Opinion

County can’t ignore sewer issue any longer

Editorials

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has moved to have the state Attorney General’s Office enforce findings and orders dealing with sewering Devola. Meanwhile, the City of Marietta’s attorney has calculated the additional cost burden to Marietta sewer customers for the ...

Scales will work to make things better as councilman

Letters to the Editor

It is with sincerity that I am writing in support of my friend, Michael J. Scales, as a candidate for Marietta City Council 1st Ward. He is a devoted and conscientious lifelong resident of Marietta. In addition to graduating from Marietta High School, he stayed here for college earning his ...

Vote Schultheis for Marietta City Council

Letters to the Editor

I have a neighbor, whom which I would like to mention. This man is a very friendly, caring and thoughtful person. He has helped me and my family out of many dilemmas that plagued us. My daughter’s car engine was on fire, he was the first person out to extinguish the flames. During the hot, ...

Vote in favor of Marietta school issues

Letters to the Editor

Our entire community needs your vote in support of the Marietta City schools. There are two renewal tax levies on the ballot in the primary election on May 2, 2017. These levies are renewal levies and will not increase your taxes. Your response to this request might be “I don’t care. I ...

Fed. govt. must take position on medical marijuana

Editorials

In West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law ...

Former councilman supports Scales

Letters to the Editor

I want to go on record as endorsing Mike Scales for the 1st Ward Council seat. As a former council member, I know how time consuming and what hard work goes with this position. I have known Scales for years and believe that he is the most qualified person to represent the 1st Ward. With his ...

Outgoing councilman says Scales for First Ward

Letters to the Editor

It has been my honor and privilege to serve Marietta’s 1st Ward as its city council representative the past five years. At the end of 2017, I will be leaving my official governmental role to travel and explore more of the planet by bicycle. I will not, however, be vanishing from community ...

First Ward candidate a citizen committed to city

Local Columns

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 ...

Flag in Cisler Park needs a light that works

Letters to the Editor

Our flag in Cisler Park ... Here we go again. They fixed the light on flag pole, but it’s out again, been out for months again. I said before, you need to put it up high on flag pole. Plus, need new flag; it’s getting dull. I think if this flag was in others’ parks, like downtown, they ...

Protect retired miners’ insurance

Editorials

In less than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families could lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people affected ...

Vote Scales for City Council on May 2

Letters to the Editor

It is my honor and pleasure to support and endorse Mike Scales the Marietta’s First Ward Council seat. I have known Scales since my return to Marietta as a physician. He always acted with integrity, caring, and thoughtfulness — traits that I believe will be extremely useful while serving ...

Warren BOE doesn’t understand the word ‘no’

Letters to the Editor

Vote no on 30-year levy ... Warren has put this on the ballot six or seven times. It was voted down each time. They should use this money to make repairs and quit wasting taxpayers’ money. They must not know what no means. Vote no on tax levy that you, your children and grandchildren will ...

Editorial on health care misses the mark

Letters to the Editor

Do the editors of The Marietta Times really believe affordable health care falls under the category of “goodies handed out by politicians”? (Times editorial April 6). Please explain to the parents of a child with a serious illness that affordable health care is a “goodie.” Kim ...

Vote Schultheis for First Ward City Councilman

Letters to the Editor

I am asking that you, as a voter, support your favorite candidate this May 2 primary. As mayor, I am in a unique position and have the chance to work with city councilors every day. It is my belief that the best councilor choice to represent those in the First Ward, is that of Jeff ...

Ohio must cut its own spending

Editorials

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

Volunteer Week worth celebrating each year

Editorials

National Volunteer Week started Sunday and it’s a great time to appreciate the work done in our community by people who volunteer their time to serve, for example, as hospital helpers, youth baseball, soccer, basketball and football coaches, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders. Look around ...

Adults must not serve alcohol to teenagers

Editorials

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes in motor ...

Alcohol, the drug of choice for young people

Local Columns

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

Local Columns

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 ...