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Opinion

Noland has the experience needed to be city’s mayor

Letters to the Editor

I support Harley Noland for mayor of Marietta because I feel he cares about all its people. I attended several of his neighborhood informational get-togethers and learned a lot about what people’s concerns are and appreciate how Harley answered their questions. Harley is a native of ...

Officers a valuable resource in today’s schools

Editorials

It takes a special kind of person to be a law enforcement officer ... but an even most of those people are not equipped to be school resource officers. As Warren Middle School’s first full-time resource officer, Deputy Brad Holbert is finding out he has what it takes. “I thought the ...

‘Blockers’ should not resort to intimidation of petitioners

Editorials

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

Levy is just another hit to taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Here we go again. I see that the Marietta City Schools Board of Education wants the real estate property owners of Marietta to once again dig into our pockets and fund yet another bond levy! The district already receives funds from six general, permanent improvement and emergency levies. Well, ...

October is domestic violence awareness month

Letters to the Editor

Why don’t they just leave? I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard people say, “if my partner hit me, I would just leave.” I have probably said it or at least thought it myself. Wow, when I look back, I realize how little I really knew. Not once did I ask myself why their ...

Be vigilant in discussing vaping with teenagers

Editorials

As if educators don’t have enough to worry about, now they must constantly be on the lookout for vaping devices in our local schools. Marietta school administrators say vaping has become a major problem on both the high school and middle school campuses and the devices are easy to hide and ...

Wayne National Forest must be protected

Letters to the Editor

Many of us love forests, and Marietta has long prided itself on being a tree city, but forests are not just beautiful to look at. Recent news reports have highlighted their importance to humans and the rest of life. The August report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

Abortion numbers show issue not black-and-white

Editorials

Ohio Department of Health officials announced this week the number of induced abortions in the state remains on a downward trajectory. There was a 2 percent decrease in the number of abortions reported last year, compared with 2017. In fact, that downward trend has been in place since ...

Local hospital, employees deserve your support

Letters to the Editor

Our community is unique in many ways. Rich in history and proud of our contributions and accomplishments. Many of our important institutions have stood the test of time and continue that tradition still today. Marietta College, for example was established in 1835 and continues to flourish 184 ...

It’s time we listened to our future generations

Letters to the Editor

I was diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome at the age of eleven. Like many people on the autism spectrum, I’ve found myself deeply moved by the rise of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who refers to her own autism diagnosis as a “superpower.” Waking up to news of ...

Waiver will help many who want to break the cycle of addiction

Editorials

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping our state deal with the crushing substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder ...

What are the facts?

Letters to the Editor

In their Sept. 17 editorial The Marietta Times states “Beyond any reasonable doubt, they (2017 tax cuts) did more to help lift the nation out of recession than did all the stimulus spending employed during former President Barack Obama’s administration.” Except the Great Recession ended ...

Flu is serious business; get your shot

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes” or “vaping,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. During the 2017-18 season, nearly 15 percent of ...

Plea deal punishment does not fit the crime

Editorials

An adjustment of the standard procedure on plea agreements may be in order, after a man who has a long history of criminal activity — operating a vehicle after underage alcohol consumption, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, theft and now aggravated vehicular homicide — will spend only ...

Let road work be done and be patient

Editorials

“It needs to be done, so we’ll just try to make it work.” Washington County Career Center Superintendent Dennis Blatt has precisely the right attitude when it comes to those who will have to deal with full and partial road closures during a 90-day waterline replacement project on Harmar ...

Rebuttal to opponents of the Marietta City Schools levy

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed tax levy to fund new schools in Marietta City had some serious mistakes. All levies have a “roll back” provision as was stated by (board member) Russ Garrison at the Sept. 17 meeting. As property values rise the effective mileage is ...

Do we need new schools?

Letters to the Editor

Do we need new schools? That is the “million dollar question.” Two problems have been brought to the public for reasons to go into debt to build new schools. One, that the buildings are so old, and two, that some schools are too big now for the amount of students attending them and some ...

MCS Levy Committee shows transparency

Letters to the Editor

Many of you know that I have taught in the Marietta City Schools since January, 1972. During my tenure the buildings were in decent shape but let’s face it, they were OLD. It’s now 2019, and the newest building was built when I was graduating high school. So now they are all OLD. Useful? ...

Voters have opportunities to bring positive changes

Letters to the Editor

This fall, residents of Marietta City and the Marietta City School District have two opportunities to move our city forward into the 21st century. Opportunity number one is the election of a new mayor. Our city is in desperate need of new leadership; a leader that will implement a vision ...

Be an informed voter, attend levy meetings

Editorials

One thing every Marietta resident seems to have in common when it comes to the Marietta City Schools bond issue is that we all have plenty of questions. Whether we want to know more about how the one-campus system will work, how increased traffic will affect the neighborhood or what will become ...