Lack of shoveling is
upsetting to resident
To the editor:
I am so sad over the lack of heart and common courtesy of today's people. I saw a sight on Thursday, Feb. 18, that just broke my heart. It was afternoon, and I had just picked my daughter up from Reilly Elementary in Salem. We started for home.
Seeing her peers walking from school on unshoveled walks is quite upsetting! Local businesses, homeowners, and renters are not doing their part to ensure the safety of our children. With deep snow piled on the walks, where are the children supposed to walk- the streets?
As we continued for home, we came to the light at State Street and Broadway. There we saw a sight that made me cry! A woman carrying a baby, a young child toddling close behind, and following them was a gentleman using a walker due to being an amputee. The problem was that they were all walking on the street. There are no accesses to the walks wide enough for walkers or wheelchairs! How sad is that?
Let's think about our citizens! Have you stopped to think about your mail carrier? They are bringing you your mail. Clear your walk! Think about the children, Clear your walk! Think about the citizens, clear your walk! Overall message, have heart and common courtesy, clear your walk! Shame on you city of Salem, local businesses, homeowners, and renters!
NANCY J. BROWN,
Opposed to mayor's
attempt for annexation
To the editor:
Salem's government is attempting to annex more of Perry Township and Green Township using the justification of needing the Quaker City Raceway land for another industrial park.
Mayor Wolford has stated that the acquisition of a government grant is contingent on the annexation. It is possible the land will be annexed and the grant won't be awarded leaving the land vacant and undeveloped.
News reports come almost daily illustrating that Salem doesn't have the funds to provide needed services to the community. Why take on additional obligations to provide additional services to a larger area?
The taxpayers of Salem should be asking the mayor and council why they want to annex vacant land that has to be developed when there are industrial properties that are already developed and available in Salem.
The taxpayer should also ask what the payback is for taking on this obligation. Keep in mind most of the land to be annexed is vacant and will not provide much tax income to the city for some time to come. It will however greatly enhance the value of the land for the landowners requesting annexation.
If you agree that there are better alternatives to this annexation speak out and let the mayor and council know.
Deserve more answers
from Salem officials
To the editor:
Salem wants to purchase coal mined land? Salem wants to annex the property off of U.S. Route 62 for an industrial park?! (currently the Salem Dragstrip).
Salem's goal is to annex this property so they can connect city water onto the land behind the dragstrip, build an industrial park, and "hopefully" get some of the governments stimulus money to fund this ... If the government has any of this money left. How can Salem afford to pay the owner of the dragstrip $10,000 even if the annexation doesn't go through? Salem is already cutting the police department, city service departments, park funds, fireworks, and the list goes on.
Salem officials should be spending their time trying to solve the current economic needs of the city, and encourage small businesses to occupy the current stores that now sit empty in downtown Salem.
There is plenty of room/land in Salem that currently exists, that already has city water, to put an industrial park, if that's what the officials want.
Salem officials need to make better decisions and spend the citizens money wisely and not on coal-mined land.
If you oppose this annexation, I urge you to contact the Columbiana County Commissioners, and Salem officials to voice your opinion.
City residents along with the Green and Perry Township residents should be screaming! We deserve more answers before this annexation goes through!
More opposition to
To the editor:
The headlines in today's (Feb. 18) Salem News all talk about Salem cutting police force, unable to fund the street department, and trying to bring small business into the downtown.
So, why is it that the mayor is so focused on annexing new land into the city for an industrial park? Salem officials should be focusing on rebuilding the downtown and trying to get occupants for all of the vacant stores that currently exist.
How about getting "industries" into the current industrial park and all of the existing vacant buildings rather than trying to build a new industrial park that will, more than likely, sit empty.
Salem cannot afford to pay their city workers, maintain the roads, or maintain the parks. However, they can manage to hire an attorney out of Columbus to try to pass this annexation.
Salem residents need to ask their elected officials what "industry" they are planning to come into this proposed industrial park. Green and Perry Township residents need to contact the Columbiana County Commissioners and Salem officials to voice their opposition to this annexation. Once they get a hold of a piece of our townships, they will continue to want more of township land.
Are Salem workers
willing to spread wealth?
To the editor:
Last week while reading the Wall Street Journal I was taken back and somewhat frightened by the article declaring many municipalities filing for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. I immediately thought of our great town in Salem, Ohio.
