Letters to the Editor

Milleson the best one to serve Ohio’s 95th District

As I near my 73rd year, I can recall few elections, if any, whose outcome will be more important than this one. I can recall few times when I felt compelled to speak out publicly, but I can recall many times when I believed the direction of our country lies with young adults who want to ...

Consider casting vote for Livengood for auditor

Matthew Livengood is seeking election as the Washington County Auditor. Your readers should take notice that Livengood is the only candidate for this position who will not require on the job training because he has served nearly six years as Chief Deputy Auditor with current Auditor Bill ...

Ohio needs officials who actually care about the area

I read in a recent issue of the The Marietta Times that Fran DeWine (wife of the current Ohio Attorney General) and LeAnn Johnson (wife of our current Ohio representative, Bill Johnson) were present at a meeting at the Washington County Republican Headquarters. In this article Mrs. DeWine ...

Thirty years long overdue

It has been 30 years since the city has had a pay raise, commonly known as an income tax increase. Our mayor and this present body of council members and members of the administration team are now asking you for one. First adopted in 1962 at 0.6%, taxpayers in a 25-year span approved on four ...

Political moderates called to act

A recent article in Atlantic Monthly by Professor Tom Nichols of the U.S. Naval Academy deserves a notice. Professor Nichols who admits to being one for almost 40 years proclaims in the article that he is no longer a “Republican.” What he is and maybe has always been is a ...

Mad or mindful?

I’m hearing the prediction that the mid-term elections will be decided by who is madder. I find that statement deeply disturbing. As citizens, we shouldn’t be motivated solely by partisan anger or red-button reaction. Instead, our votes should arise from our commitment to shared national ...

Milleson’s campaign efforts surpasses expectations

I submitted an opinion piece to this newspaper in April endorsing the candidacy of Dan Milleson for the Ohio House of Representatives for the 95th District. That piece was premised upon my positive experiences with Milleson through nearly 20 years of friendship, and my steadfast confidence in ...

Behavioral Health news clarifications

The news article on Oct. 5, “Commissioners approve money for new Behavioral Health leader,” stated that the executive director of the Behavioral Health Board, David Browne, is retiring at the end of this year. That is not true. It also suggested that the board or the executive director ...

Volunteer to help with River Trail maintenance Oct. 13

What can a bunch of volunteers do in a couple of hours to help clean up and maintain the River Trail? Let’s find out on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. The trail is used literally thousands of times each month. Without the trail, where can moms with strollers safely walk their little ...

Thanks for support of first ‘Recovery Day’ in Marietta

Saturday, Sept.22, was our first “Recovery Day,” as we celebrated personal recovery journey stories! What a tremendous event as agencies shared information with those looking for services and talented musicians Levi Westfall, Mike Beardmore, Sea of 3 and Justin Arthur performed between our ...

Ohio needs Keith Faber as auditor of state

It has been my distinct pleasure to represent southeast Ohio in the state legislature for the past eight years. Every day, whether in Columbus, or back home in my district, I’ve fought for the best interests of our communities – for low taxes, reduced regulations, economic growth, college ...

No immediate health threat an opportunity to rethink necessity of sewer project

I’d like to respond to the Sept. 19, 2018 Marietta Times article “Lawton Road residents prepare to sewer. While the article correctly points out the differences between sewered, unsewered, and agricultural geoprobe borings, the article neglects to mention the Masonic Park well sampled in ...

Repairs are desperately needed on Indian Run Road

This road is in terrible need of repair. The hill on this road is especially bad, and Muskingum Township has been notified by the residents of this road, more than once. We keep getting the answering machine, and noone ever calls us back. The pot holes are so bad, you knock your car out of ...

Volunteers needed to help with upkeep of fitness park

On June 30, 2017 my dream of opening an adult fitness park in Marietta became a reality. It has been my gift to the City of Marietta to offer free outdoor equipment to accommodate all citizens, including handicapped, ages 14 and older. I want to one more time acknowledge the over 50 ...

Thanks to candidates who met with voters in town hall

Many thanks to American Legion Post 64 for the use of their building on Sept. 25. Also, thanks to The Marietta Times and WTAP-TV for providing coverage of the Education Town Hall. During the Town Hall candidates for the 95th Ohio House District, Don Jones and Dan Milleson set a high bar for ...

Reader will support Bill Johnson for Congress

On Tuesday, Nov.6, I will proudly cast my vote to re-elect Congressman Bill Johnson. I have spoken to Johnson on many occasions and also listened to him speak about improving border security and his support for the recent federal tax reform that saved Ohio families nearly $1,500 a year. I ...

Reader will support Bill Johnson for Congress

On Tuesday, Nov.6, I will proudly cast my vote to re-elect Congressman Bill Johnson. I have spoken to Johnson on many occasions and also listened to him speak about improving border security and his support for the recent federal tax reform that saved Ohio families nearly $1,500 a year. I ...

Right Path brings teens and families together with end of summer bash

On Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, The Right Path for Washington County wrapped up our 14th summer of safe teen and family events with our end of summer bash at the Marietta Aquatic Center. Research has shown that families who spend time together have a 50% reduction in drug use and other risky ...

Democratic senators’ cry for FBI probe is shameful

The media has once again failed to provide all the necessary information regarding Judge Kavanaugh in order for the public to form an educated opinion. There is absolutely no indication that this was a repeated pattern of behavior since the alleged event. Usually predators have a repeated ...