Fund raisers appreciate support
To the editor:
Thank you to all of those who made contributions for the Pan Ohio Hope Ride.
This bicycle ride took place from July 26 to July 29 and covered 348 miles traveling from Cleveland to Cincinnati. This was the sixth year for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Ride and once again, the generosity of our great nation was overwhelming. Every business, person, neighbor and friend that I asked gladly gave to this cause. All of the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges. These are places where patients being treated for cancer can stay at no cost to them or their families.
This year, the night before our ride began, I met two ladies who were staying at the Hope Lodge in Cleveland where our kickoff event was being held. Each of these ladies was involved in different stages of cancer treatments. It was surprising to learn that both of them were from the Austintown area, so close to home. I had them write their names on ribbons so that I could think of them and pray for them and also so that I could get strength for myself from them on my ride.
Personally, I raised over $5,000 for the Hope Ride and our small team from Salem together raised close to $27,500 and overall riders raised $751,000. This money will be used to help our neighbors, friends and relatives.
What we don't get to see are the people who are on their own without loved ones to help with the pain and mental strain that goes along with this fight for life. With this money raised we can help give these patients hope to look forward to and a loving hug from all of us. Our loved ones, friends and neighbors deserve no less. Thank you everyone.
DAVID N. HUGHES,
Loose fiscal policy is a wake-up call
To the editor:
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, wrote the following and I quote: "A democracy will continue to exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority will vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
The professor goes on to say "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations for the past 2000 years is 200 years. During those 200 years the nations always progressed through the following sequence."
From bondage to spiritual faith,
From spiritual faith to great courage,
From great courage to liberty,
From liberty to abundance,
From abundance to complacency,
From complacency to apathy,
From apathy to dependency,
From dependency back to bondage,
Maybe we should study this list carefully then decide into which category if any this country falls.
Every society democratic or otherwise has a life span which will peak. It will sustain itself for a period of time, then due to one or several factors such as wars, loss of moral passion conflicts within, complacency and apathy it fails.
We should note that the professor writes, the final collapse will be over loose fiscal policy. "Sort of a wake up call, I would say."
Ten reasons not to vote for Obama
To the editor:
If you believe in the Second Amendment here are 10 reasons not to vote for President Obama.
1. He supported a shutdown of all gun stores within five miles of a school or a park - would have closed 99 percent of gun stores.
2. He supported Ted Kennedy's ammo ban to outlaw all deer-hunting ammo.
3. He supported the U.N. gun ban treaty. A treaty that would support steps toward global civilian disarmament.
4. Obama is one vote away from a Supreme Court gun-ban majority to rubber-stamp gun control laws.
5. Obama's regulatory "czar," Cass Sunstein, wants to ban hunting and says animals should be represented in court.
6. He is trying to slash funding for the Armed Pilots Program designed to prevent terror attacks.
7. He voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt American gun makers.
8. His administration illegally smuggled guns to Mexican drug lords, then imposed illegal gun registration in four states, blaming gun owner's for his insane policy.
These guns were also used to kill a US border agent and who knows how many others.
9. Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder said we need to "really brainwash people" against guns.
10. Obama told Sarah Brady, "We are working on (gun control), but under the radar."
The Second Amendment ensures our freedom and was enacted to protect us from the government. All tyrannical governments begin with the outlawing of personal ownership of guns.
Upset with treatment of veteran
To the editor:
To the good citizens of Salem, I just learned of what I hope was an isolated despicable random act of violence toward a former service member, who was showing his pride by marching in a parade wearing his uniform. I am talking about the punks that think it is OK to through eggs at this proud American and Salem resident.
The same person who risked his life so that low life's like this could behave as they did. I also hope that the decent citizens of Salem and the surrounding area are as incensed over this behavior as I am. I also hope the Salem Police treat this violence the same as they would any other criminal act.
To the victim of this despicable act of violence I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your service to our country and tell you I am truly sorry you were subjected to an outrage such as this.
Please do not let the actions of a few punks spoil your pride in your service, our country and your community. Again please accept my apology you were subjected to this outrage.
Salem High Class of 1966,
HTC USN Ret. Vietnam Era Veteran,
Appreciates letter from cat lover
To the editor:
This is a note of thank you to Mr. Brian Fuller of Hanoverton for his heartfelt letter describing the life and passing of his and his wife's pet cat, "Rocket" in the Aug. 19 Salem News.
The letter was filled with emotion and in my estimation could not have been written any better.
The letter struck a chord and was very touching.
Again sir, thank you for sharing a very personal experience that I believe has affected many of us in a very intimate way.
JOHN F. REID,
Effuses praise for those at SCH
To the editor:
I would like to extend a huge and heartfelt "thank you" to the staff of Salem Community Hospital, to everyone there from the custodians to the receptionists to the ER professionals to the ICU specialists to the chaplain to the cafeteria hostesses to those who answer endless phone calls and carry clipboards filled with necessary paperwork to those who redirect lost visitors in unfamiliar spaces - every last one of them deserves to be recognized for what they do for those in their care, and that is not limited to patients.
My friend's family and I spent what would have been a horrific day there this past week when we landed in the emergency room because a severe allergic reaction sent her into complete respiratory failure.
The people there - every single staff member we encountered - were supportive, compassionate, knowledgeable, patient, caring and everything you could possibly ask for in those taking care of a loved one. In addition to managing my friend's critical medical attention, they took incredible care of our needs as well: they made sure we had food and coffee, frequent updates, access to comfortable spaces in the facility and they readily provided us with any information we wanted. While the circumstances were stressful and frightening, the setting was warm and hospitable. I cannot say enough about the professionals there -caring, attentive and the very best possible!!!