Opinion

Congress must make hard budget decisions

Letters to the Editor

Since childhood, I have been led to believe our government was working for the American citizens. Today’s conditions in Washington, D.C., have blown that belief away. The American citizens are working for the government! This tax bill that they are having so much fun with proves it. Folks my ...

Take care of animals in the cold

Editorials

Winter has officially arrived, along with the type of harsh weather conditions we should expect this season. When such conditions set in, it’s time for us to bundle up and take some precautions to ensure we remain safe and healthy when we are outdoors. Our pets, however, cannot do that for ...

Probe of technology contracting a safeguard

Editorials

The constantly advancing technology with which we live is an open invitation to waste and even corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much for one. Likewise, most people have at ...

Resolve to do acts of kindness

Editorials

As New Year’s Day nears, New Year’s resolutions won’t be far behind. We know all the usual promises as we enter a new year: Watching what you eat, exercising, stopping that tobacco habit. And just as sure as the calendar will turn over to 2018 we’re skeptical that today’s ...

Bulb-outs create new issues for motorists

Editorials

When the bell rings for dismissal at Marietta Middle School, a steady stream of students come pouring down the hill to cross Glendale Road. Since 2015, a pedestrian island has been there, protecting those students as they make their way across a well-traveled road. The road was wide enough to ...

Even so, come Lord Jesus

Local Columns

Are you, as am I, weary of all the political nonsense; of all the endless and meaningless rhetoric of self-consumed politicians. Weary of all the anger that courses throughout our government? Weary of politicians fighting for political control instead of fighting for we, the people? Weary of ...

Don’t be fooled by socialist messages

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter of Dec 21: Robin Hood was a fantasy, a movie, make believe hero. Contrary to what the democrat, socialist, liberal, progressive, marxist party says they’re not interested in taking from the rich to the poor for the sake of the poor. Their only aim is to subject ...

Examples of kindness

Local Columns

My name is Alicia McIntire and I am the principal at Washington Elementary. Last year I asked our district employees for some examples of kindness they had experienced being part of Marietta City Schools. I had so many that I couldn’t share them all. December seems like the perfect time to ...

Military must spend its money responsibly

Editorials

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. A $700 billion defense appropriations bill signed into law by President Donald Trump should help our armed forces ...

Middle class will pay for growing federal deficit

Letters to the Editor

Did you know the federal deficit increased this year? It is currently running over half a trillion dollars but Republicans who spent eight years hammering President Obama about deficits have suddenly become silent. Their tax bill will add even more to the debt but that does not seem to be a ...

Our leaders must make conservation a priority

Letters to the Editor

On Dec. 4, President Trump announced he would drastically reduce two of America’s treasured National Monuments: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Bears Ears contains over 100,000 historical archaeological sites. This land is considered sacred to five tribes that formed a coalition ...

While America slept

Letters to the Editor

While America slept the Republican Congress sold our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. By passing the tax reform act long sought by conservatives, the Republican Party ensured continued financial support from a handful of rich and powerful donors. These donors, who ...

Popular Christmas gift has a serious side

Editorials

No doubt many local residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees next Monday. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view. The proliferation of drones flown by ...

Parent wishes for a safer Ohio 7 to travel

Letters to the Editor

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a dash cam for my SUV. You see, I travel Ohio State Route 7 between Belpre and Marietta every day. Sometimes three trips per day. I have a great SUV with beeps to tell me when something or someone gets too close and it can even break if called upon ...

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Editorials

While the many of Eastern Ohio residents are preparing for Christmas, Jews here and around the world are celebrating Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the liberation of the Jews of ancient Israel from ...

Kasich should sign Down Syndrome bill

Editorials

Babies born with Down syndrome face many challenges. So do their parents. But they share one quality with other babies: They are human beings. Their physical and intellectual capacities may be limited, but they are tiny boys and girls. Advances in technology have made it possible, at least ...

Still time to help stuff those red kettles

Editorials

Time is running out for Christmas gift givers. Meanwhile at The Salvation Army there’s less than a week to donate to its red kettle, bell ringer campaign. As of last Wednesday, only about 50 percent of the donation goal had been reached. The Salvation Army’s collection goal is ...

Depression and the holidays

Local Columns

Society has an expectation that we should all be happy during the holiday season, but not all feel merry and bright. Many have feelings of depression or thoughts of suicide that could be dealt with, over time, with the help of a trained professional. These feelings and thoughts, although ...

Take steps to protect our local information

Editorials

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Plato’s wisdom still relevant today

Letters to the Editor

During a recent visit to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, I noticed a framed quotation from Plato: “The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.” If you substitute “a demagogue” for “worse men,” it ...