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May 2, 2009
Salem News

Responds to letter

and defends Brown

We are replying briefly to a person who wrote in Salem News about needing new blood for council at large. We don't want to waste time on her disrespect and false accusations.

Yes, it is time to go vote in the May 5 primary. It takes concern and cooperation from everyone. It would make a much better city. Mr. Brown takes interest to listen to Salem citizens. He stands by the people and for the people. Clyde Brown is an experienced, well-educated Christian man




More response to

letter to the editor

To the editor:

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Salem politics! One of the only places where good politicians get attacked for doing good things for their community. Last week I read a letter from a local resident attacking Salem City Councilman Clyde Brown for just about everything, including doing the job he was elected to do.

I'm not too sure why this individual has an ax to grind with Mr. Brown, but she actually listed several reasons why we should vote for Clyde Brown. She attacked Mr. Brown for actively pursuing business development for the city of Salem, criticized him for doing his job on council, and condemned him for being an ethical and honest person.

She said that Brown had "the folly of thinking that he could single-handedly bring a major car manufacturer to the area." This isn't a folly. Clyde Brown was trying to do something good for our community. Clyde Brown demonstrated that he had faith in our community and that he was willing to work to provide our town with opportunity.

There is nothing wrong with a politician wanting a city to watch its wallet and for bureaucracy to be accountable. The writer attacked Clyde Brown for being concerned about costs associated with the new traffic light and wanting costs to be low regarding the East Pershing Street extension. She also attacked Clyde Brown for asking questions of department heads and for attempting to make changes to the city laws. Despite her criticisms of Brown's job performance she failed to see one point. Council members are supposed to question spending, keep bureaucrats accountable, and work on city laws.

The writer attacked Mr. Brown for making an issue with the house in the park. If you recall the issue with the house was that a city employee was provided with a sweetheart deal to rent a house owned by the city for $100 a month. Anyone can tell that this deal between the city and one of its employees was fishy. The city claimed the residence was part of a compensation package, but who paid the taxes on the compensation? Where is the proof that the taxes were ever paid? Clyde Brown did the right thing and wanted an explanation for what was going on. He acted ethically and honestly and wanted the city to do the same thing.

I'm not sure if the person who wrote last week's letter is familiar with reverse psychology. I'm amused that every criticism she made of Clyde Brown is an example of the kind of leadership we need on city council. I want politicians to purse business development opportunities, to do their jobs as members of council, and to be ethical and honest. Some people in this community do not share my opinion. Oh by the way, it seems that Clyde Brown does have an agenda, the same agenda I want us all to have - to improve Salem.



Upset with lack of

parking near Reilly

To the editor:

I drove into Salem tonight (April 28) to watch my son at the track meet. All the excitement of a high school event, weather was a little cold, but bearable.

Well, the greeting I got from Salem High School and the surrounding businesses, and library and local church was colder than the weather.

I just wanted to park and watch the track meet, watch my son compete. The competition was where do I park. I'll let you add the descriptives but it went something like this. The apparent track parking lot holds 20 to 25 cars at most. It was full. Ah, there's a church on the corner I have parked in previously! I pulled into this lot and a rent-a-cop was waiting in his vehicle, he politely asked if I was here for the track meet. I said yes, and he said I cannot park here. I asked him where he'd suggest for me to park, and he said he wasn't from the area and then smiled.

Next, I drive back past the track and stopped at the barber shop, where a man asked if I was going to get a haircut. He was obviously upset. I said no, I was just turning around, he said he was calling a tow-truck for other cars that were in his lot.

Next I saw two vehicles pull into the library. I was about to follow them when a security guard chased them right back out of their parking lot with his arms waving, and him pointing at the exit. So, I began to drive around the block that contains the complex. I found the entrance to the elementary school. As I pulled into this parking lot, it offers many open spaces. Pay dirt! Not exactly. I walk from the car, over to the field and find myself looking a six foot brick wall. I look down the side of the stadium and see that I can travel 120-plus yards through various backyards and eventually get to the entrance to the stadium. Not exactly convenient. Then, to top it off, my son texts me that his event is over. Icing on the cake.

