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Charter schools must be accountable

May 27, 2016 One online charter school in Ohio informed students they had to be logged onto the institution’s website for only 60 minutes a day. Another had just 16 full-time students, not the 57 it claimed. more »»

Frontier voters should demand answers

May 26, 2016 More than a week after Frontier Local Schools Superintendent Kevin Turner was placed on administrative leave by the board of education, the public still has no answers as to why. more »»

GED rules make it harder to get degree

May 25, 2016 Ohioans who did not obtain conventional high school diplomas should not have to pay an arm and a leg to obtain an equivalency certificate. more »»

Plan to close prison farms makes sense

May 24, 2016 A hundred years ago, when Ohio prison officials began operating farms where inmates worked, the program gave many convicts marketable skills. more »»

Continue learning throughout the summer

May 23, 2016 Summer vacation has started for many local students with the rest to follow in a few days. more »»

Celebrate graduates responsibly

May 21, 2016 As local high school graduations commence, we want to congratulate all of the grdauates for their achievements. Let the celebrations begin! But please do so responsibly. more »»

Vending machine at MMS a good idea

May 20, 2016 When Marietta Middle School students start the 2016-2017 school year, they’ll have no reason to begin class each day hungry. more »»

Spend wisely when fighting diseases

May 19, 2016 Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions late. more »»

Keep U.S. arms away from hands of terrorists

May 18, 2016 One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States. more »»

Safeguards needed for medical marijuana

May 17, 2016 It appears virtually certain Ohioans will have access to marijuana — or at least, the active ingredient in it — for medicinal purposes within the next year or so. more »»

Don’t throw out safety rules for the summer

May 16, 2016 As schools wrap up their academic years and children of all ages begin their summer break we want to add our voice to all those others wishing for a safe vacation away from teachers and homework. more »»

Local effort important in fight against addiction

May 14, 2016 As the heroin epidemic and concerns about opiate addiction continue in the Mid-Ohio Valley, we’re glad to see local citizens and organizations coming together to find solutions. more »»

Farmers, shoppers get a new option for produce

May 12, 2016 When it comes to fresh, locally-grown produce we think Marietta is going to find it twice as nice to soon have more options. more »»

U.S. must shake its foreign oil dependency

May 11, 2016 America’s need for natural gas and oil has not lessened. To the contrary, as more and more gas-fired power plants are built, demand will soar. more »»

State must commit to getting kids into school

May 10, 2016 Critical thinking is one of the skills educators seek to instill in young people. Perhaps we adults need remedial classes on the subject, to judge by some public school policies. more »»

Deja vu for Colegate travelers for a while

May 9, 2016 Local drivers who regularly travel Colegate Drive knew this was coming. The often bumpy pavement shook drivers and passengers alike. more »»

Ohio needs uniform rules for body cameras

May 7, 2016 Use of body cameras by law enforcement officers and deputies in Ohio is increasing and will continue to do so. It makes sense for the state to have at least limited rules for them. more »»

Don’t ever give up your right to vote

May 5, 2016 Six months before the general election, talk is already mounting that some voters are so disheartened by the candidates for president — regardless of the party — that they are thinking about not... more »»

Employers must be able to check criminal backgrounds

May 4, 2016 Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories. For example, you probably don’t want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. more »»

Close the loophole in Ohio’s open meetings law

May 3, 2016 Government officials and employees who want to keep secrets have a powerful tool at their disposa. more »»

Marietta is full of natural wonders

May 2, 2016 Those watching the Ken Burns documentary on PBS about our national parks have to be amazed at the natural wonders within our borders. more »»


Pasta Dinner for Secret Santa May 27, 2016

There will be a pasta dinner fundraiser for the Washington-Morgan Community Action Secret Santa Program on Friday, May 27, 2016 in the fellowship hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 232 Third Street in Marietta. more »

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Don't fall for ailing computer scam

April 3, 2016 I got a call from “Frank” at “Microsoft” in “Austin, Texas” the other day. He was calling to inform me that my Windows computer was infected with a virus and I needed his help to remove it. more »

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