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Letters to the Editor

RITA: A difficult decision

To the editor: Mr. Brian Thunberg, the governmental liaison for the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA) has appeared before City Council and  explained how RITA could save the City of Salem $52,000 a year and explained other benefits of the authority. Obviously, a savings of $52,000 to the ...

District to mark 100 years of public health with open house

If you are a baby boomer you probably remember the line in the gym at school where you drank from small paper cups the vaccine that would protect us from polio. Or maybe you recall someone who was stricken with polio, perhaps a neighbor or a visitor next door who used crutches and leg braces to ...

Some information about MSSA

To the editor: I think a lot of individuals are unaware about the MSSA Super Walk coming up on Saturday, Sept. 28, and a lot more people uninformed about who the MSSA is. MSSA stands for Multiple Sclerosis Services Agency. We are a 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT agency, providing services to those ...

In favor of the Regional Income Tax Agency

To the editor: It was not all that long ago that Salem City Councilman Geoff Goll and others were promoting a new charter form of government for Salem. They held public forums. They wrote letters to the editor. They took out full-page ads. And, they swore that their only motive was to “run ...

Not a supporter of the city contracting RITA

To the editor: I read with great interest the story in the Salem News on Sept. 4 about the city looking at the possibility of contracting with RITA for local income tax collection. I studied accounting at Youngstown State University and earned my bachelor’s in accounting. As a student ...

SHS student expresses view on stadium name change

To the editor: I am a sophomore at Salem High School. I want to put in my side to the renaming of Reilly Stadium to Sebo Stadium. I know it is very generous of him to give his money to the city of Salem by sponsoring events and paying for buildings. But a line had to be drawn somewhere. I ...

October is National Domestic Violence Month

To the editor: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time of unity to connect victims, advocates, and allies across the country. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — ...

“As Long As We Believe”

To the editor: “We all have our own separate paths to take....our own destinations to choose...we all have our own contributions to make...our own special talents to use...we all have our own kind of life to pursue...have our own kind of dreams to be weaving...and we all have the power to ...

Writing in support of Bob Sebo

To the editor: Three in a row! Three letters to the editor disparaging the name change at Sebo Stadium. Three local leaders unhappy wi…wait, hold on a second. They live where? Indiana, Connecticut, Texas. My goodness! Let me get this straight: I’m supposed to entertain a lecture ...

Thankful for support of the new Quakertown Trolley

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Salem community for the strong support in bringing our new Quakertown Trolley to Salem. Our original trolley has been used for many occasions; weddings, tours, reunions, family events, educational development, etc. It ...

Disagrees with editorial on Medicare for All

To the editor: In an editorial on Medicare for All, the author argues that such a system is undesirable because 1. contrary to what its supporters say, it is not actually free, 2. it would likely lead to health care rationing, and 3. it would limit health care options. I address each of ...

Dismayed over the Salem stadium name change

To the editor: I am dismayed at the announcement that I read in the Salem News regarding the renaming of Reilly Stadium to Sebo Stadium. I feel that an important part of Salem history is being lost for the sake of a few dollars. The citizens of Salem have been supporting the stadium since ...

Recognition for Jack Yarnell is well deserved

To the editor: Congratulations to the Salem City Parks Board/Commission for recognizing Jack Yarnell by proclamation, news coverage, and well-deserved, prominently placed plaque at the Orashan Bandshell. Jack has been, is, and will be forever linked to the legacy of Howard O. Pardee and ...

Back story on retiring Quakertown Trolley

To the editor: In a conversation with Dale Shafer and the Salem Retail & Business Association in the year of 2002, it was brought to our attention by Dale Shafer (Salem’s historian) that Boston, Mass. and Salem, Ohio both claimed to be the first to have trolley transportation. Dale ...

A reader’s insight into the stadium name switch

To the editor: According to the information at this archived link on the Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/20150920152910/http://www.salemohiohistory.com/HistoryMakers/General-Reilly.aspx, the land on which Reilly/Sebo Stadium now stands was purchased by the Salem Board of ...

‘Outraged’ over naming of stadium in Salem

To the editor: As a former resident of Salem, from birth in 1937 to 1970 when I moved to Denton, TX to assume a professorship at the University of North Texas, and an SHS alumnus ('55), I was outraged when I learned that historical Reilly Stadium was renamed after Bob Sebo. Although "buying" ...

A successful Lowell Iden Memorial Breakfast and Trap Shoot

To the editor: Thank you everyone for the wonderful support of the 16th annual Lowell Iden Memorial Breakfast and Trap Shoot. The Salem Hunting Club hosted this event Aug. 3. We exceeded the number of breakfasts sold and had an all-around wonderful turnout. The weather was beautiful, the help ...

Thanks from Salem Church Women United

To the editor: The members of Salem Church Women United would like to express their thanks for the generous response to our annual Back-to-School Clothing Voucher project. This year over 440 Salem School District children from lower income families, Head Start through eighth grade, were given ...

Great Day at the Columbiana County Fair

To the editor: My wife and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at the Columbiana County (aka Lisbon) Fair. It was our daughter Val’s suggestion, and it was “some kind” of a special day! We are all 4-H alumni and loved seeing the animals, the kids, the ...

Wellsville leadership moving in the right direction

To the editor: I sincerely believe Wellsville Mayor Nancy Murray, Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah Black and the other elected officials, all the village department heads and employees deserve "a job well done" for turning around the fiscal emergency plight the village was in. The ongoing financial ...