Opinion

Hope America continues to welcome refugees

Letters to the Editor

This is the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Millions of people from Syria, Central America, and other conflict zones have been forced to leave their homes due to violence and instability in their communities. The Obama administration is starting to acknowledge the magnitude of this ...

Glad GOP sticks to its views on spending

Letters to the Editor

Again, knowing many can’t afford the use of, and the elderly who don’t use the newer social media technology and lean on supposedly truths from what is televised this is for you. They need to be aware that apparently various media news sites have been corrupted due to pandering, tampering ...

Grandparents are special people in our families

Editorials

With the accent on youth in our society it might be  easy for some to dismiss the needs and interests of senior citizens. But for a block of citizens — namely grandparents — their place in society is vital in today’s families. Grandparents Day is celebrated in the U.S. during September ...

Vets deserve a VA that’s accountable

Editorials

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck. Quickly, now: How many ...

Choose a candidate who understands complexities

Letters to the Editor

We live in a complex world, and talking about it is not easy. When someone asks us about a decision (for example, “Why did you switch jobs?”), we usually give a short answer. But we are aware of the many factors that we weighed, and we know that a longer answer would be more accurate and ...

Beverly-Waterford community kind, generous

Letters to the Editor

I would like to say thank you for all the cards, visits and gifts to my father Warren E. Gillard’s 95th birthday recently. Friends, neighbors and even strangers gesture of love towards this senior citizen’s life at this time. There are still so many kind people in this world. People who ...

Story on hometown was much appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I was born in New Matamoras and grew up there. Even though I do not live there, I still have strong ties there and I have fond memories of my childhood in that little village. When I read the front page article in the Marietta Times this weekend entitled “Lessons in Freedom at New Mat,” ...

Warren levy will be too costly to taxpayers

Local Columns

Warren Local School District property owners (especially farm owners) and Ohio state tax payers — please beware. As you probably do not know, some Warren Local school officials and others are again attempting to sneak through, for the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth time, a massive, nearly ...

Obama’s trolling helped give rise to Trump

Local Columns

Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we'll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of recriminations falls ...

Assassination innuendo should disqualify Trump

Local Columns

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump's strategists try to soften his image, he has taken his assault against Hillary Clinton to a new level with a bizarre suggestion that would make her more vulnerable to violence from opponents, specifically fervent supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear ...

A moving target is hard to hit

Editorials

No teacher in his or her right mind would spend months preparing students to take a specific test, then give them an entirely different examination. It is a recipe for failure. But Ohio public education officials have done something much like that on a statewide scale. State “report ...

Charter schools take money from public schools

Letters to the Editor

In the past I have brought to you letters showing that our State Department of Education has illegally funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into, poor performing, for profit charter schools. Recently I received an email that, in simple terms, explains why this is true: “Implication of ...

Too many lies have been told

Local Columns

Editor's Note: Connie Schultz is off this week. The following column is by Roger Simon. Truth be told, it isn't really about Hillary anymore. Her picture comes on the screen and you are very tempted to channel-surf away from it. But The Donald comes on — that orange pumpkin face fills ...

New Yorkers walk past political bluster over bombing

Local Columns

The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event -- except on the TV news channels. No one was killed, fortunately. And thanks to superb police work, a suspect was captured within 48 hours. On the night after, Sunday, trains ...

Take the hunger challenge

Editorials

Could you eat on $4.50 a day? That’s a question we asked our readers this week as we ran a package on hunger in Southeast Ohio. In honor of Hunger Action Month, the Southeast Ohio Foodbank has put out a calendar with a daily hunger-related challenge. The one above is the one that really ...

Reject delusion on the ISIS issue

Local Columns

Someone dares call it treason. Hillary Clinton used the occasion of the New York-area bombings to accuse Donald Trump of providing "aid and comfort" to ISIS. This speaks both to her desperation as polls show a tightening race and her foolish misunderstanding of what drives ISIS and other ...

What binds a nation of immigrants together?

Local Columns

My father would sometimes tell the story of the day he became a citizen of the United States of America. He had one suit, a blue one, and on the day he became a citizen, he wore that suit to federal court in downtown Chicago. All men wore suits to court in the early '60s, not just lawyers or ...

Americans just want politicians to be honest

Editorials

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend. A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall ...

Tammy Bates has the experience to be treasurer

Letters to the Editor

Although we have two great candidates for Washington County Treasurer, my vote will be going to Tammy Bates this fall. After analyzing the facts, it seems to me that Bates is the better choice. Bates has worked in the county treasurer’s office and was entrusted with treasurer responsibilities ...