Letters to the Editor

(Good Guys) Just for the record

After reading the letter from Nov. 2 titled, “Commissioners just wanted to look like Good Guys,” concerning the County Group Medical Insurance that expressed a very inaccurate view of the benefits, I thought maybe I would share a broader view. For starters, the plan includes doctor office ...

Children Services merger is NOT ‘no big deal’

I have been reading with dread the articles about the Washington County Commissioners blindsiding the Children Services Board recently. The commissioners are moving faster than they did with the WIOA Program administered by Washington Morgan Counties Community Action. It took over three years ...

Thank you, Belpre Ohio American Legion Post 495

It is with both admiration and sadness that I write this letter. Our community has been blessed for over 80 years with an outstanding group of veterans and their families. This group of individuals has changed over the years but their mission has always been the same — shared helpfulness. ...

Family Career Awareness Day recognized

Building Bridges to Careers held its annual Family Career Awareness Day on Oct. 18 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. About 300 students and parents from all over Washington and Wood counties attended to eagerly learn about career paths and opportunities in our area. We attribute our ...

Consider donation to Friends of Lower Muskingum River

Friends of Lower Muskingum River is a land trust serving southeastern Ohio. We conserve and protect natural areas in the Lower Muskingum watershed through land acquisition and conservation easements. We do this by providing educational programs, acquiring and maintaining natural areas and ...

Honor veterans, support the historic armory in Marietta

Nov. 11, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war known as The First World War or the Great War. For years after that war, students in America would stand for a silent commemoration of that welcomed armistice at the moment it was signed: the 11th hour of the 11th day ...

Issue 1 self-defeating

My name is Jeremy Wolfe, and I am an assistant prosecutor in Wood County. I have previously served as an assistant prosecutor in Washington County as well. That experience coupled with observing how the drug epidemic has impacted family and close friends as well as the Mid-Ohio Valley in ...

Cordray for governor

Recently in your Our Opinion column you endorsed Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor over former Attorney General Richard Cordray, saying that DeWine had cleared over 12,000 rape kits that Cordray hadn’t. Did Mike DeWine get them cleared up in five months, I think not. It took him seven ...

Livengood asks for vote

As a candidate for Washington County Auditor, I am asking for your vote. I have been the Chief Deputy Auditor for nearly six years. As the Chief Deputy, I am Mr. McFarland’s “right hand man”, and carry much of the day to day responsibility of the office. The Washington County ...

Support levy

Income tax/wage earners or levy/property owners, that is the question. That question has been argued back and forth by both parties, by members of the business community, organizations and citizens over and over in an effort to determine who is more responsible to pay. What is the best way to ...

Choose Triplett for common pleas judge

I had the privilege to meet John Triplett nearly 10 years ago. What has always impressed me about him is that he has the intellect, work ethic, and creativity to devise some of the fairest and mutually beneficial solutions to complex problems. Coming from a middle-class background, Trip ...

Moderates must act

Every election we are told that it is a crucial one. This one might be. We can create more responsible, temperate, respectful governments or continue the race into twilight. We can keep the White House’s poodles of cowering politicians who leave unused their powers of checks and ...

Re-elect Bill Johnson

Please join me in re-electing our local congressman Bill Johnson. Bill represents a large district of 18 counties. His district is a long, large area. Years ago when I was working as a state trooper, I also drove a lot of those same counties. Believe me, you will put a lot of time in visiting ...

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, ...