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Letters to the Editor

Fracking poses a danger to people, environment

On Dec. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that the state of New York would prohibit fracking statewide, after announcing the results of a state-commissioned scientific review of the health impacts of oil and gas development."Would I let my child play in a school field near (fracking)?," ...

Thanks again for supporting the Coats for Kids campaign

Coats for Kids campaign for 2014 was successful with 572 coats distributed.We would like to thank all the wonderful residents of Washington County for their generous donations of new and gently used coats, scarfs, gloves and hats this year.Also, we would like to thank The Marietta Times, ...

Profits first, treatments second for health insurance companies

During my career as an orthopaedic surgeon, I have witnessed the progressive evolution of health insurance. When I first started my practice, health insurance companies worked with patients and providers to make sure customers received the necessary care. This goal has steadily been eroded by ...

Thanks to foundation for help with playground

On behalf of the East Muskingum Civic Association (EMCA), I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Marietta Community Foundation for the generous award of a $5,000 grant for our playground renovation. Over the last few years, our committee and volunteers have been diligently ...

Reader questions Triad Hunter president’s quote

In the Dec. 18 story in the Marietta Times regarding the natural gas leak at a well in Monroe County, you quote the president of Triad Hunter as stating that "there is no environmental impact." Really? Natural gas is primarily methane. Methane causes atmospheric warming at a rate 30 times ...

Sewage smell problem still exists in Marietta

Tonight (Dec. 15), I came into the Pike Street area of Marietta and the whole restaurant area smelled like sewage. I thought the sewage plant upgrades was supposed to take care of this problem. This is not very attractive to the tourist the downtown area keeps trying to impress.Dave GraberMarietta

Marietta must develop a long-range plan, and act

Marietta's founders were creative, visionary, hard working and brilliant planners.For 2015 and beyond, Marietta needs a strategic plan. We need clear ideas and plans for where we would like our beautiful, historic Ohio River city to be in five, 10 or 20 years.We again need everyday citizens ...

CIA report disturbing; full of food for thought

I am like Charlie Brown this year - I am having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit.The latest revelations about torture by the CIA in the Bush Administration made me feel ill.Those people promoting torture by calling it enhanced interrogation techniques or EIT's didn't make me feel any ...

Give the house on Fifth and the people a chance

Regarding the house in the 800 block of Fifth Street for "people" wanting help for drug/alcohol addiction ...I personally have dealt with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, and mental health issues.I've struggled in more ways than one, went for help on my own and have been court-ordered, on ...

Historical notes about ‘Messiah’ performances

Longtime area music lovers, especially those who have attended or participated in performances of Handel's "Messiah," may recall the 100th performance of the oratorio at Marietta College in 1962 under the direction of late MC Professor Gerald Hamilton.Hamilton, known for riding about Marietta ...

Williamstown’s parade a success in many ways

Williamstown ... what a place to live, give and receive! The living was evidenced by the hundreds of people who stood shoulder to shoulder along the route of our "Light Up The Night" Christmas parade Nov. 29. Thanks to Jim Parker who had the idea and to his committee who organized it. There ...

Writer concerned about safety shares letter

Dear friend and treasured mayor:My heart is heavy that three pedestrians have been hit on my street over that past three weeks.One of those pedestrians died out in front of my home.I saw his bloody, sheet covered body and I was interviewed by police inquiring if I witnessed anything or had any ...

Rumpke says company takes recycling seriously

Recently, a Marietta resident wrote a letter to the editor indicating that Rumpke isn't recycling the items it collects. Let us assure you that Rumpke does recycle your items.In the last decade alone, Rumpke has invested more than $50 million to build some of the most technologically advanced ...

Gesture perpetuates lie, insults police officers

On Nov. 30, I noticed five of the St. Louis Rams players coming out of the locker room with their hands up as a gesture to protest the Ferguson Missouri shooting. Later in the week, I saw the Congressional black caucus do the same at our capital. This seems to be so ignorant in light of all the ...

Lowell Legion appreciates all the support they receive

American Legion Post 750 Lowell wants to thank everyone who has been of help to us.Have you ever wondered what we do with the support you give us? Your support goes for youth groups. We help school groups, local youth groups and younger people who have talents that go far beyond school.We send ...

Thanks for support of Wall of Sound this season

On behalf of the Marietta Band Boosters, we would like to say thank you to everyone that supported us throughout our 2014 season. Our uniform fund drive was successful due to the donations from our many generous donors in the community as well as the Marietta Community Foundation.Also to the ...

Gift of life: consider becoming an organ donor

As I reflect on 2014, the word gratitude comes to mind.Gratitude for the hundreds of Central Ohioans who gave the selfless gift of organs, eyes or tissues this year, resulting in countless lives saved and restored.Gratitude for the thousands of Ohioans who made the decision to become registered ...

Dumping recyclables with trash a serious violation

Have you ever wondered what happens to the recyclables you place in the container on the curb? Does Rumpke actually recycle these items, or are they simply combined with the trash waste stream? Unfortunately the latter is a distinct possibility, and indeed the case along our street.We had been ...

Scout troop appreciates donations for food drive

Waterford Boy Scout Troop 222 would like to thank the residents of Beverly, Waterford, Lowell, and Watertown that donated to our annual Christmas food drive on Dec. 6. Donations collected came to 2,600 pounds of food. The food was donated to the American Legion Post 389 Auxiliary "Toys for ...