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Letters to the Editor

College student appreciates city

Sunsets in Marietta are truly stunning, but that's not the reason I'm here. My name is Benjamin Hrovat, and I have traveled approximately 700 miles from my home in Rhode Island to attend a small liberal arts college that you may have heard about. Since leaving the smallest state in the union, ...

Questions remain about Marietta schools levy

The Marietta City School Board has done a very good job of communicating the fact that the district's current school buildings are old. However, I am very concerned with the board members lack of communication at the Aug.19, 2019, board meeting regarding the proposed 5.36 mill levy to raise ...

Thanks for the support

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, The Right Path for Washington County wrapped up an incredible 15th summer of safe teen and family events. Thanks to our fundraisers at Spagna's in March and VFW Post #5108 in May, we were well on our way!! Since 2004, we have provided ...

What kind of planet are we leaving for our children?

As a resident of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley, I am greatly concerned about our planet’s life. I am disturbed that the president of Brazil does not seem to be concerned that the lungs of our world are burning. He will not accept help from other nations. As a person who has COPD, I ...

MHS Class of 1969 had a good time at 50th reunion

The Marietta High School Class of 1969 held their 50th Year Reunion the weekend of Aug. 9-11, 2019. With over 100 classmates attending the three days of activities, many memories were renewed along with long ago friendships. The planning and hard work of the reunion committee comprised of Debby ...

Rotary is helping to provide shelter boxes worldwide

The Rotary Club of Marietta just completed a fundraiser for the purpose of purchasing shelter boxes to be used around the world by people in need of temporary shelter in times of natural disasters. A shelter box is, in essence, everything one would need until better accommodations can be ...

Who will speak for the trees in our lovely city of Marietta?

The historic city of Marietta has treasured its trees since the first 48 pioneer settlers set their eyes on the enormous sycamores, elms, walnut, hickory and chestnuts, among many others in 1788. Marietta has been honored as a USA Tree City for many decades through the dedicated work of the ...

Greased pig contest teaches a poor example of cruelty

According to Ohio Revised Code 1717.01: (A) “Animal” includes every living dumb creature; (B) “Cruelty,” “torment,” and “torture” include every act, omission, or neglect by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when ...

Marietta Welfare League puts on Music in the Park

As fall approaches and we look back at summer, we are grateful for having Music In The Park, a downtown music series put on by The Marietta Welfare League at the gazebo in Marietta. We had 12 wonderful events. This summer’s series was an enormous success. On behalf of The Marietta Welfare ...

MCS Levy traffic issues

I am a new to Glendale Road resident and have many concerns about the November, Marietta City Schools (MCS) Levy, most pressing being traffic and congestion. I am shocked to not receive any notice of four schools potentially being built at my property line, and the traffic such a major project ...

Climate change – the long con

“The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned, uniting with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its ...

New recruits welcome to join MOV’n Dragons

Good times were had this summer as over 100 folks from California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Ohio took part in the 2019 Muskingum River Dragon Boat Excursions provided by the MOV’n Dragons. We even had a young woman from Austria! The MOV’n ...

What is happening with the Armory?

I read in The Times about problems with security at the Armory. Yes, we are looking forward to the opening of the gym for the young people of Marietta. But I had the most disturbing experience the other day and it has caused me to wonder about security. It happened when I was entering the CVB ...

Questions for the BOE

With early voting starting Oct. 8, I am here to ask when there will be an open public forum to discuss the upcoming property tax levy for the purpose of constructing a new school facility? I feel there should be several forums held at different times so everyone has an opportunity to attend. ...

Older works of literature deserve attention too

It seems to me as a retired English teacher that Marietta High School and its English Department have forgotten what a basic function of a HS English Department is or ought to be. That is to teach young people to read, not merely the current writing styles, but earlier styles. Even 19th Century ...

I disagree

I disagree with your opinion piece of Aug. 7, 2019 – “What is the underlying cause of mass killings?” You don’t think that stricter gun-control laws would do much good. Well, I don’t agree. And you are concerned that banning assault weapons would infringe upon the civil liberties ...

Little Muskingum Grange says thanks for support

Little Muskingum Grange #2621 thanks the sponsors of their July Annual Pull. The grange, founded in 1867, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural Americal and agriculture. The grange has a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community ...

Oak Grove VFD appreciates support

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone that came out in support of our Annual Ice Cream Social held this year on Aug. 3. Those in attendance were entertained by the talented band Phase 2, enjoyed a BBQ chicken dinner that included potato salad and baked beans, our ...

Assault weapons and public policy

“What makes injuries from these rifles so deadly,” one surgeon said (March 4, NYT), “is that the bullets travel so fast. Those from an M16 or an AR 15 can depart the muzzle at a velocity of more than 3,000 feet per second, while bullets from many common handguns move at less than a half ...

Thanks for support of Inland Waterways Festival

On behalf of the Friends of the Museums, Inland Waterways Festival Volunteers, and Ohio River Museum staff and volunteers, I would like to extend a very special thank you to Jeff Price and the amazing Marietta High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team. These young ladies came the day before the ...