Opinion

Vending machine at MMS a good idea

Editorials

When Marietta Middle School students start the 2016-2017 school year, they'll have no reason to begin class each day hungry.In an effort to ensure that more children have proper fuel for the day, the school is closing out the year with a grant-funded breakfast vending machine. Though breakfast ...

Government stance on transgender students wrong

Letters to the Editor

The federal government has told public schools all across the nation that they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms and believe it or not, locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. As we all know locker rooms also have showers.As I see it they both can use the showers at ...

Many Earth Day successes

Local Columns

Marietta Earth Day Celebration 2016 was a successful day! A special thanks to major sponsors: Clare Kremer, Peoples Bank, OSU Extension and the Marietta Area Recycling Center.The Ohio River National Wildlife Refuge brought some examples of river turtles (although they had to keep getting warmed ...

200 years of the Universalist Society in Marietta

Local Columns

It was a dark and stormy day in early April, 1860, when mourners leaving Mound Cemetery after the burial services for Unitarian Church founder Nahum Ward were caught in a terrific downpour. The storm resulted in the great flood of 1860, which caused the loss of over 3,000 books from the ...

Spend wisely when fighting diseases

Editorials

Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...

LBGT agenda misguided on many levels

Letters to the Editor

LBGT agenda misguidedon many levelsOn Friday, May 13, the White House signaled its intent to implement the radical LBGT agenda by issuing a directive to all public schools. This act was aimed at allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. This latest ...

Keep U.S. arms away from hands of terrorists

Editorials

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of ...

Memorial Health fashion show a huge success

Letters to the Editor

The 13th annual Fashion Show, sponsored by the Memorial Health Foundation, was profound success! The show grossed over $62,000, all of which will go to care of our Strecker Cancer Center patients in need. The affair, held at Marietta College Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, had record attendance ...

Right Path’s fish fry fundraiser is May 20

Letters to the Editor

The Right Path is gearing up for our seventh annual fish fry fundraiser this Friday night, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5108 on Pike Street in Marietta.The Right Path's mission is to promote healthy youth development and we achieve this through both pro-social and ...

Safeguards needed for medical marijuana

Editorials

It appears virtually certain Ohioans will have access to marijuana - or at least, the active ingredient in it - for medicinal purposes within the next year or so. Some people believe that would be a blessing to those suffering from certain diseases.It could be a curse for many other Buckeye ...

Support for ‘disabilities’ month legislation

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to pledge my support for Senate Bill 130. This is a bi-partisan bill that formally designates October as "Disability History and Awareness Month" for Ohio. The bill further states that Ohio schools in October should embrace events that promote disability awareness, ...

Don’t throw out safety rules for the summer

Editorials

As schools wrap up their academic years and children of all ages begin their summer break we want to add our voice to all those others wishing for a safe vacation away from teachers and homework.Camp PBS Parents website has a comprehensive list of potential dangers and steps parents can take to ...

Letter writer differs on column about natural gas

Letters to the Editor

I recently read Robert W. Chase's Viewpoint in the April 16 edition of the Marietta Times, and I have to say that Chase's reference to natural gas as the "most reliable, cleanest burning, and cheapest fuel for power generation" is just nonsense.Why would I make this assertion about the remarks ...

Natural vs. Manmade climate change

Local Columns

I'm a believer that climate change is happening. I also believe that climate change is a natural process that has been happening for millions of years. On the other hand, the evidence seems clear that humans have recently caused it to occur much faster than what natural processes alone can ...

MOLST—crucial conversations needed for seniors

Local Columns

Senior communities and health care providers often find themselves managing difficult choices for the frail and terminally ill. End of life conversations are often fraught with anxiety for both seniors and those who care for them.Yet these crucial conversations help us to understand seniors' ...

Local effort important in fight against addiction

Editorials

As the heroin epidemic and concerns about opiate addiction continue in the Mid-Ohio Valley, we're glad to see local citizens and organizations coming together to find solutions.The latest effort took place Friday. 'Take Back Our Communities; Combating the opiate epidemic' was the topic of a ...

Modern waste water treatment systems protect our water

Local Columns

Earth Day has come and gone as have the editorials urging us to protect the Earth. Clean water needs protecting. We all learned in school as kids about the water cycle and how water circulates and is cleaned through this process. Do you know that the amount of water on earth is fairly constant? ...

Farmers, shoppers get a new option for produce

Editorials

When it comes to fresh, locally-grown produce we think Marietta is going to find it twice as nice to soon have more options.The Farmers Market on Front Street will have a preview Friday and then begin its regular market sales on Tuesday, repeating every Tuesday through October.It's a nice ...

Local hiring rules a must for working Ohioans

Letters to the Editor

As someone who values the work of craftsmen in our communities, I am very concerned with the direction GOP lawmakers are taking our state. Senate Bill 152 aims to restrict or ban local hiring and project labor agreements. These actions will chip away at working people's ability to earn an ...