Opinion

We’re better than this divisiveness in America

Letters to the Editor

Love it or leave it. Imagine if those were the only choices British colonist George Washington could have envisioned back in 1776. During the depths of the Great Depression, suppose Franklin Roosevelt had said to the American people “If you don’t like the way things are in this country just ...

Kudos to teens working to change their world

Editorials

When 17-year-old Ahni Geogerian, of Marietta, sees classmates at school, they can often seem apathetic or unwilling to participate. Involvement in the Ohio Teen Institute recently gave the teen another view. “You can recognize there are a lot of youth in the area who are really passionate ...

Where does it end?

Letters to the Editor

To all good citizens of Marietta, I am writing this letter to remind the good people of Marietta how many streets have been closed because Marietta College wanted them closed. I have lived around Marietta all my life. I can’t remember what year it was; they closed Sixth Street between ...

All it takes is that first step toward recovery

Editorials

“It will be a hard thing for the first person to walk through that door.” Valerie Betkoski understands how important it is not to give up on the County Harm Reduction Education program hosted by the First Congregational Church, and that there is no need to be discouraged because there has ...

Trump is not America

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Trump may have gone too far this time. While Americans have become accustomed to Trump’s inflation of his intelligence and wealth, the idea that he and his policies represent American ideals is out of bounds. When he berates elected members of Congress for disagreeing with him on policy ...

Thank you for support of DAV Chapter

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of Disabled American Veterans Pioneer City Chapter #52, I wish to thank the generous local business operators who supported our new Summer Raffle. The fundraiser was well-received in the community and a total success. The proceeds will be put to good use in our continued efforts in ...

Not jumping to militarize communities is right call

Editorials

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...

Taking it to the beginning

Letters to the Editor

Walmart sold 3.5 million opioids — fact. Drugs are behind the heartbreak for many parents, yet most fail to act on a timely basis. As kids drop out of sports, the band and other wonderful activities, parents hide from the truth. Yes, many teens are either into drugs or are influenced by ...

Voter rolls must be kept up-to-date

Editorials

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

United we stand, divided we fail

Local Columns

Recent city public hearings have left many scratching their heads. Some left disheartened after hearing the word “no.” Some left frustrated saying words like “should,” “would” and “could.” And some in the following days took heat for their delivery. But the wins from ...

An ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to energy policy

Local Columns

By David E. Ballantyne I have, in the recent past, heard many people express the phrase; “I believe in an all of the above approach to energy policy.” It is mostly those persons who self-identify as Conservatives who use this phrase. I fall into that group. I support the phase. It is ...

Explore Harmar during festival

Editorials

Harmar Days kicks off this morning, with businesses open, food vendors and crafters adding a little more commerce to Maple Street, entertainment, a free miniature steam train ride, and more. But the annual festival is not just about having a good time. It is a way for the Harmar neighborhood ...

Everyone could use healthy eating tips

Editorials

Though not every local young person can participate in events such as the Kids Chef Camp at the Changed Plate Restaurant on Memorial Health System’s Belpre Complex, the concepts being taught are valuable for all of us hoping to learn how to make better choices about our food, be healthier ... ...

Health board concerns come to light

Editorials

The ousting of Washington County’s health commissioner has brought to light some potentially troubling issues with the Washington County Board of Health. The first? Their response to a public information request last week was concerning. When The Marietta Times requested the personnel file ...

Punish Ohio pill pushers

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a pharmaceutical distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving “Keep ‘em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales ...

Thumbs down on security measures at courthouse

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the recent front page article, “Courthouse security gets thumbs up:” My opinion, and lots of others, would give it a “big thumbs down.” What justifies such security measures on the hub of the county’s business? Business has gone on for years without issues. Maybe I just ...

Truth will set us free

Letters to the Editor

I submit this letter in full support of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna S. Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. They are American citizens, women of integrity, who dearly love this country, and they need to be applauded for questioning the very corrupt and toxic status ...

Tax break not really for ‘rich’

Editorials

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as Buckeye State residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, ...

Be more informed, learn about candidates

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. As Kennedy noted, judicial elections in Ohio are nonpartisan contests. That is, ballots do not specify whether ...

Schools would be wise to take precautions with technology

Editorials

Hackers do not much care about the size of the school district, when taking advantage of our growing dependence on technology and access. Coventry Local School District, in Akron, Ohio, has about 2,000 students in total. School was closed there entirely in May as the FBI helped guide district ...