Letters to the Editor

Some who need pain relief cannot get it

I am a Stage 4 Liver Carcinoid Cancer patient currently on treatment and on remission. I also have some very painful lower back issues. In my quest to find help for the pain, I was turned down on every level. Therefore, I have spent some very painful days with my back and discomfort from my ...

Representative must take lack of broadband seriously

I have lived in Washington County my entire life, and over the years, I have seen technological advancements as something that happened in places where I traveled. Then, I noticed that a few years after everyone in urban areas had access to the technology advantages, they would slowly emerge ...

Education forum a good start, more work to do

A cloudy Sunday afternoon in Marietta found about 35 people gathered at the Unitarian Church to discuss what is needed to educate a child? As a new school year approaches the topic could not be more timely. The discussion started with remarks from Tony Dunn, superintendent of Belpre City ...

City can afford to fix parking lot, improve safety

People of all ages, abilities and disabilities are forced on a daily basis to cope with the potholed and gravely parking lot at 304 Putnam St. serving our Marietta City Health Department and Marietta Water Department. A 77-year-old woman in stocking feet recently struggled across the parking ...

Thanks to those who helped with Harmar Days

A very big thank you to the following businesses and people who donated items to the country store for Harmar Days. We couldn’t do it without your support. Thanks to all who bought tickets, too. Acme Auto Detailing, Agland Country Store, All Pro Nutrition, American Flags and Poles, Amy ...

Reader thinks hospital could help Woman’s Home

After learning the Woman’s Home will be closing in 2018, I thought to myself, why doesn’t Marietta Memorial Hospital step in to save it? Over the years, I have known families whose mothers were residents of the Home. Every one of those families was very happy and pleased with the high ...

School funding does not keep pace with inflation

In an article in the Marietta Times last week, our Ohio Representative Andy Thompson wrote: “Most schools throughout my district have seen a tremendous surge in school revenue as a result of collections from property taxes.” As a member of the Marietta City School Board, I would like ...

Thanks to Pine Tree Towing and Recovery

This letter is to express heartfelt gratitude to Pine Tree Towing and Recovery for their very generous help in making this year’s Harmar Days Street Festival a success. This is the third year that the event has hosted a whistle blow utilizing steam from my 1922 Minneapolis steam traction ...

Woman’s Home should remain open

I received a message from one of my sisters who lives in Marietta, including a letter to the editor regarding the closing of the Women's Home on Third Street in Marietta, effective end of June, 2018. In her letter she stated that the announcement was graciously accepted by residents, ...

Recent broadband session lacking in local officials

I am dismayed at the lack of interest shown by our local officials in broadband access for southeast Ohio and West Virginia. Without this infrastructure, business development and education suffer. I volunteered at the non-partisan Appalachian OH/WV Connectivity Summit & Town Hall at ...

Port Authority benefited from Black’s leadership

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority (SEOPA) has had a long history of excellent leadership with their executive directors starting with Mike Jacoby, then Terry Tamburini and then Jim Black. As a former member of the board of directors, it’s been my pleasure to have worked with all three ...

Agencies worked together after plane crashed

It is rare to have an opportunity where communities really rally together. Sadly, it often takes a tragedy. Recently, Dr. and Dr. Kalapatapu of Logansport IN lost their lives in a plane crash in Beverly Ohio. With the combined efforts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Washington County ...

More evidence points to reality of climate change

The "quadrennial National Climate Assessment", involving scientists from 13 government agencies was just released (over 600 pages) —it has been approved by The National Academy of Sciences. In short it statistically paints an unsettling picture of dramatically rising temps world-wide ...

Main Street program works for downtown Marietta

Why is Marietta Main Street important? Since 1980, Main Street programs across the country have invested more than $71 billion into our downtown communities, through economic development, historic preservation, downtown beautification, and community events. This is significant — and this work ...

Be a ‘good egg;’ be a true friend to others

Ya know, eggs are a very important part of our lives. Almost everyone will eat an egg. Ya can fry an egg, fix an egg omelet, boil, poach, scramble, or have them sunny side up, over easy, over hard, baked and shredded, deviled, and basted. Even children enjoy hunting eggs at Easter time. ...

Food pantry is thankful for support, food drive

The Western Washington County Food Pantry wishes to thank everyone who donated food to us through the Dollar General food drive. Nobody knows how much we appreciated the food. Linda Allen of Fleming Board president

Difficult decision made easier by support found in the community

“Gracious acceptance” is the phrase that best describes the reaction of staff, residents and family members after the June 26 announcement of the closing of the Woman’s Home. Our residents (and their families) were appreciative of having one year to prepare for their transition by ...

Patient appreciates medical technology

The recent weekend edition of the Marietta Times provided quite a contrast to readers: The Marietta Times’ well-written front page story concerning the implementation of technology by local health care providers such as Marietta Memorial Hospital and its impact upon patients, and, on page ...

Those in ‘control’ aren’t worried about health care

Healthcare is a “right” in a civilized world ... There is no other way to express it. The entire developed world realizes this. There are vast resources in this country which ensure an unlimited military — and a very safe 1 percent — yet human infrastructure necessities like health ...

Will legalized marijuana follow tobacco’s path?

Tobacco Road ... Looking into a rear-view mirror, will hype for marijuana (cannabis) fallow the pass of tobacco? After all tobacco was touted as cure for all our neuroses real or imagined as well as being a fashion statement. After all smoke filled rooms looked so enticing let alone ...