Opinion

America must stand up to President Trump

Letters to the Editor

Do you remember the My Lai Massacre? Persons of a certain age can’t, and all shouldn’t, forget. This massacre occurred on March 16, 1968 during the Vietnam War. It was a mass murder of over 500 unarmed men, women, children and babies living in the Quang Ngaii Province of South Vietnam by ...

Plan now for a safe July Fourth

Editorials

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with family picnics and get-togethers, sometimes accompanied by a few bangs and booms, but remember: The best advice about fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. It’s estimated that emergency rooms across the country will treat about 760 ...

Local man remembered for his volunteerism

Letters to the Editor

Marietta lost a hero last Thursday, June 21, when Leo Antons died. His heroism was not the type recognized with medals, but of service to his Lord for helping others. You see, Leo was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at the Basilica of St. Mary. He was the coordinator for ...

Thanks for support of Hee Haw show

Letters to the Editor

This letter is a little late in coming but I just want to say “thank you” to everyone who attended our Country Hee Haw Show at the Cutler Community Center on May 12, 2018. Thanks to a great cast, to all the volunteers, and to Hucks Pallets for helping us to build our stage. We have so ...

Decision on marijuana could backfire

Letters to the Editor

Opiods ... I don’t understand this. I don’t see how they can do this. With the trusted people with pain killers. But then they turn around and pass 56 sites for marijuana in Washington County. Do they know how many people are suddenly going to have to go to the doctor? I ...

What America does next matters

Editorials

It’s safe to say that most Americans are deeply concerned about the ongoing plight of the children of illegal immigrants, regardless of their opinions about how the immigration issue in general should finally shake out. The mental and emotional terror — indeed, horror — that the ...

Trump should open up Mara Lago

Letters to the Editor

The Pope took a few refugees to the Vatican. Gov. Justice opened the Greenbrier to a number of flood victims. I should think that Trump would want to do better than either of these men and would shelter a huge number of immigrant families at Mara Lago. Joan Coffey Belpre

Swamp is drained and what’s left is worse

Letters to the Editor

Swamps are a good thing. Swamps teem with life: dragonflies, butterflies and moths, frogs, toads and newts, lizards and watersnakes. Millions of mosquitos that are food for birds and bats thrive in a swamp. A swamp is home to a diverse mix of animal and plant life. Large animals come to ...

Council should rethink location of marijuana facility

Letters to the Editor

I believe Marietta needs to know that the facility the state has approved for the marijuana facility is not a good site location for our city. The state just completed a makeover of the area trying to get traffic to flow better. Still between 3:30 and 6:30 it is awful trying to go through ...

Ohio law will help protect animals

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are to be applauded for their passage of a bill that significantly “strengthens the standard of care for breeding dogs,” according to the Humane Society of the United States. In fact, the Humane Society was so satisfied with the language of the bill that it put an end to its ...

Check out John Glenn Astronomy Park

Editorials

Southeastern Ohio has a new attraction that’s just a few miles from Marietta and Washington County. It’s The John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan. A grand opening ribbon cutting was held Thursday to coincide with the arrival of summer. Activities at the ...

People are blind to bravery displayed on D-Day

Letters to the Editor

Excuse the lateness with which this is written, for it concerns the passing of an anniversary on the 6th of June, and it has taken me awhile to cool down from the anger that stems from our broad lack of reverence for our history. I write in frustration that, save for a “Snoopy” cartoon ...

Port authority focuses on sites for development

Local Columns

Since its inception, and most certainly over the past year, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board and staff have been hard at work trying to determine what efforts will most impact our region for the better by way of economic development. What has emerged over the last year from strategic ...

Forums on opioid and addiction issues open to public

Editorials

A series of meetings planned for July are designed for our readers and the community as a whole to have a voice in developing local solutions for the drug epidemic ravaging our state, cities and neighborhoods. Marietta and Washington County are not immune. In fact, more than 300 people in the ...

Muskingum Valley Safetytown a success

Letters to the Editor

Muskingum Valley Safetytown for 2018 has been completed. More than 90 children ready to enter kindergarten in the fall, participated in the eight-day program. This was the 31st year for this program. The sponsor, Beverly Lions Club, would like to express our thanks to the following that ...

Immigration policy a test for the American people

Letters to the Editor

I have been waiting for days to read an editorial in the Marietta Times condemning the horrendous activity at our border with Mexico. No word yet. Apparently they think it’s just fine for “hundreds of babies” and thousands of young kids, to be torn away from their moms and dads and put ...

Legislators take steps to fight drug crisis

Editorials

Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, for not only talking about the opioid addiction crisis but also authoring bills and having them passed by the full House of Representatives. Johnson’s T.E.A.C.H. Act would provide incentives ...

America must do better — and we must speak out

Letters to the Editor

Writing this letter to the editor was difficult but necessary since I want to call attention to an evil growing in this great country known as the United States of America. The inhumane practice being carried out by our government cannot, and must not be overlooked or taken for a new norm. ...

Community support enables Right Path

Letters to the Editor

On Friday May 25, 2018, The Right Path for Washington County wrapped up our 2018 fundraising with our 10th annual Fish Fry at the VFW Post #5108 on Pike Street in Marietta. Several years ago our board member, Karen Waller, declared us a fundraising board! All the money we raise, with the ...

FBI probe just doesn’t smell right

Editorials

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...