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Opinion

Support for small business so crucial now

Editorials

In these extraordinary times, nearly every one has faced some kind of challenge as a result of the attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. Among the hardest hit will be small business owners — especially if those small businesses are restaurants, bars, or depend on larger gatherings of ...

Facts VS spin in Devola

Letters to the Editor

“Folks understand something. There is no imminent health threat in Devola.” (Ron Feathers, quoted in The Marietta Times, Feb. 14, 2020). Thank you so much County Commissioner and President Ron Feathers for this crucial and honest piece of information. It is truly sad when you need to ...

Uncertain future

Letters to the Editor

Society seems to be freaking out irrationally about COVID-19. Rational preparation to the growing threat makes much more sense. We don’t know whether the virus will peak in the United States in a matter of days or weeks or months. We don’t know whether it is seasonal, whether it will ...

DeWine made right call

Editorials

Though he waited until the last moment to do it, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made an important decision Monday. He recommended the delay of the state’s primary elections, which had been scheduled for today. But, because he was not able to make such an order himself, he said a lawsuit was to be ...

No more important time to trust in journalists

Editorials

Local newspapers do a great deal to shine a light on that which some wish would remain in the dark, so that our readers get all the information they need about what is happening in our communities. This year’s Sunshine Week falls during the first week of school closures in West Virginia ...

Take time to participate in the 2020 census

Letters to the Editor

An invitation to participate in the Census will begin arriving in mailboxes this month. The household can complete the Census online. The person completing the Census should count all people living in their household, including all children. A complete and accurate Census count ensures that ...

Commerce on area’s rivers needs to be treated as an asset

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents take for granted the incredible transportation resource that is the Ohio River. We get used to seeing the barges gliding by, and do not give a second thought to its importance to the nation’s economy. For too long, decision-makers outside our region have also been ...

If we can’t come together, problems will continue

Letters to the Editor

I recently read a letter to the editor that had me laughing. The author was musing about the turn of events for Mitt Romney. Here is a die-hard Democrat defending Romney. These were the people that told us how bad Romney was. Romney was a racist, misogynist, robber baron, and a host of other ...

Schools need to carefully weigh any decisions to close for virus

Editorials

In a short amount of time, Ohio has gone from having no known cases of the coronavirus to seeing scores of large gatherings canceled, colleges and universities moving to online-only classes and even some churches stopping worship services, as the first cases emerge in the state. At the urging ...

Feathers needs to continue his role as commissioner

Letters to the Editor

For whom shall I vote on March 17? This comparison is my opinion based on my access to past results. Like Ron Feathers, Charlie Schilling is a businessman with relatively good financial success. Charlie is a community asset, involved with the youth and in church. The same can be said for ...

Vote for David White

Letters to the Editor

I am voting to reelect David White for Washington County Commissioner. David does a great job of representing Washington County at local, regional and state meetings. He is very dedicated to attending new business openings and other meetings involved in economic development within Washington ...

White is the right choice for Washington County

Letters to the Editor

Over the past few years I have gotten to know David White. I have found a man of dedication, compassion, and integrity. I’ve seen him choose to make the hard decision when he has believed that it was the right decision, even in face of fierce opposition. In that moment he spoke with empathy ...

State officials wrong to use tax money on campaign trail

Editorials

This time of year, elected officials walk a fine line between public appearances required by their jobs and appearances that turn out to be campaign stops. They and their staffs know the value of every voter greeted, every bit of name recognition reinforced. In the Buckeye State, a ...

Keep White and Feathers as commissioners

Letters to the Editor

I would like to encourage the voters of Washington County to support Ron Feathers and David White for County Commissioners in the March 17 primary election. Ron and David have done an excellent job during their time in office and have gone above and beyond the call of duty, working tirelessly ...

Re-elect David White

Letters to the Editor

We would like to take a minute of your time to talk about Commissioner David White and why we support his re-election. We have known David and his family for over 25 years. We have known him as a friend, an employer, a fellow board member, and fellow church member. From the minute you meet ...

Johnson deserves your vote

Editorials

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...

A vote for White is a vote for Washington County

Letters to the Editor

I have known David White since I was a young teenager. I have seen him through many stages of life; his and mine. I knew him as a father to my best friend growing up, as a consultant to our teenaged lawn-mowing business, and an encourager for our business ideas. I have known David White as a ...

Morgan commissioner endorses Schilling

Letters to the Editor

As a current Morgan County Commissioner, I am in an unique position to judge the qualities that a person needs to be an asset to the office of commissioner. I have known and worked with Charlie Schilling for some time, and my experience with him has been very positive. He has a very good ...

White will continue to work for taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

I first met David White when he took our family portrait in 1992. I was impressed with the quality of his work, and the methodical way he went about his business. He has continued to take our family photos ever since. My husband and I got to know David much better when he entered the ...

Plan for special needs students a good start

Editorials

Last week a federal judge signed a settlement that will affect a quarter of a million special needs students in Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio has been fighting the Ohio Department of Education for nearly 30 years over low test scores and seclusion of special needs students. Now, the work must ...