Letters to the Editor

United States Congress to debate background check legislation

On Jan. 8, HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Thompson D-CA. The resolution was immediately referred to the Judiciary Committee for review and mark-up. The summary of the bill is not yet written and a call to local ...

Reader takes issue with county jail operations

I would just like to report the way our taxpayers’ money is being spent at the Washington County Jail. The inmates at the jail are being treated unfairly. First of all, the commissary prices keep going up so they can’t afford to buy anything to eat. The phone calls are ridiculously ...

City must not give up Butler Street to college

Closing Butler Street would be a mistake and moreover, it would be wrong. Marietta is a small city, yet bursting with what seems to be more and more traffic on its busy roadways which, at times, makes travel very difficult. Butler Street is one such path area residents can use to bypass ...

Concern over Norwood property owned by bank

Wells Fargo runs double page ads in USA Today and New York Times telling us the company that created bogus accounts for its clients is changing its ways. Don’t believe it for a second! Wells Fargo owns 141 Oakwood Ave. It refuses to sell the three-year disaster although its Athens agent ...

HSOV They Light Up Our Lives fundraiser

More than 100 pets were honored and memorialized through the ninth annual They Light Up Our Lives fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. A tree decorated with white lights memorializing deceased pets, colored lights honoring living pets along with many pet photos was displayed ...

2018 Sweet Corn Festival a resounding success

The 11th annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival set a new record for public attendance and corn sales! With much cooperation from the community, two nice days of weather and Witten Farm Market, we were able to provide this event at no charge to the public and exceed our goal by providing two ...

Moving forward in the Marietta school system

As a parent of two children in the Marietta school system, nothing is more important to me than the education of my children. In order for children to be successful later in life, a strong foundation and the best tools to build upon that foundation are essential. Marietta City Schools is ...

Reader suggest politicians need mental health checks

In today’s society we have many safeguards that prevent mentally ill people from making important decisions and causing harm to society. In the medical profession, we have medical boards with peer review where physician’s actions are scrutinized by committees. The police have something very ...

A pedestrian’s view from the River Trail

I am a pedestrian using the river path as well as sidewalks around town, usually with my dogs. I cannot tell you the number of times I have nearly been hit by people on bikes on the path and on the sidewalks (bikes on sidewalks is a topic for another time). I can remember only ONE time having a ...

Nominate a Zonta Woman of the Year by Feb. 11

We are truly blessed in this area to have so many volunteers who share their time and resources to enhance our quality of life. Every year since 1974, the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley has recognized one of these community champions by presenting the Woman of the Year Award to an ...

Portman stands out as a rational Republican

The magic border wall which will stop asylum seekers, drug smugglers, rapists and gang members was not an emergency crisis or even a priority for Republicans when they controlled all branches of government. Now the vain fellow in the White House and his senate majority Kentucky toadies are ...

The reason for any collapse rests on illegal immigration

I am writing to address the letter writer’s concern (see Letter to the Editor Jan. 10) regarding the “collapse of our constitutional republic.” I applaud the gentleman on his description of our country as a “republic” when so many in the Democrat party have taken to referring to our ...

There is local concern over shutdown; Congress needs to act to overrule Trump

I was amused to read in the news on Jan. 8 that the Marietta office manager for Congressman Bill Johnson “has heard no direct concerns from local constituents” about the partial federal government shutdown. On Jan. 5, I sent nearly identical e-mails to Congressman Johnson and Senators ...

Diversity in House of Representatives a welcome change for America

Good news! Sanity and wisdom have come back to the House of Representatives! What a beautiful sight to see; so many women and people of color taking their historic places, adding to the complex mosaic of American government in the 21st Century. It did my heart good to see the smiles and happy ...

If you are against Trump, you are against America

We, the American people, are truly at a crossroads in our political landscape. Roughly, half of our politicians no longer appreciate what makes America special when compared to the rest of the world. For instance, there is very little doubt that a border wall will work as a cost-effective ...

Thanks to all for help with Cutler basket bingo

We want to take this time to say “thank you” to so many people for making our Basket Bingo a huge success on Nov. 10 at the Cutler Community Center. Vivian Burton and Jimmy King are the best. Thank you to Bridgeport Equipment Co., Tim Reed, Sally Drake, Vivian Burton and all others who ...

Reader feels Buckeyes have been slighted

Two (recent) Monday editions of The Marietta Times have given the Cleveland Browns front page coverage while overlooking the Ohio State Buckeyes’ big win over Michigan then winning the Big Ten Conference. The Cleveland Browns had won just one away game in three years. This isn’t the first ...

Understanding Washington County CSB redesignation

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the redesignation of Children’s Services. We would like to set the record straight. The Children’s Services Board (CSB) has been in deficit spending since 2009. Each year CSB spends more money than it is allocated from the County General ...

Thanks for support of Marietta Recycling Center

‘Tis the season that we celebrate the holidays by baking, buying gifts and with friends and family! This is an especially busy time at the Marietta Area Recycling Center (MARC) with increased volume from all of the holiday activities. It is at this time of the year that it is important to ...

Business owner says Butler should remain open

As a small business owner and taxpaying resident of the Norwood community for over 27 years I would like my opinion known on the possible closing of Butler Street for the Marietta College Campus. For the past 27 years I have navigated on a daily basis the Butler Street crossing through the ...