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Opinion

Tump’s policy hurt by lack of planning

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Rekindle the torch, welcome with open arms

Letters to the Editor

I look to the tall magnificent lady, who stands on Liberty Island, and what I see are tears of sorrow flowing down her cheeks. The bright torch she holds upraised has been extinguished. Her welcoming words: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe ...

The president and immigration – the back story

Local Columns

This past weekend, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of all ...

Keeping the state budget balanced

Editorials

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Coal jobs must be protected in Ohio

Letters to the Editor

Coal has provided almost half of America’s electricity over the past decade. This affordable natural resource is an integral part of our domestic energy portfolio, and technological improvements mean coal is burning cleaner today than ever before. In fact, coal plants built today can be as ...

Hitting our heads against a border wall

Local Columns

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration ...

Moore a trailblazer who will be missed

Editorials

Mary Tyler Moore was a trendsetter who didn’t make her life about her own star power. She made the shows she made, supported the charities she supported and lived the life she lived. And, it goes without saying that for a few generations of Americans, she is missed as an entertainment ...

Humiliating Mexico over border wall a mistake

Letters to the Editor

By all means, build a wall on the border, but don't make Mexico pay for it. It was a great -- and by great I mean effective, not noble or heroic-- applause line from then-candidate Trump on the campaign trail. Audiences loved it, particularly the call-and-response. Trump: "Who's going to pay ...

Welfare League’s helping hand continues to give

Editorials

The Marietta Welfare League has a long and impressive track record of helping community projects in our community. “From shower chairs to multi-use trails, playground equipment to musical instruments...” said Amy Elliott, finance chairwoman. “We were able to fill $52,500 worth of need ...

Protesters act without the facts at hand

Letters to the Editor

It was interesting that President Trump had only been in office one day and people were marching against him. Most of these ill-informed females really had no idea what they were marching against. To some, the main concern seemed to be the ability to have abortions on demand. Trump has ...

More local recovery funding needed

Local Columns

A recent series of articles in the Marietta Times described the raging epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in Washington County. Perhaps less visible but greatly concerning is the number of county residents who need treatment for a mental illness, but do not receive it. An 8% ...

Kindness alive and well in Marietta City Schools

Local Columns

My name is Alicia McIntire and I am the new principal at Washington Elementary. I am thrilled to be in my new position. Transitioning into a new job can be challenging at times, but the kindness I’ve been shown by the people of Marietta City Schools has made this a wonderful experience for ...

The Armory is coming back to life thanks to efforts

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Council woman Kathy Downer and Armory Square Inc. volunteers Harley Noland and Jane Tuma-Serna, major transportation connections are improving with GoBus beginning downtown service at the Marietta Community Center in the Armory. Hopefully, Barron’s bus service will soon ...

Shale Crescent USA bringing jobs back

Local Columns

In his inaugural speech, President Trump talked about “jobs coming back to the USA.” I was surprised and disappointed when some of the pundits commented after the speech, “We know that isn’t going to happen.” I guess that is what happens when media people don’t leave Washington, ...

Help stop human trafficking

Editorials

Mention truck drivers and state troopers, and most people think of an adversarial relationship. That’s not entirely true. Especially this past week. Troopers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness of domestic sex ...

Area fortunate to have excellent health care

Letters to the Editor

Recently I have had two surgeries. The first one was at Marietta Memorial Hospital and was an outpatient surgery, and the second one was a total knee replacement at Selby General Hospital. I am very pleased with the care I received from the registration staff, the pre-operation testing nurses, ...

Tenants’ list shows armory is off to good start

Editorials

The halls and rooms of the former National Guard Armory on Front Street in Marietta are no longer empty as they were for decades. In fact, the city has now rented all but one of the spaces available in the renovated building. That’s something to celebrate. The tenants and soon-to-be ...

Campuses must do more to stop sexual assaults

Editorials

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

Free speech re-affirms a peaceful transition

Editorials

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

Suit doesn’t question river trail safety

Letters to the Editor

I read last weekend’s article (Jan. 14-15) regarding Dee Standish’s lawsuit against the City of Marietta, for which I represent Standish. The lead paragraph insinuates that the lawsuit “has brought the safety of the Marietta River Trail into question.” This is not the case. Standish ...