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Opinion

Postage should be paid for ballots

Editorials

One would think Ohio’s elected and appointed officials would want it to be as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, regardless of the letter after their names. Democrats and Republicans alike had an opportunity to help make that happen, thanks to a ...

Giving to our kids

Local Columns

“Our students, from the youngest to the oldest, deserve the best our community can give to them.” Pretty simple words from Andy Brooks, superintendent of Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. But they could not be more true. Marietta Community Foundation is close to reaching its goal in ...

All lawbreakers should be held accountable

Letters to the Editor

I write in reference to the recent Letter to the Editor “Police deserve support.”, Aug. 27, 2020. The writer seems to be under the impression that if one policeman is accused of criminal behavior, all policemen are under attack. This attitude keeps rogue cops from accountability, and erodes ...

Company A still unidentified

Editorials

Nearly two months after former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by federal agents charging him with participating in a $60 million bribery scheme, a key question remains unanswered, officially, at least. Federal prosecutors still have not identified the “Company A” their ...

We can do better

Letters to the Editor

My father had not even finished school when he volunteered for WWII. PaPa served in the Army Airforce as a door gunner. My husband was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam war and ended up on the DMZ in Korea with duties as a crew chef for a helicopter unit. According to our current ...

Election ballot tips

Letters to the Editor

I have been working in the Board of Elections office (temporarily) to help out until the general election (presidential) is over. We have been getting LOTS of calls about the mailings so I thought I’d try to clear it up some in case you have questions. There have been (so far) four different ...

Census remains important

Editorials

No Census during the past century has faced challenges like those which must be overcome by the people in charge of the 2020 population count Clearly, however, they must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond to the ...

Conservatives abandoned

Letters to the Editor

Conservatives back limited executive branch power, fiscal restraint, free trade and a strong allied stance against our advisories like Russia. The Republican party has abandoned conservatives. Their politicians have slithered away from what they once claimed were tenets of good government. R ...

Ballot confusion

Letters to the Editor

There is a movement to adopt “mail-in” voting. We are encouraged to believe that “mail-in” voting is the same thing as “absentee” voting. But the two processes are wildly different. Absentee voting requires the voter to send in a ballot request form, receive the ballot, then mail ...

Never Forget

Editorials

Today is Patriot Day — our annual reminder we told ourselves we would “never forget,” after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We would never forget the nearly 3,000 lives lost — citizens of 78 different countries, by the way. We would never forget the heroes who rushed in, who ...

To the fair board

Letters to the Editor

You should be ashamed of yourselves, wanting to remove the cats from the fairgrounds because of some well-meaning people. That is the only life those cats know. None of them chose to live like that. They were probably dumped there and some were born there. They know no other life and now you ...

Never a more present danger

Letters to the Editor

Many of us can remember WWII, which was far more life threatening than the COVID 19 virus. Just like today, many people had potentially divisive ethnic, political and racial differences. Yet they set aside those differences to create the unbeatable force that defeated the forces of ...

Politics holding up relief measure

Editorials

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, we know that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over ...

How will we pay for it?

Letters to the Editor

This question serves as something of a de facto catchphrase in American politics, if a decidedly lopsided one. Want healthcare for all Americans? How will we pay for it? Free college? How will we pay for it? Keep citizens alive during a global pandemic? How will we pay for it? Fund endless ...

Keep an eye on all children

Editorials

It’s the kind of story that turns your stomach. The Associated Press reported last week that federal authorities had arrested a couple in Canton, Ohio, for felony child endangerment. This was after a 7-year-old girl had been pulled from their home after allegedly enduring many months of ...

Somber Labor Day still just as necessary

Editorials

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the ...

Long-time Marietta Times editor says good-bye

Local Columns

For the last several weeks, I've been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I've spent most of my career, first as a reporter and then as ...

Longtime Marietta Times news editor says good-bye

Editorials

For the last several weeks, I’ve been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I’ve spent most of my career, first as a reporter and ...

Matamoras Minute: Businesses

Editorials

When the members of the audience had finished seeing the movie and left The Palace Theatre they were provided with an opportunity to spend more time in downtown Matamoras with an array of establishments on both sides of Main Street. On the Southwest corner of Main and Second in 1926 was a ...