Letters to the Editor

Harper had reason to miss candidates’ breakfast

I feel I need to make a statement in response to a recent article in the Marietta Times entitled “Chamber holds candidates’ breakfast.” In the article there are things that I find highly inadequate as it states that “Challenger Stephen Harper did not attend, nor provide, the group ...

Support mental health levy, spend little to gain a lot

\ I urge your readers to vote their support for Issue 3 which is a modest tax levy for enhanced support of mental health treatment in Washington County. If passed, this tax levy will increase real estate taxes by only $17.50 per year on a home with a property tax valuation of $100,000. The ...

McCabe a seasoned, practical choice

I recently asked Glen McCabe, candidate for Marietta 4th Ward Council, what he thinks about housing “blight” in Marietta. McCabe’s first response was delivered with a twinkle in his eye, “As a building contractor, I’ve spend a lifetime eliminating blight in Marietta, one ...

Bertram has service, experience for judge

My name is Dorothy K. Peppel. I served Washington County for over 60 years in the county treasurer’s office, including nine terms as the elected county treasurer. I am writing to endorse and voice my strong support for Paul Bertram as our next Marietta Municipal Court Judge. I have known ...

Vote Shoaf for Marietta City Council

At a glance, one might assume that Cassidi Shoaf doesnt fit the mold of what a politician is (apparently)supposed to be. She’s not particularly imposing. She doesnt dominate the conversation with fanciful rhetoric or platitudes. She isnt selling anything. She isn’t even speaking, ...

Vote Bartunek for Marietta City Schools board

I have known Roger Bartunek for many years and have found him to be the kind of person who will be a stabilizing influence on the Marietta school board. I have witnessed first hand Bartunek’s ability to bring people together, with opposing views and ideas, to form compromises that benefit ...

Vote McCabe for Marietta City Council 4th Ward

Two good men are vying for Marietta’s 4th Ward Council seat. Both are hardworking, thoughtful, intelligent, approachable, and successful in their own careers. Each has demonstrated a passion for community service. But choosing the best one for the particular job at hand is important. And ...

Vote Bertram for Marietta Municipal Court Judge

This November, we the citizens of Washington County, Ohio, have a duty to fulfill. Among many other positions to be voted on, we will be asked to choose from two candidates, one of whom will ultimately be elected as the Marietta Municipal Court Judge. I ask all who read this, strongly ...

Vote for Shoaf for Marietta City Council

Cassidi Shoaf is a candidate for an at large seat on the Marietta City Council in this fall’s general election. Shoaf is an energetic young woman with a keen interest in improving the community that she and her husband have chosen to be their home. Shoaf is an excellent role model for ...

Vote for Shoaf in Marietta City Council race

As a local business owner, I believe Cassidi Shoaf will be a great asset to our city. She understands how important small businesses are to our local economy and will work to create a business environment that is supportive of us. I feel like our city is in need of a change of perspective. ...

Re-elect Downer for Council-At-Large

Kathy Downer is the best candidate for re-election as city councilperson at large. I had the pleasure to serve on city council with Downer which allowed me to witness her dedication, thoughtful decision making and her ability to work well with others. Her lifelong experience working in the ...

Oxender works tirelessly for City of Marietta

You may not have had the opportunity to meet her, but I am sure you have heard her name. She is the hardest working council member we have!! She works tirelessly for our city. She is so involved in our community. She has a job teaching, and yet she can be seen all around town working for ...

Choose Bartunek for Marietta school board

My name is Taylor Myers and I work as a teacher inside of a low-income school district. I encourage you to vote for Roger Bartunek for Marietta City Schools Board of Education. I first met Roger during my time as a student at Marietta College. I immediately admired Roger because of his ...

Vote Duckworth, Mallett and Lehman for BOE

When I first talked with Mark Duckworth and Doug Mallett about their proposed pursuit of a spot on the Board of Education for Marietta City Schools, I advised both that the students and parents of the district deserved far better than what they were currently receiving. As a parent, I ...

Warren BOE candidate asks for support

I’m Debbie Proctor and I’m asking you to vote for me for Warren Local School Board on November 7th. Why am I running for school board and why should you vote for me? I’ve been a community member for 25 years serving in several capacities. As a pastor, coach, volunteer, mentor, and ...

Welch keeps promises, deserves votes

I attended the debate and have read the literature of the candidates. One incredible difference stands out for me - Judge Welch made several promises when she was first elected and she has stayed true to those promises. In this day and age, it is remarkable that a candidate makes promises ...

Vote for Duckworth in Marietta BOE race

In the Spring of 1984 and 1985, I had the opportunity to run at Marietta High School for Hall of Fame track Coach Bob Annasenz. Coach Annasenz was a piece of iron with a stopwatch and a grin that we took to mean “you guys are doing 16 quarters today, and I’m going to enjoy it….” At ...

Vote for Harper for Council at Large

I am writing this letter in support of Stephen Harper for Marietta City Council at Large. Stephen is an intelligent, thoughtful young man from a sixth generation Marietta family. He is invested in staying in Marietta and making a difference. Some might say that youth and inexperience have ...

Hall has experience for Marietta BOE

Stacy Hall has the experience, perspective, intelligence and drive to make a difference for our students as a member of the Board of Education. If you want to see your tax dollars maximized to their fullest potential, then give them directly to a teacher to use in his or her own classroom. ...

Voters should support Bertram for judge

It was no surprise to me to see the color choices of Paul Bertram’s signs. Blue for integrity and red and white to demonstrate his commitment to patriotism. Attorney Bertram is loyal to the principles of the legal system and uses sound data and information to make unbiased choices for the ...