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July 11, 2010
Salem News

Rising gas prices is fuel for thought

To the editor:

Way to go Salem! Welcome all the people to the Super Nats by raising the price of gasoline 10 to 15 cents per gallon.


Takes previous letter to ed writer's advice....

To the editor:

After reading the letter from Mr. Johnson last week it really made me think what should I do and I took his advice and wrote to the editor.

He's against a proposal that would make companies fill out paper work on toxic chemicals that could harm workers who may come into contact with it and the consumer who buys it also.

There are many laws that get enforced through the EPA but are for everyone's protection but companies may have to fill out papers so let's throw that all out the door and expose the worker and the consumer to these chemicals and if they get sick or toxic chemicals get mixed wrong and a explosion occurs and lives are lost who cares because the companies can save a few dollars!

He mentions what's next surrender, to China. but hasn't it been on the news in recent years of things that were made with toxic paints and food for our pets and other products that come from China that get pulled off the shelves because of these toxic chemicals being used? Let's get rid of the EPA and the FDA so we can be like China and who cares about the American worker or consumer.

Also he makes sure to make it a political issue and as an American worker I could care less which party makes the proposal so I will show my support for this bill and vote for the ones who vote yes on this bill.


Thanks for making Relay for Life a success

To the editor:

On behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, I would like to thank the community, sponsors, and all relay teams and committee members for making the Salem Relay For Life such a great success. With your help the Salem Relay For Life achieved and exceeded its goal. To date we have raised $71,000 and counting.

A special thanks goes to the Salem News for their great coverage of our event and to Salem Parks and Recreation for the use of Waterworth Memorial Park.

I would like to remind everyone that "cancer" never takes a vacation. It doesn't care what your economic status or age is. One of the goals of the American Cancer Society is to one day make a world where no one has to hear those words, "You have cancer." Some of the ways to achieve this is through education, living a healthy life style and early detection.

Relay For Life teams work year round to raise funds and awareness of what the American Cancer Society can do for all of us. For information call 800-ASC-2345 or visit

Again, let me say "thank you" to all those who support the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

MARTY SHINN, Media chair, Salem Relay For Life, Salem

Boosters say thanks to those teeing it up

To the editor:

The 12th annual Salem Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 4, at the Salem Golf Club.

This tournament serves as a major fund-raising event and proceeds are utilized to provide two $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to deserving graduating student athletes. Remaining proceeds help support all athletic teams at Salem High School.

Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day filled with great golf, fellowship, and plenty of fun. The Salem Athletic Booster Club is grateful for the outstanding response and financial support we received by all who participated. We appreciate the contributions provided by Stadium GM Superstore for sponsoring the hole in one insurance. We acknowledge the special contributions supplied by Gordon Brothers Water, Butech Bliss, InstaCopy, the Salem Golf Club, and Mike Shulas, PGA Professional.

Many thanks are extended to our hole sponsors: Bob Sebo, Brian J. Macala Attorney at-Law, Butech-Bliss, Castruction Company Refractories (CCR), David Johnson, Dr. Yerkey and Dr. Madjarak, Farmers Bank, Jesko Associates, Morris Financial Group, Salem AMVETS Post 45, Schuster Construction, Stark Memorial, and Stifel Nicolaus.

Our sincere gratitude is extended to the businesses and individuals who every year play in this worthwhile tournament. We also thank the golfers who participated for the first time. We hope you will join us again next year.

JOHN BERLIN, TOM JESKO, Golf committee, Salem Athletic Booster Club, Salem

Disappointed over what dog, family went through

To the editor:

Our dog wandered away recently. Quite the shock really, Samson rarely ever looks at the gates let alone gets up to sneak out of it while it's open. We took the usual actions, as soon as we realized he wasn't in the house. We asked the neighbors, and looked in the general vicinity.

When that turned up nothing, and sunset had started, we widened our search and started with phone calls to see if anyone had turned him in and if not then reported him missing.

We called friends, vets, emergency animal hospitals, the Humane Society, the county pound, Alchemy Acres (a local animal sanctuary/rescue), the Salem Police, and every number any of those places gave us. We also made flyers offering a reward and handed them out to people, some business put them up, faxed them to every place we called, and hung them up around the area he went missing. Then we took an ad out in the paper and on Craigslist, (also offering a reward) in an act of desperation we even started a Facebook group. Night fell, Samson was still missing.

The next few days were basically repeats of day one, albeit a bit less than the first day. After so many calls and drives around the area, you realize there's not much you can do but hope that somebody found him and just hasn't seen any of the flyers, the ad in the paper, or any of the other things we had put up. We started to worry about his food and skin allergies and how bad they would be at that moment. We started to worry about his fear of loud noises, considering it was Fourth of July weekend. We worried about the extreme heat, he's only 6 pounds, he could fit in a shoebox; 90 degree temps could do some damage. We worried about our grandfather, as Samson is his companion. Grandpa was sad, worried, and lonely, a sight we've seen maybe twice in his 84 years. We hoped and prayed that someone would call.

Four days after he ran off we got the call. Someone a few streets away had found Samson and we could come and get him! We went to her house, she asked if there was a reward. We gave that to her. She went inside and got our little man, and we left. We were so happy to see him and have him safe and sound at home. A few hours later we received another call from a person claiming to have been the original "finder" of the dog. We were happy to reward anybody who helped to keep our Samson safe. So when we went over to give out the other reward we chit-chatted with the original "finder" a bit and came home absolutely sick to our stomach.

It turns out, the original "finder" of Samson found him the day he had wandered away and left him with his daughters to take care of while he went to work. The girls handed it over to their duplex neighbor lady for whatever reason. For the next three days the neighbors were back and forth about who was going to keep the dog. Then the original "finder" of the dog was at a store in Salem with his daughters and saw one of the flyers. He went home and had mentioned to the neighbor lady that he was going to call the number; she took his idea and called first.

Now all of that drama had had nothing to do with us, that was strictly between those neighbors. The part that sickened us was that it never occurred to either of them to call any of the places to report a missing dog. Neither of them was going to turn in a lost dog. Somebody was planning on keeping him for his or her own pet and we'd never have seen him again.

We had always thought that it was common knowledge that when you find a pet or lose a pet to at least call the police if not the Humane Society, local rescue shelters, or county dog warden/pound. We were shocked to find out exactly how many people either aren't aware, or don't care.

Please if you have a few spare lines in your paper, if you could use them to remind your readers on how important it is to call those numbers in the event of a found animal. There are families who wind up heartbroken at the loss of their pet; in the case of companion dogs it's even more important.

They become more like a member of the family rather than a pet. And in our case, it ensured that Samson got the care he needed for his allergy-induced infection during his vacation. Our vet recommends that if a pet is found to call the Humane Society, the local dog warden/pound, and Alchemy Acres.




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