Local Columns

Constitution a guiding document

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...” These 15 words begin the preamble of the United States Constitution, our country’s founding document that was signed on Sept. 17, 230 years ago. A first-of-its-kind, modern composition, our Constitution ...

North Korea a ‘nightmare neighbor’ for China

With North Korea speeding up its nuclear and missile tests at an unprecedented pace, the Hermit Kingdom is turning into one of the biggest headaches for China, Pyongyang’s only treaty ally in the world. North Korea’s sixth nuclear test — the most powerful detonation to date with a ...

Devola resident questions official motives of Devola sewer proposal

My wife and I have lived in Devola for over 30 years. When we first bought our home in this wonderful neighborhood we immediately found out we had a septic problem. We didn’t call our neighbors or petition our county commissioners to come up with a solution to our problem, or ask them for ...

Right Path rounds up summer of activities

The Right Path for Washington County just wrapped up our 13th summer of safe teen and family events, thanks to our many supporters and our youth and their families! Our mission is to promote healthy youth development and we do this through both pro-social and community service ...

For a reliable energy future, Ohio needs a coal fleet

Reliable electricity is something many of us take for granted. From simple light switches to the iPhones that connect us to the rest of the world, we don’t spend much time wondering whether the power will work when we need it. Thankfully, reliable power is not something national leaders ...

Working to bridge digital divide

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too ...

Welcome Back to our students

Welcome back Marietta! Wednesday our doors opened to our students and staff who are eager to start an exciting, new school year. Thanks to the efforts of all our staff, our buildings are polished and ready for action. The Marietta City School District has been working very hard to make ...

Supporting mental health levy will help many

From a text I read late at night on (10:42 p.m.) Sept. 4, “Hey dad, play Words With Friends. Night. Love you.” Little did I know that this was to be the last communication from my son. The phone call in the wee hours of the next morning, still resonates with me and will be permanently ...

A permanent crisis on the Korean Peninsula

The crisis on the Korean Peninsula is escalating. “North Korea,” President Donald Trump told reporters on Aug. 10, “best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” A day later, Trumptweeted again, “Military ...

The Dragon vs. the Elephant in the Himalayas

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Fit and Fun in the Sun

While obesity rates continue to rise nationwide, local initiatives are helping to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to instill healthy choices at a young age through their Preschool Family ...

The dragon vs. the elephant

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Education key to preventing drug, alcohol addiction

In a society that promotes alcohol and drug use continually at every level, the need to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and drug use and its effect on youth has never been greater. Children and youth are much more likely to avoid such dangers when they are properly educated. The ...

The State Budget: A Checks-and Balances

During the final week of June, the end of the last fiscal year, a conference committee of the Ohio House and Senate agreed upon a version of the biennial state operating budget, the spending plan for the state for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. As a part of the typical budget process, Governor ...

Serving up sustainability: Local initiatives fight hunger

Food insecurity is a reality for our area and many surrounding areas of Appalachia. To address area needs, food pantries must be able to stock the necessities on a regular basis. While donations from community members are always needed and appreciated, they are unpredictable. Several local ...

Benefits continuing from shale oil boom

Why should U.S. consumers feel good about the shale revolution? The best reason is that U.S. gasoline prices, adjusted for inflation, are the cheapest they’ve been since 2000. The price drop shows that one of the great benefits from the shale-oil boom is not going away. Beginning around 15 ...

North Korea’s nuclear genie is out of the bottle

All the theories aside, Pyongyang has passed the point of no return and now it is too late to stop North Korea from going nuclear. For 23 years, the United States has tried to thwart the Hermit Kingdom’s push for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). All the efforts since 1994, ...

VFW field home to Reds Legends camp memories

I would like to mention something very special about the former home of the Cincinnati Reds Legends event for the last 23 years. If the old VFW field could somehow speak and show emotion, then I truly believe it would have been sobbing and crying during Reds Legends week this summer. As we ...

Arriving at a new reality

The nature of nature, the power of power, the power to the second power, squared that is. And what is the deepest meaning of “the second”? Is it merely the moment, the next tick before the tock? Or could it be more, that which is dual and the duel between the self and that which is ...

Will Taiwan endure?

In a major diplomatic victory for Beijing, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama announced on June 13 that the Central American state had decided to sever its 105 years of formal relations with Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, and to switch diplomatic ties to the People’s ...