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Letters to the Editor

Important tips that can help first responders

As you know the first full week of October is observed as Fire Prevention Week. To first responders, every week of the year is Fire Prevention Week. I would like to bring to the public's attention some life-saving measures they can do to help first responders; help them.Simply put, fire ...

Recycling center on Colegate might not be best

It is nice that the county commissioners have given their approval to use the old county garage for a recycling center. However, have the commissioners looked into the environmental impact it will have in that area. There are homes and businesses in that area, not to mention Ewing School. Have ...

Support for FurBall enables Humane Society

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley is funded primarily by donations and fundraisers. The 12th annual "Fur Ball" was held Feb. 28 at the Marietta Shrine Club. It is the largest and most successful fundraiser for the humane society.For 12 years, the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley has ...

Get more information on program for retirees

I want to thank The Times for its generous coverage of the upcoming session of Institute For Learning In Retirement (better known as the ILR) which appeared in the Friday, Feb. 27, edition.Although the courses offered are primarily designed for retirees, many people well below retirement age ...

The worst ACA problems are still to come

Recently it was suggested that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA or Obamacare, must be good because there aren't many problems yet. There are many problems with Obamacare and these will continue to grow. There are some good parts, but the bad parts far outweigh them. In expanding the ...

Land, lease issues don’t require attorneys

On Tuesday evening, I listened in on the long-winded presentation from Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Energy Dale Arnold as he spoke to a room of about 30 people, most of them senior citizen farm folk from the Mid-Ohio Valley. After mingling with everyone after the presentation, it was apparent ...

GOP letter to Iran offends letter writer

I write in reference to the recent letter by 47 Republican U.S. senators that was sent to the Iranian mullahs in an attempt to destroy ongoing efforts by the Obama administration to achieve an historic nuclear deal with Iran.As an American, I am deeply offended by this ridiculous effort by the ...

Demand a stop to this ‘deal’ with Iran

The March 10 letter demands a reaction after the writer "questions the relevance" about the Times' Opinion on negotiations with Iran. The writer said talking and negotiating is still a good thing for us. First thing needed is to examine who is "negotiating." Iran is (without a doubt) the worst ...

A couple steps could have helped streets workers

Marietta City Street and Facilities Department workers have been going day and night opening streets and alleys after the recent storm. They are to be commended for difficult and dangerous work.A couple pro-active actions could have preceded the storm saving time and money, not to mention ...

Fur Ball donors contributed to success

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley thanks the following donors for their participation at the 12th Annual Fur Ball Dance to support the animals at the shelter. We couldn't have done it without you. Thanks, again!Baker & Baker, Byers Exxon & Carryout for donating on the raffle ...

Dragon boat’s fundraiser was a huge success

A fundraiser's success is based on the commitment and hard work of the hosting group, and even more importantly, the support of individuals and businesses in the community.The MOV'n Dragons Pasta Dinner was a huge success thanks to the generosity of many who want to help support the dragon boat ...

Republicans hit a new low with Netanyahu speech

I question the relevance of your March 6 Opinion piece, "U.S. must answer questions about pact with Iran." What is there to explain? Six nations are trying to get an agreement with Iran on Iran's nuclear program - to make sure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. The deadline is March 31. ...

Fur Ball organizers thank their vendors

The 12th Annual Fur Ball Dance Committee would like to thank the following vendors for donating to both the Golf Basket and Liquor Wagon. The animals at the Shelter appreciate all you do: VFW Post 5108, Cork N Bottle, Marietta Beer Barn, The Wrangler Tavern, Moose Lodge #1823, American Legion ...

Putin’s secret weapon: Winter

As a result of the abnormal late season frigid weather of February, 2015, the Weather Channel's Sam Champion said, "This is weird. But it is real".I am the Rainbow Sage. While usually known for my political prognostications, always under-appreciated in this locale, let us today fall back upon ...

Candidate hopes to help with downtown challenges

Sadly, today I purchased my last piece of candy (even though recent photos indicated maybe I shouldn't) from the Front Street store "My Favorite Things." For me, the purchase was bittersweet. The store was a favorite occasional hang-out for my daughter Cecelia and me. We would slip in, select a ...

Marietta treasurer issues income tax reminder

Wednesday April 15, 2015 is the deadline for filing and paying 2014 Marietta City Income Tax returns and 2015 Declarations of Estimated Tax with first quarter payment.The current tax rate of 1.7% on all earned income applies to all individuals 18 years of age who live and/or work in the City of ...

Our ‘knight in shining armor’ drives a yellow tractor with a snow blade

We in the 700 block of Second Street and Sacra Via have our own "knight in shining armor." He is our "Superman" - but he doesn't fly! He has a yellow tractor with a snow blade. The sidewalk is cleared once or twice a day. We at 706 Second say, "many, many thanks and we owe you lunch!"Jackie Parker

Republicans need to find new material

To: All Republican LawmakersFrom: A Very Concerned CitizenWe have all heard the popular phrase: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! I thought Ronald Reagan was a very good president, but the times, they are a changing.Question: What ...

FCC rules to regulate internet

So, now the internet is going to be regulated? On Feb. 26, the FCC passed their secret 332 page plan to regulate the internet in a so-called move to preserve net-neutrality. Amid controversy on the secretive practices in which the FCC has been withholding their plans and not allowing Americans ...

Recommended read from Bill Nye – the Science Guy

I would like to recommend a great new book on evolution. The title is "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation," and it's by Bill Nye - the Science Guy. If you've already learned a lot about evolution, this book is a useful review and summary. If you're unclear on evolutionary ...