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Proposed changes for in-home care demand careful study

February 13, 2015 About 16,000 Ohioans who have to rely on other people to help them in daily tasks ranging from getting out of bed to cooking meals will have to make different arrangements if legislators approve a... more »»

Anti-smoking campaign can educate Ohio mothers-to-be

February 12, 2015 A program to encourage pregnant smokers to quit is gaining traction in Summit County, and should be considered — with some modification — by other countie. more »»

Plan to help addicts will benefit them and all of Ohio

February 11, 2015 Doing more to ensure that Ohio convicts who want help kicking drug addictions get it is not a particularly profound idea. It is just common sense. more »»

Continue offensive vs. human trafficking

February 10, 2015 Ohio officials are to be commended by preventing an enormous amount of suffering by cracking down on human trafficking. more »»

Be careful driving in wintry conditions

February 8, 2015 Face it, folks. It’s winter and road pavements get icy. Sometimes conditions change in a matter of a few minutes. Roads can be icy at the top of a hill but wet or slushy at the bottom. more »»

Improve vaccination rates in Ohio, W.Va.

February 7, 2015 Ohio and West Virginia need to do a better job of protecting children. more »»

Kasich plan must not threaten oil and gas

February 6, 2015 What’s not to like about a $500 million tax cut for small businesses and low- to middle-income working people in Ohio? The possibility the money will come out of other pockets. Gov. more »»

Fresh faces in races a challenge for voters

February 5, 2015 The deadline to file to run in the 2015 primary election was Wednesday and we’re happy to see that there are plenty of political newcomers in the Marietta and Belpre races. more »»

Weigh new strategies that could thwart future child abuses

February 4, 2015 How many times have we read or heard the same horrifying, sad story??It upset us again last week, when a 2-year-old child was found dead in his home in Mingo Junction in eastern Ohio. more »»

Bachelor’s degrees at community colleges a good idea

February 2, 2015 Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to allow community colleges, under certain circumstances, to grant bachelor’s degrees, it has been reported. Kasich’s idea has very limited application. more »»

Get help to pay home heating bills ASAP

February 2, 2015 The ice in our driveways and frost on our windshields tell use we’re deep into the winter season. Another sign that it’s cold day after day is in the heating bills that arrive in our mailboxes. more »»

Make school zone safety a priority

January 31, 2015 If first-hand accounts are any indication, motorists are putting kids at risk near our city’s schools. more »»

Regulate coal ash realistically, scientifically

January 30, 2015 Businesses find it difficult to function in an on-again, off-again regulatory environment. more »»

Your vote counts, but only if you cast it

January 29, 2015 Voter turnout in Ohio often is abysmally low. Sometimes, important elections and referendums are decided by fewer than half the eligible voter. more »»

Personnel files useful with full disclosure

January 28, 2015 Ohio’s residents are entitled to open and easy access to public records, but it can be easy to circumvent the system. We’re concerned that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office may be doing s. more »»

Don’t give charter schools a blank check

January 27, 2015 When Ohio legislators agreed to give charter schools a try, complete with public funding, the idea was to provide an alternative to failing public school. more »»

Consider volunteering to be a Big Brother or Big Sister

January 26, 2015 Big Brothers, Big Sisters is looking for a few good men. Six to be exact right now. more »»

Ebola and other exotic diseases are still threats

January 24, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»

Trim time on standardized tests, as long as learning time grows

January 23, 2015 Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. more »»

New police chief seems willing to shake up status quo

January 22, 2015 As the city of Marietta welcomes a new police chief next month, we think it’s an opportunity for the police department to expand its outreach to the community and develop some new relationships... more »»



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