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March 24, 2013
Salem News

Resident angry with 'slaughter of our trees'

To the editor:

There is an issue with the city concerning the recent slaughter of our trees. Point blank - the trees trimmed by the city workers were butchered. Why did city workers chop the curbside trees? Fix the streets, skip the trees!

Davy Tree is under contract with the electric company to trim trees. They are trained foresters not amateurs with chain saws. The employees of Davy Tree were cooperative, polite and tried to make the trees conform to Ohio Edison requirements without doing a hack job on the trees. We purchased curb side flowering pear trees years ago when they were first available. Now they are free and trees are planted at no cost on city curbs. Are we still a "Tree City" or a "scrub tree city?" Davy workers remarked that the city trimming created a poor messy look.

Leave the power and service line to the utility companies. Our curb side pear trees are a mess. Thank you very much! The city curb side trees need to be allowed to heal.



Trustee urges support of levy for fire truck

To the editor:

The Village of Lisbon, Center Township and Elkrun Township, jointly own and share the building that contains the fire department in Lisbon. The building contains the fire equipment needed for fire protection in these three areas.

The townships and the village have their own equipment. Some of the equipment is shared by the three entities.

Center Township and Elkrun Township have a pumper truck that is antiquated and needs replaced. Center Township has a 1.23 mill levy that will be on the ballot in May. This money will be used to pay for Center Township's share of the pumper truck. Elkrun Township passed their levy and will have the money for their share of the truck.

The levy would cost a home owner with a $100,000 home approximately $37 a year for five years.

Please vote yes for this much needed levy in May. The firemen need this truck to do their job properly. We are fortunate to have a good fire department. They can't do their job without the proper equipment.


Center Township trustee

United should not need a levy passed for money

To the editor:

In 2011, United Local School Board put a $9,750,000 levy on the ballot for a new school. It was turned down two times by the voters. Now they say the voters voted it down because they want the old school fixed up. Yes they do want it fixed up like it should have been done all along.

Now they want to put a 3 mill permanent improvement levy on the ballot in May that they say will generate $376,000 per year according to the superintendent Viscounte. He also said the board "will likely let the old one expire." It has been on the ballot since 1984; in 2011 United Local had $6,256,043.76 in 15 banks. They also received $116,000 for gas drilling rights.

If United Locals School Board cannot keep the school in decent shape with this kind of money we are in deep trouble. By the way Columbiana, Crestview, and United Local residents are the only people in Columbiana County paying property tax to their schools.



Against taxation for downtown revitalization

To the editor:

To Mayor Berlin and Salem City Council members:

In the Salem News article of Feb. 20 that Mr. Cahill stated in his article "assume debt or one time tax of $50 per resident in the city of Salem for two years to provide funding for the redevelopment."

I am opposed to any form of taxation to the general public for revitalizing downtown Salem.

Are you opposed to putting taxes on the general public or not? I remember the 0.5 percent city income tax went down to defeat on the ballot. But you individuals are the majority party in city hall. I do think that if you force a tax on the general public that you individuals will not be re-elected.

If the $50 per person tax is forced on the public it is taxation without representation.

I don't know if Mr. Cahill served in the U.S. military or not, but I have served in the USMC in which I fought for all American rights that we have today. This so called tax that Mr. Cahill stated in the article on Feb. 20 reminds me about what our forefathers fought for in the Revolutionary War. One part of the war which was fought for was for taxes without representation.

I feel that it is the business owner of these building who should make improvements on these structures to make them look presentable to downtown Salem. I also feel is not the responsibility of the citizens of Salem to make these improvements in the downtown area. Not the general public which does not own the property in the downtown area.

I do not think it is my responsibility to pay for the upkeep of a business. It is the owner of these businesses to set aside money from rent or whatever means they collect money for their buildings.

