Opinion

Broughton’s thankful for support of ice cream social

Letters to the Editor

It is with much disappointment that Broughton Foods must announce the postponement of the annual Broughton Ice Cream Social. Our belief is that while the social will not take place this July, we do intend to restart this great Marietta tradition next year. Accordingly, this pause will ...

Ohio school scandal still isn’t closed

Editorials

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Serving us means they are at risk

Editorials

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Lawmakers should not have more power than us citizens

Editorials

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Thanks to those who made scramble successful

Letters to the Editor

The Betsey Mills Club held a golf scramble on June 16th at The Marietta Country Club. We wish to thank our many hole sponsors and donors. Gold Hole Sponsors: Real Living McCarthy Real Estate, Memorial Health System. Silver Hole Sponsors: Williamstown Bank, Christy & Associates, Inc., ...

Career exploration camp a plus for students

Editorials

It’s an idea that seems so logical that you wonder why no one did this before. We’re talking about the two-week career explorations day camp held at the Washington County Career Center. The first such camp, which ended last week, drew about 25 high school students from all over the ...

We can all help to keep our rivers beautiful

Editorials

Volunteers have gathered on the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries on a Saturday morning in June to pick up debris and trash for many years now. Last weekend’s River Sweep, its 28th year, is the largest environmental event of its kind. It encompasses six states and more than 3,000 ...

Mueller must be fair and impartial

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

City needs to preserve riverbank for future generations

Local Columns

As the 4th Ward Councilman for nearly 19 years, one of my goals has been to keep as much of our riverbank accessible to the public as possible. In 2001, I had dinner with some folks from Cleveland who were in town with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). You probably remember those 3,000 ...

No need to turn our disputes into public a spectacles

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

CDBG program needs to be revamped, but not dropped

Letters to the Editor

The recent editorial “Make cuts in D.C., not at home,” is quite good! The writer states, “Philosophically, ending the CDBG program might be a good idea. It seems to have little impact on poverty rates. Local governments have wide latitude in how to spend the money. In effect, it is a ...

U.S. should consider global impact of unrest

Editorials

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Lower judge can’t overrule appeals court ruling

Editorials

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

Wake up America, before it’s too late to change

Letters to the Editor

On Memorial Day I had the opportunity to go to downtown Marietta to see the parade where I observed the young, middle aged, and older folks participating in the parade. Children watching the parade waiting eagerly for someone in the parade to send some candy their way. Our youngest citizens ...

Community gardens help fill local plates

Editorials

Washington County Harvest of Hope manages five community garden sites. All five are dedicated to providing a plot of land that can be turned into a productive garden capable of providing fresh produce on the dinner plates of local residents. Washington County Harvest of Hope was founded in ...

City needs to address essential services first

Letters to the Editor

Let me get this straight, the city of Marietta is currently lacking in funds to supply city services due in part to a recently failed tax levy. Now, council is proposing adding more park land to their current inventory. It would appear to me that Marietta has trouble keeping up with park and ...

Only a clean slate can solve mess at VA

Editorials

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Boat dock owners shouldn’t be forced to vacate spaces

Letters to the Editor

I want to know what people think of Marietta wanting to make another park from the college boat docks to outside the city limits toward Oak Grove. They have already put up no parking signs so their won’t be anywhere to park. We were told we couldn’t have boats parked at our boat dock ...

SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger

Letters to the Editor

Hunger Solutions is a partnership between Peoples Bank, Memorial Health System, Marietta College and Brickler & Eckler to help eliminate hunger in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We support organizations and initiatives that strive to lessen hunger for low-income families, children and the elderly. ...

Join the effort to protect Marietta’s healthy trees

Local Columns

Historic Marietta, a Tree City USA 38 years running, needs its citizens to step up if our urban forest is to survive. While the spirit of Marilyn Ortt inspires many everyday, her physical presence fighting for every healthy tree and continual planting now is in the hands of others. The ...