Letters to the Editor

Portman stands out as a rational Republican

The magic border wall which will stop asylum seekers, drug smugglers, rapists and gang members was not an emergency crisis or even a priority for Republicans when they controlled all branches of government. Now the vain fellow in the White House and his senate majority Kentucky toadies are ...

The reason for any collapse rests on illegal immigration

I am writing to address the letter writer’s concern (see Letter to the Editor Jan. 10) regarding the “collapse of our constitutional republic.” I applaud the gentleman on his description of our country as a “republic” when so many in the Democrat party have taken to referring to our ...

There is local concern over shutdown; Congress needs to act to overrule Trump

I was amused to read in the news on Jan. 8 that the Marietta office manager for Congressman Bill Johnson “has heard no direct concerns from local constituents” about the partial federal government shutdown. On Jan. 5, I sent nearly identical e-mails to Congressman Johnson and Senators ...

Diversity in House of Representatives a welcome change for America

Good news! Sanity and wisdom have come back to the House of Representatives! What a beautiful sight to see; so many women and people of color taking their historic places, adding to the complex mosaic of American government in the 21st Century. It did my heart good to see the smiles and happy ...

If you are against Trump, you are against America

We, the American people, are truly at a crossroads in our political landscape. Roughly, half of our politicians no longer appreciate what makes America special when compared to the rest of the world. For instance, there is very little doubt that a border wall will work as a cost-effective ...

Thanks to all for help with Cutler basket bingo

We want to take this time to say “thank you” to so many people for making our Basket Bingo a huge success on Nov. 10 at the Cutler Community Center. Vivian Burton and Jimmy King are the best. Thank you to Bridgeport Equipment Co., Tim Reed, Sally Drake, Vivian Burton and all others who ...

Reader feels Buckeyes have been slighted

Two (recent) Monday editions of The Marietta Times have given the Cleveland Browns front page coverage while overlooking the Ohio State Buckeyes’ big win over Michigan then winning the Big Ten Conference. The Cleveland Browns had won just one away game in three years. This isn’t the first ...

Understanding Washington County CSB redesignation

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the redesignation of Children’s Services. We would like to set the record straight. The Children’s Services Board (CSB) has been in deficit spending since 2009. Each year CSB spends more money than it is allocated from the County General ...

Thanks for support of Marietta Recycling Center

‘Tis the season that we celebrate the holidays by baking, buying gifts and with friends and family! This is an especially busy time at the Marietta Area Recycling Center (MARC) with increased volume from all of the holiday activities. It is at this time of the year that it is important to ...

Business owner says Butler should remain open

As a small business owner and taxpaying resident of the Norwood community for over 27 years I would like my opinion known on the possible closing of Butler Street for the Marietta College Campus. For the past 27 years I have navigated on a daily basis the Butler Street crossing through the ...

Congressman Johnson needs to support America’s economy, national security

On Nov. 27 I wrote our Congressman Bill Johnson, to strongly urge him to support Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed “Select Committee For A Green New Deal.” I outlined how Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal benefits America’s environment, America’s economy, and ...

Trump’s behavior against the media is un-American

Donald Trump’s willingness to soft pedal the brutal murder of a journalist is a disgusting reminder of his disregard for the ideals that made this country great. The virtuous ideas of our founders are regularly bludgeoned by his repulsive ego and trampling of traditional norms. Constant lies ...

Thanks for support of MOV Gift of Life 5K event

MOV Gift of Life would like to thank those that came out and supported our 2nd Annual 5K Run & Walk at the Marietta Aquatic Center. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. We would like to thank the following area ...

Leave a light on

It is getting darker earlier everyday and our letter carriers in many areas are still making their rounds delivering the mail well after dark. To make their jobs easier and safer I suggest that we leave a porch or front door light on. This extra illumination will help them to see and miss ...

Incoming commissioner says thanks for support

It seems appropriate in this Thanksgiving season to take a moment and say thanks for all the help and support I received during my campaign this summer and fall. I am profoundly grateful for friends and acquaintances alike who took time from their schedule to knock on doors, put up signs, and ...

Reader takes issue with national debt letter

You printed a recent letter titled “Nation’s budget deficit skyrocketing under Trump.” The author assumes that the national debt is a bad thing and that everybody agrees that it is a bad thing, but he doesn’t give any evidence. We have a fine college and a community college, so there ...

Looking for father’s fellow soldiers

I am putting a scrapbook together for my daughters, in honor of their grandfather. My father passed away before our first daughter was born. I am looking for who served with my dad in the Korean War, 1950-53. His name was Cpl. Howard Ray Thomas; and his unit was Company A, 702nd Armed ...

Hervida 4-H Camp says thank you

Hervida 4-H Camp, Inc. held its annual dinner, drawing and silent auction on Nov. 10 at the K of C hall in Churchtown. During the evening events we recognized our veterans and outgoing camp maintenance person, Ed Martin. An excellent dinner was served by the camp board. Raffles, silent ...

Further clarification needed for Commissioners letter

I am responding to the letter from the Washington County Commissioners published in the Marietta Times Nov. 16, titled “Commissioners take issue with article on drug rehab.” The way the letter reads, it makes it sound like building modifications, building space, utilities, taxes, food ...

People fleeing for better lives is nothing new

Immigration is very much a part of the Bible. Abraham and his nephew Lot immigrated from their homeland to Canaan. Later Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, immigrated to Egypt where there was food. Of course, their families went with them. Moses and later Joshua led thousands (caravans?) from ...