Opinion

MOV behind man who won’t give up

Editorials

Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores has been an inspiration to many here in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and his own message may serve him well during a new challenge for him: “Never give up on your dreams.” Cystic fibrosis has shaped Flores’ life to a great degree, but not taken away ...

Monroe County needs to deal with its dire fiscal situation

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, according to county Treasurer Taylor Abbott earlier this week. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent ...

Thanks for support of Community Food Pantry

Letters to the Editor

The Outreach Board, on behalf of the Marietta Community Food Pantry, would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to The Marietta Times and WMOA for their support of the “Send Help” program this past holiday season. Both media outlets made it possible for the Marietta Community Food Pantry to ...

JFS move too pricey for county

Editorials

Price estimates to renovate two potential sites for a newly-merged Washington County agency came in last week and there were a lot of zeros. Pickering Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, determined that the cost for the renovation of the Gilman Avenue site currently housing Job ...

Senator Brown doesn’t want to be president

Letters to the Editor

The writer of the editorial on March 12 concerning Sherrod Brown, seems to believe that the majority of Americans support Republicans. While it’s true they do in southeastern Ohio, most voters in this country are leaning to the left, and if it weren’t for extreme gerrymandering, most ...

Challenge accepted? Making a community we all want to live in

Editorials

When Wally Kandel was honored Monday as the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, he had a message that should reach well beyond those who were in attendance. Every Mid-Ohio Valley resident should take it to heart. Kandel is senior vice president and Marietta ...

Constituent hopes county commissioners reconsider

Letters to the Editor

Commissioners, please reconsider your refusal to apply for funding for green space in our county. Passing up the opportunity to apply for Clean Ohio Funds to fund a large track of land in western Washington County is selling our citizens short. Seventy-five percent of the money needed would ...

Thanks for support of 2019 Critter Bash

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the following businesses, vendors and volunteers for the success of the Pleasants County 2019 Critter Bash. We couldn’t have done it without you. ¯ American Legion Post 159 (dance hall) ¯ Carl Reynolds (door prize giveaways) ¯ St. Marys Tire (oil change) ¯ ...

If Brown is not liberal enough, Democrats might have a problem

Editorials

Democrats across the country should be worried about 2020, if U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is not considered liberal enough to be a viable candidate for the presidency, by the party’s current powers that be. At one point, Brown had what most would consider well-established credentials as ...

A happy ending and valuable lessons learned

Editorials

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, Calif. Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search a couple of weekends ago. It seems that on a Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, ...

Parents must talk to kids about vaping

Editorials

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at Edison Local High School in Jefferson County last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar ...

In helping others, we often help ourselves

Editorials

Students at Putnam Elementary School are learning a lesson about which we could all use a reminder: Usually when you help someone else, you get more back for yourself. In this case, the second-graders in Melissa Levelle’s and Donna Kubisik’s classrooms were raising money for the Memorial ...

Kudos to HSOV board for trying new methods

Editorials

It’s no easy task to care for hundreds of animals each day, many of whom may be scared to be in a shelter and away from the home they’ve had for many years. It’s a job many of us might not be able to handle. But it’s something the staff and the board at the Humane Society of the Ohio ...

Ohio must improve but not at the expense of taxpayers

Editorials

On the eve of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address Tuesday, One Ohio Now issued its annual report “How Does Ohio Measure Up?” The progressive-leaning group acknowledged Ohio has made some improvements, but still has much work to do. Numbers used in the report are, indeed, ...

Reader is passionate about saving YMCA pool

Letters to the Editor

Come on, Marietta! I grew up in Parkersburg (PHS Class of ’65 although we moved in ’64– those Big Red reunions are the ones I go to). I moved back to the Mid-Ohio Valley last year and bought a house in Marietta because one of the highlights of my teen years was the ...

Where will money for roads come from if not gas tax?

Editorials

Telling constituents it is going to cost them $2-$4 more every time they fill their gasoline tanks is not a prospect likely to appeal to many Ohio legislators. So it is no wonder there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggestion that the state increase its tax on ...

Police need more people to step up

Editorials

Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp has a lot on his mind these days, including the shrinking pool of people willing (and able) to become recruits. “We’re in a cycle in this society where people just don’t want this work, they’re not interested,” he said. “It’s not only in law ...

Loss of Clean Ohio Fund will be another county’s gain

Letters to the Editor

In 2008 the citizens of Washington County voted overwhelmingly to support the Clean Ohio Fund. This fund is designed to preserve farmland, promote hunting and trapping, habitat restoration, tourism and recreational opportunities, and redevelopment of brownfield sites. The Clean Ohio initiative ...

McFarland true public servant

Editorials

Washington County resident said farewell Friday to a public servant who at one point was named the best in the state at the work he was doing. Only a few short years ago, Bill McFarland was named Outstanding County Auditor of the Year by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio. Now as he ...

New drug treatment another valuable weapon in the arsenal

Editorials

There is much debate about the merits of medically assisted treatment for those attempting to break the bonds of drug addiction. While some call it trading one drug for another, others believe it is one tool in the it’s-time-to-throw-everything-at-this-problem toolkit, and can be helpful to ...