Opinion

Decisions make Marietta top priority

Editorials

Marietta Main Street is on the brink of a tough year — one in which it will begin the work of putting into motion the Enrich Marietta long-term development plan. Kudos, then, to outgoing Marietta Main Street Executive Director Sam Tuten for making the decision that if he and the organization ...

Sheriff appeals to GOP in favor of a new prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sirs and Madams: Your committee will soon have the task of selecting an individual to fulfill the open position of Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. I am writing as the Sheriff of Washington County, a long standing Republican office holder, and a fellow Republican. I believe ...

Getting children vaccinated is crucial

Editorials

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking vaccinations ...

Warren board right to do more research

Editorials

At its May meeting, the Warren Local Board of Education tabled its discussion of allowing teachers in the district to be armed and the issue is expected to be considered again in June. We’re glad to see that the board is taking the time necessary to make such an important—literally a ...

Difficult relationship the with truth

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Times Opinion piece “Spying on Trump campaign is concerning” in the April 15 edition was disappointing. In case you had forgotten, Attorney General William Barr lobbied President Trump for the AG position – his words assuring Trump that he would “have his back.” The way I ...

Republicans side with insurance

Letters to the Editor

Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (HR986) which passed in the Democratic controlled House of Representatives was not supported by a single Ohio Republican. While they repeatedly claim to support protections none of them have the moral inclination to protect anyone from ...

Hate group rally flopped without support

Editorials

Saturday’s rally by the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated “Honorable Sacred Knights,” in Dayton, was not the powder keg some in the national media had predicted it might be. In fact, to the enormous relief of most reasonable people, only nine people are reported to have shown up in support of the ...

Remember why we honor the fallen today

Editorials

There aren’t many who call it Decoration Day anymore, but doing so might better help us remember the reason for the Memorial Day holiday. It is not an excuse to give us a three-day weekend; nor is it meant to serve primarily as the unofficial start to summer. Memorial Day is meant to ...

Collaboration is the foundation for success

Local Columns

Collaboration. What does that mean? Is it the same as cooperation? Is it a product? A process? A concept? A notion? Or just a buzzword? At United Way, we build our success on solid and positive collaborations. We know it’s something much bigger than an industry buzzword. We know it is both ...

Spelling bee winners should be proud of their success

Editorials

As Williamstown High School’s Matthew Taylor and Marietta Middle School’s Tate Ayers prepare for their adventures in Washington, D.C., next week, the anticipation for the Scripps National Spelling Bee might very well bring a case of the nerves. There is no need. Both young men have shown ...

Kudos to Fort Frye staff and students

Editorials

They cheer in the stands at athletic events. They give to fundraising efforts. They pass levies to fund operations and special projects. The communities that make up the Fort Frye Local school district are constantly giving to the schools and the students. This week, the tables were turned ...

Lawmakers should alter statutes of limitations

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

Decline in population is generally bad for society

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Appalachia’s rising suicide rate needs to be addressed

Editorials

Residents of Ohio’s Appalachian counties do not need to be told how challenging the last decade or two has been. For far too many hope is a thing of the past, and the stress has taken a deadly toll. According to a report released by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, ...

Click It or Ticket renewed and needed

Editorials

Across the country, approximately 89.6 percent of motorists are smart enough to put on their seat belts when they get in their cars. Here in Ohio, the figure is more worrisome, at 84.9 percent. That means more than 15 percent of Buckeye State motorists are unnecessarily putting their lives at ...

Use of app will help to grow broadband services

Editorials

A new free app that measures wireless signal strength and speed could be a great tool for our area and Appalachia in general—but only if people get the app and use it. When users operate the app in their location, that data is given to the National Association of Counties, with the goal to ...

The Glenn legacy cannot be denied

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Muskingum County, is to be ...

Why the rush to redraw Ohio’s district maps?

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio: What’s the rush? Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional gerrymandering meant to ...

We must all do our part to save biodiversity

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. But human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...