Opinion

STEAM programs add art to the lessons

Editorials

Some teachers and administrators made an important shift when they turned STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into STEAM — the A stands for “arts.” Programs like Artsbridge, which brings classes, performances and demonstrations to local schools, show perfectly the ...

It’s well past time to protect our elderly

Editorials

Ohioans already know they need to look out for the wellbeing of children; and the law caught up to that reality years ago. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. ...

Plan for school security would leave some lacking

Editorials

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s office ...

Publishing list a good start in regaining trust

Editorials

The Steubenville Diocese, which includes some parishes in Washington County, has made an important and welcomed announcement. It will publish the names of priests in the diocese against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse have been made, and who have been removed from active ...

Repairs are desperately needed on Indian Run Road

Letters to the Editor

This road is in terrible need of repair. The hill on this road is especially bad, and Muskingum Township has been notified by the residents of this road, more than once. We keep getting the answering machine, and noone ever calls us back. The pot holes are so bad, you knock your car out of ...

LWCF will expire Sunday if it’s not reauthorized

Editorials

Washington County residents who enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which many may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. ...

Volunteers needed to help with upkeep of fitness park

Letters to the Editor

On June 30, 2017 my dream of opening an adult fitness park in Marietta became a reality. It has been my gift to the City of Marietta to offer free outdoor equipment to accommodate all citizens, including handicapped, ages 14 and older. I want to one more time acknowledge the over 50 ...

Thanks to candidates who met with voters in town hall

Letters to the Editor

Many thanks to American Legion Post 64 for the use of their building on Sept. 25. Also, thanks to The Marietta Times and WTAP-TV for providing coverage of the Education Town Hall. During the Town Hall candidates for the 95th Ohio House District, Don Jones and Dan Milleson set a high bar for ...

Will new tech help with opioid epidemic?

Editorials

Though awareness and changes in the law have meant a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the main factor in our current substance abuse crisis, the fact remains: “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications being provided ...

Will new tech help with opioid epidemic?

Editorials

Though awareness and changes in the law have meant a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the main factor in our current substance abuse crisis, the fact remains: “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications being provided ...

Reader will support Bill Johnson for Congress

Letters to the Editor

On Tuesday, Nov.6, I will proudly cast my vote to re-elect Congressman Bill Johnson. I have spoken to Johnson on many occasions and also listened to him speak about improving border security and his support for the recent federal tax reform that saved Ohio families nearly $1,500 a year. I ...

Reader will support Bill Johnson for Congress

Letters to the Editor

On Tuesday, Nov.6, I will proudly cast my vote to re-elect Congressman Bill Johnson. I have spoken to Johnson on many occasions and also listened to him speak about improving border security and his support for the recent federal tax reform that saved Ohio families nearly $1,500 a year. I ...

Disc golf course is another reason to get moving

Editorials

Marietta-area residents have another tool in the fight to stay healthy and active, with the opening of a 9-hole disc golf course at Gold Star Park this week. “This is what this area needs,” said Julian Powell, a disc course owner in Vienna who attended the opening. “This whole course ...

Church in dire need of someone to organize luncheon

Editorials

Norwood United Methodist Church plays host each year to an event that brings the work of volunteers from all over the community together to serve more than 500 Thanksgiving meals. This year, the event may be in trouble, if a leader cannot be found to organize it. “We have had some really ...

City deserves a plan that’s carried out

Local Columns

Marietta residents and those who live in our lovely, historic city are being asked to give the administration more tax money. Perhaps it would be wise to examine some of the ways the city could raise needed income or save money rather than asking those on minimum wage salaries, fixed incomes ...

Adults and kids alike can learn lessons from Sandy Hook

Editorials

An organization founded by families of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting knew they needed to try something different — something a whole lot of other adults had ignored — if they were to make a difference in kids’ lives. “We empower and help one population ...

New cold war looming

Local Columns

Trade talks between Washington and Beijing, aimed at defusing escalating tensions between the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 economies, are at risk amid latest threat from President Trump of additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. The Chinese government has vowed to hit back and made ...

Keep the jobs market momentum going

Editorials

Though our region has not yet recovered from the substantial reduction in its workforce experienced in the wake of the financial crisis of the mid-2000s, there are bright spots in a look at the most recent numbers. In the Parkersburg-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area, the civilian ...