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Opinion

Prison programs beneficial to everyone

Editorials

When people get bundled up and head out full of Christmas spirit to see a live nativity, a prison is typically not the location where they’re going. This week it was, for hundreds of community members who showed up to support a Christmas program at Noble Correctional Institution. “A ...

Mayor-Elect Schlicher says thanks to all for support

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the voters that elected me Mayor of the city of Marietta. I thank my campaign team and volunteers that contributed their time and energy. I also want to thank my opponents Mayor Joe Matthews and Mr. Harley ...

Fraternity behavior a matter for police

Editorials

Reports of young people injured, sometimes fatally, at college fraternity activities seem to be regular occurrences. Give higher education officials credit for cracking down with actions ranging from shutting fraternities down to expelling students. No doubt that has helped, but the animal ...

Thanks for support of Cutler basket bingo

Letters to the Editor

Thank you goes to so many people who made our basket bingo on Nov. 9 at the Cutler Community Center a huge success. Thank you goes to Vivian Burton who does such a great job with her beautiful basket display, and to Jimmy King who calls the games and makes it fun for everyone. Thank you to ...

Monitor your investments

Letters to the Editor

If you have money in an equity or bond fund you are likely financing Chinese concentration camps and weapons systems for their army and ICBMs aimed at U.S. cities and military bases. China has over 700 companies in our stock and bond markets. The portfolio managers of many of our funds ...

Appreciate everyday heroes all the time

Editorials

Right before they streamed out of the building for Thanksgiving break, those at Washington Elementary School took a few moments to be thankful for some behind-the-scenes warriors. Honored in an assembly were aides, custodians, secretaries and other support staff, who were given superhero ...

Re: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Letters to the Editor

Every day I have more respect for newspapers like The Marietta Times, mainstream media, NPR and all reporters that seek the truth and educate the rest of us so that we can make informed decisions. When they “get it wrong,” they immediately let us know and correct it. The problem is that ...

Surprised BOE is surprised

Letters to the Editor

With regard to the Nov. 19 “Marietta BOE looks at why levy failed” article, I am surprised the board is surprised the levy failed. Like Lisa Barth, referenced in the article, I had the same feeling after attending community meetings, that we were being talked at and all decisions were ...

Rethink asylum policy

Editorials

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Make today celebration of gratitude

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have so very much for which to be thankful on this day. We may grumble, we may wish for more, but deep down we know just how richly we have been blessed. Certainly all the food — and we know how many talented cooks there are in our midst —and family gatherings ...

Transparency for taxpayers is always a good thing

Editorials

While politicians are often accused of being too loyal to their respective party lines to effectively work together, sometimes it is true that officials of the same party can be even more loyal to their respective bureaucratic kingdoms, and make working together nearly impossible. But, at ...

The Homeschool Police

Letters to the Editor

I take offense at unfounded arguments like that found in a recent editorial printed here about a case involving online home-based education wherein the teacher took concern over the welfare of a student that, if I’m not mistaken, was seen via a webcam during the administration of an online ...

Red kettle season has kicked off once again

Editorials

It won’t be long now before the red kettles are popping up everywhere; and the ringing of handbells becomes the soundtrack to our outings. For most locations, the campaign is the organization’s major fundraiser. Washington County residents know how seriously the Salvation Army takes its ...

The pioneer spirit is a good example to follow

Letters to the Editor

In Washington County we talk about the “pioneer spirit” of do-it-yourself, personal responsibility. Those were the values I and my siblings were taught growing up. I see that individual initiative in so many of the people I meet around the county. And the more I think about it, I am ...

The GOP needs to move on

Letters to the Editor

The Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee had an impossible task before them. Ohio Congressman, Jim Jordan has just finished making the argument AGAIN that because Ukraine received the security aid that was promised, eventually; no crime was committed by Mr. Trump. Obviously, ...

Thanks for support of St. John Central Gala

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 16, the St. John Central Home and School Association welcomed guests for the first ever St. John Central Gala. The proceeds from the Gala will help support the ongoing operation of St. John Central School, located in Churchtown. The event turned out beautifully, with the guests ...

Fire safety for winter season

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher was right to alert authorities

Editorials

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Ohio should keep an eye on the future — & the law

Editorials

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it a means to help the Buckeye State become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio as being ahead of the curve in ...