Opinion

Support Hall for school board Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Stacey Adams Hall is a well-respected individual amongst the Marietta school system. Her 20 plus years of teaching have given her the proper background that is needed on the Marietta City school board. Her insight as a former teacher, but also as a mother, will help provide our current and ...

Downer best choice for city council

Letters to the Editor

I have known Kathy Downer for years. She is a straight forward, no nonsense leader for our city. She is a devoted civil servant in every sense of the word. She will listen to your concerns and seek in a number of ways to solve them. First of all she is knowledgeable about how the city works ...

Vote for Burgardt for Marietta BOE

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Prudence Burgardt’s candidacy for the Marietta City School Board. During the time that I have known Burgardt I have found her to be extremely passionate about the educational opportunities for our children. I believe Burgardt to a person of high principles and ...

Lawsuits shouldn’t be used to hide records

Editorials

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in Ohio, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances, such as ongoing criminal investigations. Reportedly, officials in some ...

Welch is the best choice for municipal court judge

Letters to the Editor

I want to go on record as endorsing Judge Janet Dyar-Welch for Marietta Municipal Court. I have known Judge Welch for over 30 years and as a Marietta police officer was fortunate enough to have worked with her while she was a Marietta Assistant Law Director. She prosecuted traffic and criminal ...

Vote for Schenkel on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Being a mayor, it’s unlike me to pick one candidate over the other, however, I’m being lead to speak for an energetic, versatile young man I’ve known since birth. His name is Geoff Schenkel. His personality is such he can communicate with children as well as adults. He is the epitome of ...

Schenkel best choice for Fourth Ward seat

Letters to the Editor

Geoff Schenkel is a candidate for Marietta’s Fourth Ward City Council seat. As a lifelong resident of Marietta’s Fourth Ward, Schenkel has invaluable background knowledge and experience which will be very useful in dealing with current and future challenges. A graduate of Marietta City ...

Ohio’s children deserve better

Editorials

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Mark Duckworth is a winner on the scoreboard of LIFE

Letters to the Editor

Ladies and gentleman and all concerned voters of The Marietta City Schools: We face a major decision this election day Nov. 7; this election is about our children and our community’s future. There are three positions open on the Marietta School Board and I, as well as many others in the ...

Some of our regulations need to be revisited

Editorials

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Speak up on medical marijuana moratorium

Editorials

Marietta City Council plans to introduce legislation lifting the moratorium on medical marijuana this week. The moratorium was passed in September last year with the intention of giving the state time to finalize rules and regulations for medical marijuana, which was legalized in Ohio that ...

Downer takes council job seriously; keep her in office

Letters to the Editor

Kathy Downer gets things done. She works well with her council colleagues and with the administration. We need Kathy Downer on City Council. She brings level-headed management and people skills to bear on the city’s business. She is knowledgeable and understands how council works and how much ...

Candidate forum offered information on schools

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 10, the seven candidates for Marietta City Board of Education faced the voters in an open meeting at Washington Elementary School. On behalf of the children of Marietta, I would like to thank all seven candidates for their time and effort. Also, the 60 plus citizens who attended are ...

Districts must be drawn fairly

Editorials

Districts must be drawn fairlyThe first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice ...

Hall best candidate for Marietta school board

Letters to the Editor

It’s like this ... one day after school, she came home and said, “Mommy, I’m going to be a schoolteacher.” This was my little second grade 8-year-old. That comment was her start in life, a vision for her future. This continued with her love for teaching and her valuing education. ...

Lehman will bring vision to city school district

Letters to the Editor

Lehman will bring vision to city school district Few things speak better to one’s ability to handle problems, grow organizations and provide excellence in service and products than a few decades of successfully doing just those things. Our Marietta City Schools Board needs just such ...

Hall deserves voter support on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

I don’t need the quota of words allowed, to speak on behalf of Stacey Adams Hall for this letter to the editor. She was an excellent educator, and her devoted friendships are genuine as will be her commitment to the Marietta City School Board. She would be an exceptional addition to the ...

Excellence for schools a priority for Lazer

Letters to the Editor

I’m an alum of MHS, as are our five adult children. In 1973 the high school science labs were filled with cutting edge equipment, the state-of-the-art kitchen served lunch on a daily basis, and the classrooms housed a faculty of dedicated public servants. When I returned to Marietta 25 ...

Council plans event for outgoing members

Letters to the Editor

As employee relations chair, it is my great pleasure, along with Council President Josh Schlicher, to announce a new tradition that will be debuted this year in order to honor two of our retiring City of Marietta councilmen (with five or more years service). In speaking with persons from ...

Lazer best choice for city school board

Letters to the Editor

I urge everyone to vote for Dr. Zane Lazer for Marietta School Board. I have had a long association with Dr. Lazer as he and his wife Margaret have been involved with the Colony and now Peoples Bank Theatre almost from the beginning of the restoration process. Margaret served as a board ...