Letters to the Editor

Tax increases a concern for many residents

Do you ever wonder why people are leaving the city and old residents seldom come back? Here is a list of real estate tax increases in the last two years. If you want to buy or sell (some are forced to sell because of the increases). Remember most of these homes are 40 + years old. 1) ...

Members of Congress choose greed over safety

It has become apparent to me that the elected officials in Congress and the House, have other things in mind rather than protecting people’s lives. It’s greed! Why else would people who “we elect” to protect us, would turn around and not regulate laws that are currently killing ...

Another blood red day in America

Yet another senseless slaughter of our young people by another disturbed young man, who had a legally purchased AR-15. On Valentine's Day; just another blood-red day in America. First I got angry, then I cried. Next I called Senator Portman's office, and of course I got a recording. Senator ...

Ban on assault rifles is needed now

This is not the article I intended to write. Education Works SEO is about “adequate and equitable” funding for public schools but the events of Feb. 14, 2018 remind us all, again that our schools have even larger problems than lack of funding. When an individual can walk onto a school ...

Learning from history important for all Americans

Recently during the Republican retreat at the Greenbrier Resort, President Trump delivered a speech where he mentioned that the United States “won” World War I and World War II. It is truly amazing that the president of the United States could mix up history so easily. The end of World War ...

Two words to consider, tolerance and censorship

In the world in which we live, there thrives an “anything goes except” mentality. Due to this obvious and ever-growing mindset, there are two words worth considering. These words are “tolerance” and “censorship.” Tolerance is “the ability or willingness to tolerate something; in ...

Mainstream media is biased, corrupt

A recent “unbiased” praise letter hits a real sour note. Yes, Russian meddling did occur in our election process. The author’s version is way off base. For most of the last 1 1/2 years the claims about Trump/Russian collusion has not produced one signal piece of evidence to back up the ...

Columnist misses point of Trump position

Robert Reich’s recent column about President Trump and World Capitalism is so irritating and full of errors that it needs a response. Reich accuses The President of wanting to import capital but not people. But Trump has explicitly advocated immigration of people with skills we can use. ...

We must protect Social Security, Medicare

Now that Republicans have given corporations and the top 10 percent of wealth hoarders enormous tax cuts and so depleted the U.S. Treasury that the government likely will run out of money before they pass a budget, they are planning on stealing Americans’ retirement savings. Claiming ...

Reader appreciates seeing differing views in media

I appreciate The Marietta Times. I don’t always agree with your opinion pieces but your newspaper always carries articles from mainstream media and a variety of viewpoints to make us better informed citizens and voters. I also appreciate those television and NPR (National Public Radio) ...

Candidate wrong to blame fracking for earthquake

Even after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that a recent small earthquake was naturally occurring, local Congressional candidate Warren Lange openly and willingly lied to the public by claiming the earthquake was caused by fracking. This is shameful. Not only did ...

Nominations for Woman of the Year needed

Every year since 1974 the local chapter of Zonta has recognized a community champion by presenting the Elizabeth “Betty” Hadler Woman of the Year Award to a Washington County, Ohio, resident who has dedicated years of outstanding volunteer service to the community. Past winners of the ...

Facts matter in Devola sewer discussion

To the engineer’s son who wrote the letter to the editor regarding the sewer issue in Devola, I would say “facts matter.” The EPA was not concerned about nitrates in the drinking water on Nolan Circle. The systems installed by the builder, Nolan, were septic tanks with electric powered ...

Don’t miss Kiwanis Pancake Days on Feb. 2, 3

One of the earliest memories I have from my childhood is the smell of pancakes and sausage at the Kiwanis Pancake Days at First Congregational Church on Front Street in Marietta. I am fortunate enough to have also shared this experience with my wife and three children since 1993, when I ...

Trump should meet with investigators

The 39 percent of citizens who still are backing their cadet bone spur in the White House won’t care that their fellow’s mob of attorneys are trying desperately to save him from an interview with investigators. We other 61 percent might be chuckling. Those attorneys are calling an ...

Those who paid into Social Security deserve more

So Social Security, in 2018, is getting a 2 percent cost of living increase and thus you believe the amount you will be seeing in your check will be increased by 2 percent. Wrong! In my case the bottom line is 0.8 percent increase with the Medicare deduction increasing 20.7 percent so I ...

Please support annual EVE fundraiser

There is an upcoming event that, after 29 years, is a Marietta tradition. EVE’s Chocolate Party at Glenwood is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and a family rate of $25. Because this serves as one of only two major fundraisers ...

County’s violation of legal agreements hurts all

In the 1800s, Marietta merchants often tossed their trash into Goose Run so Mother Nature could flush it down to Belpre, Parkersburg and Cincinnati. In 2000, Devola’s sewer plant was failing and human waste was flowing into the Muskingum River, above Marietta’s water ...

Residents should use pick-up service

Snow days mean for a lot of families — a little extra time to sort out closets in anticipation of spring cleaning! If you have a large item to dispose of, don’t forget that the the Special Utilities Committee of City Council negotiated with Rumpke Trash Service, one free large trash item ...

Taxpayers must decide on tax bill for themselves

Those who are spouting off about the so-called “bad tax” bill fall into two different groups — either they know what the tax bill does say and are deliberately lying, or don’t know what it says, but still insist on spouting ignorance on what they want us to believe this tax bill does ...