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Opinion

General is correct to admit his mistake

Editorials

Regardless of your political affiliations, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You have heard by now about his trip to a church that had been damaged ...

Marietta City Taxes due; have you filed?

Letters to the Editor

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our tax filing deadline was extended to July 15, 2020. Wednesday, July 15, 2020 is the deadline for filing and paying 2019 Marietta City Income Tax and first and second quarter of 2020 Declaration of Estimated Tax. The 2019 rate of 1.85% on all earned income ...

Time to take steps to weed out bad cops

Editorials

The majority of law enforcement officers and deputies are good men and women who use force only when there is no alternative. They take “protect and serve” seriously. They should not have to serve alongside bullies who view badges as licenses to harm other people — and sometimes kill ...

Ohio lawmaker rightly condemned

Editorials

Imagine the blind spot — the willful ignorance — one would have to be nurturing to utter sentences like this today: “Could it just be that African Americans — or the colored population — do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear masks? Or do not socially distance ...

Mighty proud to be there

Letters to the Editor

I want to thank the Marietta Times for its excellent coverage of the rally on Sunday. We are riding a powerful wave that is taking us to a better world, one where the color of one’s skin doesn’t exclude them from being a respected, fully participating member of their society. It was an ...

Matamoras Minute: Oil wells

Local Columns

Oil was found throughout the area of Matamoras for many years. But the real boom that was to place the town on the map began with the opening of the Sistersville, West Virginia field and its extensions. Wells were drilled all around including sites within the corporation limits. Cochran C. ...

Keeping drugs off our streets an ongoing battle

Editorials

“Last night was very significant.” Sheriff Larry Mincks was right in describing one of the largest drug seizures in Washington County’s history, which took place Wednesday. Seven people were arrested; 4.5 kilos of fentanyl/heroin mix, $40,000 and multiple handguns were ...

Cocktails to go may help restaurants

Editorials

Many have wondered whether some of the changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic might become permanent as we transition into a “new normal.” Ohio lawmakers are considering one that should make restaurant and bar owners cheer — but should also come with a note of caution. The ...

Climate justice is racial justice

Letters to the Editor

Today I’ve been privileged to sit among the citizens of Marietta as they held a peaceful demonstration honoring George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other black and brown lives cut inexcusably short by police brutality. I would first like to applaud all those who ...

Peaceful protest was a good start – it needs to continue

Editorials

Bravo, to those who came together Sunday to express support not just for a distant movement that is affecting cities in other parts of the country, but affects US — all of us, here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Bravo to those who created a time and place for peaceful expression, for healing, for ...

Often attitudes are caught

Letters to the Editor

As children grow, their outlook on the world is thought as well as caught. Whether by parent teacher or someone else it becomes as part of their attitude. Attitude can be taught as well as copied. What children see, they imitate. Oh yes, often the present culture as portrayed in movies is acted ...

No free pass for abuse of taxpayer funds

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River will find something familiar in the tale of illegal, extravagant and unnecessary spending at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources during former Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It echoes the kind of above-the-law ...

Thanks for support of Lowell Legion Post

Letters to the Editor

The Village of Lowell would like to extend its thanks to the Lowell American Legion Post 750 for its help in securing safety equipment for the Lowell Police Department. Due to the Legion’s generosity, the police department will be able to secure vests for its officers. Post 750 has always ...

Our hearts are broken

Letters to the Editor

Our hearts are broken. The country that we love is being bullied and disrespected by the person charged with protecting us. The shameful display of arrogance and selfishness by the man who occupies the oval office is beyond anything this country has ever seen. His name will not appear in this ...

Matamoras Minute: Kollmann store

Local Columns

In discussing the history of funeral homes in Matamoras reference was made to the early partnership of Robert H. Cunningham and William Kollmann in the joint venture of undertaking a furniture store. This partnership ended with Cunningham dealing exclusively in the funeral trade and William ...

Drawing power from Marietta Main Street West’s positivity

Local Columns

“It’s Placemaking, not Place made. It’s a process. You are never finished.” This quote definitely underscores the philosophy of Marietta Main Street which brings people together to preserve, enhance, and enjoy downtown Marietta, Ohio. During these turbulent times fraught with COVID-19 ...

Communities must speak out against discrimination

Local Columns

We fight for the education, health, and financial stability of an entire community. When we say that, it is actually what we mean, in the fullest, most sincere sense of the words. To some it might just sound like a warm and fuzzy statement. Some might hear that and think it is a lofty ...

Gun owners must teach children gun safety

Editorials

A family in Cleveland is reeling right now after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed. Donell King Jr. is dead now, after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun fired and Donell was ...

It’s time for law enforcement to look inward, clean house

Editorials

Prosecutors in Minnesota Wednesday made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with aiding ...

Delivery options a silver lining – keep it up

Editorials

When you want a night out or a break at lunchtime, there’s nothing like the experience and atmosphere you get being at a restaurant. But on many days of our busy lives, restaurant food being delivered right to our homes can be just as great, if not better. Many restaurants both locally and ...