Opinion

Library a prize jewel of valley

Letters to the Editor

I have used the Washington County Public Library for the past 43 years. It is one of the most public service oriented organizations in our community. Staff over the years has been respectful, helpful and pleasant.Many go the extra mile to provide helpful services. This was especially true for ...

Continue to support W.Va. flood victims

Editorials

Some of the victims of widespread flooding in West Virginia late last month will never recover fully from the disaster. For those who lost loved ones, life can never be the same.Many lost everything they owned, including irreplaceable keepsakes. Many others lost all the necessities of life ...

Gun control debate in history

Local Columns

In days of yore, before the turn of the 21st century, it was a common practice in public schools for American history teachers to require their students to take turns reading sections of founding documents like the Declaration of Independence to better understand their significance for ...

Choosing to protect and serve

Editorials

The officers killed by a sniper at a demonstration in Dallas Thursday were killed while protecting those protesting against them. Those not injured had the bravery to remain at the scene while under attack and continue to do their jobs.In this time of strained relationships between the public ...

Library leadership needs to spend money wisely

Letters to the Editor

I was shocked when I read that the Washington County Library had purchased a building for half a million dollars. I'm wondering how I missed this discussion. Was there any public input? The half-million is just the price of entry. I'm sure there will have to be renovations of some kind, not to ...

Despite rain, July 4th parade a success

Letters to the Editor

AmVets Post 1788 would like to thank all -those who were a part of our annual Fourth of July parade! We want to make an open invitation to anyone or everyone who wants to be there next year and all the years to come. We may not be the biggest parade, but we are a community parade for the people ...

Alzheimer’s still robbing people of their lives

Editorials

Alzheimer's disease knows not from accomplishments. It claims the minds of those it affects and, eventually, it claims their lives.One of the best minds in basketball died recently with Pat Summitt, 64, who made the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers a powerhouse on a level that is tough ...

Clinton lax on protocol, state department a mess

Letters to the Editor

What has our country turned into? Hillary Clinton broke the law, lied to investigators, and gets a free pass. I urge every reader to ask themselves what would happen to them if they pulled that crap. Martha Stewart went to prison for it. Scooter Libby was convicted on four of the five counts ...

Welcome President Ruud; good luck at Marietta College

Editorials

Marietta College has been an essential part of the community for more than a century and it remains so today.It's not only one of the area's largest employers but it provides a center for arts and education for students and the community alike.That's why everyone should be paying attention to ...

Are Christians the threat or the threatened?

Letters to the Editor

A 2015 poll conducted by Clout Research, a national opinion research firm, asked "Which do you believe pose the greatest threat to America - Muslims or Christians?" Startling were the results! Forty-five percent of Democrats polled believe that Christians are a greater threat to America than ...

Right Path continues to make a difference

Editorials

The Right Path for Washington County is building on its legacy of good works in our community.Summer is here and that means it's time for fun. The Right Path is continuing to provide teens and families with swim nights, dances and other events aimed at promoting healthy youth development. The ...

Library must do better job of spending public money

Letters to the Editor

To start with, I really like the Washington County Public Library and have utilized its services for many years. A few years back when they were crying the blues over not having enough money for even minor upkeep or maybe even stopping some services, I was happy to vote for a levy to help them ...

Independence Day was a time to reflect

Letters to the Editor

We've just celebrated Independence day, to remember our nation declaring, and winning against English oppression.Our freedom is now under attack again, and this assault is headed by the Democrats/socialists/ Marxists/progressives and liberals. They've declared war on Christians, women, the ...

Our nation’s national parks are in need of TLC

Editorials

Our national parks have been described as "America's best idea." The nation's founders, who established a government based on liberty and with guarantees of it, might argue with that.But the parks are a wonderful thing, perhaps unique in the world. They preserve valuable, beautiful natural and ...

What does ‘making America great’ actually mean?

Letters to the Editor

Jim Wallis' book, "America's Original Sin" states, "The United States of America was established as a white society, founded upon the near genocide of another race and the enslavement of yet another."In this election year, I am grieved by all the hatred, spewed by certain people. When they say ...

Assault weapons ban will do nothing to deter crime

Letters to the Editor

On the June 26 editorial page there was a letter titled "The NRA's Influence." The letter writer stated that the assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004 saved countless lives, and in the future it could probably save hundreds of thousands of lives.The reality is that there were several studies ...

The roar of the crowd and the rrrroar of those racers

Editorials

Powerboat race fans have had this weekend circled on their calendar for a long time. Riverfront Roar has a busy few days planned on the Ohio at Marietta.Marietta is a favorite stop each year for the Powerboat Superleague drivers and race teams who give the venue for a weekend full of races ...

House protest shows how frustrated Americans are

Letters to the Editor

On June 22 our U.S. House Representative Bill Johnson issued a press release regarding the recent sit-in staged by 170 members of the House of Representatives. They were protesting House Leader Paul Ryan's refusal to allow consideration of a proposal that would prevent the sale of guns to ...

Democrats lacked respect with sit-in stunt

Letters to the Editor

The delegates of the Constitutional Convention would have been truly disappointed at the stunt that was staged in the House of Representatives by the Democrats Wednesday June 22. The Constitutional Convention adopted only three rules to conduct the business of the convention, each state got ...