Opinion

Broadband access must be expanded

Editorials

Eastern Ohio’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want to do something about that. Cera and Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, introduced a bill intended to provide money to expand internet ...

Thanks to those who supported Hall of Fame

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of our dedicated Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee, I wish to thank our table sponsors for this year’s Hall of Fame Induction. They were Peoples Bank, Hall Financial, Mallett Rentals, Duckworth Farms, Mollie and Phil Schramm, Auto Plus, Magnum Magnetics, First ...

Pipelines must abide by their promises

Editorials

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Check smoke detectors

Editorials

The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be replaced at least once a year. It also is a good time to check on hardwired smoke detectors to make sure the units are working properly, and that includes those ...

No changes planned for Ohio Street

Letters to the Editor

Marietta’s location on the confluence of two rivers, the Muskingum and the Ohio, graces our city with a most spectacular and scenic view. Residents of the Ohio Street condominiums on one of Marietta’s tree lined brick streets need only to look out their front windows to enjoy this ...

A most important to-do task: Go vote.

Editorials

By now, informed voters should be familiar with the names appearing on local ballots. We hope you’ve been paying attention and have your decisions, either on candidates or issues, already set. Tuesday is Election Day. Polls in Ohio are open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Results of voting ...

Hall will work in best interest of students, schools

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to recommend Stacey Adams Hall for the Marietta school board. I have known Hall for over 30 years, and can tell you that she cares deeply about her hometown and the people within it. Hall will be an asset to the board, bringing her knowledge as a seasoned educator in the Marietta ...

NARCAN isn’t enough to save addicts

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Health Department distributes NARCAN to first responders and to private citizens in Washington County. NARCAN counteracts the effects of opioids, so it often saves the life of someone suffering from an overdose of heroin. A life-threatening overdose is sometimes the key ...

Classmate of Hall supports her as candidate

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to voice my support for the nomination of Stacey Hall to the Marietta City school board. I have known Hall for over 40 years – we grew up together in Marietta and were classmates beginning in kindergarten and then again from seventh grade through graduation with the MHS Class of ...

Vote for Mallett, he cares for children

Letters to the Editor

Voters in the Marietta City School District should support Doug Mallett’s candidacy for the district’s school board. Mallett has years of experience and success in the business world, having retired after 25 years of service to Advantage Bank (now Huntington National Bank). He continues ...

Vote yes for county mental health levy

Editorials

If ever there was a time to support a county-wide mental health levy, it’s now. While the number of overdoses, drug arrests and even suicides may make headlines, many in our community suffer in silence. Mental health issues and addiction know no boundaries. They afflict young and old, ...

McCabe a fiscally strong candidate

Letters to the Editor

For Marietta 4th Ward voters, this upcoming election day offers an opportunity to turn the city away from a future of excessive debt and failing infrastructure. Glen McCabe, longtime local building contractor, has — through good times and bad, in a variety of construction situations — ...

McCabe is honest, patriotic at heart

Letters to the Editor

I feel like it’s my duty to endorse my friend, Glen McCabe, for city council (4th Ward). I grew up in the 4th Ward and am a lifelong friend of McCabe’s. I was also close to his dad, Glen Sr. I lived with them in California and Florida. Glen was an Air Force brat and his dad was ...

Vote for Schenkel for city council

Letters to the Editor

Marietta 4th Ward voters, I write this letter of support for Geoff Schenkel who is running for a the 4th Ward seat on the Marietta City Council. As a resident of the 4th Ward, I am confident that Geoff Schenkel has what it takes to represent the citizens of Marietta. I also know Schenkel in ...

Duckworth’s successes make him the right choice for BOE

Letters to the Editor

I would like you to vote for Mark Duckworth for Marietta Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 7. There are three character traits of him I would like for all of you to consider: his faith, his family, and his love of this community. I did not know Duckworth until about 10 years ago when I met ...

Welch deserves to return as municipal court judge

Letters to the Editor

Judge Janet Dyar Welch is seeking re-election as judge of the Marietta Municipal Court. As a practicing attorney in Marietta, I have had the opportunity to observe how Judge Welch performs her duties in civil matters. During court hearings and trials, she treats the participants with ...

Shoaf wants to improve Marietta now, for the future

Letters to the Editor

I met Shoaf a little over a year ago when we moved into the house next door. We had no idea we were getting such great neighbors with a young family like ours. We soon learned that Shoaf and her husband were very welcoming, kind, and the type of neighbors that take your garbage in when you ...

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 ...