Opinion

Butler connector sidewalk a joint effort of many

Letters to the Editor

More than 30 people and businesses came together, donated time, skill and money creating the Butler Street Connector sidewalk.The project also resulted in a Marietta College summer employee rescuing a kitten from Goose Run and traffic control offered by volunteers after a vehicle crash at ...

Games turn fans into dreamers

Editorials

This is a warning to all the armchair Olympics fans with children of a certain age. Back off and let your kids enjoy the sports they play. Everyone will be a lot happier in the end.It's only natural to see no flaws in your child's athletic prowess. Your child is great! We all know that! Like ...

Set same standards for all Ohio schools

Editorials

Private charter schools in Ohio ought to have to comply with the same accountability standards applied to public schools. We were making that argument long before state officials adopted the philosophy.Charter schools supported by tax dollars were allowed to operate with little fiscal or ...

County treasurer deserves a big ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

"Everyone" knows Dorothy Peppel. She has been a mainstay in our courthouse for decades. She has been absolutely the friendliest elected official in that building. Not that others are not friendly, she just wins the award: Washington County's Friendliest Elected Official.I am pretty darn sure ...

No one profits from sewer connection delays

Letters to the Editor

A letter writer of Oak Grove's letter to the editor Aug. 4 continued the years-long series of untruths by people who ignore the truth, science and common sense.My letter Aug. 1 said Marietta has been able for years to accept Devola's sewage waste. Perhaps the letter writer misinterpreted my ...

New representation is needed for ‘comeback’

Letters to the Editor

My name is John Karas, and I'd like to inform my local friends and neighbors, and even those in surrounding counties in the 95th District that the present representative is telling people we need to make a comeback.He is exactly right. We need to make a "comeback" from his actions or lack ...

Women at the top; a rising tide

Local Columns

For the first time in history, America is facing a real possibility of having a female president. If it does happen, Hillary Clinton's presidency will be the latest addition to a worldwide power shift of "Women to the Top" and it is likely that by January 2017, women will be leading three of ...

Prevent children dying in hot cars

Editorials

Look before you Lock is a national public service campaign aimed at preventing child heatstroke in cars.Each year, dozens of youngsters die in hot cars. While many of us hear the stories and wonder how otherwise loving parents and caregivers can overlook children in cars, it happens again and ...

Outgoing health board president will be missed

Letters to the Editor

We would like to use this opportunity to recognize the retiring president of Washington County Board of Health, Jerry Jenkins, and extend our gratitude and thankfulness for his leadership and good service to Washington County Public Health's reasonable needs.We know the WCBOH has many areas of ...

Reno VFD thankful for community support

Letters to the Editor

The membership of the Reno Volunteer Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for attending our annual fireman's social. Our supporters shine through us at this special time of social in the heat of July. The proceeds of our social help us to purchase much needed ...

Immigration should not be arbitrarily restricted

Letters to the Editor

In a recent letter to the editor a Donald Trump supporter advocated that immigration should be based on a our country's need. In my view nothing could be more un-American and heartless. The immortal words of Emma Lazarus which are inscribed on the Statue of Liberty do not say, "Give me your ...

Get informed about issues, candidates on the ballot

Editorials

Wednesday was the deadline for candidates to file so that they can be included on the ballot in November's general election.We're happy to see that several-though not all-local races are contested, giving voters a choice. Write-in candidates also still have until Aug. 29 to file.Now that the ...

Computer networks are too vulnerable

Editorials

Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines this week. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoffs.No doubt the problem was extraordinarily costly for Delta and at least some of the affected travelers.What ...

County home thankful for foundation grant

Letters to the Editor

The Washington County Woman's Home Board of Directors would like to thank the Marietta Community Foundation for a recent donation. This was an out of cycle grant for the purpose of strategic planning and training for the board of directors of the home. The amount of $2,000 was granted by the ...

EVE organizers thankful for ongoing support

Letters to the Editor

This letter is both a thank you and an invitation.The 34th annual benefit auction for EVE Inc. will be held the evening of Aug. 26 at the Hotel Lafayette. We owe a very hearty and sincere thank you to the Marietta and surrounding community for the past support for every aspect of our auctions: ...

Missing yellow fever vaccine a concern

Editorials

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than six million doses of yellow ...

Warren must not hurry to build new buildings

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in reference to Warren school district's proposal of building two new school buildings. We must be sincere in researching (determining) cost-effective solutions, especially since the student population has decreased in the last 30 years. We cannot squeeze the local economy when ...

Trump is not the right choice for the economy

Letters to the Editor

What is truly amazing about a recent article in last Sunday's Parkersburg News & Sentinel was who wrote it. This man is a doctor that has done surgery on me, and to me his contempt for Democrats lets me know it will be the last time I will use him. I will do all I can to let others know ...

Republicans are too tainted toward charter schools

Letters to the Editor

Given the really lousy performance of charter schools for decades, the billions of dollars state wide taken from local schools and the millions taken from Washington County schools to fund these failures, we really don't need another Republican in the statehouse representing us. They have ...

School is starting, stay safe on the road

Editorials

Students will be returning to class as soon as this week in Wood County and beginning next week in Washington.We want to remind motorists to be alert to school buses, school bus stops and more youngsters in general out and about in school zones.It's unfortunate that we always seem to hear ...