Local Columns

Is there room for more than one Santa?

Have you ever thought about the race of Santa Claus? What ethnicity is your Santa? First of all, the jolly, red-nosed white man and bearer of Christmas gifts is a fictional North American character. The Santa Claus legend can be traced to St. Nicholas, a Christian monk, who lived in the ...

‘Low-end population’ of the economic miracle

Untouchables, in sociological terms, refer to people belonging to a group of very low social status and are ostracized from the mainstream of society. According to anthropologist Sarah Pinto, in the name of untouchability, India’s Dalit communities have faced “work and descent-based ...

President Trump’s Videos: Maligning Muslims

When the president of the United States communicates publicly on any forum, even if he is just sharing videos on Twitter, he does not speak as a private individual. He represents the nation. Americans who understand his statements to be untruthful and harmful have a right and duty to say so, ...

Mentoring programs in middle school

This year at Marietta Middle School our theme as a staff and also throughout our school is teamwork. When we all work together and are on the same page, we can get a lot accomplished. Each day, we want our students to know that we care about them and that they have an adult that they can ...

Ohio students deserve a fair educational system

The need to address the complex, and for some, unfair formula for funding public education in Ohio is well-documented. The present funding formula that pretends to balance the needs of densely populated urban districts and sparsely populated rural districts has failed. The only districts ...

Congress should finish strong with small business tax cuts

With the changing of the seasons, the political winds in Washington have shifted. Congress has just a couple months before the holidays, and the American people are looking for results. Lawmakers have the opportunity to deliver well-deserved tax cuts for middle and low-income taxpayers; but ...

Mental health levy necessary

Over the last eight years, state and federal funding allocated to the Behavioral Health Board for mental health and substance use disorders has dropped from $1,075,000 to $635,000, a decrease in funding of approximately 40 percent. Four hundred and forty thousand that was used in the past for ...

Let’s ban secret sexual harassment settlements

What do the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, former President Bill Clinton, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, comedian Bill Cosby and entertainer Michael Jackson have in common? They all arranged to pay out beaucoup bucks ...

A “reborn Japan” under Shinzo Abe

As Typhoon Lan, a mammoth Category 2 storm, was dumping heavy rains and whipping 165 kilometers per hour winds through Japan, Japanese citizens went to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 22, to show their support for Shinzo Abe and gave the incumbent Prime Minister a landslide win in a snap ...

Councilman leaving city in good hands with 3 in running

After 19 years as the 4th Ward Council for the City of Marietta, I will be retiring as your councilman at the end of this term. I feel that I will be leaving the city in very good hands with Kathy Downer, Steve Thomas and Geoff Schenkel running to serve the city during the next term of ...

‘He didn’t even remember his name’

His name was La David T. Johnson. His wife's name is Myeshia Johnson. The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson. You would know none of this from Donald Trump's public statement Wednesday: "I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a lovely ...

Mental health levy crucial

Over the last decade the Washington County Behavioral Health Board has watched with growing alarm as shrinking state and federal appropriations and growing needs have made it increasingly difficult to strengthen mental health and substance use disorder services. The board understands that more ...

It is time for the U.S. to talk to Pyongyang

On his final state visit to Asia in September 2016, Barack Obama issued a statement on North Korea, “To be clear,” the statement declared, “the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state.” Exactly a year later, the Hermit Kingdom is, conclusively, a ...

Tax cuts a big win for Main Street, Congress

The White House and congressional leaders are hard at work on a tax package. It’s clear what works best for Main Street: Small business tax cuts. The Trump administration has led on the issue, guiding the conversation toward a 25 percent small business tax rate. Now, it’s time for ...

Global warming is caused by overpopulation

I grew up in the Kanawha Valley during the 1960s and early 1970s. These were the days before Richard Nixon created the EPA. My father worked as a mechanical engineer for the Union Carbide Corporation across the river from St. Albans in Institute, W.Va. Unlike anything today, these were the ...

Schools and community together

It is amazing what you can learn by planning a simple event, like Marietta City Schools hosting the October 6, First Friday in downtown Marietta. Actually, it is not simple. An event like this has a lot of moving parts. What I learned most is that there are a lot of people that are proud to ...

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 ...