Opinion

Civility in local elections was nice to see

Letters to the Editor

Oh, how refreshing and delightful it is to pick up a newspaper and read the election results. Those who won did not display haughtiness or hubris, but showed utmost humility and grace, while complimenting their opponents. While those who fell short of winning, did not whine nor seek excuses ...

Recycling guidelines must be followed

Letters to the Editor

A trip to the mobile recycle trailer today (May 8) prompted this letter. It is upsetting to see how people disregard the guidelines set by the recycling people. A recent article in the Times described how to properly recycle: 1) if placing bags of bottles/cans in the trailers they should ...

Together we can Stamp Out Hunger

Editorials

Local mail carriers are making it easy for the rest of us to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ this weekend. Saturday is the day to leave non-perishable food items at your mailbox. Mail carriers and volunteers will collect the food left along their routes and it will then be donated to local ...

Candidate is thankful for support, experience

Letters to the Editor

My name is Daniel Everson. I recently ran as a write-in candidate for county auditor. I’m writing this open letter to thank everyone that cared in any way about this strange little race. First, I want to send out my biggest “THANK YOU!” to each of the approximately 432 souls that ...

Earth Day support was appreciated

Local Columns

Marietta Earth Day celebrated its 19th year with a sunny, beautiful spring day! A special thanks to event sponsors: Clare Kremer and Cathy Schafer, Peoples Bank, and the Marietta Area Recycling Center. The Union Ridge Wildlife Center, through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, ...

Memorials honor those who protect all of us

Editorials

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. And, in 2016, 58,627 officers ...

Loss of Social Security over PERS is wrong

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in regard to a problem that has been in Ohio legislation since 1989, at least that’s what I was told. Ohio is one of just three states that has this law that needs to be changed. Did you know that if you have worked under Social Security and also Ohio’s public retirement ...

Teachers deserve support, but protect students

Letters to the Editor

I want to write an open letter to all the Fort Frye teachers who were working when I wrote that letter to the editor decades ago and current teachers that are waking up and attempting to strive for better conditions for themselves and their students. I want to tell you I was wrong in how I ...

Don’t bite the hand that feeds your city

Editorials

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Operation under way to save feral cats

Letters to the Editor

Want to hear some good news for a change? Volunteers are making life a little easier and a lot healthier for a band of homeless cats in Marietta. A friend and I first noticed the cats in the summer of 2016. They had gathered in a loose community of the lost and unwanted on the outskirts of ...

Public school offers encouragement

Letters to the Editor

In this time of frequent discussion about privatizing many services that have been provided by government agencies, it is deeply encouraging to discover one that is being done exceptionally well. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day with fourth- and fifth-graders and their ...

The IRS is busy and it isn’t all bad

Editorials

The Internal Revenue Service is probably the most maligned agency in the federal government. Nobody seems to like “The Tax Man,” but every year the service quietly goes about performing one of the most important jobs in Washington — supervising and collecting taxes while assisting ...

We hope plan to fight drugs is effective

Editorials

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has ...

Voters should choose Madden for appeals court

Letters to the Editor

As an American who believes in the ideals of an affirmative Republic set by our founders and written into the word of law in our Constitution, I would like to underscore my strong support and endorsement in great favor of political candidate, Kathleen Madden, for 4th Circuit Court of ...

itter is the best choice for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I am very excited that Kevin Ritter is running for county commissioner. Over the past eight years that I have known Ritter, I have continually been impressed by his leadership, his wisdom, and his passion for the community. On several occasions, I have heard him give insightful lectures on ...

Ritter will be the leader the county needs

Letters to the Editor

Many people have written letters supporting Kevin Ritter for county commissioner. They are well written, accurate, and eloquent descriptions of Ritter’s broad knowledge, his abilities as a statesman, and love for God, family, and country. True enough, these are all traits of the man that I ...

Make your voice heard; go vote Tuesday

Editorials

Tuesday is primary election day in Washington County and all of Ohio. First and foremost, we want everyone eligible to vote to exercise their right. We also hope, if possible, that voters took advantage of the early voting option. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you ...

Ohio needs to ease cosmetology rules

Letters to the Editor

As the general manager of multiple salons in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia, we’ve been successful in growing our business and putting talented stylists to work across two states in this rewarding profession. However, it’s increasingly difficult for us to staff our Ohio locations, ...

Too much already taken from our kids!

Letters to the Editor

Multi-use paths are great, soccer fields are great also. Please Washington County, do not trade an excellent finished project for another possibly good, not even started project. Find a way please to do the multi-use path to Devola from Marietta without tearing up the soccer fields or the ...

Combat stigma of mental illness

Local Columns

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, during which we advocate against the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma is all around us. Where there are people, there is stigma. It is time to bring awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness. There are two types of stigma. The ...