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November 1, 2009
Salem News

Against the levy

To the editor:

My parents, myself, my four sons and four of my grandchildren are students of Leetonia School Systems. We have always supported our schools. Things in this area have slowed down and money is tight.

Our school keeps trying to convince us that they have made cuts, so why are they still insisting that we need higher taxes? I think the school board need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan, them killing us with taxes. Many of us can't afford this tax.

Take a ride around our community and take a good look. Unemployment, empty houses, uncompleted projects and a hand full of jobs. Our community needs help. Our school should tighten their belts and help our community be a better place to live, not driving us out to other communities. I am not supporting any new taxes for the school.



Upset with the system

To the editor:

Our son, Jonathan, was attending the University of Pittsburgh to become a mechanical engineer. On the evening of Feb. 13, 2007, he went sled riding with a group of friends.

There was a sled-riding accident and he crushed the fourth vertebrae in his neck. After an eight-hour surgery on Feb. 14, and some setbacks, he went to a rehab hospital on March 2.

He came out of the hospital as a C-4 quadriplegic. This means he is in a motorized wheelchair with movement in his arms, very limited movement in his fingers, and no movement in his legs.

He returned home to Salem on June 26, 2007, to recuperate. His family took care of his needs and took him to outpatient therapy three times a week until August of 2008. He then wanted to return to school to finish his education. Since he had started at Pitt and the accident had actually been on campus, he wanted to return to where he had friends and knew the professors.

He actually made it through his junior year (2008-09) experiencing many problems with nurses and aides coming to help him. He has now returned for his senior year and has just been informed that no agencies in Pennsylvania will accept Ohio Medicaid to pay for his nurses and aides. With one week notice his nurses and aides stopped coming.

He now is paying out of his pocket for a nurse to come take care of his needs. This is costing him $100 a night or $400 a week. Since his disability check is only $929 a month, where is he supposed to get the rest of the money to pay his nurse and have any money at all to live on?

The other nights he has to rely on friends to come and put him in bed and then come back in the morning to get him back into his chair so he can go to his classes.

What is wrong with this picture? He very easily could have sat back, felt sorry for himself and lived off the government for the rest of his life. He chose to make the best of it and finish his education, get a job, and become a productive member of society.

Just because his body does not function well, his brain is still functioning very well. In fact he had straight A's last semester and has a 3.4 grade point average for his first three years of college.

Why is it that someone with a disability who is trying to better themselves run into a roadblock at every turn? Where is the government aid that is supposed to help these individuals? Why isn't it helping him?

We, his parents, do not have the extra money to pay for his nurses and are at a loss as to how we can help him. There needs to be some way for him to get help. We are desperately searching for a way to help our son finish his education.



Compliments officials

To the editor:

The Columbiana City Council and city manager did the most professional and educational explanation I have heard in presenting their plans to prevent future flooding.

They are to be complimented, and I absolutely endorse their idea.

Five years ago, when we moved to Columbiana, we woke up to our very first morning in our house with the basement full of water and the front yard looking like a lake.

I went to council with the suggestion that I would certainly be willing to pay for any cost to relieve the drainage problem in front of my house.

They never directly responded to me. I had to go on and spend thousands of dollars to redirect drains, have a company waterproof our basement, and install the biggest drywell I could find.

My problem is resolved, but this community needs to find a permanent resolution to a problem that needed to have a permanent solution 60 years ago.

The councils' proposal is exactly what we need, and what I suggested five years ago.

It is easy to see that paying an extra $100 improvement assessment is going to improve both my property value and my quality of life.

Go for it.



Offer gratitude

To the editor:

The ladies of the Salem Church Women United want to express our sincere thanks for th generous response to our annual Back-To-School Clothing Project.

This year, 482 Salem School District children of lower-income families, from Head Start through eighth grade, were given vouchers to purchase new clothing and shoes, of their own choice, for going back to school.

Our thanks is also extended to those who gave monetary donations, to the Salem News for the needed publicity, to the Emmanuel Lutheran church for the use of their building, to the volunteers for their help with sign-ups, and, a special thanks to the Salem Walmart for being our project shopping center. We really appreciate all your help.

Although the back-to-school clothing program is a Church Women United annual project, it is the support and generosity of the people of Salem who make possible this project year after year. Thank you so much. God bless you.




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