Letters to the Editor

Johnson can’t really call himself a leader

I have been watching politics for a long time and am very interested in the race between Jennifer Garrison and Bill Johnson. It is amazing to me that Johnson calls himself a leader when he has accomplished so little in the four years he has been in Washington. While he has said that he is ...

Stand up for the good in public schools

Public schools are a critical component of an informed, democratic society and the American way of life. They provide the educational foundation that each and every child needs to go on to college and careers - and succeed in life.Year after year, public schools across Ohio are among the best ...

Energy costs killed Ormet, not state rep

Recently I have seen signs around Marietta that say, "Remember Ormet and fire Andy Thompson." Ormet's demise had nothing to do with Andy Thompson. First of all, he was not a State Representative for that area. The decision to provide lower energy cost was up to the Ohio Utilities Commission, ...

David Barton was an impressive speaker

I am amused by the previous letters to the editor and the protesters of David Barton. I listened very carefully to what Mr. Barton had to say at the Reagan Dinner and I found absolutely none of the vitriol that the letter writers and protesters told me I would hear.What I did hear was a man of ...

Food pantry is thankful for community support

A big thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Marietta for giving out children's reading books and pencils during the Washington County Fair Parade and for collecting donations for the Marietta Community Food Pantry. Also, an even bigger thank you to the parade viewers for the donations of food, ...

Barton isn’t as bad as some suggest

I'm sorry that a recent letter writer feels slapped in the face by the choice of Republican dinner speaker David Barton. However, the hate that he ascribes to Barton appears to be concentrated in his own spleen. Anyone who has ever seen Barton's lectures, interviews, or other presentations has ...

Stop selling military ware to Middle East

As a retired military guy, I am absolutely baffled by the situation in Iraq. Since 1950 the United States have made over $80 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia. On average we make 19% of all military sales to the kingdom. The United Kingdom as well as other western powers have made large ...

Support candidates who support working class

With only eight days left in the House of Representatives in Washington before elections, do you think they could pass a bill to raise the minimum wage for the country to $10.10? As Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says, "You do the arithmetic. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is a starvation ...

Don’t support candidates who are part of the ‘progressive’ movement

What is the commander and chief and part-time president thinking? As our nation is facing a high level of terrorist plots, goes on national television and said "We don't have a strategy to deal with the threats such as ISIS." The military always has multiple strategies to handle various threats ...

Security tower cams at festival over reach

Take a stroll down Greene Street for the sternwheel festival this year and you couldn't miss it-standing right in the middle of the Second Street intersection, an Ohio Department of Public Safety's Homeland Security division (ODPS) surveillance tower stood watch over the local event. Two of ...

Community needs to grow and be open to everyone

As a minister, I've discovered that one of my favorite parts of the job is officiating at weddings. I love the ceremony, I love the joy people bring to it, I love the air of family celebration that typically surrounds the beginning or formalizing of the union of two people who love each ...

Canadian geese were here first

I write in response to the recent letter to the Times demonizing Canadian Geese and calling for their extermination. The writer seems to be unaware that these "vermin" were here for thousands of years before Europeans appeared on the scene and began to throw everything out of balance.Native ...

Remember who opposed higher minimum wage

With a few days left in the House of Representatives in Washington before elections, do you think they could pass a bill to raise the minimum wage for the country to $10.10? As Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says, "You do the arithmetic. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is a starvation wage. ...

Johnson works to help people along the river

I write today in support of Bill Johnson for the 6th Congressional seat. I have closely watched Johnson over the last 3+ years and see that he is working hard to help everyday folks here along the river. This president has waged a war on coal and the good paying jobs that are associated, too ...

American flag should be OK on vet’s grave

My husband, Bernard Elwin Seevers Jr., was a Vietnam veteran and proud of it! On Aug. 11, 2009 he passed away. He is buried in Valley Cemetery in Reno.We placed an American flag by his grave and within a short period of time it was removed by the cemetery personnel. I have complained to them ...

Music in the Park a success, again

The mornings are getting cooler and the evenings are getting shorter - all signs that summer is coming to an end. Another sign is no more Music in the Park in downtown Marietta for the 2014 summer concert series.This summer's series was an enormous success. On behalf of Marietta Welfare League, ...

Daniels will work hard, improve lives of people

My biggest concern as a voter during the 2014 election is the amount of corruption involved in campaigning. Most people don't understand what kind of work goes into a political campaign, especially the economic factors. For example, television and radio commercials cost massive amounts of money ...

Thompson represents an agenda all his own

I would like to address a letter I recently read claiming to contain the "Truth about Thompson." First, the writer claimed that blaming Representative Andy Thompson for the closing of Ormet is "dopey." The writer clearly did not hear about Warren Steel Holdings in Mahoning Valley. PUCO to ...

Special thanks to festival’s financial backers

The 39th Ohio River Sternwheel Festival is now in the history books, and it was another great success. There are so many responsible for the success of this festival year after year. As the chairman of the corporate finance committee, I would like to acknowledge those who make it financially ...

Don’t rock the boat, keep Thompson in office

During a recent pleasant evening at the Boathouse restaurant in Marietta, I was impressed to witness the volume of barge traffic moving all sorts of commercial goods and materials to perhaps distant markets. This is evidence that our economy has remained strong and we are extremely fortunate ...