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Letters to the Editor

Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Nov. 20, people all over the world will come together for the 20th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. After the death of transgender woman of color Rita Hester in 1998, activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created the event in 1999 to honor Hester and all of the transgender women ...

Children Services is on the right track

In December 2018, the Board of Commissioners voted to disband the Children Services Board and begin the process of moving Children Services under the Department of Job and Family Services. We knew this move would not happen without some pushback but we believed strongly the agency could not ...

Township trustee thanks voters for support

Thank you for re-electing me as your Marietta Township trustee. I sincerely appreciate all the support I received and I look forward to serving the families of the Reno community once again. Jerry L. Stevens Marietta

Reader feels article on sewer needed clarification

While I certainly congratulate the county commissioners for holding a very preliminary public meeting on the inevitable project to sewer some 400 homes in the Devola community, I take issue with the lack of clarity in The Times’ article as to how the project will be funded. I did attend the ...

Living and surviving on this planet we call home

Earth hangs precariously in the cosmos. Astronomers sifting through the stars for signs of extraterrestrial life have observed the peculiarity of our lonely blue marble. A planet orbiting too close to its parent star will prove boiling hot, whereas one too far away will be a veritable ball of ...

Health insurance provider explains negotiations with Memorial Health System

At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we’re committed to making healthcare more simple, accessible and affordable for Ohio consumers. This is certainly a challenge as healthcare prices and costs have risen so dramatically in recent years. Nonetheless, the people, businesses and communities we ...

For Marietta, Nov. 5 will be a defining day

It isn’t often that so many key electoral circumstances align on a single ballot. Two weeks from now, I believe voters in the City of Marietta and surrounding will author the decisions that define our community for the next 30 years. Consider what is being asked of voters this go round: ...

Traffic study needed for proposed school campus

I wholeheartedly agree with a recent Letter to the Editor regarding the deficiencies in the planning process for the proposed consolidated school campus. We seem to be rushing to the altar so that we can get the preferred funding from the state but if we are building something without fully ...

MC president responds

I am proud of and fully support our effort to register students and employees to vote. It is something we do every year, and we will continue to do so every year I am president at Marietta College. Despite what Carol Pabst’s letter to the editor (Oct. 25, 2019) said about the College’s ...

Vote ‘yes’ on levy for our children, our future

Even if you hate children and taxes – vote ‘yes’ for the MCS levy The most important growth, development, and retention tool that every community has, are quality schools. When growth happens in a community taxes are reduced because they are shared by more people and more businesses. ...

Vote ‘no’ to more money from taxpayers’ pockets

There we have it. At the Monday meeting of the Marietta City School Board of Education, treasurer Frank Antill said the school system is facing a continued operating loss through fiscal year 2024. He further states that his forecast assumes that funding from the state will remain flat and that ...

Logistics of Marietta schools levy don’t add up

The proposed transition from community schools to a single campus is one that I’ve followed closely and with great interest, and I attended the public information session and read everything I could about the proposal. With my professional experience in capital and community planning, I felt ...

Noland has a long range vision for his hometown

Harley Noland graduated from Marietta High School and has lived in Marietta all his life except for short stints at Washington University in St Louis studying Architecture and the Peace Corps. When he returned to Marietta, he participated in the rebirth of Marietta first with the renovation of ...

Schlicher is committed to work for Marietta’s citizens

A vote for Josh Schlicher is a vote for Marietta’s future. I have known Josh for over 25 years. Josh and his wife are raising their twin daughters in the same town where Josh was born and raised. Josh can trace his ancestry to 1854 when his great-great-great grandparents Peter and ...

Now is the time to vote ‘no’ on MCS levy

I saw last week that Marietta College was registering students and encouraging them to vote for the school levy coming up. I wondered if this registration included out-of-state students? If so, were the out-of-state students informed that it is against federal law to be registered in more than ...

Reader believes Schlicher will work hard for Marietta

I have known Josh Schlicher for over 20 years. In those 20 plus years I have come to know through personal experience of his strength, his vision, his hard work and dedication for each and every project that I have set before him as a home contractor. Each and every project that I brought ...

Food pantry board offers clarification on move

The Board of Directors for the Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry would like to address the concerns brought forward in the Marietta Times editorial published on Oct. 17. For 40 years, the food pantry housed at First Congregational Church on Front Street has been serving the needs of our ...

Tabby’s Clothesline Appreciates Our Heroes

On behalf of Marietta City Schools and our Tabby’s Clothesline project, I would like to thank the following participants for making our Fall Community Resource Fair and Clothing Giveaway a successful event. Although the morning traffic was slow, our afternoon provided opportunities for many ...

Sternwheel Festival sees another successful year

As the Director General of the 2019 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, I am pleased to announce that our 44th was another success. Our festival does great things for the Marietta community by assisting to promote local tourism and preserving the river boat heritage of the Mid-Ohio Valley. I ...

Marietta needs to do the right thing with Oriana

Marietta City Council and Law Director need to do their jobs and write zoning rules that can be understood without court battles. Even the city staff may have misunderstood the rules when they granted the occupancy permit for the Women’s Home to Oriana House. If Oriana House were to request ...