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Opinion

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 ...

Trump not fit to be Commander-in-Chief

Letters to the Editor

The President of the United States openly declared he would welcome election help from a foreign government. He joked about assaults on our democracy with the Russian leader who interfered with our country’s elections. The Commander-in-Chief embraces one of the most ruthless dictators on ...

Little consolation for Mount Carmel families

Editorials

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees are ...

Ideas for safety at Aquatic Center worth looking into

Editorials

During Tuesday’s Marietta City Council meeting, Councilwoman Cindy Oxender said she was looking into potential federal funding for better and increased signage and other safety measures at the Aquatic Center. If such funding is available, she should, by all means pursue the ...

A reminder that helmets can save lives

Editorials

Some of the back roads in Southeastern Ohio make for some of the best motorcycle routes—they’re scenic, winding and have little traffic. But a continuing lack of a universal helmet law in Ohio continues to put riders in the state at risk. This week marked another fatal motorcycle ...

Vatican’s move regarding its French ambassador is the right one

Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual (and other) misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched ...

Vatican’s move regarding its French ambassador is the right one

Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual (and other) misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched ...

Cyber security measures a good thing

Editorials

No two governments are the same, and here in Ohio they range in size from tiny townships and school boards to the state government itself. But the Ohio Department of Administrative Services is working with the National Governors Association to develop better cybersecurity and generally enhance ...

Marietta can do better when welcoming visitors to town

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Times editorial on July 5 regarding the need to work together to welcome visitors was spot on. The impact of seeing that the ball had been dropped was magnified by failure to take action to remedy the situation. The lack of cell phone coverage on the levee needs to be addressed at ...

Ohio schools need health education

Editorials

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But in Ohio, a peculiar approach — if it can be called ...

Courthouse security should be the priority

Editorials

This week, for the first time, visitors to the Washington County Courthouse used a single entrance with a metal detector, part of an effort to enhance security there. The total project cost so far is $35,000, and county commissioners were concerned about a cost increase of more than $5,000 ...