Karlen family expresses thanks
To the editor:
We would like to thank everyone who attended and/or helped with the benefit dinner for our daughter, Alexis "Lexi" Karlen, on March 11.
We'd like to extend a thank you to Salem First Friends Church for hosting the event. Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals for donating items for the silent auction and baked desserts for the bake sale. We'd like to extend a very special thank you to the many volunteers who helped cook, serve, bake, set/clean-up and other tasks. The kindness of family, friends and the community has been greatly appreciated during this stressful time. Alexis is progressing wonderfully. She is currently off all breathing machines and is doing great. Thank you all for your continued prayers for our little miracle girl.
DAVID and JENNIFER KARLEN, Beloit
Not a fan of local sports league
To the editor:
From recent newspaper articles, I would understand that United and perhaps some other schools are thinking about leaving the Inter-Tri County League. Good for them.
I have never been a fan of the Inter-Tri arrangement. The name is awkward and the classification of some schools are "Lower Tier" is demeaning to those schools.
Most importantly the schedule has some odd matchups involving significant out-of-county travel for teams and their fans.
A Columbiana County Athletic Conference would consist of: East Palestine, Columbiana, Crestview, Leetonia, Lisbon, Wellsville, Southern, and United. During football season this would mean seven conference games with three dates open for non-conference opponents. These games would, except for major rivalries, would be played on Friday nights.
Hopefully, some traditional non-conference rivalries could be reinstituted like East Liverpool and Wellsville and Salem vs. Lisbon. Play those games on Saturday evening along with other games like the annual contest of Beaver and East Liverpool.
Other rivalry games between CCAC teams like Crestview and Columbiana and Wellsville and Southern should also be scheduled for Saturday thus giving diehard football fans two nights of pigskin competition every fall weekend. Just think of the crowds.
In basketball and other sports, all the county's schools should be encouraged to compete against each other with the traditional rivalries featured on a separate night to the delight of the real fans. All this means: excitement, no "But-For" league, and no "Lower Tier."
There will no doubt be opposition to any such change and perhaps for some good reasons. But in the end, are you more likely to go the Wellsville at Mineral Ridge game or would you rather buy a ticket to watch the Potters play in Nicholson stadium?
ASHLEY PIKE, Winona
Agrees with letter to editor
To the editor:
The letter from the plumbing inspector (published Monday, March 19), M was right on. Why is it that the people higher up just don't seem to get it?
For all that is required of Mr. Vin I think he is definitely overpaid. I have worked much longer than he has and he is the kind of person that rides the back of the working person that makes him look like he is doing something worthwhile. It's always been who you know in that kind of position not what you know. Hats off to you Joe for telling it like it is. Too bad no one listens ...
RON WHITE, Salem