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May 27, 2012
Salem News

Why not ban everything else?

To the editor:

As a resident of Columbiana, here is my opinion on Councilman Bieshelt's banning "autos for sale on residents property" it stinks! Then ban garage sales, moving sales, yard sales, etc. Also keep your lawn mowers and whatever else you can think of from sitting on property next to streets.

It "bothers me" driving around town seeing sales, trying to navigate around cars parked at these residents, but I put up with it because I am guilty of all of it knowing that it is only for a short time.

GEORGE COOPER,

Columbiana

A solution for preventing drive-offs

To the editor:

I read the Salem News and Lisbon Journal daily on my computer. I don't understand why all the drive offs at filling stations. I assume these are people that fill their tanks and didn't intend to pay for the product in the first place.

Why don't these facilities request cash paying customers to pay in advance? I'm from Atlanta, Ga., and customers pay in cash pay before getting the product. The attendant sets the dispenser for the amount of cash paid and when that amount is dispensed the product stops. If the amount dispensed is less than the customer paid, the attendant will pay them the difference. Thus no drive offs because payment is made in advance. People using credit or debit cards just need to swipe their cards and fill.

DAVID LAWTON SR.,

Duluth, Ga.'

Formerly of Salem

Johnson shouldn't count on his vote

To the editor:

In 2010, there was a great movement by the people to change things. We heard from Obama in 2008 that we would see some wholesale change in our government. We didn't. Then in 2010, the people made a clear vote to create some actual change. The right had a big night, and took control of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, the politicians weren't on the same page as the people. Those people were elected for a reason, most even ran on that reason-we need something new. It's not working. The people are angry. The politicians apparently saw it as more of the same, party politics. That is exactly what Bill Johnson has given us. More partisan nonsense that digs our whole deeper.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge advocate of bipartisanship either. Bipartisanship in the last decade or more has meant nothing more than compromise. Both sides end up getting what they want, and it all contributes to big government. However, toeing the party line, regardless of the legislation is not a health stance either. Recently, some rather important (in my mind) legislation was voted on in the House. A few weeks ago, our representative voted in support of 30,000 unmanned drones flying through the skies of our country (HR 658). Big brother at its finest. It passed, and we better just get used to it. We're told it will "make us safe." That's an entirely different letter altogether.

This man also voted in favor of CISPA, which is more dangerous legislation that has a direct impact on our privacy. When I emailed him about the issue, not only was he incredibly misinformed about what the bill included (I read the entire thing), but he insisted that I was misinformed, and had likely been influenced by the misinformed media. I understand Mr. Johnson, clearly a common person who read the bill would have far less understanding of it than the Congressman who I'm sure didn't read it.

And then, this morning (May 18), Bill Johnson voted against the Smith-Amash amendment to the NDAA. The NDAA, despite what you may have been told by the mainstream media, does in fact give the authority to detain American citizens, indefinitely, without due process, if they are suspected of terrorism. It's very dangerous legislation, but our Dear Leader assures us that his administration will not make use of that part of it. And parts of the media assure us that it doesn't even say anything about American citizens-so why has the President said he won't use that part of it? This is coming from the same guy who ordered the drone attack that killed US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not saying that al-Awlaki was a good guy. But as an American citizen, he has rights. If they can strip them from him, why can't they strip them from you? Well, now, thanks in part to our representative, they can.

Bill Johnson is proving over and over again that he doesn't care about the people he "represents." He doesn't care about the Constitution. He doesn't care to do his job the way it's intended. He cares about the Republican Party. He is a pawn. He is getting nothing done for you, me and likely the vast majority of the people in his district. The point is, he and most of his colleagues that joined Congress in 2010 were elected to give us actual change. Unfortunately, all we're getting is more of the same. Party politics is killing this country, it's about "being part of the team" like Santorum said. Not about doing what is right for the people. It's time we actually hold our representatives accountable, before we lose the ability to do so.

Mr. Johnson, don't count on my vote when you need it again.

GRANT MINGUS,

Salem

CCESC gets it right with this program

To the editor:

As schools face economic difficulties on a daily basis, administrators are faced with very difficult decisions. Transportation is reduced. Employees are let go. Programs are cut. Usually these things are followed by a request for more tax dollars for the district. No one is ever happy about these issues, and communities often become divided.

As an employee of the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, I understand funding problems and realize the importance of programs. One program in particular, the CCESC Outdoor Education Program, is an example of administrators and staff doing whatever is necessary for the children.

Having been in operation for over 25 years, the CCESC "camp" allows special needs students the opportunity to experience what it's like to be outdoors, at a campground, doing things that many would not have the opportunity to experience on their own. Let me say that by no means is this two-day "camp" time off from school; that is the furthest from the truth. Students learn about wildlife, hike, how to start and cook on a campfire, how to prepare for changes in weather throughout the day, and of course sing camp songs. This year they were even treated to a presentation by NASA. Occupational therapy and physical therapy are part of the curriculum.

Preparing for "camp" is no easy task either. Teachers must make appropriate plans for being outside, no matter what the weather is. The camp director must assign classrooms to specific areas of the camp, schedule guests to speak to the children, and make sure that everything goes smoothly. Transportation departments must rearrange routes to meet the needs of the event, and students must adjust their daily routines to fit the camp schedule. None of this happens overnight, and months of preparation go into providing students this remarkable opportunity.

I want to personally commend and thank CCESC Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn for the vision to make the Outdoor Education Program survive, Nothing is free, and Mrs. Vaughn makes sure that the children can continue to participate. The program would not work as well as it does without the dedication, experience and commitment of Camp Director Susan Wenderoth. Countless hours are spent planning and supervising camp, and Mrs. Wenderoth deserves a lot of credit for making it happen.

I also want to thank the CCESC transportation department for its outstanding work for "camp." The entire system is rerouted to accommodate the program. School bus drivers are out of their normal routine, and in most cases have to do a little extra, but they always come through in getting our students to the camp on time and without any safety issues. Substitutes always step up to do whatever is needed, often covering parts of routes or transporting students that local districts cannot.

Other districts in the county also make changes to their operation for "camp" to happen, and their work is also greatly appreciated.

Finally, the staff at Camp Frederick in Rogers must also be mentioned. They do a great job of making sure things are in order, and understand what our special needs students will need to be comfortable. The grounds are always perfect, and they do what is necessary to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and any other assistive device a student may need.

So the next time you think that schools have got it wrong, think about "camp." When you hear about a new levy on the ballot, think about "camp." When school districts make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions, think about "camp." Schools sometimes get it wrong, but the CCESC gets it right with its Outdoor Education Program.

JEFF VRABEL SR.,

Transportation, Grounds and Facilities Coordinator,

Columbiana County Educational Service Center,

Lisbon

 
 

 

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