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January 31, 2010
Salem News

Unhappy with house

being torn down

To the editor:

My name is Brian Cunningham. I reside at 849 E. Third St., Salem.

I was walking to the store one day when I saw a house at 165 Hawley Ave., Salem. I noticed the windows were gone and there was a paper on the door. It was from the city saying they are going to tear it down. So I called the number on the paper (330-332-5131). I wanted to see if I could purchase it. The gentleman was short with me and said no it will be torn down. He said it was part of the stimulus plan and whoever got it tore out the windows and left it. Well, I can do roofing, drywall, plumbing, electrical and concrete work.

I have a 2-year-old daughter I want to raise and send to school in Salem. I am 45 years old and have a 22-year old son, and as I said a 2-year-old daughter. I would like to own my own home. I don't have a lot of money. But I have the ambition to fix up a house. I thought cities need tax dollars, not waste them. If that house is torn down I'm sure it will cost the taxpayers. Then the lot will be left empty. If someone could explain this reasoning to me I would appreciate it, or knows of a house I could rescue, please send letter or call me. My address, like I said, is 849 E. Third St., Salem, Ohio 44460 Apartment 2; or phone 234-567-4220.

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM,

Salem

Thanks for donated yarn

which helped others

To the editor:

We want to thank everyone who dropped yarn off at Lincoln Place Apartments. The community response to our request was overwhelming!

Not only will bodies and feet be warmed by the blankets and slippers that will be made, but also many hearts and lives will be warmed by your thoughtfulness.

JEAN LAGORE,

Property manager

and the Crocheting Ladies of Lincoln Place Apts.

Salem

Grateful for outpouring

of community generosity

To the editor:

During the recent holiday season, we heard a lot about how tough the economy was. Nearly every night, the media regaled us with reports on how the retail market was faring.

Each of us knew how the economy and job losses had impacted either us personally or our friends or loved ones. It seemed no one was immune.

In the midst of that climate, we here at the County Children Services pondered how to approach our annual letter drive for donations to assist with Christmas for children in foster care. We decided it just wasn't appropriate to send out our usual barrage of letters.

We knew people didn't have it, and we didn't want to place the added burden on already strained budgets. But what to do? We don't have a budget for Christmas gifts for these children. State and federal funds provide for a portion of the cost of care-but Christmas presents? No, we have to figure that one out for ourselves.

We decided to ask the County Bar Association if they could help. They don't usually do such projects, but a lot of the attorneys work with our staff and know the heart-wrenching stories behind a lot of the faces of foster kids. They rose to the challenge, launching the first ever Foster Children Christmas Fund Drive and raising $2,500 for us

But that's not all! Other systems contacted us on their own, asking what they could do to help.

The Negley United Methodist Church, which has helped us out with gift boxes over the years, held their biggest ever drive and provided us with over 60 gift boxes for foster children, a phenomenal effort for this small congregation.

In addition, we received gifts from the Hanoverton Girl Scout Troop, the Eagles and Eagles Auxiliary of Lisbon, the East Liverpool Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, and Toys for Tots-an outpouring of generosity which we never expected.

We are so grateful and feel so blessed to live in a community like ours.

We may not have a lot of fancy corporate employers, and we may not have the best paved streets and roads, and we may have to struggle and strive for everything we get, but, by golly, the people of Columbiana County have big hearts and generous spirits, and they will pull together to help each other out. I am proud to be a part of this county where good people take care of each other.

I thought you, as the editor of the local paper, where a lot of negativity often appears in print, would want to know about the good stuff too.

EILEEN DRAY-BARDON,

Director,

Columbiana County DJFS,

Lisbon

Planning coordinator:

We remain vigilant

To the editor:

In Tuesday's Morning Journal (Salem News sister newspaper) Poll, 67 percent of the respondents stated they were not confident the government is protecting them from a biological terrorism attack.

With the recent public health events of H1N1 and worldwide terrorism this is an understandable response to this question. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, The World Health Organization, The Ohio Department of Health, Emergency Management Agencies, and the Columbiana County Health Department have dedicated enormous resources to bioterrorism response.

At the Columbiana County Health Department we work to coordinate bioterrorism response with federal and local agencies such as the Emergency Management Agency, fire chiefs, and police.

Currently, we are in the process of increasing our emergency response to include training that will help us to detect and respond to many types of biological agents that may be released.

