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Opinion

Moving Marietta forward will take planning

Letters to the Editor

Marietta must develop both short and long-term strategic plans if our city is the navigate successfully into the future. Marietta can no longer operate on a “brush fire” mentality simply responding to challenges as they arise. Marietta needs to encourage public participation in our ...

Threats to America constantly changing

Editorials

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual Americans. His ...

Repeat offender is raising questions

Editorials

How is it possible that the state of Ohio allowed a man with 14 convictions for driving under the influence to get behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again? Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato apparently wonders about that, too. On Monday, Timothy J. Jones, 53, of Columbus, ...

Thanks to all who make Zonta event a success

Letters to the Editor

The Zonta Club of Marietta would like to thank the community for all their support of our recent Unique Boutique Clothing Sale on April 7 and 8. This is our biggest fundraiser that we hold bi-annually and all the proceeds benefit our service projects. This includes our scholarships for ...

Caution needed in establishing rules for pot

Editorials

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number of ...

OEPA hasn’t made its case for sewers in Devola

Letters to the Editor

An April 27 Marietta Times article, “City Backs Ohio EPA in Forcing Sewer Issue,” fails to report the essential facts of Devola’s long standing dispute with the Ohio EPA creating the false impression that residents are simply being non-compliant with a reasonable government health ...

Study of school start times is warranted

Editorials

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In many schools, teenagers and even younger children are expected to ...

Voters should support Schultheis for council

Letters to the Editor

We would like to support Jeff Schultheis for 1st Ward councilman. Schultheis is a friendly, hardworking, honest person who would be a great asset to the city council. A 20-year resident of Marietta, Schultheis wants what we all want for Marietta — he wants it to be a safe, friendly and ...

Decision on Warren Levy must be based on facts

Letters to the Editor

Having just read the Warren Local newsletter and the blurb about new schools, I have several questions. Most of the statements are “glittering generalities.” Exactly what are the “improved and increased opportunities for learning”? Anyone doing quantifiable research would list ...

Good schools are a community’s foundation

Letters to the Editor

A simple internet search will lead you to many articles and studies correlating good schools with better local economies. Schools develop the local workforce and help drive wage growth. They attract young working families and increase property values. Schools are building blocks for ...

Everyone can stop the spread of invasive plants

Letters to the Editor

As the weather turns warmer and the sun shines brighter, the trees, flowers and plants all over Ohio begin to bloom. Spring is a beautiful time of year in our state and it’s a time to appreciate what’s around us, and understand our role in protecting it. April is Invasive Plant Pest and ...

Scales best choice to represent First Ward

Letters to the Editor

I am encouraging residents to vote for Mike Scales for the position of 1st Ward Council on May 2. My husband, Roger Kalter, will be retiring from the position at the end of this year after working diligently for both the city and 1st Ward for six years. I feel that Scales is the most qualified ...

Local schools find themselves on the short end again

Local Columns

The Ohio House is at it again, and while the cuts are less than those proposed by Gov. John Kasich, Washington County schools stand to lose a total of $1.7 million over the next two years. The only school district which will see an increase is Belpre City Schools, who will see about a quarter ...

City needs yes votes on tax issue

Local Columns

The city of Marietta is in financial trouble and needs your vote to pass a 1/2% income tax increase on the May 2 ballot. Here are some of the problems your city government is dealing with, that I believe you need to know, in order to help you in making your decision in this coming election. ...

Don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s election

Editorials

We want to encourage you to vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Where you stand on the issues and candidates is up to you. But taking the time to go to the polls and vote is our right as responsible citizens. Voter participation in primary elections usually is low. Understandably, ...

Dispose of drugs with Drug Take Back Day

Editorials

Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. And some get those drugs unsupervised, even illegally, from medicine cabinets or family friends who no longer use them. That’s why state and local officials are encouraging everyone to participate in ...

Voters should vote against city tax increase

Letters to the Editor

I would ask you to vote “no” on the 30 percent income tax increase on the ballot. My reasons are: 1. For the continued wasteful spending of our tax dollars by the city. 2. Our mayor, and his administration and the city council no longer work together, plus they no longer have the ...

Downtown farmers market moves to new location

Letters to the Editor

Last year, Marietta Main Street launched a new farmers market in downtown Marietta — the Farmers Market on Front Street. The purpose of this market is to provide a mid-week opportunity for both producers and consumers to come together in the spirit of building relationships, uplifting ...

Scales a good choice for First Ward, entire city

Letters to the Editor

Mike Scales is the most qualified person to be elected 1st Ward Councilman. I worked with Scales when he was the assistant safety-service director for Mayor Mullen. He worked on city budgets with Council members, city auditor and city treasurer. Scales in my personal opinion exemplifies ...

Voters should support Warren levy request

Letters to the Editor

There is a lot of misinformation going around about the Warren Local School District and school bond Issue. I implore you to read this whether your planning to vote “yes” or to vote “no.” Please understand that the Warren Local School District is trying to keep up with maintenance ...