Opinion

City Council’s help on traffic issue appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Several months ago I attended a police and fire committee meeting and requested that the police department patrol Front Street during peak traffic flow times. As a downtown business owner, it was of great concern to personally witness several, what I would term, as “near misses” in public ...

The end of homework just a pipe dream

Editorials

Any parent who has struggled with their school-age child to complete a homework assignment might welcome the suggestion that teachers eliminate all homework. In August, an elementary school teacher’s note home went viral when she informed parents of her new “no-homework” policy. Brandy ...

The stories behind Ohio’s drug crisis

Editorials

Too often stories about illegal drug use focus on statistics instead of the lives of the people involved. This week, thanks to a project at Marietta Municipal Court, readers were introduced to many of the people caught up in this very real nightmare of drug addiction. The court is using its ...

Volunteer Dr. Jim Noe will be missed

Letters to the Editor

Recently Marietta lost a great volunteer. Dr. Jim Noe volunteered at Washington-Morgan Community Action Head Start for about 20 years. I had the honor of knowing him as a volunteer and friend. I knew him as a mentor for the staff and families of Head Start. Mr. Jim spent countless hours working ...

Fire Chief’s Association backs Kerenyi for judge

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Fire Chief’s Association is honored to announce that it is endorsing Mark Kerenyi for Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge. The Association recognizes Kerenyi’s courageous and honorable service to our country in the United States Marine Corps and being a veteran ...

Republicans should support Trump in election

Letters to the Editor

I have been a Republican all of my life. I personally like Gov. (John) Kasich, but when he sat on the sideline and did nothing to help (Donald) Trump, and he made no effort to be part of the Cleveland Convention, he disappointed me. I hope people who are as disappointed as I am will help ...

Bates has history of public service and experience

Letters to the Editor

Tammy Bates has the qualifications and experience to be the next Washington County Treasurer. She has served as treasurer of the Fort Frye Athletic Boosters, president of the Fort Frye Board of Education, and has served on the Washington County Career Center board. Having served on the Fort ...

Disease often misunderstood

Local Columns

Schizophrenia is a disease that is often misunderstood by the public. Those people who are afflicted by the disease are often feared or ridiculed for their behavior. Schizophrenia, in most people, starts with a gradual deterioration in early adulthood, usually in their early 20s. some of the ...

Veterans Affairs bonuses questioned

Editorials

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation. Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...

Don’t get surprised on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Time to check your voter registration and be sure you are able to vote! Go to http://www.washingtongov.org/index.aspx?NID=563. Click on Am I registration. Then type in your last name and first name and submit. It should let you know if you are registered. If you are not, read on. We have ...

Support of Broughton’s social appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I screamed, you screamed, we all screamed ice cream! Building Bridges to Careers thanks you for the excellent turnout of The 33rd annual Broughton Ice Cream Social. Marietta fairgrounds was packed full the afternoon of July 17, with eager friendly faces all there for one main reason, ice ...

Animal abuse law sends a message

Editorials

We’ve seen far too many cases locally of animal cruelty. There is a wide range of how it occurs. Some dogs, cats and other animals are beaten, some are starved, some are senselessly killed. Others are forced to live in filthy homes with dozens of other animals, practically stacked upon one ...

Vote Ginny Favede on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

I recently had the opportunity to observe Ginny Favede, second term county commissioner for Belmont County and the candidate for Ohio State Representative in the 95th district, in the Washington County fair parade. I witnessed, first-hand, not only her compassion towards others but also her ...

Bill’s passage would help those terminally ill

Letters to the Editor

My name is Pamela Miller and I am a former Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Rhode Island. Now that I have moved to Ohio, I plan to hold a similar role eventually I am writing to make you aware of a crucial piece of cancer legislation that is ...

Voters should re-elect Lou Gentile on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Lou Gentile has done a great job for us in the Ohio Senate. His competitor’s television ad is full of broad generalizations that are simply not true. Where is he? Has he come to talk to the people in our area? I haven’t seen him. Lou Gentile however has. Gentile supports veterans, coal ...

Register to vote and get in on the action

Editorials

The first of three presidential debates has the nation talking, but are you part of the conversation? You can be. Register to vote by Oct. 11 in Ohio, and you can cast your ballot on Election Day. The nation will choose its next president, and locally voters will also decide other  races ...

Election time is also decision time

Letters to the Editor

It is time for us to make a decision about what we are looking for in a candidate for any specific office. Every candidate is a good person, in some way or another. They feel they can help us or maybe help themselves. Just to list a few, Carolyn’s Dempsey’s opponent is a good person, ...

Dempsey gets reader’s vote in November

Letters to the Editor

Carolyn Dempsey will be receiving my vote in November to fill the vacancy in the treasurer’s office. She is the perfect fit for the job as treasurer. Dempsey has served as a Muskingum Township trustee for six years, and I can say that she did a great job working for the voters who put her in ...

Kerenyi has proven record of service to community

Letters to the Editor

While the upcoming presidential election may be causing all of us to lose sleep, the local race for the Court of Common Pleas Judge will be much easier to decide. Candidate Mark Kerenyi has demonstrated his dedication to public service in all areas of his career and personal life. He served ...

Coal families deserve help from D.C.

Editorials

Members of Congress who worry that bailing out the beleaguered miners’ pension fund will set a bad precedent should consider the reason help is needed: Washington. Retirement benefits for about 120,000 miners and their families are in jeopardy because of the method used to fund them. For ...