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Opinion

Judges must be tough on doctors who push pills

Editorials

A special kind of drug pushers are responsible for much of the misery inflicted upon many addicts in West Virginia. They are health care providers — doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others — who have special access to opioid painkillers and a screen of legitimacy behind which to hide while ...

Changes to opioid prescriptions short sighted

Letters to the Editor

Beginning Aug. 31, 2017, Gov. Kasich enacted new rules concerning acute pain management. As a physician, we will be limited to writing no more than seven days of pain prescriptions and no more than 30 Morphine equivalents per day. Roughly, that is about six pain pills a day. These rules were ...

School board candidate asks for support

Letters to the Editor

I am writing today to announce my desire to be elected by the public to serve on the Marietta City School Board of Education. With the exceptions of your family and faith, there is nothing more important than the education of our children and grandchildren. I believe that every child deserves a ...

Welcome Back to our students

Local Columns

Welcome back Marietta! Wednesday our doors opened to our students and staff who are eager to start an exciting, new school year. Thanks to the efforts of all our staff, our buildings are polished and ready for action. The Marietta City School District has been working very hard to make ...

Supporting mental health levy will help many

Local Columns

From a text I read late at night on (10:42 p.m.) Sept. 4, “Hey dad, play Words With Friends. Night. Love you.” Little did I know that this was to be the last communication from my son. The phone call in the wee hours of the next morning, still resonates with me and will be permanently ...

A permanent crisis on the Korean Peninsula

Local Columns

The crisis on the Korean Peninsula is escalating. “North Korea,” President Donald Trump told reporters on Aug. 10, “best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” A day later, Trumptweeted again, “Military ...

Review security for our judges

Editorials

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday in Steubenville of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Tractor pull organizers thankful for support

Letters to the Editor

Little Muskingum Grange 2621 wishes to thank the sponsors of their July Annual Pull. The grange, founded in 1867, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural America and agriculture. The Grange has a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and ...

Speaking out against racism and hate

Letters to the Editor

As a white, Christian woman I must speak out against racism. The ugly undercurrent of racist groups has been with us throughout our history. The KKK started after the Civil war so white men could scare, harass and murder free black men and women. They wore hoods so they could attend church ...

Article was too hard on deputies who wasted time

Letters to the Editor

On July 21, there was a local news article concerning three sheriff deputies who wasted time during their 12-hour shift. Why this was even published and deemed newsworthy is beyond me. Who in the workforce hasn’t done this? Thank goodness the media isn’t privy to private businesses or ...

Friday night lights return to the Valley

Editorials

The 2017 Pigskin Preview, included in today’s newspaper, marks the return of the high school football season. Friday’s games mark the return of the pageantry and traditions that make late summer and fall weekends in our area special. To help you get ready for the season, we have published ...

Wasteful spending in terror war

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Residents of nursing home enjoyed the fair

Letters to the Editor

This past weekend was the Waterford Fair. This fair is close to our nursing home and I really wanted to give the residents an opportunity to go and experience the fun. With the help of Jeff Canterbury (fair board president) and other members, we were able to take the residents on a wonderful ...

We must influence good in our day-to-day lives

Letters to the Editor

It was good to read about the rallies against hate that took place in Marietta and Parkersburg recently, I thank them for their good example. As this country continues its sad downhill slide, people of conscience are faced with two choices. We can remain silent, thereby enabling the ...

Vaccinating pets still important

Editorials

A puppy with distemper resulted in the canceling of a planned puppy pool party at the Marietta Aquatic Center, but more significantly, other puppies with distemper could still be unaccounted for. All the more reason for dog owners to make sure their dogs are up to date on their ...

Toy and Doll museum appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

The Children’s Toy and Doll Museum would like to thank everyone that helped make our recent fundraiser a success. We would like to thank The Marietta Times and WTAP community bulletin board for the announcements that helped inform the community of the museum’s need of donated items for ...

Cruisin’ for a Cure thanks the community

Letters to the Editor

We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the 2nd annual Cruisin’ For A Cure July 29. Also a big thank you to all of our sponsors. This year’s cruise exceeded our expectations in every way possible. We were able to raise $15,000, helping to make it possible for us to be able to ...

Reliable broadband needs to be affordable

Letters to the Editor

I was quite happy to see the problem on landlines and cellphone coverage addressed in The Marietta Times Aug. 10. It’s about time someone noticed some of us have very unreliable landlines (out of service for long periods of time so often!) and sketchy cell signals. It is so unfair ...

City lot in need of major repairs

Editorials

People who use the city parking lot at 304 Putnam St. face a challenge that should be remedied quickly. The asphalt pavement in the lot is deteriorated, so much so that Councilman Roger Kalter says it’s a public safety issue. Ironically, the lot serves many people who park to get to the ...

The Dragon vs. the Elephant in the Himalayas

Local Columns

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...