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September 23, 2012
Salem News

Roses to the Salem Computer Center, the Salem High School Alumni Association and the United Local cheerleading squad. The three will be among only eight regional recipients come Nov. 15 who will be honored during National Philanthropy Day. They will be recognized for caring and giving: Salem Computer Center as Outstanding Small Business; the SHS Alumni Association, Special Recognition for Valley Impact; and, the United Local cheerleading program, Outstanding Young Philanthropist. A recognition luncheon and awards presentation will be held in Boardman. It is being sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Thorns to idiots who buy beer and/or smokes for under age kids. Had a police report about it earlier this week. Someone of age buys a case of beer and hands it off to young kids waiting in the convenience store parking lot. What a great adult role model. Probably happens more than we would want to know.

Thorns to idiots who steal from cemetery. It takes a real special kind of person to do that. Had a police report about it earlier this week. Someone swiped mums from grave site. Probably happens more than we would want to know.

Thorns and a loud thud to the Cleveland Indians. Their descent from leading their division this spring to worst record in the American League was hit this past week. They were knocked around this past week and all season by the heretofore worst team in the American League, the Minnesota Twins. Think about this: tickets on StubHub for the Indians-Twins game in Cleveland on Thursday were selling for as low as 75 cents! Great seats behind the dugout cost less than 4 bucks. That is how bad it has become.

Roses to the Salem High football coaching staff, players, parents and everyone else involved. The reality is that the season is going to be a long one. The reality too is it hasn't been because of lack commitment. Thank you for the strong effort. A foundation is being built.

Roses to Trent Richardson and Brandon Weedon of the Cleveland Browns for last week in Cincinnati. It is a glimmer.

Roses to the Leetonia Ruritans Club. Members recently distributed dictionaries to Leetonia third graders.

Roses to the federal jury in the Amish hair attacks case. Jury members made the right call. A hate crime is just that: a crime. Nobody is above the law - even though it doesn't always seem that way anymore in our country - and that includes religious sect members. Breaking in to someone's home and violating them calls for jail time.

Roses to the city for opting to contract with the city of Cleveland to go after residents owing taxes. It's not going to a strong arm tactic or anything. Residents will have a grace period opportunity. The program, detailed in our city council story on Wednesday, works elsewhere. If it brings in money, i.e. revenue, that the city may not have brought in, then it's worth the 5 percent of collected money - there is no up front fee - that will go to Cleveland for its assistance.



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