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September 27, 2009
Salem News

Disagrees with op piece

regarding President Obama

To the editor:

How shortsighted of you to chastise President Obama's speech at Lordstown for using the word "we" 33 times (Our Side, Sept. 17).

Doesn't the most famous document in American history start with "We, The People?"

It is very disappointing to have our local newspaper editor bamboozled by right-wing radio hysteria. You berate the president's "dreadful ring of socialism" for not raising the flag of individual capitalism; yet it was under that banner Wall Street was left to run amok along with the banking industry.

How quickly we forget the savings and loan crises of the 1980's. Had "we" been watching, "I" might not have been able to do such damage.

Your rhetoric smacks of the senior citizen berating the politician to "keep your government away from my Medicare." I probably have to remind some of your good readers that Medicare is, and always has been, a government funded and sponsored program.

Speaking of shortsighted, your suggestion to pay a family of four $120,000 to stimulate the economy instead of bailing out the auto industry forgets an important point. Do you think people are all going to rush out and create jobs with those checks? No, they're going to consume goods because that is what we do best. And since we'd have virtually no auto industry under your suggestion, all those purchased goods would be foreign goods, made in other countries with cheap labor.

Our economy does not need stimulus. It needs fundamental overhaul to compete globally. Part of that overhaul needs to include controlled, supervised government participation, because the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and Taiwanese all have the financial and legal support of their respective governments.



Whatever it's called,

writer is opposed to it

To the editor:

In regard to the proposed motel opening at East State Street. Sorry, I misspoke, the correct term is bed and breakfast but let's call it what it is, a motel.

I'm completely opposed to this for a number of reasons. The drive I share with them has been an issue since they moved in, resulting in me having to threaten to have a car towed this past spring because I was blocked in. How much worse will this get if allowed to open this motel? Who will monitor this business if it does open? Who will or won't she rent to?

I know Mrs. Grilli, the owner, has said that she will cater to people attracted to Salem by our "huge" tourism industry but who else? What about bar patrons looking to continue drinking after last call? Am I expected to believe that she will turn their business away? You also have to think of the long term effects this will have on our neighborhood. We have enough businesses on the street now. Why don't you leave our small stretch of homes alone? Something for the other neighborhoods around Salem to think about. Rezoning is not an issue here.

Mrs. Grilli only wants permission to open the business and if she gets it, how will the city justify turning down someone else? It only takes one of your neighbors to make your block next. Just remember, you may wake up to a flashing light outside your window some night and it won't be lightning. It'll be the neon sign of the new business that moved in while you were sleeping.

The bottom line is that if Mrs. Grilli wants to be in the motel business, the Timberlanes is vacant.



Another voice of opposition

against bed and breakfast

To the editor:

Save our historical home and neighborhoods! Attend the council meeting on September 29th at 7 pm in city chambers.

Changing our zoning codes to accommodate a bed and breakfast will not bring any jobs or revenue to Salem. It will only jeopardize the safety of our children and walkers along East State Street.

The drive is a shared drive and has a high wall and thick hedges that blocks the view of both cars and pedestrians. Parking will be a nightmare on surrounding streets. Salem preservation has endorsed the change. I have been told our home values will decrease! Families have bought and invested in our homes to preserve our community.

Mrs. Grilli knew the zoning laws when she bought the house. Please don't change the rules for one person so she can make a few dollars at the expense of her neighbors. We have beautiful lodging within 15 minutes of Salem. Will the city accept responsibility for injuries on a shared driveway and dangerous sidewalk?



An act of kindness that only

a parent can truly appreciate

To the editor:

My family attended the Johnny Appleseed Festival on Sept. 19.

In our chaos to get ready to go, somehow the diaper bag for our 1-year-old daughter got left behind. Once we got to the festival and were searching the car to no avail. I called my husband, who had driven separately, to stop at the dollar store for the necessary items. As I was doing so, another mom stepped up to me and offered a diaper to me to save us from buying them. Not only did she give me a diaper, but also a few wipes too!

I do not know who you are, but I just want to thank you again and to show how much this was appreciated. I know I try to help others when I can, and this simple act of kindness goes a long way in this troubled world.

Thank you again!



Try combating cancer

with a vegetarian diet

To the editor:

Wearing a pink ribbon is a good way to raise awareness about breast cancer, but eating a vegetarian diet is an effective way to actually prevent and combat the disease.

Studies show that women who eat vegetarian foods are much less likely to develop breast cancer than women who eat meat, eggs, and dairy products. Animal-derived products are high in fat, concentrated protein, and hormones, all of which raise a person's cancer risk. Plant-based foods, on the other hand, are low in fat and high in fiber and phytochemicals, which knock out carcinogens and fight inflammation. According to Dr. Dean Ornish, "In Japan and other countries where the consumption of animal fat is much lower, breast cancer is rare."

Whenever you see pink this October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consider it a reminder to eat green. For more information and a free vegetarian starter kit, visit


Research specialist,

People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals (PETA),

Norfolk, Va.



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