Letters to the Editor

Enough on Salem charter already

To the editor: The most recent election has revealed most emphatically the residents of the city do not want now or in the future anything to do with the proposed lookie see into any other form of government that we currently operate under. Perhaps now Dave Nestic and John Buta will let ...

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Salem students served well by supportive community To the editor: To the voters of Salem: On behalf of the Board of Education and the administration, staff, and students of the Salem Schools, thank you for renewing our permanent improvement (PI) levy on Tuesday. PI funds are used to ...

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Thanks for supporting Trail of Treats, Costume Contest To the editor: On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Salem Parks and Recreation Department and the Eyes for Olivia Foundation co-sponsored the second annual Trail of Treats and Halloween Costume Contest which took place on the nature trail and in the ...

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Asking for charter commission support To the editor: Please vote “Yes” for the formation of a Charter Commission in Salem. Creating the Charter Commission will enable the citizens of Salem to officially examine the organization of Salem’s government to determine if it could be better. ...

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The downside of implementing RITA To the editor: I felt it necessary to inform the citizens of Salem about the downside of the implementation of the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA). It has been said that eliminating the Salem Income Tax Department, which is a part of the treasurer’s ...

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In support of proposed charter commission formation To the editor: There is a very important issue on the ballot that can impact the future of Salem. Proponents of the issue believe that seating a charter commission to examine the structure of government, as 263 other communities across ...

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Former council president backing Whitehill To the editor: I would like to express my support for Brian Whitehill for Salem City Council. As a former president of Salem City Council where I worked closely with Brian, I came to know him as one of the most objective and measured ...

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The Salem Police Department has come a long way To the editor: In my seven years as Chairman of Traffic and Safety committee on city council, it has been very rewarding to see and be a part of the outstanding progress our department has made. When I was first elected, the primary concern I ...

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To the editor: The need to change the manner in which the city collects its income tax revenues has never been more pronounced nor more justified. In fact, I can think of 50,000 reasons per year why this is the case. As a candidate for the office of treasurer for the city of Salem, I am ...

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Your vote isn’t just another vote To the editor: As we approach the November election of local candidates and ballot issues these are not without importance and have long lasting influences within our communities, county, state and nation. Every vote has within it a far reaching ...

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Council member asks “Did of Do You Know?”  To the editor: Do you know what the letters S-T-O-P painted on red and white octagon signs at the intersections of city streets are telling you?  You’re wrong. That’s what I thought. Don’t feel bad. Most city residents don’t know ...

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Current city treasurer: There is no need to change To the editor: Citizens of Salem, my term as treasurer of the city of Salem is ending. I am concerned about the discussion of replacing the Salem City Income Tax Department with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). Why change something ...

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Encouraging a ‘no’ vote regarding charter commission To the editor: The Constitution of the United States begins with the words, “We the People” and Thomas Jefferson said, “We in America do not have government by the majority but by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs ...

Treasurer candidate offers thoughts on tax collecting To the editor: I decided to run for the office of Salem city treasurer not merely to seek public office for its own sake, but to actually propose meaningful reforms that would make the city government operate more efficiently while at ...

Ending DACA would be absurd and inhumane

To the editor: Diversity is what makes us great. Our different cultures, ideologies, lifestyles, and beliefs makes up our country. They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and part of our country. They own business and work to help the American economy. I am talking about the Deferred ...

Are there still Quakers around here?

To the editor: “Many people remember mention of Quakers in American history in school. Quakers settled Pennsylvania. Quakers worked for public education and prison reform. Quakers were part of the Underground Railroad. Then somehow Quakers disappear from the history books and people think ...

Recovery can become a reality for those in need

To the editor: Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, ...

Happy birthday to Pittsburgh International Airport

To the editor: Happy birthday, thanks and congratulations. Pittsburgh International Airport is 25 years old (Oct. 1, 1992). Thanks for the “open arms” and “rolling out the red carpet” to this then inquiring geography teacher — the summer of 1991. A casual visit to the second ...

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Why is a charter government still being considered? To the editor: Do we the people have a voice? Last November the citizens of Salem voted down the charter government proposal. Now the proposal is going back on the ballot. Was our vote wasted? We are now faced with another attempt to ...

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Thanks for making Run Fast Winged 5K a success To the editor: The third annual Run Fast Winged 5K was held on Aug. 19, 2017, at Memorial Park to benefit the Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship. In addition to the 5K run, there was a 1.2 mile walk that welcomed dog walkers. Participants ...