Opinion

Local hiring rules a must for working Ohioans

Letters to the Editor

As someone who values the work of craftsmen in our communities, I am very concerned with the direction GOP lawmakers are taking our state. Senate Bill 152 aims to restrict or ban local hiring and project labor agreements. These actions will chip away at working people's ability to earn an ...

Both parties need to reform delegrate system

Letters to the Editor

In the Marietta Times dated May 5, an editorial entitled, "Don't ever give up your right to vote" - this is one thing I agree with, but do your votes really count? No they don't ... not with both political parties keeping the delegate and caucus systems in the primary for a way to pick a ...

U.S. must shake its foreign oil dependency

Editorials

America's need for natural gas and oil has not lessened. To the contrary, as more and more gas-fired power plants are built, demand will soar.Yet just 415 well drilling rigs are working in the United States. That is an all-time low.Tactics being used by Saudi Arabia and other oil powers are ...

Zonta Award inspires winner to do even more

Letters to the Editor

Dear Zonta Club members,It has taken me awhile to digest winning the Woman of the Year. With the award being based on a woman's volunteer service and her impact on the community justified all of my prayer requests over the last few years. I was completely surprised and at a loss for words ...

State must commit to getting kids into school

Editorials

Critical thinking is one of the skills educators seek to instill in young people. Perhaps we adults need remedial classes on the subject, to judge by some public school policies.Take how we handle truancy, for example: In too many school systems, the reaction to a student with a long record of ...

Deja vu for Colegate travelers for a while

Editorials

Local drivers who regularly travel Colegate Drive knew this was coming. The often bumpy pavement shook drivers and passengers alike.But now, road construction crews have returned to finish their resurfacing project. Hooray!In a nutshell, here's what's happening:- Beginning May 4, Fields ...

Work to influence teens so they avoid tobacco

Letters to the Editor

I was intrigued by an Associated Press article on the front page of The Marietta Times on April 20 entitled, "FDA targets rural teens who chew tobacco." The writer states that FDA effort to focus on risks is the first such effort. That may very well be.However, in as much as it may be news to ...

Beverly’s railroad: mid-1881

Local Columns

By February 1881 The Beverly Dispatch was recommending the people support the Zanesville and Southeastern Railroad and let Zanesville take the lead "and we will follow." Possibly Beverly would have been better off to continue their support of Mooney's Bellaire and Southwestern. At the least, ...

Ohio needs uniform rules for body cameras

Editorials

Use of body cameras by law enforcement officers and deputies in Ohio is increasing and will continue to do so. It makes sense for the state to have at least limited rules for them.A bill being considered by legislators would require that any agency using body cameras have a written policy on ...

Thanks to all who helped on Earth Day Expo

Letters to the Editor

West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosted its 2016 Earth Day Expo on April 21, and as one of the faculty organizers, I would like to issue a public thank-you to all the individuals and organizations that participated in the event.Community organizations Appalachian Renewable Energy ...

Bowling fundraiser really helped a friend

Letters to the Editor

A big thank you to the businesses who donated for our fundraiser basket for our bowling friend, Jackie Hlubb, battling cancer! Thanks to all who bought tickets and sold tickets for this cause. The basket was won by Rod Harris.Ball & Chain Bowling League(North Hills Lanes)Judy Alkire, ...

BLM displays shortsighted attitude on forest

Letters to the Editor

In response to the BLM's recent "Finding of no significant impact" related to the leasing of 18,494 acres in the Wayne National Forest's Marietta Unit for deep shale oil and gas drilling: there are many of us absolutely appalled at this short-sighted assessment. There are so many ominous - not ...

‘Dancing with the Doc’s a success story

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, April 30, there was a sold out crowd at the Peoples Bank Theater. The show was "Dancing with the Docs," and if you missed it you will want to get your tickets for next year early. Put together by Laurie Strahler and Brian Anderson, it was a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald Children's ...

May 1 through 7 is Public Service Recognition Week

Letters to the Editor

May 1 through 7 is Public Service Recognition Week. Across the country and in communities like Parkersburg and Marietta, federal, state, county and local government employees serve us every day. Please join me in publicly acknowledging the good work done by the active and retired federal ...

Don’t ever give up your right to vote

Editorials

Six months before the general election, talk is already mounting that some voters are so disheartened by the candidates for president - regardless of the party - that they are thinking about not casting a vote at all.Bad decision, voters.Voting is our most direct way of making our choices known ...

Employers must be able to check criminal backgrounds

Editorials

Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories. For example, you probably don't want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. Likewise, it probably is not a good idea for the Internal Revenue Service to consider hiring people ...

Give the gift of life; donate an organ

Letters to the Editor

One choice can create a wide ripple of change, much like the decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Each time an individual is able to generously share the gift of life, a person is healed; a family is preserved; a friendship is extended; and the world is changed forever.This summer the ...

Zonta appreciates support for projects

Letters to the Editor

The Zonta Club of Marietta would like to thank the community for all of their support of our recent Unique Boutique Clothing Sale on April 8 and 9. This is our largest fundraiser that we hold bi-annually and all the proceeds go to scholarships for female non-traditional students to further ...

Close the loophole in Ohio’s open meetings law

Editorials

Government officials and employees who want to keep secrets have a powerful tool at their disposal. They can just say "no" to requests for public records, often confident those asking for them cannot afford the time and money needed to challenge rejections in court.The great irony is that if ...