Letters to the Editor

Don Jones for 95th

I have known Don Jones for many years as an Agricultural Education/FFA high school teacher preparing young people to become leaders in society. I have witnessed his outstanding agricultural FFA teams exhibiting impressive personal and team skills during demonstrations at various FFA ...

Issue 1 full of problems

Issue 1 is being presented as a sensible, cost effective way of dealing with individuals who have been arrested for buying, possessing or using fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD by reducing the penalty to a misdemeanor, the same classification as a speeding ticket. An ...

Livengood has real experience in office

I am asking you to vote for Matthew Livengood for County Auditor. He has the REAL experience by working in the County Auditor’s office. He was trained by William McFarland, our current auditor. He has worked almost six years as the Chief Deputy Auditor. He has the work ethic we need. He ...

Raney for commissioner

I cast my vote for Jim Raney, and I feel very good about my choice. Jim is running for a seat as a Washington County Commissioner. He is the best person for that position. I am asking you to vote for Jim Raney for commissioner so that you will also feel good about your choice. Jim would be ...

Brooker has done the work

Vote for “real” experience. The Washington County Common Pleas Court handles felony criminal cases, domestic relations cases and civil cases with damages over $25,000. Roughly 75 percent of the cases every year are criminal and domestic. Only four civil cases have gone to jury trial in ...

Livengood a leader

We have two candidates running to fill the role of Washington County Auditor, both good people, hard workers, and esteemed professionals. But voters can only choose one, and I’ve decided the right person for my vote is Matthew Livengood. Like many people I didn’t understand the county ...

Commissioners wanted only to look like ‘good guys’

Probably not many Washington County residents realize the county commissioners voted on Sept. 27 to renew the county employees’ insurance with the same 50 percent coverage these hard-working employees have had to live with since Jan. 1, 2017. In fact, no media outlet reported on this renewal, ...

Music dispels fall gloom

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra presented their fall concert on a dark and gloomy day. The music instantly dispelled thoughts of the weather outside as the audience settled in for an afternoon of delightful, beautifully played concert pieces. On the program: Capriccio ...

Keep Washington County Great

Washington County has a record of which we should all be proud. In these difficult times of declining revenues, increasing expenses, and unprecedented demands on resources, we have continued to make progress in providing better and more efficient services to the people of Washington County. One ...

Outstanding example for Commissioner

I’d like encourage voters to select Kevin Ritter as our next county commissioner this election season. I have known Kevin and his family for over 10 years. As a former board member at Washington State Community College, I am familiar with the outstanding reputation he has built there as an ...

Triplett for Common Pleas Judge

It is my pleasure to endorse John Triplett for Common Pleas Judge of Washington County Common Pleas Court. I have been associated with him since 1982. John worked for the prosecutor’s office starting in 1982 while in law school. At the same time he was in the Ohio National Guard. After ...

Cordray wants severance dollars returned to counties

Since 2011, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio has been transformed by the oil and gas shale development. While job creation and individual wealth has resulted, our communities have also paid a price in the wear and tear of our roads, bridges, and environment. Although County Engineers have signed ...

Sappington for 94th District

Taylor Sappington is the future. He is young, he is polite, he is hardworking and he is a lifetime resident of Southeast Ohio. Look at his website sappingtonforohio.com to see where Taylor stands on the issues of education, infrastructure, advocacy, integrity, the environment, the economy, ...

Richard Cordray is Good for Ohio

According to the ACLU, “The opioid epidemic is too big of a crisis to just arrest our way out of. The path forward is proper treatment, education programs, helping addicts get better opportunities to succeed.” The solution is NOT to lock them up. Prohibition does not work. Issue 1 in ...

Cordray stands up for farmers

Ohio farmers are being badly squeezed right now, and it seems nobody in Columbus or Washington is listening or paying any attention. Output prices are plunging, as our markets have been shaken or lost, while input prices continue to rise. Many farmers felt a cushion back in the spring because ...

Keep Republicans in control of Congress

Will Rogers, who lived before free speech was eroded by correctness, political or otherwise, once said that, if you don’t pay attention to the news you are uninformed; if you do you are misinformed. So the issue of “fake news or media bias” has been around for a while. Multiple people and ...

Roberts will be the change we need in Congress

If you do not know Shawna Roberts, you are missing a wonderful opportunity. Shawna is the candidate for the sixth Congressional District to vote for. How refreshing to have a candidate from a working rural family dedicated to serving people and not special interests. Shawna has been ...

Matthew Livengood for County Auditor

I am writing to express my support for Matthew Livengood, candidate for Washington County Auditor. Having hired Matthew as my Chief Deputy Auditor over 5 years ago and working with him since, I can attest that he is by far the best prepared candidate to serve as the next Washington County ...

Community leader Triplett for Common Pleas Judge

I would like to encourage voters to elect community leader John E. Triplett Jr. on Nov. 6 to the role of Common Pleas Court Judge. It is important for voters to know that his military service in the United States Army, professional and educational background exceed the qualifications required ...

Raney the best candidate for County Commissioner

In my 71 years, this is the first letter to an editor I’ve ever written. The purpose is to endorse Jim Raney for county commissioner. He was raised on a small dairy farm in Morgan County, he attended Penn Township School in Pennsville and he lived on a small farm, Windy Point, in Waterford. ...