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December 20, 2009
Salem News

Family offers its gratitude

To the editor:

On that fateful morning, our wingless angel was called to heaven.

The family of Jennifer Baker would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of those on the scene the morning of the tragic accident. We appreciate the care and compassion that each of your offered.

We would also like to thank all of our family, neighbors and friends who have offered their kind words, monetary donations, cards, food, helping hands, thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. We appreciate all of your support.

Thank you to the entire West Branch community and surrounding communities for all that you have done. All of us feel truly humbled by your loving tribute to Jennifer following our loss.

We ask you continue to keep Jacob in your prayers as he begins the rehabilitation process. Also remember Madilynn in your thoughts during the difficult days ahead. Not enough words can express our sincere thanks.




GARY and


Giving the gift of life

To the editor:

During this season of giving, consider giving the greatest gift of all; the Gift of Life. There is an urgent need for organ and tissue donors in Ohio and across the United States.

You probably know someone who is maybe in need or has been touched by donation or transplantation. Today, more than 100,000 women, children and men nationwide are awaiting life-saving organ transplants.

A new name is added to this waiting list every 13 minutes. The simple fact is that organ, tissue and eye donation saves lives. One organ and tissue donor can save and heal the lives of more than 50 people.

Since the demand for organs far exceeds the number available for transplantation, eighteen people die every day because an organ is not available.

More registered organ and tissue donors are needed and each of us has the power to save lives.

Everyone, regardless of age, religion or medical history, can join the Ohio Donor Registry. It is free and offers the ultimate opportunity to share one's life with another.

Registering is an easy process that can be done by saying "yes" to donation when obtaining or renewing your driver license at any Ohio BMV agency, visiting or calling LifeBanc at 216-752-5433 to request a registry form.



Congressman creating problems

To the editor:

What would be used as the defense for a fireman who was discovered to be the local arsonist?

Could the excuse it was for job security be logical. How many personal testimonies would surface touting the fireman's selflessness and courage. Now compare that to Congressman (Ol' Doc) Wilson who has voted for Government-run health care.

Congressman Wilson spends most of his time endearing himself to constituents finding late social security checks, battling credit card companies and expediting Medicare/Medicaid payments. Well Ol' Doc Wilson is going to have a windfall with government house health care and the problems he will help create.

William E Eardley

East Liverpool

Suggests trying a vegan diet

To the editor:

Millions of people will start diets this New Year's Day. But many of those weight-loss plans aren't healthy or sustainable. As a dietitian, I encourage Americans to start 2010 with a healthy vegan diet. Abundant research has shown that people who maintain a healthy weight over the long-term tend to eat a plant-based diet.

This simple prescription for weight loss doesn't require any portion control or calorie counting. A diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can also boost the immune system and prevent illnesses.

A meatless diet can even help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

A free online program starting New Year's Day offers people all the tools they need to try a healthy plant-based diet. The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart provides daily recipes and advice from dietitians, doctors, and celebrity diet counselors, including Alicia Silverstone. Sign up at

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

Director of Nutrition


Physicians Committee

for Responsible Medicine,

Washington, DC



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