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Opinion

Voting by mail should be free

Editorials

Critics of widespread voting by mail really do have some legitimate concerns. But this year, COVID-19 has made them largely academic. Tens of millions of Americans are likely to cast ballots that way. The challenge now is to make the system as efficient and honest as we can. Ohio Secretary of ...

Matamoras Minute: Dentistry

Local Columns

The profession of dentistry has a long history in Matamoras. Early in the 1880s Dr. Madison Williamson opened a dentist office on the lower end of Third Street near the school house. He then moved to an office on Main Street. About 1888 he left town to set up a practice in Moundsville, West ...

What you have to give is enough

Editorials

For some families in the Belpre City Schools system one financial worry hanging over their heads may seem small to some, but was very important. It was the amount still owed for outstanding meal bills while their children were in school last year. Thank goodness the Belpre community is filled ...

Development a plus for community

Editorials

Prep work is beginning at the Buckeye Fields site in Washington County, which is slated to become a 64-home development for local seniors. We think this is a great project for our community and commend those who have helped make it happen. There is not enough safe, affordable housing for ...

USPS must use taxpayer funds wisely

Editorials

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused ...

A good neighbor

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a May 19 letter titled, “Communities, not coal, should be focus of COVID-19 relief”. In 1976, Salem Township decided to build a new firehouse building for their newly established fire department. B & N Coal volunteered labor and equipment to ready the grounds ...

Made in America

Letters to the Editor

I recently finished reading Our House Is on Fire, an autobiographical account by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her family. It was a hugely engaging book for me, both as someone deeply concerned about climate change, as well as an individual with Asperger syndrome, the same autism ...

Make this school year great and ask those questions now

Editorials

Wednesday marks the start of the period during which Marietta City Schools students are expected to begin using their iPads and laptops to log in to their Google classroom accounts, work on some online homework with their parents or guardians, and generally become familiar with the devices and ...

Was ok in March, not ok now

Letters to the Editor

The new mantra from the left is that President Trump is going to defund Social Security and Medicare. This is simply a falsehood. First off, what Trump is doing is giving a tax break to the people that are employed: a deferral of their 6.2% FICA paycheck deduction. Working people will be ...

It’s not a hoax folks!

Letters to the Editor

If you still think the coronavirus is a hoax, you are getting your information from Facebook or from President Trump. Not only are you misinformed but it could cost you your life and the lives of those around you. And because some of our governors and President Trump have not listened to ...

Money in politics is a problem that needs fixed

Letters to the Editor

In a recent editorial, political donations must be revealed, The Marietta Times asserts: “Americans’ right to donate money in support of political candidates and/or causes must never, ever be curbed.” But the source of that money must be revealed. Say what? It currently is legal to ...

Transparency needed in awarding CDBG monies

Editorials

Citizens rely on consistency, transparency and clarity in their dealings with government. For the most part, their exposure to the kind of bureaucratic hoop-jumping to which politicians and other officials have become accustomed is minimal. If government is to serve the people — and, to be ...

Wisdom vs. knowledge

Letters to the Editor

Recently I was reading an article in which the writer used the terms “wisdom” and “knowledge” interchangeably, and thus, incorrectly. Knowledge is what we gain specifically through study and experience. There is no virtue component to knowledge. Virtue (or vice) can be expressed, ...

Kudos to those who sealed the deal on benefits for unemployed

Editorials

Good for Ohio officials — Gov. Mike DeWine likely deserves much of the credit — for working out a deal on federal unemployment benefits, announced this week. After Congress was unable to renew COVID-19-related benefits for those off work due to the pandemic, the president said he would ...

Teachers must have firearms training

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court justices have agreed to hear a case with enormous ramifications for public schools throughout the state. It involves how much training school personnel must receive before they can be authorized to carry firearms while at work. Justices will hear a case from Butler County. ...

Thank you for supporting Beverly VFD fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

The Beverly Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone from the Beverly-Waterford community and surrounding areas for your generous donations and the purchase of the raffle tickets for our annual fundraiser this year at the Waterford Fair. The raffle tickets have all been sold for ...

Still no warehouse registries in the Valley

Editorials

Last week, Americans watched in horror as video out of Lebanon showed a terrifying explosion in Beirut, which led to the deaths of more than 130 people and thousands injured. What kind of new weapon are terrorists using now? What could inflict that kind of devastation? By the end of the week ...

The Party of Inclusion

Letters to the Editor

In 1964, legal segregation in the United States came to an end with the Civil Rights Act. Interestingly enough, 74 percent of House Democrats voted no and 78percent of Senate Democrats voted no. But the Act still passed with leading strong support from the Republicans. Today, 56 years later, ...

Missing the EVE Auction

Letters to the Editor

Under normal circumstances you would be reading a Letter to the Editor about the upcoming 38th Annual Auction to benefit EVE, Incorporated with an auction goal of raising more than $18,000. But these are not normal circumstances, are they? EVE finds itself adjusting to the new conditions. We ...

Political donations must be revealed

Editorials

Americans’ right to donate money in support of political candidates and/or causes must never, ever be curbed. That is not to say the public affected by those candidates or causes should be kept in the dark about their supporters. A scandal involving former Ohio House of Representatives ...