Opinion

Not jumping to militarize communities is right call

Editorials

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...

Taking it to the beginning

Letters to the Editor

Walmart sold 3.5 million opioids — fact. Drugs are behind the heartbreak for many parents, yet most fail to act on a timely basis. As kids drop out of sports, the band and other wonderful activities, parents hide from the truth. Yes, many teens are either into drugs or are influenced by ...

Voter rolls must be kept up-to-date

Editorials

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

United we stand, divided we fail

Local Columns

Recent city public hearings have left many scratching their heads. Some left disheartened after hearing the word “no.” Some left frustrated saying words like “should,” “would” and “could.” And some in the following days took heat for their delivery. But the wins from ...

An ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to energy policy

Local Columns

By David E. Ballantyne I have, in the recent past, heard many people express the phrase; “I believe in an all of the above approach to energy policy.” It is mostly those persons who self-identify as Conservatives who use this phrase. I fall into that group. I support the phase. It is ...

Explore Harmar during festival

Editorials

Harmar Days kicks off this morning, with businesses open, food vendors and crafters adding a little more commerce to Maple Street, entertainment, a free miniature steam train ride, and more. But the annual festival is not just about having a good time. It is a way for the Harmar neighborhood ...

Everyone could use healthy eating tips

Editorials

Though not every local young person can participate in events such as the Kids Chef Camp at the Changed Plate Restaurant on Memorial Health System’s Belpre Complex, the concepts being taught are valuable for all of us hoping to learn how to make better choices about our food, be healthier ... ...

Health board concerns come to light

Editorials

The ousting of Washington County’s health commissioner has brought to light some potentially troubling issues with the Washington County Board of Health. The first? Their response to a public information request last week was concerning. When The Marietta Times requested the personnel file ...

Punish Ohio pill pushers

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a pharmaceutical distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving “Keep ‘em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales ...

Thumbs down on security measures at courthouse

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the recent front page article, “Courthouse security gets thumbs up:” My opinion, and lots of others, would give it a “big thumbs down.” What justifies such security measures on the hub of the county’s business? Business has gone on for years without issues. Maybe I just ...

Truth will set us free

Letters to the Editor

I submit this letter in full support of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna S. Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. They are American citizens, women of integrity, who dearly love this country, and they need to be applauded for questioning the very corrupt and toxic status ...

Tax break not really for ‘rich’

Editorials

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as Buckeye State residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, ...

Be more informed, learn about candidates

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. As Kennedy noted, judicial elections in Ohio are nonpartisan contests. That is, ballots do not specify whether ...

Schools would be wise to take precautions with technology

Editorials

Hackers do not much care about the size of the school district, when taking advantage of our growing dependence on technology and access. Coventry Local School District, in Akron, Ohio, has about 2,000 students in total. School was closed there entirely in May as the FBI helped guide district ...

New Matamoras community proud of its history

Letters to the Editor

I was pleased to see the Throwback Thursday of July 11 in the Marietta Times concerning the Matamoras dedication of our World War I statue. This monument is an iconic image for the town and is the symbol of our Matamoras Area Historical Society of which I am the president. I would like to share ...

Riverfront Roar appreciates community support

Letters to the Editor

This year marked the 19th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar. Many people work hard throughout the year to make race weekend a fun and enjoyable event for the community. On behalf of the committee and the board of directors I want to take the opportunity to thank those organizations who work ...

Transparency needed in matters of county health department

Editorials

Washington County’s health commissioner has been ousted from the position, a board member has resigned and no one is saying why. At a meeting of the county health board Monday, board president Bruce Kelbaugh would not elaborate on the reasons for commissioner Dick Wittberg’s removal from ...

Be smart, heed all heat alerts

Editorials

Anyone hoping for a break in the hot, oppressive weather — and around here, that often also means messages on our weather apps that tell us air quality is a problem for “sensitive groups” — is going to be disappointed if they were hoping for a break. Forecasters suggest it is only going ...

Grateful for the work of volunteer firefighters

Letters to the Editor

I want to thank the members of the Reno Fire Department and other first responders for their quick action on July 11, to the fire in my storage building that was struck by lightning. Their quick response may have prevented a fire to my house. Also, a special thanks to my wonderful neighbors for ...

School funding must be included in budget

Editorials

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...