Editorials

Bureaucracy can be slow even to ideas that can save

Change comes slowly to the bureaucracy — usually by design. But for as easy as it is for those living in the real world to criticize the workings of West Virginia’s massive non-elected government, it appears some agencies are taking small steps in the right direction. At what is projected ...

Protect against West Nile

When the topic of West Nile makes headlines in the Mid-Ohio Valley it isn’t cause for panic, but the threat of West Nile is a concern and we should take steps to protect ourselves from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Thanks to a state grant, local health officials routinely capture and ...

Enjoy fall traditions, but safely

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to go enjoy the company of their friends, as well as family and alumni who come to the events that ensure, regardless of ...

Security clearance backlog is risky

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Farm Safety Week means staying safe

This is Farm Safety Week, a time for all workers and families connected to agriculture to re-dedicate themselves to safe habits. It can be something as simple as making sure power equipment is turned off and wheels of power gear are blocked. Keeping all power equipment in working order is ...

Proposed study on living near surface mine necessary

Some support President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back a perceived regulatory assault on coal and affordable electricity. But some federal initiatives on mining make sense. One is a proposed $1 million study on the health effects of living near a surface mine. The Interior Department had ...

We are responsible for our own safety

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Remember all who felt storms’ full force

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Virgin Islands is worse that ...

Breach was mishandled by Equifax

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Ohio crime victims deserve better

Some Ohioans victimized by crime can be compensated by a state program set up for the purpose. Most don’t receive much; the average last year was $2,369. But some who probably ought to get help do not receive a dime, because of rules by which the program is guided. One of them was a ...

Try a little kindness; it can go a long way

Our daily lives seem full of turmoil, especially news coverage in the paper, and on the radio and TV. People easily lose sight of what it takes to get through each day. A healthy dose of kindness and care can make daily life a lot easier. It can be as simple as asking that senior citizen ...

Help your neighbor, give blood

The need for blood donations is great. The shortage isn’t the result of Hurricane Harvey or Irma, it’s more the result of summer vacations. Turns out there’s always a need for blood. Officials say an average of 2,000 pints of blood are used in Ohio every day, and 38,000 donations ...

Prepare for disasters is good advice

The heavy rains of Hurricane Harvey and high winds of Hurricane Irma are somewhat removed from Ohio. But evacuations and shelter aren’t just concerns for those living near coastal areas. It’s important for residents in our area to have plans in place in case of threatening weather. Plan ...

Criticism of N. Korea hasn’t been too harsh

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Jobs data can have a double meaning

Getting back to work after our national Labor Day holiday is an occasion on which many hard-working Americans may reflect on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

This is no time for politics

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democratic lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it ...

Sternwheel Festival weekend is almost here

The county fair isn’t over until Tuesday evening and many people and community organizations are already eagerly anticipating this weekend’s annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. That’s the way we roll in Marietta. As usual, the festival falls on the weekend following the county ...

U.S. must consider N.Korea threats seriously

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a very dangerous game. For several days, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex ...

Afghans must be partners

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s recent speech. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against the ...

Help Texas, but be careful, too

Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a category 4 hurricane Friday, still is bringing rain to areas already flooded. The National Weather Service predicts up to 20 inches of rain could fall yet this week, adding to more than 30 inches some parts of Texas already ...