Local Columns

A healthy, strong community

United Ways understand that a healthy community is a strong first step towards a thriving and strong community. Being healthy makes it easier to concentrate in school and be successful at work. We believe that providing access to quality health services and health insurance; creating healthy ...

U.S. oil industry needs a clear path forward

Thirty-five years have now passed since OPEC imposed an embargo on the export of oil to the United States. Officially, that embargo, which began on Oct. 17, 1973, ended five months later. Since the embargo, OPEC has continued using its influence to manage oil prices. Despite surging U.S. oil ...

Commissioners clarify veterans office move

Some clarity from the Washington County Board of Commissioners pertaining to the relocation of certain county offices: Much confusion has been created by the circulation of inaccurate information regarding the move by the Washington County Veterans Services from Pike Street to Putnam ...

United Way always busy

People often ask us when the “down time” comes at our United Way. They typically speculate that summer is a time of quiet in our office; they think that we are in post campaign mode and must finally have a chance to catch up a bit. Most are surprised to learn that really isn’t the ...

Trade war between U.S. & China is a power struggle between the countries

In 1985, the first year the U.S.-China trade balance was reported, the U.S. trade deficit with China was an insignificant sum of $600 million. The trade deficit with China reached its highest level last year,rose to $375.2 billion in 2017; and the cumulative U.S. trade deficit with China since ...

Together we can go so far

Our community has complex issues. Issues that cannot be solved by one individual organization, but can be addressed by a collective joining of organizations working together to achieve a common goal. Complex issues require complex solutions. As one of United Way’s strategic values, ...

Approved grants strengthen summer activities

The Marietta Community Foundation’s first grant cycle awarded 18 grants to area nonprofit initiatives that ranged from beautification efforts to emergency discretionary funds for domestic violence survivors. As the Foundation receives more applications each cycle, they see the diversity of ...

Mental health issues and policing community

On May 7, 2018, the Washington County Emergency Management training room was filled with 15 trainees for a week-long Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. They were there to learn more about de-escalating dangerous situations and to promote safety for both law enforcement officers and the ...

United Way works to bring community together

For more than 90 years, The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been essential to the fabric of this community — responding to new and emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The work is never ending as the needs and demands of building a safer and healthier community ...

Know the real stories of immigrants in America

Recent immigration events have me heartbroken and in disbelief, yet others are celebrating recent immigration changes. I fear that folks who support these positions are disconnected from the immigrant community by geography or misinformation. I hope that folks who think that family ...

Trump should be praised, not hated by many

I was first enraged when the left and the left wing media climbed all over President Trump’s immigration policy that was no different than President Obama’s immigration policy. Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday that we ...

As he goes from summit to summit, next on Kim Jong-un’s list: Shinzo Abe

Kim Jong-un is busy these days, going from one summit to another. In less than three months, the 34-year-old leader of North Korea has had a summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, met Chinese President Xi Jinping three times, held two inter-Korea summit talks with his South Korean ...

Port authority focuses on sites for development

Since its inception, and most certainly over the past year, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board and staff have been hard at work trying to determine what efforts will most impact our region for the better by way of economic development. What has emerged over the last year from strategic ...

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 ...