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Letters to the Editor

Council should allow man to stay at Jackson Park

I have been reading with interest the ongoing saga of Jackson Hill Park. Several years ago I lived in Marietta for about six months. The park was in walking distance so my grand daughters and I frequently used it for entertainment. At the time the pool was closed (was being filled in with dirt) ...

Solution to county pay raise issue seems pretty simple

Fearful to let my college freshman make the four-hour journey home from college in bad weather, a friend and I went to go get her and bring her back to Marietta. Although a lengthy car ride for me at eight hours, long journeys always proved to yield memorable discussions between us and this ...

Support for Marietta food pantry is appreciated

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Marietta community for their support of the Marietta Community Food Pantry in 2014, especially through the holiday season. Individuals, businesses, churches, civic organizations and college groups donated cash, food and household items, ...

Agency thankful for coverage, support

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, I would like to thank the Marietta Times for their informative article and follow-up editorial encouraging people in our community to volunteer to mentor a youth here in Washington County. Our volunteers can have a huge impact on the ...

Commissioners won’t be bullied into a decision

Commissioners won't be bullied into a decisionThank the Lord, Washington County has commissioners who will take a stand!We have men who have the courage and integrity to say "no" even though it may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. Having a contempt of court ...

Reps need to deliver message to White House

The well-known adage taught to us by our parents "birds of a feather flock together" was brought to life in the galleries of the U.S. House of Representatives during the State of the Union last week. Traditionally special guests are invited to sit with the First Lady to observe the president's ...

Thanks to those who have helped House of Hope

The House of Hope, located on County House Lane in Marietta, is a nonprofit facility open four days a week, that provides adults with mental health issues, resources, peer support, lunches, and social guidance that may otherwise not be available to some. We would like to thank several entities ...

Voters’ ‘clear’ message the view of hypocrites

The Jan. 14 Times editorial declaring that recent Republican Congressional gains should convince President Obama to bend to the "clear message" of the American voters practically drips with hypocrisy. Remember when a majority of voters elected this president in 2008 and Democrats controlled ...

Contact school boards about Common Core

We should worry about Common Core used in our area public schools. We should not blame teachers or our kids for its failings. We should get in touch with our local school boards and see what we can do about it!Harriet MetcalfeMarietta

Community supports WASCO via fall festival

Thank you for the community support that was received at WASCO's Fall Festival.I would like to thank everyone who made donations and came out to support us. Proceeds raised from this event will be used to construct an outside shelter at WASCO. Phase 1 construction is slated to begin Summer ...

Hold federal government more accountable

Did you listen to the exalted leader say he and his cronies want to steal more money from those who have to give to those they decided did not have enough? Do you know that $22,000,000,000,000 (and that is trillion) has been spent on antipoverty programs in the last 50 years? Do you know that ...

Parents shouldn’t fret over Common Core

Common Core is a new educational plan sponsored by the federal government. The plan itself means well, but the implementation is flawed. The goals are unrealistic and don't allow for creativity in the classroom. Don't fret if your previously "A" student is not doing as well this year. It is not ...

Reader agrees for most part with Obama’s address

Did you miss me? With the holidays, a four-day hospital stay, and still fighting pneumonia, I haven't been able to compose my thoughts.I did stay up for President Obama's State of the Union message. I was so proud of him, his accomplishments and his projected goals for 2015.As did about 70 ...

Johnson has become part of the bigger problem

How many terms does it take to become part of the establishment? The answer is less than two! (Bill) Johnson was re-elected to a third term in 2014 which was also his fourth year as our representative in Washington and he has consistently stated the main reason to be our representative was to ...

Freedom of speech applies to everyone

A letter writer's explanation of free speech is somewhat interesting. The one truth is the title, "Freedom of speech should be used for good." Beyond that, the writer's motives become very clear. The statements about political "misinformation and outright lies" befits a sizable number of all ...

Supreme Court rulings twist marriage rules

I am writing in response to the Supreme Court decision to hear the case on the gay marriage issue in the United States. We, in Ohio, have voted on whether we want to accept marriages between same sex couples and our vote was an emphatic "no." We say "no," not out of being discriminating, but ...

Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Days coming Feb. 6, 7

The Marietta Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Pancake Days will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. ...

Tire crisis stirs memories of Millers Lane in 1945

A thank you is sent to the people who helped me on Jan. 2. A strapping tape with metal found its way into my tire as I traveled down Ohio 7. I stopped at the bank in Reno but was unable to remove it. A couple at the bank saw my situation, removed the piece of metal, followed me to River City ...

Gratitude expressed for Cone & Shake’s owner

I am so thankful for honest people in this world today ...I speak from my heart, with so much gratitude for "the gentleman" that owns Cone & Shake in Marietta. This very kind, honest, most wonderful man found my brother's wallet (containing money) in a cart at Food 4 Less - he took it ...

Freedom of speech should be used for good

By writing a letter to the editor of this newspaper, I am exercising the right of freedom of speech, one of the advantages of a democracy. When others do the same, we have a diversity of opinion, the basis for further discussion and reflection.In France, the Charlie Hebdo magazine exercised ...