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March 7, 2010
Salem News

Unhappy with 'no choice'

decision by commissioners

To the editor:

We are writing with great disappointment in hearing the Columbiana County Commissioners had "no choice" but to approve the annexation proposal of Perry and Green Township property into Salem.

We both spoke with one of the Columbiana County commissioners separately, prior to their decision, to voice our opposition of this proposal. After speaking with him we both felt very encouraged that he and the other commissioners were against this annexation. We were told by this commissioner that he felt Salem was going about this proposal the wrong way and that they would vote according to "what the people wanted."

The people who are most affected do not want this annexation. How sad it is that the commissioners could not represent "what the people wanted" because all "legal" procedures were supposedly followed properly.

In today's Salem News (Feb. 28), we read where another business is leaving Salem because they feel that Salem is not going in the right direction. With the vacant stores downtown and businesses leaving it is hard to understand why Salem's mayor is determined to annex land when the majority of the people are against it.

We can only pray that something can be done to stop this from going any further and ask that if you are against this annexation make your voice known!



Pine Lake Road residents,


Fat Tuesday was once

again a big success

To the editor:

We are very pleased that despite the weather, the third annual Fat Tuesday event, which benefited the Salem Community Pantry Inc., was a great success.

In fact, we feel that it has been gaining momentum and support each year. There are so many people to thank for the success of the event. For everyone who bought a ticket, we are grateful. We trust that you had a good meal and enjoyed visiting with others.

For all the chefs, wow! You really impressed us. Many fine dishes were served and enjoyed. We couldn't have done this without you, so special thanks goes out to the following chefs:

Wavelene Arnold, Salem Community Hospital

Joe Cadile and Lou Citino, St. Ann's Church of Sebring

Matt Parkes, Vista Center

Matt Butts, Kent State

Laurie Chaffee, AS Fricano

Rita O'Leary, Salem City Council

Diane McHugh and Holly Calvert, Copeland Oaks

Steve Faber and friends, Salem Memorial Building

Beth Volosin, Salem News

Gina Dermotta, Salem Radiologists

Josh Toot, Huntington National Bank

Brad Guess, Consumers National Bank

Joe Radin, Salem City Council

Attorney Bruce Williams

Dr. Michael Traina

Marena Carmello

Jerry Gabriel

Patty Keefer

Eloise Traina, Family Recovery

All the wonderful ladies of the Fleming House

Frank Zamarelli, Salem Computer Center

Bryan Ignazio and Desiree Monaco, Home Savings and Loan

The lady cookie bakers of Kiwanis

Bill Anderson, Salem Community Center

Dick and Sandy Markel

Audrey Null, Salem Chamber of Commerce

In addition, numerous volunteers from Kiwanis, Rotary, Interact, Key Club and employees of SCC contributed to the success of this event. We hope that through the generosity of chefs and organizations, we can continue this popular event for many years. If you've heard about it, but never attended, be sure to get a ticket next year!

JERI CLOSE, Kiwanis of Salem


Rotary of Salem

MINDY WERTENBACH, Salem Community Center

An invitation to see

works of Charles Burchfield

To the editor:

On behalf of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, it is my pleasure to cordially invite you to visit Buffalo, N. Y., and see this once in a lifetime retrospective of the works of Charles E. Burchfield-Heat Waves in Swamp.

Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield features over 80 major watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings drawn from important private and public collections.

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) worked almost exclusively in watercolor on paper. His primary subject matter was the nature in his immediate surroundings.

In 1930, Burchfield's work was the subject of the first one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Heat Waves in a Swamp weaves together numerous ephemeral objects including doodles, journals, scrapbooks, and letters from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

This combination of artwork and biographical material in Heat Waves in a Swamp provides new insights into Burchfield as an individual and as an artist.

Exhibition Highlights:

- Organized by the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Burchfield Penney Art Center

- Curated by internationally-known sculptor Robert Gober

- On view at the Hammer Museum from October 2009-January 2010, the Burchfield Penney Art Center from March-May 2010 and the Whitney Museum of American Art in the summer of 2010

- Selected as one of the top 10 exhibitions of 2009 by The New Yorker and one of the 10 most fascinating exhibitions of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times

- Reviewed in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Art+Antiques, Vogue, and ArtNews.


Buffalo, N.Y.

Wants to see the Tea

Party record straight

To the editor:

Two recent letters to the editor have taken issue with the role of the Tri-County Tea Party, both, in terms of our position on the renewal of the county sales tax and on our alleged involvement with the Republican Party. Allow me to set the record straight, as follows:

Firstly, the Tri-County Tea Party is on record as supporting the renewal of the county's sales tax because it would be irresponsible to do otherwise. Considering that the tax renewal represents 44 percent of the county's operating budget and that passage of the measure, by a vote of the people, would not raise anybody's taxes in this county-what possible benefit could be gained by its defeat?

Would the citizens of this county be well served by having the court house shut down, our sheriff's department neutered, and our courts idled? Make no mistake about it, the defeat of this tax renewal would place every office of the county government in jeopardy, likely forcing the state to place us in receivership. Would this serve the interests of the citizens of the county? We think not.

Secondly, is the Tri-State Tea Party somehow in the "hip pocket" of the Republican Party? Hardly. But let me assure the critics that we are certainly more at home with the Republican Party...local, state and national...than we could ever be with the Democrat Party. And why shouldn't we be?

To be perfectly clear about it: we oppose the reckless spending spree that is going on in Washington. We oppose socialized medicine. We oppose cap and trade. We oppose the bailouts of Wall Street. We oppose the whole socialist agenda that the Democrats in Washington want to thrust upon us. And to the extent that local and state Democrats support all of this, we oppose them, too!

On the other hand, we favor principles of limited government. We favor lower taxes at all levels. We favor the free enterprise system of economics that have made America the envy of the world. And, we favor bringing the costs of government down even if means concessions by the unions that are running the local, state and federal government. Most, but not all, Republicans champion the issues we favor.

Let's not forget that the very genesis of the tea party movement in this nation can be found in the spontaneous, grassroots protest over the radical left agenda that has been put into motion by President Barack Obama and his liberal cohorts in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Ultimately, it is our fervent hope that we awaken America's (and this region's) great silent majority, that we rally them to action and to the polls...and hopefully that we deliver the sort of electoral results that have occurred in Virginia, in New Jersey and in Massachusetts. This is what our movement is all about. This is what guides our every action. (





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