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April 12, 2009
Salem News

Thanks from

the McVicker family

To the editor:

The family of LCpl Daniel McVicker would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the support we've once again received from the Sebring American Legion Post 76 and the community by attending our fourth annual breakfast. We are humbled each year at the continued assurance that Danny's memory will stay alive because of your encouragement.

Since its inception in 2006 the funds generated from this event has allowed us to provide financial assistance to over 20 West Branch students, with another two being provided in May. Students interested in applying can obtain information through the WBHS guidance office.

We cannot speak highly enough about this incredible group of men and women. Their dedication, compassion and effort they put forth each year astounds us.

The simple words "thank you" seems inadequate for the way they've reached out to our family. There is no greater gift anyone can give us than helping us keep his name, sacrifice and service alive in our youth of tomorrow. We were honored and blessed to work along side this group of men.

The Family of LCpl Daniel McVicker,


Reacts to Fairfield

Township meeting

To the editor:

I am writing about the April 3 article about the (Fairfield) township meeting.

Some residents have told me that from reading the article they got the impression that it sounded like I wanted special treatment for my mother because she was disabled. One man told me it sounded like I was playing the "disability card." That was never my intention, I never wanted special treatment, all I wanted was equal treatment. I can see how some might take it that way, but what people don't know is the reason I feel this way.

From Aug. 30 through Oct. 3 the constable repeatedly quoted to us from the Ohio Revised Code. He always stated that vehicles had to be licensed and insured to be seen. Then came Oct. 4, the deadline for my neighbor's property to be cleaned up had passed and there were still several junk vehicles on his property. Instead of writing a ticket, the constable leads my mother to believe that he had spoken to the township's attorney and that the attorney said it was OK for junk cars to be stored in the open on trailers. This was opposite to everything we were told to this point. When we questioned this, we learned two things.

First, no one could produce this law for us. Second, the constable never talked to the township's attorney; instead he spoke with Trustee Bob Hum. Trustee Hum says that is not what he discussed with Constable Webb. The constable still states that he received this information about trailers from Bob Hum. Now that the truth was known, the junk cars should have come off the trailers. But instead Trustee Hum decided to revisit the classification of the vehicles. We went to the meeting Oct. 16 to express our concerns the best we could in our allowed five minutes.

A week after the meeting, Constable Webb said they had got an opinion from a state patrolman and the patrolman agreed these vehicles were junk. Mr. Hum denies this happened, so I asked him if the highway patrol gave opinions on things like this, and at one point in our conversation Mr. Hum told me the patrol was basically, "traffic cops." So I contacted Constable Webb again and asked who specifically told him about the patrolman's opinion? Constable Webb says he got that information from Trustee Bob Hum. Mr. Webb also stated that he will probably get in trouble for telling me this information.

A week later Trustee Hum changed the classification of the vehicles from junk cars to race cars. Now called race cars, the vehicles can sit on trailers like Constable Webb originally wanted back on Oct. 4. I brought up the patrolman's opinion at the township meeting on Nov. 6th, Trustee Hum denied it, and when I attempted to question Mr. Webb about it, Mr. Hum told me that we were not there to discuss this, and that I needed to state my case and sit down. When I tried to bring it up again later in the meeting, Mr. Hum loudly proclaimed that he was, "done with my crying, done with me." Now my mother and I had no control over how Constable Webb interpreted and applied the law all these years, and we had no control over how he was applying it when this got started. We just felt that if you enforced a law on the township residents, it shouldn't change no matter whose driveway the constable found himself standing in. Before Oct. 4th, the constable was quite sure about the laws, after Oct. 4 the laws started to change. It is April 5 and the constable still will not officially classify the vehicles, yet he reports that he has been investigating cases for other residents. I would just like to know how? What version of the law are they getting? When I reported one of the vehicles caught fire near a large propane gas tank, Mr. Hum told me that I should just have 911 nearby.

I still can't understand why a trustee tells the constable how to interpret the law to begin with? Because when it turns out to be untrue, who do you complain to? I have to ask the trustees to check into the legal advice the constable states he got from the chairman of the trustees.

