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November 7, 2010
Salem News

Thank you to so many from family fighting cancer

To the editor:

The words "thank you" will never be enough. It is impossible to ever explain how much the thoughts and prayers have meant to us. There are so many to thank.

Thank you for the meals, cards, the gifts, the Grey and Pray T-shirts and the efforts of the Salem volleyball team.

Thank you for the support of the Salem and United teachers and the administrations of both schools.

So many churches have been praying for us. We can feel the prayers. A special thank you to the members of Salem First Christian Church for the love and support during this difficult time.

We love you all and feel very blessed that you are with us as we continue toward Jane's recovery.

God bless,



Appreciates voters who turned down tax hike

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to all the Salem voters who supported the tax credit initiative and defeat of the 1/2 percent tax increase on Nov. 2.

As a private citizen and chairman of Save Our Salem-PAC, I met so many people in Salem, including Salem city employees, council members and concerned citizens who were so very generous and supportive.

I learned quite a bit about the city's finances both past and present with the help of my mother-in-law, Fran Dickey, former city auditor and Jim Armeni, present city auditor, as well as others.

I learned about the financial status and demographic make-up of Salem through research on government websites and by visiting many families in their homes. These home (door to door) visits really helped me understand the concerns and issues that my neighbors deal with day to day.

They also validated my belief that city council, in general, is not hearing the people they were elected to serve. I see now that I am not alone in my dissatisfaction and that I can not return to simply watching city council meetings on the TV. I and all citizens need to be more active in city government and need to make our views known. Voting our minds was a great first step, but it was only a first step.

I encourage all eligible Salem residents to register to vote, keep yourself aware of the issues, educate yourself about all sides of those issues, discuss your concerns and suggestions with your elected officials when possible, and vote.

Even if your opinion and my opinion differ, I would rather see people cast a vote and have their voices heard, than become angry and frustrated. Each of us can make a difference. This election proved that point. It is our city.

Thank you again,

Cynthia Baronzzi Dickey,


First 'Junk in the Trunk' fund raiser is a success

To the editor:

"Junk in the Trunk," the first fund raiser of the newly-formed Winona Area Historical Society, was a success, due to the efforts of the community.

We are grateful to all the vendors, patrons, contributors of goods for the society to sell and Winona area community members who joined forces on a spectacular fall day, Oct. 9.

For those interested in becoming involved in the historical society, you are welcome to meet with us at the Winona Friends Church the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.






Ways and Means

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Deep thoughts regarding newly elected officials

To the editor:

"Nothing is clearer in history than the adoption by successful rebels of the methods they were accustomed to deplore in the forces they deposed." (The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant, 1968, p. 34).

That summary sentence (culminating lifelong research, study and writing) strides a spectrum between pessimism and truth. Hope that the future decisions and actions of all newly elected officials tend to prove that observation more pessimistic than truthful. If pessimistic wish the victors well. If truthful-don't hold your breath.



Thanks voters who backed bed and breakfasts in Salem

To the editor:

I want to thank the residents of the city of Salem. The overwhelming majority of you voted to allow bed and breakfasts to be conditionally permitted in single-family neighborhoods zoned RS-2 and RS-3.

After 15 months of conversations, meetings and hearings, city government failed to accomplish what have done - enact a positive, practical change in ordinances. we are grateful for your support and encouragement. We welcome your input as we move forward in the process to gain approval to establish bed and breakfasts in Salem.



Citizens for Salem, Ohio B&Bs

Lauds council member for post-election remarks

To the editor:

I would like to applaud Councilman Whitehill on the statement he made at city council on Nov. 3 as related to the outcome of the voting on Nov. 2.

I believe Mr. Whitehill was dead on when he stated "...the voters showed that they are tired of being talked down to by big government, big spending liberals."

If I may, I would like to add to what he said when I say a lot of the voters in Salem are tired of our local government trying to increase taxes before seriously reducing expenses.

Twice in the last six months the voters told our city government they will not agree to tax increases so long as expenses are not properly being curtailed.

Without a doubt, there will be fiscal challenges in Salem over the next year (or longer), but these are the same challenges that other communities and states have had to address, and have done so successfully, without raising taxes.

For those on council who had the strength of conviction to publicly state their opposition to tax increases, you are to be commended.

For those who sought to increase taxes, I hope after the votes in May and this past week, we won't be hearing talk of tax increases any time soon.





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