Opinion

Student loans: Our country’s biggest ripoff

Letters to the Editor

This is in regard to one of the most outrageous ripoffs in the history of our country: student loans.This situation is totally unacceptable and is in dire need of remedy. Bernie Sanders first came up with the concept of transaction fees on all trades of stocks, bonds, commodities, etc., to pay ...

Kumpf’s efforts have fed, helped many in area

Letters to the Editor

As you know, a hunger free community was Karen Kumpf's inspiration when she envisioned and created Harvest of Hope ten years ago. Her energy, dedication and commitment to rescuing food that otherwise might be thrown away and redistributing it to Washington County food pantries, community meal ...

River museum important to city, its history

Editorials

Congratulations to the Ohio River Museum which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.A visit to the museum, located at 601 Front Street, is a walk through time and an interactive history lesson about Marietta, its rivers and the way river commerce spurred the growth of our city in its early ...

Vote Dempsey for county treasurer

Letters to the Editor

We all know that Dorothy Peppel is retiring. Congratulations to her. She has been an asset for our county for many years. Having said that her successor should be Carolyn Dempsey. Her opponent may be attempting to use the fact that she once worked for Peppel, therefore she is more qualified, ...

Shop with a Cop goes to school

Editorials

On Friday, members of the Marietta Police Department took about 30 children and their parents to Walmart in Marietta to get them ready for school by purchasing clothes and school supplies through their Shop with a Cop program.Until now, the program focused on helping kids and families at ...

Drugs to counter overdoses save lives

Editorials

Huntington made national news a week ago when, in the space of a few hours, 28 people there overdosed on heroin laced with a deadly additive. Just two of the victims died, however.Two fatalities from drug abuse is too many, of course. But the fact first responders were able to save the lives of ...

Author struggles with Trump’s candidacy

Letters to the Editor

In the very recent past, I used to have very definite opinions on what might be real and what might be not real. Take ghosts for example. Used to be: Me! Prove they are real. But lately, I am struggling with a few things. Let's do some contrast comparisons. 1) Donald Trump runs for President vs ...

Reader finds value in article on blight

Letters to the Editor

I really liked the article, with pictures, in Sunday's, Aug. 14, paper (Parkersburg News & Sentinel).It showed "blighted" houses in the Marietta area. We have the same problem here in Parkersburg. I think the pictures are a good idea. It's time to publish them in our papers and let the ...

Support Grace to represent 94th District

Letters to the Editor

Why do we like certain people the first time we meet them? The answer is quite simple. They make us feel good. Sarah Grace is one of those people. Grace is seeking the office where Debbie Phillips has served honorably, and has termed out. Grace is campaigning to become the state representative ...

Strickland has proven record fighting drugs

Letters to the Editor

I believe we are all very concerned about the drug abuse problem of today. And sadly our little corner of the world has not been spared.With the 2016 election drawing near I want to share with you the differences I see, on this issue, between the two Ohio candidates for U.S. Senate.If you have ...

Energy debate key to election

Local Columns

American voters know there is a lot at stake in the upcoming presidential election: The strength or weakness of the United States, the ongoing battle against terrorism, the future of the economy, and whether the nation will take advantage of its own energy resources rather than keep them in the ...

Concussions a real risk, be prepared and careful

Editorials

The high school sports season is upon us and for some athletes the risk of a concussion is high.High school soccer in Ohio and West Virginia begins this weekend and high school football next week, but any athlete in any sport has the potential of sustaining a concussion. It's important coaches ...

Thanks to teachers, others who help kids

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley families know all too well the cost of school supplies can put a strain on family budgets.Some families in our community just can't afford what schools ask them to provide. Thankfully, there are programs and organizations ready to step in and help.For the first time, the local ...

Trump promotes distorted view of America

Letters to the Editor

I am wondering just what era in our history was America so great that the Republican nominee wants to return.Seeing that the only voting group in which that candidate is leading is white men without college, it must be a time when white men ruled without question. It must be a time before civil ...

Dragon Boat team thanks festival organizers

Letters to the Editor

The Mid-Ohio Valley Dragon boat team, the MOV'n Dragons, would like to give a big "paddlers wave" to the Rivers, Trails and Ales festival committee, local volunteers and businesses, and especially Marietta Adventure Company for their key role in organizing this festival. The energy this ...

Grange thankful for community support

Letters to the Editor

Little Muskingum Grange 2621 wishes to thank the sponsors of their July annual pull. The grange, founded in 1867, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural America and agriculture. The grange has a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and ...

Councilman’s sewer explanation incomplete

Letters to the Editor

In Roger Kalter's recent letter to the Times, he states, "Marietta has been ready and able for years to treat sanitary waste from Devola." This is not true. Marietta needed to upgrade their wastewater treatment plant and could not afford to do so. One of the former county commissioners was at ...

Sponsor needed for candidate debates

Editorials

For many years, the Marietta/Washington County League of Women Voters has planned and hosted pre-election forums in Marietta that allowed for debates between local candidates. The forums were open to the public to view in-person and were broadcast on the local public access channel and streamed ...

Warren district should not pursue bond issue

Letters to the Editor

Too much is enough - no 30-year Warren bond issue.A few years ago, Warren put a bond issue on the ballot five or six times. The answer was "no" each time. The economy is no better today than it was then. They need to take the money they are wasting on bond issues and make repairs and make do ...

Recycling trailer too important to remove

Editorials

Rural areas of Washington County don't have curbside recycling and that makes community recycling centers, like the green recycling dumpster located on Warrior Drive in Barlow Township, so important.Unfortunately, there are those who throw away garbage and other 'trash' items in the recycling ...