Letters to the Editor

GOP Tax plan clearly will benefit the rich

It's clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we're hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that's hardworking, low-income Americans. This year we've already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly Food ...

Greatness of founding fathers vital to our history

Recently, a church in Alexandria, Va., removed a plaque with George Washington’s name on it. General Washington frequently visited that church for Sunday services. Washington was a slave owner and a wealthy man at that time. However, he risked everything he had, including his life to lead ...

Remember who changed tax laws for businesses

When Congress voted on its version of the tax plot 13 Republican representatives voted against it. If you live in Washington County your congressguy was not one of the 13. One of the 13 explained, “I didn’t come to Congress to raise taxes on my constituents.” The guy with an office ...

Thank you for supporting 5K Run & Walk

MOV Gift of Life would like to thank those that came out and supported our recent 5K Run & Walk at the Marietta Aquatic Center. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. We would like to thank the following area ...

We need to wake up to the ‘vandal in our midst’

Well the heinous deed is almost done; Bernie Sanders calls this Republican tax bill “The biggest act of thievery in the modern history of this country.” An immense transfer of wealth from the bottom up; the obscenely rich will get more billions to hoard, the rest of us will get a charade ...

Applauding Mattel for support of strong girls

Mattel Inc. has introduced a Barbie doll that wears a headscarf (hijab). The doll honors an athlete in last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first American Olympian to compete wearing a hijab. In her column (Marietta Times, Nov. 20), Adriana Cohen argues ...

Thanks for support of Cutler bingo

This letter is to say “thank you” to so many people who made our bingo a success on Nov. 11 at the Cutler Community Center. We want to give a special thank you to Longaberger consultant, Vivian Burton, who has worked with us for about five years. Her basket displays are always beautiful ...

Eliminating COLA  would hurt retirees

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that ...

Disappointment in closing of Women’s Home

A legacy left to help women in need in their late years of life has been totally trashed by a board who basically told us that they didn’t want to deal with it anymore. At first they met with some of the family members and announced the closing of the home and put in writing that it would ...

Senate should not support the tax bill

I strongly encourage Marietta Times readers to contact Senator Rob Portman and urge him to vote against the Senate Tax Bill, a.k.a. the Tax Cuts and Job Acts Bill that the Senate is currently considering. The reasons are legion. First of all, at this writing as the Senate is accelerating ...

Food pantry to eliminate Thursday evening hours

The Western Washington County Food Pantry in Vincent is trying to do a service for the community by giving away food to the less fortunate people and having clothing and miscellaneous items for a cheap price. We do not need people leaving us trash and tearing open bags and taking it. ...

Big ‘gift’ to Americans will be a lump of coal

The proposed Republican tax plan is described by President Trump as an early Christmas present. For large corporations and the very wealthy this is indeed true. For working families a lump of coal will be our “gift.” The rich will get richer as we struggle to support the tax cuts for ...

No need for more bumpouts in Marietta

I hope that the city does not put in the bumpouts at Third and Sacra Via streets — Fourth Street should be a good example of a bad idea. It has served no purpose other than to cause a major mess when it rains and to cause traffic to run over the curbs and put children closer to the moving ...

Marietta Area Recycling Center grateful for support

The Marietta Area Recycling Center is gearing up for the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. There is no better time of the year before things get hectic to stop and thank the businesses and recycling community for their continued support. It takes a village. PDC Energy, an oil and gas ...

Investment in W.V. good for the entire region

The recent announcement that China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., will invest $83.7 billion in West Virginia is exciting news for the state. It is also thrilling news for those of us who live just across the Ohio River and are proud to be part of the Mid-Ohio Valley. At Marietta College, we ...

Holes left in ground a danger to park users

If you enjoy activities by the boat ramp at Indian Acres such as walking, tennis, pickleball, softball, skateboarding and more, you really need to be aware of holes covered by high grass close to the restrooms where you park for all activities. These three holes were made by poles pulled ...

City’s positive stand appreciated by reader

I would like to thank the Leadership of the City of Marietta for installation of Solar Panels on the roof of the Municipal Court Building at 3rd and Butler Streets, due for installation during the week of Nov. 13. I also thank the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta for ...

EPA should replace the CPP, promote fuel mix

The Environmental Protection Agency recent decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan can provide much needed flexibility for America’s electric cooperatives, the not-for-profit utilities that power 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. I write today with Jim Matheson, CEO of the National ...

We should be wary of Republican ‘tax plot’

For eight years Republicans opposed everything that Democrats tried to accomplish. They voted incessantly to repeal the Affordable Care Act knowing that “effort” would never become law. They were safe from doing anything but opposing progress. One would think that they would’ve used ...

Government has no business in medicine

Over the last decade, insurance companies have increased their profit margins by denying medical care. They realize that physicians are extremely busy and don’t have the time to do a peer-to-peer reviews for denied claims. When the physician does have the time to a do a peer-to-peer review ...