Opinion

The Dragon vs. the Elephant in the Himalayas

Local Columns

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Don’t miss nature’s wonder

Editorials

While some readers may have already reached “2017 Eclipse overload” we hope most are looking forward to basking in the shadow of the moon Monday afternoon. The Marietta area falls outside of the “totality zone” stretching coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina, but that ...

Some who need pain relief cannot get it

Letters to the Editor

I am a Stage 4 Liver Carcinoid Cancer patient currently on treatment and on remission. I also have some very painful lower back issues. In my quest to find help for the pain, I was turned down on every level. Therefore, I have spent some very painful days with my back and discomfort from my ...

Negotiate with Korea and end the threat

Editorials

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that North ...

Representative must take lack of broadband seriously

Letters to the Editor

I have lived in Washington County my entire life, and over the years, I have seen technological advancements as something that happened in places where I traveled. Then, I noticed that a few years after everyone in urban areas had access to the technology advantages, they would slowly emerge ...

Education forum a good start, more work to do

Letters to the Editor

A cloudy Sunday afternoon in Marietta found about 35 people gathered at the Unitarian Church to discuss what is needed to educate a child? As a new school year approaches the topic could not be more timely. The discussion started with remarks from Tony Dunn, superintendent of Belpre City ...

City can afford to fix parking lot, improve safety

Letters to the Editor

People of all ages, abilities and disabilities are forced on a daily basis to cope with the potholed and gravely parking lot at 304 Putnam St. serving our Marietta City Health Department and Marietta Water Department. A 77-year-old woman in stocking feet recently struggled across the parking ...

Drug abuse a very real emergency

Editorials

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Thanks to those who helped with Harmar Days

Letters to the Editor

A very big thank you to the following businesses and people who donated items to the country store for Harmar Days. We couldn’t do it without your support. Thanks to all who bought tickets, too. Acme Auto Detailing, Agland Country Store, All Pro Nutrition, American Flags and Poles, Amy ...

Reader thinks hospital could help Woman’s Home

Letters to the Editor

After learning the Woman’s Home will be closing in 2018, I thought to myself, why doesn’t Marietta Memorial Hospital step in to save it? Over the years, I have known families whose mothers were residents of the Home. Every one of those families was very happy and pleased with the high ...

Turning point in fight in Mosul

Editorials

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Sick mindset seen in Va. isn’t shared

Editorials

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and ...

Postal Service suffers at the hands of Congress

Editorials

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Fit and Fun in the Sun

Local Columns

While obesity rates continue to rise nationwide, local initiatives are helping to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to instill healthy choices at a young age through their Preschool Family ...

School funding does not keep pace with inflation

Letters to the Editor

In an article in the Marietta Times last week, our Ohio Representative Andy Thompson wrote: “Most schools throughout my district have seen a tremendous surge in school revenue as a result of collections from property taxes.” As a member of the Marietta City School Board, I would like ...

Thanks to Pine Tree Towing and Recovery

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to express heartfelt gratitude to Pine Tree Towing and Recovery for their very generous help in making this year’s Harmar Days Street Festival a success. This is the third year that the event has hosted a whistle blow utilizing steam from my 1922 Minneapolis steam traction ...

Ohio gets ideas in war against addiction

Editorials

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Woman’s Home should remain open

Letters to the Editor

I received a message from one of my sisters who lives in Marietta, including a letter to the editor regarding the closing of the Women's Home on Third Street in Marietta, effective end of June, 2018. In her letter she stated that the announcement was graciously accepted by residents, ...

What to do about those contractors who abuse

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Recent broadband session lacking in local officials

Letters to the Editor

I am dismayed at the lack of interest shown by our local officials in broadband access for southeast Ohio and West Virginia. Without this infrastructure, business development and education suffer. I volunteered at the non-partisan Appalachian OH/WV Connectivity Summit & Town Hall at ...