Opinion

Looking for a letter supporting Obama’s policy

Letters to the Editor

A couple of long letters recently have strenuously opposed the administration's dictum on transgender students' choice of bathroom and shower facilities.It's time for someone to submit a letter defending the administration's policy. Someone... anyone...?Richard DavisMarietta

MHS basketball program steps backward

Letters to the Editor

Marietta Tiger basketball has taken another step backwards. Once again our administration has dropped the ball! This time, decisions made by our administrators are affecting our kids and their families. Let me explain so that everyone knows where we stand.Last January under the direction of ...

Marijuana law needs careful review

Editorials

A substantial number of legislators have serious concerns about a medical marijuana bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly. Whether it becomes law is up to Gov. John Kasich.Lawmakers acted in a hurry to get a bill passed before leaving Columbus for a long break. It is possible haste made ...

We must take care of our aging veterans

Letters to the Editor

With Memorial Day upon us once again, we remember those that gave their lives for our country and our way of life.Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday in May. It was established in 1868 after the Civil War as Decoration Day when the nation decorated the graves of the war dead ...

Canada is more than an ally, it’s a friend

Editorials

A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm.But not the other day. Those looking up at the aircraft would have seen maple leaf markings on them.No problem. It's the Canadians. They're good friends.It is difficult to ...

Progress at the Armory is welcomed

Editorials

After all these years and countless city meetings, it appears progress is being reported in the usage of the renovated Armory.The building is far from the transportation hub many envisioned, but news last week at least puts a glimmer of hope that vision for the future can begin to be ...

U.S. Govt.mistakes are costly

Editorials

President Barack Obama's administration has worked to release thousands of drug offenders from prison before their original sentences have expired. But freeing those who have paid their dues in full? Not so much."Staff errors" were blamed in a Justice Department report that admitted 152 federal ...

Right Path event was held to fight hunger

Letters to the Editor

The mission of the Right Path for Washington County is to promote healthy youth and we accomplish this through pro-social and community service opportunities for youth. The motherlode of our community service projects is our annual Righditarod, the Right Path's own "race against hunger."Our ...

Fundraiser ‘cruise’ was a big success

Letters to the Editor

We would like to thank all of the great people in the Marietta area for a great weekend, May 20 and 21, that came out and supported Buckeye Bob/Chris Custer Fund.We were able to raise a lot of money to help local children dealing with childhood cancer.This was by far the best event that we have ...

Charter schools must be accountable

Editorials

One online charter school in Ohio informed students they had to be logged onto the institution's website for only 60 minutes a day. Another had just 16 full-time students, not the 57 it claimed. Others claim students spend the five hours a day required by the state, but cannot prove it.For ...

Alumni Association thankful for support

Letters to the Editor

Frontier High School Alumni Association classes 1969 to 1990 recently held their fifth annual, four-man golf scramble on May 7. Said scramble was held at the St. Marys Golf Course in St. Marys, W.Va. Oh what a wonderful day we had with golfers starting their golfing day at 9 a.m. During the day ...

Frontier voters should demand answers

Editorials

More than a week after Frontier Local Schools Superintendent Kevin Turner was placed on administrative leave by the board of education, the public still has no answers as to why.Board members and administrators will not address the issue, even to give the most basic of reasons, and Turner's ...

Weekend poppy sales to benefit veterans

Letters to the Editor

On May 27 and 28, we will be selling poppies at different sites in the Lowell area.We are very grateful for area businesses allowing us to raise money to help the veterans who have fought for our freedom.The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 750 will contribute to those veterans who have died in ...

My advice to Donald Trump: Lead

Local Columns

This election cycle has been unlike any we've ever seen. Many of our fellow Americans are justifiably angry, and they've spoken with their votes. They know that sound bites and practiced political rhetoric haven't gotten us anywhere - except more divided. They're crying out for ...

GED rules make it harder to get degree

Editorials

Ohioans who did not obtain conventional high school diplomas should not have to pay an arm and a leg to obtain an equivalency certificate. They also should not be forced to take the required examination on a computer.As matters stand, it costs $120 to take the General Educational Development ...

Support the Veterans Walk of Honor

Letters to the Editor

Each Memorial Day we remember our loved ones and family members who served their country. One way to do that is to buy a brick for the Veterans Walk of Honor or the Community Walk at the Marietta Armory. It is an appropriate remembrance and it supports our own "hometown" Veterans' memorial. ...

Plan to close prison farms makes sense

Editorials

A hundred years ago, when Ohio prison officials began operating farms where inmates worked, the program gave many convicts marketable skills.But farming has become much more efficient during the past century. There are very few jobs available in agriculture. Any vocational training resources ...

It’s time to move away from fossil fuels for good

Letters to the Editor

Many people in this country are getting their information about energy production and how it is affecting our climate from sources that have a vested interest in lying about the basic facts. Climate change as a result of global warming is real. News reports showing massive flooding, droughts, ...

Bureau of Worker’s Comp strives to improve

Letters to the Editor

As a member of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Board of Directors since 2011, I have had the chance to witness a substantial change in Ohio's workers' comp system.Since 2011, BWC has saved employers $4.3 billion in workers' comp costs by reducing premiums, issuing rebates and providing ...

Continue learning throughout the summer

Editorials

Summer vacation has started for many local students with the rest to follow in a few days.But there was a friendly reminder for students on the message board at Marietta Middle School: "Continue learning."That's good advice for any student. Keeping your mind active reinforces good study habits ...