Local Columns

School choice only works if there is a choice

The great arbiter of privilege and equalizer of opportunity is under siege and why not, the haves are in control and dissent is not welcome. With the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, the Trump administration has dealt yet another blow to public education in America. ...

Donald Trump’s North Korea challenge

To no one’s surprise, North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Feb. 12, the first missile test since Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office. The successful launching of the Pukguksong-2 missile into the Sea of Japan was not only another technological advance for Pyongyang’s nuclear-capable ...

Good changes came of ACA

It’s easy to forget the appalling practices of insurance companies when improvements to the system have been made. I remember the horror stories told by people who, after paying thousands of dollars into health insurance policies, were told by those same companies that the yearly or lifetime ...

Marietta resident knows exactly why she marched

This letter is in response to a local doctor who appears to be mystified regarding the reasons why one of the largest globally synchronized protests in history, which took place across more than 600 locations worldwide, occurred. It is a response to his blithe discrediting of the ...

Post election, what do we tell our children?

Twenty-six hours has passed since I led a discussion with about 100 women of the Sisterhood at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation on the east side of Cleveland. Twenty-six hours later and I am still thinking about the question from a woman whose 10-year-old nephew wanted to know whether his friends ...

Trump: Driving us to distraction

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he's still on his reality TV show shouting, "You're fired!" while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they were ...

The president and immigration – the back story

This past weekend, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of all ...

Hitting our heads against a border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration ...

More local recovery funding needed

A recent series of articles in the Marietta Times described the raging epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in Washington County. Perhaps less visible but greatly concerning is the number of county residents who need treatment for a mental illness, but do not receive it. An 8% ...

Kindness alive and well in Marietta City Schools

My name is Alicia McIntire and I am the new principal at Washington Elementary. I am thrilled to be in my new position. Transitioning into a new job can be challenging at times, but the kindness I’ve been shown by the people of Marietta City Schools has made this a wonderful experience for ...

Shale Crescent USA bringing jobs back

In his inaugural speech, President Trump talked about “jobs coming back to the USA.” I was surprised and disappointed when some of the pundits commented after the speech, “We know that isn’t going to happen.” I guess that is what happens when media people don’t leave Washington, ...

Obama’s gift: A Kindle full of books

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod's campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

“Right to Try” legislation provides alternative treatments

Those of us who have a very sick family member or friend recognize that a terminal illness is painful not only for the patient, but also for their loved ones. Conventional treatment methods are sometimes insufficient to improve a patient’s condition, especially those battling cancer, a ...

A ‘hinge moment’ in U.S.-China relations

His suggested headline: In their ninth and final official meeting in Lima in November, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, “We meet at a hinge moment in the China-U.S. relationship.” The Chinese president was probably right to be concerned. ...

Appreciation for all who help Phillips school, students

The holiday season brings thoughts of appreciation for the wonderful occurrences and people in our life. This is especially true in schools that have the opportunity to reflect on the learning process with students, and how learning compassion can benefit them for a lifetime. It is also a time ...

Combating Ohio’s opioid addiction

With the year coming to a close and many things on the docket to complete, one of the most urgent was the passage of Senate Bill 319. Our homes and families have been ravaged by the epidemic that has gripped Ohio for the last few years: opioid addiction. Last year, 3,050 people died from ...

Government red tape costs too much, causes delays

With a historic election behind us, it’s time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and move forward on rebuilding America. Among the first issues Congress and President-elect Trump should address is our aging national infrastructure. Quick action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, ...

Act bigger, think bigger

I was reminded recently of a story about some of Marietta’s earliest and most successful businessmen, the Beren Brothers. They owned Okmar oil and Interstate Pipe and Supply and they are the namesake of Marietta College’s tennis courts on Fourth Street. The story goes that one of the ...

Motivating, inspiring through connections, recognition

At Marietta Middle School, our mission is to inspire excellence through example and opportunity. We will create a safe, nurturing, disciplined community that motivates and enables all students to reach their fullest potential in order to become positive, productive members of society. When ...

Children of substance abusers: victims of drug epidemic

Her suggested headline: In a video released by Cabell Huntington Hospital (WV) to Reuters news service, a days old infant writhes in the throes of a seizure. He is in the early stages of withdrawal. He is a baby born addicted. His agony is similar to that of adult drug abusers who are trying to ...