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Opinion

FEMA is lucky ricin exposure uneventful

Editorials

Hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were placed at great risk by an error made by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, it has been revealed. While training at a FEMA facility in Alabama, scores of Ohioans were among about 9,600 people exposed to high-toxicity ricin during ...

Law about cocaine too lenient on drug dealers

Editorials

Criminal law for some serious offenses is based on intent. For example, someone who causes a vehicle accident in which another person dies might be charged with negligent homicide. But if prosecutors learn the driver intended to cause a crash, the charge probably would be upgraded to ...

Start the new year with a new HSOV pet

Editorials

Just like we may feel we’re bursting at the seams after all our holiday meals and cookies, so is the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. It’s at capacity for both cats and dogs, meaning it’s a great time  to adopt for those who are able. Many people may not know the joy a pet can bring ...

Be prepared for what’s to come with Trump

Letters to the Editor

In regard to the recent election fiasco, it was proven that anything is possible in this once great country. Even a pathetic, pitiful, stark raving misfit can get elected president. I give the sternest of warnings to all U.S. citizens. Be prepared for anything and I do mean anything! All ...

Prepare now for winter’s dangers

Editorials

Don’t let recent warm weather fool you. Winter officially began last week and winter weather is ahead. Drivers didn’t have to worry too much last year about snow and ice but it is only a matter of time before residents will face ice and snow covered roads. The Ohio State Highway Patrol ...

Ethics must be a priority for both GOP, Dems

Editorials

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Celebrate responsibly with OSU, as they seek gridiron title

Editorials

The upcoming New Year’s Day holiday is often adopted by all sorts of revelers as an excuse to go crazy  to celebrate the coming of a new year. We say go ahead and celebrate. Have a blast! Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car or truck. Designate a non-drinking friend or relative to ...

Christmas Eve brings its own peace, contentment

Editorials

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Christmas at the Battle of the Bulge

Letters to the Editor

At Christmastime, there’s an almost instinctive desire that burns within us to make our way home. That’s why it’s always been so poignant to see scenes of soldiers deployed overseas at this time of year. That was never more the case than at Christmas in 1944, during World War II. After ...

Ohio bill tackles truancy

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that treats truancy as a problem for schools and parents to solve, rather than a crime to be dealt with by the courts. That is probably a good thing, so long as students — and, let us face it, some older students are no longer “children” — do not get ...

Combating Ohio’s opioid addiction

Local Columns

With the year coming to a close and many things on the docket to complete, one of the most urgent was the passage of Senate Bill 319. Our homes and families have been ravaged by the epidemic that has gripped Ohio for the last few years: opioid addiction. Last year, 3,050 people died from ...

Helmets for motorcyclists can save lives in Ohio

Editorials

Five motorcyclists were killed on Washington and Morgan county roadways this year, with three of those drivers not wearing helmets. As this statistic shows, wearing a helmet won’t always save your life but it can prevent death and traumatic brain injuries. Helmets are about 37 percent ...

What is the true meaning of Christmas to you?

Letters to the Editor

As I sit here thinking this week about the true meaning of Christmas, what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the thought of Santa Claus coming down the chimney with a bag of toys? The Christmas tree decorations of tinsel and lights of all colors, and the mistletoe above the door and ...

Tucker concert successful for foster families

Letters to the Editor

Tanya Tucker played to a sell-out crowd at Peoples Bank Theatre on Dec. 9. We are happy to report that the event was extremely successful and raised $33,466 for the Washington County Foster Families Foundation. Our vision was to provide a pool of funds to assist foster parents with normal ...

Be a smart consumer of news

Editorials

Did a Santa Claus in Knoxville, Tenn., hold a terminally ill child who died in his arms as he made a Christmas wish or not? Depends on who is asked. The tale surfaced in a column by a newspaper writer in Knoxville who since has been unable to independently verify the story. But, by the time ...

Coats for Kids campaign a success once again

Letters to the Editor

2016 Coats for Kids was successful with 439 coats collected and distributed. We would like to thank all the residents of Washington County and surrounding areas for their generous donations of new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, and hats this year. Thanks, also, to the Marietta Times, ...

Lock repair should not stop traffic

Editorials

One of the nation’s most important highways — the Ohio River — was bottlenecked in our area for a few days because of a disturbing failure by the federal government. Last Wednesday, workers at the New Cumberland Locks and Dam noticed a sheen on the water in the lock chamber. Hydraulic ...

Crisis line available to help over the holidays

Letters to the Editor

The holiday season can be challenging for some individuals, from family gatherings, the crowds of shopping, being alone, holiday obligations, or possibly experiencing a first holiday season without a loved one. Any or all of these can bring feelings of sadness, loneliness, and/or anger that may ...

Count your blessings and hold them close

Editorials

We’re fast approaching the time of year when we count our blessings. Your accounting of those blessings can take many shapes and sizes. But we’re certain your accounting of any blessing is an important part of daily life. - It could be taking comfort in good health and continuing on ...

Government red tape costs too much, causes delays

Local Columns

With a historic election behind us, it’s time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and move forward on rebuilding America. Among the first issues Congress and President-elect Trump should address is our aging national infrastructure. Quick action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, ...