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Opinion

How will we pay for it?

Letters to the Editor

This question serves as something of a de facto catchphrase in American politics, if a decidedly lopsided one. Want healthcare for all Americans? How will we pay for it? Free college? How will we pay for it? Keep citizens alive during a global pandemic? How will we pay for it? Fund endless ...

Keep an eye on all children

Editorials

It’s the kind of story that turns your stomach. The Associated Press reported last week that federal authorities had arrested a couple in Canton, Ohio, for felony child endangerment. This was after a 7-year-old girl had been pulled from their home after allegedly enduring many months of ...

Somber Labor Day still just as necessary

Editorials

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the ...

Long-time Marietta Times editor says good-bye

Local Columns

For the last several weeks, I've been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I've spent most of my career, first as a reporter and then as ...

Longtime Marietta Times news editor says good-bye

Editorials

For the last several weeks, I’ve been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I’ve spent most of my career, first as a reporter and ...

Matamoras Minute: Businesses

Editorials

When the members of the audience had finished seeing the movie and left The Palace Theatre they were provided with an opportunity to spend more time in downtown Matamoras with an array of establishments on both sides of Main Street. On the Southwest corner of Main and Second in 1926 was a ...

Celebration of possibilities in Williamstown

Editorials

For the first time since 1985, Wood County Schools saw the opening of a new school this week, as Williamstown Elementary School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the facility. It is, of course, the result of the understanding that some of the old is no longer necessary and must be let go to ...

Keeping interest rates low a good thing

Editorials

At this point in our economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are meant to help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they can ...

Revisiting Butler Street a worthwhile endeavor

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Mayor Schlicher for his city-wide push to improve all neighborhoods - helping citizens right where they live by targeting blight, broken sidewalks, overgrown trees, faded traffic markings, unsightly hydrants, junk collection, etc. Beyond the triage of neighborhoods, there is another ...

Thanks to those who are making fair possible

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have spent the last 5 months or so experiencing loss after loss — ranging from the crushing blow of losing a job to the slow bleed of losing the opportunity to participate in one cherished tradition after another. It has taken a toll on all of us. But we can ...

Tax office offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

The office of Marietta City Treasurer/Income Tax wish to thank our citizens and businesses for their patience and support in these unprecedented times. Through both an office closure and a closed to the public period, we were able to process tax returns and keep things moving in a timely ...

Violence today is similar to French Revolution

Letters to the Editor

I recently saw a television guest seek to justify violence in some of our urban centers by comparing it to events surrounding the founding of this country in 1776. Nothing could be further from the truth. What is going on in our cities today is far more similar to the wanton violence and ...

Bravo to dedicated public servants

Editorials

Frustration with government is understandable. But sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. For example, there is the story ...

Teens are taking the lead during virus crisis

Editorials

As is often the case, a few bad apples make us forget about the good in the basket as a whole — particularly when we are talking about young people. It is too easy for members of older generations to grumble about “kids these days,” and point to examples of irresponsibility, apathy and ...

Gift to vets very much needed in tough times

Editorials

Sometimes those who demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice everything for this country by joining the military find that in the process they have sacrificed some of their ability to find a job — or advance in the workplace — when they leave the service. For example, Amanda Sutphin, ...

Save our Postal Service

Letters to the Editor

According to the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, The Congress shall have the Power…. To establish Post Offices and post Roads. When I was away at school, my mother faithfully wrote to me. When we lived in rural southern Ohio, we got mail even though some of the ...

Police deserve support

Letters to the Editor

Streaming from many large American cities this summer we have seen images of concerted animosity directed at local, county, state, and federal law enforcement: rocks and bottles hurled, shouting in the face, bats swung, Molotov cocktails thrown, screaming, spitting. For days, the police were ...

Drop absurd attack on Mike DeWine

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would likely agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring he be removed from office? The answer is a simple no. Three members ...

Political hate

Letters to the Editor

After over three years of hating the man in the oval office...” That is how one writer began her letter to the Times on August 11th. Her intro got me wondering about political hate. If we were able to survey those who say they hate #45, what might we find? Certainly, the Democrat party is ...