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May 15, 2011
Salem News

Kind words for Salem Community Hospital

To the editor:

Recently, I once again had to go to the ER at Salem Community Hospital and it would be remiss of me not to give notice of the fine facility we of Salem and the surrounding area, to have such an up-to-date hospital in Salem. In the past I was in ICU for a week and spent a week on the third floor west and most recently I went to the ER and was admitted for another week, this time on third floor east, and wish at this time to let the staff working both wings know how much I appreciate their professional and compassionate dedicated service they provide to patients under their care. I would like to list each and everyone of those who attended to my needs and the other patients' by name, but there were so many that I can only thank you as a group and you know who you are. I would also like to thank the staff at Essex II of Salem during my recovery and the KLG ambulance crew who responded to my dire condition and able to get me to ICU in time for life-saving treatment. Fortunately, Dr. Limbu was in the area and diagnosed me with a rare blood bacteria and being a doctor of exotic diseases, prescribed the proper antibiotics to save my life along with the consultation of the following doctors which also include doctors of both my stays at SCH. They are Dr. Kolozsi, Dr. John Madison, Drs. Gardner, Banning, Chivila, Rea, Jennings and Bachmier. My thanks to the staff and the ICU department and imaging department.

No doubt a great roll was part of my recovery to all the people who prayed for me and again you know who you are. I give special thanks and love to my wife Diana, my daughters Brandee and Brittany and my son Matthew and last but uppermost in my heart I thank the Lord Jesus Christ or any higher power who bestowed our competent physicals with the knowledge and skill to practice their professions. All of these people are in my nightly prayers . May God bless you.

EUGENE R. TODD,

Salem

Finally, a glorious spring arrives to Salem

To the editor: Finally, a glorious spring has arrived. I for one was skeptical after all the rain, but others told me it would indeed arrive. If you are still hibernating you are missing out on some beautiful sights right here in Salem. The community is alive with color, nature's eye candy. From blossoming trees to an array of brightly colored tulips there probably isn't a street anywhere that doesn't have some natural delight to see. Thank you to everyone who has had any part in sharing this beauty with the community. So, if you are still in the doldrums from a long winter and rain, rain, rain, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy spring in its loveliness. Salem's parks are wonderful spots for enjoying this beauty, great for even taking a half hour break to relax.

Spring.finally!

THERESA RHODES,

Salem

Concerned about rest home care being cut

To the editor: Today (May 8) is Mother's Day. I am sitting with my mother in a nursing home in Calcutta, Ohio. My mother does not recognize me but I recognize her. Her roommate and the other six elderly ladies on her hallway are in much the same condition. These ladies worked hard and raised families and now they need help. I am very worried about how the Republican's plan to cut the funding to this rest home will result in a decrease in their care. That they should suffer to make up for tax code loop holes does not seem fair.

FRANK DREW LEYDA,

Calcutta

Special day comes from a woman with humble roots

To the editor: A common person, a lady with humble roots, would never have been known by anyone but her relatives and circle of friends except for one thing: she, by her dedication and zeal caused a nation to set aside a day each year to honor the mothers of the USA. Her name was Anna Jarvis from Webster, W. Va., just a country mile south of Grafton, W. Va. Most state maps do not even show Webster on their maps. That area played an important role during the Civil War. Anna's parents' home sits along side West Virginia Route 119 in an area where the first land battles between the North/South armies of the Civil War occurred. The commanding general for the Northern Army was General George B. McClelland. He had requested the room on the ground floor of the southwest corner of the Jarvis home for his War Room. His troops were camped just across the road( which is now Route 119) before the battle in the Grafton/ Phillippi area. A railroad that had been there for years was being fought for by the soldiers; for whoever controlled the railroad controlled that part of the state. From the home of Anna Jarvis' parents, General McClelland could observe his troops. Anna's church, which is next door to the Jarvis home is now a Wesleyan-type church whose present pastor is the Rev. David Maley, a friend of mine for the last 30 years or so. It was at this church that young Anna was baptized. Anna was born May 1, 1864. Her parent's were Granville and Ann Marie Jarvis. Recently when I was visiting my son and his family who pastors a lively, growing congregation only 2.3 miles from Anna's' birthplace , I took a tour of the Jarvis home. I felt like I was standing in the middle of a history book with ghostly apparitions swirling around me. I could hear explosions of military and shouts of soldiers as they fired their rifles.

