Opinion

Moving forward in the Marietta school system

Letters to the Editor

As a parent of two children in the Marietta school system, nothing is more important to me than the education of my children. In order for children to be successful later in life, a strong foundation and the best tools to build upon that foundation are essential. Marietta City Schools is ...

Reader suggest politicians need mental health checks

Letters to the Editor

In today’s society we have many safeguards that prevent mentally ill people from making important decisions and causing harm to society. In the medical profession, we have medical boards with peer review where physician’s actions are scrutinized by committees. The police have something very ...

Oversight in election process is imperative

Editorials

Fortunately, a problem with the election last November in Miami County, Ohio, did not affect the outcome of any races on the ballot. Still, the fact that 6,000 ballots were not counted is disturbing. Members of the county elections board had to meet last week to amend official returns. Board ...

A pedestrian’s view from the River Trail

Letters to the Editor

I am a pedestrian using the river path as well as sidewalks around town, usually with my dogs. I cannot tell you the number of times I have nearly been hit by people on bikes on the path and on the sidewalks (bikes on sidewalks is a topic for another time). I can remember only ONE time having a ...

Nominate a Zonta Woman of the Year by Feb. 11

Letters to the Editor

We are truly blessed in this area to have so many volunteers who share their time and resources to enhance our quality of life. Every year since 1974, the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley has recognized one of these community champions by presenting the Woman of the Year Award to an ...

United effort against drug crisis vital

Editorials

As Ohioans begin to understand the degree to which the substance abuse crisis will require attack from a united front, if we are to defeat it, Washington County’s Behavioral Health Board was assigned the task of overseeing the establishment of our Opioid Hub — a way for various service ...

Kudos to college, students for Day of Service idea

Editorials

A new idea at Marietta College exceeded the organizers’ expectations this week, and we hope it will also spur some similar action at other area schools and businesses. The college canceled classes Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead encouraged students, faculty and staff to use ...

Today, more than ever, we need King’s words

Editorials

Today is the last day in a three-day weekend for many, particularly school-aged children. But it is not just an excuse for a mini-vacation, it is the observance of the birthday of the late civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parents finding themselves at home with stir-crazy ...

Be on guard for building scammers

Editorials

This week, Anthony Combs changed his mind, and removed his request to be released early from prison after being faced with several of the victims of his construction scam. Combs bilked 34 victims on both sides of the river out of more than $200,000, under the guise of his business AMC ...

Ohio rep has an idea to stop shutdown theatrics

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has an idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration. At first, it may sound a bit far fetched. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a look. And given the ...

Recycling is a privilege

Editorials

We’re all familiar with the concept. A few participants or bystanders who are too competitive can easily ruin a game. A few students in school who won’t stop talking can mean rewards taken away from the entire class. A few people doing the wrong thing can ruin it for ...

Lead by example: Be an adult at sporting events

Editorials

For generations, parents and grandparents have pointed to the youth they are raising and bemoaned the failings of “today’s youth.” The problem with such criticism, of course, is that those young people are often simply following the example that has been set by their elders. A prime ...

Portman stands out as a rational Republican

Letters to the Editor

The magic border wall which will stop asylum seekers, drug smugglers, rapists and gang members was not an emergency crisis or even a priority for Republicans when they controlled all branches of government. Now the vain fellow in the White House and his senate majority Kentucky toadies are ...

DeWine has work to do for all Ohioans

Editorials

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...

The reason for any collapse rests on illegal immigration

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to address the letter writer’s concern (see Letter to the Editor Jan. 10) regarding the “collapse of our constitutional republic.” I applaud the gentleman on his description of our country as a “republic” when so many in the Democrat party have taken to referring to our ...

Reform plan would benefit kids in Ohio

Editorials

Washington County is not the only part of Ohio in which those who administer Children’s Services are struggling. The wave of the last decade became a tsunami in recent years, though it appears it may have peaked for now, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Since ...

Give first responders more tools

Editorials

Ohio law enforcement officers have a lot to keep track of, in doing their jobs to keep the rest of us safe. But there are tools available to them — and another being added — that give them an edge in responding to potentially dangerous situations or dealing with suspects. Sierah’s ...

Let’s all do our part to salvage local businesses

Editorials

When news spread this week that Kmart and Sears stores would all likely be closing there were a lot of comments—including on The Times website — to the effect of “I guess we’ll all be doing more online shopping.” While the death of what was once a retail giant is quite a blow to ...