If the constable is going to do what Trustee Bob Hum tells him because Mr. Webb doesn't know the law, then give Mr. Hum the gun and the badge and then there will be no checks and balances because there will be no division of power. Then Constable Webb can go home and work on the 15 cars that he told me he keeps at his house, but his have to be kept in a garage because he lives in Columbiana. When I went to another Trustee Fred Grappy, he told me to get the best results, "usually lumps of sugar," work better than anything else. Now Mr. Grappy has since denied these comments. In my opinion our township's chain of command is a joke, and nobody is laughing.

I once asked who the attorney for the township really was after we found out Arles never talked to him, and Bob Hum wouldn't tell me. Instead he told me that the attorney wouldn't speak to me because in his words, "He works for us." Well who is the "us" in this township? I thought the people were.

This is about half the problems we had. By the way, thank you to Ruth Holloway, Walter Grossan and David Firestone for attempting to stand up for my mother at the Nov. 6th meeting, when they saw how she was being treated. Through all the yelling I never had a chance to thank you personally.


New Waterford

Youngster from Florida

asks for some help

To the editor:

My name is Jenny. I am a student at Wilton Manors Elementary School in Wilton Manors, Fla. My fifth-grade class and I are currently working on a project called "Exhibition." The central idea for our project is "People have a responsibility to care for and respect the world around them."

My specific topic is "People have a responsibility to prevent raw sewage from polluting the Earth's water."

If possible would you please send information relating to our topic? This information will be used to present to parents and students. Thank you for helping us with our project. We hope to make our world a better place for the Earth's waters.

Again thank you for helping us make a difference.


Wilton Manors

Elementary School

2401 NE Third Ave.

Wilton Manors, Fla. 33305

A non-smoker's view

on legalizing pot

To the editor:

Six point two billion dollars. That's how much money Jeffrey Miron, a Harvard professor, calculated would be earned if the government placed a tax on marijuana, as it is on tobacco and alcohol.

With today's economy suffering like it is, the government is looking for more and more ways to save and earn money. The legalization of marijuana would benefit the government, which could collect tax revenue from marijuana sales, in addition to benefiting the medical patients who need it. There are health risks, but no more than those of prescription drugs.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, it was estimated that in the year 2000 there were a total of 646,713 deaths. Of those deaths 573,340 were attributed to tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs alone legal substances.

The US Center for Disease Control shows that not one person has ever died from a marijuana related cause.

Since 1996, however 12 states have individually legalized medicinal marijuana. Despite being an illegal substance in the majority of the United States, it remains the number one cash crop in 12 states and among the top three in 30 states, exceeding the combined value of corn and wheat. In response to this, Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington D.C. states, "The fact that marijuana is America's No. 1 cash crop after more than three decades of governmental eradication efforts is the clearest illustration that our present marijuana laws are a complete failure."

The government needs to cut law enforcement costs - the solution is decriminalization across the nation. In 2005 Miron calculated that administration would save $7.7 billion in law enforcement costs. The United States is in an incredible amount of debt. Citizens need to take a stance on the drug war and call out to stop wasting their tax dollars on failing efforts. "A penny saved is a penny earned." If the federal government saved $7.7 billion from marijuana arrests and collected $6.2 billion from tax revenue, that's $13.9 billion earned. The government, however is not the only thing that would benefit from decriminalization, suffering patients would benefit as well.

Testimony has shown that marijuana poses health benefits to those suffering from chronic pain and illnesses. Legalizing marijuana would not only save U.S. tax dollars from law enforcement costs, but would also bring in tax revenue.




Formerly of Salem

Upset by coach's action

at soccer match

To the editor:

On Saturday, April 4, at 3 p.m., I was watching a soccer game at the Canfield (indoor) Soccer Center. The opposing team, "The East Liverpool Strikers," was down two goals with 10:27 left to play. The Strikers' coach was questioning a player's age on the other team, which is within his right, however it turned ugly in a hurry. The Strikers' coach became verbally abusive and began to physically attack the other coach, and had to be restrained by center staff.

While this was occurring, the assistant coach of the Strikers signaled to the fans (fathers) to assist the coach. The mad dash onto the field was on. I sat in amazement, could not believe the coach was trying to start a riot at a U10 girls-boys soccer game.

Upon leaving, we heard the coach over say he was going to pull his team, as he was banned from the center (this was not his first episode).

I truly hope someone responsible takes over the team, keeps them in the league, and teaches these kids the proper way to act, as I have had to explain to my daughter that what she witnessed, was not the proper way to handle challenges in life.





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