Opinion

Strange story of student’s veteran project a real head-scratcher

Editorials

Occasionally a story makes its way across the wire that might make one wonder — maybe we HAVE lost our minds. It is difficult to find a reasonable explanation for the suspension of a middle school student in Celina, Ohio, who, according to reports included a toy gun in his class project to ...

We must all be good stewards of natural resources

Editorials

It was an easy joke for years. The Cuyahoga River caught fire, it is the reason we have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it was synonymous with “contaminated” and “dirty.” Now, maybe not so much. It turns out changes in environmental policy and practice mean (according to the ...

Colorectal cancer is a preventable disease

Local Columns

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. More than 145,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an ...

Move over for vehicles on the side of the road

Editorials

When most of us think of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty, we are imagining the kind of violence that comes from them being first responders. Most of us do not think of writing traffic tickets or directing traffic as times of extreme danger for ...

If you see something, say something about animal neglect, abuse

Editorials

Two horses in the area are now back in good health and eating regularly thanks to the attention of someone who noticed they were neglected and did something about it. Connie Abbott—a long-time horse rescuer—sounded the alarm when she saw three underfed horses. The third, sadly, didn’t ...

Going slow on drug court seems likely road to success

Editorials

If slow and steady wins the race, the folks at the Washington County Common Pleas Drug Court are working toward victory for the participants who have chosen the program. It appears as though great care has gone into avoiding a push to simply fill the program quickly, which might have made for ...

Battling the drug scourge

Editorials

Local residents may remember that while serving as Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive ...

Marietta City Taxes due — have you filed yet?

Letters to the Editor

Monday, April 15 is the deadline for filing and paying 2018 Marietta City Income Tax and first quarter of your 2019 Declaration of Estimated Tax. The 2018 rate of 1.7 percent on all earned income applies to all individuals 18 years of age and older who live and/or work in the City of ...

Move over bureaucrats, DeWine has good ideas

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken last week in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

MOV behind man who won’t give up

Editorials

Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores has been an inspiration to many here in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and his own message may serve him well during a new challenge for him: “Never give up on your dreams.” Cystic fibrosis has shaped Flores’ life to a great degree, but not taken away ...

Monroe County needs to deal with its dire fiscal situation

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, according to county Treasurer Taylor Abbott earlier this week. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent ...

Thanks for support of Community Food Pantry

Letters to the Editor

The Outreach Board, on behalf of the Marietta Community Food Pantry, would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to The Marietta Times and WMOA for their support of the “Send Help” program this past holiday season. Both media outlets made it possible for the Marietta Community Food Pantry to ...

JFS move too pricey for county

Editorials

Price estimates to renovate two potential sites for a newly-merged Washington County agency came in last week and there were a lot of zeros. Pickering Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, determined that the cost for the renovation of the Gilman Avenue site currently housing Job ...

Senator Brown doesn’t want to be president

Letters to the Editor

The writer of the editorial on March 12 concerning Sherrod Brown, seems to believe that the majority of Americans support Republicans. While it’s true they do in southeastern Ohio, most voters in this country are leaning to the left, and if it weren’t for extreme gerrymandering, most ...

Challenge accepted? Making a community we all want to live in

Editorials

When Wally Kandel was honored Monday as the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, he had a message that should reach well beyond those who were in attendance. Every Mid-Ohio Valley resident should take it to heart. Kandel is senior vice president and Marietta ...

Constituent hopes county commissioners reconsider

Letters to the Editor

Commissioners, please reconsider your refusal to apply for funding for green space in our county. Passing up the opportunity to apply for Clean Ohio Funds to fund a large track of land in western Washington County is selling our citizens short. Seventy-five percent of the money needed would ...

Thanks for support of 2019 Critter Bash

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the following businesses, vendors and volunteers for the success of the Pleasants County 2019 Critter Bash. We couldn’t have done it without you. ¯ American Legion Post 159 (dance hall) ¯ Carl Reynolds (door prize giveaways) ¯ St. Marys Tire (oil change) ¯ ...

If Brown is not liberal enough, Democrats might have a problem

Editorials

Democrats across the country should be worried about 2020, if U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is not considered liberal enough to be a viable candidate for the presidency, by the party’s current powers that be. At one point, Brown had what most would consider well-established credentials as ...

A happy ending and valuable lessons learned

Editorials

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, Calif. Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search a couple of weekends ago. It seems that on a Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, ...

Parents must talk to kids about vaping

Editorials

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at Edison Local High School in Jefferson County last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar ...