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Letters to the Editor

Black Lives Matter

If my health permitted, I would be attending the marches for Black Lives Matter. When I read that some of the Parkersburg City council stated that the Police department was just fine and certainly did not need to be defunded, I was upset. From personal experience, I can not dispute that. But ...

Our enduring values

Like many Americans, while I am sympathetic to the desire of legitimate protestors to improve our nation, I have watched with horror as anti-American lawbreakers have seized the moment to deface and destroy beloved symbols of our nation. I have further been demoralized by the impotent and muted ...

From former commissioner, thoughts on Devola sewer

My name is James Meek. I served as a Washington County Commissioner during the nineties. I, along with other commissioners, reached out and were able to raise millions of dollars for county sewer systems. I would like to share some of my experience with the homeowners who are being impacted by ...

Facebook, Trump and the erosion of personal responsibility

The steady growth of the popularity of Facebook over the past ten years is testimony to the interest human beings have in “knowing” what’s going on in the world. Users of Facebook are able to “stay in touch” with friends and family in far-flung corners of the world. Grandmothers and ...

Everyone should have the First Amendment right

Everyone should have the First Amendment right Recently The Marietta Times in the “Our Opinion” column ran the following... “Fight for free speech is always appropriate.” Therefore, shouldn’t everyone have the right to “fight” for their opportunity to express their opinion ...

Return to values of yesteryear

Looking at Star Parker Viewpoint on Thursday, June 11 and Viewpoint of Diane Diamond of June 16, in The Marietta Times, it reminds me that there is a lot of hope in humanity. Both of the syndicated writers are knowledgeable and have done a great deal of research before expressing their opinion. ...

A pinata for Wall Street

While the nation’s focus is on race, police, pandemic and culture wars – our future is being quietly robbed blind by the predators of Wall Street and their allies in the White House and Senate. The, so-called, Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF) and other emergency measures enacted by ...

Marietta City Taxes due; have you filed?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our tax filing deadline was extended to July 15, 2020. Wednesday, July 15, 2020 is the deadline for filing and paying 2019 Marietta City Income Tax and first and second quarter of 2020 Declaration of Estimated Tax. The 2019 rate of 1.85% on all earned income ...

Mighty proud to be there

I want to thank the Marietta Times for its excellent coverage of the rally on Sunday. We are riding a powerful wave that is taking us to a better world, one where the color of one’s skin doesn’t exclude them from being a respected, fully participating member of their society. It was an ...

Climate justice is racial justice

Today I’ve been privileged to sit among the citizens of Marietta as they held a peaceful demonstration honoring George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other black and brown lives cut inexcusably short by police brutality. I would first like to applaud all those who ...

Often attitudes are caught

As children grow, their outlook on the world is thought as well as caught. Whether by parent teacher or someone else it becomes as part of their attitude. Attitude can be taught as well as copied. What children see, they imitate. Oh yes, often the present culture as portrayed in movies is acted ...

Thanks for support of Lowell Legion Post

The Village of Lowell would like to extend its thanks to the Lowell American Legion Post 750 for its help in securing safety equipment for the Lowell Police Department. Due to the Legion’s generosity, the police department will be able to secure vests for its officers. Post 750 has always ...

Our hearts are broken

Our hearts are broken. The country that we love is being bullied and disrespected by the person charged with protecting us. The shameful display of arrogance and selfishness by the man who occupies the oval office is beyond anything this country has ever seen. His name will not appear in this ...

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 ...