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Opinion

Career Center a shining star

Editorials

Amid state report card results that left much to be desired for most of Washington County’s school districts, there was one very bright spot. Washington County Career Center scored three As and one B, for an overall score of an A — tying for top in the state with two other schools. ...

Levy conversation brings even more questions

Letters to the Editor

Since speaking at the MCS Board of Education meeting Aug. 19 and a subsequent response from Russ Garrison in the form of a letter, I had more questions. More questions than I could ask in the three minutes of time you are allowed to address the board. That is why I have read newspaper ...

Enjoy all that the Barlow Fair has to offer

Editorials

Since 1872, Washington County (and beyond) residents have gathered each fall for the Barlow Fair, an event that shines a light on so much that has built and remains an important part of our communities. It is still the largest such independent event in the state, and the secret to its longevity ...

Use caution in drug decisions

Editorials

Critics of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes warn that doing so can result in an onslaught of requests for prescriptions from people who want the drug solely for recreational purposes. Good for the Ohio Medical Board for rejecting one potential avenue of such attempts at ...

MCS responds to resident

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 19, Kathy Shively spoke to the Marietta City School Board of Education during the Citizen Forum portion of the agenda. On Aug. 20, she provided a written copy of her comments after being requested to during the meeting by the Board Treasurer. Those same comments were printed in the ...

Imagine new schools

Letters to the Editor

While the focus of recent back and forth regarding the proposed levy to fund new buildings for Marietta City Schools has been on dollars and maintenance needs, the real question of how best to provide a 21st century education for students has received little attention from the public. The ...

College student appreciates city

Letters to the Editor

Sunsets in Marietta are truly stunning, but that's not the reason I'm here. My name is Benjamin Hrovat, and I have traveled approximately 700 miles from my home in Rhode Island to attend a small liberal arts college that you may have heard about. Since leaving the smallest state in the union, ...

Report cards just one tool

Editorials

Long before the Ohio Department of Education changed its scoring system to letter grades, The Marietta Times used the old system on state report cards of number of indicators met to create grades of A, B, C D and F for our local districts and schools. It was a way for our readers to have a ...

Drills must occur in schools

Editorials

Toledo Public Schools officials have egg on their faces because some students had (fake) blood on their clothing. Here's hoping the education administrators get some of the praise they are due, too. Last week, officials held an "active shooter drill" at the school system's Toledo Early ...

Ohio youth must be educated on the dangers of vaping

Editorials

How it is that few in government regulatory agencies thought to question the safety of a new nicotine delivery system four years ago is a question that needs to be answered. For now, however, reversing what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling “the youth nicotine epidemic” needs ...

Questions remain about Marietta schools levy

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta City School Board has done a very good job of communicating the fact that the district's current school buildings are old. However, I am very concerned with the board members lack of communication at the Aug.19, 2019, board meeting regarding the proposed 5.36 mill levy to raise ...

Tax cuts are helping

Editorials

It is mind-boggling some people believe allowing us to keep more of our own money, instead of sending it to Washington, is a bad idea. Yet some, presumably those who believe politicians are the best people to decide how our hard-earned cash is spent, say the 2017 federal tax cuts were a bad ...

Thanks for the support

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, The Right Path for Washington County wrapped up an incredible 15th summer of safe teen and family events. Thanks to our fundraisers at Spagna's in March and VFW Post #5108 in May, we were well on our way!! Since 2004, we have provided ...

Holding leadership accountable for the betterment of society

Local Columns

Though his life concluded nearly three decades ago, the words of the journalist-turned 1978 Noble Prize winner in Literature still ring true today. “The bitter truth is that we know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions,” said Issac Bashevis Singer ...

Trump plan for mortgage companies could be bad

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is right to be concerned about a proposal to privatize two mortgage industry giants that have been under federal control for about a decade. But Brown, D-Ohio, may be missing the big picture. Before the so-called "subprime mortgage crisis" several years ago, two ...

What kind of planet are we leaving for our children?

Letters to the Editor

As a resident of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley, I am greatly concerned about our planet’s life. I am disturbed that the president of Brazil does not seem to be concerned that the lungs of our world are burning. He will not accept help from other nations. As a person who has COPD, I ...

MHS Class of 1969 had a good time at 50th reunion

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta High School Class of 1969 held their 50th Year Reunion the weekend of Aug. 9-11, 2019. With over 100 classmates attending the three days of activities, many memories were renewed along with long ago friendships. The planning and hard work of the reunion committee comprised of Debby ...

Rotary is helping to provide shelter boxes worldwide

Letters to the Editor

The Rotary Club of Marietta just completed a fundraiser for the purpose of purchasing shelter boxes to be used around the world by people in need of temporary shelter in times of natural disasters. A shelter box is, in essence, everything one would need until better accommodations can be ...