Letters to the Editor

College pleased to have retired judge on faculty

I was pleased to see the Marietta Times give front page recognition to retired Judge Ed Lane’s decision to teach at Washington State Community College. We are delighted to add him to our faculty as it demonstrates the high quality of individuals that we hire, adds expertise to the Peace ...

U.S. citizens must show respect for president

I am so very thankful to live in a country that permits free speech and religious freedom. There has been much protesting and demonstrating lately and now it is my turn to give my point of view. During the presidential election debates I had my misgivings about how to vote. During the past ...

Sen. Mitch McConnell should follow own advice

On Jan. 9, I read an article in The Marietta Times that quoted Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as telling Senate Democrats they need to grow up and approve a Supreme Court Justice that President Trump nominates. I think that Senator McConnell should have followed ...

Reader questions Trump’s status as a human

My Republican friends know that their president won’t produce his tax records. They won’t admit it but they know he is a fraud, a con-man, a tax-avoiding crook. It would be of interest though if he could produce a legitimate human birth certificate. He does not act humanely, rationally or ...

Morale must be low in national security circles

A universal truth about employee effectiveness is that it corresponds positively with one’s morale. Morale declines when individuals feel unappreciated or when they believe their efforts have been a waste of time. Sadly, some of our nation’s civil servants must be experiencing low morale ...

New senator came off as close-minded, unfair

Last week, newly-elected State Senator Frank Hoagland (R - District 30) held district office hours at the Nelsonville Public Library. As constituents and Ohio University students, we took the opportunity to meet with Senator Hoagland, in an effort to discuss issues that the people of southeast ...

Marietta lost the ‘revolution,’ but city is still a winner

The past few months have been full of positive energy downtown as the people of Marietta united to make a splash in the Small Business Revolution Main Street competition for a $500,000 grant. Even though Marietta was not a finalist, I consider our town a winner no matter what. Seeing how ...

Resident upset with location of halfway house

Congratulations to my friends and neighbors in Reno, we finally get stuck with the halfway house. They finally came back to where it all started after they tried all over the county with all the protest they received. It was kept quiet this time and they stuck it to good old Reno! Well, they ...

Kiwanis Club thankful for community support

The Marietta Kiwanis Club would like to thank the community for supporting the 63rd Annual Pancake Days Feb. 3 and 4. Pancake Days is the club’s largest fundraiser and all the proceeds — over $20,000 go back into our community. The club members served over 1,800 people in just 1 1/2 ...

Rep’s office ignored plight of Clinic in travel ban

Rep. Bill Johnson recently spoke on NPR’s “Morning Edition” concerning President Trump’s executive order barring Syrian refugees and visitors from seven countries, but did not mention the Cleveland Clinic’s experiences with the order. I called his Marietta office and spoke with Field ...

Local vet grateful for VA and its services

In response to all the bad press and negative comments I’ve read and heard over the past year about the VA, I’d just like to put in my two cents. I am speaking of my own experience, and I say thank God for the VA health system and the Veteran’s Service Office which also lends a hand with ...

Focus on infrastructure will provide additional jobs

During the recent presidential campaign the candidates spoke at nauseam on how to create and retain middle class jobs. During my career as a labor leader I saw firsthand the effects of public and private investment in infrastructure and manufacturing. Infrastructure improvements put ...

Letter writer should thank the women who marched

A recent letter writer, like many immigrants, endured great hardship to come here. He, like thousands of other people, my grandparents included, desperate to escape poverty, war, brutal dictators, religious persecution, etc. I am grateful for their sacrifices every day. It is unconscionable ...

Does ‘Made in America’ apply to Trump products?

Now that a Trump staff member is advertising Trump products from the White House, I assume these products are now made in the United States instead of in foreign countries. Kim McMichael Cutler

Local veterans services office very helpful

I would like to say “thank you” to the folks at the Washington County Veterans Service Office. In April 2016, I stopped to see if I would, as an Army veteran, be eligible for any healthcare benefits. They went above and beyond to help me, even checking on qualifications for any ...

Trump tells supporters what they want to hear

For over 40 years, we have believed that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. This Supreme Court ruling is now in jeopardy. During President Obama’s last year in office, Congress refused to have a hearing and an up or down vote on Merrick Garland. The constitution was not followed ...

We must honor the Greatest Generation

Today in my original hometown of Louisville, Ohio (I consider Marietta my hometown now after living here for 30 years and raising my family here) there is a funeral taking place, one with full military honors. Vincent (Vinny) Kress was born in the small southeast Ohio community of Fulda, and ...

Recognize exceptional women volunteers with a Woman of the Year nom

We are truly blessed in this area to have scores of volunteers who share their time and resources to enhance the quality of life in our community. Every year since the section of Agnes Blazier in 1974, the Zonta Club of Marietta has recognized one of those community champions by presenting ...

Reader hopes everyone will have love of history

Are the people of Washington County as proud of it as I am? As a former recorder of the county, its history still remains with me. How many of its residents know that the hieroglyphics resembling and reverse swastika on the courthouse walls bears no relationship to Hitler’s history, or has ...

Elected officials must protect environment

After setting the stage to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congress’ next move is attacking basic protections for clean water. Late last year the Obama administration finalized the Stream Protection Rule. This is a modest safeguard that provides communities facing devastation from coal ...