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April 18, 2010
Salem News

Salem needs its library

and library needs you

To the editor:

Salem needs a strong library. Every day I watch as more than 650 patrons including adults, teens and children visit Salem Public Library to borrow books, magazines, movies, and music, search for a job, read a newspaper, use computers, ask questions, research their family history, learn to read or participate in a program.

As the economy has worsened, library use has increased dramatically - reaching record setting levels in 2008 and again in 2009. Last year the library's more than 17,500 patrons checked out 406,000 items - an average of 1 item every 29 seconds that the library was open and more than 23 items for every person in our service area. With usage numbers like these it is clear that Salem needs its library!

Unfortunately, as the need for library services has increased, funding has fallen dramatically. Your library receives more than 90 percent of its funding support from the state. Since the beginning of 2009 that support has fallen 26 percent and now your library receives $243,000 less in state funding every year. The result - cuts in all elements of library operations: staffing, hours, services, materials, maintenance and programming.

This is why on May 4 your library is asking you to come out to vote and pass a levy to help provide operating funds for your library. While this levy will cost the average homeowner less than 75 cents per week, it will provide much needed funding to keep your library great - money to restore hours of operation, buy new materials, maintain the facility, update computers and provide programs that meet the needs of Salem residents.

As both a long-time resident of the Salem area and as director of your library, I am asking for your support - vote YES on May 4 to help maintain this wonderful resource for our community.

Thank you for your support,

Brad Stephens,

Director,

Salem Public Library

Board member urges

backing of Salem Library

To the editor:

I have had the privilege of serving on the Salem Public Library Board for many years. The Salem community has always supported the library. Recently we have seen vastly increased usage in all areas of our library at a time when the state of Ohio has cut our funding by 30 percent. We are dependent on the funding from the state for 94 percent of our operating monies.

Our board, with the cooperation and understanding of our wonderful staff and director, Brad Stephens, have made massive cuts in personnel, programs, and hours of operations in order to operate and provide the services that our fine community expects and deserves. Now we must ask for your support to pass an operating levy this May 4, to help maintain and restore the programs we have had to cut.

The levy would cost the average home owner of a $100,000 home $3.19 a month. This money would only be used for operating our fine library. We could restore hours, provide adequate staffing, computers for public use and maintain the facility and property as needed.

Please vote yes on May 4 for the Salem Public Library Operating Levy. We will use your money wisely.

THOMAS C. PATTERSON,

Member of board of trustees,

Salem Public Library

Library yields big

return on tax dollars

To the editor:

No one likes taxes. However, a tax that offers a huge return for the money is the levy for the Salem Public Library.

Up until now the library has been supported mainly by the State of Ohio through the Public Library Fund. The state funding has been cut dramatically because of the current economic climate so the library is in desperate need of funds to maintain the current level of service. For the average homeowner the tax liability for this levy would be about the same as buying one candy bar a week or around $2.50 per month.

But what you get for your money is incredible. With only a library card you have access to books, the latest DVDs, daily newspapers from around the country, the latest magazines and free use of internet computers and WiFi. If you are interested in genealogy there is a whole room dedicated to Ohio history plus all the issues of the Salem News are available on microfilm for your research. These are just a few of the services available to a card holder.

Brad Stephens, the director, has done an outstanding job of increasing circulation and expanding services while having to make do with less. He has made cuts by shortening library hours, spending less on materials and delaying necessary maintenance.

The library has never before asked for a levy. Please support this valuable community asset by voting yes for the Salem Public Library.

Mary Alice Julian,

Salem

Encourages support

for Salem Library

To the editor:

I would like to encourage the citizens of Salem to support the Salem Public Library by voting for the levy in the May Primary.

Many cities are struggling to fund their libraries. We are not alone. Our library provides a vital service during these harsh economic times. Library usage has soared. Many people have had to suspend their home internet connections.

Folks without a job are coming to the library to conduct job searches, write resumes, apply for a job, even to keep in touch with family and friends via email using library computers. Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are down. The price of books is at an all time high. DVDs and CDs are expensive.

All these can be found for free at the Salem Public Library. Entertainment is here too! Book Club, programs and story hours are regular events. The Children's Department is wonderful and always busy.

The most important part of the library visit is the staff. Everyone at the Salem Public Library is welcoming, cheerful, and helpful. All you have to do is ask and they are ready to help you find what you need. The heart and soul of the library is the staff. Salem is very fortunate to have our wonderful group and the leadership of Bradley Stephens. Please vote yes for the levy. See you at the library!

