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Opinion

Looking for answers and true leadership

Letters to the Editor

Marietta City Schools is currently facing some big decisions. With the failure of the levy to support new schools, a reconfiguration of our district buildings is on the horizon. But behind the talk of the restructuring is another issue I’d like to address. Chad Rinard, principal at ...

Renew the operating levy for Marietta City Schools

Editorials

For nearly a decade, Marietta residents have supported their school district by first approving an operating levy in 2011 and then renewing it in 2015. Because of that support, the district has received approximately $2.5 million per year purely to cover operating costs. It makes up ...

Treasurer supports Coil for prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

As election day grows closer it is important that we make some important decisions in Washington County. As the County Treasurer, I have worked with Nicole Coil for many years and thanks to her dedication to help me reduce my delinquent tax numbers, we have sold many properties that have had ...

Keep Coil as county prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

I am voting to keep Nicole Coil as prosecutor. I could vote for her because I have been friends with her and her family for over forty years, and because I personally know that Nicole is intelligent, a hard worker, and that her character is beyond question. This is certainly true, but I am ...

Keep Feathers on county commission

Letters to the Editor

I am voting for Ron Feathers in the upcoming election for one reason. He fought the EPA for six years on the Devola Sewer. Now that the court has spoken, Feathers has vowed to follow the court order and see the system is implemented properly. That process will take years and I want him in ...

Vote for Booth and Schilling for County Commissioners

Letters to the Editor

I urge the fine citizens of Washington County to vote for James Booth and Charlie Schilling for County Commissioners. I want to thank James for serving in the United State Military and Charlie for serving two terms on the Fort Frye School Board, who helped the district school to turn around ...

Set a good example for kids in electing next president

Letters to the Editor

I write in reference to a recent editorial, “Belpre on the right track for producing well-rounded students.” Belpre’s Board of Education deserves great credit for this new program, I hope it spreads to schools around the county. Teaching kids how to think critically is essential for not ...

Cast wider net to hear what voters want on school issues

Editorials

Marietta City Schools had its first meeting this week of a new facilities group and one of the topics discussed was tweaking the school construction plan before it goes before voters again, namely finding out what district residents want and would be willing to approve. These meetings are ...

Devola couple urges to keep White in office

Letters to the Editor

In 2012, while campaigning for Commissioner, David White came to our door. We discussed the seemingly unavoidable sewering of Devola and Mr. White assured us he would fight the overreaching EPA as long as possible. During the last seven years Commissioner White, along with Commissioner ...

Reading is, indeed, fundamental

Editorials

Read Across America, kicked off each year by the celebration of author Dr. Seuss’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and parents to remind kids what a wonderful world awaits them if they embrace reading. For the most part, students who learn to enjoy reading when they are ...

Sheriff backs Coil for county prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

Nicole Coil is a candidate for Prosecuting Attorney of Washington County. I fully support her for this position. Nicole and her husband are long term residents and have chosen Washington County to live, work and raise their family. Nicole was appointed Prosecuting Attorney in May 2019 to fill ...

There’s no perfect candidate; vote for a good leader

Letters to the Editor

This is a plea to vote in the upcoming primary and presidential elections. Regardless of which party you feel allegiance to, please vote for the candidate that puts the good of all people above him/herself; who will protect the Constitution and the rights of even the most lowly of citizens; who ...

Current commissioner supports White, Feathers

Letters to the Editor

Like many in our community, I became pointedly interested in County politics during the debate over the Devola Sewer. I admired the stand taken by then Commissioners Ron Feathers, David White, and Rick Walters to defend the property rights of Devola residents. I was further impressed when the ...

Is peace accord good for Afghan citizens?

Editorials

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as many Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Trustees ask for support of Oak Grove VFD levy

Letters to the Editor

Please support a most important levy by the Oak Grove VFD that is critical to our citizens in Muskingum Township West. Here is the rest of the story. On Nov. 25, the residents of Muskingum Township West and local guests met with members of the Oak Grove VFD and Muskingum Township Trustees to ...

Re-elect David White, County Commissioner

Letters to the Editor

The 2020 Ohio Primary is just three weeks away. I’m writing to let you know why I will be voting to re-elect David White as Washington County Commissioner and I want to encourage you to join me. The facts of David’s current term are well-documented and they clearly demonstrate that he is ...

Officials need to look more carefully at shooter drills

Editorials

Though the chances of our local students finding themselves in an active shooter/violent intruder situation at school are remote, local officials are wise to organize drills that help them prepare for the possibility. In fact, psychologists say such preparation can help ease the anxiety of ...

Our great country is moving backwards on civil rights

Letters to the Editor

As I watch my country falling apart, I recall the words of Abe Lincoln, “a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Most of my history classes consisted of memorizing dates of wars and the leaders at the time. It was not till graduate school that I finally learned ...

Coil is the best person to be county prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

I am writing today to ask you to join me in supporting and voting for Nicole Tipton Coil for Washington County Prosecutor. The reorganization and efficiency of the office is easy to see and is well documented since Nicole was appointed. The work that has been accomplished in a short period of ...