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Opinion

Tabby’s Clothesline Appreciates Our Heroes

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of Marietta City Schools and our Tabby’s Clothesline project, I would like to thank the following participants for making our Fall Community Resource Fair and Clothing Giveaway a successful event. Although the morning traffic was slow, our afternoon provided opportunities for many ...

Sternwheel Festival sees another successful year

Letters to the Editor

As the Director General of the 2019 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, I am pleased to announce that our 44th was another success. Our festival does great things for the Marietta community by assisting to promote local tourism and preserving the river boat heritage of the Mid-Ohio Valley. I ...

Marietta needs to do the right thing with Oriana

Letters to the Editor

Marietta City Council and Law Director need to do their jobs and write zoning rules that can be understood without court battles. Even the city staff may have misunderstood the rules when they granted the occupancy permit for the Women’s Home to Oriana House. If Oriana House were to request ...

An effort should be made to encourage reading at home

Editorials

Ohio education officials are looking forward to a $42 million federal grant, which will be spread over five years, to improve child literacy. It is an important effort, as literacy is the foundation for the rest of an education. According to the state department of education, the money will ...

Celebration of those in recovery was a success

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday Sept. 21 The Washington County Behavioral Health Board and The Right Path for Washington County hosted our second annual Recovery Day, celebrating the journey of those in recovery. It was a beautiful day on the lawn of the Armory with several community partners on hand to offer ...

Opioid crisis costs communities much more

Editorials

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. But an estimate released a few days ago, of the epidemic’s cost in dollars, also provides a window into human ...

Drivers are ultimately in charge of their own safety

Editorials

Last year, Ohio saw a dip in the number of traffic deaths. But the improvement was short-lived. The number of traffic deaths so far this year is approximately 20 more than at this time last year, at 880, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. While the Ohio Department of Transportation ...

Betrayal of Kurds just the latest outrage of many

Letters to the Editor

The outrages come so thick and fast these days, it’s hard to keep up. One often has to put yesterday’s scandals aside in order to make room for the latest ones. However, there are those that stand out; never to be forgotten, heinous acts that rise above the tawdry, day-to-day crimes of the ...

New pantry location raises some concerns

Editorials

Upon hearing the news of Marietta’s food pantry being relocated, many people might have had the same reaction to the location: Wow, that’s really out there. The new site in the Broughton complex on Ohio 821 isn’t that far if you have a reliable automobile. But for those who rely on the ...

Nobel winners’ research is relevant to Appalachia

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — and even common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were ...

Thanks for support of Sweet Corn Festival

Letters to the Editor

The 12th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival was successful thanks to the collaboration from our community and Witten’s Farm Market. We were able to provide this event at no charge to the public and granted three college scholarships to graduating high school seniors; 6,837 ears of roasted ...

Tragic death should serve as teachable moment

Editorials

“If there’s anybody that understands teenagers making mistakes, it’s my mom and me,” John Schafer said last week. “If it was truly just some kids that didn’t know any better or were just being stupid kids, and not anything more than that, I think my mom would understand.” But ...

Zonta Club says thanks for a successful event

Letters to the Editor

The Zonta Club of Mid-Ohio Valley’s first annual Delicates for Dignity event is in the books. The event’s purpose was to raise funds, donations, and awareness to the need of feminine products and undergarments for those suffering hardships. Two large bins of products, as well as financial ...

Attend school levy meetings, become informed

Letters to the Editor

I am definitely for the Marietta School Levy. One reason is I cannot think of a better solution. Does anyone else have a better solution other than just spinning our wheels? Another is, I am tired of school boards of the past wasting our money keeping buildings open at 60% capacity. I ...

Appalachia really is the backbone of the nation

Editorials

Oh, Ms. Cummings, misguided, misinformed, missed mark Cummings. Do you mind if we throw an apple at ya? We do have some incredible ones here, you know — hidden between our hills and hollers. We have delightful agriculture that East Coast transplants salivate over when deprived of our ...

Voters should pass MCS levy

Editorials

Marietta residents have an important decision to make Nov. 5, when they are asked to approve a Marietta City Schools levy proposal that would build a three-school complex on 49 acres of land adjacent to Washington State Community College. That project would replace six schools - the youngest ...

Blight is a disease that must be cured

Local Columns

If your neighborhood is plagued by a dog infected with rabies, do you mourn the condition of the animal? Do you feel sorry for it, throw it a bone every once in a while — but let it continue to roam? Or do you put it down, humanely — yes — but swiftly so that your children, your ...

Gun proposal should get thorough discussion

Editorials

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a gunman ...

Suicide prevention measures should be implemented

Editorials

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. Do we really need that? Judge for yourself: Suicide is ...

Harley Noland will bring new leadership to Marietta

Letters to the Editor

Census figures show us that Washington County and our home County seat of Marietta are losing population, which in turn means a loss of operating funds. As a result we see areas of blight, streets and roads in need of repair, green spaces untended, and failure in our aging infrastructure. We ...