Salem used to have Strouss, J C Penney Co., and other retail businesses in the downtown area. Did anybody do a study to see what happened to these businesses? I do not think that anybody ever did or the individuals who did do the survey did not want to tell the general public why these businesses closed shop in the city of Salem. Is it traffic or is it to costly to have businesses in Salem anymore?

If you vote to have this tax forced on to the people, I would lose my honor in city government in Salem, Ohio.



Responds to letter praising SCC

To the editor:

On behalf of physical therapists and the physical therapy profession in general, I would like to address the letter in praise of the Salem Community Center.

As a member, I enjoy the Salem Community Center facilities and have great regard for the many beneficial services they provide. Professionally, many of my own patients have utilized those benefits, after completing their physical therapy programs. I agree that they offer a variety of weights and machines to help you "get loose and get in shape." However, I do need to point out that the Salem Community Center is not a physical therapy center as the letter states.

A physical therapy facility employs licensed physical therapists who have earned master's and doctorate's in their field. They are expertly trained, skilled professionals. Physical therapists treat patients who have a multitude of problems, including orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses. Most patients are referred by physicians; however, in the state of Ohio, a patient can be seen without a referral. Patients treated in physical therapy require the skills of a physical therapist. Their plan of care is focused on their diagnosis and based on a thorough evaluation of the patient's condition. So while walking a track or in water with weights may be beneficial to some, it would most likely not require the skills of a licensed physical therapist.

Physical therapy, when medically necessary, is covered by most insurance companies, and is dependent on a person's specific policy, which dictates each patient's liability in the form of a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.

Skilled physical therapy makes the difference between a satisfactory outcome versus an excellent outcome. In closing, while the Salem Community Center is an outstanding facility, it is not, nor ought to be considered physical therapy, or utilized in place of a skilled therapy program.



Salem basketball player wants to thank the fans

To the editor:

As the 2012-13 Quaker basketball season has come to an end, I wanted to write a sincere thank you to all the Quaker fans who supported our team this year! It has been a privilege playing in the Cabas gymnasium for the last four years!

Throughout my high school basketball career there have been three things I could rely on when I walked into the gymthe fans, my teammates, and my family.

The Quaker fans truly have been supportive each basketball season! Their cheering and clapping has made a huge difference. As we walked into the district championship at Boardman, you rose to your feet and gave us the warmest of welcomes. Thank you for being proud of our efforts and showing your love for the red and black! Our sixth man the entire season has been the Quaker Crazies! Their enthusiasm helped motivate us to play our best! This group of crazies is truly in a league of their own! The rivalry game against West Branch will forever be a night to remember. The Crazies never let us down as they continually cheered us onto victory. Thank-you for being "one voice" and showing your Quaker Pride!

My teammates are my best friends. They are a great group of guys who shared the same vision that I did. We came together and set a goal: win! I believe we accomplished our objective. Our winning record proved that we showed up each game to do our best as we relied on each other. We all had our roles and we all contributed in different ways. With the help of our coaching staff, we created a year that won't soon be forgotten. Thank you for a memorable senior season guys!

Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends who have watched me since I started playing basketball in fifth grade. Driving me to practices, coaching AAU teams, providing team dinners, lending advice and setting goals, cheering in the stands, and most importantly showing your love and dedication has been overwhelming. Thank you for sharing in my passion for basketball throughout my life!

I look forward to coming back to "The Cabas" and watching more Quaker Basketball in the years ahead! Hopefully we have inspired a whole new group of Quaker Hoopsters for the future! My Dad always tells me, "Records are meant to be broken." I can't wait to shake the next Quaker's hand that sets the new ones! It has been an honor playing for Salem High School and I appreciate the fans, my teammates and my family's support!

Go Quakers!



Suggestion regarding downtown developments

To the editor:

This is a suggestion for Scott Cahill, TAC, and Salem City Council as they consider TAC's proposals.

I haven't heard of any further developments since Mr. Cahill presented his plan to city council. I've had some questions/objections to the plan as is, but something still does need to be done with downtown. I have kids and grandkids living in Salem, and I do agree that if we leave things as they are, things will continue to go downhill and Salem will be less desirable as a result.

