Letters to the Editor

Roberts will be the change we need in Congress

If you do not know Shawna Roberts, you are missing a wonderful opportunity. Shawna is the candidate for the sixth Congressional District to vote for. How refreshing to have a candidate from a working rural family dedicated to serving people and not special interests. Shawna has been ...

Matthew Livengood for County Auditor

I am writing to express my support for Matthew Livengood, candidate for Washington County Auditor. Having hired Matthew as my Chief Deputy Auditor over 5 years ago and working with him since, I can attest that he is by far the best prepared candidate to serve as the next Washington County ...

Community leader Triplett for Common Pleas Judge

I would like to encourage voters to elect community leader John E. Triplett Jr. on Nov. 6 to the role of Common Pleas Court Judge. It is important for voters to know that his military service in the United States Army, professional and educational background exceed the qualifications required ...

Raney the best candidate for County Commissioner

In my 71 years, this is the first letter to an editor I’ve ever written. The purpose is to endorse Jim Raney for county commissioner. He was raised on a small dairy farm in Morgan County, he attended Penn Township School in Pennsville and he lived on a small farm, Windy Point, in Waterford. ...

Livengood is the candidate for county auditor

I just want to say that Matthew Livengood is the right candidate for the Washington County Auditor. He is a man of integrity, honesty and experience. He lives a life of service for the community and country. Matthew lives up to his last name in so many ways. He is the right hand man in the ...

Outgoing commissioner recommends Ritter

I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of Washington County the last 4 years as County Commissioner. While serving as Commissioner I have learned that you need to have a broad base of knowledge of which to call on as different problems arise in the County. I have had the honor of ...

Ritter for a commissioner who will remain calm

It is election season again and occasionally in today’s growing politically venomous climate, I cringe. However, it is also a calming opportunity to cast votes for those candidates that we each believe are uniquely prepared for such times. Once such candidate for me is Kevin Ritter. He is a ...

Medication Take Back Day is fast approaching

Medication Take Back Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. This is an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted medication. There are several disposal sites and meds can be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. You do not have to remove labels from bottles and ...

A vote for Rich Cordray is a vote for good government

On Nov. 6 Ohio will hold its general election for all statewide offices. I can share many reasons I support Richard Cordray for governor from his support to restoring local government funds, to returning the oil and gas severance tax to the communities impacted by its development, to his ...

Consider Hess for 4th District Court of Appeals

During the primary election season, I did my research on candidates running up and down the ballot. In addition to looking into the candidates, I needed to do more research about each of the offices. While looking into it, I became more aware of the fact that Ohio has a mid-level Court of ...

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 ...