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Opinion

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Editorials

With such warm temperatures recently in the Mid-Ohio Valley, it may be hard to believe that this weekend, the calendar will turn the page to October. Not only does that mean pumpkins, foliage and sweater weather are nearly upon us, it also means Election Day soon will be, too. And just days ...

Voters must choose wisely for school board

Letters to the Editor

Doug Mallett is running for the Marietta City Board of Education in November. There are three openings on the board and Mr. Mallett would appreciate our support and yours. He has been preparing for this opportunity for some time. Mr. Mallett is one of the few candidates if not the only one to ...

Hall has real experience for school board

Letters to the Editor

Stacey Hall is running for Marietta School Board . Please vote for her. She is more qualified than the others running, because she is a teacher and worked in Marietta City Schools for 20 years. Her experience in Marietta City Schools gives her keen advantages. Stacey understands the ...

Vote for involvement and experience

Letters to the Editor

I too endorse a “dream team”, as another writer wrote. Here is My Dream Team. Mark Duckworth, Doug Mallett, have the business background and sense to bring our Marietta City Schools back to the forefront in our county and be a major competitor in our state. The collective involvement ...

Music In the Park once again a success

Letters to the Editor

As Fall approaches and we look back at summer, we are grateful for having Music In The Park 2017 summer Concert series in downtown Marietta. This summer’s series was an enormous success. On behalf of Marietta Welfare League, I would first like to say thank you to the following ...

State law on distracted driving must be tougher

Editorials

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Levy would support expanding mental health services

Letters to the Editor

At a time when the opiate epidemic is monopolizing local, state and national news, two new facilities in Washington County are focused on providing services that lead to solutions in the midst of this crisis. Since opening earlier this year, Oriana House Reserve Center and Rigel Recovery ...

Keep the pressure on China

Editorials

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Oxender valuable player on city council

Editorials

Small communities face challenges on many fronts. Finding quality people with vision and creativity to serve in leadership positions is at the base of these challenges. In Cindy Oxender we have a candidate with demonstrated service, vision and leadership. Her track record on council speaks ...

Young people must stand up and vote for change

Letters to the Editor

Pick a subject — climate, health care, social justice, voting rights ... Our country sets a world standard for old ways and taking advantage of the less informed electorate. We are in a tailspin of grandfathered-in deceit. We need an entirely new system. Young people — you must step ...

It’s time to rebuild Puerto Rico

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Choose Bertram as next municipal judge

Letters to the Editor

I’m thankful voting for Municipal Court Judge is not reserved just for Marietta City residents, but is open to all of Washington County. Why? Matters addressed in Municipal Court affect everyone, especially everything drug-related. Unless you are law enforcement or have been personally ...

Mallett deserves support for Marietta BOE

Letters to the Editor

There are few things as important to the health and future of communities large and small as their school systems and their local governments. Quality committed and informed individuals who are willing to put in the time and energy and offer up vision for the future are key to successful ...

Issues in Venezuela deserve the world’s attention

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Shoaf should get the votes Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Cassidi Shoaf could have no idea during our first meeting that lasted nearly three hours that I could make the following statement with all sincerity. Cassidi, I have socks older than you. Nor could she have known that my in-depth grilling was to get to know her as well as possible in a ...

As a voter it’s time to get educated

Editorials

We’re entering the campaign season leading up to Election Day on Nov. 7. That gives voters about six weeks before they cast their ballots. Based on early letters to the editor, it looks like our local city council and school board races will be hotly contested with tough choices. So, rather ...

Johnson and Portman need to follow Gov. Kasich’s lead

Letters to the Editor

Gov. John Kasich is a true Republican and he understands his job is to put Ohioans above his politics. He showed this courage when he expanded affordable healthcare to millions of our working-poor citizens through the Affordable Care Act. Also, thanks to Gov. Kasich, thousands of our neighbors ...

Explore all the options to saving historic house

Letters to the Editor

The Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House, constructed in 1832, is one of the few houses from that time period to survive in Marietta. Unfortunately, it is currently in danger of demolition. In 1979, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, acknowledging its historically ...

Mallett deserves support for school board

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 7, the voters of the Marietta City School District will be asked to elect the most qualified candidates to our local school board. Doug Mallett, whose distinguished business career and undying passion for the welfare of our community’s children, is clearly the right person for the ...

Bureaucracy can be slow even to ideas that can save

Editorials

Change comes slowly to the bureaucracy — usually by design. But for as easy as it is for those living in the real world to criticize the workings of West Virginia’s massive non-elected government, it appears some agencies are taking small steps in the right direction. At what is projected ...