Opinion

House bill could tackle broadband tract issue

Editorials

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans and West Virginians lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied on by the Federal Communications ...

Keep on teaching the lessons from 9/11

Editorials

A generation has grown up since the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. Children born that fall are in or approaching their senior years of high school. They never knew a world without Homeland Security, airport screening on the lookout for shoe bombers, or a New York City skyline featuring one ...

Shawna Roberts is the change this area needs

Letters to the Editor

Enjoyed walking in the fair parade Saturday wearing a Shawna Roberts T-shirt. Roberts is the Democratic candidate for Congress representing the 6th District, my district. It was fun to see our community, including former students, as they enjoyed the parade with family and friends. I walked ...

Town Hall for 95th District candidates on Sept. 25

Letters to the Editor

The voters in portions of Washington County may be confused as to the exact Ohio House District in which they reside. The reason is the gerrymandered districts that find neighbors on some streets voting in the 94th district while three doors away their neighbors are in the 95th district. In ...

Who would pay for AC in schools?

Editorials

Local students and parents are among those across the state crying out for a better way to keep students cool — and in classrooms — during the sweltering hot days of late summer. (A problem magnified by the return of students to classrooms before Labor Day). Here in Marietta, teachers, ...

Interesting observations of Sen. McCain’s funeral

Letters to the Editor

It was quite obvious that there was a deep feud between John McCain and President Trump, even thru his illness and until his death, McCain held the grudge. Fortunately, Trump took the high ground after McCain’s passing. He ordered the flags at half mast, he sent Air Force Two to pick up ...

Need for people to vote is imperative

Letters to the Editor

With the havoc in our country, the hatred being expressed so openly, the lack of leadership in D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the need for people to vote in this election is extremely important for the survival of our country. Those people who did not vote in 2016 need to reconsider their duties ...

United Way kicks off important campaign

Editorials

According to United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley Executive Director Stacy DeCicco, 50 percent of local families are “1-2 paychecks away from a financial crisis and every day the gap widens.” She was talking to all of us when she added “It’s time we start closing the gap.” ...

Councilperson wants to set the record straight

Letters to the Editor

Today I read the paper after several supporters called me. It was exceedingly peculiar to find myself credited with an idea that was actually that of Councilor Scales at a working Planning, Zoning and Annexation meeting to discuss possibilities to address the blight problem in Marietta (meeting ...

Enjoy a safe festival weekend

Editorials

Since 1976, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival has been one of Marietta’s largest events, drawing in estimated crowds of 100,000 people each year, coming to town on the roadways and rivers. Whether it’s the food booths, the car show or the fireworks that appeal, there seems to be ...

Don’t wait for someone else to act

Editorials

When David Baker noticed that the historical marker for the Ohio Land Company was dirty, with paint peeling, he didn’t just say “Well, that’s too bad” and keep on moving. Baker, a Rotary Club of Marietta member, went to the group, assembled a team and refurbished not only that marker ...

Contents of warehouse fire still unknown, need to be public

Editorials

Last fall, Mid-Ohio Valley residents watched for a week and a half as the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue went up in flames, smoldering and sputtering fumes. No one was quite sure what was burning, let alone what had caused the fire — or whether it was ...

County fair is for all to enjoy

Editorials

We hope you’ll take time to enjoy the Washington County Fair this weekend. It’s that end-of-summer community party that offers something for everyone and it’s economical, too. Admission is just $8 per person and children 2 and under can get in for free. Tuesday is free to veterans and ...

Recovery is a beautiful thing

Local Columns

Recovery from addiction is often a scary and unimaginable future for addicted people. To contemplate living a life free of alcohol or drugs is as unimaginable as going to Mars. It seems like an unobtainable goal, though one that is often thought about, known to be the right thing to do, and ...

Why Washington pulled the plug on talks with Pyongyang

Local Columns

With the abrupt cancelation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Pyongyang, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy seems to be taking a sharp turn, a turn that some North Korea watchers see as a “truly bad sign.” Secretary Pompeo announced on Aug. 23 that ...

City needs a better plan to remove blight

Letters to the Editor

Customers of Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant already are paying at least an additional $600 annually because Washington County Commissioners have failed to connect Devola and Oak Grove septic systems as agreed in 2011. Now Marietta Councilman Cindy Oxender believes a brilliant blight ...

Closing of street no easy decision

Editorials

Butler Street between Fourth and Seventh sees about 8,000 cars per day. It’s situated between two major intersections and as such is a valubale cut-through street for local drivers. Even before the coming traffic studies are completed, those who drive in Marietta frequently know the value ...

Meyer is a football coach, not a marriage counselor

Letters to the Editor

Apparently Urban Meyer’s fault was not coming to you for advice, because you could have told him what to do. But let me point out that until quite recently the advice you would have given him would have been in direct contradiction to what the law and social norms would have allowed. The ...

Victims of sexual abuse need to be heard

Editorials

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...