You'd think the town, or nearby neighborhood, would be excited about the high school, and their students and the opportunity to host an athletic event. I didn't get that feeling of "excitement." I felt more like, "Hey you, get off my property, I don't care what else is going on, I need to keep my parking lot empty."

Please feel free to share this note with whomever you want. Thanks for your time.



Library in Kansas has

a connection to Salem

To the editor:

I am the director of the Mary Cotton Public Library in Sabetha, Kan. Our library was named after a former resident of your area, Mary McKee Cotton (died March 5, 1912), wife of A.D. Jackson Cotton (died 1897). They are both buried in a Hope Cemetery in Columbiana County, Salem Ohio.

Mary was the daughter of James G. McKee and Amanda M. Heacock McKee. There were three sisters, Rosanna McKee Taylor, Sarah McKee Shope, Carrie McKee Bolinger, and brother, William F. McKee.

We have been renovating our city library and would be interested to know if anyone might know of a picture of Mrs. Cotton.

It seems that she was rather camera shy while in Kansas. We are also interested in finding out if there are any living relatives that might be interested in corresponding with us about Mrs. Cotton or her husband.



Mary Cotton Public Library

915 Virginia St.

Sabetha, Kan. 66534

Leetonia union

members seek support

To the editor:

The Leetonia School District has a levy on the ballot for the May 5th election. The members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Union, OAPSE Local 224, are asking for the voters of our community to support this levy. We are asking for your "yes" vote. The need for additional funds for our school has been in the news for the past couple of years. The need has not diminished over time, but has greatly increased.

Our members work in the school in various positions, secretarial, transportation, custodial, food service and as aides in the library. We are grateful for the opportunity to work for the school district and to be of service to the students.

We enjoy the many varied aspects of our jobs. It may seem obvious why we support the levy, in these tough economic times, we all want to keep our jobs. But we also want the district to survive, for the sake of the students and for the sake of this community.

We have so many positive things going for Leetonia, a new library, scenic bike trail, Industrial park, and coke ovens. We have business and community involvement with festivals and organizations. A strong school system enhances our community as well and is a source of pride. We may be a small school in a rural setting, but for our children at Leetonia Schools, we are the starting point to their future. Let's not hold them back.

Our members live in this community, we are your neighbors, and we understand the impact the levy will have on property taxes.

But keep in mind, we voted, years ago, to build this beautiful new school because of the increased value it would bring to our properties, we need to vote at this next election to protect that value.

More importantly we need your vote to protect what we value and cherish the most, our children's future.

Please join our members in support of our school and our students. Please vote "yes" on May 5.



OAPSE Local 224,


Youngster seeks

postcards for school

To the editor:

Dear residents of Ohio:

My second-grade class at Furry Elementary School is learning about the United States. I need your help with a special project we are doing called "Picture America." We are trying to collect postcards from each state. If you would like to help me with this class project please send me a postcard showing an interesting or important feature of your state.

Thank you for helping me.


310 Douglas Drive

Sandusky, OH 44870

Hearty applause for

SHS's 'Grease' members

To the editor:

Tuesday night was a true testament to Salem's community spirit as the Salem High School hosted an encore performance of "Grease" to benefit Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary, raising over $1,600.

Organized by Mr. Samu, the cast, crew, production members, directors, and musicians wholeheartedly gave a beautiful performance.

In times where the word "busy" is an understatement, these wonderful people (many whom are the youth of our community) displayed what it means to be a member of society by taking the time, working together, and contributing to a cause. Additionally to be thanked are the people who attended the production during the work week and many for the second time.

Each and every person who participated deserves a thank you. Every penny of every donation and funds raised goes directly to the food, vet care, supplies, bedding, and the heat bills (in the winter) for the animals. With the help of this magnificent community and our 150-plus volunteers,

Alchemy has been able to adopt over 2,500 animals into loving homes in just four years.

The SACCO Family

and the ALCHEMY team members,




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