Opinion

Keep up the good work as your neighbor’s keeper

Editorials

Well, we made it through another Mid-Ohio Valley winter storm. We know you have been told time and time again to remember your neighbors especially the elderly and disabled to see if they can use a helping hand. Offers of help are especially timely now as a lot of people are dealing with the ...

Recognize, help those at risk of suicide

Editorials

The tragic stories of veterans taking their own lives have grabbed headlines of late, but the death last week of a local teen reminds us that even the young among us are vulnerable to suicide. When someone takes his or her own life, those left behind often express shock and disbelief. But in ...

Cancer patients worried about break in coverage

Letters to the Editor

I am a stage 4 cancer patient and my health coverage is my lifeline. Access to timely treatment, affordable medications and regular doctor visits are essential and the reason why I am alive today. Any breaks in coverage could mean delayed care for my cancer and dire consequences for my ...

Fundraiser raises more than $2,000 for animals

Letters to the Editor

For a seventh year, animal lovers participated in the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley’s fundraiser, They Light Up Our Lives. A total of $2652 was donated to the HSOV. This included the matching donation made by an anonymous donor for their third year. The Christmas tree, displayed at ...

Monroe County gets 911 upgrade

Editorials

Monroe County is a safer place today than it was a few months ago, thanks to installation of a new 911 system. Phil Keevert and Jason Harter, system coordinators, told the Monroe County Board of Commissioners recently the new Next Generation 911 system is up and running. The ...

Women’s march addresses key issues

Editorials

Several bus loads of local residents will be making their way to Washington D.C. next week to take part in the Women’s March on Washington. We’re proud to have so many local people participating in the human rights march and encourage anyone else who can attend to consider it. The ...

Avoid moving control of schools closer to Columbus

Letters to the Editor

The Times’ editorial of Jan. 4 concerning local control of school districts struck a nerve and brought up some old, bad memories from Pennsylvania. And it would seem we are in danger of reliving those in Ohio if the state control of schools is moved even further to Columbus. The bad ...

Take care changing Affordable Care Act

Editorials

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

About-face on ethics commission right call

Editorials

In an era when the population has shown its ability to foist its discontent on political leadership, regardless of how actions match words, the word “ethics” might seem a lost piece of terminology. Except it shouldn’t be. And that’s why the about-face on what to do with the Office ...

Local stage offerings top notch in quality, quantity

Editorials

Have you noticed that there’s so much more in the Marietta/Parkersburg area than museums, farmers markets, vibrant church congregations willing to pull together to serve meals at no cost to their neighbors? As residents of this area, we are so lucky to have community theater groups — ...

Time to speak up in favor of local school systems

Letters to the Editor

It has been a while since I have submitted a letter to people that have concerns about the future of our public schools. I recently received the following email and I decided that it was time to speak out again. The following information clearly shows that there are those that want to destroy ...

Church should pay for its negligence

Editorials

A store owner whose negligence results in a customer breaking his back in a fall and never being able to work again is in the wrong both legally and morally. What about church officials who do nothing about a pastor accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, then find he has raped a ...

Veterans services credited for job well done

Letters to the Editor

Kick my butt and call me lazy. I’m going to make good on several “Good Intentions” that have crowded the inbox of my mind for far too long. The Times of Jan. 4 contained three items that stirred me to action. The letter from Thomas Kukulka, Veteran Service Officer, prompts this thank ...

Take advantage of all of Rumpke’s services

Letters to the Editor

My college age student is home for the holidays visiting. With the holidays comes visits from relatives, celebrating traditions, and getting rid of “the old.” Last year I wrote a small letter to the editor about the free service that Rumpke Trash offers to any city resident served by ...

A ‘hinge moment’ in U.S.-China relations

Local Columns

His suggested headline: In their ninth and final official meeting in Lima in November, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, “We meet at a hinge moment in the China-U.S. relationship.” The Chinese president was probably right to be concerned. ...

Give First Fridays a chance at succeeding

Editorials

Tonight will mark the first of a new downtown event—First Fridays. We’re anxious to give it a try and we hope others do, too. We talk to people all the time who are anxious for more events downtown and evening hours for downtown merchants so we’re happy to see that there is a brand ...

MMS Food for Thought a school-wide success

Letters to the Editor

Marietta Middle School’s eighth grade began December’s 2016 Food for Thought project with a goal of sending 300 students home with Goody Bags containing snacks over the holidays. The enormous cost of groceries can be overwhelming for many parents, and the ability for our students to eat a ...

Testing can help beat cervical cancer

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2017. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Lack of male artists in calendar a concern

Letters to the Editor

In the 2017 Student Calendar that you recently distributed, I was surprised and rather dismayed to find that of the 34 pictures in the calendar, only four were by boys and those all smaller Honorable Mention works. Assuming that there was no conscious bias on the part of the judges, one has to ...