Letters to the Editor

Thanks to community for support of boy

A benefit concert with Anthony Mossburg was held at Frontier High School for little Toby Bigelow and his family on July 12. I would like to thank the following for supporting this event whether financially, or by volunteering: Haessely Lumber Company, Inland Wood Products, J. Eddy Oil ...

Ortt’s love of local rivers evident in her work

This is the second of a three part tribute to Marilyn Ortt, one of our region's most outstanding naturalists, who recently past away. The tribute is a modest effort to summarize her contributions to Marietta and the surrounding region.Marilyn had great love of our local waterways, their ...

Thompson nothing but radical extremist

Recently, I attended a meeting at OUE on Common Core Curriculum. As a new educator, I am concerned about CC and how it will affect my career.I was shocked when I heard that Andy Thompson would be attending to speak against this issue because he voted for the Third Grade Initiative, taking away ...

VFW Post 5108 always there for the community

In this day and age, there are so many organizations out there that talk a good game when it comes to caring about the community and making a way for children. In most cases, that's exactly what it is ... just extravagant big talk.But I'm so very proud to be associated with the V.F.W. Post 5108 ...

Better coordination of road construction needed

"Help me, I live in Norwood and I can't get out."I really have to vent here. There's road construction at Acme and Pike. There's utility relocation and road construction at Greene and Seventh and on into town. Now it appears the up-and-over-the-hill Channel Lane access to downtown is going to ...

Country needs to come together to solve issues

I recently visited a Facebook page of a relative who had posted a right-wing news photo with the message, "Scientists claim that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite lacking brains - great news for Obama supporters." I commented that I guessed that meant that I lacked brains.It ...

A force of nature: Marietta will miss Marilyn

Editor's note:?This is the first of three parts.We periodically encounter forces that alter landscapes and human lives. They are formidable, pulling the world in their wake, with an aftermath felt over generations. We call these "forces of nature".Marilyn Ortt was a Force of Nature - a force ...

Volunteers needed when disaster hits

In past weeks, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) has shared the role of law enforcement and first responders during a disaster. Today's focus is on volunteers - people just like you.RSVP is an active member of the LEPC. In the event of a disaster, RSVP would be called into service ...

Sleepy’s Kidney Fund appreciates the support

On June 28, a spaghetti dinner benefit was held for my husband, Brian Ketelsen, who is preparing for a kidney transplant. When asked, "How did your fundraiser go?" I can only answer, "I don't think it could have gone any better!" We are truly blessed.First of all, a huge thank you to the Elks ...

City treasurer continues to work for citizens

As I wrap up my first quarter as Marietta City treasurer I look forward to serving the citizens of our community.Learning a new software system has been a challenge and I continue to learn the city's finances and investments and how we can grow our assets for years to come.I survived my first ...

Ball coaches should act more like grown-ups

I was in town to see my seven year old granddaughter's baseball game on Friday June 27. I was shocked at how the coaches acted on the opposing team. The umpire was a 13-year-old young man and the coaches on the opposing team were arguing with him on a call he made. He wasn't going to go up ...

Thanks for gesture toward veteran at dinner

A big thank you:My two sisters and their husbands and Ginny and I met in Marietta on the evening on the Fourth of July, and after some consideration, decided to go to a restaurant for dinner. We were all decked out in our red, white and blue. We chose The Boathouse on the west side of Marietta, ...

Become educated about government intrusiveness

We have witnessed dramatic changes the last five years in this country. I know in medicine it has been absolutely a whirlwind. We were forced to switch to electronic medical records that met criteria established by the government. These changes have cost us billions of dollars throughout the ...

Affordable dental care for young people still needed

I thought it to be appropriate to copy and submit to the Times an old Columbus Dispatch article about lack of dental care for children utilizing Medicaid in the Marietta area. Sadly, since this 2012 publication, the current situation has only worsened due to the closing of the Southeastern ...

Many deserve thanks for city’s upkeep; many don’t

Thanks to Johnny Carpenter for faithfully watering all of the hanging baskets in downtown Marietta every day and sometimes twice a day so they stay beautiful throughout the summer.Thanks to the "army" of volunteers who pick up litter/trash, weed and maintain flower beds, planting areas, river ...

God Bless America, God Bless Patriotism

In the dictionary it reads that a patriot is one that loves his or her country and zealously guards its welfare. I agree completely with that definition.The thing that I am fearing is that we Americans are slacking in the teaching of the younger generation on how important patriotism is. During ...

Bookstore’s upcoming closure is bittersweet

After 10 years in downtown Marietta, Barking Dog Books and Art, LLC is closing its bricks-and-mortar retail operation and moving. Our last day at 212 Putnam St. in Marietta will be Saturday, July 12.Whether you came in every week, every month, or just once or twice a year while passing through, ...

Dedication service honors CAPS, veterans

On Saturday, July 5, from noon to 2 p.m. there will be a dedication service at the Veterans Walk of Honor at noon and then everyone is invited to a picnic afterwards to celebrate this event and to honor the Citizens Armory Preservation Society (CAPS) for their work toward the preservation and ...

Lions Club thankful for Safetytown support

Muskingum Valley Safetytown for 2014 has been completed. More than 90 children ready to enter kindergarten in the fall, participated in the nine day program.The sponsor, Beverly Lions Club, would like to express our thanks to the following who helped with monetary donations: Duke Energy ...