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Letters to the Editor

Individuals should give to the poor, not government

The letter claiming Jesus is a liberal is an insult to Jesus and all Christians. Jesus did say to give to the poor. He said it was our responsibility as individuals to give.The liberal/democrat/progressive/socialist ideal is that the government will decide who is to give (they will steal it ...

Get out and vote, know your candidates, issues

I thought it might be a good idea to share some tips on how to vote. No, I'm not going to presume to tell you who to vote for as others have, but if you are undecided, maybe these tips will help.First, I urge everyone to vote. As a political scientist, it is quite distressing to note that every ...

Don’t blame Thompson for the Ormet mess

Ohio State Representative Andy Thompson is being dishonestly attacked by a perennial political operative who goes by the name Joe Daniels AKA Charlie Daniels during election season. Daniels deceitfully blames Thompson for Ormet's demise when it was Daniels own political party that drove the ...

Phillips supports bill that hurts timber harvesting

Debbie Phillips, Democratic state representative for the 94th Ohio House District has co-sponsored legislation this year that would require all landowners to obtain legal documents and survey maps before they can sell a tree.Under threat of criminal prosecution, H.B. 515 imposes upon a ...

Johnson doesn’t care about working families

Jennifer Garrison, daughter of a union plumber is a strong supporter of collective bargaining. She was a former member of Hotel-Motel Union Local 12 and her brother currently belongs to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.Congressman Bill Johnson on the other hand could care ...

Garrison skilled at joining with others

There are many reasons I am voting for Jennifer Garrison to be our representative in the Congress of the United States.Among the most important to me are that Jennifer believes our country must work for all of us in order to work best for any of us, and that she is skilled at joining with ...

Witten is a hard working, honest man

The right candidate for the job. I have personally known (Ray) Witten for 30 years. He is a hard-working, honest family man who's been in the Ohio Valley since his youth. When heading out to the polls on Tuesday, elect Witten for commissioner.Belinda SwartzMarietta

Yolan Dennis will serve energetically

As I sit here and watch my sister Jennifer care for her first child, a two-month-old baby girl, I wonder at the changing roles that parenthood brings. This is an experience I've been repeating a lot recently as many of my close friends and family have been having children. While I have no ...

Thompson doesn’t deserve so much criticism about Ormet

Not to be a nudge, but I fail to see how Andy Thompson of District 95 could possibly single-handedly do anything about the closing of Ormet. Sure, workers didn't come solely from Monroe County; they came from Ohio and West Virginia. Yet, Clarington, where the now-idle plant sits, is squarely in ...

Thanks for support at recent baseball game

On Sunday, Oct. 12, the Marietta Shrine Club sponsored a doubleheader baseball game between Marietta and Denison colleges. The proceeds collected benefited the Shriners Children Hospitals. I want to sincerely thank the Marietta and Denison fans who braved the cool weather, attended this event, ...

Daniels’ claims against Thompson misleading

Are we stupid or lazy? Apparently that is what Charlie Daniels is hoping for during this election. I recently heard his campaign advertisement against Andy Thompson and most of it is false. It claims that Thompson has received "millions of dollars in contributions from special interest groups". ...

Concern over recent newspaper endorsements

I read a recent Marietta Times endorsement of our current congressman. I noticed that the editorial did not appear to be the written the way I had become accustomed to all the Marietta Times endorsements of the past. In the past, the Marietta Times wrote the editorial endorsements after ...

Vote for levy, invest in our kids’ futures

Washington County Children Services does an incredible job in helping abused and neglected children. You can help them do even more by voting YES for the Children Services Prevention Services Levy. Levy funds will allow Children Services to identify kids with problems before they become ...

Vote for Thompson on Election Day

There is a lot of discussion about the benefits the Utica Shale is bringing to eastern and southeastern Ohio. The oil and gas activity is starting to generate significant money for landowners and creating jobs. It is important that we have elected officials that truly understand the ...

Garrison deserves your vote on Election Day

I want strongly to endorse Jennifer Garrison as our representative to the U. S. Congress. She has experience, education, and knows her constituency. She has a firm grasp of the issues that we, her constituents, face. She also has detailed understanding of those aspects of the Congress which ...

Dennis will work hard for the 94th district

I have known Yolan Dennis for over 20 years and value the friendship we have formed during that period of time. We live in the same community and attend the same church. I've had the privilege of being a part of all her children's education as a third grade teacher and of having her volunteer ...

Show Thompson we are smarter than he thinks

I truly think I have received more pictures of President Obama in my mail this election cycle than I did during the presidential. I wish someone would inform Mr. Andy Thompson that Barack Obama is not on the ballot! Personally, I am offended that Representative Thompson is trying to divert our ...

The 95th District deserves better than Thompson

I am writing to show my support for Charlie Daniels in the upcoming election for state representative of the 95th District. Daniels is running against our current representative Andy Thompson who has done the district no favors.I am a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...

Dennis would help economic conditions

Yolan Dennis understands economic development and she understands the difference between those government policies that strengthen business and those that don't. Voters of District 94 of Ohio's House of Representatives should vote for Yolan Dennis to improve economic conditions in southeastern ...

Give Garrison another chance at public office

I would like to respond to the letter requesting that Jennifer Garrison tell who she voted for in the last election. Most people know and understand if you are a candidate running for any office you will follow party lines. No real answers here. It does not matter if that is a good choice or ...