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Opinion

It will take a community to support Harmar area

Editorials

The west side of Marietta has taken some hard blows in recent days. First, came news that the Historic Harmar Bridge would be closed, possibly permanently, and at best for a very long time until funds can be raised to repair it. Then, on Monday, the Marietta City Schools Board of Education ...

Current commissioners are doing just fine

Letters to the Editor

I’ve recently read a number of pro and con letters to the editor regarding the contested County Commissioners races. In my view, these races are not so much about the virtues or vices of the incumbents. Both men have served two terms and they are known quantities. Instead, these races are ...

Victims need to be protected at all costs

Editorials

Victims of domestic abuse who are seeking an escape from their situation do not have an easy choice. Fleeing might mean the loss of shelter and financial security — perhaps even the loss of a job, which could prompt the courts to award custody of children to someone else. For some victims, a ...

Re-Elect David White for Commissioner

Letters to the Editor

Dear Washington County Voters, I am honored to support David White for re-election for Washington County Commissioner. I have gotten to know David through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. David White has a passion for the office and is very committed to the people of Washington ...

Oil & gas industry responds to Rolling Stone article

Letters to the Editor

As the organization in charge of providing the general public with fact-based, educational information about Ohio’s important natural gas and oil industry, we’re deeply disappointed a recent article (“Rolling Stone Article Highlights Area Fracking Concerns,” Feb. 15) irresponsibly ...

Referendum on referees is needed legislation

Editorials

It may come as a bit of a surprise that such legislation is not already on the books, but Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would make assaulting referees while they do their jobs a crime. It is a change long overdue. The House Criminal Justice Committee is discussing the bill at ...

Vote Charlie Schilling

Letters to the Editor

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Charlie Schilling in the Foster Care system. His willingness to listen and research, as well as his perseverance, are qualities that I saw while working with him. He would take the time to fully understand the situation and always acted in the ...

Donald is our Adolf

Letters to the Editor

Hitler was going to “Make Germany Great Again.” How did that work out? For Germany? For the planet? How is Donald working out for the vast majority of the planet’s population? Will Donald’s wrath result in another 30 million – mostly innocent – deaths? Roger G. Kalter Marietta

Oriana House response

Letters to the Editor

The services being provided at Rigel Recovery Residential Center (the former Women’s Home) in Marietta to the citizens of Washington County have remained consistent and have not deviated from when Oriana House was first approached by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board in 2018. The ...

Schilling for Commissioner

Letters to the Editor

In the last eight months I have attended multiple meetings with an opportunity to talk with Charlie Schilling about why he is running for Washington County Commissioner. In each of those meetings he has voiced his concern about listening to the residents of the entire County and trying to ...

Don’t let bureaucracy stand in the way of needed treatment

Editorials

The devil is in the details, as they say; and in the case of the effort to offer drug treatment and recovery resources in Marietta, those devilish details are creating quite the mess. While an across the board not-in-my-backyard attitude about drug treatment facilities is patently ...

Keep David White, County Commissioner

Letters to the Editor

Commissioner David White is up for re-election. His name will appear on your Republican primary ballot. I encourage you to join me in giving David White your vote. As your County Auditor, I work alongside Commissioner White on the general budget, as well as other projects. I know him to be a ...

Senate Bill 33 Violates Ohioans’ Rights

Letters to the Editor

I recommend taking a moment to search online for one of my favorite photographs. Reminiscent of the infamous “Tiananmen Square” moment in China, a chilling snapshot by photographer Ryan Vizzions depicts Lakota water protector Mega Mae Plenty Chief riding on horseback, staring down ...

James Booth will bring integrity to board of commissioners

Letters to the Editor

I have seen many different articles in the paper concerning the current commissioners running for office, and also the challengers. I have know James Booth for many years. Here is the long and short of it. I have always known him to be honest, fair, and vocal when need be. I feel that if he had ...

Marshall has the experience to be county commissioner

Letters to the Editor

Cora Marshall is running for the office of Washington County Commissioner. She held this office awhile back and handled the job quite well. She will serve the citizens of Washington County again the best way she can. So re-elect Cora Marshall for County Commissioner and give her a chance to ...

Congrats to FFA on continued successes

Editorials

As our region’s economy evolves, it may be tempting to believe organizations such as the FFA are outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jim and Sandy Wagner of Vincent demonstrate FFA has been so important to their family that it has become a tradition carried on by ...

Keep Coil as Prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

I invite you to join my husband and me and vote Nicole Coil, Washington County Prosecutor. Nicole assumed the office of Prosecutor in June 2019. If you read The Marietta Times and follow the court cases, you will see Nicole has done an amazing job of tackling the backlog of cases which she ...

Revealing America’s Radioactive Secret

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the Marietta Times for featuring the story “America’s Radioactive Secret” as reported in a detailed, highly researched (over two years) investigative report in the February issue of Rolling Stone magazine. As a long-time subscriber to Rolling Stone, I was shocked to read this ...

Re: A republic, if you can keep it

Letters to the Editor

The story is told that after the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government the delegates had created. He said, “A republic, if you can keep it.” I believe the greatest danger to our republic today is President Donald J. Trump. In our constitution, we ...

Parking guidelines necessary downtown

Editorials

Some parking enforcement changes being considered by Marietta City Council are getting some negative reaction from residents, but we would remind them to consider all angles on the issue. Council is considering a return to chalking tires to mark how long vehicles have been in parking spots ...