JUDY McKEE,

Salem

Salem Library essential

to our community

To the editor:

Salem Public Library is an essential part of our community an needs our help. It deserves the respect and support of the community by voting for the 1.25 mill on the ballot on May 4. There are generations of us who have had a library as an essential part of our past.

My own love for reading came from my parents frequently reading to my siblings and me, having the opportunity to borrow books from the bookmobile coming to my neighborhood; and weekly walks downtown to check out books with my junior high school friends.

My high school and college research papers were completed with the aid of libraries and summer was the time to check out books to read on leisurely days in the sun.

I am happy to say that the library was also a place for family visits with our own children. Checking out books every few weeks provided us with far more examples of essential good literature than we could have ever purchased for ourselves.

I have been part of the educational community of Salem for 37 years. During all of these years the library has been a place where I could read professional magazines and periodicals, check out reference materials for students in my class, and find good literature to share with my students. As a teacher at St. Paul School from 1973 to 2006, I have been able to take my classes to visit the library once a month. The programs provided for the students were appealing and informative. As current principal of St. Paul School, it is encouraging to have teachers continue to use the library as an educational tool and make monthly visits with their students.

These services were provided to me by former generations of Salem citizens and voters who realized their responsibility to their community and its future generations by supporting their library through tax dollars.

Today the library provides services that keep up with the times. Just take a few moments to visit their website: www.salem.lib.oh.us/ to see for yourself. The staff and board are committed to providing your community with top notch library services. I plan to support the 1.25 mill levy on the May 4 ballot and hope you will show your support by also voting yes for the levy.

Patricia Bauman,

Salem

Citizen benefits from

all the library provides

To the editor:

Our Salem Public Library supplies me with as many new books as I can read in a year, as well as movies, new releases as well as classics, and audio books and music CD's for long car rides. I can find research material on any subject I wish. The library has a wonderful website on which I can reserve a book or movie from home and up-to-date computer access while at the library. For my youngest friends, a beautiful children's department welcomes with appropriate material. The library provides a wonderful staff to offer help and support for any question that arises.

Due to the recent reduction in state funding, the library finds its funds reduced by 26 percent a year, which will eventually show up in fewer book, magazine, and movie purchases, and slower replacement of out-of-date computers and software. We already see reduced staff to help library patrons, and shorter hours available to visit the library. And this is occurring at precisely the time that more and more people need and use the library!

For approximately the price of one new book, or a paperback book and a movie a year, we can prevent this reduction of services at our beautiful Salem Public Library! Support our Salem Public Library. Vote yes on May 4!

HELEN POTTER HAYES,

Salem

Mother upset with Ohio

Valley Tea Party mailing

To the editor:

I just would like to thank the Ohio Valley Tea Party for sticking stuff in my mailbox with a picture that creeped my daughter out. I am sure she will be sleeping with me tonight! I thought it was safe to let my child get the mail, now I am going to have to do damage control in getting my daughter to believe that that the picture of the "evil, crooked agent of the devil, blood sucking" creature is not real and won't be coming after her in her sleep.

I support having passion for issues, but please remember when promoting your cause to think of the impact certain marketing can have.

Signed,

A mother who won't be getting sleep tonight!

Candice McDonald,

Salem

Praises Ohio Valley and Columbiana Tea Party

To the editor:

Thank you Ohio Valley and Columbiana Tea Party. Through every primary election I have had to choose a candidate based on very little information. Maybe a couple of paragraphs in the newspaper or their websites and flyers, but no detail. How do they feel on the issues important to me?

During the last few months the Tea Parties have hosted town halls with each candidate for the congressional Sixth district invited to speak and be questioned. Last night was the final night with all candidates participating in a debate, with one notable exception.

Last night (April 8) we got to hear from the Democrat, Constitutional, Libertarian, and three Republican candidates. Finally, a chance to be an informed voter and not just follow party lines. Charlie Wilson was invited but-no surprise-did not respond. These were not just political speeches, but actual answers to questions presented. It is time for all of us to educate ourselves and become informed voters. Our country is at stake.

SHELLEY SIMMS,

East Liverpool

Asks for support of

Leetonia School Levy

To the editor:

I am writing in support of Leetonia Exempted Village School District's 8.8-mill, emergency, operating levy on the May 4 ballot. Leetonia schools are recognized for the excellent education they offer. The US News and World Report awarded Leetonia High School a bronze award as one of the nation's best high schools.

