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Opinion

Ohio’s high court will hear guns in schools argument

Editorials

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is a tough topic. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Critics worry about gun accidents and “friendly-fire” mistakes by teachers ...

From former commissioner, thoughts on Devola sewer

Letters to the Editor

My name is James Meek. I served as a Washington County Commissioner during the nineties. I, along with other commissioners, reached out and were able to raise millions of dollars for county sewer systems. I would like to share some of my experience with the homeowners who are being impacted by ...

Yes, worry about your grandparents and all of us

Editorials

Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tried a little psychology when he urged younger Buckeye State residents “If you don’t worry about yourself, worry about your grandparents.” He was speaking particularly to his “friends in their 20s” who are maybe a bit less cautious in avoiding ...

Going back in time can be done — virtually

Editorials

Those working to safely reopen our local museums and other historical attractions seem to be hopeful they can salvage a tourism season that at one point looked fairly bleak. Certainly out-of-town (or state) visitors will be a nice boost to those facilities and our local economy. But Glenna ...

Matamoras Minute: Automobile industry

Local Columns

Another enterprise in which C.C. Stover played a prominent role in the economy of Matamoras encompassed a fundamental change in industry. He early saw the proverbial “handwriting on the wall” and hitched his wagon onto the coming of the automobile age. The country was moving from horse ...

Upcoming summer youth camp planned

Local Columns

The pandemic has certainly changed the normal routine for many people, and youth have been especially effected. Taking classes online, at home, has brought about a distinct change in the amount of face-to-face interaction that young people have. With plans still unknown for the fall, many ...

Participate in the U.S. Census

Editorials

While we might not normally encourage the flaring up of community rivalries, the reason for bringing one up earlier this week is a good one. “We’ve got to step our game up here,” said Rev. William Webster of Grace Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry. “We’ve always had an unofficial ...

HEAP offers help

Editorials

Local residents know how tough the last few months have been for our economy, and the families struggling to keep their heads above water while what has been an inconvenience to some becomes financially crippling to others. Though most utilities are refraining from shutting off service right ...

Plan ahead for safe county fair

Editorials

The decision has been made that all three county fairs in Washington County will happen this summer. While we’re happy for all the local youth who spend so much time on projects and get so much out of the fair experience, we hope that the fair boards are working to ensure that every possible ...

Vaccines must be for everyone

Editorials

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Everyone should have the First Amendment right

Letters to the Editor

Everyone should have the First Amendment right Recently The Marietta Times in the “Our Opinion” column ran the following... “Fight for free speech is always appropriate.” Therefore, shouldn’t everyone have the right to “fight” for their opportunity to express their opinion ...

Return to values of yesteryear

Letters to the Editor

Looking at Star Parker Viewpoint on Thursday, June 11 and Viewpoint of Diane Diamond of June 16, in The Marietta Times, it reminds me that there is a lot of hope in humanity. Both of the syndicated writers are knowledgeable and have done a great deal of research before expressing their opinion. ...

There is always time to teach kids safety lessons

Editorials

Generations of Marietta kids grew up a little better prepared for day-to-day dangers after having gone through the Samuel L. Cook Safetytown experience. This year, the opportunity will have to be put on hold for some kids. Because of coronavirus restrictions, and the difficulty in ...

Matamoras Minute: Oil and gas

Local Columns

The Stover leases were the center of oil development in the Matamoras fields. But those leases brought in numerous other oil operators who found the pay to be in quantities sufficient to maintain their presence in the area. Oil and gas were found in all directions from town. The Pure Oil ...

Successful collaborations with local law enforcement

Local Columns

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board seeks to create effective education, prevention, treatment and recovery programs. To do this, our agency works supportively with a variety of community partners. Three of our current efforts involve law enforcement agencies. I am hopeful that by ...

Local arts groups offer welcome virtual break

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know how important the arts are to our families and our communities as a whole. In fact, as culture and communication has been altered because of COVID-19 precautions, many have found new ways to do anything from exploring a far-off museum to taking a virtual ...

Fight for free speech is always appropriate

Editorials

More than a century ago, Evelyn Beatrice Hall theorized that Voltaire might have expressed his belief in the right to freedom of speech by saying “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” It is an important reminder that speech with which we ...

A pinata for Wall Street

Letters to the Editor

While the nation’s focus is on race, police, pandemic and culture wars – our future is being quietly robbed blind by the predators of Wall Street and their allies in the White House and Senate. The, so-called, Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF) and other emergency measures enacted by ...

There is more work to be done to provide LGBT rights

Editorials

This week’s Supreme Court decision that gay and transgender people in American can no longer be fired or discriminated against in the workplace is a landmark decision, long overdue. But this is not the end of the battle for rights for this population. There is still a lot of work to be ...