YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over
Salem Rotary Foundation continues to serve
To the editor:
The trustees of the Salem Rotary Foundation met on Jan. 15, 2019, to reorganize.
Officers elected to serve the Salem Rotary Foundation for the year of 2019 were George W.S. Hays, president; Shelby Mingus, vice president; Frank A. Zamarelli Jr., treasurer; and Geoffrey S. Goll, secretary.
During 2018, the Salem Rotary Foundation distributed gifts to the United Way Services of Columbiana County, the “pay forward program” of the Salem Rotary Club and the Salem Community Foundation for the Salem Rotary Endowment Fund.
Gifts were received by the Salem Rotary Foundation in memory of Jeff Hendricks, Leah Stubbs, Anthony Mastrangelo and Barry Crowell. Gifts were received in honor of Dr. Peter L. Apicella, Russell Loudon, Dr. Salvatore C. Apicella and the Salem Rotary Club.
The Salem Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to more than $200,000 which supports the Salem Rotary Foundation’s Mission of extending Rotary’s commitment to the local community and for worldwide needs. The purpose of the foundation is to promote and foster the ideals of Rotary International, based on the Four Way Test and to provide charitable gifts to those who practice these ideals.
Special emphasis is given to local, community, vocational youth and international service, without regard to race, age, sex, religious origin or geographical boundaries.
The trustees of the Salem Rotary Foundation are George W.S. Hays, Shelby Mingus, Frank A. Zamarelli Jr., Alma Apicella, Mark C. Flake IV, Dr. Peter Apicella and Attorney Geoffrey S. Goll.
Public donations to the Salem Rotary Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 1244, Salem, Ohio 44460.
GEOFFREY S. GOLL,
Reader: ‘Choose life. Choose Freedom’
To the editor:
An intensifying storm looms. At its epicenter is our American culture and biblical values. The Republican establishment, Democrat Socialists, anarchists and ideological religious militants are advancing the storm front. They don’t rally as one, yet demonstrate some very striking similarities. Internally, they are like a pack of wolves fighting over their prey.
As justice in truth advances the forces of opposition in resistance double down. The Republican establishment is in jeopardy of losing its “good ole boy,” status quo power position and relevancy. It is threatened by the growing self-awareness of the “We the people.”
The Democrat Socialists strain to overtake a revival of biblical values and American patriotism. They exasperatingly seethe attempting to suffocate a free market capitalism that enables the recovery of personal dignity, self-worth and success. Their agenda is hypocritical and internally conflictive. They declare they are for the children, yet applaud abominable abortion procedures. They boast of advocacy for the poor but cater to rich elitists. They revile masculinity but demand equality of woman to men. They promote laws against gender pronouns to obscure sexual differences, yet declare the “Year of the Woman.”
They claim standing against child abuse, yet proactively inculcate gender confusions into the minds of young children. They espouse morality but embrace amoralism. They vehemently oppose the language of God as offensive, yet in usury invoke God to advance their cause. Anarchists as opportunists lay in wait to incite violence seeking power through fear. Ideological religious militants vehemently pursue through strategic creeping assaults to silence the voices of justice in truth in order to replace them with their own.
Historically, revivals begin in looking back to recover the best of the past and its revival in the present. God gave promise to Israel in diaspora that when they acknowledge and confess their failure, are stricken in heart and spirit and return, He would forgive, revive and restore them. God declared to Israel: “If My people who are called by My Name, humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways. I will hear from heaven and heal their land.”
Humility and prayer are deficient apart from teshuva/returning. Let’s seek the place where the One True Living God is and teshuva/return. Let’s revive our nation with the best of our national heritage and faith values. Choose life. Choose freedom. It is written: “Today is the day of salvation, harden not your hearts.”
MARK E. GUY,
Samaritans Purse grateful to Salem residents
To the editor:
I am writing to thank Salem residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Salem and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoe boxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoe box gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.
These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Salem shoe box packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project-many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.