Local Columns

There shouldn’t be ‘welfare for coal’

In the past week Donald Trump has issued a directive to Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, requiring transmission operators to purchase electricity from nuclear-generated and coal-generated power plants. The claimed rationale for this directive is to provide “resilience” for a secure system ...

War on trucking industry can cripple the whole economy

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the war on one group and another but there is a war going on in this country that will cripple the whole economy if it isn’t stopped. That is the war on the trucking industry. People are taught to keep off rail road tracks and that trains ...

Where I am does not define who I am

Since I was 14 years old, I have battled with addiction — sometimes things would get so bad for me that the only escape would be to numb my brain with alcohol or whatever street corner drug that was readily available. Like millions of other people I drowned and injected my sorrows. Drugs ...

Behavioral health crisis response

Last year the Washington County Behavioral Health Board began planning enhanced or new services that address our mental health and addiction crisis and fill gaps in our community-based continuum of care, as required by law. Funding for added services is coming from the Mental Health Levy, ...

Why on-again, off-again Singapore Summit is on again?

The on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit is at last back on track. Why did President Trump abruptly cancel the summit? And why it was back on just as abruptly as its cancellation? The head-spinning twists in such a high-stakes diplomatic drama had confused much of the ...

Completion of long-term Armory plan in sight

I wish to openly thank Marietta City Councilwoman, Cindy Oxender, Chair of Buildings, Lands, and Parks Committee for writing her “Groups Working Together to Make Armory Gym Space Available” article that was printed in the May 4th, 2018 edition of the Marietta Times.” And, thanks to the ...

2017: Changing minds about climate change

Dr. Bob Chase, a regular contributor to Marietta Times “Viewpoint” recently expressed belief in Methane and CO2 emissions as sources of human caused climate change. I am a regular reader of Dr. Chase’s letters, and that was the first time I’ve heard him say that. I thought that cause ...

EVE, Inc. is committed to keeping families safe

What is EVE? You may have asked: What is EVE? It might have been a news article about one of our fundraisers, or an event to raise awareness of domestic violence. EVE, Incorporated is the shelter and service agency for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We have been in ...

Defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula

June 12 will be the defining moment for peace in the Korean Peninsula. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th,” President Trump tweeted on May 10, “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” In ...

Earth Day support was appreciated

Marietta Earth Day celebrated its 19th year with a sunny, beautiful spring day! A special thanks to event sponsors: Clare Kremer and Cathy Schafer, Peoples Bank, and the Marietta Area Recycling Center. The Union Ridge Wildlife Center, through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, ...

Combat stigma of mental illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, during which we advocate against the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma is all around us. Where there are people, there is stigma. It is time to bring awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness. There are two types of stigma. The ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

Groups working together to make armory gym space available

Sunday nights after a weekend of volunteering or city events, it’s a ritual for me to call my 83-year-old parents and chat about the week’s events. My parents catch me up on happenings in their city, their health and various family members. When the discussion turns to “whats going on in ...

The coming conflict in the Taiwan Strait

As the United States and China are positioning themselves for a possible trade war, Beijing launched a massive military drill in the Taiwan Strait on April 18. The April 2018 Taiwan Strait exercise was the “biggest ever” military parade carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army ...

Milleson has experience to lead the 95th

We are lucky to live in a day and age where individuals are able to voice their unique opinions and concerns on social, economic, and political issues through print and digital news media outlets, social media applications, and other public fora. These avenues should make Americans of all walks ...

Taking our freedoms for granted

Isn’t it terrible how our children are being used and exploited these days? I’m not talking about pedophiles or child porn hucksters, although today’s perpetrators are nearly as despicable. First an instance of child exploitation in our own region. West Virginia teachers recently held ...

Ohioans deserve clean air and responsible development

In the viewpoint published on March 17th Dr. Robert Chase presents a false choice between the economic benefits of oil and gas development and clean air protections for Ohio communities. The truth is that we can both encourage a more responsible energy industry and protect our air. Voluntary ...

Why Kim Jong-un went to Beijing

Kim Jong-un paid an surprise, highly secretive visit to Beijing from March 26 to 27, marking the first time the 34-year-old North Korean leader has set foot outside the Hermit Kingdom since he took power in 2011. Chinese authorities greeted the North Korean leader with an over-the-top ...

Alcoholism is a family affair

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a fitting time to talk about the devastation the disease of alcoholism has on families across the globe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older (6.2 percent of this age group) have an ...

Reducing methane emissions with minimal govt. input

Is it possible to have “near zero” methane emissions from oil and natural gas production operations and, at the same time, low-cost energy? Fortunately for Ohioans and shale-gas producers in Ohio the answer is yes. Not just any climate policy will achieve these twin goals, however. It will ...