Would think about relocating to a dismal area like Salem
To the editor:
If I were new to the area and coming into Salem from any one of the main routes I would think twice about relocating to such a dismal area.
Every route coming into Salem is lined with litter. Ms. Popa wanted to see clean-up in Salem expand further and rightly so.
Yes, our downtown needed cleaned up and it is great to see so many help out on clean-up day but why aren't store owners doing it themselves? I remember when store owners even swept the curbs and our downtown shone!
And asking citizens to contribute money to revitalize downtown is wrong. First of all, it's the building owners responsibility to take care of their buildings and second, it's the city's job to enforce codes and regulations. Maybe if we had a signage code for downtown that would help too.
As for property other than downtown, a few simple things would make a lot of difference. Now people can't even seem to take their trash cans to the rear of their property nor put curtains at windows (no blankets are not curtains), or rake their leaves, or when they do, they seem to think it's OK to rake them into the street or mow their grass into the street.
What is wrong with this picture? Are people too busy to clean up their properties or just too lazy? And if you have an elderly neighbor, offer to help them with their property too.
Salem people! Wake up! You want to invite businesses to come here, then make Salem look inviting. We need to have a cleanup day for the roadways coming into town so visitors first impression is a good one.
And people, even if you can't afford to paint your house, keep it neat and clean, pick up your junk, repair your fence, the steps, take the trash cans to the rear of the house, sweep your sidewalks. Be proud of where you live, in Salem!
Mayor of Rogers reacts to headline used atop story
To the editor:
I am appalled at the headline in your paper, dated April 24, 2013, titled, "Rogers council moves ahead with speed trap." Not only is it poor journalism but it is also an unfair characterization of the situation in a small village like Rogers.
The dedicated members of council as well as myself as mayor, have spent many hours trying to protect the residents and visitors of the village with extremely limited resources. Local government funding, state funding and property tax revenues have continued to be cut with nothing to take their place. We have diligently worked to do more with less. Residents of the village take pride in their history and are not willing to just let that go without a fight.
That being said, the proposed "Automated Photo Traffic Safety Enforcement Program" that we are putting in place is a much needed tool to provide safe streets.
With the increased heavy duty truck traffic from the oil and gas development, residents have witnessed a number of these vehicles blowing through the red light to keep up with trucks ahead of them or driving way over the speed limit to reach their destination.
The village has had more than one accident and even a fatality based on the lack of careful driving through our tiny village.
Without the ability to keep full-time traffic control, we need to explore other ways to keep our families safe.
This is one of those tools. We don't feel having our efforts vilified by the local media before we can be given a chance to explore this option is fair and certainly not needed in an area that already suffers from inadequate protection.
Even if Rogers were to be annexed by a neighboring township, they would not have adequate resources to protect our families due to their own limited revenues.
So, as mayor, we ask that you allow us the opportunity to protect our families and our village without unnecessarily skewing your coverage to try to turn the public against our efforts.
Village of Rogers
It's the same old story with the White House and Congress
To the editor:
I am keeping a close watch on the White House and the Congress, hoping for signs indicating they are finally getting together and making progress on the long road back to fiscal recovery.
However it's the same old story. The White House is determined to continue spending, taxing, borrowing and printing money. Our President refuses to except the fact that this combination is the exact formula needed to cause our fiscal destruction.
Once again I remember those critical words uttered so often by our president prior to his first election. "Fundamental transformation."
There is no way I can interpret those words except to mean a complete change over of the government. There is no better way to began this then to abolish our capitalist system.
This would mean the trampling of the constitution the document that has been the life guard of our freedom for the past 230 years. Our president has shown from the start his dislike for big business and their lack of will to share their wealth.
What has happened to that grand old Democratic party? The party of individual thinkers, and doers.
Why do so many in the party, those with intelligence and foresight, continue to accept the fragile and deceptive policies flowing from the White House?
We need only to look to Greece, France and other countries across the pond to see the results of the socialist system, how in their effort to share the wealth they have bankrupted their countries and are unable to cover the many benefits the people had been, promised. The results, strikes and riots.
Will it happen here? It can and very well might if this administration does not change the direction it is going.
LEON J. WHITE,