Local Columns

United Way works to bring community together

For more than 90 years, The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been essential to the fabric of this community — responding to new and emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The work is never ending as the needs and demands of building a safer and healthier community ...

Know the real stories of immigrants in America

Recent immigration events have me heartbroken and in disbelief, yet others are celebrating recent immigration changes. I fear that folks who support these positions are disconnected from the immigrant community by geography or misinformation. I hope that folks who think that family ...

Trump should be praised, not hated by many

I was first enraged when the left and the left wing media climbed all over President Trump’s immigration policy that was no different than President Obama’s immigration policy. Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday that we ...

As he goes from summit to summit, next on Kim Jong-un’s list: Shinzo Abe

Kim Jong-un is busy these days, going from one summit to another. In less than three months, the 34-year-old leader of North Korea has had a summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, met Chinese President Xi Jinping three times, held two inter-Korea summit talks with his South Korean ...

Port authority focuses on sites for development

Since its inception, and most certainly over the past year, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board and staff have been hard at work trying to determine what efforts will most impact our region for the better by way of economic development. What has emerged over the last year from strategic ...

There shouldn’t be ‘welfare for coal’

In the past week Donald Trump has issued a directive to Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, requiring transmission operators to purchase electricity from nuclear-generated and coal-generated power plants. The claimed rationale for this directive is to provide “resilience” for a secure system ...

War on trucking industry can cripple the whole economy

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the war on one group and another but there is a war going on in this country that will cripple the whole economy if it isn’t stopped. That is the war on the trucking industry. People are taught to keep off rail road tracks and that trains ...

Where I am does not define who I am

Since I was 14 years old, I have battled with addiction — sometimes things would get so bad for me that the only escape would be to numb my brain with alcohol or whatever street corner drug that was readily available. Like millions of other people I drowned and injected my sorrows. Drugs ...

Behavioral health crisis response

Last year the Washington County Behavioral Health Board began planning enhanced or new services that address our mental health and addiction crisis and fill gaps in our community-based continuum of care, as required by law. Funding for added services is coming from the Mental Health Levy, ...

Why on-again, off-again Singapore Summit is on again?

The on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit is at last back on track. Why did President Trump abruptly cancel the summit? And why it was back on just as abruptly as its cancellation? The head-spinning twists in such a high-stakes diplomatic drama had confused much of the ...

Completion of long-term Armory plan in sight

I wish to openly thank Marietta City Councilwoman, Cindy Oxender, Chair of Buildings, Lands, and Parks Committee for writing her “Groups Working Together to Make Armory Gym Space Available” article that was printed in the May 4th, 2018 edition of the Marietta Times.” And, thanks to the ...

2017: Changing minds about climate change

Dr. Bob Chase, a regular contributor to Marietta Times “Viewpoint” recently expressed belief in Methane and CO2 emissions as sources of human caused climate change. I am a regular reader of Dr. Chase’s letters, and that was the first time I’ve heard him say that. I thought that cause ...

EVE, Inc. is committed to keeping families safe

What is EVE? You may have asked: What is EVE? It might have been a news article about one of our fundraisers, or an event to raise awareness of domestic violence. EVE, Incorporated is the shelter and service agency for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We have been in ...

Defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula

June 12 will be the defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th,” President Trump tweeted on May 10, “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” In ...

Earth Day support was appreciated

Marietta Earth Day celebrated its 19th year with a sunny, beautiful spring day! A special thanks to event sponsors: Clare Kremer and Cathy Schafer, Peoples Bank, and the Marietta Area Recycling Center. The Union Ridge Wildlife Center, through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, ...

Combat stigma of mental illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, during which we advocate against the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma is all around us. Where there are people, there is stigma. It is time to bring awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness. There are two types of stigma. The ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

The coming conflict in the Taiwan Strait

As the United States and China are positioning themselves for a possible trade war, Beijing launched a massive military drill in the Taiwan Strait on April 18. The April 2018 Taiwan Strait exercise was the “biggest ever” military parade carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army ...

Milleson has experience to lead the 95th

We are lucky to live in a day and age where individuals are able to voice their unique opinions and concerns on social, economic, and political issues through print and digital news media outlets, social media applications, and other public fora. These avenues should make Americans of all walks ...