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September 5, 2010
Salem News

Parent offer hearty congratulations to Salem School District for excellence

To the editor:

Congratulations to the entire administration, faculty, and service staff of the Salem City Schools for helping solidify the "Excellent" report card rating that was announced last week by Superintendent Tom Bratten. What an accomplishment for our school district and students to have achieved such acclaim - and deservedly so!

While these results are from a combined and collaborative effort from everyone in the district as a whole - our students, administration, school board members and faculty including teachers, building secretaries, duty aides, cafeteria staff, maintenance and custodial workers and bus drivers - each should be commended for selflessly fostering a daily environment that enables all units to cohesively work in unison for the betterment of our students' education.

Of course, the most integral and influential components that greater contribute to the district's success and accomplishments are the multitude of parents who remain proactive and involved with their children's daily academic schedules and demands. With a wide variety of current technology and advancements available at all levels, building principals and teachers are easily accessible and the increasingly open communication channels between parents and faculty have proven to be significant contributors to the overall effectiveness of our school district.

In my travels, I frequently hear many positive comments pertaining to the ever-present "harmony" apparent between teachers, the administration and the Salem Education Association, and the continual willingness of school board members Bailey, Myers, Bush, Cushman and Null in listening to the concerns and ideas of employees, parents, business leaders and citizens, respectively. These five gentlemen are not only local residents: they are parents and businessmen who have a genuine interest in the daily operations and success of our school system, and take personal pride and accountability in executing their duties - all for the benefit of our students and staff.

The resulting efforts and performance of our students in achieving these highly-improved test scores reinforces the ongoing commitment the superintendent, school board members and administrators have made to the community; the diligence and persistence of the teachers in ensuring our kids are being challenged to perform to their fullest potential; and, the awesome students and parents Salem has in its school system that have "reinstilled the faith" of our citizenry as our district continues with notably significant progress - quite specifically, a collaborative and realistic goal of successfully attaining all 26 report card indicators and the "Excellent with Distinction" rating on the 2010-11 state report card.

THANK YOU to everyone involved for the endless hours provided to the Salem City Schools in making our district "EXCELLENT," for affording the City of Salem "pride in our schools, "and in giving our students, teachers, district employees, parents, and alumni "ultimate bragging rights."

GREGG WARNER,

4th grade parent,

Reilly Elementary,

Salem

Fearful of what impact illegal aliens could wrought on elections

To the editor:

We hear comments from a certain political party and the President himself that the 12 million illegals now in this country could be a contributing factor in the coming elections. I find this very disturbing.

March 21, 1972, the Supreme Court declared lengthy requirements for voting in states and local elections, unconstitutional and suggested 30 days was an ample period. Note for all states, in order to register to vote an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state and be 18 years old on or before election day. Ohio has a 30-day residency requirement and a 30-day registration requirement.

How could millions of people who are not citizens and according to our constitution unqualified to vote, be of so much interest to the Democrats? I believe this administration is not above plotting to find a way to bypass our constitution and give these illegals the privilege of voting. This would be a horrible mistake and a injustice to the thousands of people waiting patiently to enter the country through the proper channels. Our immigration laws were created for the purpose of protection and security of this country and should be strictly enforced.

I am convinced this administration will attempt anything to control the coming elections even it means ignoring the constitution. We cannot allow this to happen, because if it does, the very soul of our republic will be in jeopardy.

LEON WHITE,

Columbiana

Thankful for contributions from local businesses to Salem High band camp

To the editor:

I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful Salem businesses that supplied us with daily prizes during our three weeks of band camp, held daily from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Because of your generosity, we were able to hold daily competitions between the sections, with the winners receiving the prize of the day.

I am proud to be a part of this great community where we are very fortunate to have local businesses that do not hesitate when asked to contribute to the students and our school system.

The Pride of Salem High School Marching Band wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the following businesses that helped make our "2010 Band Camp" fun and exciting: Subway-Second Street, Bob Evans Restaurant, DeRienzo's Restaurant, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Promo's Unlimited, Giant Eagle, McDonald's Restaurant, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Mario's Pizza, Arby's Restaurant, Connie at Salem Sport Shop, Pizza Joes, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Alfredo's Pizza and Salem Walmart.

ANDREA SEGUIN,

Class of 2011,

Salem

Throwing his support behind business owner Craig Newbold

To the editor:

When it comes to creating jobs for Columbiana County, whom should we trust-a career politician who talks about creating jobs? Or a business owner who has actually created jobs?

I believe I speak for many families and unemployed individuals within our community when I say that we need leaders who have the experience and drive to bring jobs back to Ohio.

Craig Newbold has created more than a thousand jobs through his business endeavors. We need his experience in Columbus next General Assembly as we fight an enormous deficit and steep unemployment rates in our beloved state.

I don't want to hear any more tired talking points or political jargon from the Columbus bureaucrats. It's time for results.

KEN WILSON,

Salem

 
 

 

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