Responds to proposed cuts
To the editor:
I am writing about the funding cuts in the 2009/10 state budget proposed by Governor Strickland for Adult Protective Services. APS is administered by the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services.
In calendar year 2008 the two Adult Protective Services workers at CCDJFS received and investigated 276 reports of emotional abuse (26), physical abuse (17), self neglect (148), neglect by others (46), and exploitation (39); 197 of the reports were validated, 63 were not validated and 13 were not completed either due to death or move to a nursing home. Alleged perpetrators included 24 spouses/significant others and 65 adult children.
The Community Action Agency operates the Senior Nutrition Program. We serve meals throughout the week to about 200 seniors at six congregate sites and provide home delivered meals to about 199 seniors each day, 71 percent of the seniors who receive home delivered meals are 75+ years old. They are quite frail and no longer able to attend the congregate meal sites. Most of our home delivered meal clients do not have family close by.
In 2008 Senior Nutrition staff made three calls to Adult Protective Services. Two calls were made because of suspected exploitation by family members and the third call was made because of suspected abuse by a family member. CAA staff has no legal authority to act on any concerns we identify. That is the responsibility of Adult Protective Services.
We appreciate our excellent relationship with the dedicated and professional APS staff at the County Department of Job and Family Services.
The worst case scenario under Governor Strickland's proposed 2009/10 state budget is elimination of funding for APS. The two Columbiana County APS workers will lose their jobs.
There will no longer be staff to respond to complaints, and seniors will no longer have a professional, objective, and quick response to complaints of abuse or neglect.
Any agency or individual that provides services to the county's seniors or who has an aging parent or relative should convey to State Representative Linda Bolon, State Senator Jason Wilson and Governor Strickland that cutting funding Adult Protective Services is unacceptable.
If we lose the capability to respond to complaints of abuse and neglect, we place our most vulnerable seniors at risk of continued exploitation, abuse and possibly death. This is not merely a funding issue; it is a moral issue. Please make your opinion known to our elected on this vital issue to county seniors. Thank you.
CAROL F. BRETZ,
Honor Society expresses thanks
To the editor:
The Salem High School National Honor Society would like to give a special thank you to the generous and supportive businesses of Salem which provided food for our recent American Red Cross blood drive, held at the Salem High School on Feb. 25.
Our sincere thanks to Papa John's, Pizza Hut, East of Chicago, Pizza Joe's, Giant Eagle, Walmart, and Subway on East Second State.
Also a big thank you to all the Salem High School staff and students who were donors. And to our NHS members-we truly appreciate all of your help throughout the busy day. It was a very successful event with 73 pints collected. Please support these local businesses as they support our community.
SHS National Honor Society,
Blood drive co-chairmen
A treasure in downtown Salem
To the editor:
Regrettably, all we hear about these days is how bad things are. The market is crashing, unemployment is at or near all time highs, the Mexican drug war is about to spill over into the U.S. and most regrettably we continue to lose lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, fortunately I enjoyed a most pleasant experience right here in Columbiana County. While I am certainly not a culinary expert, I have been fortunate enough to dine in many first class restaurants in cities such as New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok. Today, I discovered a treasure here in downtown Salem which offered perhaps the finest food I have ever had the pleasure of eating.
Nestled in a very small building on South Broadway, lies Ezio's Restaurant. With mostly booths, a few small tables and a bar, I was overwhelmed by the quality and presentation of the food on this, my first visit. The extensive menu offered such variety that I can't imagine one could not find something to their liking. My wife enjoyed Pasta Primavera.
The owner/waitress/chief informed my wife that just an hour or so before we were served, "the noodles were still eggs." Myself, I was treated with risotto with grilled chicken breast which would rival that of the best Italian restaurants New York or Rome could offer. The desserts were equivalent in quality to the entrees. Even more amazing were the very low prices.
To our astonishment, the restaurant was empty when we entered and only one couple came in while we enjoyed a long and leisurely lunch. Admittedly, it was quite late for lunch and perhaps this explains the obvious scarcity of clientele.
It certainly is not that this is a new restaurant waiting to build a customer base, as the proprietor informed us that the restaurant has been located there for 40 years.
While I find this hard to believe, what is even more disturbing is that many people actually stand in line to eat at the likes of Olive Garden or Carrabba's and pay twice the price. All profits generated there go to feed the fat cats sitting off in some far away corporate headquarters. The food, while tolerable, is certainly nothing to write home about.
What is wrong with this picture? We see it over and over. Local shops are plowed under to make room for Walmarts. Family-owned pharmacies are boarded up, while on every corner is a new Rite Aid. The local hardware store has become a thing of the past as Home Depots and Loweses cover the landscape.
I'm confident this letter will have no impact upon how we, as a society, think. On the other hand, if only a few people would patronize the locally owned establishments, I am totally convinced this would be a much better place to live and work.
Wake up residents of Columbiana County. Given the current trends, 10 years from now we will only have big box stores paying minimal wages, and we will only be able to dine at same restaurants and eat the same entrees as those living in California or Maine.