Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Johnson could be available to debate

The Sept. 6 New York Times had an article about the remaining work of the current Congress. The article stated that Congress intends to wrap up its business by Sept. 19 to allow its members to be back in their districts to campaign.Imagine my surprise to read in The Marietta Times that Rep. ...

Big Brother plain to see at recent sternwheel festival

This past weekend I had occasion to find myself on the Marietta side of the river for the sternwheel festival. I was dismayed and alarmed by what I saw. Sitting on the corner of Second and Greene Street was a high tech watch tower courtesy of the Ohio Department of Homeland Security.The sight ...

Garrison misleads voters with her version of facts

Jennifer Garrison's recent attacks on Bill Johnson are as disappointing as they are deceiving. She knows that Johnson has returned $200,000 of his office budget to the taxpayers. She knows that he voted to freeze Congressional pay. And she also knows that Johnson donated the salary he received ...

EPA bureaucrats need to wake up on coal issue

Let's talk about coal.You know, coal has been the essential means of stimulating progress in the United States for almost two centuries, like no other energy source on earth, it fueled the industrial revolution, helped win two world wars and other conflicts, made it possible for the United ...

Community loses more than an eye-care business

A recent "Closed" sign at 307 Fourth St. and a professional statement in the Marietta Times brought into sharp focus the loss of a multi-generational eye care partnership, which we noted with deep regret and sense of loss. For more than six decades the modern brick building on Fourth Street has ...

Garrison understands working people

To me it seems fair that when the federal government has a construction project that they should hire local workers. But Representative Bill Johnson disagrees with me. He has repeatedly voted against allowing agreements in federally funded projects that would require the hiring of local people. ...

Area’s gas prices puzzle reader

Just a short question! Would you please research for me a puzzling question? Why are gasoline prices so different in the area?Take for example the prices in Washington County range from $3.25.9 to $3.58.9 per gallon? If I am not mistaken, most of all the fuel loading is in the same area for ...

What will it take to eliminate geese filth

What would we think if people went about relieving themselves and leaving their waste behind in our public parks, beaches and even on our personal and private lands? Or, to tone it down a bit and make it more realistic, what would we think about people letting their animals defecate in the same ...

Rep. Johnson is working for the people

I have been around Washington County for a long time, including the time I served as a county commissioner. I keep up with politics, local and national, and I read this paper every day.I've been through elections, and I am all too familiar with tactics used by candidates in hopes of getting ...

Don’t be swayed by those who accept homosexuality

The Lowell "author" needs to understand that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle. It is very clearly called a sin in the Bible. The Bible tells Christians to hate the sin and love the sinner. The Bible does not tell us to go along with the sinful lifestyle. Ephesians 5:11 instructs us to "have ...

GOP speaker isn’t known as a forward thinker

As election time approaches, political organizations and their candidates usually try to dodge labels and avoid controversy, but, to their credit, the members of the Washington County Republican Executive Committee have apparently decided to engage in total truth-in-advertising (a rare move ...

Thanks for support of Devola Community Day

The East Muskingum Civic Association recently held the fourth annual Devola Community Day. Many people enjoyed the events of the day including a tag sale, carnival, and "walk-in" movie night. Proceeds raised throughout the day will be used to renovate the existing playground at the recreational ...

Upcoming Republican speaker distorts facts

In its Aug. 30, 2014 edition the Marietta Times announced that the Washington County Republicans will feature David Barton as the key speaker at their fall meeting. Please know that this featured speaker is not only an advocate of far-right ideology but also has been labeled a "pseudo ...

Incumbent needs to get real for voters

One of the reasons why most Ohioans are fed up with Washington is that too many members won't listen to the public. Instead, they spend our money to help their own political campaigns.Congressman Bill Johnson spends a lot of time talking about wasteful government spending. He even used that ...

Phase 3 of the Armory Renovation

The Armory was open for tours of the ground floor at the last Merchants and Artist Walk and literally hundreds took advantage. We started a little ahead of our published opening at 6 p.m. and we were inundated with members of the community wanting to see the inside. We heard stories of people ...

A vote for Garrison is a vote for working people

I am very hopeful about the upcoming mid-term elections this November. We have all watched with growing dismay the on-going antics in Washington, D.C. Congress is broken, and with this election we have the opportunity to begin the rebuilding that desperately needs to take place. Our ...