Opinion

More than 500 coats collected by Coats for Kids

Letters to the Editor

2017 Coats for Kids was successful with 540 coats collected and distributed. We would like to thank all the residents of Washington County and surrounding areas for their generous donations of new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, and hats this year. Thank you, also, to the Marietta ...

Continuing to taunt North Korea is dangerous

Letters to the Editor

In my memory are actually talking of ‘peace’- ‘peace’!, in what I can only describe as substantive, realistic dialogue — our misguided and oft delusional president starts taunting Kim ... “my (nuclear) button is much bigger than yours — and it works!” I am simply stunned — ...

Learn from ECOT situation

Editorials

Since charter schools began popping up in Ohio, there have been arguments for and against them. While some are concerned about the funding they funnel away from public schools and a potential lack of supervision, others say they grant families the opportunity to find the form of education that ...

Mental health, next steps

Local Columns

Thank you to all the mental health levy supporters who made it to the polls Nov. 7. By doing so you helped to give thousands of people in Washington County a renewed hope for a better future! The Washington County Behavioral Health Board (WCBHB) is honored by the generosity and faith ...

Looking ahead to the future of Marietta’s schools

Letters to the Editor

As I finish my tenure on the school board, I wish to provide my enthusiastic support for the new board and the creative plans that our superintendent, Will Hampton, and our director of curriculum, Jona Hall, have developed for the district. A few months ago, the board directed Hampton and ...

The climate change debate: Weather is not climate

Letters to the Editor

The eastern portion of the U.S. is currently experiencing a severe cold snap. Those who deny the irrefutable pattern of scientific facts for human-induced climate change have jumped on this weather event as evidence against climate change. For example, in a characteristically sarcastic tweet ...

Bitter cold continues, so take care

Editorials

Much of the nation — including all of the Buckeye State and our local region –is in the midst of a deep freeze, and there is no relief in sight for several days. That means that we all need to take extra precautions to guard against the dangerous cold. We also need to watch out for one ...

Reflections of an outgoing Marietta Councilman

Letters to the Editor

Happy New Year! It has been an honor and a pleasure serving as Marietta City Council’s 1st Ward Representative the past six years. Much was accomplished and much work remains to continue Marietta’s rich and vibrant history into the future. Some of the work is basic common sense ...

Take steps to protect yourself and others

Editorials

It’s that time of year again — flu season, All across the nation — and around the globe, for that matter — there are widespread reports of a serious strain of influenza. Unfortunately, creators of this year’s vaccine against the illness seem to have missed the mark. Reports indicate ...

Screening a must in the new year

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2018. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Don’t close your eyes to sexual predators

Editorials

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Still the rule: Don’t drive and use a phone

Editorials

Just a reminder that with the new year, and some new laws to get accustomed to having, one law isn’t changing. We’re talking about the city law that forbids drivers from using a cellphone while behind the wheel. Aside from being a bad idea for drivers and others on the road who could be ...

Train safety needs to be improved

Editorials

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

America is quick to forget the past eight years

Letters to the Editor

The Republicans recently passed tax cuts without a single Democrat vote. All of a sudden, the Democrats have become budget hawks screaming about the deficit. The tax cut to the corporation rate was absolutely necessary for us to become competitive throughout the world. Corporations only pay ...

House Republicans made good on tax reform promise

Local Columns

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Cleaning up after the holidays

Editorials

Christmas has come and gone, and there’s a good chance that many local families now have several bags of waste material to deal with. All of those gifts that were distributed came with paper and plastic packaging. They were also wrapped in brightly colored paper or placed in festive boxes ...

Congress must take a stand

Editorials

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

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 ...