Opinion

Kudos to Ohio agency working to stop opioid addiction

Editorials

Appalachian Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Valley have seen a toll taken by the substance abuse epidemic of the last several years from which it may be nearly impossible to recover. Nearly everyone has been affected in some way. And for years now we have understood one of the sparks for that epidemic ...

Visitors deserve to see Marietta at its best

Letters to the Editor

As a former resident and frequent visitor to Marietta, I continue to be amazed how the town has transformed over the years and leveraged its location at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers to showcase the community. On any given day, you can stroll Front Street, and the downtown ...

Reading is just as important in summer months

Editorials

Over the weekend, children in Marietta had a chance to participate in Story Time at the Armory, presented by the Kiwanis Club. It was a typical summer weekend program —snacks, giveaways, prizes, storytellers and smiling kids. And while the Kiwanis Club’s program is a fantastic one, and we ...

Thanks for support of Sternwheel Festival

Letters to the Editor

The 10th Annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival Memorial 5K Run and Walk was held May 25. The event was a huge success because of the many run/walk participants, business sponsors and assistance from local businesses, city government and other individuals. We are extremely grateful to ...

Too many risks for fireworks to be legal

Editorials

Legalizing dangerous fireworks was a bad idea when it was done in West Virginia in 2016 — and it is no better now for Ohio. A bill in the Ohio state Senate, SB 72, would legalize consumer use of most pyrotechnic devices, including some powerful enough to blow a child’s hand off. Any one ...

Feeding programs make a difference

Editorials

While plenty of students see the beginning of summer as a temporary freedom from the rigors of the academic year, there are too many young people in the Mid-Ohio Valley who know summer means insecurity, a loss of the knowledge that at least for those precious hours five days a week they were ...

Decisions make Marietta top priority

Editorials

Marietta Main Street is on the brink of a tough year — one in which it will begin the work of putting into motion the Enrich Marietta long-term development plan. Kudos, then, to outgoing Marietta Main Street Executive Director Sam Tuten for making the decision that if he and the organization ...

Sheriff appeals to GOP in favor of a new prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sirs and Madams: Your committee will soon have the task of selecting an individual to fulfill the open position of Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. I am writing as the Sheriff of Washington County, a long standing Republican office holder, and a fellow Republican. I believe ...

Getting children vaccinated is crucial

Editorials

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking vaccinations ...

Warren board right to do more research

Editorials

At its May meeting, the Warren Local Board of Education tabled its discussion of allowing teachers in the district to be armed and the issue is expected to be considered again in June. We’re glad to see that the board is taking the time necessary to make such an important—literally a ...

Difficult relationship the with truth

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Times Opinion piece “Spying on Trump campaign is concerning” in the April 15 edition was disappointing. In case you had forgotten, Attorney General William Barr lobbied President Trump for the AG position – his words assuring Trump that he would “have his back.” The way I ...

Republicans side with insurance

Letters to the Editor

Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (HR986) which passed in the Democratic controlled House of Representatives was not supported by a single Ohio Republican. While they repeatedly claim to support protections none of them have the moral inclination to protect anyone from ...

Hate group rally flopped without support

Editorials

Saturday’s rally by the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated “Honorable Sacred Knights,” in Dayton, was not the powder keg some in the national media had predicted it might be. In fact, to the enormous relief of most reasonable people, only nine people are reported to have shown up in support of the ...

Remember why we honor the fallen today

Editorials

There aren’t many who call it Decoration Day anymore, but doing so might better help us remember the reason for the Memorial Day holiday. It is not an excuse to give us a three-day weekend; nor is it meant to serve primarily as the unofficial start to summer. Memorial Day is meant to ...

Collaboration is the foundation for success

Local Columns

Collaboration. What does that mean? Is it the same as cooperation? Is it a product? A process? A concept? A notion? Or just a buzzword? At United Way, we build our success on solid and positive collaborations. We know it’s something much bigger than an industry buzzword. We know it is both ...

Spelling bee winners should be proud of their success

Editorials

As Williamstown High School’s Matthew Taylor and Marietta Middle School’s Tate Ayers prepare for their adventures in Washington, D.C., next week, the anticipation for the Scripps National Spelling Bee might very well bring a case of the nerves. There is no need. Both young men have shown ...

Kudos to Fort Frye staff and students

Editorials

They cheer in the stands at athletic events. They give to fundraising efforts. They pass levies to fund operations and special projects. The communities that make up the Fort Frye Local school district are constantly giving to the schools and the students. This week, the tables were turned ...

Lawmakers should alter statutes of limitations

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

Decline in population is generally bad for society

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Appalachia’s rising suicide rate needs to be addressed

Editorials

Residents of Ohio’s Appalachian counties do not need to be told how challenging the last decade or two has been. For far too many hope is a thing of the past, and the stress has taken a deadly toll. According to a report released by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, ...