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Opinion

Voters should vote against city tax increase

Letters to the Editor

I would ask you to vote “no” on the 30 percent income tax increase on the ballot. My reasons are: 1. For the continued wasteful spending of our tax dollars by the city. 2. Our mayor, and his administration and the city council no longer work together, plus they no longer have the ...

Downtown farmers market moves to new location

Letters to the Editor

Last year, Marietta Main Street launched a new farmers market in downtown Marietta — the Farmers Market on Front Street. The purpose of this market is to provide a mid-week opportunity for both producers and consumers to come together in the spirit of building relationships, uplifting ...

Scales a good choice for First Ward, entire city

Letters to the Editor

Mike Scales is the most qualified person to be elected 1st Ward Councilman. I worked with Scales when he was the assistant safety-service director for Mayor Mullen. He worked on city budgets with Council members, city auditor and city treasurer. Scales in my personal opinion exemplifies ...

Voters should support Warren levy request

Letters to the Editor

There is a lot of misinformation going around about the Warren Local School District and school bond Issue. I implore you to read this whether your planning to vote “yes” or to vote “no.” Please understand that the Warren Local School District is trying to keep up with maintenance ...

Groups address climate change

Local Columns

February was an extremely warm month in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and for the first time in living memory we did not experience one significant snowfall in the 2016-2017 winter. Does this represent a pattern? Of course, one warm winter does not make a trend. But there are two possible explanations ...

Proposed tax increase would hurt families, businesses

Local Columns

Hello, my name is Austin James. I live and work here in the city of Marietta and I would like to share my thoughts on the proposed city tax increase. Marietta is a wonderful place that so many of us are proud to call home. It is also a great place for small businesses as it was recently ...

A breakdown of the current funding for behavioral health

Local Columns

Since the Washington County Behavioral Health Board is requesting passage of a levy in November, many people are asking what we do with the funds we currently have. In short, we subsidize prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental ...

County defends sewer position

Local Columns

Editors note: The Ohio EPA sent Washington County a document dated Feb. 22, 2017, titled Director’s Final Findings and Orders. Also, the Marietta Times reported March 11, 2017, that nitrate levels are declining in Devola water. It was disappointing to see the city of Marietta once again ...

County can’t ignore sewer issue any longer

Editorials

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has moved to have the state Attorney General’s Office enforce findings and orders dealing with sewering Devola. Meanwhile, the City of Marietta’s attorney has calculated the additional cost burden to Marietta sewer customers for the ...

Scales will work to make things better as councilman

Letters to the Editor

It is with sincerity that I am writing in support of my friend, Michael J. Scales, as a candidate for Marietta City Council 1st Ward. He is a devoted and conscientious lifelong resident of Marietta. In addition to graduating from Marietta High School, he stayed here for college earning his ...

Vote Schultheis for Marietta City Council

Letters to the Editor

I have a neighbor, whom which I would like to mention. This man is a very friendly, caring and thoughtful person. He has helped me and my family out of many dilemmas that plagued us. My daughter’s car engine was on fire, he was the first person out to extinguish the flames. During the hot, ...

Vote in favor of Marietta school issues

Letters to the Editor

Our entire community needs your vote in support of the Marietta City schools. There are two renewal tax levies on the ballot in the primary election on May 2, 2017. These levies are renewal levies and will not increase your taxes. Your response to this request might be “I don’t care. I ...

Fed. govt. must take position on medical marijuana

Editorials

In West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law ...

Former councilman supports Scales

Letters to the Editor

I want to go on record as endorsing Mike Scales for the 1st Ward Council seat. As a former council member, I know how time consuming and what hard work goes with this position. I have known Scales for years and believe that he is the most qualified person to represent the 1st Ward. With his ...

Outgoing councilman says Scales for First Ward

Letters to the Editor

It has been my honor and privilege to serve Marietta’s 1st Ward as its city council representative the past five years. At the end of 2017, I will be leaving my official governmental role to travel and explore more of the planet by bicycle. I will not, however, be vanishing from community ...

First Ward candidate a citizen committed to city

Local Columns

My name is Mike Scales and I am running for the 1st Ward Council seat in the May 2 Democratic primary position. Various friends, neighbors and business owners have asked why I am running. What are your goals and visions, not only for the 1st Ward, but the entire city of Marietta? My son, and ...

Flag in Cisler Park needs a light that works

Letters to the Editor

Our flag in Cisler Park ... Here we go again. They fixed the light on flag pole, but it’s out again, been out for months again. I said before, you need to put it up high on flag pole. Plus, need new flag; it’s getting dull. I think if this flag was in others’ parks, like downtown, they ...

Protect retired miners’ insurance

Editorials

In less than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families could lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people affected ...

Vote Scales for City Council on May 2

Letters to the Editor

It is my honor and pleasure to support and endorse Mike Scales the Marietta’s First Ward Council seat. I have known Scales since my return to Marietta as a physician. He always acted with integrity, caring, and thoughtfulness — traits that I believe will be extremely useful while serving ...