Opinion

Laws should not be based on concerns of a few

Letters to the Editor

Recently I learned of a new law in our state. It is called the Dick Goddard law and it really ticks me off. People today allow themselves to be controlled by their emotions totally void of any ability to reason. The reality of this law is that it is now a felony for anyone to not worship ...

Lyme Disease threat is serious

Editorials

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in Ohio, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, chills, ...

Ohio, W.V. right to be cautious

Editorials

Ohio secretary of state Jon Husted in Ohio, and Mac Warner, secretary of state in neighboring West Virginia, are absolutely right to take firm stances on one of their responsibilities, protecting voters’ privacy. Husted and Warner are among the vast majority of chief state election officers ...

Kindness appreciated by Marietta resident

Letters to the Editor

In Scripture, we read of a man, lame from birth, who is carried to the Temple Gate called Beautiful, to ask for alms. When he reached his hand up to Peter and John expecting money, they took his hand and gave him something greater. I am this person in Marietta. Elderly and disabled, ...

By coming together we can achieve many things

Editorials

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Riverfront Roar committee thankful for help

Letters to the Editor

This year marked the 17th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar. Many people work hard throughout the year to make race weekend a fun and enjoyable event for the community. On behalf of the Committee and the Board of Directors I want to take the opportunity to thank those organizations who’s ...

Don’t break reading habits built during this summer

Editorials

We hope your student is keeping up with promises to read throughout the summer. Now is a good time for a reminder to read throughout summer break. Doing so keeps young brains sharp and in training for the lessons ahead in classrooms. We hope students in the house are keeping up this summer. ...

Perplexed over parking rule in downtown Marietta

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I drove into to town on June 20 to visit a business on Second Street. We pulled up across the road from the business and parked. We noticed a sign that said two-hour parking and hours listed but failed to read the whole sign, and as a result we were ticketed for having a vehicle ...

Sewer costs will add up for Devola homeowners

Letters to the Editor

Concerning the “sewer” article, front page, July 4 — I understand the figures quoted in this article are 2012 figures from the city attorney’s office and only address the construction cost of the sewer and do not reflect the “rest of the story.” The “rest of the story” is ...

Some say addiction a disease, others say choice

Letters to the Editor

Facebook quote: “It’s a disease”. Bulls****, when’s the last time you seen anyone shooting up with a syringe full of cancer?” A reply – “I agree, the people on drugs are making wrong choices,,, with a disease you have no choice,,,,” My response: I am not an addiction ...

North Korea’s nuclear genie is out of the bottle

Local Columns

All the theories aside, Pyongyang has passed the point of no return and now it is too late to stop North Korea from going nuclear. For 23 years, the United States has tried to thwart the Hermit Kingdom’s push for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). All the efforts since 1994, ...

VFW field home to Reds Legends camp memories

Local Columns

I would like to mention something very special about the former home of the Cincinnati Reds Legends event for the last 23 years. If the old VFW field could somehow speak and show emotion, then I truly believe it would have been sobbing and crying during Reds Legends week this summer. As we ...

Congress must get the job done

Editorials

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge that we must do it makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Arriving at a new reality

Local Columns

The nature of nature, the power of power, the power to the second power, squared that is. And what is the deepest meaning of “the second”? Is it merely the moment, the next tick before the tock? Or could it be more, that which is dual and the duel between the self and that which is ...

Put safety first when going out on the water

Editorials

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries ...

Pollinator’s play important role in our world

Letters to the Editor

What exactly is a pollinator, you may ask? A pollinator is anything that carries pollen from one part of the flower to another, the stamen to the stigma to be exact. This must occur in order for fertilization to take place and fruits, seeds, or young plants to be produced. This process is ...

Good news on opioid prescriptions

Editorials

A new study looking at data from 2010 to 2015 shows that fewer opioid prescriptions are being given in the nation, in Ohio and in Washington County. While the drug epidemic rages on, we think this is a big step in the right direction. So many of the people we’ve talked to about heroin ...

Volunteers help complete tennis court work

Letters to the Editor

The East Muskingum Civic Association (EMCA) in Washington County would like to announce the completion of the renovation project of the tennis court on its recreational grounds in Devola. The co-chairs of the project, Dustin Maxon and Diane Gottfried, began in the spring 2017 with planning ...

Downtown group thankful for help with flowers

Letters to the Editor

Now that July is upon us and summer is officially here, we wanted to shout from the mountaintops our immense gratitude for our Save Our Flowers campaign donors. Because of you, Marietta, and the support of many, over 300 beautiful purple petunia flower baskets are hanging throughout downtown ...

Providers have a stake in health care reform

Editorials

Discussions about health care, Obamacare and “repeal and replace” often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges. A hospital ...