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Letters to the Editor

Medication Take Back Day

Medication Take Back Day is Saturday April 24, 2021, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted medication. There are several disposal sites and meds can be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. You do not have to remove labels from bottles and ...

Now here’s an idea!

Now here’s an idea! This would be the perfect time to establish year-round schooling in the United States. If I am not mistaken, our concept of 9 months of schooling and 3 months of summer vacation was instituted when our country was mostly agrarian – when children were needed to help on ...

Educating America

As an elected official, I am often asked what I think we need to do to “fix” our country. While it’s difficult to limit oneself on such a broad question, I do believe that rethinking how we educate children is an essential component in addressing some of the difficulties our nation faces. ...

Bullies are everywhere

Bullying in schools has been at the forefront of education issues for quite some time. We often hear about this being a major problem and wonder how to prevent it. Parents are usually appalled that little Billy or Susie could do such a thing and wonder why their own children could behave that ...

Support Empty Bowls

During this time of year the Empty Bowls organization normally conducts a fundraiser for the good work they perform in assisting with the relief of hunger in our area. As chair of the Matamoras Area Food Pantry I am appreciative for their contributions to our organization. They have been a ...

Safe route to school

Hart Street beside 756 Greene is a “Safe Route to School” to the city’s largest elementary school. Is it any wonder less than 10 percent of our students pre-pandemic walk or ride bicycles to school? Why? Because in most areas of the city, it is too dangerous to walk even 2-10 blocks to ...

Gun laws don’t solve the problem

It is a sad day in America when gun violence takes many lives. However, to continue to blame the implement used makes no sense. It is the fault of a person, not the weapon. Tighter gun legislation only makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to exercise their rights under the constitution. ...

Admit you’re wrong

Since the November election I have contacted Representative Bill Johnson’s office numerous times asking for evidence of widespread election fraud that he and many other Republicans have complained about. Mr Johnson voted to disenfranchise millions of voters following the insurrection at the ...

Marietta River Trail needs improvements

The city of Marietta has the perfect opportunity to use some of the $9-10 million in pandemic/stimulus funding to improve pedestrian and bicyclists safety, particularly on Marietta River Trail. Early trail use during the pandemic double or tripled. The Multiuse trail provided safe access for ...

Marietta traffic

My wife and I are daily walkers in Marietta and the disregard for pedestrians by drivers that we observe is shocking. Speed is usually well beyond the posted limits, extra loud mufflers (there’s an oxymoron) are common and there are very few drivers who yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. ...

Local environmental impacts should be discussed

I am pleased to see that the Marietta Times is concerned about the environmental impact of energy sources, as demonstrated by their editorial which appeared in the March 11, 2021 edition. The editorial was referring to the Vineyard Wind Project off the coast of Massachusetts, which would ...

Getting back to “Normal”

While a lot of us are starting to relax just a bit with the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, it is disconcerting nevertheless to still hear Mr. Trump insist that he won the 2020 presidential election. It is even more disturbing to hear about the number of people that ...

Speeding, distracted drivers are health, safety crisis

All Marietta residents and visitors owe a huge debt of gratitude to Council Representative Geoff Schenkel, Harmar advocates Jackson Patterson, AJ Smith and those they are working with to focus attention on the danger to pedestrians, bicyclists, children and the elderly on Franklin ...

Gee, What happened?

Gee! What happened to my Right to cast a legal vote? Not one negated by some illegal alien, or felon, or criminal fraud using some dead or long gone addressee? And the machine fraud criminals, and the unsecured, unverified mailed ballots “ harvested” or cast by persons who never had to show ...

How great is $15.00 minimum wage?

Yes, it is commendable and much appreciated by senior citizens and those with challenges that our elected officials proclaim: “We need to take care of those most vulnerable in our community first in getting vaccinated against COVID-19.” These acts by our elected officials are laudable. At ...

It is time to wake up

Recently I watched an interview with liberal author Naomi Wolf. Our political beliefs are far apart, but she is right on the money about what is going on in this country and where we stand as a nation. She states that we have been so divided, we are missing the rise of the totalitarian police ...

Tilting at windmills

Did you know that Texas generates 70% of its energy from fossil fuels? If you’re like me, I’m guessing you didn’t. I’m also guessing that in the wake of a severe arctic storm blasting the United States, you’ve probably heard something to the effect that “frozen wind turbines ...

Thank you Portman, Brown

At Oriana House, one of the primary ways we fulfill our mission of contributing to safer communities is by helping our clients overcome barriers that prevent them from working and earning sustainable living wages. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit has been an invaluable tool for helping companies ...

Taxes

After hearing that Governor Justice and many of the legislators in Charleston want to eliminate personal income taxes, I am very upset. I do not mind paying my taxes when the money is used for us – like good roads, schools, parks etc. According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy ...

Thank you, Bill Johnson

On Nov. 3, Representative Bill Johnson easily won reelection in Washington County with 73% of the votes cast. The enormity of his win was a victory for all in Washington County who value his support and work for – to name just a few – freedom of speech, the sanctity of human life, freedom ...