Letters to the Editor

Explore all the options to saving historic house

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

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 ...

Oxender works for the city and citizens alike

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 ...

Welch deserves votes for judge on Election Day

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

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 ...

Voters should elect dream team to school board

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

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 ...

Schenkel a good choice for city council

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

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?

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 ...

Voters should support Cindy Oxender

I am asking that you support my friend Cindy Oxender for Marietta City Council At-Large in the upcoming election cycle. Oxender often comes to school and eagerly informs everyone in our school building about the neat programs and events happening in Marietta. This is especially true for your ...

Something needs done about student loan swindle

In all of my years of life I’ve witnessed many injustices, outrages and ripoffs. Never have I seen nor heard of any scam as corrupt, evil or out of control as the student loan swindle. Countless young people’s financial futures and lives have been devastated, if not destroyed. The time ...

Vote Schenkel to represent 4th Ward

Geoff Schenkel is running to represent the 4th Ward on Marietta City Council. My late husband, Art Fordham, represented this ward for a good part of the 19 years he served on the Council. I am writing this letter because Schenkel has many of the same qualities as my husband that will benefit ...

Thanks to Marietta College for eclipse hospitality

On Aug. 21, 2017, the Marietta area experienced a partial solar eclipse. Marietta College generously offered their grounds and facilities to the community to observe, understand, and appreciate this event. Thanks to Dr. Les Anderson, the progress of the eclipse was projected in real time ...

Organizers of EVE Auction appreciate support

Last Friday evening about 230 generous and curious great people gathered at the Hotel Lafayette for the 35th Annual Benefit Auction for EVE, Incorporated. On behalf of our Board, our staff and our supporters, a BIG thank you to the greater Marietta community. This was a wonderful event! ...

Proposed rent increase could save Woman’s Home

To expand on the thought of fighting until the end, we the families members were blindsided by the decision to close the Woman’s Home and are not ready to accept its closure. No one from the Woman’s Home contacted or consulted with the family members of the residents to see if they have ...

Outgoing EMA director disagrees with critic

I read an article this week regarding EMA that had inaccuracies that must be addressed, most notably that I had not met or worked with any fire chiefs in Washington County. During my tenure as Washington County EMA Director several requirements were looming when I arrived, the most notable ...

Some people require real pain management

This letter is in response to the a letter published 8/26/17 regarding the opioid problem. I am a retired nurse of 30 years. Nearly 20 of those years were as Dr. Tokodi's nurse where most patients entering the office were in pain. One of my duties was to obtain and order prescriptions for ...

Work of volunteers during county fair appreciated

Sunday afternoon I strolled through the busy Washington County Fairgrounds – the grounds had dedicated Fair Board members working in the cattle and goat barns, the junior fair building and tending the horse track in preparation for the Labor Day weekend. My daughter was a 4-Her and her ...

Thanks to those who brought weekend events for all to enjoy

Marietta recently experienced two of the most incredible weekends with festivals organized by some of our most creative and hard working community members. Hundreds upon hundreds of locals mixed with visitors during the Band Organ Rally, Inland Waterways Festival and the Rivers Trails and ...