Your board of education has done an admirable job of reducing cost while maintaining such high academic standards. Another $35,000 to $90,000 drop in the district budget is planned for next year. There has not been a new operating levy passed since 1991 and the district's finances are at a critical junction. If this levy does not pass, the district must begin borrowing money to operate.

I urge Leetonia School District residents to vote for the tax issue and make a wise investment in your schools and community.

RICHARD LEWIS, CAE

Executive director,

Ohio School Boards

Association,

Columbus

Upset with government

using money from SS

To the editor:

The REAL problem is the U.S. government spending our money that it taken out of our pay checks for Social Security and is being used for every thing but Social Security. Am I wrong thinking they should take care of us first -we are paying for it.

The Social Security Act was signed by FDR on 8/14/35. Taxes were collected for the first time in January 1937.

When the Social Security program loans money to the U.S. government, the government is obligated by law to pay this money back to the Social Security program with interest. This money becomes a part of the national debt.

As of June 2008, the U.S. government owes $2.36 trillion to the Social Security program. This comes to $7,800 for every man, woman, and child living in the United States

In 1968, when the trust fund was allowed to be put into the general fund, this was done by legislation during the Johnson Administration and the build-up of the Vietnam War. The action taken was perfectly legal, even though many people consider it to be wrong .

I think Social Security's 42 years of being the largest Ponzi Scheme ever and it's still going on.

Now the Tea party and all the complainers make the government fix it by passing new legislation, taking it out of the general fund and into its own trust fund.

Stop wasting our money on bailing out big banks, business and wars.

Doing this is going to take a miracle and a lot of work.

Dennis McLaughlin

Salem

It's time to say no to

Congressman Wilson

To the editor:

It's time Columbiana County says no to Charlie Wilson and his support of the Baard Energy Plant.

There is no such thing as clean coal technology. Coal to liquid fuel is the one of the dirtiest coal processes known to man, yet Charlie Wilson wants to pollute Columbiana County even more.

How many more children in the county will have to be born with the risk of birth defects or learning disabilities because of increased pollution such as mercury poisoning from this plant?

It's time to say no to Charlie Wilson and his Baard plant. This dog don't hunt!

DENNIS S. SPISAK,

Struthers

Upset with flowers being

stolen from cemetery

To the editor:

Thou shall not steal. A very clear and simple commandment, or so you would think. Why would some feel this does not apply to them? Why would some feel they had the right to go into a cemetery and steal from graves? Some do, and you know who you are.

Columbiana Cemetery had beautiful Easter flowers adorning grave stones honoring family members and friends. My cousins, who live on a fixed income, saved their money to purchase a special flower arrangement for on top of their mother and father's (my aunt and uncle's) head stone for Easter. The flowers were taken within two days. Why? Why would you do that? They were so discouraged and sad. Why would you do that?

Another commandment, Honor thy Mother and Father, also very clear and simple. My cousins were honoring the memory of their mother and father at Easter. How much honor did you bring to your parents by stealing from a grave at Easter?

JOYCE ALLCORN,

Columbiana

There will always be

daisies on Planet Earth

To the editor:

We look at global climate change and ask if the Earth is getting warmer or cooler. Most certainly the weather is changing. This is not new to our planet. References on geology, oceanography and anthropology prove that planet Earth has been through similar changes before and survived. A recluse by the name of James Lovelock, a brilliant and respected scientist, discusses Earth's sustainable dynamics:

"Imagine, a simple world in which there were only three kinds of life: white daisies, black daisies, and gray cows. Black daisies absorb more sunlight and so overheat faster than white daisies. Thus black daisies grow better in a cooler climate and white daisies in a warmer climate.

"Suppose the daisy world is initially quite cold. Black daisies grow faster, and the planet's surface darkens. The darker surface absorbs more sunlight, and the planet begins to warm. The cows graze on the black daisies. Meanwhile, the rising temperature allows the white daisies to grow faster. Soon there are more white daisies than black. The planet's surface lightens again and it begins to cool. The cows turn their attention to the white daisies.

"Whatever the starting condition-warm or cool-the result is always the same. The daisy world settles down to a temperature comfortably in between."

Lovelock's process analysis is flawless. We live on a planet that accommodates, evolves, and adapts. Planet Earth does not exist or cease to, because of the human race.

Suggesting that man influences climate is the equivalent of saying that a few cows watering a field in one county, causes storms to flood the next because of a little methane gas. When you hear about global warming, fossil fuels and the compelling need for Cap and Trade (or whatever new name Team Obama decides to use), remember Lovelock's daisies.

LAURA GANS,

Summitville

 
 

 

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