Opinion

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 ...

Oxender works for the city and citizens alike

Letters to the Editor

I write in regards to the upcoming city council election and in particular Cindy Oxender who is running for re-election. I have had recent experience with Marietta’s City Council as I followed the necessary steps to acquire a right of way permit. Through my dealings, I had the ...

Protect against West Nile

Editorials

When the topic of West Nile makes headlines in the Mid-Ohio Valley it isn’t cause for panic, but the threat of West Nile is a concern and we should take steps to protect ourselves from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Thanks to a state grant, local health officials routinely capture and ...

Enjoy fall traditions, but safely

Editorials

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to go enjoy the company of their friends, as well as family and alumni who come to the events that ensure, regardless of ...

Welch deserves votes for judge on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Here’s some good news! Marietta Municipal Court is in the capable hands of Judge Janet Dyar Welch and has been for some time. Her experience is exceeded only by her community concern and fiscal responsibility. Serving all of Washington County, Marietta Municipal Court handles a ...

Information on low rates available at PUCO

Letters to the Editor

Today I had a citizen inquire about our local natural gas rates. I encouraged him to go online at PUCO (Public Utility Commission of Ohio) and search “apples to apples”. This convenient website allows you to compare rates of different natural gas delivery systems. You won’t see ...

Constitution a guiding document

Local Columns

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...” These 15 words begin the preamble of the United States Constitution, our country’s founding document that was signed on Sept. 17, 230 years ago. A first-of-its-kind, modern composition, our Constitution ...

Voters should elect dream team to school board

Letters to the Editor

The opportunity to elect a Dream Team to the Marietta City School Board is a rare event. It is unusual that three extremely talented citizens are willing to run, namely Doug Mallett, Mark Duckworth, and John Lehman. Doug Mallett currently serves as Chairman of the Washington County ...

Writer intends to vote for Oxender Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I attended a city council committee meeting to address a concern I had and I was interested in seeing how various councilors would address my concerns. Cindy Oxender attended the meeting even though she is not assigned to this committee as she knew it was an important matter, listened ...

Security clearance backlog is risky

Editorials

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Farm Safety Week means staying safe

Editorials

This is Farm Safety Week, a time for all workers and families connected to agriculture to re-dedicate themselves to safe habits. It can be something as simple as making sure power equipment is turned off and wheels of power gear are blocked. Keeping all power equipment in working order is ...

North Korea a ‘nightmare neighbor’ for China

Local Columns

With North Korea speeding up its nuclear and missile tests at an unprecedented pace, the Hermit Kingdom is turning into one of the biggest headaches for China, Pyongyang’s only treaty ally in the world. North Korea’s sixth nuclear test — the most powerful detonation to date with a ...

Proposed study on living near surface mine necessary

Editorials

Some support President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back a perceived regulatory assault on coal and affordable electricity. But some federal initiatives on mining make sense. One is a proposed $1 million study on the health effects of living near a surface mine. The Interior Department had ...

Schenkel a good choice for city council

Letters to the Editor

More often than not, writers supporting city-wide candidates note that their choice for a particular office is someone they have known for years and eventually mention that they, themselves, live in Marietta and ask readers to please join with them and vote for John Doe. Neither is the ...

Oxender would be a good choice for council

Letters to the Editor

While I’m not privileged to live within the city limits of Marietta, multiple occasions have provided the opportunity to observe a great work ethic in action by one of your elected officials: Cindy Oxender. Is she the Energizer Bunny, or what? With the hours she invests, you would never ...

What have we learned about the Trump presidency?

Letters to the Editor

We have learned that President Trump is the same person as Candidate Trump – he says all the things some of us want to hear but his promises of jobs and health care are empty. He builds himself up by denigrating others that seem to present a threat to him. Republicans and cabinet members who ...

We are responsible for our own safety

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Remember all who felt storms’ full force

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Virgin Islands is worse that ...