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Letters to the Editor

Medical care in the Valley leaves writer wondering

How does the medical world make any sense?! You must have medical insurance. Our local hospitals are consolidated because of a lack of need. Marietta Memorial has expanded to Belpre, complete with a helipad. The medical complex on the south end of the mall has at least doubled in size.My ...

Support urged for Mayor Matthews

I would like to encourage the citizens of Marietta to re-elect Joe Matthews for mayor of Marietta. Matthews has been my friend for 50 years, as he was a firefighter for the city of Marietta with my brother-in-law. He has always been there for me on many occasions, especially when I was ...

Thoughts about condition of Lowell Dam Park

After reading the story I started about the conditions of the Lowell Dam Park, I felt a couple of questions or facts that were raised needed some clarifications.The fact that it would be dangerous to send workers into the fast high waters should be a give-in and I was not trying to say it ...

Beware of ongoing property rights erosion

Today's news has numerous reports detailing the proliferation of conservation easements as a means of preserving and protecting private property. Since most of this information comes from groups in favor of these easements - non-governmental organizations, public-private partnerships and ...

Republican throws support behind Joe Matthews

This moss-back conservative Republican never, ever thought that he'd be asking for a democrat ballot in a primary election! However, these are times that try mens' souls. Our incumbent mayor, Joe Matthews, faces a challenger, and needs some help. For the first time in my 67 years as a ...

Thanks for help when Cats Creek flooded

The night of Wednesday, April 8, we were having an electrical storm and heavy rain. Cats Creek was flooded and several places on Cats Creek Road was under water.Lightening struck our garage/storage building and was immediately on fire.I called 911, even knowing the road was under water.So this ...

Mayor Matthews serves city he loves faithfully

Over the course of the past year, I have had several occasions to work with Marietta's mayor, Joe Matthews. Without exception, I found him to be open to ideas that were in the highest and best interest of the citizens of Marietta. In our discussions. I can state without reservation that Mayor ...

City of Marietta should not seek CLG designation

Marietta City Council is looking into Marietta being designated a Certified Local Government. I find that to be something they should not seek.There are certain privileges that come with the CLG designation, but what it does not tell us is that it provides for another layer of bureaucracy in a ...

Thanks to those who supported ‘From the Closet’

The Quality Inn in Marietta was busy Saturday, March 21, with the Washington State Community College Foundation Alumni and Friends Association spring fundraiser, "From the Closet." The generous ladies of the community cleaned out their closets and graciously donated their no-longer-needed ...

House Republican budget good for Ohio

I write to express appreciation for the recent passage of the House Republican budget. This budget takes the commendable approach of making the tough but necessary choices that will benefit the country in the long run and leave Ohioans poised for success in the years ahead.The House Republican ...

We can’t let the fox guard the chickens anymore

Another presidential election cycle is upon us. Candidates will be attacking one another within and across party lines but they will also be looking for ways to take more of our hard earned money to feed their own self interests. As U.S. citizens, we should not accept the "career politician ...

Cut defense spending; raise taxes on the rich

In April of 2011, I sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner concerning the budget. Not much has changed since then except there are more cuts to programs that help people. Again, I am concerned about the federal budget. I have been praying for our leaders in the Congress to think about the people ...

Buckeye Park lake smells awful

I went to a fishing derby sponsored by Cabela's at Buckeye Park in Marietta. Upon arriving at the park I was horrified at the stench of the water. I cannot believe the city would allow that pond to get in such bad shape. The smell was so bad that I could still smell it an hour later. To think ...

Let us truly be free with our educational choices

There have been letters by and to the editor lately about the lack of charter school accountability. Letters lamenting how charter schools are bilking us and how public schools never have enough money because it is being siphoned off by those dastardly competitors. I am curious, how are we ...

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

As an emergency room pediatrician, I witness a wide variety of injuries to infants, many of which are preventable. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and I am joining my colleagues at the Ohio AAP in sharing ways parents can protect their infants and keep them safe as they grow: ...

Thanks to all who helped in Vienna Boys Choir visit

When people from all areas of the community come together and work in harmony toward a common goal, amazing results take place, and everyone reaps the benefit of healthy collaboration. Such was the case as the Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series of Washington State Community College presented ...

Cutler basket bingo a success thanks to support

Our Longaberger basket bingo was a huge success on March 28 at Cutler Community Center. When having a fundraising event, it seems almost impossible to thank everyone who helped in some way. I would like to try.Thank you to our Longaberger consultant, Vivian Burton. Her baskets and pottery were ...

Vote Harley Noland for mayor of Marietta

Harley Noland is a lifelong resident of Marietta. He has contributed his time, talents, and vision to improve the quality of this beautiful town. As a young entreprenuer, Noland was the first to open the Ohio riverfront by restoring original structures which, to this day, houses a successful ...

National Volunteer Week a chance to say thank you

Volunteers are worth their weight in gold. They share their time and talents without any compensation, it's so crucial to our very existence. As the activities coordinator and on behalf of all staff of O'Neill and Belpre senior centers, we want to acknowledge the vast amount of volunteers it ...

‘Water assassins’ a game that is just scary

I wanted to take a few moments to address the fact that a new trend seems to be starting up. It appears a new game was started in the high school called "water assassins."I was returning home one afternoon with my 2-year-old son. I just stepped out of my car and walked over to get my son out ...