Opinion

First aid for pets in crisis

Editorials

Those of us who own pets often say we consider them part of our family.But first responders rescuing our pets from crisis situations, such as house fires or car accidents, haven't been legally covered to provide basic first aid to those animals.Now they can.A new law in Ohio came about over ...

Reds Legends volunteers make the difference

Letters to the Editor

The 2016 Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball Clinic came off as a resounding success again this year, mainly in part to the local volunteers, coaches and sponsors.First and foremost, I would like to graciously thank Marietta Sluggers President Tim Vincent and all of the Marietta Sluggers ...

Solid gold competitor defies age limitations

Editorials

Fitness and staying active have been in the news a lot lately. Marietta has a shining example of a person with an ultimate dedication to fitness: Dale Winters, 66.Winters recently competed in the 2016 Ohio Senior Olympics in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. He added four gold medals and a ...

Sorting through fact, fantasy in press is difficult

Letters to the Editor

The latest editions of the CLM fantasy press talks of "teaching children to respect women, disabled, other cultures and religions." She then raves about how "the great and exalted leader," by himself has saved us from certain doom brought on by only the GOP.Who do you respect when Obamacare ...

Marietta schools survey staff, students, parents

Local Columns

Hello Marietta!As our summer begins I am just finishing my first year in my new position at Marietta City Schools. It has been an incredible year with exciting developments! I could make a bulleted list of all of our accomplishments, some of which would be obvious and immediate, like the ...

Local drug court needed

Local Columns

Much has been written about the opioid epidemic in Ohio and the overpopulation of the correctional system by non-violent drug-related offenders. There is widespread acknowledgment that sentencing such offenders to prison causes overcrowding and is ineffective at preventing recidivism. Because ...

Don’t drink and drive on the water

Editorials

Drunken driving isn't just a danger on Ohio highways. Its waterways see too much drinking and driving - of boats.That's why the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is taking part in a National Dry Water campaign. It's an effort to reduce the use of alcohol and drugs while operating watercraft. ...

School officials need to address coach situation

Letters to the Editor

My name is Bert Goddard and I am writing in support of Coach Mark Duckworth, a man who I believe is teaching our children much more than basketball. I have some observations to share with all of you.I have never experienced an elected official that would not discuss an issue they were elected ...

Humane Society crisis: See how you can help

Editorials

In spring and summer, it's often inundated with puppies and kittens. But this week the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley also had more than 120 animals brought in after they had to be removed from inhumane conditions at their homes. The pets ranged from rats and gerbils to dogs and pigs.That's ...

We should remember Champ Joe Lewis

Letters to the Editor

You know, with the passing of heavyweight boxing champion Mohammad Ali, and all of the hours of news media coverage telling us how great a person he was, we old timers will also remember Joe Lewis who passed away with very little fanfare or news media coverage.Let me remind you that Joe Lewis ...

Access to information should not be restricted

Letters to the Editor

The last, best hope of a free and unfettered press, regardless of your persuasion, is the press.My jaw hit the counter last Wednesday when The Times editorialized restricting content on the internet. And the editorial used the communist Chinese as a how to.Really?H. Bradley BoleMarietta

Teens doing good work in area an inspiration

Editorials

For kids, summer is the time to enjoy pool parties, sleepovers, camping out and trips to the beach.But dozens of teens are taking a break from all of that to add some much needed muscle to a whole host of improvement projects throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.Today wraps up a four-day Mid-Ohio ...

Dry summer, cicadas taking their toll on your trees

Letters to the Editor

It is easy to spot flowers that are thirsty They droop, the wilt, and sometimes lose leaves. Trees, however, don't always cry out as loudly for water, even though they need it just as much. Often times if one waits until a tree shows symptoms of drought stress, the damage is done.This is ...

Increasing awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease

Letters to the Editor

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. More than just memory loss or senility, Alzheimer's disease is fatal. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and 15 million are serving as their caregivers.In ...

A case of political correctness gone awry

Editorials

Political correctness strikes again: A Florida state legislator, Mike Miller, has complained to the Food and Drug Administration that hundreds of people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were told they could not donate blood to help victims of the massacre in Orlando.The ...

Re-hire Coach Duckworth to help our program

Letters to the Editor

My name is Bob Forbes and I have over 40 years in public education as a teacher and a principal. In my retirement, I have stayed active in a variety of education jobs and have served as a substitute teacher over the past decade. Two years ago, I worked in Marietta City Schools, at Harmar ...

More effective steps needed to thwart terror attacks

Editorials

In the rush to do something about people like Omar Mateen, mistakes are going to be made. What should concern Americans is some of those errors will make life more difficult for law-abiding people while accomplishing little, if anything, to prevent massacres such as that committed by Mateen.It ...

Suicide prevention support group provides outlet

Letters to the Editor

It may seem strange to talk about suicide awareness at this time of year. Conventional wisdom would say we should expect more suicide attempts and completions during the long dark and dismal winter season, especially given the holiday period of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and the ...

Putting together fishing derby much appreciated

Letters to the Editor

What do you get when you team up Peoples Bank, Civitan, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and our city's recreation department at Buckeye Park? You get a fabulous fishing derby for youngsters and lots of smiles and squeals of delight. It was heartwarming Saturday to see so many area ...

Body scanners a good idea but very expensive

Editorials

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks wants to buy the equipment to accomplish full body scanning at the county jail.County commissioners have rejected the proposal, saying the money for the purchase isn't available. Well, they are just doing their job as county executives.And the sheriff is ...