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Letters to the Editor

The future will be green or not at all

“There have been calls for a moratorium on the approval and construction of new natural gas pipeline projects and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Congressman Bill Johnson wrote in a May 1st Facebook post. “As a result, I – along with a bipartisan group of ...

Wearing masks is important for safety of all

Governor DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have been doing an astounding job helping Ohioans deal with the coronavirus. The Governor recognized the seriousness of the pandemic coming to Ohio and began asking Ohioans to stay at home, social distance, not meet in large groups, wash hands, ...

Communities, not coal, should be focus of Covid-19 relief

In response to the LTE titled ‘During Crisis, Coal Industry Remains Vital to Economy published April 10, the writer’s views on the coal industry are out of touch. Trying to capitalize on a pandemic to bail out an industry that has failed our communities and failed their shareholders for ...

Sadly, as a country we are no longer united

We are no longer the “United” States of America. We have become two separate societies depending upon which political party we support and where we get our information. This is particularly ominous in the middle of a pandemic, a presidential election and with Russia continuing to ...

Not all current leadership is necessarily good

On Tuesday, April 28, there was a letter from a reader of The Marietta Times titled “Difficult times call for great leadership.” I agree. The writer said they felt Gov. DeWine had done a great job, and I agree. But then the writer thought the president also has done a great job. That, I ...

Trust the science

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been,” wrote prominent science fiction author Issac Asimov four decades ago. “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the ...

Random thoughts

Throughout these uncertain times of quarantine as we social distance, even though we cannot touch each other’s hands our heats will remain together. We mourn each precious life lost to the pandemic, and at the same time we are grateful for our technology (in as much at times it is both ...

Teachers, school staff appreciated

It was once said that “Superheroes don’t always wear capes.” In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one has seized the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn new things, adapt to change and truly embrace and reach out to their students more than the heroic educators and ...

A Light in the Darkness

As the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus hit the United States millions struggled to meet the challenges a need to isolate themselves presented. The dark night of despair and hopelessness seemed destined to overtake each and every person, even if the illness itself had not personally done ...

Public Service Recognition Week

Federal employees provide vital services that benefit Americans every day, yet much of this important work goes unnoticed. We see them when hurricanes strike, floods destroy communities and pandemics spread worldwide. We know that they help land our planes safely and perform inspections to ...

A legacy of externalized costs

Externalized costs are costs that are generated by one party who benefits but a third party pays for those costs directly or indirectly. The Mid-Ohio Valley is rife with examples of its residents and its lands paying the price while others reap the rewards, from forest harvest in the early ...

Increasing risk without our consent

Yet again, proposals affecting the health and well-being of everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley are being made without our input. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering a proposal that would expand a docking facility on Route 7 south of Marietta to allow potentially radioactive drilling ...

Difficult times call for great leadership

We all know these are difficult times for all of us due to the current health dangers. We are each facing challenges to our daily lives – which may include family, spiritual, job and financial issues. We also know that “We are Better Together”. Yet while offering no concrete ...

Climate change and national security

“Within a few short centuries, we are returning to the air a significant part of the carbon that was extracted by plants and buried in the sediments during half a billion years Through his worldwide industrial civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a ...

Protect the rights and health of essential workers

Congress has a responsibility to ensure essential workers have the protections they need, the rights they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve. We must ensure essential workers are protected as much as possible through safety standards around personal protective equipment and ...

Save our earth

Last year at this time I submitted a letter concerning Earth Day which was started 50 years ago under a Republican administration. As we approach Earth Day, April 22, 2020 we need to ask, what have we as a country done to reduce carbon dioxide in the last year? Nothing. The present ...

Fire Chiefs Assoc. thankful for donations of supplies

The Washington County Fire Chiefs Association and the Washington County Emergency Medical Association want to thank Charlie Schilling and James Booth for their efforts in obtaining and donating necessary safety supplies (N-95 masks, surgical masks, full body protective suits, and gloves). These ...

EMA director sets the record straight regarding PPE for firefighters

In response to the article in the Marietta Times “Volunteer fire chiefs say they’re not getting support” dated April 3, 2020, I would like to correct the misinformation that was presented. The Washington County EMA has been working towards providing as much personal protective equipment ...

Crisis causes even more difficulties for Ohioans with disabilities

The COVID-19 crisis presents challenges that most of us have never experienced. For Ohioans with disabilities, the outbreak, and measures implemented to slow it, are even more difficult. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is seeing firsthand how this crisis is further isolating our clients. Under ...

County Home administrator wants to set record straight

A false claim was recently made in these pages that the County Commissioners had decided to dedicate land across from the County Home for a new storage facility. As the Administrator of the County Home, I can assure the public this is not the case. The County Commissioners and I are always ...