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Letters to the Editor

All lawbreakers should be held accountable

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 ...

We can do better

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

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 ...

Conservatives abandoned

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

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 ...

To the fair board

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

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 ...

How will we pay for it?

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 ...

Revisiting Butler Street a worthwhile endeavor

Thanks to Mayor Schlicher for his city-wide push to improve all neighborhoods - helping citizens right where they live by targeting blight, broken sidewalks, overgrown trees, faded traffic markings, unsightly hydrants, junk collection, etc. Beyond the triage of neighborhoods, there is another ...

Tax office offers thanks

The office of Marietta City Treasurer/Income Tax wish to thank our citizens and businesses for their patience and support in these unprecedented times. Through both an office closure and a closed to the public period, we were able to process tax returns and keep things moving in a timely ...

Violence today is similar to French Revolution

I recently saw a television guest seek to justify violence in some of our urban centers by comparing it to events surrounding the founding of this country in 1776. Nothing could be further from the truth. What is going on in our cities today is far more similar to the wanton violence and ...

Save our Postal Service

According to the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, The Congress shall have the Power…. To establish Post Offices and post Roads. When I was away at school, my mother faithfully wrote to me. When we lived in rural southern Ohio, we got mail even though some of the ...

Police deserve support

Streaming from many large American cities this summer we have seen images of concerted animosity directed at local, county, state, and federal law enforcement: rocks and bottles hurled, shouting in the face, bats swung, Molotov cocktails thrown, screaming, spitting. For days, the police were ...

Political hate

After over three years of hating the man in the oval office...” That is how one writer began her letter to the Times on August 11th. Her intro got me wondering about political hate. If we were able to survey those who say they hate #45, what might we find? Certainly, the Democrat party is ...

Why we need to vote early

Ohio law is clear – all mail-in ballots must be counted if they are postmarked by the day before the election (Nov. 2) and received by the local Board of Elections within 10 days after the election (Nov. 13). This has been the law in Ohio for many years. Due to the pandemic, Ohio expects ...

Franklin spinning in grave

I read Wednesday’s editorial about the Postal Service with interest. This an important current topic. The United States Post Office has a responsibility to use the public funds wisely. And the U.S. Constitution requires that there be a Postal Service to serve the citizens. There might be more ...

Thank you

A big Thank You is due to “The Marietta Times” for recognizing Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for their volunteer work. Scouts are always prepared to serve it is imbued in their Promise and Law. “The Marietta Times” on Wednesday, Aug. 19 printed a story with pictures of Girl Scout ...

Be wary of socialism

Matthew 7:3 asks “Why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye.” A writer recently sang his praises to this newspaper for exposing 20,000 so-called lies by the President. If lies were truly his objective, he should have tried counting all ...

A good neighbor

This is in response to a May 19 letter titled, “Communities, not coal, should be focus of COVID-19 relief”. In 1976, Salem Township decided to build a new firehouse building for their newly established fire department. B & N Coal volunteered labor and equipment to ready the grounds ...

Made in America

I recently finished reading Our House Is on Fire, an autobiographical account by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her family. It was a hugely engaging book for me, both as someone deeply concerned about climate change, as well as an individual with Asperger syndrome, the same autism ...