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May 10, 2009
Salem News

Salem Hunting Club

appreciates generosity

To the editor:

On behalf of the Salem Hunting Club's officers and members, I'd like to thank all the local merchants who generously donated prizes for our annual dinner. You helped make it an extra special evening.

While our diverse and delicious menu is what continues brings local sportsmen and women to this dinner, the donated prizes are a large part of the night's excitement.

That event was one of many that the Salem Hunting Club holds so that we may continue to provide educational programs for our area youth.

Youth Day, one of our biggest events of the season is scheduled June 7, 2009.

This gives children between the ages of 8 and 15, under the supervision of experienced safety officers, an opportunity to try their hand at numerous shooting sports that have been enjoyed for generations.

Besides enjoying free food and beverages, kids will have a chance to win trophies.

If you'd like more information or would like to help sponsor this enjoyable event, please call 330-332-9847 or visit www.salemhuntingclubofohio.com.

JAY KLEIN,

Salem Hunting Club

Appreciates recent

Salem News' op piece

To the editor:

Yes, the "Happy Birthday To Our Fine City" article in the April 30th News was appreciated by many of us.

It's true Salem has had a lot of change over the years, but through it all, we in Salem still treasure the small town values that we so enjoy.

After living in Florida for 35 years mainly because I had employment at RCA, Solid State Division, upon retiring I wanted to return to Salem where there are four seasons, the summers are bearable and the town people aren't looking forward to the winter northerners going home due to increased traffic and prices, but instead we welcome newcomers to Salem.

Yes, we had a glorious year celebrating our 200th year! I was lucky to get 10 of my 1939 SHS classmates to ride on bales of hay in a pickup truck in the "Parade of the Decades." They enjoyed every minute of it and we are looking forward to the Class of 1939 having their 70th reunion in July.

MARY JANE MILLER,

Salem

Thankful for return of

son's photo after 12 years

To the editor:

Over 12 years ago I had my purse stolen and have never received any info on it until this past Friday when in the mail I received pictures and a special picture holder with our son's picture in it. He had died in 1984. I want to thank that unknown person who sent it to me. It was an unexpected blessing to me.

CHARLOTTE BIRK,

Salem

Letter writer elaborates

on her legalization stance

To the editor:

My recent letter to the editor about the legalization of marijuana struck minor controversy. Was I referring to just medicinal cannabis or legalizing it completely?

I am 100 percent pro-legalization for medicinal purposes. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits from its use.

As for recreational legalization, I'm not sure. But let's be honest, whether marijuana is completely legalized or not, people are still going to use it. And as long as this prohibition continues, the government will continue to spend $7.7 billion a year on law enforcement costs. However, if prohibition ends the government could regulate its use. They could place a tax on it. They could place age restrictions on it. The outcome would be millions of new jobs. The economy would be saved.

In response to the first letter, I was asked, "What are people going to think of you when they read this?"

I say, let them think what they want. If someone wants to judge me solely from these articles, they aren't worth my time. For those of you that have read this and support me-thank you. And for those that don't, all I can say is: research.

HEATHER

HERGENRODER,

Pre-med student at Mount Union College

How many understand

taxes or socialism?

To the editor:

In light of the many knee-jerk reactions, locally and nationally, to the "Tax Day Tea Parties" and the tossing around of the word "socialism" I cannot help but wonder how many people really understand taxes or socialism, and, if they do, are they willing to put their money where their mouth is? We shall see.

I do find it courageous and patriotic for one to take a stand for one's convictions and to exercise two of the most cherished of our liberties: The freedom of speech and the redress of grievances; so my hat is off to those who partook.

I personally did not but I also believe there needs to be a restructuring of taxation and the tax codes and it can be accomplished without Congress dragging its feet for a decade or more.

However, I do have some questions I would like to pose, rhetorically of course, to see just how much freedom we are willing to give to other Americans and the free-market; otherwise, this is just about money and power, not freedom.

First, I would like to know what we are willing to give up in return for a reduction in tax rates? Are we willing to give up the exclusivity of state indoctrination facilities (public schools) to allow for private competition without continuing to tax those who choose not to send their children to them? What about people who have no children? How do we tax them, if at all? Are we willing to allow employers not to recognize organized-labor unions and not sue them? Are we willing to bring the unscientific premises of the man-made global warming debate into the open and dismantle every unnecessary taxpayer funded program related to it? Are we willing to legalize drugs? Are we willing to stand against universal healthcare that will be neither affordable or efficient? Are we willing to be more lax with gun laws? Are we willing to stand up more for the rights of the victims of crime as opposed to the perpetrators of them? How do we handle Social Security? Are we willing to live with a laissez-faire economy?

If you answered "No" to any/most/all of these questions, you may have more fascistic tendencies, not necessarily socialistic ones, than you know or would like to admit.

Second, how many people know the difference between tax-rates and tax- revenues and how they function in our economy? Economists have long known that tax-cuts cut the tax rate, but, the tax-revenue can rise, fall or stay the same even when taxes are cut. Everything depends on what happens to income. Spending has to be reduced somewhere, as in some or all of the above-mentioned and/or others, otherwise tax revenue must increase. We simply cannot have our cake and eat it too.

There was a time when taxes were meant to pay for the "inevitable" costs of government. With today's radical hermeneutic, the term "inevitable" has become slippery and elusive to define; especially for those who subscribe to some form of social engineering. Granted there may be some unforeseeable event such as war or natural catastrophe, but these are exceptions more than the rule.

Lastly, I leave the reader with two quotes from Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (when it actually meant something to win one; unlike, say, a pseudo-intellectual such as Al Gore).

"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that ... it gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free-market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."

A society that puts equality-in the sense of the equality of outcome-ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests."

LAWRENCE RICE,

East Liverpool

 
 

 

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