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May 13, 2012
Salem News

Appreciate the meaning of motherhood

To the editor:

As we celebrate Mother's Day, one of the warmest and most joyful occasions of the year, it's an ideal time to focus on the "science of motherhood."

More than any other vocation, the fate of families, nations and the world depend upon motherhood, the core of the family unit.

Mothers come in all sizes and shapes and can be any age. For the most part a mother is underpaid for the long hours of her daily service in at least a dozen different professions. A mother is often called upon to be a nursemaid, grocery shopper, practical nurse, chauffeur, teacher and referee, among other things. She truly qualifies for having one of the most important careers in the world-a position which combines the patience of a teacher, justice of a judge, self-sacrifice of a doctor and a comedian's sense of humor.

The make-up of a mother includes self-control, patience, kindness, understanding and the ability to smile, love and perform a little magic - magic as she sings a lullaby to soothe a crying infant, lends a guiding hand as she teaches a child to walk or "magically" kiss away a hurt.

Only a mother can overlook a frog in the clothes dryer, a micro-waved shoe, or Play Dough in the food processor.

The ideals and character of a mother will eventually determine the rise and fall of a nation-morally, socially and politically.

Motherhood is timeless. A mother's love always was and always will be.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, let us pause to appreciate the real meaning of motherhood. It is truly sacred and beautiful. It is God's greatest natural gift to a woman!


Former Salem News

Lifestyles editor

Fostering love in a hurting world

To the editor:

There have been many changes over the years to family dynamics largely due to cultural and economic factors. One factor however, is both timeless and priceless, love. Every child deserves a loving and stable environment in which to grow up, but unfortunately not all children have that opportunity.

Luckily, there is a small but mighty group of people known as foster parents who can step up to the challenge of raising these children while their biological families heal and get their lives back together.

Every year Columbiana County Commissioners designate May as Foster Care Recognition and Recruitment Month. Columbiana County would like to honor and recognize foster caregivers and individuals within our community who make a difference in the foster care system through their love, support and advocacy.

Columbiana County would also like to encourage anybody interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent to please call Lisa Weingart at 330-420-6635 for more information and to sign up for foster/adoptive parent classes starting in May.


Foster Care Recruiter/Training Coordinator,

Columbiana County Children Services,


Exotic animals don't belong in homes

To the editor:

The five animals who survived last year's deadly escape in Zanesville have been returned to where it all began. Why is there still no law banning the sale and keeping of wild and dangerous animals as pets?

The ugly cycle begins when baby monkeys, tigers, lions, and bears are forcibly removed from their frantic mothers so that the infants can be acclimated to human contact.

Traumatized and terrified, these young animals don't stand a chance of ever living as nature intended. Primates are diapered and often have their canine teeth yanked out. Cubs spend the rest of their lives pacing behind bars.

Since dealers market these animals as little more trouble than stuffed toys, most people are inevitably shocked by the responsibility, expense of specialized food, and space and veterinary requirements of exotics. Captivity is often ultimately a death sentence for exotics and in too many cases, for the people who "had" to have them. Denied everything that is important to them and forced into close contact with humans, stressed animals frequently lash out. Countless people have suffered devastating injuries, many losing limbs or their lives.

How many more people and animals must suffer before Ohio officials recognize that exotic animals don't belong in private homes and backyard menageries?

Jennifer O'Connor,

PETA Foundation,

501 Front St.,

Norfolk, VA 23510



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