Opinion

Let’s ban secret sexual harassment settlements

Local Columns

What do the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, former President Bill Clinton, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, comedian Bill Cosby and entertainer Michael Jackson have in common? They all arranged to pay out beaucoup bucks ...

Voters should support Bertram for judge

Letters to the Editor

It was no surprise to me to see the color choices of Paul Bertram’s signs. Blue for integrity and red and white to demonstrate his commitment to patriotism. Attorney Bertram is loyal to the principles of the legal system and uses sound data and information to make unbiased choices for the ...

Mental health levy would help community longterm

Letters to the Editor

Over the past year, the Washington County Health Department, together with a wide range of community partners, has conducted a Community Health Assessment and is working with the same partners to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan. The most critical issues identified were Education, ...

Commissioners’ reaction to IEI fire disappointing

Letters to the Editor

I find the statement made recently by a Washington County Commissioner, to be more than disappointing. The Washington County Commissioners have taken a reactive stance with expectations that residents would contact them with concerns about our air quality due to the IEI fire. The ...

N. Korea: Intelligence will have to get it right

Editorials

Knowing what North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is thinking is virtually impossible because of his brutal, often erratic personality. One question is whether he understands he has an ace in the hole and is using it. If so, Kim may well bring on a nuclear war. During the weekend, U.S. Defense ...

Harper has a special viewpoint as a candidate

Letters to the Editor

We don’t vote for signs, we vote for candidates. ... One candidate for Marietta City Council at large is from a sixth generation Marietta family and has a positive vision for how to improve Marietta to make it grow and prosper — Stephen Harper. His ties to our community as a Marietta ...

Vote for Bertram would be a vote for positive change

Letters to the Editor

There she goes again. It looks like Jennifer Garrison hasn’t given up being a politician just yet and a dirty one at that. Her letter to the editor was a gross exaggeration and misunderstanding of basic fact. The only thing she got right is that we need a judge who’ll exercise good ...

Mess in Puerto Rico demands attention

Editorials

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

YES Day continues to teach

Editorials

The Valley is blessed to have dedicated YES Day organizers. More importantly, it’s important that they’ve been working hard for 25 years. Young engineers and scientists — seventh- and eighth-graders — were enthralled last week by presentations and lessons with liquid nitrogen, body ...

Unused medication is a serious danger

Editorials

Expired, unused, unwanted medication is a danger in more ways than one. It’s a hazard to children and pets who can be poisoned if they accidentally ingest medication. Flushing unwanted medication down the toiled or sink endangers the environment because that medication can release toxins ...

Harper has strong ties to community

Letters to the Editor

Nov. 7 is Election Day and I am asking you to cast your vote for Stephen Harper, Marietta City Council at large. I know Stephen better than anyone else as I had the privilege to carry him under my heart for nine months. Stephen is a son, brother, uncle, friend, Presidential Scholar at ...

Listen, and avoid the diversion among us

Letters to the Editor

We have all witnessed it on television. One person starts to talk and another one immediately starts to speak louder – drowning out the words, creating a jumble of noise (I’ve even switched away from the channel because it is so annoying). But beyond noting the rudeness of the ...

Pioneer Ladies Civitan style show a success

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 17, the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Club hosted their annual “Style Show and Salad Dinner.” What a great night of fun, fashion, food and fellowship! Our special thanks to all the wonderful “guest ladies” who spent their evening with us. Our thanks to Judge Janet Dyar Welch for ...

A “reborn Japan” under Shinzo Abe

Local Columns

As Typhoon Lan, a mammoth Category 2 storm, was dumping heavy rains and whipping 165 kilometers per hour winds through Japan, Japanese citizens went to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 22, to show their support for Shinzo Abe and gave the incumbent Prime Minister a landslide win in a snap ...

Fall carnival, smokehouse highlight busy month

Letters to the Editor

October has been a very busy month for Phillips Elementary. We participated in the First Friday in Downtown Marietta by having a scavenger hunt and 5th graders playing ukulele. Parent-teacher conferences took place on both the 5th and 12th of this month and also served as a great opportunity ...

Vote for Harper, Oxender on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

I can speak about two of the Marietta City Council at large candidates — one I have known since birth, the other since she moved here many years ago with her kindergartner. These two candidates know Marietta well and this is precisely why they will do an excellent job representing the ...

Bartunek best choice for Marietta City Schools Board

Letters to the Editor

I write this letter today in support of Roger Bartunek for Marietta City School Board. Bartunek has 40 years of education experience, serving as a custodian, teacher, administrator and superintendent of Washington County Schools and Washington County Career Center. I met Bartunek when I ...

Re-elect Downer to Marietta City Council

Letters to the Editor

Kathy Downer is the best candidate for re-election as city councilperson at large. I had the pleasure to serve on city council with Downer which allowed me to witness her dedication, thoughtful decision making and her ability to work well with others. Her lifelong experience working in the ...

Voters must educate themselves, and vote

Letters to the Editor

To my friends and neighbors in Marietta and Muskingum Township. Election Day is near. You still have time to study the candidates. Evaluate the incumbents, learn about the challengers. Listen to what they have to say. Match them up with your thoughts and ideas of what is needed. We will ...

Victim advocates respond to debate remarks

Letters to the Editor

After attending the Marietta Municipal Court Judge Debate between Law Director Paul Bertram, and Judge Janet Dyar Welch, we (Ariel Dair and Jackie Harris Hussey, victim advocates for the City of Marietta Law Director’s Office) would like to respond to some statements that were made at the ...