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May 24, 2009
Salem News

Salem Post Office

food drive a success

To the editor:

I would first like to extend my sincere thanks to you and the Salem News for your in-depth coverage of the annual food drive held May 9 by the Salem Post Office. This station collected 13,500 pounds of food that were distributed to 10 food banks in the city.

This was the highest contribution in the city since the food drive began. This could not have been completed without the help of the Salem Fire Department off-duty firefighters, employees of the Salem Postal Service, and off-duty postal employees who worked the back dock unloading the food as it came to the station.

Most importantly, the residents of the city who gave and gave to help those less fortunate. It is a testimonial to the residents of this great country that we still and will always care for the plight of our neighbor.

The city of Salem should be especially proud of their efforts to help their own city. It is an inspiring moment to see someone purchase food and refreshments for the volunteers, and the fellowship of all who worked hand in hand to achieve one simple goal, to feed the needy. A special thanks to the National Associated of Letter Carriers, or NALC, who sponsor the drive every year. The list of those who contributed goes on and on, from the children who helped their parents, spouses helping pick up food on the street and so on.

Again I would like to express my thanks for all in the press and the community for a very fulfilling drive.


Supervisor, Customer Service

Salem Post Office

Responds to letter

to the editor

To the editor:

Late last week I had a call from Roy Brown, (Salem) city inspector. He told me that the empty lot next to 296 S. Ellsworth, the home that had once been owned by my grandparents, Ludovica and Nicholas Orashan, was overgrown and had not been mowed for some time. The former Orashan home was owned by the Block family and when I last spoke to them, they had an agreement with my mother, Emilia Sanders, that they would care for it because they enjoyed using it for family gatherings. That was in the spring of 2006.

It was a plan that worked. I had the wall that was falling down repaired and left it maintained and in good condition. The Block family sold the home and didn't contact me. If they had, I would have made arrangements to have it mowed. I apologize to the city because I know how you must feel when you look at another town eyesore. I assure you that I am in the process of taking care of the problem.

In the meantime, I call on the present owner of 296 S. Ellsworth to board up broken windows and doors. It should be a responsibility and the least that can be done in order to prevent unhealthy and unsafe conditions on the property.


Dana Point, Calif.

Is this the change we

all supposedly wanted?

To the editor:

Recently we passed Mr. Obama's first 100 days in office with all of the fanfare and hullaballoo of a May Day celebration at the Kremlin. But what do we really have to show for it? And, at what cost to the nation?

Well, for starters, let's consider the following:

1) A massive economic meltdown that continues unabated, with millions of Americans being laid off by the day. After trillions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts to the banks, to the auto industry (whoops, I meant to the UAW)and more trillions yet in so called stimulus dollars to welfare recipients - there is no sign of genuine recovery.

2) A health care system that will soon be nationalized, driving costs through the roof and leaving us with a European styled health care plan that will function much like the local welfare office.

3) A so called "cap and trade" energy conservation scheme which will impose horrendous new taxes on energy producers, raising the costs of doing business and of heating or cooling our homes, all based on Al Gore's convoluted global warming hoax.

4) A proposed "Employee Free Choice Act" that will do to America's small businesses what the UAW has done to the American auto industry - forcing unionization and binding arbitration upon what's left of America's ailing industrial base.

5) A national debt that is projected to grow by trillions of dollars as far out as the eye can see, strapping future generations with a suffocating debt and higher taxes at every levelwhich will unleash a hyper inflation that will devalue our currency and further squander the wealth of the nation.

If all of this is not enough to cripple our national economy for years to come, maybe a few more major crises can be drummed up by the silver tongued community- organizer-turned-president to justify yet more governmental intervention.

Alas, with a wrecked national economy, a hyper-inflated (devalued) currency, and depleted industrial basewill we not be all the more vulnerable to a military attack by the very Islamic terrorists which liberal dismiss if not embrace as "misunderstood"?

Just as the Barbarians sacked an economically ruined and militarily sapped Roman Empire a few centuries ago, signaling the end of that once great republic, an economically and militarily weakened America may well suffer the same fate- all under the lame mantra "change we can believe in".

Is this really the change that we all supposedly wanted? I think not.

Sincerely yours,

Jon Arnold,


Salem Junior/High

fund raiser excels

To the editor:

The Salem Junior/Senior High School hosted an extremely successful community fund raiser on May 1.

The initiative donned the name "Feed Yourself, Feed Your Community," and consisted of a spaghetti dinner and movie event. It was aimed at raising money to purchase food for Salem's food pantries.

Altogether, $14,348.21 was raised on the night of and in the lead-up to the event.

A partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown allows us to purchase $15 worth of food for every dollar we raised.

The overall outcome of the event is the acquisition of over $215,223.15 worth of food to be distributed to Salem's food pantries! Such a large quantity will help feed thousands of people in need, right here in our community.

This great success was multifaceted and many people deserve appreciation for their contributions.

First, a thank you goes to everyone in the community who attended the event or who purchased tickets in advance.

Thank you as well to all of the local businesses, organizations, and individuals who made generous donations to our cause; we could not have done nearly so much without your charitable backing.

I would also like to thank everyone from the Salem Junior/Senior High School and the Salem community who donated their time and effort to the initiative. We had over 60 volunteers including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and outstanding citizens who rallied to make this a success. Thank you to all, and may God always continue to bless our community.


Student organizer,

Food Fund Raiser 2009

Thanks to all backing

the fund raiser

To the editor:

I would like to thank the generosity of all involved that helped make this endeavor such a success.

Kindness came from those who had been on the other side of the fence one time in their life, or from those living paycheck to paycheck on their limited income, knowing the "feeling" of doing what is right.

We had those wanting to share their possessions, those wanting to support and share a meal, those wanting to give of their time.

The positive comments about the meal, the surroundings, the cleanliness of the restrooms, the volunteer help of cooks, servers, nurses, movie operators, the students help and many more all giving their best with no expectation of reward or acknowledgment was amazing. The support of our community was outstanding.

Folks, please take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to have citizens so supportive, a school system so caring and that we are able to so freely share this. We are grateful to all that served and all that will be served.


Staff support,

Food Fund Raiser 2009



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