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Letters to the Editor

New America

“This morning, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same. I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions ...

The big lie

I am a Democrat and I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but I am greatly saddened by the “Big Lie” repeated over and over again by President Trump (and spread by social media like Facebook and Twitter) until 40% of the people believe that Trump won the presidential election. ...

Johnson shares blame

In the past four weeks I have made numerous requests of Representative Bill Johnson’s office to provide evidence of the massive fraud that he and other Republicans have complained about. I have not received a single shred of evidence. Bill Johnson shares the blame in convincing millions of ...

Calls for unity are ironic

A recent speech on the floor of the US House during the impeachment debate paints a compelling reason to begin now to address the madness that has over taken the Republican Party. Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio had the audacity to call for “unity” and for all Americans to move on from the ...

Butler Street’s future

Council members, administration and Marietta Collage officialS, Butler Street is a valuable part of public property. It currently is used as a street. The city has a responsibility to maintain it. It hasn’t been crack sealed since it was resurfaced 3-5 years ago. It has multiple crack ...

Alice Chapman’s legacy

It was startling to read the news of Alice Chapman’s very recent passing. Mrs. Chapman – or Mrs. C, as she preferred the children to call her – was a significant part of the daily lives of generations of children through the Ely Chapman Foundation. My daughter spend evenings there after ...

A new beginning

I rarely make New Year resolutions, but this year I feel the need to do so. 2020 has been hell on wheels for most of us, and indeed, those of us who are blessed with empathy feel more deeply the suffering of all living things. Sometimes it’s too much and we have to turn away and go within to ...

Christmas is out of sight

Yes, Christmas is over in Marietta and the harsh, cold reality of another winter in the Ohio Valley is upon us. The lucky ones among us are off to warmer places to escape the cold or at least retreat to warm homes with cable tv and hot beverages at the ready. What do the homeless do? ...

Keep growth going

We’re writing in response to last week’s letter regarding proposed gaming machines on property we own and plan to develop in Williamstown. First, we feel like we all agree on one goal: we all want the best for Williamstown. We hope, over our years with the restaurant, residents have seen ...

Thoughts on the election

Four years ago there was an election. The Democratic candidate lost the electoral college vote, even though she had won more of the popular vote. Many of us were devastated. Some of us cried, some prayed, many feared for the future under a President who came to power by creating the birther ...

A breath of fresh air

The recent rejection by the Supreme Court of the Republican lawsuit that attempted to overturn a free and fair US election because it didn’t go their way, was a welcome breath of fresh air in this fetid Trump environment. Incredibly, this treasonous effort was backed by 19 Republican state ...

It’s madness to support the Texas lawsuit

I was disappointed to learn in Friday’s Marietta Times that the Washington County Commissioners resolved to request that Ohio Attorney General David Yost reverse his opposition to the Texas lawsuit. Texas Attorney General Paxton’s strategy was a coordinated attempt to use legal means to ...

Shame on our elected officials

Our congressman, our three county commissioners, both of our state representatives and our state senator have all publicly stated — on the record — that they no longer believe in the Constitution of the United States. “It’s just a piece of parchment with words on it.” Each one of them ...

Another gambling place?

Petitions are being circulated to citizens requesting the Planning Commission deny Christine Bender, owner of DaVinci’s restaurant a variance to add a gaming facility in the proposed development on the restaurant lot, bringing in buses. We do not want our town to be known for ...

Where’s the worry?

First, three Washington County commissioners or commissioners-elect appear maskless within feet of each other during a historic pandemic that has killed 300,000 Americans. Second, current commissioners Kevin Ritter, David White and Ron Feathers urge the Republican Ohio Attorney General David ...

National nightmare is over

Our national nightmare is over. Our conservative-leaning Supreme Court has affirmed our Democracy by refusing to overturn our election results. The election was not “rigged” and we can now work to heal rather than to tear our country apart. Perhaps Congress can again learn to work together ...

Letter of thanks

There are so many thanks that need to be expressed. I don’t know where to begin. The holidays are here and there is so much to be said to all of you. You are so generous with your contributions to the Beverly Waterford Food Pantry. Your donations are overwhelming. To the schools, churches, ...

We should not tolerate corruption

If you have been paying attention to Ohio news lately, you are no doubt familiar with that terrible energy bill known as HB 6 that our legislature passed in 2019. House Bill 6 should have raised a lot of red flags. Why were its supporters spending unprecedented amounts of money? Where were the ...

Words matter

Memo to Myself: If I want to enter into a meaningful conversation about racism and the experiences of my sisters and brothers of color, I need to avoid any use of the phrase “All Lives Matter” or any particular version of it. Words matter. Words can heal or words can hurt. I may state what ...

Homelessness

What does the word “homelessness” mean? In the most basic terms, homelessness is to be without a place to live, to rest, to be. During the Christmas season, we are reminded that the story of Jesus begins with a small family who had no place to stay for the night. Jesus, Mary and Joseph ...