Letters to the Editor

Dennis is dependable, hardworking

I ask you to vote for Yolan Dennis for 94th District state representative. I have known her for several years and she is a very religious and dedicated person. When she says she will fight for us and our families, you can count on it. She has worked alongside her husband in his practice as a ...

Ohio House seat needs a hard worker

Shall we elect Registered Nurse Yolan Dennis or the incumbent Democrat Debbie Phillips to the Ohio House. Over the past 40 years, Dennis has worked as a nurse, farmer, community leader, mother and grandmother. Over the past 25 years, Mrs. Phillips has worked as a potter, protester, community ...

Plenty of reasons to retain Thompson

I don't keep up much on politicians anymore. I believe the vast majority of them have sold themselves to our cruel government.Andy Thompson is a candidate who is not part of the homogenized Democrat or Republican power structure. Some people wait years to find a candidate, like Thompson, who ...

DARE program works; too bad it’s being halted

I recently read in The Times that the Washington County Sheriff is going to discontinue the DARE program. Money appeared to be an issue I am not going to get into the many ways that money is wasted that could better be used for DARE. I just want to say that DARE is more than drug education. It ...

Kitchen tour support also helped the Betsey

Marietta's Historic Kitchen Tour, which took place on Sunday afternoon, provided the community with a pleasant autumn activity for the 100-plus people who attended. Sponsored by The Betsey Mills Club, the event raised funds for the Betsey, while giving guests an opportunity to see some ...

Money, ideology and politics — not education

For profit charter schools are robbing our public schools and our students of the education they deserve.That's a very harsh statement, but true nonetheless.Let me make my position known on non-public schools. I have no problem with church or private schools that offer a good curriculum for the ...

Times have changed and not for the best

You know, it is unbelievable to me what this country has come to! Do you know what these same-sex marriage people are doing behind closed doors? They are having oral sex, which is unhealthy and morally wrong. How most of our elected government officials (including our president) can condone ...

Devola’s sewer issues ignore cost to landowners

I recently attended the county board of health meeting in Devola concerning the proposed sewer project. As I understand the issue started with high nitrate levels in the drinking water which has been alleviated with the reverse osmosis filter system, which by the way has more than doubled the ...

It’s about time Eric Holder leaves AG’s office

Eric Holder, now former Attorney General to the U.S., resigned last week amid tensions in his office due to filings made to Congress for Contempt of Congress charges. In recent news polls, Eric Holder held the title of least popular politician in the United States, and perhaps for good reason. ...

Commissioner trusts Walters to take seat

Recently I have been asked several times about the upcoming election of a new county commissioner. Since my term is ending and I am not a candidate for commissioner, I will share my thoughts.My business background has been helpful to me as a commissioner. Rick Walters has a proven record as a ...

Vote for Democrats to keep needed programs

If you are getting a Social Security check, thank the Democrats. Vote for Democrats to save this retirement plan from being privatized. If you have Medicare, thank the Democrats and vote for Democrats to keep this program from becoming a voucher plan.If you are under 65 and have health ...

BrAva fun day was another success

The fourth annual BrAva 5K/Family Fun Day is in the books and it was a record breaking event! And the plans have already begun for the fifth annual.Before we start another year, however, we want to say a big thank you to the Mid-Ohio Valley community!Thank you to the participants in the race ...

BrAva Committee Family Career Awareness Day planned for all

On Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building Bridges to Careers will be sponsoring a "Family Career Awareness Day" for all county junior high and high school students and their parents. The purpose of this event is to increase awareness and knowledge of potential career opportunities by ...

Seems there is no reason to vote anymore

Is there still a reason to vote? This nation was started by Christians. Our constitution, government structure and schools were all Christian. The founders stated that our form of government would only work or a good moral people.The time came when the Republican party was formed because evil ...

Critics of Bill Johnson’s voting record are righ

This letter is in response to the letter to the editor by Tom Fenton critical of Jennifer Garrison for saying Bill Johnson is not supporting veterans. So here are the facts. Garrison said she went to a parade in Columbiana County and the veterans walking in the parade asked who she was running ...

Kennedy is right choice for Ohio Supreme Court

Fifteen years ago, when she was elected as a domestic relations judge in Butler County, Justice Sharon Kennedy took an oath to uphold the Ohio Constitution and enforce the laws of the state of Ohio. Today, she still holds true to that oath as she serves the state of Ohio on the Supreme Court.As ...

It’s time for a change, vote Yolan Dennis

Debbie Phillips, do we need hope and change; or is it time to choose a serious working representative?The job of governing Athens County and our great state of Ohio is serious business. As many of you know, I served as postmaster at Nelsonville for over 23 years and served as Athens County ...

Garrison has the record that counts

EVE, Incorporated is the service agency and shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for Marietta and the surrounding area. We have been around since 1981 and have developed a solid track record for grants & fundraising. I have been on the Board and helping with ...

Let’s talk about what state rep has been doing

I'm amazed that people can just blame the failure to stop a plant's closing on a few individuals. Let's not forget that Ormet was in bankruptcy, not once but twice. They didn't get to this point overnight and yet people expect someone to pull them out by doing something, something that they ...

Rural areas may be left behind in technology

I can't believe it! Just when we think we are going to get broadband internet access a few miles outside the city limits of Marietta, the owner and an employee of Smart Networks allegedly steal the assets of the company. This is the second time folks in the rural area of Marietta have been ...