Upset with judge's ruling of probation
To the editor: On Nov. 2, a story ran in the Salem News of a Hanoverton man getting an extra year of probation for violating probation. This was a total outrage to me because my name is Brenda Ferguson and the young man killed in the 2006 auto accident by this Mr. Corey Ramsey was my son Michael Ferguson.
I have followed all the cases involving Mr. Ramsey and have been amazed at the judgments in these cases. The prosecutor requested incarceration for two years, yet Judge Scott Washam denied this and added yet one more year of probation. When are we held accountable for our actions? This shows me, at least in this county, that you don't need to worry if you mess up on probation. No problem, just add another year on to the already four original years. I am not a mother seeking revenge as I have long ago accepted the original sentence (which was also appalling to me). What I am is a mother who wants a young man held accountable for continuing to defy our justice system and doing as he pleases with no consequences.
I am also a mother who never wants a family to go through a loss such as we have suffered. Mr. Ramsey is now 26 years old, the same age my son Michael was when he lost his life. I say "Shame on Cory Ramsey for seeming to forget the loss he has caused by continuing to ignore his probation rules and shame on Judge Washam for allowing it to continue yet again." I guess justice will come when Mr. Ramsey stands in front of the "Ultimate Judge of us all."
BRENDA FERGUSON, Homeworth
Reaction to scandal surrounding Penn State
To the editor: During the summers for 1973 and 1974 my parents sent me to Pioneer Ranch near Tionesta, Pa., for football camp. There I learned from Penn State assistant coaches. I yearned to be the best high school linebacker in my area (Corry, Pa.) so I worked closely with an up-and-coming Penn State linebacker coach named ... Jerry Sandusky. He was nothing but an inspirational figure to us young guys trying to prove our meddle. He was a great teacher of the position, had a wonderful sense of humor and a sparkling personality, an example of authentic manhood, or so it seemed. Nothing happened at the camp that I know of or heard of regarding inappropriate behavior by Jerry or any of the other coaches. But what has happened at Penn State, if it proves true, is sickening and disgusting. If the allegations are correct, Mr. Sandusky should not see the light of day outside a prison cell for the rest of his life. Let us all be on guard constantly for the predators which are in our midst seeking to prey upon the most vulnerable in our society. Don't fool yourself. They are indeed out there. No one should be trusted. Everyone should be checked out. Everyone should be supervised. Even "authorized adults" should not work alone with youth, but have another adult present. There should be no opportunities for these terrible things to happen. Lives are shattered when we are not vigilant.
REV. DR. ROB JOY, Pastor, Grace Church of Columbiana
What happened to less spending agenda?
To the editor: When Governor Kasich was at the Spread Eagle Tavern this past week, do you suppose anyone questioned his spending habits in relation to the new dual primaries?
If our small county's share of the new dual primary cost is $75,000, what is the total cost of taxpayer money for all 88 counties? If each of the 88 counties cost was only $75,000 this figure alone would be over $6.5 million. Is this the best use of taxpayer money, or could this money be better spent on expansion of high speed internet service for the entire state? Spending taxpayer money on an infrastructure, like high speed internet, would assist our state in becoming competitive with other states and the global economy, and provide jobs. The priorities of this governor and his administration seem off to me. I'm beginning to think this governor thinks we are a wallet full of his own personal money. What happened to the agenda of less government spending?
NANCY GEHO, Leetonia
Grateful for support shown for benefit
To the editor: Dear friends and community, We want to thank you for your gracious support of the benefit that was held for us! Thanks to the Winona Fire Department, United School, Winona Methodist Church, Winona Friends Church, Hanoverton Fire Department and all who contributed in any way to make it a successful event.
JEAN and JIMMY RHODES, Salem
Silent movie delivered a strong message to him
To the editor: I saw a movie recently. It was a silent movie staring Buster Keaton. Every moment of the show was packed with hilarious, clean, gut splitting comedy. I can't remember when I have laughed so much. I know people's sense of humor have changed, but if watching this movie doesn't get the funny bone back on track then I'm afraid there is a problem. Buster produced and directed the film. I'm sorry I'm unable to recall the name of the movie, but the setting is out west at a cattle ranch and Buster in need of a job tries to cast himself off as a cowboy. Not knowing one end of a cow from the other he was continuously committing one antic after another and never seemed to get it right. He got attached to a particular cow who followed him around like a pet dog. When he found out his pet cow was about to go to the slaughter house with the rest of the herd he was terrified and concocted hilarious schemes to save his precious cow. He ended up a hero, he saved his cow, the entire herd and married the boss's daughter. The plot and action was conducted in such a way no one should miss the dialogue. It was good for a change not to have to listen to the vulgar language that's so much a part most movies made today. I believe to film a good silent movie today would require the recapture of a lost art and I wonder if anyone in Hollywood would have the nerve to attempt it? The movie was a delightful experience and I know your kids would love it. This oversize kid did.
