Letters to the Editor

Congress must act to save our Democracy

I have deep concern for this country and our democracy. Without firing a shot, the Russians have managed to invade the USA to create chaos and spread misinformation with the goal of turning us against each other and electing a president that could be manipulated. This is not a partisan ...

Communities need protection that ORSANCO gives

It is no secret that the Ohio River is far from being clean. This drinking water source for more than 5 million people has been named the most polluted river in the USA for the past seven years. In 2014, more than 24 million pounds of industrial wastes and chemicals were dumped into the Ohio ...

Without pollinators, we wouldn’t exist

What exactly is a pollinator, you may ask? A pollinator is anything that carries pollen from one part of the flower to another, the stamen to the stigma to be exact. This must occur in order for fertilization to take place and fruits, seeds, or young plants to be produced. This process is ...

Don’t support bill to reform healthcare; call your senator

Did you see the video from the Whitehouse telling us about T---- Care? All it does is blast The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” Do people realize that 12 or 13 U.S. senators have been meeting secretly to come up with a healthcare bill. Mitch McConnell wants to ...

Riverfront Roar appreciates community support

This year marked the 18th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar. Many people work hard throughout the year to make race weekend a fun and enjoyable event for the community. On behalf of the Committee and the Board of Directors I want to take the opportunity to thank those organizations who work ...

Writer agrees that TV is riddled with violence

In the June 13 edition of the Marietta Times, there appeared a letter regarding gun violence on TV and wondering if other people felt the same. I want the writer to know that I agree with her 100 percent. TV, video games and movies, they are all very violent. Scene after scene of people ...

There will be a cost to joining drug suit

Marietta seems poised to join Washington County and hundreds of other local and state governments in filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers and distributors. Presumably the lawsuit would allege specific suppliers have caused Marietta to incur additional expenses in ...

Reader thinks Connie Schultz is a hypocrite

Syndicated columnist Connie Schultz has, for years, consistently espoused the mantra, (of which I am in basic agreement), that everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or sexual orientation, should be treated equally, with civility and respect. What a ...

Immigrants and a new America

The tragedy on our southern border represents the worst and the best of America. The Trump administration, in a clumsy attempt to coerce money for the president’s wall, has created a humanitarian crisis that brings us uncomfortably close to the behavior of countries we have long condemned. ...

Sad to see Hilltop Raceway close

My uncle raced there years ago. It will be missed. Thank you Hilltop Raceway for all of the years you have given us. My other uncle made and opened a go-cart track I remember every Sunday afternoon we had races. That was something I always wanted to do, to have a go-cart track, to ...

Tax reform did little to help the debt situation

In response to the Viewpoint column by Diane Dimond published in the Marietta Times on July 6: While I agree that Congress throws a lot of good money out the window, Dimond must have conveniently forgotten the recent republican-passed “tax reform” that “reformed” over 95 percent of ...

Support of Baby Bash appreciated

Washington County Family & Children First’s Help Me Grow Program would like to thank all those who made our first Community Baby Bash a huge success. Thank you to the following vendors for their participation and donation of door prizes: OSU Extension; Hopewell Health Center; Mamaology; ...

What kids learn now differs from the past

I learned in 49 states we do not have the right to raise our children. Utah is the only state to pass a law allowing parents to raise their children. The federal government passes law that takes our rights from us. Why? What is leftist and socialist people, these are Communist. No they are not ...

Trump continues to reject professional standards

I’m concerned about a prevalent attitude that seems to arise from a mistaken understanding of the word “professional.” What is a professional? The wide-spread understanding of the term focuses on money and distinguishes between the amateur, who engages in an activity for enjoyment, ...

Make the United States united once more

As a Democrat, I was having trouble composing this letter until I heard Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings say, “We need to see each other.” Not only do we need to “see” each other but we need to realize that we “need each other.” Our president has done a good job of ...

Medical marijuana site in Marietta no danger

I've read information provided by realtor Karen Strahler, and a letter to the editor by Gary Thomas, in which they claim there are 56 sites approved to distribute marijuana in Marietta. This is misleading. I don't know how many properties were approved as possible dispensary sites, but ...

Mobile service office helpws 31 veterans

On Tuesday, June 26, local Veterans in need of help in seeking earned benefits and health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Benefits Administration were invited to a special event. Highly trained National Service Officers from the Cleveland offices of the Disabled ...

Johnson thanked for Alzheimer’s support

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Facts and Figures, more than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5.7 million nationwide. While Alzheimer’s has traditionally been seen as an aging issue, Alzheimer’s is a public health issue because the burden ...

Opioid lawsuit is ill-advised, county should not join

Washington County should not join the lawsuit against pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers and distributors. It is based on false premises that (1) opioids provided by these specific suppliers caused additional county expenses of law enforcement, jails, foster care, and medical and coroner ...