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August 30, 2009
Salem News

Mom appreciates

donation of passes

To the editor:

I would like to thank the Salem resident who purchased athletic passes for my sons, Michael and Marcus.

This was done anonymously and I have to respect their wishes. I just wanted to let this person know how much this was appreciated by Michael and Marcus and myself.

To say they were very excited is an understatement. The older the boys get, the more sociable they want to be and go see all the games and show their support, especially if they don't have to participate in them.

So now I don't have an excuse as to why they can't go because it would always be that I couldn't afford for them to go all the time. And as a struggling, single mom, you have no idea how much this truly means to me.

Again, from the very bottom of my heart ... thank you!

JENNIFER CRITTENDEN,

Salem

Words of thanks to the

Salem News and readers

To the editor:

Recently, Salem News was kind enough to publish public information regarding my retirement party from Family Health Care in Salem. As a result of the publication, many patients, friends, and colleagues attended my party and numerous others sent heartwarming cards of congratulations.

I would like to send a public note of thanks to all the Salem News readers for their kindness and support. It was such a joy to recapture so many memories shared with each of you throughout my many years as a nurse. Your good will was a perfect conclusion to a fulfilling career.

Again, thank you very much!

JOAN UTT,

Lisbon

Class of 1964 creates

some new memories

To the editor:

On behalf of the Salem High School Class of 1964, we would like to thank Dr. Jeff Nolte, Matthew Butts and their staff at the Kent State City Center, for their vision, enthusiasm and cooperation in helping us host our 45th class reunion get-together on Aug. 7.

For a short time we were teenagers again walking through the halls of our Salem Junior High School, revisiting the classrooms, library and auditorium. The setting was perfect and everyone had fun reminiscing and reliving highlights about their classmates, classes and their former teachers.

They were also thrilled to see the renovations and upgrades that Kent has made over the past several years. Everyone agreed and appreciated the fact that Kent State had the foresight to save this "jewel" for our community.

This special building, not only bridges thousands of Salem alumni to their past, it continues its long tradition of being used to educate students for their future.

You can get a glimpse of the fun we had at the old junior high by visiting the Class of 1964's website www.salemcomputer.com/64reunion.

TASI and KAREN CARTER,

45th class reunion

Imploring you to seek

out the facts and truth

To the editor:

To my fellow Americans:

Are you as turned off as I am regarding the absolutely brutish behavior of those people at meetings with President Obama or representatives of Congress?

Guns carried openly, not being able to ask questions and get answers above the insane screaming and the Hitler rhetoric reminds me very much of the way Nazi Brownshirts disrupted meetings in Weimar, Germany. Most of today's protesters aren't old enough to remember WWII or the Nazi era. My own father was sent by his parents to this country in 1928 to escape the Brownshirts, and he's told me about the way the Nazis behaved. Even those people advocating white power today would not really care to live under a Nazi regime if they had ever read history and understood what went on in Germany in those days.

About getting back to original constitutional times when only landowners had the vote, women were chattels and if you were sick you died; or if you were broke, only your neighbor could help if they were not in the same pickle. Again, if these people knew anything about history, they would know better.

Do you really want to give up unemployment insurance, Social Security and Medicare? These were all called socialist programs by their opponents. The dictionary defines Socialism as a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state - do you really think that's what we have today?

Do you really want to give up the government benefits we currently enjoy ...with two job families, who can care for elderly parents? Where were our handicapped and learning disabled before government stepped in? I went to school with a girl whose sister spent her years in an institution in Columbus. How will our children go to college without government loans?

The president received 53 percent of the vote, which means 53percent of Americans believed in him. There are signs the economy is turning around, my investments are climbing; GM is increasing production. I don't care how you vote but at least get the truth-not from Fox or CNN or Rush Limbaugh. Go to factcheck.org or go to snopes.org. I believe in finding out the truth before I speak out because I don't like eating my words.

NANCY MOORE,

Salem

Grateful for help after

Annie gets loose

To the editor:

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, my dog tore a hole in a porch screen, found the only loose board in our backyard fence and began an escapade that lasted six days.

Now that Annie is safely back home, I want to thank the many people who helped in any way. This community has many generous and caring citizens of all ages whom I met during this search.

Among those watching for her were children on bicycles carrying dog treats, SHS cross country runners, mail carriers, delivery persons, joggers, people walking their own dogs and dog lovers who identified with my situation as a distraught pet owner.

I spoke with many kind people who were simply doing their jobs and were very understanding and supportive, including the Salem Police Department, post office, Salem News office and all the area dog rescues and shelters. And there were some of my friends who risked poison ivy and briars in the search for the elusive Annie. I am grateful to all of you.

