Local Columns

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 ...

Suicide prevention: Practice what you preach Marietta

We preach suicide prevention to our children. We ask them to talk to us and let us know when they are having a problem. But what happens when they do and we seek help only to find that there is none available. There is a family (will not release names for privacy) that tried desperately to get ...

Gardening an activity for life

Welcome to “Gardening for Life”, a monthly column dedicated to gardeners and gardening. The OSU Master Gardener Volunteers have been persuaded to lay down their trowels and pick up a pen to share their gardening passion and expertise. My pursuit is vegetable gardening though flower ...

Fix for insurance companies must be in new plan

Even though Congress is fighting over the new Health Care bill, it will unfortunately not fix the underlying problems. It is very hard to take something away that has become an entitlement. No bill can fix the legacy of Obama and Obamacare. When Obama mandated healthcare providers use ...

The U.S. and China: Fragile superpower relations

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent visit to China, the first by a senior member of the Trump administration, on the surface, appears to have injected a positive spirit into the dispirited U.S.-China relations. In his remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting ...

Small reforms help in the fight against drug abuse

One of the most pressing issues that state is dealing with — both at the community and government level — is the outbreak of drug abuse and addiction. Considering every component of this issue, my fellow members and I in the Ohio House are enacting legislation to take on Ohio’s drug ...

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 ...