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November 1, 2010
Salem News

Family offers thanks for support during difficult time

To the editor:

To the friends and caring individuals who have expressed wishes of condolence and compassion for the family of Ardes Bauman and Ruth Ziegler, we would like to express our sincere thanks for your kindness at this very difficult time.

We would like the public to know that the tragic events that have transpired are the result of many circumstances that have developed within the relationship dynamics of this family over many years. We have learned in the worst possible way that mental illness and dysfunction in a family are as serious as cancer. The behaviors caused by this type of sickness quietly take over logic all the while becoming more dangerous and life threatening. Mental illness is stigmatized and therefore isolates those in need from the loved ones who could help them to cope.

As we try to move forward in understanding all that has transpired, we feel that it is important to make clear that for many years, Ardes Bauman took complete and loving care of her mother every single day. She did assume total responsibility for her aging parent although Ruth Ziegler had other relatives who could intervene if at any time they so chose to do so.

It seems that as Ruth's state and conditioned declined her daughter was unable to cope with the loss of the person whom she was closest to and had most counted on. Mental illness, especially this type, is exacerbated by stress and under these conditions and in this circumstance, accelerated at an unbelievable rate. Although there were signs over the course of Ardes' life, denial and dysfunction of family made solutions or treatment seem unattainable.

Ardes was a good person, a kind and loving daughter and a caring giving mother who had problems and made terrible choices that in the end of her life overshadow who she really was. This is a tragedy with many victims and our only hope is that if you or someone you know is suffering from similar problems that you will see the urgency to seek help. You will never regret it.

ESKA BAUMAN PAUMIER,

and the family of

ARDES ZIEGLER BAUMAN,

Salem

Police chief asks for support of half-percent income tax

To the editor and citizens of Salem:

I have written in the past of the difficulties facing your Salem Police Department in providing the level of service that we strive to provide to our City.

Some of you have called to report a problem that we have been unable to effectively address due to the lack of officers to address it. Others have seen the sharp increase in drug trafficking in our town that goes with that decrease in available manpower and resources. Nearly everybody has seen the news stories of the increased crime and violence occurring.

When you have seen that two of our officers were called back from lay off you need to know that one was simply replacing yet another resignation from our department, and the other was brought back to allow our only departmental detective to work full-time on the increased case load that has occurred.

We are still seven full-time officers and one full-time administrative assistant short. This shortage leaves nobody available to be placed on the local Drug Task Force to address the drug problem in Salem. This is the root of the theft and violence increases we have seen.

It also has left us without a juvenile officer permanently assigned to day shift where they can efficiently interact with Salem Schools personnel and the kids, and Juvenile Court personnel. This leads to juvenile problems growing before we are able to address them. Much of our aging equipment also needs updated or replaced.

We know we will not be returning to "business as usual," even though we have always used our funds judiciously to get the most for your dollar. Bringing manpower back to needed levels, which is our greatest need, will require the use of part-time employees when possible at a lower cost per man-hour. We will continue to save and cut corners where ever we can, while finding ways to get the services the people need in place to serve them.

You will soon have the opportunity to show that you realize and support the needs and work of your Salem Police Department. Please exercise that opportunity to voice your support.

Sincerely yours,

Chief R.W. Floor,

Salem Police Dept.

Opposed to bed and breakfast coming to their neighborhood

To the editor:

There is a proposal on the November ballot to amend the Salem zoning ordinances to permit commercial bed and breakfast facilities in RS-2 and RS-3 single-family residence districts.

This change is not needed and should be voted down because the zoning code already provides for commercial bed and breakfast facilities as conditional use in RD residential districts,s being those districts zone for two-family and multi-family dwellings.

This proposed change to allow for commercial establishments in residential areas is essentially for the benefit of one home owner who stands to make money if this change occurs. all of this is at the expense of the neighbors.

We bought and improved home in our single-family zoned areas with the expectation that they would remain zoned for single-family homes. Making exceptions to the zoning code for this commercial bed and breakfast home is not in the best interests of the neighbors.

This proposed amendment was turned down by unanimous vote of the Planning Commission. If passed in November, then what will the next request be for creeping commercialism into residential areas. Who is next??Don't betray the neighbors.Vote no.

BRIAN OSTARCHVIC,

JAN OSTARCHVIC,

CHRISTINE WRIGHT,

THOMAS WRIGHT,

BETTY NOLAN,

DAVE NOLAN,

ROBERT HILTBRAND,

MINDY HILTBRAND,

JOHNNY HOOSIER,

MARGARET KOLICH,

LOUIS KOLICH,

EMILY DAVIS,

ARTHUR SAUERWEIN,

DIANNE SAUERWEIN,

FRANK SANCHEZ,

ADAM GREENE,

KAMI GREENE,

SONDRA O'DONNELL,

TERRY O'DONNELL

Salem

Congress shouldn't spend money it doesn't have

To the editor:

An article in the paper a while back caught my eye. First let me say I have no quarrel with the article or its content. The piece was about a request to the state for funds to be used to repair tennis courts.

