Opinion

Support mental health levy to continue programs

Letters to the Editor

Many thanks to the Marietta Times for it continuing coverage of mental health and substance abuse disorders. It’s clear the gravity of the situation is real and immediate, and more prevention, treatment and recovery programs are needed if we’re going to alleviate these countywide ...

Bertram would be a fair, balanced judge

Letters to the Editor

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming elections. I value and cherish the freedom of the right to vote for the candidates that I believe will serve our community, county ...

Bertram has character to serve as judge

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to show my support for Paul Bertram, who is running for judge of the Marietta Municipal Court. I have known Paul Bertram and his family for over 30 years. Bertram’s parents were honest, hard-working, respectable, family-oriented and truly cared for our community. Bertram has ...

Vote for a change in Warren school board

Letters to the Editor

It’s time for a change! The Warren Local School District will be voting on three available Board of Education seats on Feb. 7. I strongly believe in candidate, Debbie Proctor. She has been a coach, past athletic director, and student mentor for Warren, where she has consistently ...

Judge Welch fair and efficient

Letters to the Editor

To the voters of Washington County, Judge Janet Welch and Paul Bertram are both amiable and polite. However, being nice is not in the job description for judge of the Marietta Municipal Court. Judges need to be smart, hardworking, precise, and accurate in their reading of the law. Both ...

Shoaf shows she has leadership qualities

Letters to the Editor

In every leader there are distinctive qualities we all want to see especially in our elected officials who are making important decisions on our behalf. Here are four qualities of leadership that I see in Cassidi Shoaf who is running for Marietta City Council. The first quality is passion. ...

Vote Lazer, Bartunek, Burgardt for BOE

Letters to the Editor

In the election section of the Marietta Times this past weekend, Board of Education members laid out their vision for Marietta City Schools. John Lehman’s section was less a plan for our schools and more a series of attacks on members of the board and a personal attack on Will Hampton, our ...

Bartunek has range of experience for BOE

Letters to the Editor

Roger Bartunek has my support for Marietta City School Board! I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bartunek for many years. I know personally of his lifelong conviction for children and the importance of quality education for all. He and his wife, Kathy, have spent the last 20 ...

Vote McCabe to get city back on track

Letters to the Editor

This election day, Marietta 4th Ward Council race voters will not be forced to choose between two evils. They will choose between two good men: each of whom has demonstrated years of interest in serving his community. But picking the best leader is still very important, and every vote ...

Support McCabe for city council

Letters to the Editor

I’ve known Glen McCabe for several years now. I first met him while doing door to door for my first campaign. McCabe is a small business owner (he does construction and home improvement projects), and he has a whole lot of good old fashoined common sense. McCabe isn’t a glib talker; in ...

Vote for Bartunek for Marietta BOE

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing in support of Roger Bartunek for school board. I have known Bartunek for over 13 years and have the utmost respect of his integrity and commitment to education. He has spent his entire career in education. Over the last several years, our community has benefited from his ...

Mallett dedicated to children, community

Letters to the Editor

I give my highest recommendation to Doug Mallet for school board. I have known and worked with Mallett since I first arrived in Marietta. Mallett and I often found ourselves on the opposite ends of the negotiating table. He was tough, fair and honorable. Mallett always drove a hard bargain ...

Support Shoaf for city council

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to encourage others to support and vote for Cassidi Shoaf for city council. She demonstrates qualities that I believe all civil leaders should exemplify if they are to serve their community well. I am privileged to attend the same church as Shoaf and her husband. She is an active ...

Shoaf will be advocate on city council

Letters to the Editor

Cassidi Shoaf knocked on my door one day several weeks ago. As the mother of someone in politics, I’m not unaccustomed to meeting officeholders and to hearing political speeches; in fact, sometimes it seems we get more than we deserve! But Shoaf impressed me as someone who authentically ...

Vote Proctor, Crum and Ankrom for BOE

Letters to the Editor

ote Proctor, Crum and Ankrom for BOE In my opinion, we have three very good and qualified people running for the Warren Local school board. They all have the desire, passion and honesty that will help reconsolidate our community and school system. The day of intimidation, bullying, threats ...

Marietta school board is dysfunctional

Letters to the Editor

A community’s greatest investment in itself is it’s educational environment for the future generations of its children. Voters greatest investment in their community is insuring they elect board of education members that will developed and sustain a well grounded educational environment ...

Mental health levy necessary

Local Columns

Over the last eight years, state and federal funding allocated to the Behavioral Health Board for mental health and substance use disorders has dropped from $1,075,000 to $635,000, a decrease in funding of approximately 40 percent. Four hundred and forty thousand that was used in the past for ...

Harper had reason to miss candidates’ breakfast

Letters to the Editor

I feel I need to make a statement in response to a recent article in the Marietta Times entitled “Chamber holds candidates’ breakfast.” In the article there are things that I find highly inadequate as it states that “Challenger Stephen Harper did not attend, nor provide, the group ...

Support mental health levy, spend little to gain a lot

Letters to the Editor

\ I urge your readers to vote their support for Issue 3 which is a modest tax levy for enhanced support of mental health treatment in Washington County. If passed, this tax levy will increase real estate taxes by only $17.50 per year on a home with a property tax valuation of $100,000. The ...