Opinion

Don’t put it off — get a flu shot soon

Editorials

Flu season is upon us, whether we like it or not. Students have had several weeks to circulate their germs and spread them back home — and the holidays are fast-approaching. Protect yourself. Get a flu shot. There are very few circumstances in which avoiding the shot makes sense: Babies ...

Milleson the best one to serve Ohio’s 95th District

Letters to the Editor

As I near my 73rd year, I can recall few elections, if any, whose outcome will be more important than this one. I can recall few times when I felt compelled to speak out publicly, but I can recall many times when I believed the direction of our country lies with young adults who want to ...

Consider casting vote for Livengood for auditor

Letters to the Editor

Matthew Livengood is seeking election as the Washington County Auditor. Your readers should take notice that Livengood is the only candidate for this position who will not require on the job training because he has served nearly six years as Chief Deputy Auditor with current Auditor Bill ...

Check early, check often for signs of breast cancer

Editorials

Tomorrow, a mobile medical clinic funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Ohio Department of Health will be parked outside Marietta College's Physician Assistant School at 208 Third St., to provide free PAP tests, pelvic and breast exams, referrals for mammograms and breast health education ...

One incident of domestic violence is one too many

Editorials

First, the good news: The number of domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio went down last year — from 116 in fiscal 2016 to 91 in fiscal 2017. Now, the bad news: There were still 91 domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio last year. For domestic violence advocates it is an unfortunate ...

Workers’ comp fraud is everyone’s problem

Editorials

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 healthcare ...

Ohio needs officials who actually care about the area

Letters to the Editor

I read in a recent issue of the The Marietta Times that Fran DeWine (wife of the current Ohio Attorney General) and LeAnn Johnson (wife of our current Ohio representative, Bill Johnson) were present at a meeting at the Washington County Republican Headquarters. In this article Mrs. DeWine ...

A shameful moment for our country

Editorials

The hearings are over, the confirmation complete, but there is still much we can learn from the weeks that followed the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. After the accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, the process became a political boxing match for which ...

Thirty years long overdue

Letters to the Editor

It has been 30 years since the city has had a pay raise, commonly known as an income tax increase. Our mayor and this present body of council members and members of the administration team are now asking you for one. First adopted in 1962 at 0.6%, taxpayers in a 25-year span approved on four ...

Political moderates called to act

Letters to the Editor

A recent article in Atlantic Monthly by Professor Tom Nichols of the U.S. Naval Academy deserves a notice. Professor Nichols who admits to being one for almost 40 years proclaims in the article that he is no longer a “Republican.” What he is and maybe has always been is a ...

Mad or mindful?

Letters to the Editor

I’m hearing the prediction that the mid-term elections will be decided by who is madder. I find that statement deeply disturbing. As citizens, we shouldn’t be motivated solely by partisan anger or red-button reaction. Instead, our votes should arise from our commitment to shared national ...

Milleson’s campaign efforts surpasses expectations

Letters to the Editor

I submitted an opinion piece to this newspaper in April endorsing the candidacy of Dan Milleson for the Ohio House of Representatives for the 95th District. That piece was premised upon my positive experiences with Milleson through nearly 20 years of friendship, and my steadfast confidence in ...

Now more than ever, journalists are needed

Editorials

“Journalism matters. NOW more than ever.” For 78 years, National Newspaper Week has reminded readers each year of the value to our communities and our democracy in maintaining a vigorous free press. The theme for this year’s observances is focused on the challenges of the ...

Behavioral Health news clarifications

Letters to the Editor

The news article on Oct. 5, “Commissioners approve money for new Behavioral Health leader,” stated that the executive director of the Behavioral Health Board, David Browne, is retiring at the end of this year. That is not true. It also suggested that the board or the executive director ...

Competition: The new normal in U.S.-China relations

Local Columns

For decades, the U.S. administrations had mumbled about welcoming China’s “Peaceful Rise.” What, in fact, the previous administrations really meant was that Washington did not know how to stop Beijing from becoming a great power, great enough to challenge America’s global ...

Mental health partnership in local schools much needed

Editorials

Schools used to worry about reading, writing and arithmetic when it came to meeting students’ needs. Today, some schools are facing the problem of providing clothing and hygiene products, food, after-school care, some basic health care and mental health services to their students. “If the ...

Volunteer to help with River Trail maintenance Oct. 13

Letters to the Editor

What can a bunch of volunteers do in a couple of hours to help clean up and maintain the River Trail? Let’s find out on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. The trail is used literally thousands of times each month. Without the trail, where can moms with strollers safely walk their little ...

We must do better to get DNA in databases

Editorials

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Vets’ Hall of Fame is a special recognition

Editorials

On Nov. 1, the Washington County Veterans Service Commission will hold its first Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The men and women in the first class of inductees displayed not only a willingness to serve their country in the military, but to continue serving upon their return to ...