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Opinion

Wayne National Forest must be protected

Letters to the Editor

Many of us love forests, and Marietta has long prided itself on being a tree city, but forests are not just beautiful to look at. Recent news reports have highlighted their importance to humans and the rest of life. The August report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

Abortion numbers show issue not black-and-white

Editorials

Ohio Department of Health officials announced this week the number of induced abortions in the state remains on a downward trajectory. There was a 2 percent decrease in the number of abortions reported last year, compared with 2017. In fact, that downward trend has been in place since ...

Local hospital, employees deserve your support

Letters to the Editor

Our community is unique in many ways. Rich in history and proud of our contributions and accomplishments. Many of our important institutions have stood the test of time and continue that tradition still today. Marietta College, for example was established in 1835 and continues to flourish 184 ...

It’s time we listened to our future generations

Letters to the Editor

I was diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome at the age of eleven. Like many people on the autism spectrum, I’ve found myself deeply moved by the rise of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who refers to her own autism diagnosis as a “superpower.” Waking up to news of ...

Waiver will help many who want to break the cycle of addiction

Editorials

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping our state deal with the crushing substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder ...

What are the facts?

Letters to the Editor

In their Sept. 17 editorial The Marietta Times states “Beyond any reasonable doubt, they (2017 tax cuts) did more to help lift the nation out of recession than did all the stimulus spending employed during former President Barack Obama’s administration.” Except the Great Recession ended ...

Flu is serious business; get your shot

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes” or “vaping,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. During the 2017-18 season, nearly 15 percent of ...

Plea deal punishment does not fit the crime

Editorials

An adjustment of the standard procedure on plea agreements may be in order, after a man who has a long history of criminal activity — operating a vehicle after underage alcohol consumption, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, theft and now aggravated vehicular homicide — will spend only ...

Let road work be done and be patient

Editorials

“It needs to be done, so we’ll just try to make it work.” Washington County Career Center Superintendent Dennis Blatt has precisely the right attitude when it comes to those who will have to deal with full and partial road closures during a 90-day waterline replacement project on Harmar ...

Rebuttal to opponents of the Marietta City Schools levy

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed tax levy to fund new schools in Marietta City had some serious mistakes. All levies have a “roll back” provision as was stated by (board member) Russ Garrison at the Sept. 17 meeting. As property values rise the effective mileage is ...

Do we need new schools?

Letters to the Editor

Do we need new schools? That is the “million dollar question.” Two problems have been brought to the public for reasons to go into debt to build new schools. One, that the buildings are so old, and two, that some schools are too big now for the amount of students attending them and some ...

MCS Levy Committee shows transparency

Letters to the Editor

Many of you know that I have taught in the Marietta City Schools since January, 1972. During my tenure the buildings were in decent shape but let’s face it, they were OLD. It’s now 2019, and the newest building was built when I was graduating high school. So now they are all OLD. Useful? ...

Voters have opportunities to bring positive changes

Letters to the Editor

This fall, residents of Marietta City and the Marietta City School District have two opportunities to move our city forward into the 21st century. Opportunity number one is the election of a new mayor. Our city is in desperate need of new leadership; a leader that will implement a vision ...

Be an informed voter, attend levy meetings

Editorials

One thing every Marietta resident seems to have in common when it comes to the Marietta City Schools bond issue is that we all have plenty of questions. Whether we want to know more about how the one-campus system will work, how increased traffic will affect the neighborhood or what will become ...

Career Center a shining star

Editorials

Amid state report card results that left much to be desired for most of Washington County’s school districts, there was one very bright spot. Washington County Career Center scored three As and one B, for an overall score of an A — tying for top in the state with two other schools. ...

Levy conversation brings even more questions

Letters to the Editor

Since speaking at the MCS Board of Education meeting Aug. 19 and a subsequent response from Russ Garrison in the form of a letter, I had more questions. More questions than I could ask in the three minutes of time you are allowed to address the board. That is why I have read newspaper ...

Enjoy all that the Barlow Fair has to offer

Editorials

Since 1872, Washington County (and beyond) residents have gathered each fall for the Barlow Fair, an event that shines a light on so much that has built and remains an important part of our communities. It is still the largest such independent event in the state, and the secret to its longevity ...

Use caution in drug decisions

Editorials

Critics of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes warn that doing so can result in an onslaught of requests for prescriptions from people who want the drug solely for recreational purposes. Good for the Ohio Medical Board for rejecting one potential avenue of such attempts at ...

MCS responds to resident

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 19, Kathy Shively spoke to the Marietta City School Board of Education during the Citizen Forum portion of the agenda. On Aug. 20, she provided a written copy of her comments after being requested to during the meeting by the Board Treasurer. Those same comments were printed in the ...