Opinion

Matthew Livengood for County Auditor

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to express my support for Matthew Livengood, candidate for Washington County Auditor. Having hired Matthew as my Chief Deputy Auditor over 5 years ago and working with him since, I can attest that he is by far the best prepared candidate to serve as the next Washington County ...

Community leader Triplett for Common Pleas Judge

Letters to the Editor

I would like to encourage voters to elect community leader John E. Triplett Jr. on Nov. 6 to the role of Common Pleas Court Judge. It is important for voters to know that his military service in the United States Army, professional and educational background exceed the qualifications required ...

Raney the best candidate for County Commissioner

Letters to the Editor

In my 71 years, this is the first letter to an editor I’ve ever written. The purpose is to endorse Jim Raney for county commissioner. He was raised on a small dairy farm in Morgan County, he attended Penn Township School in Pennsville and he lived on a small farm, Windy Point, in Waterford. ...

Livengood is the candidate for county auditor

Letters to the Editor

I just want to say that Matthew Livengood is the right candidate for the Washington County Auditor. He is a man of integrity, honesty and experience. He lives a life of service for the community and country. Matthew lives up to his last name in so many ways. He is the right hand man in the ...

Outgoing commissioner recommends Ritter

Letters to the Editor

I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of Washington County the last 4 years as County Commissioner. While serving as Commissioner I have learned that you need to have a broad base of knowledge of which to call on as different problems arise in the County. I have had the honor of ...

Lack of communication between county departments is disturbing

Editorials

Washington County’s Children Services Board says it was blindsided by the decision made last week by the Washington County Commissioners, who voted to merge county job and family services with children services and place fiscal and administrative oversight with the commission. Board ...

Community cooperation essential

Editorials

Two of Marietta's communities had a laundry list of projects this year that weren't granted Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds—mostly because those funds only run so deep. But while there were unfulfilled wish lists in both Norwood and Harmar, there seems to be much more ...

Go ahead with new shelter plan

Editorials

Taxpayers have come to expect that when local governments decide to construct new buildings, for virtually any purpose, the price tags will be well up into six — or seven — figures. It should have been a pleasant surprise to Monroe County residents, then, that the estimate for a new animal ...

Crisis response effort must not lose momentum

Editorials

Among the cultural shifts some believe have led to public health crises such as our region’s substance abuse epidemic and other “diseases of despair,” is the rise in isolation and loneliness. Fewer people feel as though they have a sense of being surrounded by a community. Fewer people ...

Ritter for a commissioner who will remain calm

Letters to the Editor

It is election season again and occasionally in today’s growing politically venomous climate, I cringe. However, it is also a calming opportunity to cast votes for those candidates that we each believe are uniquely prepared for such times. Once such candidate for me is Kevin Ritter. He is a ...

Medication Take Back Day is fast approaching

Letters to the Editor

Medication Take Back Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. This is an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted medication. There are several disposal sites and meds can be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. You do not have to remove labels from bottles and ...

Speed limit on River Trail is worth more discussion

Editorials

A recent proposal to Marietta City Council to consider putting a speed limit in place on the River Trail is worthy of consideration, but there are many questions to be answered first. Do we think a speed limit is a good idea? Yes. Is it practical? Maybe not. Anyone who uses the trail has ...

A vote for Rich Cordray is a vote for good government

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 6 Ohio will hold its general election for all statewide offices. I can share many reasons I support Richard Cordray for governor from his support to restoring local government funds, to returning the oil and gas severance tax to the communities impacted by its development, to his ...

Consider Hess for 4th District Court of Appeals

Letters to the Editor

During the primary election season, I did my research on candidates running up and down the ballot. In addition to looking into the candidates, I needed to do more research about each of the offices. While looking into it, I became more aware of the fact that Ohio has a mid-level Court of ...

Don’t put it off — get a flu shot soon

Editorials

Flu season is upon us, whether we like it or not. Students have had several weeks to circulate their germs and spread them back home — and the holidays are fast-approaching. Protect yourself. Get a flu shot. There are very few circumstances in which avoiding the shot makes sense: Babies ...

Milleson the best one to serve Ohio’s 95th District

Letters to the Editor

As I near my 73rd year, I can recall few elections, if any, whose outcome will be more important than this one. I can recall few times when I felt compelled to speak out publicly, but I can recall many times when I believed the direction of our country lies with young adults who want to ...

Consider casting vote for Livengood for auditor

Letters to the Editor

Matthew Livengood is seeking election as the Washington County Auditor. Your readers should take notice that Livengood is the only candidate for this position who will not require on the job training because he has served nearly six years as Chief Deputy Auditor with current Auditor Bill ...

Check early, check often for signs of breast cancer

Editorials

Tomorrow, a mobile medical clinic funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Ohio Department of Health will be parked outside Marietta College's Physician Assistant School at 208 Third St., to provide free PAP tests, pelvic and breast exams, referrals for mammograms and breast health education ...

One incident of domestic violence is one too many

Editorials

First, the good news: The number of domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio went down last year — from 116 in fiscal 2016 to 91 in fiscal 2017. Now, the bad news: There were still 91 domestic-violence related deaths in Ohio last year. For domestic violence advocates it is an unfortunate ...

Workers’ comp fraud is everyone’s problem

Editorials

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 healthcare ...