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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 »»

Congress needs to force the issue on Keystone XL

January 21, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»

Police doing their jobs are victims of Paris’ terrorists

January 20, 2015 Much has been written, and rightly so, about freedom of the press and the 10 French journalists killed in the Jan. 7 massacre at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspape. more »»

Remember the work of Dr. King today and every day

January 19, 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s place in history is set in stone. His voice set the tone for the civil rights movement, starting in the South and spreading across the United States. more »»

Questions in Ohio rape case unanswered

January 17, 2015 Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton, W.Va., girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. more »»

Churches do a service with blood drives, but it’s up to you to give

January 16, 2015 As the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month in January we want to lend our praise to a handful of churches looking to help meet the need of blood donations. more »»

Pelvic exam, Pap test are critical for women

January 15, 2015 Nearly everyone knows that October is breast cancer awareness month. Much less known is the month set aside to raise awareness of cervical cancer, which happens each January. more »»

Democrats can put the brakes on White House

January 14, 2015 American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn’t paying attention. more »»

Ohio must address students who don’t get diplomas

January 13, 2015 Many local school districts do a reasonably good job of ensuring that students graduate from high school. more »»

’70 Harmar House fire a defining moment for Marietta

January 12, 2015 Old-timers around town can tell you all about the Harmar House fire that killed more than 20 nursing home residents in Marietta. The stories are chilling. more »»

Don’t be too quick to release inmates early

January 10, 2015 Ohio state prisons housed 50,641 inmates at the end of 2014 — 31 percent more than they were designed to accommodat. more »»

This chill is just the first blast; avoid the dangers

January 9, 2015 It’s more than just cold outside, it’s dangerously cold. We hope warnings about those dangers are taken seriously. more »»



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