Here is a proposal change I would like to see which I believe would result in a more favorable response:

Could the downtown buildings which have the building owner's own business in them be "grandfathered" out of needing to make their upper levels usable if they don't want to use them? (Assuming of course that their building itself is structurally sound.) If they become vacant, there could be a time frame (six, nine, 12 months) where if they stay vacant they would then have to meet new code. That would handle several of the objections I've heard about the plan.

Also, while I know everyone with an empty building wants business in it, a couple of businesses TAC wants to see downtown concern me. You'd like a confectionery that sells homemade candy and chocolate, and you'd like some specialty bakeries. My concern would be hurting businesses already here. Heggy's sells chocolates and some candy. And often a pastry bakery sells coffee - what would that do to Friends Roastery which sells coffee and some bakery items? And would a deli sandwich shop hurt the Ice Cream Parlor and others? I know that what business comes in can't be legislated, but I would caution care in soliciting for a business that would jeopardize an existing business, because the most likely outcome would be both of them failing.

City council, city of Salem, please do what you can as soon as you can about the buildings downtown that are dangerous. Surely that shouldn't have to wait for any new proposals.



Resonating core message is freedom

To the editor:

Americans, specifically 66 percent, believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.

The Bible and the Constitution are integral to our nation's survival. As we remember, the Passover Exodus from Egypt and as Christians celebrate the Resurrection, the resonating core message is freedom.

Israel having been freed from Egypt embraced the Covenant. American patriots freed from tyranny embraced the United States Constitution. They recognized that freedom and liberty cannot be sustained in anarchy or tyranny, but are sustainable only within the rule of law. Both respectively, embraced the theocratic rule of law, administered by men, having its core morality and substance in the existence, character and revelation of the One True Living God, not in men or tyrants.

Freedom is an inalienable right gifted by God to every human being. Liberty is the right to experience and live out that freedom, as we choose. Although liberty may at times need to be defined, freedom must remain as an absolute reality and not an abstract idealism.

The Biblical covenant and the Constitution define the rule of law, a limited government, that men are created equal in the image of God, the advancement of freedom and the character of liberty. Both secure, not an equal outcome, but equal opportunity for all who seize it. Both sustain the values of community and nationhood that hinge contingently upon each individual's morality and integrity. They construct the foundational elements for a cultural worldview with righteous ethics, retribution for wrong, rights and responsibilities, established just weights in economics and a biblical justice that neither tilts in favor to the wealthy or to the poor.

The liberal progressive Democratic socialists have done their homework well and have implemented their worldview consistently and relentlessly. Their Saul Alinsky, communist, socialist, Marxist, fascist manifestos have been incrementally woven into our political, social, economic, cultural and religious fabric.

Assaulting our foundational pacts, they vehemently pursue to rewrite our history. Their insidious manifestos run in direct conflict to the master design of character, morality, values, culture, economy and social order of both the biblical Covenant and the Constitution. They mask their agendas as compassion and advocacy by strategic marketing facades for mass consumption, sidelining the truth; knowing that the first messaging sound bites will be what sticks in people's minds.

The Bible records a warning regarding kings imposing taxes and demonstrably exhibiting that "absolute power corrupts absolutely," in turn, making people subjects rather than serving citizens. The Constitution straightforwardly establishes restraints on such intoxicating addictions. It securely empowers "We the People" as the dominating governmental embodiment whose elected representatives serve on their behalf.

Historically, people fought as slaves to be free. We now find ourselves as free people fighting to not to be made slaves. Israel sought Teshuvah/Return, the Puritans sought Revival and American Patriots fought the Revolution; each discovering a Covenant and a Constitution advancing freedom.

May "We the People" change our direction, experience our Exodus to Freedom, rediscover the Biblical covenant and defend the United States Constitution and America.


East Palestine



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