I could hear the tapping of General McClelland's telegraph which he had wired directly into local lines. Locals thought the artillery sounded like thunder and so the phrase '"Thunder on the Tygert" (River) had its legendary beginning. I could hear the clanking of the chains on the backs of the mules and the crack of the whip as soldiers urged them on as they pulled the cannons and supplies along the dusty road in front of the Jarvis residence. I followed wounded, bleeding soldiers crying with pain up the stair way. Some were without arms or legs, praying audibly for a merciful God to end their misery. Some were begging for water. My tears mingled with theirs. Anna's uncle was a doctor and could very well have being helping with the wounded. I watched , listening to my heart pounding with fear, as exploding cannons belched columns of black smoke during the day and light up the skies at night. The gun powder smell was nauseating, I was reminded of my wife's great-great grandfather, Daniel King, who was discharged with a amputated leg after escaping from a Confederate prison. Anna Jarvis eventually was sent to the Augusta Female Seminary (later known as the Mary Baldwin College) where she studied Latin, math, music, literature and the arts before returning to Grafton to become a teacher. At Baldwin College she met Woodrow Wilson who became a lifelong friend and later president of the United States. On the second Sunday in May 9, 1905, Anna's mother died, thus began a burning passion to establish a day each year to honor all mothers. "Anna wrote to every governor in the nation and each head of state around the world. Her relentless campaign paid off in 1907 when Congress authorized, but President Theodore Roosevelt didn't issue, a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

It wasn't until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation stating, 'the American Mother' is the greatest source of our country's strength and inspiration. By 1908, 45states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico joined in observing Mother's Day."

To this day it is the only international holiday observed.

GERALD MULLEN,

Leetonia

Is tech advancement ruining the job market?

To the editor: Is the advancement in technology ruining the job market? I would say so. I don't remember when the last time I went to the post office to purchase a book of stamps. I mean, what's the point? These days I can just get on the computer and pay my bill electronically.

And most of the time, I don't even have to do that; direct pay does it for me automatically. It's convenient for me, but is it convenient for the post office? Not according to recent statistics that state that in 2010 the Post Office lost $8.5 billion. I can only imagine how many jobs went away when that $8.5 billion was lost. But it's not just the United States Postal Service that is taking a hit. It's bookstores all around the country. Last Christmas I splurged and bought my mother a Nook for Christmas. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, it's a computer screen about the size and weight of a paperback book that stores up to 1,500 books, magazines, newspapers, etc.

You don't have to go anywhere to purchase the books, you just have to "click" and a few moments later the book magically appears. Not to mention the average price of an e-book is only $9.99. With luxury like that, I don't see my mom making any trips to Borders or Barnes and Noble in the future.

And that seems to be the general consensus considering places such as Borders have reported another double-digit percentage decline. The advancement in technology is probably good for those companies and developers who are capable of producing such products. But for the rest of us, the ones without the capability to invent an application, the ones who rely on minimum wage jobs to pay their bills and feed their families, or even to pay for the latest e-book, technology will be our demise.

ADRIENNE BISH,

Boardman

Just what is cut off point for Planned Parenthood?

To the editor:

Just what is the cut off point for planned parenthood? The article (Ohio "Heartbeat Bill" draws support, criticism) posted Saturday, May 7, isn't about the non-profit (federally subsidized) organization, it's about re-establishing a societal moral compass. Few have a visual reference to what stage an abortion is performed but at one time abortions were not common or profitable. There was never a question as to what a pregnancy meant but now it is a cartoon question of "What is Life? or "Why am I here?" The ACLU knows that if you get away with murder you can get away with anything. All-in-all the old cliche' of "The Skies the Limit" now becomes a matter of life or death for the unborn.

WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,

East Liverpool

Reacts to op on guns and alcohol

To the editor:

In reference to your editorial on guns and alcohol, if you had bothered to read it, you will be able to carry into a place serving alcohol, But you cannot drink alcohol in any amount. One drink and you have broken the law! I like to eat at places that serve alcohol, but will not drink. If I have any alcohol in my system while carrying a firearm, I am in violation of the law. Now the bad guys don't let the law bother them, but they don't bother to get a permit anyway. In Ohio the owner of the business can post a gun free business sign, (and I will eat else where) it is still up to the owner.

DENNIS HENTHORNE,

Lisbon

 
 

 

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