Opinion

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 ...

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 ...