Letters to the Editor

Playground will be an asset to the community, school or no school

I was extremely disheartened with the Times’ May 9 editorial “Who will playground serve if the school is gone?” The editorial addressed concerns about the need for the proposed $1.2 million Northwest Territory Community Playground at the current site of the city-owned playground adjacent ...

Education funding last on state’s agenda

Voters, please pay attention. The Ohio House Leadership is throwing away your child’s future. Whether you have a child, a grandchild or simply care about the public schools; Ohio is once again putting education last on the agenda. As reported in the April 24 article in the Marietta Times, ...

Thanks Lowell community for help with egg hunt

Lowell Masonic Lodge 436 held its 23rd Annual Easter Community Egg Hunt and would like to thank our Lowell area business and community donors for making this a very successful egg hunt for area children. So, a big “thank you” to the following: St. Johns Evangelical Church, Beardsley ...

Wake up to the reality of climate change

As we approach Earth Day on April 22, I am thinking about the first Earth Day as a teach-in by Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin to draw attention to what was happening to our earth after a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1969; the burning of the Cuyahoga River; the smog in our ...

Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

It was with grateful appreciation that I learned that the U.S. House of Representatives had added to their docket H.R. Bill 763; The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Bill 763 offers for the newly elected Congress a replacement for the earlier bill first offered for the previous ...

Earth Day events are coming up in Marietta

Marietta’s Earth Day Celebration is fast approaching. Armory Square, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 20. Now is the time to consider entering the Sweetgum Ball Contest and the Trash-to-Art Contest! Marietta streets provide an almost unlimited number of sweetgum balls–consider them as raw ...

Right Path thanks all who helped with fundraiser

The Right Path for Washington County thanks our community for their support of our 9th annual Spagna’s Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser held March 17. Without the hardworking crew at Spagna’s, owner Kevin Whitby’s special sauce, Robert Farley who puts it all together, Patti Knotts for ...

Big ideas equal small benefits to most of U.S.

Like many Americans I have watched with both fascination and horror the behavior of the Trump administration with its multiple scandals, resignations and firings. My first instinct was to blame Donald J. Trump, after all he is the president. Recently, I came to the conclusion that Mr. Trump is, ...

Time for U.S. to look at policy regarding Israel

How many remember the old English saying, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander?” When I asked Cortana on my computer to help me understand this, several explanations were presented: ¯ “Used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another ...

Welfare League does so much for so many

The Marietta Welfare League’s membership base has been volunteering in Washington County for nearly 100 years. Many locals know about our group and our services like The Shoe Tag Fund, Music in the Park and The League Shop located inside Marietta Memorial Hospital. Current members are excited ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“To be powerless is not gender specific.” April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Crime Victim Awareness Month. Many individuals believe that a man cannot be sexually assaulted. According to the CDC, one out of seven men has been victim of severe beating, burning and strangulation by ...

Marietta City Taxes due — have you filed yet?

Monday, April 15 is the deadline for filing and paying 2018 Marietta City Income Tax and first quarter of your 2019 Declaration of Estimated Tax. The 2018 rate of 1.7 percent on all earned income applies to all individuals 18 years of age and older who live and/or work in the City of ...

Thanks for support of Community Food Pantry

The Outreach Board, on behalf of the Marietta Community Food Pantry, would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to The Marietta Times and WMOA for their support of the “Send Help” program this past holiday season. Both media outlets made it possible for the Marietta Community Food Pantry to ...

Senator Brown doesn’t want to be president

The writer of the editorial on March 12 concerning Sherrod Brown, seems to believe that the majority of Americans support Republicans. While it’s true they do in southeastern Ohio, most voters in this country are leaning to the left, and if it weren’t for extreme gerrymandering, most ...

Constituent hopes county commissioners reconsider

Commissioners, please reconsider your refusal to apply for funding for green space in our county. Passing up the opportunity to apply for Clean Ohio Funds to fund a large track of land in western Washington County is selling our citizens short. Seventy-five percent of the money needed would ...

Thanks for support of 2019 Critter Bash

I would like to thank the following businesses, vendors and volunteers for the success of the Pleasants County 2019 Critter Bash. We couldn’t have done it without you. ¯ American Legion Post 159 (dance hall) ¯ Carl Reynolds (door prize giveaways) ¯ St. Marys Tire (oil change) ¯ ...

Reader is passionate about saving YMCA pool

Come on, Marietta! I grew up in Parkersburg (PHS Class of ’65 although we moved in ’64– those Big Red reunions are the ones I go to). I moved back to the Mid-Ohio Valley last year and bought a house in Marietta because one of the highlights of my teen years was the ...

Loss of Clean Ohio Fund will be another county’s gain

In 2008 the citizens of Washington County voted overwhelmingly to support the Clean Ohio Fund. This fund is designed to preserve farmland, promote hunting and trapping, habitat restoration, tourism and recreational opportunities, and redevelopment of brownfield sites. The Clean Ohio initiative ...

Don’t hold your breath for Eramet to fix noise issue

I have worked in and around industrial plants all over the United States and some in Canada. All of these plants have to meet EPA standards for pollution and noise output. Eramet is a very bad neighbor. We the people of Wood and Washington counties have put up with this loud moaning noise for ...

United States Congress to debate background check legislation

On Jan. 8, HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Thompson D-CA. The resolution was immediately referred to the Judiciary Committee for review and mark-up. The summary of the bill is not yet written and a call to local ...