I watched our latest council meeting with our superior auditor James Armeni simply telling council that we cannot pay our bills in the month of January. James Armeni has done everything he can by stretching our dollars and keeping our city afloat with the budget he has to work with. It is clearly not a case of money management. In fact Mr. Armeni has performed somewhat of a magic act to get us through 2009. My fear now is how much more blood can we get out of a stone?
We need everyone including the firemen and police to get involved in our budget and see the black and white. President Obama presses the issue to spread the wealth, so I ask you workers of our city, are you ready to spread the wealth? Are you willing to take a pay cut so your fellow fireman or police officer can remain employed. Are you willing to take a reduced pension match so we can keep the entire police force employed? Are you willing to take some of the health care burden to keep your fellow brothers and sisters on to get a paycheck? Are you willing to spread the wealth? I know the private sector has sacrificed 10 fold, and I hate the idea of spreading wealth.
My wife and I decided not to renew our lease in Salem, and concentrate our focus on our business in Boardman. We feel this way because we felt that Salem is not going into the right direction. I imagine other businesses are feeling the same. Thus, we need leadership! We need someone to say here is our bottom line. Here are the things that we need to implement to get the job done and do it. I want every officer to remain on force to protect this great town and every fireman on force to be there when duty calls. We cannot maintain our current status, or we will be part of the municipalities that are filing Chapter 9. Take a stand and be leaders. I don't want to be Sharon, Pa., I want to be the great Salem, Ohio.
JON P. ARNOLD, MBA, CMT
Family of fall victim
To the editor:
A thank you doesn't seem like nearly enough compared to all of the love and support we have received since Gregg's fall back in October.
We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, our church family, friends, family and strangers! It really is awesome to live in a small town and we are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many kind people.
Thank you to everyone that brought us meals, prepared the house for Gregg's return home, the gift baskets, cards, emails, phone calls, visits, gift cards, monetary gifts, Christmas gifts, hospital equipment, babysat our kids, mowed our yard, food, helped with driving back and forth to the hospital, doctor appointments and ongoing rehab appointments, the list just goes on and on.
What may have seemed like a small thing to you, helped so much and means the world to us.
Thank you to everyone that helped with our benefit raffle. The proceeds were such a blessing not only to help with added expenses of trips back and forth to Akron, but also because of the holidays.
We were also blessed by our church hosting a benefit dinner and silent auction to help with our medical bills. Thank you to everyone who helped; those that organized, set up, cooked, served, donated, cleaned up, and supported us. We feel so undeserving of it all and can't even begin to express how much it will help.
Most of all thank you for all of your prayers. We know that without them we would not have gotten through this. Each one of you have touched our lives in such a special way and we will NEVER forget it. We pray that we'll someday be able to bless others the way you all have blessed us. God is good...all the time!
With love and gratitude,
Gregg and Charleen Coffee,
Combining bad with bad
doesn't make good
To the editor:
Some 61 percent of voters want the U.S. House and Senate to scrap their health care reform bills and start over, according to a recent Rasmussen survey. But lawmakers from both chambers continue to meet behind closed doors trying to forge a compromise bill. How does combining bad with bad make good?
As someone partially responsible for growth of our city, I am particularly concerned about the mandates, penalties and taxes Congress has directed at small businesses. Even in this tough economic climate, many small businesses have persevered.
Collectively, two-thirds of new jobs are generated by small companies. A full 90 percent of U.S. companies employ 20 workers or fewer. But our nation's economic engine - small businesses - may sputter and stall if forced to comply with requirements proposed in the health care bills.
Congress, like it, or not, should go back to the drawing board with health care reform. American citizens have voiced their disdain for their work on this more loudly and clearly than on any other issue in recent history. Health care reform is needed, but not at the expense of U.S. small businesses.
Politicians will talk
health care to death
To the editor:
I can think of thousands of other families and companies in the tri-county area that feel the same way! Too bad the train has already run off the tracks. Think back when Ross Perot ran for president and his predictions! Same way with health care, our politicians will talk it to death.
Not the kind of change
people were asking for
To the editor:
The great debate at the moment in the U.S. Senate is the possibility that the Democrat party is going to force the health care changes on the American people using the process known as "Reconciliation."
Reconciliation is when a bill is passed with a simple majority, or a minimum of 51 of 100 senators voting in favor of the bill. This "Reconciliation" was referred to earlier as the "Nuclear Option" when in 2005, the Republican party was considering using the option to confirm various judicial nominations.
