Local Columns

Lions International celebrates 100th anniversary

This year marks a historic one for Lions International — our 100th anniversary of worldwide service. As an organization, we have undergone many changes to create a bigger impact on our world through service. In 1925, Helen Keller designated us as “knights of the blind in the crusade against ...

Recovery can be beautiful

Each of us has experienced or knows someone who has experienced the devastating effects of a mental health disorder. The World Health Organization has found that these disorders are the single greatest health problem in North America. One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness and ...

When it comes to American politics it’s all ‘Greek to me’

If one were to use the expression “It’s Greek to me” to express resignation or bafflement concerning the bizarre behavior of the present-day occupant of the Oval Office, they might not be far off the mark. As I’ve suggested in two previous op-ed pieces, an important clue for ...

Globalization 2.0: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ plan

As the new U.S. administration continues to give emphasis to President Trump’s “America First” mantra, China is seizing the historic opportunity to champion for its global leadership position. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship project, dubbed “One Belt, One Road” — to ...

Parents should read to children, beginning early

What was your favorite book as a child? Why was it your favorite book? Did the author construct a thrilling story from cover to cover, or did the illustrator create beautiful illustrations that allowed you to visualize a magical place? For some students, like me, it was the first book that I ...

Muslim families are celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is celebrated as the month when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the prophet Muhammad (SWA) in 610 CE. Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, is thought to be the actual day when the Qur’an was given to the prophet and usually falls within the last 10 days of Ramadan. ...

Republicans must search beyond Fox for facts

Attention all partisan Republicans, ignorant Independents, and traitorous Democrats who voted for Donald Trump. Did you know that in Trump’s first hundred days the Secret Service has spent $35,000 of your tax dollars on golf cart rentals? Guess who we paid it to: Donald Trump. And that ...

Direct talks with N. Korea

The triangular relationship between the United States, North Korea and China is taking some interesting turns. Not too long ago, candidate Trump called North Korea the “greatest immediate threat” to the United States. In his Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News on May 1, however, the ...

Local schools find themselves on the short end again

The Ohio House is at it again, and while the cuts are less than those proposed by Gov. John Kasich, Washington County schools stand to lose a total of $1.7 million over the next two years. The only school district which will see an increase is Belpre City Schools, who will see about a quarter ...

City needs yes votes on tax issue

The city of Marietta is in financial trouble and needs your vote to pass a 1/2% income tax increase on the May 2 ballot. Here are some of the problems your city government is dealing with, that I believe you need to know, in order to help you in making your decision in this coming election. ...

Groups address climate change

February was an extremely warm month in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and for the first time in living memory we did not experience one significant snowfall in the 2016-2017 winter. Does this represent a pattern? Of course, one warm winter does not make a trend. But there are two possible explanations ...

Proposed tax increase would hurt families, businesses

Hello, my name is Austin James. I live and work here in the city of Marietta and I would like to share my thoughts on the proposed city tax increase. Marietta is a wonderful place that so many of us are proud to call home. It is also a great place for small businesses as it was recently ...

A breakdown of the current funding for behavioral health

Since the Washington County Behavioral Health Board is requesting passage of a levy in November, many people are asking what we do with the funds we currently have. In short, we subsidize prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental ...

County defends sewer position

Editors note: The Ohio EPA sent Washington County a document dated Feb. 22, 2017, titled Director’s Final Findings and Orders. Also, the Marietta Times reported March 11, 2017, that nitrate levels are declining in Devola water. It was disappointing to see the city of Marietta once again ...

Much is changing in education, but good teachers will always remain a constant

It’s no secret that I have enjoyed a long career with Marietta City Schools. Perhaps that is why I occasionally hear the comment, “I’ll bet you’ve seen a lot of changes.” The quick answer, “A lot of changes!” is usually all that is wanted. But, each time I am left thinking about ...

First Ward candidate a citizen committed to city

My name is Mike Scales and I am running for the 1st Ward Council seat in the May 2 Democratic primary position. Various friends, neighbors and business owners have asked why I am running. What are your goals and visions, not only for the 1st Ward, but the entire city of Marietta? My son, and ...

Alcohol, the drug of choice for young people

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: In the United States, alcohol is the drug of choice among youth under the age of 21, used more than tobacco or other illicit drugs. Even though adolescent use of alcohol has declined during the decade, in the United States, more than 10 million youth aged 12 ...

We’ve seen this ‘new’ political reality before

Awestruck media pundits who like to refer to recent global and national happenings as “unprecedented” might want to pop open a history book where they will discover that much of today’s “news” is not really new ... Let’s go back (once again) to ancient Greece to view one of the ...

Decline in the attractiveness of U.S. education to the world is troubling

American colleges and universities’ ability to attract international students is in decline. The last time this happened was after Sept. 11, 2001. While overall international travel to America was down severely — from October 2000 to September 2001, 6.3 million people from developing ...

Earth Day, Climate Agreement and March for Science

It’s no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people’s day. It has been the people’s day since 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), Rep. Pete ...