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Letters to the Editor

Former city treasurer addresses RITA

To the editor: First, I wish to thank you (voters) and Mayor John Berlin. The mayor for suggesting me to be treasurer of the city of Salem and you for electing me for 2014-2018. It was a great learning experience. I had not known that Salem had a 1 percent income tax since 1968. The city ...

Misconceptions vs. facts regarding RITA

To the editor: A lot of negative statements about RITA are being circulated by opponents to serve their political agendas and personal vendettas. Let me present you with the facts. #1: No tax payer will owe more money with RITA than they would have owed without RITA. By ordinance and ...

Celebrating Saint Paul School and Catholic Schools Week

To the editor: Once again this year, Saint Paul School (SPS) will observe National Catholic Schools Week. The celebration is from January 26 through February 1. The theme for 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” As a proud member of the SPS Class of 1962, I’d ...

Mayor Berlin writes regarding RITA

To the editor: It is time for Salem to join the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) and over 300 other Ohio communities in their joint effort to reduce the cost of income tax collection. From the first day income tax collection began over 60 years ago in Salem the possibility of ...

RITA should come before a vote in the Nov. election

To the editor: I'm writing this letter to the residents and voters of the city of Salem. While this letter is in response to a letter to the editor made by Councilwoman Dickey published Jan. 17, my letter is more of a plea to all of you — those against RITA, those for RITA and those ...

Council member supports implementation of RITA

To the editor: To the residents of Salem: as your councilperson for the past eight years, I want to thank you for the confidence in me you have shown through your vote to keep me for the next four years. While it is an honor to serve you, it is also a heavy responsibility. I am always ...

He was there at Kent State on May 4, 1970

To the editor: Earlier, I read in the Salem News that a film about the May 1970 events at the Kent State Campus in Kent would be shown at the Salem KSU Campus. It is now 50 years since that time. I'm writing this to make sure, that for the first time, the truth will be told which probably ...

On behalf of President Trump

To the editor: For the past three and half years we have heard and read how the Democrats in the House of Representatives have dirt on our elected president, and how dirty and evil he is and deserves to be impeached. The Democrats have nothing that is an impeachable offense of this ...

You can help the mission of the United Way

To the editor: Thanksgiving is the “kick-off” to a busy season for all of us. Thanksgiving Day is followed by “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,” “Cyber Monday” and “Giving Tuesday” (if there is any cash left). Charities have learned that the month of December ...

Ex-Trustee: Green Township does not need an administrator

To the editor: I was surprised to see the Green Township had approved a township administrator. The estimated resources for the 14 townships in Mahoning County varies from $1,073,000 to $29,146,000 per auditor’s office. The three townships with the highest resources: $9,840,000, ...

Property owner states his case

To the editor:     After the unfortunate situation of an alleged meth bust at my property on Pershing Avenue, I have heard and read many comments and opinions that have inspired me to write this letter to the editor in an effort to clear up some misconceptions. First, let me say that I ...

Expressing opinions about politics

To the editor: With the general election over, I want to thank the Salem office holder for running a clean campaign. Just one minor hiccup with Columbiana County Trump Party Chairman throwing his mud around where it did not belong. You may have noticed I wrote the “Trump Party” ...

Thanks to all of those making Trail of Treats, Costume Contest successful

To the editor: On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Salem Parks & Recreation Department and Eyes for Olivia Foundation co-sponsored the 4th annual Trail of Treats event, which took place along the Nature Trail in Waterworth Memorial Park. We also had a costume contest return this year sponsored by the ...

Mayor of Salem asks for support of levy renewal

To the editor: As mayor of Salem, I ask that the temporary, five-year, .25 percent levy tax, specified for capital improvements to streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers be renewed by voters on Nov. 5. It has been an honor to be part of the team of employees and ...

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 ...

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, ...