Local Columns

Why should Marietta preserve our brick streets?

A recent meeting of the Marietta Brick Streets Commission reminded me that much time has passed since our initial efforts to preserve our brick streets. Many current residents are not aware of the importance of brick streets to our history and our attractiveness as a tourist destination or ...

Marietta Education Association active

Each month, an article from Marietta City Schools has appeared in this spot highlighting a different school or topic that is part of the education system with our school district. My name is J.D. Benson. I have served as president of the Marietta Education Association since 2013, and would like ...

Gambling is a problem for some

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines gambling as risking something of value, usually money, on the outcome of an event decided at least partially by chance. The National Council on Problem Gambling ...

Access is shrinking, and why it matters

People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, ...

A test for China-South Korea relations

The China-South Korea relations are at their worst since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Seoul in 1992. After years of discussion, Washington and Seoul announced on July 8, 2016 the decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South ...

Trump is president and all alarms are flashing red

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” — P.T. Barnum I would bet the farm that is Donald Trump’s favorite quotation, just before “an eye for an eye.” A year ago amidst Republican nastiness and name calling, I called Trump “The Artful Dodger” (Trump: The Art of the Dodge). I ...

The mental health facts of life

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at ...

Putnam Elem. headed in the right direction

My name is Scott Kratche, the principal at Putnam Elementary School. I have had the privilege of working with the children in Marietta City Schools for 20 years in various capacities. During my time with Marietta City Schools I have served as a physical education teacher, coach, assistant ...

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 ...