Opinion

Diocese right to speak out

Editorials

The Diocese of Steubenville did the right thing last week when it released the names of priests who had been “credibly accused” of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor. Some of the names were of men who are now deceased — that is important to those who have held their secrets for ...

Dunn will be missed by Belpre

Editorials

“He’s done good things for Belpre. Really good things,” said Belpre City Schools board member Fred Meredith. “We tried to talk him out of (retirement), but we wish him well.” In fact, many Belpre residents will be sorry to see Superintendent Tony Dunn retire in January after eight ...

Issue 1 self-defeating

Letters to the Editor

My name is Jeremy Wolfe, and I am an assistant prosecutor in Wood County. I have previously served as an assistant prosecutor in Washington County as well. That experience coupled with observing how the drug epidemic has impacted family and close friends as well as the Mid-Ohio Valley in ...

Cordray for governor

Letters to the Editor

Recently in your Our Opinion column you endorsed Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor over former Attorney General Richard Cordray, saying that DeWine had cleared over 12,000 rape kits that Cordray hadn’t. Did Mike DeWine get them cleared up in five months, I think not. It took him seven ...

Livengood asks for vote

Letters to the Editor

As a candidate for Washington County Auditor, I am asking for your vote. I have been the Chief Deputy Auditor for nearly six years. As the Chief Deputy, I am Mr. McFarland’s “right hand man”, and carry much of the day to day responsibility of the office. The Washington County ...

Support levy

Letters to the Editor

Income tax/wage earners or levy/property owners, that is the question. That question has been argued back and forth by both parties, by members of the business community, organizations and citizens over and over in an effort to determine who is more responsible to pay. What is the best way to ...

Choose Triplett for common pleas judge

Letters to the Editor

I had the privilege to meet John Triplett nearly 10 years ago. What has always impressed me about him is that he has the intellect, work ethic, and creativity to devise some of the fairest and mutually beneficial solutions to complex problems. Coming from a middle-class background, Trip ...

Moderates must act

Letters to the Editor

Every election we are told that it is a crucial one. This one might be. We can create more responsible, temperate, respectful governments or continue the race into twilight. We can keep the White House’s poodles of cowering politicians who leave unused their powers of checks and ...

Re-elect Bill Johnson

Letters to the Editor

Please join me in re-electing our local congressman Bill Johnson. Bill represents a large district of 18 counties. His district is a long, large area. Years ago when I was working as a state trooper, I also drove a lot of those same counties. Believe me, you will put a lot of time in visiting ...

Don Jones for 95th

Letters to the Editor

I have known Don Jones for many years as an Agricultural Education/FFA high school teacher preparing young people to become leaders in society. I have witnessed his outstanding agricultural FFA teams exhibiting impressive personal and team skills during demonstrations at various FFA ...

Issue 1 full of problems

Letters to the Editor

Issue 1 is being presented as a sensible, cost effective way of dealing with individuals who have been arrested for buying, possessing or using fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD by reducing the penalty to a misdemeanor, the same classification as a speeding ticket. An ...

Unique Boutique boosts confidence, business

Editorials

This afternoon and Saturday at the Marietta Township Community Center, local residents who need to find a way to stretch their budgets for work wardrobes can take advantage of the 34th annual Fall Unique Boutique, conducted by the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Proceeds from the event ...

Livengood has real experience in office

Letters to the Editor

I am asking you to vote for Matthew Livengood for County Auditor. He has the REAL experience by working in the County Auditor’s office. He was trained by William McFarland, our current auditor. He has worked almost six years as the Chief Deputy Auditor. He has the work ethic we need. He ...

Raney for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I cast my vote for Jim Raney, and I feel very good about my choice. Jim is running for a seat as a Washington County Commissioner. He is the best person for that position. I am asking you to vote for Jim Raney for commissioner so that you will also feel good about your choice. Jim would be ...

Brooker has done the work

Letters to the Editor

Vote for “real” experience. The Washington County Common Pleas Court handles felony criminal cases, domestic relations cases and civil cases with damages over $25,000. Roughly 75 percent of the cases every year are criminal and domestic. Only four civil cases have gone to jury trial in ...

Livengood a leader

Letters to the Editor

We have two candidates running to fill the role of Washington County Auditor, both good people, hard workers, and esteemed professionals. But voters can only choose one, and I’ve decided the right person for my vote is Matthew Livengood. Like many people I didn’t understand the county ...

Commissioners wanted only to look like ‘good guys’

Letters to the Editor

Probably not many Washington County residents realize the county commissioners voted on Sept. 27 to renew the county employees’ insurance with the same 50 percent coverage these hard-working employees have had to live with since Jan. 1, 2017. In fact, no media outlet reported on this renewal, ...

Music dispels fall gloom

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra presented their fall concert on a dark and gloomy day. The music instantly dispelled thoughts of the weather outside as the audience settled in for an afternoon of delightful, beautifully played concert pieces. On the program: Capriccio ...

Teachers find new way to seek funds

Editorials

If you enter Marietta’s zip code into donorschoose.org at any given time, about a dozen projects seeking funding in Washington County schools, and in surrounding counties, are likely to pop up. It’s a testament to how creative our local teachers are, how much they care and how much work ...

Keep Washington County Great

Letters to the Editor

Washington County has a record of which we should all be proud. In these difficult times of declining revenues, increasing expenses, and unprecedented demands on resources, we have continued to make progress in providing better and more efficient services to the people of Washington County. One ...