Opinion

Taxpayers must decide on tax bill for themselves

Letters to the Editor

Those who are spouting off about the so-called “bad tax” bill fall into two different groups — either they know what the tax bill does say and are deliberately lying, or don’t know what it says, but still insist on spouting ignorance on what they want us to believe this tax bill does ...

Thanks to those who made holiday feast successful

Letters to the Editor

Marietta’s Fourth Annual Christmas Day Feast 2017 was another record event. Over 700 meals served (deliveries, take-outs, and dine-in guests total). All leftover foods and funds were donated to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. We wish to thank members and staff of our host venue Marietta ...

Public shows its interest in future of city schools

Editorials

A crowd estimated at 200 people attended Thursday night’s meeting on the future of Marietta City Schools. Plans have been floated that include combining classes, moving students to schools, even closing a school building (Putnam or Harmar elementaries have been mentioned). No decision is ...

Marietta resident thankful for rescue of dog

Letters to the Editor

I would like to publicly thank and commend Washington County Sheriff Sergeant Kelly McGilton, Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham and Firefighter Logan Mahaney for their actions on Jan. 10, 2018. At 10:28 a.m. on Jan. 10, I was working an hour away from home when I received a frantic call from ...

Ohio should not lower its BAC further

Letters to the Editor

Ref: Front page article in Times: “10,000 alcohol related deaths by auto accidents per year,” by the Associated Press. The reporter’s pursuit being along the lines of creeping prohibition by lowering the BAC from 0.08 to 0.05. My opinion being that people are not intoxicated at 0.08 ...

Give blood, give the gift of life

Editorials

Recent winter weather did more than cancel classes and make travel treacherous. It caused the cancellation of blood drives in the region, lowering the reserves of life-saving blood and its byproducts to critical levels. Marietta falls under the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood ...

Organ donation possible even with opioid death

Letters to the Editor

Last year Lifeline of Ohio experienced an increase in individuals who passed from a drug overdose and went on to give the gift of life. I’d like to take the opportunity and address the nuances of donation when it coincides with someone passing from a drug/opioid overdose. The bottom ...

Fundraiser memorialized dozens of pets

Letters to the Editor

More than 90 pets were honored or memorialized through the eighth annual They Light Up Our Lives fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. A tree decorated with white lights, colored lights, and pet photos was displayed at American Flags and Poles throughout the month of ...

Seizure law must be fair to all

Editorials

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Lottery money doesn’t impact schools as intended

Letters to the Editor

Many, who purchase Ohio Lottery tickets, will tell others that aside from the dream of instant riches; they like the idea of “helping the schools.” What was stated this past week at a meeting of the House Caucus on Education Funding may come as a surprise to those Lottery ...

Help in the fight against childhood cancers

Editorials

Prom season isn’t just for local teens. Tickets go on sale Friday for the fifth annual BrAva Mom Prom which raises money for local families and childhood cancer research. We urge readers to participate in this one-of-a-kind event that grows in popularity while raising money for a very ...

Ohio must take steps to protect hemlocks

Editorials

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. But they are at risk from an invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. Now, the tiny bug has been found in three new Ohio counties, Athens, Geauga ...

W. Virginia must work to stop child abuse

Editorials

Though Gov. Jim Justice tried hard to be cheery during his State of the State speech on Wednesday, part of what he said should have upset and outraged every West Virginian. “Imagine this,” the governor said, “Every 18-year-old in West Virginia, one in 10 of them — one in 10 of them ...

Local services for addiction much appreciated

Letters to the Editor

My name is Emily B. Knotts and I would like to take a moment of your time to express my gratitude toward Life and Purpose aka L & P Services. I have struggled with addiction for 17 years and for the first time in those 17 years, I have been able to maintain sobriety for 13 months. ...

Immigration reform is up to Congress

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Get the facts about city schools’ future

Editorials

The Marietta City Schools plan to rebuild should interest every taxpayer. The school board is looking at two options, but is taking a slow, measured approach because change can be difficult to accept. First we urge you to approach the issue with an open mind. No matter which school your ...

Support for send Help drive is appreciated

Letters to the Editor

The Outreach Board of First Congregational Church would like to extend our thanks to The Marietta Times and John Wharff of WMOA for their strong support of the Send Help program. Both media outlets featured promotional ads that were frequent and timely. Send Help is just one way to support the ...

U.S. should continue to promote peace talks

Editorials

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

Historic opportunity for Chinese students

Local Columns

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put forth an ambitious development plan for northern China. China’s State Council announced in April that it would establish a third special economic zone (SEZ), the Xiong’an New Area, in the northern province of Hebei. The Xiong’an New Area, according to ...