LEON WHITE, Columbiana
Offer thanks to many for support over years
To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people, organizations and businesses that we had the pleasure to work with during the 32 years of business in downtown Salem.
It was 20 years ago; we joined the Chamber of Commerce realizing there was a verbal commitment to do something about the deterioration of our streets, sidewalks, lighting and buildings. A committee was formed to make recommendations to the city of Salem and the Chamber of Commerce. The plan was named "The Revitalization of Downtown Salem." Step one was to formulate the plan, step two was to finance, step three was to implement and step four was to maintain. We believed revitalization developed its roots from Main Street USA. Main Street believes in maintaining and promoting downtowns. The retail division of the Chamber of Commerce set out as its goals to promote as many activities as possible. The first new promotion was Easter open house and its purpose was to promote family activities and business in downtown. The second major promotion was called Spring Fling which encompassed the closing of Broadway, bringing together car, boat, RV's, and tractors in one location. Special thanks to Mayor Mondell for acquiring state permits to do this project. The next major promotion was called Industrial Week which entailed the Salem News and other news outlets writing extensive articles on their beginnings and future plans. The first business to be singled out was American Standard and their commitment to the community as they were recipient of the first proclamation of appreciation. American Standard employees for one week were given special discounts and coupons from participating businesses in the Salem business and surrounding area. The "Jubilee" was in place as a successful summer promotion sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The fall promotion was a concept by Denise Gordon. The first Saturday of October was proclaimed "Heritage Day" by the city of Salem. Its roots were based on our historical values bringing back "old-fashioned" activities such as hay wagon rides, farmer's market, craft vendors and displays. Special thanks to our Salem firefighters, who were the first participants to sponsor the hay wagon rides and have continued this tradition. "Heritage Day" initial organizers were Cory Sue Drexler, Darla Dunlap and Gary Moffett. The next promotion was named "Taste in Salem." This promotion was to promote area businesses and restaurants and raise funds for local charities. The generosity due to this event has raised over $50,000 benefiting local charities. Special thanks to Lucia Apicella and Denise Board for the concept contribution and Nancy Keating, then former owner of Kitchen Klassics for her many years of commitment to this and many other projects. The Christmas open house and parade were ongoing events, then added was the lighting of the Christmas tree. This activity had its humble beginnings in front of city hall with Mayor Mondell, city officials, chamber officials and Salvation Army singing "Jingle Bells" in 10 degree weather.
"As a Vietnam veteran, I was so appreciative the Retail and Business Association sponsored United We Care. This program gave veterans and families special discounts for purchases at participating businesses. I and others still lobby the state to endorse this program," said Gary. A focal point we were looking for to tie all events together from the "past to the present" was brought to our attention at a Retail and Business Association meeting by Barb Weikart. Barb was able to locate a trolley which resulted in the Chamber of Commerce purchasing the trolley through the generosity of J. Robert Sebo. Key Bank representative Linda Loveless met with Shorty Navarre, owner of Stadium, to restore the trolley. Tom Eddinger's countless hours of maintaining and caring was deeply appreciated. Special mention of Don Finch contributor. This year we were honored at the "Taste in Salem" for the "Heart and Soul Award." This award encompasses an army of volunteers throughout this community and not just one or two people. Through the many years of working and promoting these projects none of this would have been possible without named and unnamed committed people. We had the pleasure and honor to be involved with organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Salem or none of the above would have been established. Please continue to support our local businesses and newspapers. We lost our local radio station and it would be unfortunate to lose our local newspaper. Thank you, God bless, and remember a nation is as powerful as its community and its volunteers!
B.J. and GARY D. ABRAMS, Salem
Appreciates taxpayers who supplied Medicare
To the editor: Recently I spent a long period of time in the hospital and a nursing home to deal with several serious health problems. Many of the expenses connected with these stays were covered by Medicaid and Medicare. Oftentimes, people forget to thank the taxpayers who pay into Medicaid. I would like to take this chance to thank all other taxpayers without whom my medical problems may have remained untreated. Thank you and God bless you.
JOHN COLESANTE, Steubenville