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Opinion

Drinking? Don’t drive this Fourth

Editorials

The Independence Day holiday coming up could be a long weekend for some fortunate workers. With July 4 arriving next Tuesday, folks getting Monday off as well as the Fourth of July can celebrate their freedom over a four-day weekend. Ironically, though, the holiday could end up costing ...

Viciousness is part of politics

Editorials

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game on June 15, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Thanks to those who helped bring the flowers

Letters to the Editor

Now that July is upon us and summer is officially here, we wanted to shout from the mountaintops our immense gratitude for our Save Our Flowers campaign donors. Because of you, Marietta, and the support of many, over 300 beautiful purple petunia flower baskets are hanging throughout downtown ...

Ask your senator to vote no on health bill

Letters to the Editor

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 US Senators have been meeting secretly to come up with a health care bill. Mind you no other ...

Monroe jail project to get funding it needed

Editorials

Monroe County residents received some good news this week, when they learned that financing for the new jail there is on track to be secured ahead of a Sept. 10 deadline. Earlier this month, county commissioners had talked with a financial adviser who was concerned that provisions had not ...

Belpre has a plan for the future

Editorials

For those of you thinking the city of Belpre is a sleepy small town where nothing much happens, think again. City leaders and about 50 community members attended a special meeting Thursday to hear about the strategic plan for economic development for Belpre. The report isn’t ...

Will Taiwan endure?

Local Columns

In a major diplomatic victory for Beijing, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama announced on June 13 that the Central American state had decided to sever its 105 years of formal relations with Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, and to switch diplomatic ties to the People’s ...

Appreciate simplicity of Camp David

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s style is different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, too. Trump, ...

‘SNAP’ judgment makes budget unpalatable

Local Columns

It wasn’t that long ago when this president was still a candidate courting the hard-working people of America, suggesting that America had fallen on hard times and that, together, we needed to make America great again. However, the release of the President’s budget titled, “A New ...

Oxford House helps in recovery

Local Columns

Drug addiction or alcoholism can be deceptively easy to fall into. An auto accident or sports injury may require opiate pain pills. After a period of time, the victim cannot live without the pills. When he or she can no longer gain access to the pills, heroin becomes the drug of choice. It is ...

Its CDBG time of the year again!

Letters to the Editor

There are many programs that are effected by Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds. Home ownership and safe housing funded by HUD has the largest amount of participation by Marietta residents.. The fact that we have a lengthy waiting list underscores the need for this valuable ...

Broughton’s thankful for support of ice cream social

Letters to the Editor

It is with much disappointment that Broughton Foods must announce the postponement of the annual Broughton Ice Cream Social. Our belief is that while the social will not take place this July, we do intend to restart this great Marietta tradition next year. Accordingly, this pause will ...

Ohio school scandal still isn’t closed

Editorials

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Serving us means they are at risk

Editorials

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Lawmakers should not have more power than us citizens

Editorials

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Thanks to those who made scramble successful

Letters to the Editor

The Betsey Mills Club held a golf scramble on June 16th at The Marietta Country Club. We wish to thank our many hole sponsors and donors. Gold Hole Sponsors: Real Living McCarthy Real Estate, Memorial Health System. Silver Hole Sponsors: Williamstown Bank, Christy & Associates, Inc., ...

Career exploration camp a plus for students

Editorials

It’s an idea that seems so logical that you wonder why no one did this before. We’re talking about the two-week career explorations day camp held at the Washington County Career Center. The first such camp, which ended last week, drew about 25 high school students from all over the ...

We can all help to keep our rivers beautiful

Editorials

Volunteers have gathered on the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries on a Saturday morning in June to pick up debris and trash for many years now. Last weekend’s River Sweep, its 28th year, is the largest environmental event of its kind. It encompasses six states and more than 3,000 ...

Mueller must be fair and impartial

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

City needs to preserve riverbank for future generations

Local Columns

As the 4th Ward Councilman for nearly 19 years, one of my goals has been to keep as much of our riverbank accessible to the public as possible. In 2001, I had dinner with some folks from Cleveland who were in town with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). You probably remember those 3,000 ...