Letters to the Editor

Donations provided spark for Salem fireworks display

To the editor: As mayor of the city of Salem, I want to thank the following citizens and organizations for their generous support and sponsorship, and for once again making this year’s fireworks display possible. It is important to remember that no tax dollars are spent to purchase ...

City needs to implement charter government

To the editor: A little over twelve years ago I moved to Salem. Like many, we moved back here to be closer to family. Although I was not from Salem, I had visited many times and was excited about moving to a smaller town. Still, when I got here I was warned by many that since I was not ...

Knowing more about viruses-cancer link

To the editor: Despite the way the popular saying goes, what you don’t know can hurt you. And most people don’t know about the link between certain viruses and cancer. If left untreated, hepatitis B and C and the human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to certain types of cancer. Knowing more ...

Knowing more about viruses-cancer link

To the editor: Despite the way the popular saying goes, what you don’t know can hurt you. And most people don’t know about the link between certain viruses and cancer. If left untreated, hepatitis B and C and the human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to certain types of cancer. Knowing more ...

And a reply letter to the editor from council member

To the editor, Enough is enough! In this era of “fake news,” Mr. Johnson has learned that if you say something enough times publicly, it becomes the truth. Your readers have been subject to a misstatement from Mr. Johnson. He constantly states that I have asked for the chief of police ...

Responds to med pot stance taken by Salem Council member

To the editor: As the marijuana debate lingers on in Salem… at least among Salem City Council… I find it curious that proponents of “medical” pot, like Councilman Geoff Goll, now want to “have a public dialogue” on the subject. Yet in private, Mr. Goll wanted to fire a civil ...

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A large number of Ohioans afflicted with Alzheimer’s To the editor: Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the United States, with about 11.6 million people calling it home. It’s paralyzing to think how small that number seems when you think about the 210,000 Ohioans living with ...

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Advocate hopes Senate considers chronic illnesses sufferers To the editor: My name is Jennifer Witmer and I am an advocate for the community of individuals impacted by celiac disease/non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity. I write to urge you to stand with us to ensure the stability for ...

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Salem Council member discusses medical marijuana To the editor: Let’s discuss medical marijuana. In September 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed an Act authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program. The Act was the ...

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Former mayor against medical marijuana outlet in Salem To the editor: I was born and raised in Salem and have spent my entire adult life here, other than the four years I served in the Marine Corps from 1961-65. This has been a wonderful place to live and work and raise a family and be among ...

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To the editor: On May 13, 2017 "The Salem Citizen Prom" was held at Salem Senior High School. The theme was "An Arabian Night." Dinner, dessert and beverages were served by the SHS Interact Club with students dressed in their own 2017 prom dresses and suits with tables in theme ...

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In support of Salem’s Police Chief and his anti-pot stance To the editor: Congratulations to Police Chief Panezott for his stand on medical marijuana retail dispensaries. I’m hoping the entire community will rally around him and support him in his stand. All one has to do is read the ...

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Writer asks: Will Salem become a marijuana sanctuary city? To the editor: There are reasons why the County Sheriff, the Salem Chief of Police, the leading drug addiction authority in the county and one of Salem’s leading physicians have all publically expressed their strong opposition ...

USPS and Postal Union food drive a success

To the editor: On Saturday, May 13, the USPS and all Postal Unions conducted the Annual Food Drive. This is a national event and it was our 25th year of collecting canned goods and non-perishable foods to be stored in each community’s local pantries. This year both First Friends and ...

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Adopt a Planter program receives community support To the editor: The Salem Beautification Committee would like to thank the following people and organizations — we sold out early this year — who made a financial contribution to support our annual Adopt a Planter program. Our annual ...

Accuses Trump of profiting from his presidency

To the editor: In 2015, Trump said he would “rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.” Now, he is golfing and visiting a Trump-branded property every few days! I’m deeply concerned with Trump’s taxpayer funded trips to Trump properties, ...

Thanks for the coverage of the Bonar family

To the editor: I am writing to thank the Salem News for the article entitled “I Did This For Carson” and dated April 16, 2017. This article written by Mary Ann Greier covered the Eagle Scout project of River Bonar at The ROC of Salem. It was a fine tribute to the Bonar family. Many ...

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Make it a ‘National Dog Bite Prevention Year’ To the editor: In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.” Pet owners’ ...

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Writing in support of Ohio House Bill 176 To the editor: I encourage you to ask your state legislators to support passage of HB 176. This bill is a significant step to restoring local responsibility and accountability to our schools. We have the good fortune to live in a diverse state ...

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No want, or need, to legalize marijuana To the editor: The citizens of Ohio have voted “no” to drugs in Ohio. They do not want to make medical marijuana legal. They want to get rid of the drug epidemic. They are tired of ruined lives and drug overdoses. We do not want, or need, to make ...