Why not outsource all city services?
To the editor:
I was kind of wandering? Maybe the city could outsource all of its services?
Appalled by decisions made by city leaders
To the editor:
As a former Director of Public Safety for eight years in the city of Salem, Ohio, I am appalled by the decisions of our current mayor, director of public service and safety and the Salem City Council regarding our safety forces.
Never in the 40-plus years my family has lived in Salem, have we ever needed more police protection than we do now. In addition, our fire department is undermanned, yet we still spend thousands of dollars on overtime while we have three trained firemen on layoff. It just doesn't make good sense.
Police Chief Floor and Fire Chief Hughes are doing all they can to give us the safety protection that we need, and still none of our public officials in the city seem to take the initiative to bring our safety forces up to a level that gives us citizens the protection and safety we deserve.
Mr. Armeni wants to call upon our Columbiana County Sheriff to provide us with police protection, even though the sheriff has publicly stated that he could use additional deputies, without the added responsibility for the city of Salem.
Let's stop fooling around and have our council and administration bring back the three firemen on layoff, and build our police force back up to a safe level for all of our citizens.
Thomas J. Barrett,
Words from former Salem councilman
To the editor:
Mayor Wolford stated in the article that Auditor Jim Armeni "acted on his own" when he wrote an official inquiry." The contact was to County Sheriff Ray Stone regarding the cost for his department to takeover police protection for the city of Salem.
Mayor Wolford said: "under Ohio law, he is the "chief conservator of peace" "within the city." The mayor is correct. However, Service Safety Director Steve Andres, by appointment, is directly responsible for the Salem Police and Fire Departments. He is accountable to Mayor Wolford for his actions.
If contact with the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department was necessary, why wasn't it done by Mr. Andres?" This article didn't mention his name regarding the "official inquiry." Our service safety director is aware of the financial status of Salem and it was his duty, if necessary, to ask Sheriff Stone for information. Mr. Armeni was elected to be our city auditor not a messenger for Mr. Andres or Mayor Wolford.
Mayor Wolford added, "Mr. Armeni acted on his own." I can't believe he would take such a step without the approval of the mayor. He said, "Armeni mentioned it to him before but he nixed it in the bud because he wasn't for it." He also stated, "it was too big an issue for him to get involved with." If he likes it or not he is still involved. What happens upstairs in Salem City Hall, good or bad, falls on his shoulders.
Police Chief Bob Floor said, "I don't see how this will work. We're going backwards. There are villages and townships with police departments. We would be the second largest city in the county...and without a police department if that occurred." He added, "I don't see where anything is going to be saved." I commend Chief Floor for his effort to provide sufficient police protection and stating his views on the matter
Several citizens have asked my opinion. My comment was, "I would feel like I was living in a "police state without our own local police department." Some things must fade into the past but our own Salem Police Department isn't one of them.
Over the last year, Mayor Wolford has asked for public input on ways to solve our financial problems. The first week of January 2008, the mayor and I talked in his office.
I told him, as a member of council, I would support whatever was in the best interest of the citizens of Salem. I offered to share my ideas but he said he had his own 12-point plan to turn Salem around.
That year (2008), I was in his office on two other occasions, once in an attempt to change my mind on merging the service and safety director positions; and a couple months later to support an income tax increase. I declined on both issues.
If any of you have suggestions on how to solve our financial problems contact the office of the mayor. I'm sure he will listen.
I agree the city of Salem is dealing with economic problems that we failed to address for the last 20 years, when the writing was on the wall. In 2006, it was obvious to others and myself, Salem had to increase income to run the city. My proposal on how to address the problem was nixed by Salem City Council.
Last fall, the people voted down a temporary income tax increase that may have solved our financial problems. The year 2006 was a better time to give the voters a choice. Here it is 2010 and a lot of residents have shallower pockets than they did last fall.
As a resident of Salem, I wish Mayor Wolford good luck in finding solutions to our financial problems but not at the expense of our police or fire departments.
There are two things necessary to make things happen in Salem. One is improve communication between Salem City Hall and the people. The second is making sure the people understand what the consequences will be if they don't listen.
I respect Sheriff Stone but I don't want a Columbiana County deputy driving past my home twice a day. It was bad enough when one stopped and put a foreclosure tag on a house up the street.
The final answer regarding the future of our Salem Police Department rests with those sitting upstairs in Salem City Hall and what agendas they take to Salem City Council.
We elect individuals to make justifiable decisions and that is all I ask of them. My comments and mine only.
Community-wide thanks to voters
To the editor:
On behalf of the Salem City Schools Levy Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a "heartfelt thank you" to the residents of Salem for their overwhelming support of our operating levy renewal on the May 4th ballot.
Your highly-favorable response to the district's renewal request is a true testimony to the overall character and traditional values that have remained the foundation of our community and its citizenry for many years.
Our school administration, elected board members and faculty have been working diligently to continue the long-standing tradition of "educational excellence" that has become paramount within the district, and your belief in the value of academic success and achievement is, by far, the single-most determinant in the future of all our students.
Special thanks and appreciation to District Superintendent Tom Bratten,Treasurer Jill Rowe, board members Steve Bailey, Brad Myers, Nick Bush, Jeff Cushman and Andrew Null; Committee Treasurer J.R. Straley, Community Relations Committee member Debbie Pietrzak, Audit Committee members Howard Rohleder and Roger Hack, Principals Joe Shivers, Sean Kirkland, Lisa Whitacre, Lori Thayer and Denny Niederhiser; SEA President Debra Fedyna, Athletic director Greg Steffey, Salem Athletic Boosters, Salem High School Alumni Association staff, teacher/advisor George Spack; National Honor Society Officers Tyler Cosma and Derek Erskine, Student Council Executive Board members Lindsay Winn and Olivia Mitchley, art teacher Tony Martinelli and Southeast Elementary art students; Buckeye, Reilly and Southeast PTOs parents; editor J.D. Creer and The Salem News staff; Lyle Printing, Inc. (levy signs), Insta Copy of Salem (print media), Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Audrey Null, Salem Area business leaders; and, the multitude of Salem teachers and students who contributed countless volunteer hours in further assisting the levy committee with promotional and informational tasks and items involved with our district-wide campaign initiative.
