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August 11, 2013
Salem News

Disappointed with attendances

To the editor:

On July 17, 2013, I went out for breakfast at a Salem restaurant. While waiting for my meal to arrive I noticed that the restaurant was full of people filling their bellies with food. I could not help but think of the night before at the city council meeting. There were only four people in attendance. I guess the knowledge of what is happening to our wonderful city of Salem does not interest many people of Salem. But oh how it should!

And now I think of how low our church attendance is. What a shame, since church made America what it is. I guess the knowledge of the Bible is not as important as filling our bellies.

Our church, city, state, and country should be very important to all of us. While we are playing with our cell phones, GPS, and electronic do-dads, our freedom and our country is slipping away. Wake up America!

LEWIS S. DOWD,

Salem

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Praise for Giant Eagle renovations

To the editor:

Kudos and congratulations to Mark Siegal for the wonderful new interior of the Giant Eagle store.

The minute you step into the dining section of the store you are filled with awe. The new tables and chairs are just the beginning. The huge salad bar, luscious and fresh looking, with everything imaginable. The cold section, fried chicken, sandwiches and subs, reminds one of a picnic.

The hot section with all the inviting smells, olive bar with color and sizes of all sorts, then surprise, surprise, a sushi bar.

Cold cuts galore and cheese bar to take you to all parts of the world. The smell of fresh bread, and an array of beautiful cakes and cookies to whet one's appetite for sweets.

Produce is fresh and abundant and the meat department makes one think of a grill full of steaks on a summery day.

But above all, the cleanliness of the surroundings, the soft music playing and the helpfulness and cheerfulness of the employees make it very desirable to shop there.

Thank you Mark and employees. Good luck!

MARY YONISH,

Salem

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Salem Eagles offering thanks for support

To the editor:

The Salem Eagles #316 would like to thank everyone who helped with the benefit dinner for Bob and JoAnn Plegge. We would also like to thank everyone who donated to the Chinese auction.

MARLENE CHESTNUT,

Salem Eagles Ladies Auxiliary president,

Salem

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Recovering resident can't get ahead

To the editor:

Hello, my name is William Sherrill, I'm 27 years old and have lived a long, hard life. I had a drug problem that led into legal trouble. I was sentenced to the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, where I successfully completed their rehabilitation program and have even continued my recovery with the After Care Program at the Counseling Center.

I recently applied to Youngstown State University where I am having difficulty getting accepted because of my criminal record. I have almost one year sober, thank the Lord, and have been working very hard to get my life in order.

We live in a country that incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world. They are quick to lock you up, but when it comes time for you to get your life back they don't want to help you at all. They truly do not understand how hard it is to overcome the hardships.

All I want is to give my beautiful son a better life in hopes that he doesn't have to experience the things I have in my life. And every time I try to get ahead, I get stonewalled. When will it end. How do they expect us to change the over crowding in the prisons if they won't help people rehabilitate themselves. They almost make it impossible to change your life. You are almost forced back to the life that caused your problems in the first place. When will it end? How can anyone get ahead with society kicking you back down?

WILLIAM SHERRILL

Lisbon

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Calls for carbon pollution limits louder

To the editor:

After more than a year of record-breaking temperatures, crippling drought, and devastating wildfires and storms, calls for limits on carbon pollution from the largest sources are growing louder and more numerous.

Adding their voices this past week were four former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs who served under Republican presidents. They urged Americans of all political affiliations to rally behind President Obama's recently unveiled climate action plan, which centers on carbon pollution standards for dirty power plants the greatest contributor to global warming in the nation as well as the expansion of clean, renewable energy production on public lands; improvements to appliance, building, and vehicle efficiency; and better equipping our communities to prepare for and respond to weather-related disaster.

It's time for Ohio's leaders to get serious about solving global warming. From the health of our children to the conditions of our waterways, too much is at stake to continue ignoring the facts.

The four former EPA administrators wrote, "When confronted by a problem, deal with it." I ask Congressman Bill Johnson to heed his words and waste no time in committing his support to President Obama's plan.

REGAN KELLER,

Columbus,

Environment Ohio federal field organizer

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Ohio farmers care for the land

To the editor:

There is much discussion about the cause of algae blooms appearing in our state's waterways.

Many factors contribute to the situation, including waste from failed sewer systems and urban-storm runoff. Phosphorus, contained in nutrients that farmers apply to crops, is another element that has been blamed for encouraging algae growth.

Ohio's farmers have invested more than $1 million in new research led by OSU, matched with an additional $1 million by the USDA, to monitor nutrients entering waterways and identify farming practices that keep nutrients on the field.

The research is being conducted at 32 farms along watersheds throughout the state, including the Maumee River, Upper Scioto River and Grand Lake St. Mary's. The findings will provide customized recommendations to help farmers make the best choices for the environment and their crops.

Meanwhile, farmers are taking serious action to improve our state's waterways. Many employ the four "R's" of nutrient management, applying the right type and amount of fertilizer at the right time and place.

Ohio grain farmers pride themselves as stewards of the land and continue to lead the charge for water improvement. We do this because we care for the land and because it is the right thing to do.

TERRY McCLURE,

Grove Hill,

Ohio Soybean Council board member

 
 

 

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