Opinion

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Letters to the Editor

There are many holidays this time of year and in SE Ohio most folks will be acknowledging Christmas. If you are celebrating Christmas and are concerned about putting Christ back in the holy day, I have a suggestion. There are between 335 thousand and 350 thousand churches in the USA. I ...

Give the gift of kindness

Editorials

‘Tis the season for giving. Over the next few weeks, the vast majority of local residents will buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Many area Jewish residents will also exchange gifts as part of their Hanukkah celebrations, even though Hanukkah is not actually the “Jewish ...

How do you reply to tough questions from kids?

Editorials

Today’s daily news headlines can make parents stop and think, “How do I explains this to the kids?” Well, there’s no owner’s manual for parents to follow. One person may avoid a topic altogether while another might explain a news story in generalities, skipping the details ... for ...

Predators need to know they can’t hide

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

GOP Tax plan clearly will benefit the rich

Letters to the Editor

It's clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we're hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that's hardworking, low-income Americans. This year we've already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly Food ...

‘Low-end population’ of the economic miracle

Local Columns

Untouchables, in sociological terms, refer to people belonging to a group of very low social status and are ostracized from the mainstream of society. According to anthropologist Sarah Pinto, in the name of untouchability, India’s Dalit communities have faced “work and descent-based ...

Greatness of founding fathers vital to our history

Letters to the Editor

Recently, a church in Alexandria, Va., removed a plaque with George Washington’s name on it. General Washington frequently visited that church for Sunday services. Washington was a slave owner and a wealthy man at that time. However, he risked everything he had, including his life to lead ...

Offer ideas to Ohio’s Opioid Challenge

Editorials

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Don’t let the opioid epidemic be the norm

Editorials

Last year we featured in the paper a longtime heroin user who was celebrating being clean and sober. He spoke of rebuilding his life and his relationships, of feeling clear-headed as he spent time with his children. His daughter no longer told him “Daddy, you’ve got them funny eyes.” ...

Remember who changed tax laws for businesses

Letters to the Editor

When Congress voted on its version of the tax plot 13 Republican representatives voted against it. If you live in Washington County your congressguy was not one of the 13. One of the 13 explained, “I didn’t come to Congress to raise taxes on my constituents.” The guy with an office ...

Thank you for supporting 5K Run & Walk

Letters to the Editor

MOV Gift of Life would like to thank those that came out and supported our recent 5K Run & Walk at the Marietta Aquatic Center. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. We would like to thank the following area ...

Shop local and help the economy

Editorials

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

We need to wake up to the ‘vandal in our midst’

Letters to the Editor

Well the heinous deed is almost done; Bernie Sanders calls this Republican tax bill “The biggest act of thievery in the modern history of this country.” An immense transfer of wealth from the bottom up; the obscenely rich will get more billions to hoard, the rest of us will get a charade ...

President Trump’s Videos: Maligning Muslims

Local Columns

When the president of the United States communicates publicly on any forum, even if he is just sharing videos on Twitter, he does not speak as a private individual. He represents the nation. Americans who understand his statements to be untruthful and harmful have a right and duty to say so, ...

Hoping for help in our drug fight

Editorials

Remember when training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver were the big things in health care? When automatic external defibrilators and first aid kits were the in-demand equipment? You don’t hear as much about them as you did for years. Something new, naloxone and ...

Don’t be a traffic statistic

Editorials

Sad stories can be found frequently along our highways. Sadly, someone in control of a situation lost control either through inattentiveness, lack of focus, or mechanical failure. The result is a lost life. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is trying to track area traffic crashes to see if ...

Coats for Kids needs donations

Editorials

As we ease into the month of December temperatures will no doubt turn colder. We want to make sure every child in Washington County has a warm winter coat to wear. As a sponsor of the annual Coats for Kids campaign, we hope readers will donate gently used or new coats, kids sizes 4 to 16 ...

Applauding Mattel for support of strong girls

Letters to the Editor

Mattel Inc. has introduced a Barbie doll that wears a headscarf (hijab). The doll honors an athlete in last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first American Olympian to compete wearing a hijab. In her column (Marietta Times, Nov. 20), Adriana Cohen argues ...

Thanks for support of Cutler bingo

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to say “thank you” to so many people who made our bingo a success on Nov. 11 at the Cutler Community Center. We want to give a special thank you to Longaberger consultant, Vivian Burton, who has worked with us for about five years. Her basket displays are always beautiful ...

Eliminating COLA  would hurt retirees

Letters to the Editor

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that ...