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Letters to the Editor

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research the issue factually and make the best decision possible. ...

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’ To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research ...

Income Tax Dept. may depend on Nov. 5 election

To the editor: Through the long debate on The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), Salem voters now have the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting for true Independents on Nov. 5. Based on party affiliation of the current council members, and the recent endorsement of my opponent ...

Chamber of Commerce endorses five-year levy renewal

To the editor: In October of 2015, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a motion to publicly endorse the five-year, .25% income tax increase. The legislation proposed by the City of Salem specified that the usage of money was limited to the improvements of ...

Council candidate delivers his message

To the editor: When I first decided to run for Salem City Council, Councilman Geoff Goll tried to bully me out of running. His message was recorded on voice mail. Now, when I attend Council meetings, there is a Democrat official that sits in the back row of every single council meeting, ...

S.O.S. Save our streets!

To the editor: Wow! The streets in Salem in 2014 were a mess and the citizens of Salem did something about them. City Council passed an ordinance putting forth a ballot for a 0.25% income tax increase, restricted to 5 years and limited purpose to cover streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, ...

Thanks for supporting the Downtown Dining Experience

To the editor: The success of the recent Downtown Dining Experience is a reflection of the ever increasing dedication and enthusiasm of the restaurants and businesses. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Northern Columbiana County would like to personally thank ...

Council member: RITA makes sense for Salem

To the editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the Salem City Council Finance Committee made the decision to move forward with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), by at least having a vote of the full council. After two years of discussion it is time. After two years of those in-depth discussions, it ...

Reminder about the importance of flu shots

To the editor: Fall is here and children have all went back to school. Flu-season will soon be here too. Nobody likes to see his or her loved ones sick, so let us all do our part in preventing the spreading of the virus. It is important to get your flu shot, especially before everyone is ...

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 ...