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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Are you willing to lose the United State Postal Service?

To the editor: I am writing because the United States Postal Service is in jeopardy. Since 2006, our US Postal Service has been held back by a Congressionally mandated requirement to pre-fund its retirees’ healthcare benefits 70 years into the future—an obligation placed on ...

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 — ...

Suggests handrails at Sebo Stadium

To the editor: Football season is here and the fans are out cheering on their team to do their best. I’m sure the stadium officials would want to ensure the fans’ safety. Sebo Stadium is a beautiful facility with all the new upgrades. But please consider handrails for safety and support ...

“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 ...