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Letters to the Editor

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To the editor: Thanksgiving is the “kick-off” to a busy season for all of us. Thanksgiving Day is followed by “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,” “Cyber Monday” and “Giving Tuesday” (if there is any cash left). Charities have learned that the month of December ...

Ex-Trustee: Green Township does not need an administrator

To the editor: I was surprised to see the Green Township had approved a township administrator. The estimated resources for the 14 townships in Mahoning County varies from $1,073,000 to $29,146,000 per auditor’s office. The three townships with the highest resources: $9,840,000, ...

Property owner states his case

To the editor:     After the unfortunate situation of an alleged meth bust at my property on Pershing Avenue, I have heard and read many comments and opinions that have inspired me to write this letter to the editor in an effort to clear up some misconceptions. First, let me say that I ...

Expressing opinions about politics

To the editor: With the general election over, I want to thank the Salem office holder for running a clean campaign. Just one minor hiccup with Columbiana County Trump Party Chairman throwing his mud around where it did not belong. You may have noticed I wrote the “Trump Party” ...

Thanks to all of those making Trail of Treats, Costume Contest successful

To the editor: On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Salem Parks & Recreation Department and Eyes for Olivia Foundation co-sponsored the 4th annual Trail of Treats event, which took place along the Nature Trail in Waterworth Memorial Park. We also had a costume contest return this year sponsored by the ...

Mayor of Salem asks for support of levy renewal

To the editor: As mayor of Salem, I ask that the temporary, five-year, .25 percent levy tax, specified for capital improvements to streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers be renewed by voters on Nov. 5. It has been an honor to be part of the team of employees and ...

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research the issue factually and make the best decision possible. ...

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’ To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research ...

Income Tax Dept. may depend on Nov. 5 election

To the editor: Through the long debate on The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), Salem voters now have the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting for true Independents on Nov. 5. Based on party affiliation of the current council members, and the recent endorsement of my opponent ...

Chamber of Commerce endorses five-year levy renewal

To the editor: In October of 2015, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a motion to publicly endorse the five-year, .25% income tax increase. The legislation proposed by the City of Salem specified that the usage of money was limited to the improvements of ...

Council candidate delivers his message

To the editor: When I first decided to run for Salem City Council, Councilman Geoff Goll tried to bully me out of running. His message was recorded on voice mail. Now, when I attend Council meetings, there is a Democrat official that sits in the back row of every single council meeting, ...

S.O.S. Save our streets!

To the editor: Wow! The streets in Salem in 2014 were a mess and the citizens of Salem did something about them. City Council passed an ordinance putting forth a ballot for a 0.25% income tax increase, restricted to 5 years and limited purpose to cover streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, ...

Thanks for supporting the Downtown Dining Experience

To the editor: The success of the recent Downtown Dining Experience is a reflection of the ever increasing dedication and enthusiasm of the restaurants and businesses. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Northern Columbiana County would like to personally thank ...

Council member: RITA makes sense for Salem

To the editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the Salem City Council Finance Committee made the decision to move forward with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), by at least having a vote of the full council. After two years of discussion it is time. After two years of those in-depth discussions, it ...

Reminder about the importance of flu shots

To the editor: Fall is here and children have all went back to school. Flu-season will soon be here too. Nobody likes to see his or her loved ones sick, so let us all do our part in preventing the spreading of the virus. It is important to get your flu shot, especially before everyone is ...

RITA: A difficult decision

To the editor: Mr. Brian Thunberg, the governmental liaison for the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA) has appeared before City Council and  explained how RITA could save the City of Salem $52,000 a year and explained other benefits of the authority. Obviously, a savings of $52,000 to the ...

District to mark 100 years of public health with open house

If you are a baby boomer you probably remember the line in the gym at school where you drank from small paper cups the vaccine that would protect us from polio. Or maybe you recall someone who was stricken with polio, perhaps a neighbor or a visitor next door who used crutches and leg braces to ...

Some information about MSSA

To the editor: I think a lot of individuals are unaware about the MSSA Super Walk coming up on Saturday, Sept. 28, and a lot more people uninformed about who the MSSA is. MSSA stands for Multiple Sclerosis Services Agency. We are a 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT agency, providing services to those ...

In favor of the Regional Income Tax Agency

To the editor: It was not all that long ago that Salem City Councilman Geoff Goll and others were promoting a new charter form of government for Salem. They held public forums. They wrote letters to the editor. They took out full-page ads. And, they swore that their only motive was to “run ...

Not a supporter of the city contracting RITA

To the editor: I read with great interest the story in the Salem News on Sept. 4 about the city looking at the possibility of contracting with RITA for local income tax collection. I studied accounting at Youngstown State University and earned my bachelor’s in accounting. As a student ...