Opinion

Review of U.S. rail industry is needed

Editorials

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

Columnist misses point of Trump position

Letters to the Editor

Robert Reich’s recent column about President Trump and World Capitalism is so irritating and full of errors that it needs a response. Reich accuses The President of wanting to import capital but not people. But Trump has explicitly advocated immigration of people with skills we can use. ...

We must protect Social Security, Medicare

Letters to the Editor

Now that Republicans have given corporations and the top 10 percent of wealth hoarders enormous tax cuts and so depleted the U.S. Treasury that the government likely will run out of money before they pass a budget, they are planning on stealing Americans’ retirement savings. Claiming ...

Reader appreciates seeing differing views in media

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate The Marietta Times. I don’t always agree with your opinion pieces but your newspaper always carries articles from mainstream media and a variety of viewpoints to make us better informed citizens and voters. I also appreciate those television and NPR (National Public Radio) ...

Lessons of Black History Month

Editorials

Black History Month 2018 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans in Times of War” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African-American Life ...

Improving roads and bridges helps us all

Editorials

In terms of our everyday lives, one of the most important things President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. In Ohio, we drive potholed roads and cross rusty ...

Lingering doubt over cellphone studies

Editorials

So, who do we believe? Authors of past studies that have warned about potential dangers from holding cellphones close to your body (Remember your mom always warned you about those dangers?) Then there are the authors of new studies published Friday. Two government studies found a weak ...

Time to get serious about heart disease

Editorials

Heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer in the nation and February continues to be the month set aside to increase awaress about symptoms and prevention. A look at the numbers illustrates why addressing heart disease is so important. The American Heart Association predicts that this ...

W.Va. teachers, public employees need support

Editorials

We need to pay attention and open our eyes to what is happening in West Virginia. This is important. This impacts West Virginia teachers and service personnel, sure, but it also impacts all West Virginia state employees. The ripple effect that could stem from allowing PEIA to fully ...

Candidate wrong to blame fracking for earthquake

Letters to the Editor

Even after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that a recent small earthquake was naturally occurring, local Congressional candidate Warren Lange openly and willingly lied to the public by claiming the earthquake was caused by fracking. This is shameful. Not only did ...

S. Korea’s President defuses tensions with the north

Local Columns

North and South Korean teams are to match together under the “Korean Unification Flag” at the XXIIIWinter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 9. The Korean Unification Flag, designed to represent all of Korea with a blue silhouette of the Peninsula in the ...

Good Samaritan law is clarified

Local Columns

What is Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law? This law allows qualified persons who would otherwise be subjected to arrest for a minor drug possession offense to not be arrested if they seek or obtain medical assistance for themselves or another individual (Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.11, Possession ...

Big game must live up to hype

Editorials

Try as one might to remember that the Super Bowl is just a football game and that all the hoopla surrounding it is merely marketing hype, it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and enjoyment of the week. This year’s contest is the 52nd such game and features the Philadelphia ...

Nominations for Woman of the Year needed

Letters to the Editor

Every year since 1974 the local chapter of Zonta has recognized a community champion by presenting the Elizabeth “Betty” Hadler Woman of the Year Award to a Washington County, Ohio, resident who has dedicated years of outstanding volunteer service to the community. Past winners of the ...

Facts matter in Devola sewer discussion

Letters to the Editor

To the engineer’s son who wrote the letter to the editor regarding the sewer issue in Devola, I would say “facts matter.” The EPA was not concerned about nitrates in the drinking water on Nolan Circle. The systems installed by the builder, Nolan, were septic tanks with electric powered ...

Abuse case is raising questions

Editorials

The most unsettling aspect of the case of David and Louise Turpin — and it should be disturbing — is how they managed to victimize their children for so long. Not until their 17-year-old daughter managed to escape from the Turpins’ house of horrors did anyone even notice what had been ...

Rules once considered radical now the norm

Editorials

In the age of polarized politics and government shutdowns, an old playbook has been dusted off and is now embraced by all sides of the political spectrum. In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals,” a guidebook for grass-roots organizations to get the better of government ...

Pancakes taste best when served for a cause

Editorials

For more than 60 years, Marietta Kiwanis Club has been serving up warm pancakes on cold February days. This year marks the 64th anniversary of the annual fundraiser, Kiwanis Pancake Days, and we hope you’ll support this local club’s good works. The club serves more than 6,000 pancakes ...

Don’t miss Kiwanis Pancake Days on Feb. 2, 3

Letters to the Editor

One of the earliest memories I have from my childhood is the smell of pancakes and sausage at the Kiwanis Pancake Days at First Congregational Church on Front Street in Marietta. I am fortunate enough to have also shared this experience with my wife and three children since 1993, when I ...

Get into the Read Aloud habit

Editorials

Reading is an essential part of being able to communicate. And reading out loud is a key ingredient to developing communication skills. That’s the idea behind Read Aloud Day, which was explained in our weekend edition by dedicated longtime educator Cheryl Cook, Harmar Elementary School ...