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December 6, 2009
Salem News

Government is real villain

in Summitville Tile issue

To the editor:

In reading the Dec. 1 editorial about Summitville Tile's encounter with the U.S. Army, the underlying issues were not discussed.

While the architects, contractors and the Department of Army may be the most immediate and visible villains in this story, let us not forget who is the real villain, the government. There is a distinct possibility that an integral factor in the tile decision may have been price.

OSHA, EPA, NLRB, and an alphabet soap of other regulatory agencies that have a stranglehold on the competitiveness of our industries are the true culprits here. There are nearly 600 agencies listed on the USA.GOV web site.All of them enforce rules and regulations that cost business in this country trillions of dollars each year. Businesses can't just absorb that cost without filing bankruptcy, so they are forced to pass the cost along to their customers (a category each of us find ourselves in all the time).

At this point you may be saying to yourself that not all of the aforementioned government departments have an impact on how competitive Summitville Tile is. Really? Bureaucracies are not free. There are employees with wages, benefits, offices, equipment, utilities and everything else that is required life support for each of these parasitic entities. Which leads us to the next point.

If the government regulatory regime is the noose around the neck of business then the mother of all regulatory agencies is the executioner.

The United States has the second highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world and the IRS is the hit man responsible for collections. You may think it is a great idea to take taxes from corporations and not from individuals. Again, businesses must pass costs, including taxes, along to their customers. Those corporate taxes affect you personally every time you buy something.

Kudos to the Johnson family, in spite of the regulatory and tax albatross dangling from their neck, for keeping their business viable all these years. Cap and Trade and National Health Care will most certainly spell the death knell for businesses like Summitville Tile.

All of you who support big government and think these draconian measures (Cap and Trade and National Health Care) are good ideas might want to reconsider before the government grim reaper comes after your company and your job.



Thanks for making annual

Thanksgiving dinner a success

To the editor:

We would like to take a moment to thank any and all businesses, organizations, families and individuals who contributed big or small to Salem's annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Salem Memorial Building.

More than 600 meals were served or delivered because of the generosity of so many people who gave of their talents, resources and time. Thank you all for caring. Thank you all for giving.





SHS Pep Club gives a big

cheer to supporters

To the editor:

On behalf of the Salem High School Pep Club, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the following businesses and people for their support and contributions to the club this fall sports season: Promos Unlimited, Custom Images, Salem Fire Department, Mario's Pizza, Salem High School Athletic Department, Salem Athletic Boosters, all Salem coaches, Sean Kirkland, Joe Shivers, Al Hayes and the SHS custodial staff, J.R. Straley and the cafeteria staff, Joe Rottenborn, Nick Cool, Bill and Terri Eisel, Bo Whinnery, Sid Ravelli, Berni Jesko, Bruce Fenton, Webb Bryan, all Salem fall athletes, and the student section and Crazies for promoting school spirit.

We would also like to congratulate all fall athletes and coaches on successful seasons. Good luck to the winter sports teams on their upcoming season. Go Quakers!


SHS Pep Club member


SHS Pep Club advisor

Grateful for contributions

for use in downtown planters

To the editor:

It is our great pleasure that we thank the owners of The Christmas Tree Farm in Lisbon, Bill and Janis Mundy, for their donation of pine branches to the Salem Beautification Committee.

This generous donation allowed us to fill all the downtown planters with beautiful pine boughs. Salem residents can see and appreciate this gift, throughout the winter, whether they are shopping, eating or just driving through downtown.

And, please, don't forget to support all your local merchants during the holiday season! Merry Christmas!



Salem Beautification

Committee co-chairmen

Against politicians who are

against the coal industry

To the editor:

Three articles published in the last two days deal with WV coal (two articles) and Ohio light bulbs. All having the underlying linchpin of man-made global warming. What isn't mentioned is the fact based exposure of the hoax of global warming. It has only been three weeks since the truth has surfaced and this hoax exposed. Yet will it make any difference to its (global warming) Believers and the corrupt. The whole argument about saving the planet is false and the true agenda is control of our economy hence control of us all. Any politician who supports the suppression or burdening of the expansion of the coal industry is undeserving of our support.


East Liverpool



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