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Opinion

Harmar teachers thinking outside of the box

Editorials

Shrinking budgets, shrinking class sizes and constant changes in the educational needs of students mean teachers have to be flexible and creative in providing the best classroom experience for our children. Harmar Elementary School’s co-teaching and open classroom approach is a fantastic ...

Healthy blood donors needed this time of year

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you, this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we normally think. According to one ...

Check detectors; the life you save could be your own

Editorials

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

Veteran grateful for random act of kindness

Letters to the Editor

I wear a cap with “Korean War Vet” on it. We had enjoyed a Christmas dinner at a local restaurant. When we finished, the waitress said our check had been paid by a young couple in the booth across from us who we did not know and had never met. Many thanks to this wonderful couple. May God ...

State must take action on statute of limitations Senate bill

Editorials

As victims in Marietta are interviewed about encounters with a possible serial rapist when they were children, a bill that would have extended their ability to seek justice for those crimes seems to be dormant in Ohio. Senate Bill 162, which would have eliminated the statute of limitations ...

Time to reflect and try to heal as a nation

Editorials

Got those new calendars hung up? Your pork and sauerkraut simmering? Resolutions at the ready? Good. Let’s get 2020 started right. Today’s possibilities are endless. It is the day on which we all give ourselves — and those around us — the chance to hit the reset button. If we are ...

Stay safe on the roads this holiday

Editorials

Going out for a big New Year’s Eve celebration this evening? Thinking of having a drink or two more than you would normally drink? That’s fine. Plenty of people will be celebrating in similar fashion. What are your plans for getting home safely? If you are a host, what are your plans for ...

Monitor kids’ online activities

Editorials

Should parents need any more reminders they should be monitoring their children’s social media and other online activity, the Cincinnati Police Department would likely be happy to give one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one ...

Broken system to blame for 25 Mount Carmel deaths

Editorials

Lawyers have convinced ten former colleagues of Dr. William Husel that they can win a lawsuit in which they are defending Husel’s actions in the deaths of 25 patients of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus. According to nine nurses and a pharmacist formerly employed by Mount Carmel, ...

As new tech arrives this holiday, look out for scams

Editorials

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Coats for Kids success shows need is still there

Editorials

The local Coats for Kids campaign had a record-breaking year for collections, and although distribution ends this week, we want to remind people that help is still out there. The cold months are really just beginning and while we’re happy so many coats have been received by families in ...

Signatures on absentee ballots are imperative

Editorials

Ever noticed a retail cashier checking the signature on the back of your credit or debit card to make sure it matched the signature you provided at the point of sale, and felt grateful he or she took the extra step to confirm your identity? After all such a step helps protect you against credit ...

Holiday band concert shows program is deserving of praise

Letters to the Editor

Marietta City Schools and Band Director Chris Bunner are deserving of congratulations on the excellent Christmas Concert presented last Thursday in the High School Auditorium. Beginning with the Sixth Grade Band, followed by the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band and culminating with the High School ...

Nation is under attack — from leftist socialists

Letters to the Editor

The “Damage to democracy” letter is shamefully only partially true. This nation is under attack, but the author is either cunningly or ignorantly spinning fantasies about the cause of the attacks. She neglected to acknowlege the video of Biden boasting about withholding a billion dollar ...

Reconsider giving to Heifer International charity

Letters to the Editor

I would like to share my experience dealing with the charity Heifer. Heifer’s unique “hook” is that, say, you can gift a milk cow to a poor Ecuadorian family. The various gifts include a gaggle of geese, a calf, etc., Last year I went all out and sponsored a water tank and hand-powered ...

Spruce up rest stops without overtaxing

Editorials

Ohioans may wonder a bit about the state’s attempts to better market itself to travelers — more than one online commenter believed the child-like “Ohio: Find it here” signs installed about a year ago were a joke — but the folks in Columbus seem to be truly working on ways to make a ...

Voter addresses Election Board comments

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in reference to my Nov. 5 voting experience and the ensuing articles in The Times on Nov. 15 and Dec. 5. I went to vote on Nov. 5 at 7 a.m. and the voting machines were not working because they did not have the correct paper loaded in them. The poll worker started to hand me a ...

If someone you know is suffering, reach out

Editorials

We suspect it is no coincidence the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45%, according to a new report by the state Department of Health. Rates for ...

Mexico & US need to fight cartels together

Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border was written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. They had ...