Opinion

Vote for David White on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Would you join me in re-electing our own David White to a second term as county commissioner? FYI: He has served you well during his first term and earned your vote for the second. White is a team player as he works diligently with his fellow commissioners to improve the inner workings of our ...

Early voting begins in W.Va., too

Editorials

As of today, our neighbors in West Virginia can join us in early voting. Before you decide there is no need to take advantage of it, consider this: During the 2012 primary election, 352,598 people cast ballots for president in the Mountain State. During the primary earlier this year, the ...

Dumb American youth?

Editorials

As of today, our neighbors in West Virginia can join us in early voting. Before you decide there is no need to take advantage of it, consider this: During the 2012 primary election, 352,598 people cast ballots for president in the Mountain State. During the primary earlier this year, the ...

The math of politics, the cure for Trump fatigue

Local Columns

Are you feeling dazed, confused, irritated, frustrated, mentally exhausted and emotionally drained? Are you feeling like it is Saturday morning sleep-in day and the neighbor’s dog chained to their porch has not stopped barking since 7 a.m.? Fear not. You are suffering from Donald Trump ...

Solar panels on churches save money, and energy

Editorials

Over the years, we’ve gradually seen local school districts and businesses start to take advantage of energy savings by installing solar panels. Now the trend seems to have expanded to churches and we couldn’t be happier. This month, the Unitarian Universalist Church installed solar ...

Kerenyi: Vote for the vet with experience

Letters to the Editor

Folks, my family and I are voting for Mark Kerenyi for Court of Common Pleas Judge this election. I’ve known Judge Mark Kerenyi for 15 years and have followed his career through his service in the prosecuting attorney’s office and as Juvenile Court Magistrate. In addition to community ...

Support Meals on Wheels and all the good it does

Letters to the Editor

The Meals on Wheels Program for the elderly is an excellent service. My mother, Donna D. Graham, age 91, recently passed away. She had the service for the last 11 years of her life. Mom loved the program so much. Her wishes were to have no memorial service. In lieu of flowers contributions ...

Luck can create a special moment

Editorials

There’s no doubt that anyone who saw the truck smashed by a huge tree on Front Street in Thursday’s thunderstorm would have at least hurt whoever was inside. The maple tree made a direct hit on the red truck owned by Lee Peterson, 68, of Marietta. Peterson had just parked his truck on ...

Beware, Hillary Clinton is a corrupt commodity

Letters to the Editor

In 458 BC, the Roman Cincinnatus was greeted at his farm near Rome and given the power of dictator. The Roman Senate, needing help in defeating a nearby enemy, authorized Cincinnatus to have supreme authority for a term of six months. After a brief campaign of two weeks ended with the total ...

Ohio mom should have been stopped

Editorials

In July 2014, Brittany Pilkington, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, smothered her 3-mont-old son, Niall. She told authorities she didn’t know what caused his death. In April 2015, Pilkington smothered her 4-year-old son, Gavin. She told authorities much the same story. In August 2015, Pilkington ...

The staying power of the shale revolution

Local Columns

At times over the past few years it may have felt like Ohio’s shale revolution was over before it had even begun. The number of drilling rigs exploring for oil and natural gas has fallen by more than 70% over the last two years. Some energy companies even called it quits or faced bankruptcy. ...

Warren levy request is not affordable

Letters to the Editor

After yet another post circulating on social media featuring an adorable kid beside an “I Am a Warrior” sign with the caption, “Look these children in the eye and tell them they are not worth it,” I felt compelled to write. Those who raise concerns or oppose the Warren Levy are being ...

Andy Thompson doesn’t disappoint

Letters to the Editor

When a new candidate surfaces that I have high hopes for it generally only takes a term or two for my disappointment to arise. One recent exception is State Rep. Andy Thompson. Thompson continues to stand up for farmers, businesses, private property owners, and our children in Ohio’s ...

Vote differently in this election

Local Columns

In 2016, it may be more important than ever to take time to vote. I have fears that our election will either be canceled or more than likely, our votes won’t count—at least not on the national stage. I would submit to you, however, the idea of voting differently in 2016. I don’t mean ...

Tammy Bates has experience to serve

Letters to the Editor

Tammy Bates is the superior candidate for the office of Treasurer of Washington County. Bates worked in the Treasurer’s Office for over four and a half years as a full-time employee and she continues to work there on a part-time basis assisting the treasurer and prosecutor with delinquent ...

Vote wisely, vote for Strickland for Senate

Letters to the Editor

This citizenship thing is serious. If our democracy is to stay healthy, we need to take our responsibilities to heart and inform ourselves so we can vote wisely. Oh, we could take the lazy route and just vote our political party identity. But effective governance requires more of us; we need to ...

Trump’s ploy isn’t new news after all

Editorials

A candidate for president unwilling to accept the results on election day? Horrors, cried supporters of Hillary Clinton and many in the news media on Wednesday night. They were reacting to Donald Trump’s answer to a question during the televised debate between him and Clinton. Asked whether ...

Make city beautiful by holding all accountable

Letters to the Editor

At a meeting this past Oct. 4 at the Armory, it was encouraging to see and hear to many citizens who want Marietta to achieve its “potential,” as one attendee put it. As I see the problem, (blighted properties), there is a lack of respect on the part of some citizens for their neighbors. ...

Keep close watch on US housing market

Editorials

Let us hold the applause over news this week about the housing market until we are certain it is good news. It may not be. Nearly half the sales of homes during the past year were to first-time buyers, the Zillow real estate firm announced Tuesday. More new home buyers sounds like good ...

Clinton the best candidate for president

Letters to the Editor

I want to urge people to vote and to vote for Hillary Clinton for president because she is the best candidate. Our country is facing many complex problems and political leaders haven’t focused on fixing them. Why aren’t taxes simpler and fairer? Why can’t willing workers find good ...