Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Busting myths about Girl Scouts with facts

On Sept. 11, 2018 an article entitled Scout Me In was published by the Marietta Times about how Boy Scouts of America is now allowing girls to join their packs. As a Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader I felt that the article was very misleading and I have seen many schools and other organizations ...

How do I decide for myself what is best?

Have you wondered what to do about vaccines? Should I get a vaccine or should I refuse? Are you really well informed to make the choice? When we gather relevant information, look at the alternatives, consider the evidence we can better choose among our alternatives. We all know this is true ...

United Way keeps making a difference

United Way doesn’t look away from the critical issues- they face them head on! We don’t have to look far to find critical issues in our community that need to be addressed. Often it can feel as if the negativity outweighs the wonderful things happening all around us in the MOV. The ...

Music In the Park 2018 very successful for Marietta

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 2018. We had 12 wonderful events. This summer’s series was an enormous success. On behalf of The Marietta ...

Veterans all deserve the same benefits

I was recently in Florida with the grandkids and I noticed several campgrounds, parks, hotels and restaurants were giving discounts to veterans. At Bush Gardens, I asked if I could have the veterans discount and they asked to see my veterans “card.” Unfortunately, I had no card to show them ...

Shawna Roberts is the change this area needs

Enjoyed walking in the fair parade Saturday wearing a Shawna Roberts T-shirt. Roberts is the Democratic candidate for Congress representing the 6th District, my district. It was fun to see our community, including former students, as they enjoyed the parade with family and friends. I walked ...

Town Hall for 95th District candidates on Sept. 25

The voters in portions of Washington County may be confused as to the exact Ohio House District in which they reside. The reason is the gerrymandered districts that find neighbors on some streets voting in the 94th district while three doors away their neighbors are in the 95th district. In ...

Interesting observations of Sen. McCain’s funeral

It was quite obvious that there was a deep feud between John McCain and President Trump, even thru his illness and until his death, McCain held the grudge. Fortunately, Trump took the high ground after McCain’s passing. He ordered the flags at half mast, he sent Air Force Two to pick up ...

Need for people to vote is imperative

With the havoc in our country, the hatred being expressed so openly, the lack of leadership in D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the need for people to vote in this election is extremely important for the survival of our country. Those people who did not vote in 2016 need to reconsider their duties ...

Councilperson wants to set the record straight

Today I read the paper after several supporters called me. It was exceedingly peculiar to find myself credited with an idea that was actually that of Councilor Scales at a working Planning, Zoning and Annexation meeting to discuss possibilities to address the blight problem in Marietta (meeting ...

City needs a better plan to remove blight

Customers of Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant already are paying at least an additional $600 annually because Washington County Commissioners have failed to connect Devola and Oak Grove septic systems as agreed in 2011. Now Marietta Councilman Cindy Oxender believes a brilliant blight ...

Meyer is a football coach, not a marriage counselor

Apparently Urban Meyer’s fault was not coming to you for advice, because you could have told him what to do. But let me point out that until quite recently the advice you would have given him would have been in direct contradiction to what the law and social norms would have allowed. The ...

Grange says thanks for support of Annual Pull

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 America and agriculture. The grange has a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community ...

More needs to be done about dangerous dog

There were several dog incidents from this dangerous pitbull dog, but nothing has been done with the dog — only small fines to the owner for not controlling the dog. My little dog was attacked and killed by the dangerous pitbull dog, weighing 50 pounds or so. But my little chihuahua dog ...

Parkersburg council right to pray before meetings

Congratulations to the members of the Parkersburg City Council for not giving in to the threats and opinions of one narrow minded person or group concerning praying before meetings. This a democracy and you have just as much right to your beliefs and prayers before the meeting as they do ...

Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

In many ways, the greatest strength of Appalachian Ohio has also been our greatest cross to bear. Our beautiful rolling hills are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, which have formed our economic and cultural identity. Over the past 150 years, we have seen our ore quarried, our ...