It brought to mind the question of fiscal responsibility I wonder how many people realize this country is on the brink of bankruptcy. When this happens most of the states will follow and collapse. High populated states such as California and New York are already in deep trouble.

How much longer will the Congress continue to spend money it doesn't have? You don't have to be an Einstein to figure out what will happen when the government's checks stop coming. Look what is going on in France right now. The country is broke and there are riots in the streets. People are screaming and fighting for benefits their government can no longer afford. Could this happen here? The experts say it could and will if we don't take quick action.

I believe we can pull out of this, but only if those in Washington can find the guts to do what has to be done. Make drastic cuts in all spending. This will have to include reductions in all entitlements.

What happened? Who may we blame? There's plenty of blame to go around.

First there is the Congress. A group of people we vote back into office year after year. Many have been there so long they have become dictatorial and are convinced the country cannot exist without them.

Then, there's we the people. Where do we fit in? Did we ever worry, or even think about where the money was coming from when we were pushing Uncle Sam for our pet projects? It's the old story, let the government pay for it. People were allowed, and in many cases, encouraged by the government to purchase homes way beyond their means. They were told the government would take care of them. Judging from the repossessions taking place, that promise was just another case of poor judgment from our dear leaders in Washington.

They have allowed our national debt to grow to such a magnitude that our children and their children won't live long enough to pay it off. Borrow, Borrow, Borrow has been the theme for the past decade. The interest we are paying China and Japan alone amounts to billions and billions each year.

I know we have many good honest people serving their country in Washington, but I also believe there are too many who have forgotten what they are there for. They are more concern with pleasing their constituents and the guarantee of reelection, then the over all good of their country.

We the people have had a belly full We must replace those people with candidates who will put their country first above their personal ambitions. We need to clean house.

A word of advice to our new candidates. Don't sell your home because the job will not be permanent.

LEON J. WHITE,

Columbiana

Fed up with political ads

and all the partial or untruths

To the editor:

I am fed up with political advertisements that only give partial or outright untrue facts. I received two flyers from the AFL-CIO against Bill Johnson and John Kasich.

First partial fact-Bill Johnson supports a 23 percent national sales tax. I've seen this one used time and again against candidates. They don't bother to explain that this is the fair tax. It would eliminate the IRS and all income taxes and social security taxes. It is revenue neutral and fair.

Second "Fact"-Bill Johnson opposes job-saving legislation. This is supposedly from the Athens Country Voters Guide. I searched their web site and can find nothing on it to support this supposed fact.

John Kasich-This flyer says Mr. Kasich wants to privatize Social Security. Nowhere does it say that this plan would be phased in for younger workers. Those close to retirement would still be covered by Social Security. If I had been able to invest my social security taxes in an index fund 30 years ago, I would be far ahead of what I'm project to received from Social Security. Plus has anyone noticed the addition to your annual Social Security Statement that says your projected benefits are not guaranteed and can be changed at any time?

Last of all, I blame the newspapers for not educating the public on these types of issues. Voters, especially older voters with no computer access, have a right to know the full story on these sound bytes.

SHELLEY SIMMS,

East Liverpool

To the editor:

There is a proposal on the November ballot to amend the Salem zoning ordinances to permit commerical bed and breakfast facilities in RS-2 and RS-3 single-family residence districts.

This change is not needed and should be voted down because the zoning code alreadys provides for commercial bed and breakfast facilities as conditional use in RD residential districts,s being those districts zone for two-family and multi-family dwellings.

This proposed change to allow for commercial establishments in residential areas is essentially for the benefit of one home owner who stands to make money if this change occurs. all of this is at the expense of the neighbors.

We bought and improved home in our single-family zoned areas with the expectation that they would remain zoned for single-family homes. Making exceptions to the zoning code for this commercial bed and breakfast home is not in the best interests of the neighbors.

This proposed amendment was turned down by unanimous vote of the Planning Commission. If passed in November, then what will the next request be for creeping commercialism into residentila areas. Who is next??Don't betray the neighbors.Vote no.

BRIAN OSTARCHVIC,

JAN OSTARCHVIC,

CHRISTINE WRIGHT,

THOMAS WRIGHT,

BETTY NOLAN,

DAVE NOLAN,

ROBERT HILTBRAND,

MINDY HILTBRAND,

JOHNNY HOOSIER,

MARGARET KOLICH,

LOUIS KOLICH,

EMILY DAVIS,

ARTHUR SAUERWEIN,

DIANNE SAUERWEIN,

FRANK SANCHEZ,

ADAM GREENE,

KAMI GREENE,

SONDRA O'DONNELL,

TERRY O'DONNELL

Salem

 
 

 

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