Letters to the Editor

Trump is not keeping health care promises

How, why — in a country that can afford war after war, most of them completely avoidable, costing trillions of dollars — and can afford to give tax breaks to the enormously wealthy and large corporations ... costing yet more trillions cannot see fit or find it reasonable to provide basic ...

Republicans can talk, but they can’t govern

Republicans are pretty good at talking their way into office, but they are lousy at governing. The past two months have been interesting to say the least, but they have also brought us a rude awakening. The eight years of reasoned, steady progress by the Obama administration, despite 24/7 ...

Family grateful for outpouring of support

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to the family members, friends and neighbors for all acts of kindness and sympathy, food, donations, cards, visits and kind words spoken to our family regarding the tragedy that took our son Steve, his beloved girlfriend Misty, and their ...

Own a car? Own a body? You need insurance

Why do we accept mandatory car insurance but complain about mandatory health care insurance? What’s the difference? When we choose to buy a car, we know that the state requires all of us to purchase car insurance. We see the wisdom of this requirement because it protects us from having to ...

Socialism vs. communism: Know the difference

What is socialism versus communism? Socialism: State owns and controls everything — apartments/homes, wages, where you go, what you drive, kids education and etc. ... On national news every day, we have heard people on left or social reports. Question is, lefties protesters, called ...

Plan to participate in Earth Day events

Marietta’s Earth Day Celebration is fast approaching. Armory Square, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Now is the time to consider entering the Sweetgum Ball Contest and the Trash-to-Art Contest. Marietta streets provide an almost unlimited number of sweetgum balls - consider them as ...

Trump supporters have Constitutional rights, too

On March 4, pro Trump rallies were held across the nation. Ohio citizens gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse. We were upbeat, happy for fellowship and the opportunity to speak and share our support of President Trump and Constitutional government. Then came the bombardment by the Trump ...

Governor’s education budget attacked

An article in the Columbus Dispatch on March 8, outlined the strong opposition to the way education dollars are allocated in the 2018-2019 budget proposed by Governor John Kasich. Any school district that uses school buses will be negatively impacted by a reduction in money provided for ...

City to recognize home beautification efforts

As a school teacher, most times, I have found that human nature responds well to a pat on the back, a sticker or a cookie. Although negative reinforcement or consequences is sometimes what is needed, generally, positive reinforcement almost always generates a sense of teamwork and ...

No more my-side, your-side thinking

“Too clever by half” — I remember hearing that comment by adults when I was a child, and I think it applies to author Michael J. Knowles’ new best-selling book. Perhaps his wordless book titled, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats,” was intended to completely discredit the political ...

Three weeks is too quick to overhaul healthcare

The newly released and fast-tracked Republican healthcare legislation is a mess. I recorded and watched 23 hours of the committee hearing and studied the text of the bill. There are very real reasons that every hospital association, the American Medical Association, and all other physician ...

Lowell PTO’s Thirty-One Bingo a success

The Lowell Elementary PTO would like to thank all those who, in some way, contributed to the success of our recent Thirty-One Bingo fundraiser. Thanks to the following businesses for donating door prizes or items to be given away in bags: The Adelphia, Alexis Doak at Cut and Curl, Apex ...

Reader looking for others with education concerns

The effort to bring issues to the attention of public officials is not for the faint-hearted. Over the past month, I have endeavored to shine a light on the issue of the ever-growing state support for charter schools in Ohio. I have attempted to contact our local representatives: Andy ...

Education’s Gold Mine for Management Companies

Beginning in 1997, when the Ohio Legislature gave permission for the University of Toledo to sponsor the first charter schools, the number of students enrolled in charter schools has grown to 117,000 students, seven percent of the public school enrollment in Ohio. These community schools are ...

Next Wave appreciated turnout and support

This past Saturday (Feb. 25) Marietta saw a wave of individuals take to the streets to have their voices heard. The crowd marched peacefully and chants echoed amongst the historic buildings. The ever growing group of well over 100 people gathered in the park to hear speakers share knowledge ...

Preventing drug abuse is the best response

I am writing in response to the letter writer from Waterford in reference to the lack of support from Reno residents for the halfway house for drug addicts. I have watched several family members and friends die from cancer and other diseases and I have two family members with severe diabetes. ...

Reno resident says halfway house is no threat

I am writing in response to a letter in the weekend newspaper. Thank you for supporting the addition of a halfway house to our community. I, too, have been saddened by the lack of support from not only Reno residents, but residents of other areas that have been looked at for a halfway house. By ...

Sometimes ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s toxic

I am writing this because I am saddened by the lack of support from some Reno residents for the addition of a halfway house for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Ignorance is not always bliss, sometimes it is just plain toxic. I politely request those opposed to educate themselves as to the ...

Democracy 101: Universal Education”

Cal Thomas’ recent Viewpoint article in The Marietta Times starkly portrays the way money continues to be the real bone of contention in education. According to Thomas, the new Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos doesn’t believe that money really makes any difference in outcomes for ...

Attention critics! Welfare of my country comes first

Never in my life have I heard such vicious attacks on a lawfully elected president. I was not a Trump supporter in the beginning, but I never had any wish to undermine his authority. The welfare of my country comes first. There is a theory that Obama may be behind this horrible attempt to ...