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Letters to the Editor

Celebration of those in recovery was a success

On Saturday Sept. 21 The Washington County Behavioral Health Board and The Right Path for Washington County hosted our second annual Recovery Day, celebrating the journey of those in recovery. It was a beautiful day on the lawn of the Armory with several community partners on hand to offer ...

Betrayal of Kurds just the latest outrage of many

The outrages come so thick and fast these days, it’s hard to keep up. One often has to put yesterday’s scandals aside in order to make room for the latest ones. However, there are those that stand out; never to be forgotten, heinous acts that rise above the tawdry, day-to-day crimes of the ...

Thanks for support of Sweet Corn Festival

The 12th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival was successful thanks to the collaboration from our community and Witten’s Farm Market. We were able to provide this event at no charge to the public and granted three college scholarships to graduating high school seniors; 6,837 ears of roasted ...

Zonta Club says thanks for a successful event

The Zonta Club of Mid-Ohio Valley’s first annual Delicates for Dignity event is in the books. The event’s purpose was to raise funds, donations, and awareness to the need of feminine products and undergarments for those suffering hardships. Two large bins of products, as well as financial ...

Attend school levy meetings, become informed

I am definitely for the Marietta School Levy. One reason is I cannot think of a better solution. Does anyone else have a better solution other than just spinning our wheels? Another is, I am tired of school boards of the past wasting our money keeping buildings open at 60% capacity. I ...

Harley Noland will bring new leadership to Marietta

Census figures show us that Washington County and our home County seat of Marietta are losing population, which in turn means a loss of operating funds. As a result we see areas of blight, streets and roads in need of repair, green spaces untended, and failure in our aging infrastructure. We ...

Noland has the experience needed to be city’s mayor

I support Harley Noland for mayor of Marietta because I feel he cares about all its people. I attended several of his neighborhood informational get-togethers and learned a lot about what people’s concerns are and appreciate how Harley answered their questions. Harley is a native of ...

Levy is just another hit to taxpayers

Here we go again. I see that the Marietta City Schools Board of Education wants the real estate property owners of Marietta to once again dig into our pockets and fund yet another bond levy! The district already receives funds from six general, permanent improvement and emergency levies. Well, ...

October is domestic violence awareness month

Why don’t they just leave? I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard people say, “if my partner hit me, I would just leave.” I have probably said it or at least thought it myself. Wow, when I look back, I realize how little I really knew. Not once did I ask myself why their ...

Wayne National Forest must be protected

Many of us love forests, and Marietta has long prided itself on being a tree city, but forests are not just beautiful to look at. Recent news reports have highlighted their importance to humans and the rest of life. The August report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

Local hospital, employees deserve your support

Our community is unique in many ways. Rich in history and proud of our contributions and accomplishments. Many of our important institutions have stood the test of time and continue that tradition still today. Marietta College, for example was established in 1835 and continues to flourish 184 ...

It’s time we listened to our future generations

I was diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome at the age of eleven. Like many people on the autism spectrum, I’ve found myself deeply moved by the rise of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who refers to her own autism diagnosis as a “superpower.” Waking up to news of ...

What are the facts?

In their Sept. 17 editorial The Marietta Times states “Beyond any reasonable doubt, they (2017 tax cuts) did more to help lift the nation out of recession than did all the stimulus spending employed during former President Barack Obama’s administration.” Except the Great Recession ended ...

Rebuttal to opponents of the Marietta City Schools levy

A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed tax levy to fund new schools in Marietta City had some serious mistakes. All levies have a “roll back” provision as was stated by (board member) Russ Garrison at the Sept. 17 meeting. As property values rise the effective mileage is ...

Do we need new schools?

Do we need new schools? That is the “million dollar question.” Two problems have been brought to the public for reasons to go into debt to build new schools. One, that the buildings are so old, and two, that some schools are too big now for the amount of students attending them and some ...

MCS Levy Committee shows transparency

Many of you know that I have taught in the Marietta City Schools since January, 1972. During my tenure the buildings were in decent shape but let’s face it, they were OLD. It’s now 2019, and the newest building was built when I was graduating high school. So now they are all OLD. Useful? ...

Voters have opportunities to bring positive changes

This fall, residents of Marietta City and the Marietta City School District have two opportunities to move our city forward into the 21st century. Opportunity number one is the election of a new mayor. Our city is in desperate need of new leadership; a leader that will implement a vision ...

Questioning levy details doesn’t mean voters don’t care about improvement

I have listened to voters on both sides of this issue, as well as to members of the levy committee. I’ve yet to hear anyone express, either privately or publicly, that they are opposed to improving our schools. I have, however, listened to legitimate concerns that deserve to be heard without ...

Levy conversation brings even more questions

Since speaking at the MCS Board of Education meeting Aug. 19 and a subsequent response from Russ Garrison in the form of a letter, I had more questions. More questions than I could ask in the three minutes of time you are allowed to address the board. That is why I have read newspaper ...

MCS responds to resident

On Aug. 19, Kathy Shively spoke to the Marietta City School Board of Education during the Citizen Forum portion of the agenda. On Aug. 20, she provided a written copy of her comments after being requested to during the meeting by the Board Treasurer. Those same comments were printed in the ...