Opinion

Do the right thing when celebrating

Editorials

Drunk or drugged drivers are a late-night, weekend worry, so the conventional wisdom goes. But a video released by the Ohio Highway Patrol shows impaired driving happens all day, every day. In fact, only 30 percent of the arrests by the highway patrol for impaired driving came between ...

Bush, a true public servant, put country first

Editorials

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush left a mark on this country and the world that is sometimes overlooked in an era when self-promotion can be given as much importance as the actual work done. He was calm, quiet — a statesman, not a showman; though he did join in for a laugh when shows ...

’Tis the season to be more giving

Editorials

Soon after Thanksgiving, it begins. Shoppers hear the familiar jingling of bells as they go about their day — Salvation Army bell-ringers are manning their red kettles, bringing a little extra cheer to the reminder that “need knows no season.” Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Salvation Army ...

Weigh all options in future of the harbor

Editorials

There may be a big decision for the city to make soon regarding its harbor space, and we hope more is considered than simple financial implications. For 20 years, WASCO, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities, has operated the Marietta Harbor. The ...

Leave a light on

Letters to the Editor

It is getting darker earlier everyday and our letter carriers in many areas are still making their rounds delivering the mail well after dark. To make their jobs easier and safer I suggest that we leave a porch or front door light on. This extra illumination will help them to see and miss ...

If medicinal pot is to work in Ohio, checks need to be in place

Editorials

Marijuana dispensaries will be coming to several towns in East Ohio — including Marietta — soon. Coshocton and East Liverpool will each get one. Wintersville is getting two. Personnel at the Cresco Labs Ohio store on Main Street in Wintersville, let the press in for a look the other ...

Incoming commissioner says thanks for support

Letters to the Editor

It seems appropriate in this Thanksgiving season to take a moment and say thanks for all the help and support I received during my campaign this summer and fall. I am profoundly grateful for friends and acquaintances alike who took time from their schedule to knock on doors, put up signs, and ...

Reader takes issue with national debt letter

Letters to the Editor

You printed a recent letter titled “Nation’s budget deficit skyrocketing under Trump.” The author assumes that the national debt is a bad thing and that everybody agrees that it is a bad thing, but he doesn’t give any evidence. We have a fine college and a community college, so there ...

Ohio needs to get ahead of the curve to attract business

Editorials

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos — predicted that the four Ohio locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Smoke detectors save lives

Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

What is a pacesetter?

Local Columns

By Stacy DeCicco United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley By definition it is someone who sets the pace at the beginning of a race or competition- someone who takes the lead or sets the standard of achievement for others. At United Way, Pacesetters are those donors who make their gift in ...

Shopping small for holidays

Editorials

Marietta and surrounding Washington County communities are filled with locally owned small businesses that offer shopping experiences one simply cannot find at the bigger, national chains. Today, Small Business Saturday, is a perfect opportunity to explore some of them — perhaps to get an ...

Looking for father’s fellow soldiers

Letters to the Editor

I am putting a scrapbook together for my daughters, in honor of their grandfather. My father passed away before our first daughter was born. I am looking for who served with my dad in the Korean War, 1950-53. His name was Cpl. Howard Ray Thomas; and his unit was Company A, 702nd Armed ...

Company right to hire veterans

Editorials

When it comes to taking care of our veterans, Mid-Ohio Valley communities may already be a notch above some others. But there is always room for improvement. It is no secret that employers are having difficulty finding enough qualified, capable, sober people to fill the jobs that will keep our ...

Much for which to be thankful

Editorials

Local residents have much for which to be thankful this season — and one of them is the degree to which we are capable of rising above the challenges we face. There ARE challenges, of course, but we tackle them. They do not define us. So here we are, on this Thanksgiving day, grateful for ...

Hervida 4-H Camp says thank you

Letters to the Editor

Hervida 4-H Camp, Inc. held its annual dinner, drawing and silent auction on Nov. 10 at the K of C hall in Churchtown. During the evening events we recognized our veterans and outgoing camp maintenance person, Ed Martin. An excellent dinner was served by the camp board. Raffles, silent ...

Prosecute those who sent men to prison

Editorials

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Further clarification needed for Commissioners letter

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the letter from the Washington County Commissioners published in the Marietta Times Nov. 16, titled “Commissioners take issue with article on drug rehab.” The way the letter reads, it makes it sound like building modifications, building space, utilities, taxes, food ...

Consider donating to Habitat

Editorials

There may be no place like home for the holidays, but for a couple of local families, home is taking on a new significance this season. Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley has wasted no time in making a difference in some Washington County lives, and over the weekend celebrated not only ...

Sherrod Brown would have some work to do

Editorials

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...