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3-decade boondoggle an example of federal ineptness

June 25, 2015 Even for the federal government, this one may be for the record books: In 1982, a Baton Rouge, La., firm, Solenex, obtained an energy lease on national forest land in Montana. more »»

LAP system could alert police to dangers on domestic calls

June 23, 2015 One of the challenges police officers face when responding to domestic violence calls is gauging how much danger the victim is in. more »»

Don’t think Charleston couldn’t happen here

June 22, 2015 Days after the carnage in Charleston, S.C., it’s still difficult to fathom what happened. more »»

Clean river important today and every day

June 20, 2015 Recent heavy rains here and to our north do more than raise river levels, it increases the amount of debris and other waste that can wash into local streams and rivers. more »»

Hikers: Stay out of caves, mines

June 19, 2015 Most people are not overly fond of bats. But the tiny, noctural flyers are integral parts of many ecosystems. For one thing, they consume enormous quanitities of insects, including mosquitoes. more »»

City should explore its options on 162 Front St.

June 18, 2015 After the closure of an alley downtown for more than a year and a building in a state of disrepair for even longer, the city of Marietta is now considering taking control of the site in order to mak... more »»

Online voter registration a solid choice for Ohioans

June 17, 2015 People registering to vote in Ohio have to do it the same way their great-great-grandparents did, by going in person to county election boards to sign up. more »»

Cleveland police can set a good example

June 16, 2015 No matter how much training a police officer receives in the mechanics of doing his job, two other factors are critical in determining his ability to serve and protect. One is his own attitude. more »»

Hoping for the best in area oil, gas industry

June 15, 2015 It’s not like the bottom has fallen out of the area’s oil and gas drilling boom, but the latest drilling numbers compiled by the state of Ohio show the industry has hit a bit of a lull in Southeast... more »»

Help kids avoid the ‘summer slide’

June 13, 2015 Summer is the perfect time to settle down with a new book — or several — whether you are headed to the beach, sitting by the pool or relaxing in your favorite shady spo. more »»

Ohio pot amendment a sweet deal for handful of investors

June 12, 2015 As it stands, a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana is a get-rich-quick scheme for a handful of investors — who, incredible as it may seem, want to use tax money to expand... more »»

‘Love locks’ clutter bridge’s appearance

June 11, 2015 Padlocks are useful. Sometimes padlocks are necessary. What they’re not, however, is attractive. more »»

Bird flu outbreak teaches kids a life lesson

June 10, 2015 Young people who participate in the Washington County Fair and other local fairs by raising animals and then selling them have long learned many important life lessons, especially those of committin... more »»

Good Samaritan law good for underage drinkers

June 9, 2015 Minors who seek medical help for others because they have been drinking should not have to worry they will be arrested because they, too, have imbibed. more »»

TSA must be held accountable for failure

June 6, 2015 Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

Everyone needs time filled with quietness

June 5, 2015 On Wednesday, several local residents made the trip to Muskingum Park where for 30 minutes, they unplugged their electronics and plugged into the moment. more »»

Compensation fund hurting, but employers can’t shoulder big burden

June 4, 2015 Ohio was among many states in which enormous increases in the number of unemployed people during the past several years placed stresses on programs intended to help them. more »»

Spend our dollars on improving transportation

June 3, 2015 A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of money available for public transportation in the state; and two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports. Gov. more »»

Charter schools must meet rules for accountability

June 2, 2015 Should you call your local public school district in Ohio and ask for a financial report or information on high school graduation rates, it would be provided. State law requires that. more »»



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