Opinion

Cooking event enjoyed wide support, success

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to all who helped make the United Way Washington County Men Cook! a success. The event achieved its two objectives - raising funds and raising awareness for 2-1-1, a phone number to call to get connected to the hundreds of social services available to Washington County residents.The ...

Candidate Dye has wealth of experience

Letters to the Editor

On March 15 you will be selecting a candidate for Washington County Treasurer. As you consider your selection please consider Education, Experience, and Community Involvement. Reviewing Douglas Dye's credentials you will find, that he graduated from Marietta College with a degree in Accounting, ...

There are places to get the scoop on candidates

Letters to the Editor

Watching the Republican debates, with their increasing vulgarity and hatefulness, I often feel as if I have been somehow transported to an alternate reality. These are candidates who belong to one of our two major parties, running for the highest office in the land, and they are behaving as if ...

Ohio should be proud of how Kasich campaigns

Editorials

With the field of contenders for the Republican nomination down to four (as of Tuesday night), two of them have adopted a strategy that helped propel one, Donald Trump, to the lead. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have begun making the same sort of harsh, personal, sometimes vulgar attacks ...

Why time flies so quickly

Local Columns

"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown; waiting for someone or something to show you the way. And then one day you find ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run. You ...

Cleveland police ready for trouble at convention

Editorials

Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble when the GOP holds its national convention in that city this summer.City officials plan to buy ...

Think about joining 4-H in your community

Editorials

4-H activities fill the lives of hundreds of youths in our community year after year. It goes far beyond 4-H projects submitted for judging at the Washington County Fair each September.4-H Week is being celebrated in Washington County and across all of Ohio. The clubs aim to instill in our ...

Wide participation made Fur Ball a success

Letters to the Editor

Another Humane Society of the Ohio Valley Fur Ball has come and gone. Saturday, Feb. 27, was a day to remember. Over 300 community members came out to support the animals in our care and we thank each and every one of you. We would like to recognize several that went above and beyond to make ...

Donations to foundation help improve community

Local Columns

The Marietta Community Foundation is more than a charitable giving partner. It's more than a way to positively impact our community. It's a shared belief that together we will meet each day knowing that in real and tangible ways, we are making tomorrow better.With that in mind, the foundation ...

Free speech doesn’t mean rewrite history

Local Columns

In these contentious times, one of the few things that most Americans can agree upon is that it is far better to live in a nation (i.e. the United States) that cherishes the principle of free speech than it is to live in a nation (i.e. North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Russia, or Iran) that doesn't. ...

‘Get it right;’ help economy

Local Columns

A vibrant economy starts with a welcoming business climate. A welcoming business climate is one that is respectful of our entrepreneurs and employs a common-sense approach to regulation and taxation.There are many initiatives aimed at helping Ohio businesses succeed, in addition to attracting ...

Iron out details of medical marijuana

Editorials

Allowing sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes remains a novel idea, and for good reason. Serious law enforcement and health questions remain about the practice, legal only in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.But sale and possession of the ...

Volunteers shouldn’t take work from Teamsters

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the letter to the editor submitted by Council Member Roger Kalter published on March 1: Indeed volunteers can be a great asset to communities. However, when there are employees of the city of Marietta ready, willing and able to perform such work and the volunteers ultimately perform ...

Candidate for central committee seeks support

Letters to the Editor

My name is Leanne Catherine Neuhart and I am running for Republican State Central Committee in the Ohio Primary Election in Ohio District 30.I am running for this position because I am very concerned about the direction of our country. I believe our nation has accumulated an unacceptable amount ...

School security has to be a top priority

Editorials

Children should not be afraid to go to school, for fear someone will appear with a gun, knife or bomb and begin shedding blood.For the vast majority of students, there is no need for such fear. Schools remain safe places - for the most part.But occasionally, violence breaks out in schools. It ...

Sheriff supports Bates for county treasurer

Letters to the Editor

I am providing this letter of recommendation on behalf of Tammy Bates who is a candidate for treasurer of Washington County. I have known Bates for several years and can unequivocally state that she is an individual of extremely high integrity and outstanding character. I have been the sheriff ...

Bates has a grasp of what treasurer should do

Letters to the Editor

I met Tammy Bates shortly after she began working in the county treasurer's office. In my position I have frequent contact with the office and found Bates to always be very helpful, professional and courteous to work with. It did not take her long to get a good grasp on the workings of the ...

Ready or not here comces Hillary’s 2016 version

Local Columns

The wife of one of our earliest presidents stated, "The people vote for one like unto themselves." I believe she also said, "We would account to God for our voting choices."It is our responsibility to elect honest, God-fearing people. In the early days of our country you even had to profess ...

Continue reviews of pay to participate policies

Editorials

Three of our public school districts in Washington County have pay to participate programs for athletics while three do not, and we truly understand the reasoning on both sides.Times are tight for schools in Ohio and it's often essential that money be spent on academics and facilities rather ...

Paying income taxes enables public services

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, April 18, 2016, is the deadline for filing and paying 2015 Marietta City Income Tax returns and 2016 Declarations of Estimated Tax with first quarter payment.The current tax rate of 1.7% on all earned income applies to all individuals 18 years of age who live and/or work in the City ...