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August 5, 2011
Salem News

Umpire and family appreciate local support

To the editor: Following the unfortunate events surrounding July 27th, the Meals family would like to express our sincere appreciation to our wonderful friends, family and Salem community for their outpouring of kind words and support.

A special thanks goes out to Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh, the Perry Township Police and Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert for fully cooperating with MLB security. They truly went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of our family.

Words alone cannot express our gratitude to J.D. Creer, B.J. Lisko and Larry Shields of the Salem News for their discretion and professionalism in reporting the facts. After all the unfavorable remarks associated with social networking sites and the Internet, it was paramount for our kids to read these respectable, fair and factual articles.

Through this whole ordeal, we have come to realize how blessed and lucky we are to live in such a caring community. We will get through this as a family and be stronger for it. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Senator backs Critical Minerals Act

To the editor: The people of Eastern Ohio have spoken clearly- they want to create jobs and use common sense to develop sound economic policy. I have worked with the coal industry on streamlining the permitting issue for years. However, to protect our future and create jobs, we must develop a national strategy that encourages investment in coal and domestic minerals production. Minerals such as titanium and lithium play a key role in the manufacturing economy both at home and abroad.

The United States has reserves of more commodity minerals and metals than any other country around the world. Yet, despite these vast reserves, our share of global investment in metals mining has declined over the last 20 years.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have unveiled a bill designed to strengthen our nation's minerals supply chain and make the U.S. more competitive. The Critical Minerals Act offers changes to the permitting process and solves the problem of regulatory uncertainty. These are hurdles that have reduced investment in mining. While our own production has decreased, worldwide investment in minerals has soared. Using a common sense approach, we can increase access to our resources in ways that are good for the economy and safe for our local communities and our employees.

There are two ways this bill will help us in Ohio. First, it will streamline the permitting process making it faster and more efficient.

Second, it will establish policies that are consistent for everyone and safe for the environment. This will increase mining investments. In Ohio, we have a tremendous work force and a high quality of life but we need sound economic policies to draw investment into the area to create the jobs we need. In addition, because of the extremely difficult permitting process, the United States has become dependent on foreign imports. In my experience, dependence on a foreign country is not a good thing and should be addressed immediately. This will help us to establish new businesses that will create jobs and stimulate economic development. It is vital that we act soon to pass this bill. Because China is reducing its exports of rare earth minerals, they have forced us in the United States to come up with alternatives to continue our manufacturing base. In the end this will be a good thing because we will become more self-reliant and will reduce our dependency on foreign resources.

The sooner we realize that a stable minerals supply directly impacts what we care about most - jobs and economic growth - the faster we can move forward.




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