From one candidate to another
To the editor:
An open letter to Bill Johnson:
As your constituent, I too was disappointed to hear the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report that outlined only 69,000 additional jobs added last month nationally and that our nation's unemployment rate has increased to 8.2 percent. You don't have to be an economist to see the effects unemployment has had on our area. Drive north or south on Ohio Highway 7 and look at the abandoned steel factories that once represented a robust economic manufacturing hub - their only remaining value being sold for scrap.
For decades our area has represented the backbone of our nation's economy. We have served as a manufacturing center for a democracy founded on the principals of capitalism. Our sweat that fell upon our blue collars helped those wearing white collars build fortunes. In return we asked for the opportunity to make a livable wage that would allow us to support our families. But now, in your economy, we are being told that work was not enough.
Bill, you only recently moved to this area, so let me explain this to you - offering tax breaks to millionaires in place of supporting local jobs is not the way to pull our district out of this recession. Pointing fingers, and passing the blame on to others, is not a value that we share. You must be accountable for your own record. Regrettably, the promises you made on the political campaign trail in 2010 to bring new jobs to this area and support our local economy have simply not been met with action and success. You voted to send jobs to South Korea, Panama, and Columbia, but voted against the American Jobs Act that would have provided $25 billion in additional investments in our schools, and $50 billion in investments in roads and infrastructure growth. That $75 billion represents jobs that were lost, and as a constituent, I hold you accountable. Taking marching orders from your party leaders and leveling partisan cheap shots across the aisle is not leadership. These actions do not embody the people you represent, a community you are just beginning to know.
To conclude -I challenge you to do something, anything. You hold an incredible amount of power because you are a member of Congress. But more importantly, you have a moral responsibility to those who you represent. Your constituents are suffering from the failed policies of your party leaders on free trade that sells out our local businesses, on going soft on Wall Street profiteers, on giving tax breaks to multinational corporations who move jobs overseas. When I was privileged to serve this area I exercised great care in being an independent voice for the people I represent, as the leaders in my party will attest after votes against a national energy tax and in defense of the Second Amendment. Can you say the same? As you come to know this area you will realize that we are independent. We speak our mind and we appreciate hard work. It is time to take responsibility for your actions, your positions and your votes. Its time to represent a district that continues to see staggering job loss on your watch. It is time to vote with your district in mind.
I look forward to an open debate during this campaign and even more so to returning to Washington to provide sound leadership to a district that needs leadership more than ever.
CHARLES A. WILSON,
Thanks for making race a success
To the editor:
The seventh annual Quakertown Super Kids Race was held June 2. The race is a soap box derby for special needs children. This year's race was a huge success. We had more racers, more volunteers, more sponsors and a great race. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers, there are too many to mention but we could not hold this event without the help and cooperation from many groups and individuals. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and VFW Post 5532, Washingtonville.
Thank you to the parents of the children involved for taking the time to make sure they were included. Also, thank you for sharing your special children with us. Many people put in a lot of time to hold an event like this; it is the smiles on the faces of the Super Kids that make it all worthwhile.
Feels kids taking over in Salem
To the editor:
As a resident of Salem, I'm very concerned about the way the youth in this town are taking over our properties and parks.
The language these kids are using in so disrespectful and even frightening.
The chaos these kids are creating is terrifying and intimidating. They take over our park (Centennial). You can't take an evening walk in the park because of all these loose cannons running around.
Sad thing is these kids don't pay taxes yet but we do and we deserve and have earned the right to walk through our park and feel safe.
Something desperately needs to be done so we can use the park without intimidation by a gang of kids.