessness, even in the best of times — months before COVID-19, was a significant problem in Washington County. The high cost of rental housing, prevalence of substance abuse disorder, numerous less-than-living wage jobs are all issues that significantly impact people and housing. ...

Keeping schools closed is the right call

Editorials

Buckeye State residents may have wondered, earlier this week whether Gov. Mike DeWine was backtracking on his hopes to slowly begin reopening our economy. DeWine is, indeed, eager to get the state’s economy moving again, in a measured manner. But he has cautioned there may be setbacks in ...

Save our earth

Letters to the Editor

Last year at this time I submitted a letter concerning Earth Day which was started 50 years ago under a Republican administration. As we approach Earth Day, April 22, 2020 we need to ask, what have we as a country done to reduce carbon dioxide in the last year? Nothing. The present ...

New use for old buildings a positive in Warren Township

Editorials

At the end of this school year, those in the Warren Local Schools district were going to say goodbye to Warren and Little Hocking elementary schools, which will be replaced by a new elementary building on the district’s consolidated campus. That goodbye happened a little earlier than ...

Take time on Earth Day to consider ‘new normal’

Editorials

On this 50th Earth Day, the world looks very different from what it did in 1970. In many ways, the planet is healthier — though images of dramatically reduced smog in cities where commuting and industry have been shut down or scaled back because of COVID-19 should NOT be forgotten. We have ...

Fire Chiefs Assoc. thankful for donations of supplies

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Fire Chiefs Association and the Washington County Emergency Medical Association want to thank Charlie Schilling and James Booth for their efforts in obtaining and donating necessary safety supplies (N-95 masks, surgical masks, full body protective suits, and gloves). These ...

Reopening needs to be concerted, calculated effort

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gained an enormous amount of credibility by the way he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in its early stages. The Buckeye State approach, led by the governor, has saved lives. As of Monday morning, the state had recorded 11,602 cases of COVID-19, resulting in 471 deaths. ...

Schools are still finding a way to connect, celebrate

Editorials

Last week local students and teachers found new ways to connect and celebrate, being flexible in carrying on an annual tradition that is important for so many. Rather than break just about every social distancing guideline we have been given in order to hold the annual academic excellence ...

Make your voice heard in the 2020 primary election

Editorials

Events over the past month or so (yes, it’s only been a little more than a month) show us as clearly as ever how important it is for us to elect good leaders — at all levels. It turns out elected officials in the tiniest of municipalities and school districts may have more real-time impact ...

Matamoras Minute: Dr. Timothy Clare

Local Columns

With Dr. H.L. Duncan’s retirement in 1976 Matamoras had no medical professional to serve the town. Several doctors practiced for limited amounts of time until 1985 when Dr. Timothy Clare arrived for what would become a storied career of care for the Matamoras area. Dr. Clare received his ...

Behavioral Health Matters: Coping with isolation

Local Columns

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of isolation in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Though this isolation is necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, it can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. Much research has been conducted about the effects of ...

Don’t be so quick to jump back to ‘normal’

Editorials

President Trump was right earlier this week to clarify his position and remind Americans it will be the governors of our states responsible for determining how and WHEN we begin the tricky process of loosening COVID-19 restrictions. “The governors are responsible,” he said. That is ...

Wear those masks to protect others from you

Editorials

It’s safe to say that in these hard times, we’re all grateful for our health care workers, law enforcement and other essential employees, especially those who never expected to be on the frontlines of a national emergency, like grocery store employees. So, let’s show them, in the most ...

Kudos for ingenuity that could save lives

Editorials

Washington County officials took the bull by the horns last week and retrofitted a shipping container that had been used to train firefighters to make it suitable for decontaminating N-95 masks and filters for first responders and medical personnel. “We were able to duplicate the ...