Our H1N1 vaccine activities allowed us to develop PODS (points of dispensing) clinic sites for mass vaccinations or bioterrorism response that could be utilized for large populations in a disease outbreak. Public health preparedness whether it's for a pandemic or biological response is an ongoing process, and one in which we must remain vigilant.

"Bioterrorism response is not new, but it is ever changing, and we must change with it."

BOB ZEHENTBAUER,

Columbiana County

Health Department

Bioterrorism/ Public Health Emergency Planning

coordinator

Upset with being charged

to have records sent

To the editor:

Having been made aware recently of an added expense to our medical care, I feel compelled to warn others. Our doctor who practices with Prima Health Care moved his office further away from us. Because we are elderly, it is more difficult for us to get there. So after 20 years, we found ourselves looking for a doctor closer to our home. We did this very reluctantly, as we were very fond of him and had complete trust in him!

After getting new doctors we signed releases for our records to be sent there. Imagine our surprise when we received a bill of $137.84 for the two of us from Prima Health Care ...for the records from the year 2004-2009. I was told that they would not be sent until I paid the bill. I made many inquiries about this subject, from other persons and agencies. It appears that some doctors are charging for this, but others are not! Also, not one fee that was mentioned to me was this high. "It is for faxing," they said. I asked if I could have them mailed and I would pay the postage, and the answer was "no." I then offered to pick them up at the office. "No, they are not your property," they responded. Since my husband has multiple health problems, I decided that he must have his records sent. But I bargained to get only one year of mine sent. My bill was $113.94 for both. Let me understand this-elderly patients of long standing-too far to drive to the doctor of 20 years-not with an affluent retirement income-important medical records our patient history. The bill is now paid, and I will put this to rest!

I guess it is really as they say...medical care is about money and profit, not about the patient. What about the rest of our records? I am sure they will end up being shredded (or deleted) since we are no longer there. My only hope is that we do not have to change doctors again soon!

CAROLE MATHEY,

Alliance

Are our state, local

officials beggars?

To the editor:

Leaders or beggars? While watching our local news the other night (Youngstown, Ohio) I was appalled to see our state and local leaders on TV literally whining that they hadn't got any of the promised "stimulus money." I am talking about our leaders, in general, but specifically, Rep. Tim Ryan (D), Rep Charlie Wilson (D) Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), and Gov. Ted Strickland (D). What are these guys thinking? Standing there crying and whining because they didn't get a "handout!" How disgusting!

I wonder if it ever occurred to these guys to become true leaders, and show Washington, DC, that we do not need a handout! Show them how successful the "Buckeye State" could be, if run properly, and maybe be an example of how a government "should" function.

I wonder if it ever occurs to this bunch, that by taking federal handouts, you, in effect, are asking people of all other states to help do things in Ohio that Ohioans could and should, do.

We need leaders, not beggars. A real statesman would not be willing to stoop to that level.

Instead of complaining about being snubbed, why not tell those in DC that we, as a state, no longer wish to send any of our money to them? If you do not send it to them, then you don't have to wonder if you will get it back. If these so called leaders do not want to stand up and be leaders, it is time for them to stand down.

The country is going broke. If the state is too, then it is time to take a sharp pencil to the budget and cut it! Stop the overspending.

If we need a road built or repaired, what do you say we do it ourselves and stop looking to DC like Mecca and just do it! Do our leaders actually prefer we become a permanent welfare state? I am like many other taxpayers, I have to pay, so I should have a say! Stop begging! It is very embarrassing!

FRED MONIGOLD,

Salineville

Brown, Wilson should

learn from Massachusetts

To the editor:

In the aftermath of the special election in Massachusetts, where Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley, polls show that 78 percent of voters who voted for Brown did so primarily to stop "Obamacare." This, in a heavily Democrat state.

I would like to remind the citizens of Ohio, including those in Ohio's Sixth District, Senator Sharrod Brown and Congressman Charlie Wilson have both been voting in their respective legislatures to implement what the majority of all Americans have indicated they do not want forced onto them.

I hope both Mr. Brown and Mr. Wilson would take heed of the results from the Massachusetts election on Jan. 19 and stop trying to pass this piece of legislation.

Should either choose to continue to try to ram this health care change on Ohioans against the majority of our wishes, I predict that both will meet the same fate as Ms. Coakley did in Massachusetts.

RICHARD DRUMMOND,

Salem

 
 

 

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