Local Columns

First Ward candidate a citizen committed to city

My name is Mike Scales and I am running for the 1st Ward Council seat in the May 2 Democratic primary position. Various friends, neighbors and business owners have asked why I am running. What are your goals and visions, not only for the 1st Ward, but the entire city of Marietta? My son, and ...

Alcohol, the drug of choice for young people

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: In the United States, alcohol is the drug of choice among youth under the age of 21, used more than tobacco or other illicit drugs. Even though adolescent use of alcohol has declined during the decade, in the United States, more than 10 million youth aged 12 ...

We’ve seen this ‘new’ political reality before

Awestruck media pundits who like to refer to recent global and national happenings as “unprecedented” might want to pop open a history book where they will discover that much of today’s “news” is not really new ... Let’s go back (once again) to ancient Greece to view one of the ...

Decline in the attractiveness of U.S. education to the world is troubling

American colleges and universities’ ability to attract international students is in decline. The last time this happened was after Sept. 11, 2001. While overall international travel to America was down severely — from October 2000 to September 2001, 6.3 million people from developing ...

Earth Day, Climate Agreement and March for Science

It’s no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people’s day. It has been the people’s day since 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), Rep. Pete ...

Suicide prevention: Practice what you preach Marietta

We preach suicide prevention to our children. We ask them to talk to us and let us know when they are having a problem. But what happens when they do and we seek help only to find that there is none available. There is a family (will not release names for privacy) that tried desperately to get ...

Gardening an activity for life

Welcome to “Gardening for Life”, a monthly column dedicated to gardeners and gardening. The OSU Master Gardener Volunteers have been persuaded to lay down their trowels and pick up a pen to share their gardening passion and expertise. My pursuit is vegetable gardening though flower ...

Fix for insurance companies must be in new plan

Even though Congress is fighting over the new Health Care bill, it will unfortunately not fix the underlying problems. It is very hard to take something away that has become an entitlement. No bill can fix the legacy of Obama and Obamacare. When Obama mandated healthcare providers use ...

The U.S. and China: Fragile superpower relations

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent visit to China, the first by a senior member of the Trump administration, on the surface, appears to have injected a positive spirit into the dispirited U.S.-China relations. In his remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting ...

Small reforms help in the fight against drug abuse

One of the most pressing issues that state is dealing with — both at the community and government level — is the outbreak of drug abuse and addiction. Considering every component of this issue, my fellow members and I in the Ohio House are enacting legislation to take on Ohio’s drug ...

Why should Marietta preserve our brick streets?

A recent meeting of the Marietta Brick Streets Commission reminded me that much time has passed since our initial efforts to preserve our brick streets. Many current residents are not aware of the importance of brick streets to our history and our attractiveness as a tourist destination or ...

Marietta Education Association active

Each month, an article from Marietta City Schools has appeared in this spot highlighting a different school or topic that is part of the education system with our school district. My name is J.D. Benson. I have served as president of the Marietta Education Association since 2013, and would like ...

Gambling is a problem for some

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines gambling as risking something of value, usually money, on the outcome of an event decided at least partially by chance. The National Council on Problem Gambling ...

Automation transforming the oil and gas industry

Automation is transforming the production of oil and natural gas in much the same way it has modernized the manufacture of automobiles and aircraft. This is the new high-tech world that seems not yet to have been glimpsed by the public in the discussion of energy production. If the ...

Access is shrinking, and why it matters

People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, ...

A test for China-South Korea relations

The China-South Korea relations are at their worst since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Seoul in 1992. After years of discussion, Washington and Seoul announced on July 8, 2016 the decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South ...

Trump is president and all alarms are flashing red

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” — P.T. Barnum I would bet the farm that is Donald Trump’s favorite quotation, just before “an eye for an eye.” A year ago amidst Republican nastiness and name calling, I called Trump “The Artful Dodger” (Trump: The Art of the Dodge). I ...

The mental health facts of life

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at ...

Putnam Elem. headed in the right direction

My name is Scott Kratche, the principal at Putnam Elementary School. I have had the privilege of working with the children in Marietta City Schools for 20 years in various capacities. During my time with Marietta City Schools I have served as a physical education teacher, coach, assistant ...

School choice only works if there is a choice

The great arbiter of privilege and equalizer of opportunity is under siege and why not, the haves are in control and dissent is not welcome. With the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, the Trump administration has dealt yet another blow to public education in America. ...