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Remember, gas companies are out to make money

A recent letter writer has the right idea about the city’s gas aggregation program.

Several years ago I signed up for a plan that set my price for a period of time. When the current price of natural gas more than doubled, the company terminated my contract.

The gas company is in business to make money. They would not give the consumer a break. Right now their reserves are high and people are in a conservation mode because of the high price. These two factors suggest that the price of gas will drop. If we have a warm winter, it will drop even more.

I do not believe that the new contract that the city has negotiated for us is going to help us. I am staying with Dominion East Ohio.

Sharon Wolbodt

Spring Street, Marietta

Time for Eramet officials

to answer key questions

Over the course of the last 10 years while encouraging Eramet to become a better corporate neighbor I have been questioned by many of Washington County’s leaders. The inquiries are always the same, “What about the jobs?”

The impression is that this county cannot exist without the jobs at Eramet.

Eramet has locked out 290 of its own workers and the silence about these job losses has been deafening. Why aren’t these same leaders asking Eramet management, “What about the jobs?”

This lockout proves that Eramet, the same company that has been protected by our leaders, doesn’t care about the people who work their furnaces and labor in the heat and filth of their antiquated factory any more than they care about their neighbors.

It is time for Eramet management to answer some very important questions.

Are you planning to stay here and run this factory?

Are you planning to upgrade your antiquated equipment for the safety and health of your employees and neighbors?

Are you planning to give your workers fair wages and benefits?

Now is the time for this community to come together and support the workers that Eramet has locked out; they, too, are your neighbors.

What about the jobs?

Caroline C. Beidler


Auto club appreciates

support for jamboree

The Country Roads T & A Ford Club would like to give a big thanks to the following for their support and contributions to the 18th annual Ohio Model T Jamboree: Peoples Bank, Chase Bank, Settlers Bank, Burger King restaurant, Auto Zone Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts, Marietta Ignition, NAPA auto parts, Tractor Supply, Morrison Inc., Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co., Fenton Art Glass, Rossi Pasta, Bob Evans restaurant, Bradford Backhoe, Tri-State Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Two Peas in a Pod, Food4Less, Lowe’s Home Improvement, CiCi’s Pizza, American Flags and Poles, Giant Eagle, Pike Street Go Mart, Dairy Queen Brazier, Baker and Baker Jewelers, The Workingman’s Store Inc., Jane Kristy Design, Wal-Mart, James General Store, Bob and Carol Thomas, The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., Oopsa Daisy Florist, Stephens Outdoor Railways, Dr. Stephen Eddy, Lee Middleton Doll, Wolf Camper Sales, Nicholas Auto Electrical Rebuilders, Citizens Bank of Beverly, Waterford Bank, Lockhart’s Lawn and Garden, McDonald’s restaurants, Shoney’s restaurant, Pizza Hut, Marietta Cycles, Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, Helen’s Amish Furniture, Fairplain Tractor Sales Inc., Kenneth and Sharon Heiss, United Rentals, Dorothy Peppel, Hadley Funeral Home, Motor Care Oil and Lubrication Center, William McMannis of Willow Island Locks and Dams, Bill Johnson for bringing his Model T with the calliope for all to enjoy, and The Marietta Times for its coverage of the 18th Ohio Model T Jamboree.

Herb Smith





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