Letters to the Editor

Where is the Republican health care plan?

Republicans announced in May of 2010 that they have a plan to replace ObamaCare. “Vote for us and we’ll do it!” became their No. 1 campaign promise for six years. Where’s the plan? Jim Rapp Lowell

Cancer patients worried about break in coverage

I am a stage 4 cancer patient and my health coverage is my lifeline. Access to timely treatment, affordable medications and regular doctor visits are essential and the reason why I am alive today. Any breaks in coverage could mean delayed care for my cancer and dire consequences for my ...

Fundraiser raises more than $2,000 for animals

For a seventh year, animal lovers participated in the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley’s fundraiser, They Light Up Our Lives. A total of $2652 was donated to the HSOV. This included the matching donation made by an anonymous donor for their third year. The Christmas tree, displayed at ...

Avoid moving control of schools closer to Columbus

The Times’ editorial of Jan. 4 concerning local control of school districts struck a nerve and brought up some old, bad memories from Pennsylvania. And it would seem we are in danger of reliving those in Ohio if the state control of schools is moved even further to Columbus. The bad ...

Time to speak up in favor of local school systems

It has been a while since I have submitted a letter to people that have concerns about the future of our public schools. I recently received the following email and I decided that it was time to speak out again. The following information clearly shows that there are those that want to destroy ...

Veterans services credited for job well done

Kick my butt and call me lazy. I’m going to make good on several “Good Intentions” that have crowded the inbox of my mind for far too long. The Times of Jan. 4 contained three items that stirred me to action. The letter from Thomas Kukulka, Veteran Service Officer, prompts this thank ...

Take advantage of all of Rumpke’s services

My college age student is home for the holidays visiting. With the holidays comes visits from relatives, celebrating traditions, and getting rid of “the old.” Last year I wrote a small letter to the editor about the free service that Rumpke Trash offers to any city resident served by ...

MMS Food for Thought a school-wide success

Marietta Middle School’s eighth grade began December’s 2016 Food for Thought project with a goal of sending 300 students home with Goody Bags containing snacks over the holidays. The enormous cost of groceries can be overwhelming for many parents, and the ability for our students to eat a ...

Lack of male artists in calendar a concern

In the 2017 Student Calendar that you recently distributed, I was surprised and rather dismayed to find that of the 34 pictures in the calendar, only four were by boys and those all smaller Honorable Mention works. Assuming that there was no conscious bias on the part of the judges, one has to ...

Veteran Services thankful for community support

Thank you, It is my privilege and honor to “thank” all of the Washington County veterans organizations that have stepped up last year supporting our veterans, their families, and dependents — American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS and PH ...

Be prepared for what’s to come with Trump

In regard to the recent election fiasco, it was proven that anything is possible in this once great country. Even a pathetic, pitiful, stark raving misfit can get elected president. I give the sternest of warnings to all U.S. citizens. Be prepared for anything and I do mean anything! All ...

Christmas at the Battle of the Bulge

At Christmastime, there’s an almost instinctive desire that burns within us to make our way home. That’s why it’s always been so poignant to see scenes of soldiers deployed overseas at this time of year. That was never more the case than at Christmas in 1944, during World War II. After ...

What is the true meaning of Christmas to you?

As I sit here thinking this week about the true meaning of Christmas, what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the thought of Santa Claus coming down the chimney with a bag of toys? The Christmas tree decorations of tinsel and lights of all colors, and the mistletoe above the door and ...

Tucker concert successful for foster families

Tanya Tucker played to a sell-out crowd at Peoples Bank Theatre on Dec. 9. We are happy to report that the event was extremely successful and raised $33,466 for the Washington County Foster Families Foundation. Our vision was to provide a pool of funds to assist foster parents with normal ...

Coats for Kids campaign a success once again

2016 Coats for Kids was successful with 439 coats collected and distributed. We would like to thank all the residents of Washington County and surrounding areas for their generous donations of new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, and hats this year. Thanks, also, to the Marietta Times, ...

Crisis line available to help over the holidays

The holiday season can be challenging for some individuals, from family gatherings, the crowds of shopping, being alone, holiday obligations, or possibly experiencing a first holiday season without a loved one. Any or all of these can bring feelings of sadness, loneliness, and/or anger that may ...

Mike Pence, you’re no Spiro Agnew

If President-elect (Donald) Trump continues his cavalier attitude to the separation of his business activities and the nation’s business he may run into impeachable territory under the Emoluments section of the Constitution. Perhaps something for the Electoral College to ponder, despite or ...

Competition dance troupe appreciates support

The FORCE Competition Dance Troupe from Stacey’s Dance Studio would like to thank all those that came to their Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, and helped make it a success. We appreciated your support and hope you enjoyed visiting with Santa and his Elf on the Shelf! We would like ...

Troop 222’s food drive a success

Waterford Boy Scout Troop 222 would like to thank the residents of Beverly, Waterford, Lowell, Watertown and Coal Run who donated to our annual Christmas food drive on Dec. 10. Donations collected came to 3,300 pounds of food. The food was donated to the American Legion Post 389 Auxiliary ...

Become educated about organ donation

Mark desperately needs a new heart. As he lays in his hospital bed, he is just one of nearly 120,000 Americans (3,100 Ohioans) waiting for their second chance at a healthy, active future — he’s been waiting more than 1,200 days. The question is, how do we help save Mark’s life? As the ...