Local Columns

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 ...

Chip in to make our city beautiful

Public officials often like to lament their lack of money to solve problems. Well, here are a number of things everyone can do immediately to improve everyone’s quality of life in Marietta. And it won’t break the budget. Volunteer in your neighborhood to help pick up trash and litter. ...

U.S. withdrawal from the Asia-Pacific?

U.S presidential elections always have had profound effects on the global balance of power. The 2016 election is no exception, especially for the countries in the Asia-Pacific. The “Pivot to Asia” policy of the Obama administration represented a significant shift in U.S. global strategy, ...

Give thanks post election

A few short weeks ago, most Republicans were whining that the system was “rigged” and were angrily threatening to resort to “extraordinary measures” if Hillary Clinton won. However, since the election of Trump, their pre-packaged talking points have shifted to ordering Democrats to ...

Newspapers are the answer to fake news

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson There is good news on fake news. As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And there is a ...

We must curb the abomination of fake news generated for fun, profit

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The emergence of "social media" as compared to "news media" has morphed into "fake news" as opposed to reliable journalism. The legitimate citizen chatter on the Internet offering alternative views on the events of the day to the work of trained ...

One nation under God

Not ashamed to admit it, on the eve of Election Day while washing the supper dishes, tears ran down my cheeks while I prayed that the Lord’s will would allow Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. Truth is, such was the prayer of many Christians, and here is ...