I wish to thank all the businesses who permitted me to post flyers, and to all the people who took the time to be on the lookout for a black and white dog while they went about their daily routines. The response from the community was truly amazing. Some people called to give advice on finding her, some called when they saw a dog that matched her description, some called offering to help track her down. And when the signs came down, some called to ask if we had good news.

The happy ending was a culmination of sightings by a mail carrier and a resident, a borrowed dog trap, and the interest of three boys who notified me when the dog entered the trap. Thank you, everyone, for bringing Annie home.

CHERYL McDEVITT,

Salem

State budget cuts

are hurting children

To the editor:

The recently adopted state budget contained unprecedented cuts to many systems which serve people in need in our communities. Prior to the finalization of the budget bill, there was much heated debate over which systems were most deserving of the limited funding available.

Many systems were vying for limited dollars. Legislators were faced with difficult questions. Do we feed the hungry? Counsel the mentally ill? Provide housing for the homeless? And on and on. When the dust settled, many systems which serve the less fortunate of our society found themselves with big holes in their budgets.

No one can argue that cuts needed to be made. There simply was not enough state money to continue to fund everything.

In times of economic downturn, we must re-prioritize and put our limited resources where the need is the greatest. Sadly, this budget bill really short-changed a group of people - children, as it were - whose need is undeniably the greatest of all. Who are these children? The adopted children of Ohio.

Adopted children who come through the foster care system are certainly the most in need of all of our residents. First, as children, they are vulnerable and deserve to be protected. Second, they have already lost the love and support of their biological parents - something which we all take for granted. Who can be more deserving of the full support of society?

And yet Governor Strickland allowed his Budget Bill to strip Ohio's system of adoption of its viability on not one but numerous fronts. He reduced the state's share of the agreed upon subsidies to adoptive parents-a mix of federal, state, and local money-and left counties holding the bag. He eliminated the funds with which we seek families who are willing to adopt these children - and left counties holding the bag. He cut in half the amount of money these families can be reimbursed for the many expenses they incur as they wade their way through the legal system.

And he did all of this at the very time when Ohio is under the gun from a federal performance audit to improve performance in decreasing the amount of time it takes to find a family which can provide a permanent home for a child whose parents have lost their parental rights. Thanks a lot, governor!

At the local level, we will continue to do everything we can to provide stability for these children. Our local funds are very limited - certainly much more limited than the great state of Ohio, but apparently it is up to us do to what is right. And we now know we cannot count on the people in Columbus to do so.

EILEEN DRAY-BARDON,

Director,

Columbiana County

Department of Job and

Family Services,

Lisbon

Supporters come through for ACS

To the editor:

Back on July 10, on a hot summer day, the Relay For Life of Columbiana celebrated 25 years of hope with its annual event at Crestview High School. The previous year, Relay surpassed its goal by raising $52,000, and this was our goal in 2009. Despite an uncertain economy, supporters in the fight against cancer nearly matched goal by raising over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy and quality of life programs.

We consider any dollar amount raised for our cause to be a success, and we thank all of our sponsors and all individual donors for making this year's event a success.

We had an amazing event that began with the ROCcK Children's Choir singing the national anthem at the ceremonial opening. The rock continued with music from the bands 3:16 and Third Class. At the conclusion of the night, after the 'silent lap' in which attendees walk a lap dedicated to those who have lost the battle against cancer, BJ Alan lighted up the sky with a fantastic fireworks show. To conclude the night of entertainment, an awesome Fire Show and Juggling by The Third Degree led us into the late night hours.

The festivities of that Friday and Saturday were outstanding with a great entertainment line-up, including the Thriller Dance Contest (which was scheduled before the untimely death of M.J.), thanks to our Entertainment Chair Diane Hrusovski. We did have some bad weather that made us pack up a bit early, but overall we consider this event a tremendous success.

Once again we would like to thank our sponsors WKBN, Town Crier, Comcast, Hot 101, the Morning Journal, Salem News, The Review, B.J. Alan Fireworks, Classic Tent Rentals, Heritage-WTI, the Pete Amato Foundation, Allied Waste, Cancer Care Center, East Liverpool City Hospital, B.O.S.S., and Salem Community Hospital. We could not hold such an event without their support and we hope they stick with us in the future. And of course, we especially want to thank all of the teams and individual donors who contributed whatever they could, even though the troubling economic times we are experiencing. And lastly, thank you to LaDawn Whitman and Linda Donnalley and all the committee members who volunteered their time and energy who continue to make the Relay For Life such a memorable event each year. We hope to see you all back next year!

For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free any time 800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

BRYAN DICKENS,

Columbiana

 
 

 

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