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Opinion

Good for countries rejecting others’ trash

Editorials

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Area not overlooked for tax preservation opportunities

Letters to the Editor

A recent Marietta Times’ editorial complained that Southeast Ohio was overlooked in the latest round of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. A quick phone call was all it would have taken for the Times to learn that rather than being overlooked, there simply were no applicants from ...

Example does not apply to local pharmacists

Letters to the Editor

In response to a recent opinion page column entitled “Pharmacies should take some responsibility,” I would like to make two comments. The writer says that according to the website Drugchannels.net independent pharmacies in 2016 had a profit of approximately 21.2%. Had the writer dug a ...

Other city needs should be addressed with income tax increase

Editorials

Let’s start with this simple statement: the Marietta Fire Department is vitally important. We support it, we support the firefighters. We want them to have the equipment they need. So does the community. We suspect that’s why an increase in city income tax was approved by voters in 2018 ...

Medicaid system needs to get its act together

Editorials

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...

Cellphone use behind the wheel should be primary offense

Editorials

Using a cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device, already is a crime in Ohio. But drivers can be ticketed for it only if police or deputies spot them doing something else that is illegal. Since 2013, 305 people have died in Ohio accidents caused by “distracted driving,” ...

As a nation, we still need to reflect on Dr. King’s message

Editorials

Today we observe the birthday of a man who had a dream. A man who asked those he led to achieve their goals without violence ... and who was killed for it. Many get a three-day weekend because today we commemorate the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in trying to drag us all ...

Coats for Kids had a successful season

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the entire community for making 2019 a record-breaking year for Coats for Kids: 1,057 coats were collected, and 1,030 were distributed. Only 27 didn’t find a new owner and the Salvation Army was happy to receive those. So many individuals and businesses are responsible ...

Devola sewer: The public has the right to information

Editorials

While this week’s meeting with the engineering firm handling the Devola sewer project was open to the media and the public, a meeting last week involving the sewering was not. Devola resident Glen Pawloski invited an attorney to speak to residents about options for them to organize and ...

Ohio needs to find new ways to grow its economy

Editorials

While many analyses of our national economy have been relatively positive, folks here in the Mid-Ohio Valley still find themselves wondering when all that prosperity is going to make its way to them. Researchers at the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in ...

Something is wrong when so many kids are uninsured

Editorials

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Pharmacies SHOULD take some responsibility

Editorials

This week, a group of pharmacy chains asked a federal judge in Cleveland to reject claims by some Ohio counties that they bear some responsibility for the opioid epidemic that swallowed parts of Ohio — including the Mid-Ohio Valley — over the course of several years. According to a filing ...

Taking care of blight should continue to be a city priority

Editorials

Marietta City Council is moving forward with purchase and demolition of another blighted property, one that’s at risk at collapsing over Goose Run and a city sewer line. We’re glad that these steps are being taken by our local leaders and that blight in the city continues to be viewed as ...

A green resolution

Letters to the Editor

Among the most egregious lies we’ve been told about climate change, is the idea that as citizens we’re powerless to do anything about it. I consider 2019 to be the year that I became a climate activist. I began the year feeling that there was nothing I could do, that the problem was too ...

Harmar teachers thinking outside of the box

Editorials

Shrinking budgets, shrinking class sizes and constant changes in the educational needs of students mean teachers have to be flexible and creative in providing the best classroom experience for our children. Harmar Elementary School’s co-teaching and open classroom approach is a fantastic ...

Healthy blood donors needed this time of year

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you, this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we normally think. According to one ...

Check detectors; the life you save could be your own

Editorials

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...