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Opinion

There’s still time to fight the flu

Editorials

If it hasn’t affected you personally, it’s very likely that you at least know someone who has been struck by the flu bug in the past few weeks. Ohio health officials say influenza-like illness has become widespread around the state for the first time this flu season and the U.S. Centers ...

Support Marietta boosters at annual dinner

Letters to the Editor

I am writing today to support the upcoming 9th annual Marietta Tiger Athletic Boosters Orange and Black dinner Saturday, March 4, at the Marietta Shrine Club. Many of you know that this has been a difficult time for our Tiger Boosters who have been so vital to our athletic programs for many ...

Obama’s gift: A Kindle full of books

Local Columns

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod's campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Some will remember Obama as the next JFK

Editorials

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it. Obama's enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first ...

Mark your calendar: Kiwanis Pancake Days

Editorials

Not many Marietta fundraising events  can trace their history back 63 years. But that’s what Kiwanis Pancake Days can do and it has been a successful 63 years, too. This year’s event comes Feb. 3 and 4 and First Congregational Church, as usual. Also as usual, you buy a ticket good for ...

An other successful Secret Santa program

Letters to the Editor

Washington-Morgan Community Action completed another successful year of the Secret Santa Program in Washington County. The program served 696 children of low income families in 2016. We could not accomplish this task without the community support we receive year after year from individuals, ...

U.S., Trump must be cautious about Russia

Editorials

Let us hope President Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

“Right to Try” legislation provides alternative treatments

Local Columns

Those of us who have a very sick family member or friend recognize that a terminal illness is painful not only for the patient, but also for their loved ones. Conventional treatment methods are sometimes insufficient to improve a patient’s condition, especially those battling cancer, a ...

Christmas Day feast was a success this year

Letters to the Editor

Christmas Day 2016 marked the third year for the annual Christmas Day Feast, hosted by Marietta First Presbyterian Church. Approximately 500 meals were served, including delivered meals, take outs, and those who came to the fellowship hall. Cooking, serving, deliveries and hospitality were ...

Man should walk on the moon once more

Editorials

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for awhile. He didn’t suspect he’d be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at age 82, ...

Finding solace in the past

Letters to the Editor

Those who feel stressed out or confused by happenings in this modern age can still rely upon the wisdom of the ancients to provide at least some temporary solace. ... Among the many cautionary tales from Greek mythology is the story of Phaethon, the impetuous and headstrong son of the sun god ...

Consumer alert: Be sure to get a written estimate

Letters to the Editor

Customer beware ... I had a minor transmission problem with my truck. I got an estimate of approximately $70 to check it out at a garage in Marietta. They did some testing on the engine and made adjustments that were not related to the transmission problem. My bill ended up at $475.12. None ...

City police showed compassion for little girl

Letters to the Editor

I want to applaud the Marietta Police Department for its kindness to 3-year-old Bailey Clipner, in giving her back her Christmas toys. It was a beautiful story to read in these troubled times. The compassion that these officers felt for this little girl is an inspiration to all of us and an ...

City police with beards in the spirit of giving

Editorials

Those who have seen a Marietta Police officer out and about recently may have noticed something new. Through the duration of winter, officers are allowed to sport a beard, all in the name of giving. Those who want to participate pay $15 a month to grow the facial hair and the proceeds go to ...

Give blood, give life this winter

Editorials

In recent days, an emergency appeal went out to donors for blood and platelet donations in response to what American Red Cross officials are calling a severe winter blood shortage in the Ohio Valley. What’s happening is blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are ...

We should be disturbed the Russians are thrilled

Letters to the Editor

It is disturbing that Donald Trump displays open admiration for Vladimir Putin while downplaying the role Russia played in attempting to disrupt our democratic process. We should all be very worried that the Russians are thrilled with his victory. Kim McMichael Cutler

Ohio must redraw its districts fairly

Editorials

Surely, Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in ...

President-elect is already off to a rocky start

Letters to the Editor

Good luck, Mr. Trump I remember a parable about a rich man who went away sad because he could not give up his riches in order to gain eternal life. (Donald) Trump does not have to give up his riches to become president of the United States. All he has to do is put his company in the hands of ...

Keep up the good work as your neighbor’s keeper

Editorials

Well, we made it through another Mid-Ohio Valley winter storm. We know you have been told time and time again to remember your neighbors especially the elderly and disabled to see if they can use a helping hand. Offers of help are especially timely now as a lot of people are dealing with the ...

Recognize, help those at risk of suicide

Editorials

The tragic stories of veterans taking their own lives have grabbed headlines of late, but the death last week of a local teen reminds us that even the young among us are vulnerable to suicide. When someone takes his or her own life, those left behind often express shock and disbelief. But in ...