Opinion

Reno resident won’t vote for drug treatment levy

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the news in the Friday, Feb. 10, paper that there will be a levy on the spring ballot for drug treatment and a drug court, and then in the Saturday, Feb. 11, paper that all of us law abiding, hardworking, tax paying citizens of Reno got stuck with the drug ...

Senior citizen concerned about ACA repeal

Letters to the Editor

As a senior citizen with numerous nieces and nephews with young families, I am truly concerned about the talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. One thing is to make Medicaid a “block grant” which means a savings of $1 trillion but much less health care for my family, ...

Verdict for History on Trial: Guilty of providing real lessons

Editorials

A nearly 170-year-old court case made its way into a local courtroom for trial this week, not the work of a very slow-moving justice system but a creative way to share local history with the public. The mock trial examined a real case from 1849 regarding the Fugitive Slave Act and whether a ...

The Good Samaritan Law should drop its 2-call limit

Editorials

Ohio has two crucial components for combating overdoses of heroin or other opioids. At least one critical change is needed to make them more effective. One element is the availability of naloxone — sold under the brand name as Narcan — which can reverse the deadly effects of an opioid ...

Trump lacks style, humor, tact and virtue

Letters to the Editor

A month into this new administration and Trump is behaving exactly like he has his entire professional life ... like a crude amateur that craves the limelight. No style, no humor, no humanity, no tact, no virtue ... just smugness and truth dodger that defies any sense of what the office is ...

Trump, FEMA must always have our backs

Letters to the Editor

Until now I have tried to keep my mouth shut regarding my personal issues with (Donald) Trump. However, now I find it important to note that each and every time anyone turns on the news or picks up a paper we have to hear more and more about what is spewing from his mouth. Most of it is ...

VP Pence deserves better

Editorials

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

College pleased to have retired judge on faculty

Letters to the Editor

I was pleased to see the Marietta Times give front page recognition to retired Judge Ed Lane’s decision to teach at Washington State Community College. We are delighted to add him to our faculty as it demonstrates the high quality of individuals that we hire, adds expertise to the Peace ...

Mechanics student breaking barriers

Editorials

Freedom is Americans’ constitutional right. Among those freedoms is the freedom to pursue any career regardless of gender or other factors. It wasn’t too long ago that many workplaces were exclusively for men. Why? Well, often it was because that was the status quo. In recent years, the ...

U.S. citizens must show respect for president

Letters to the Editor

I am so very thankful to live in a country that permits free speech and religious freedom. There has been much protesting and demonstrating lately and now it is my turn to give my point of view. During the presidential election debates I had my misgivings about how to vote. During the past ...

State must keep bridge funding in place

Editorials

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. Ensuring money is available to do that can be a challenge, but it is prudent financial management. That, in essence, appears to be the rationale for a bill ...

Sen. Mitch McConnell should follow own advice

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 9, I read an article in The Marietta Times that quoted Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as telling Senate Democrats they need to grow up and approve a Supreme Court Justice that President Trump nominates. I think that Senator McConnell should have followed ...

School choice only works if there is a choice

Local Columns

The great arbiter of privilege and equalizer of opportunity is under siege and why not, the haves are in control and dissent is not welcome. With the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, the Trump administration has dealt yet another blow to public education in America. ...

Donald Trump’s North Korea challenge

Local Columns

To no one’s surprise, North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Feb. 12, the first missile test since Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office. The successful launching of the Pukguksong-2 missile into the Sea of Japan was not only another technological advance for Pyongyang’s nuclear-capable ...

Ohio should keep a good thing going

Editorials

Long after Gov. John Kasich leaves Ohio’s highest elected executive office, we hope a tradition he started in Steubenville in 2012 will continue: The taking of the State of the State Address on the road. Kasich started this custom in 2012 at Steubenville High School. Last year he gave his ...

Good changes came of ACA

Local Columns

It’s easy to forget the appalling practices of insurance companies when improvements to the system have been made. I remember the horror stories told by people who, after paying thousands of dollars into health insurance policies, were told by those same companies that the yearly or lifetime ...

Smoke detectors can save you from a fire

Editorials

In the last two months, Washington County has had two fatal fires, resulting in the deaths of five people. In another fire, a local teen was critically burned. With these tragedies fresh in our minds, there’s no better time to make sure that your family is as protected as possible. Along ...

Marietta resident knows exactly why she marched

Local Columns

This letter is in response to a local doctor who appears to be mystified regarding the reasons why one of the largest globally synchronized protests in history, which took place across more than 600 locations worldwide, occurred. It is a response to his blithe discrediting of the ...

Reader questions Trump’s status as a human

Letters to the Editor

My Republican friends know that their president won’t produce his tax records. They won’t admit it but they know he is a fraud, a con-man, a tax-avoiding crook. It would be of interest though if he could produce a legitimate human birth certificate. He does not act humanely, rationally or ...

New FERC members are needed

Editorials

A major natural gas pipeline serving our region will be built as a result of a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline should ease the problem of gas “locked in” to West Virginia and East Ohio because there is no way to ship it. But the Rover ...