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May 1, 2010
Salem News

Not that impressed with board chairwoman

To the editor:

A recent front-page article lauded the accomplishments of County Elections Board Chairwoman, Patty Colian.

It mentioned that she got her start in politics by opposing the Salem Fire District.

I would like to remind the people of Salem that in the past four years since she helped defeat the fire district, Salem is now a town laying off police and fire.

Since Ms. Colian spearheaded the move to deny Salem a modern fire district, the people of Salem have been taxed over $4 million in wages and benefits for 16 union firefighters.

Salem could have saved millions with that fire district. Perry Township does it! Just wanted to add this to Ms. Colian's resume.



Agrees with endorsement of Salem Library levy

To editor:

Like the Salem News I also wholeheartedly endorse the Salem Public Library levy and for a special reason.

When my wife and I moved to Salem from Cleveland in 1982, I started doing research on artist Charles Burchfield, who grew up in Salem. The library had a bulky Burchfield file that dated back to 1918. The library staff told me about John Litty, who had been a boyhood friend of the artist. I met John and asked him to show me where Burchfield had lived. John drove me over to East Fourth Street and pointed to the house and said, "I remember when Charlie's mother put in that skylight in 1915."

Thanks to help mostly from the Salem Community Foundation that house is now the Burchfield Homestead Museum.


Executive director,

Burchfield Homestead Museum

Graduating seniors ask for support of schools levy

To the editor:

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, voters will head to the polls. Salem City School District is asking citizens to renew a $6.7 million operating levy. This levy is vital for the continued success of the school district. Salem High School and Reilly Elementary are rated "Excellent" by the state of Ohio. Salem Junior High and Southeast Elementary have nearly attained the same standard. Salem School District's Performance Index reached an all time high in the 2008-09 school year. The success of the school system not only benefits students but benefits all citizens of Salem by raising property value. If you ask any realtor, they will tell you that a successful school system is something most people consider before buying a home. In part, the school district's success is due to the original levy passed in 2000.

This original levy was renewed in 2005, and the district is asking voters to renew it again on Tuesday. This levy clearly improved the financial status of the district and moved it out of fiscal watch. In this struggling economy, the last thing we need is an increase in taxes. Fortunately, since the levy is considered a renewal, it will not raise your taxes. We believe it is our obligation to ensure the future success of the students at Salem.

As graduating seniors of Salem High School, we can confidently say that these past 13 years have been years to be remembered for the rest of our lives. We have both been involved with National Honor Society, choir, chamber choir, soccer, and many more clubs/organizations. We have both received the education necessary to succeed at Ohio State and Walsh University (where we will be attending in the fall). Because of our positive experience at Salem, we will continue to support and give to the school district for the rest of our lives. Please vote "yes" for Salem School's renewal levy.

DEREK ERSKINE, president

TYLER COSMA, vice president

National Honor Society



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