When the Nuclear Option (Reconciliation) was being considered, Democrats at the time has this to say about it:
Hillary Clinton (D-NY) "This president has come to the majority here in the Senate and basically said "Change the rules, do it the way I want it done." 5/23/05.
Charles Schumer (D-NY) "We are on the precipice of crisis, a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances which have been at the core of this Republic are about to be evaporated by the Nuclear Option...They (Republicans) want their way every single time, and they will change the rules, break the rules, misread the constitution, so that they will get their way." 5/18/05.
Harry Reid (D-Nev) - "Mr. President, the right to extend the debate is never more important than when one party controls congress and the White House. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government." 5/18/05.
Diane Feinstein (D-Cal) "The Nuclear Option, if successful, will turn the Senate into a body which could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations, next will be executive appointments and then legislation." 5/18/05.
Max Baucus (D-Mont) "This is the way democracy ends. Not with a bomb, but with a gavel." 5/19/05.
Joe Biden (D-Del) "This Nuclear Option, is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab - I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don't make the kind of naked power grab you are doing." 5/23/05.
In 2005, the Republicans didn't use Reconciliation choosing instead to retain the age-old rules of the Senate to require non-budgetary legislation to be passed by a minimum of 60 votes. Since the Democrats lost their "super majority" they have decided the idea for which they railed against five years ago is not so bad after all. This is not the kind of change people were asking for.
Moral obligation for U.S.
to finish job in Iraq
To the editor:
I appreciated the remarks made in "Haiti Aid Must be Monitored" (Jan. 27) We must monitor our tax dollars even when they are being used for such a noble task as this. But this raises another interesting question, "How can anyone willingly invest millions and millions of tax dollars, and deploy our troops to Haiti, yet have stood (and continue to stand) against the war in Iraq?
Haiti has suffered a natural disaster, however, under the control of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was suffering an unnatural disaster.
From the time of his bloody takeover of the country, Hussein brought ruin to his country.
1. He used chemical warfare to subdue his citizens.
2. His minions thrust people feet first into large plastic shredders as a means of execution.
3. While living in luxury, he forced his people to live in deep poverty, through manipulation of the Oil for Food Program. Though thousands of soldiers have been killed in the conflict most would undoubtedly say that it was worth it to remove a man who had a history of supporting terrorism, was actively pursuing weapons of mass destruction (though thankfully he was not successful), and clearly posed a threat to the rest of the world.
It seems clear that if there is a moral obligation to help the suffering Haitian people (and there is), then there was a moral obligation to go into Iraq, and to stay there until the job is done.
Open letter to public
and government officials
To the editor:
This is an open letter to both the general public and our government officials at all levels. As a local businessman since the late '60s, I am so disgusted to see the total quality control of most consumer's goods go from a good program during the '60s, '70s, '80s to an almost non existence during the '90s and into the 2000's.
Most of these goods are now at best a "cheap imitation" of quality goods once manufactured and distributed in the USA.
When you wonder where the jobs are, and as to why this nation is in such dire circumstances, just think of all the times when the cheaper foreign brand was so much less; and you bought it to save money. That was all right for a while, but it has caught up with us; and now most of us are hurting financially.
The raw truth is that there is no quality control over these imports, and recent findings are now showing just how dangerous some of these "cheap" imitations are.
For example, I designed a specialty item that required intricate engineering/and wasn't common. As it was made here in the USA, and as a quality product; the failure rate was less than 1 percent. One of my customers in 2006 decided to send one of these items to China for them to evaluate. To make a long story short, the foreign item may have looked the same on the outside, and it certainly did cost less; this cheap imitation ended up having a 60 percent failure rate. The customer lost all integrity with his product line; not to mention injuries in the field caused by so many failures.
Needless to say, this hurt my company for a while. Point is this is happening all over the USA and really needs to be addressed before there are no longer any domestic manufacturers, that have always made a quality product.
RANDY P. STRADER,
Salem Mobile Meals
needs help with driving
To the editor:
Help! Snow emergency. Salem Mobile Meals has been delivering meals since 1975 and has never missed a delivery in the 35 years.
To date, we have delivered over 350,000 meals, however, due to many of our drivers vacationing in the south during the winter, we have now reached the point that we need help.
If any of your readers can drive any day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are willing to undergo an orientation program, we ask that they call our coordinator, Jo Anna Bosel, at 330-332-2160.
There are many folks depending on daily delivery of meals and we are reaching out to the community for help.
GEOFFREY S. GOLL,