Opinion

Voters should write-in Livengood for auditor

Letters to the Editor

I have been a practicing attorney in Washington County for over 35 years, during which time I have had almost daily contact with the Washington County Auditor’s Office. During that time, I have always found the auditor’s employees to be friendly, courteous and very competent and ...

Voters should say yes to children’s services levy

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to ask the residents of Washington County to read and listen carefully to the information being distributed by our Children’s Services Board about the critical need for a Foster Care Placement Levy. Children’s Services has always worked to keep children in their own homes ...

Vote for Ritter on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

It is very fortunate for the citizens of Washington County that a candidate of Kevin Ritter’s stature is seeking election as county commissioner. Ritter possesses a wealth of experience as both an educator and as an independent businessman. In addition, he is blessed with a double dose of ...

Who really is paying at tax time?

Editorials

If you are like many Americans, you recently finished working on your income tax returns for 2017. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid, you might think. Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each year. Another $1.24 trillion flows ...

Take care driving through work areas

Editorials

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. Sadly, we were especially reminded of this recently when Ohio Department of Transportation worker John Pasko, 54, of Salem, Ohio, was ...

Vote yes to Ritter, Children’s Services levy

Letters to the Editor

As we evaluate candidates for the position of Washington County Commissioner, it is important to look forward to what the winner of this election will face when he takes office. We’re suffering from an expensive and adversarial relationship between the City of Marietta and the ...

Mincks supports DeWine for governor

Letters to the Editor

As the (Washington) County Sheriff, I have the great pleasure and responsibility of keeping the people of Washington County safe. What I look for in Ohio’s next governor is someone who knows and understands what is takes to keep Ohioans safe. Attorney General Mike DeWine is the only ...

U.S. advisory in opioid fight comes late in crisis

Editorials

The U.S. surgeon general has done something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans are ...

Right Path appreciates continued support

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, March 18, The Right Path for Washington County held our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Spagna’s in Historic Harmar Village. Thanks to the continued support of owner Kevin Whitby and Spagna’s wonderful staff, including Robert Farley and Patti Knotts, we continue to be ...

Neighborhood Watch idea remains useful today

Editorials

Harmar Hill’s Neighborhood Watch organization has been in existence since 1996 and it’s as much of an example of neighbors helping neighbors as it was at its founding. “I think it’s really helped, it gets people talking to one another,” said Ken Strahler, a resident of Alta Street ...

Ohio needs proposed broadband expansion

Editorials

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband Internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of our area — is high enough to ...

Kevin Ritter best choice for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I believe that Kevin Ritter is the best candidate for the Washington County Commissioner position. I would encourage everyone that intends to vote to have a conversation with the three candidates for commissioner. I interviewed Ritter on two separates occasions to ask about his reasons for ...

Tax money to support better-paid workers worth it

Letters to the Editor

A wonderful story was in today’s paper about Washington County Highway Department employees voting to unionize. I applaud our county employees for their efforts to organize for better benefits for themselves and their families. I stand behind these people 100 percent and want to say that ...

Household Hazardous Waste Day offers free collection

Editorials

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the area’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, going on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Solvay Employee Park. This event allows for the proper disposal of a variety of household items including insecticides, fertilizer, household ...

Vote Cordray for governor in primary

Letters to the Editor

On May 8, Ohio will hold its primary for statewide offices. Dennis Kucinich, a democratic candidate for governor, is running on a platform which includes a complete ban on oil and gas drilling in the State of Ohio. Kucinich proposes utilizing eminent domain to take control of oil and gas ...

Vote Ritter for commissioner in primary

Letters to the Editor

I met Kevin Ritter about 10 years ago through my father. Since then, we have become well acquainted with him and his family. Ritter and his wife are two of the founders of Veritas Classical Academy, the school my children now attend. As someone who grew up in the Greater Ohio Valley, I ...

Support Hess for Court of Appeals

Letters to the Editor

As early voting begins, I wanted to write a letter to the editor supporting Mike Hess for the 4th District Court of Appeals. Hess and I met this past year while he was campaigning and I think that he has what it takes to be a fair judge while approaching the bench with a strong set of ...

We must all protect children at all times

Editorials

One of every two children placed in foster care in 2015 was there because of abuse and neglect associated with their parents’ drug use, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Parents are so intent on feeding their addiction that they forget about their ...