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February 1, 2009
Salem News

Coat drive was a success

To the editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made donations to our recent winter coat drive to benefit the students of Salem City Schools.

We collected over 200 total coats, of which over 35 were brand new. We also received numerous hats, gloves, and scarves.

We would like to also thank the local businesses, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Pizza Joe's, Home Savings and Loan in Salem and Buckeye Elementary, for providing collection points for the winter clothing.

Due to the overwhelming generosity, there are still coats available for students of all sizes. Parents can contact us at 330-337-6901 for Heather or 330-277-1515 for Krista.

In these tumultuous financial times for our area, it was refreshing to see so many people make donations. Although we are hoping the weather continues to warm, it was nice to know that our community helped keep someone warm during the recent bitter cold spell.

Thank you for your support!

KRISTA RHODES,

HEATHER YANNUCCI,

Salem

Thankful for recognition

To the editor:

Bill and Betty Borrelli and family wish to thank J.D. Creer for the exceptionally nice article he wrote to recognize Bill for his induction into the Guinness World Book of Records.

Also, a big thank you to Dr. Dombroski, J.D. Creer and Victoria Oyer (Bill's sister) who provided the proof in letter form to Guinness World Book of Records.

To Donna and Diane of Chappell's House of Pictures and Frames for taking great care in the preservation and framing of the letter and certificate of the record that Bill proudly displayed on the front page of the Jan. 5, 2009 edition of the Salem News.

And last, but not least, we thank all who traveled long and short distances in bad weather conditions to join us for our day of celebration on Jan. 17, 2009, to honor Bill's life, a life ell lived. We truly are blessed to live in Salem, a community of friends in every sense of the world.

The BORRELLI family,

Salem

Against the use of coal

To the editor:

The entire life cycle of coal is dirty and irresponsible. Our nation needs to stop building new coal-fired power plants, put an end to mountain removal mining, and reinvest in communities that have been harmed by coal. Here are some facts on the US coal cycle.

Burning for electrical production from coal:

More than 120 million tons of solid waste is produced each year from coal combustion.

Burning coal releases over 100 solid pollutants such as arsenic, selenium, lead, cadmium, chromium, boron, thallium and molybdenum in the form of fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and sludge.

Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of air pollution in the US. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants cause smog, soot, and acid rain. This causes many health and economic issues. Smog pollution alone is estimated to cause $500 million in reduced crop production each year.

Coal-fired power plants represent the nation's largest source of carbon dioxide, the predominant human contribution to global warming.

All existing and proposed coal plants release 100 percent of their CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

In 2006, coal plants emitted 32% of the US's carbon dioxide emissions, about the same emissions as from cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes and boats combined.

Even the newest and most efficient coal plants emit more than twice as much CO2 per megawatt-hour as new combined cycle natural gas plants.

Burning coal releases fine soot particles, which can trigger heart attacks and strokes, worsen asthma, cause irregular heartbeat, and lead to premature death. Soot, or particle pollution, is also the leading cause of haze and reduced visibility in the US.

Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of sulfur dioxide pollution (acid rain) and the second largest source of nitrogen oxides (smog).

Coal burning is the largest source of human-generated mercury, contaminating lakes, streams, fish, and humans who eat fish.

Most coal waste is dumped into landfills and surface impoundments where they can leak out and contaminate water supplies (and have on multiple occasions in at least 23 states).

Approximately 39 percent of U.S freshwater withdrawals are for coal plants, taking water away from crop irrigation and human use.

This is the future Congressman Charlie Wilson wants for Ohio? This is what the BAARD Plant wants to bring more of to Columbiana County? I'll take solar, wind, and geothermal energy any day.

DENNIS SPISAK,

Struthers,

Mahoning Valley Green Party

Ohio Green Party

Unhappy with snow removal

To the editor:

Because I wasn't interested in watching savior Obama's inauguration, I decided to jog up to Salem to pay some insurance bills and get some exercise on a cold day.

I jog almost every day. I was surprised how many people and businesses didn't remove the snow from the sidewalks along the main roads. After the 10-inch snowfall recently, I shoveled out my long driveway on the Saturday afternoon of the snow.

Out of curiosity, I stopped at some businesses to ask why they didn't have their sidewalks along State Street or Route 14 cleared off. My insurance company, Insure One, said that the attorney next door said she thought it was safer not to clear the sidewalk, so he didn't do his either.

My bank, Farmers, said that he (manager) was busy and thought it was the city's job to take care of the sidewalk. The Walgreen drug store manager said the same thing. I did note that for the sake of good business these stores did clear their parking lots and walkways from there to the store.

I do have to compliment the Salem hospital on clearing their sidewalk. I might say (in joking) that it might have increased their business if they hadn't.

I don't know why these people are misinformed. The previous Salem mayor did let the people know that it was their responsibility to clear their own sidewalks, although I don't remember if he ever took action legally.

I found jogging, or even walking, dangerous on these sidewalks so much that I was forced to do it on the edge of the main street. This was difficult because one and a half weeks after the snow, the Salem city snow removal crews were not plowing the berm or edge of the road. It appeared that they didn't know where the edge of the road was, or didn't care about children and older people having to walk there.

The state plows were clearing out their berms as of Jan. 19.

Perhaps the city should take actions on these people who are too lazy or unable to clear their sidewalks by two days after a heavy snowfall. The city could provide jobs for people with snow blowers or shovels and bill these people for the work done.

I will personally give a copy of this letter to the present mayor of Salem, just in case he doesn't read the Salem News.

EDWARD L. ACKERSON,

Salem

 
 

 

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