Again, "THANK YOU SALEM" for your continued support of our schools and, most importantly, thank you for investing in the future of our children!
Salem City Schools
More appreciation for the voters of Salem
To the editor:
On behalf of the Board of Education for Salem City Schools, we want to thank the Salem community for your generous support of the first phase of our levy renewal request. We appreciate your vote of confidence on behalf of our schools and our students.
As your elected members of the Salem City School Board, we have been working diligently to return your district to excellence in all areas. Your passage of the levy renewal enables us to continue our forward progress, while being fiscally responsible with the public monies that you have entrusted to us to manage on behalf of our school district. We are very grateful for your positive vote of approval and your recognition of the many improvements that we have been making and will continue to make in the year ahead, as we strive to offer a high-quality education to our 2,200 Salem students.
Special thanks are extended to all of those who voted in favor of the levy; and to our school administration, teachers and staff; our students and their families; and the many individuals, businesses and community organizations that rallied around our schools as the heart of this community. We can only achieve excellence by working in partnership with these groups of people, and our plan for continued success is founded upon the valuable support of our community.
During the next year, our board will be actively working on our Long-term Strategic Plan, which is designed to carry our district's many past successes into the future. We have identified several key areas of focus and are developing specific goals for continuing our performance improvement efforts in academics, programming, sports, customer service and the school learning environment.
Many of you are aware that in May 2011, our district plans to place the second phase of the renewal levy on the ballot for $1.3 million. This second phase of the levy renewal request is needed to continue to provide our current and future students with the high-quality education that will prepare them to enter the 21st century workforce and to be future leaders in our community.
As your elected school board members, we appreciate your continued vote of confidence and support on behalf of the Salem City Schools and our students.
Thank you for your consideration,
Board of Education
Praises those involved with Day of Prayer
To the editor:
A enormous thanks to all our local leaders and politicians who took part in the National Day of Prayer, showing their true colors against the flow. We yell when we think they're wrong, tell them when they're right.
Is our county going European?
To the editor:
Columbiana County going European?
I was amazed and shocked at two things I saw in this year's primary elections. First, where were all the people? With nothing but terrible news on the news night after night about how our government is botching things, the health care debacle etc., I expected a record turnout.
Second, in a time when gas prices are on the rise, wages are stagnant, jobs are being lost, the folks who actually did go vote, passed almost every tax levy, tax increase,and spending bill on the ballot!
So I guess we here in eastern Ohio are wanting to bring European style socialism to Ohio in a big way, because every chance we get, to go back to a smaller more limited government, we seem to reject that idea.
I heard this not long ago, "People like the sound of freedom, they love the word, but freedom itself? Not so much! I am truly amazed at my fellow Ohioans!
Lauds efforts of the Humane Society
To the editor:
The Humane Society of Columbiana County is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to animal protection from cruelty and neglect.
This organization is made up of mainly volunteers and run mostly by donations through the generosity of private individuals. There is a trained, court appointed humane agent by the name of Jan Palmer who has dedicated herself to these poor neglected animals here in Columbiana County.
On numerous occasions, I have called upon Mrs. Palmer to check on the welfare of an animal.
In my experience, Mrs. Palmer has always risen to the occasion, did her job in a professional manner, and reported back to me on the status of that animal. Mrs. Palmer should be commended on her efforts to intervene and have pet owners make changes to create an environment where the pet can thrive, and when needed, remove that animal and file the proper charges against that owner. In closing, I would like to challenge you to be an advocate for animal protection from cruelty, be a responsible pet owner by getting your animals spayed or neutered, and promote responsible pet ownership and the respect for all life through humane education.
Thank you to all of those tireless volunteers who dedicate their selves to the neglected animals of Columbiana County. You are appreciated!
Where's local level bid room legislation?
To the editor:
OK, Representative Charlie Wilson (Democrat) and David Johnson (Republican), if you are going to propose a bill to demand and improve transparency and accountability in the federal procurement process by requiring general contractors on government jobs to follow the same standards when hiring subcontractors based on full and open bidding process, you should promote the same thing for your own state, county, and city procurement practices. After all, Ohio senators and congressmen work for this state, Ohio, and its people, too, not just the federal government.
There is something extremely Chupacabraish (Blood Sucker) about your efforts when they are only directed in the favor of you and your big, fat cat political elitist friends in both parties and not done for the betterment of the small distributor and manufacturer, too: The little guys who might get big and benefit "USA" society if we can survive the corruption in politics.
It seems that the only time you elitist Democrats and Republicans can get along is when you, only can make a dollar, and you could care less about we the people including our employees who need jobs, too.
Your big, fat cat, elitist pals buy their way with political donations, crooked deals, and kickbacks, while we the people get put out of a job when competing against even your foreign to "USA" manufacturing pals.
We the people are tired of being sold out to especially foreign competition by our own politicians. The politicians that I am referring to are nothing but economic traitors and "USA" job destroyers. You should get open bid room legislation expanded on a state level, and passed on a countywide and city level and in local school systems, too. I know that I have certainly sent you many letters on the subject and you hear about the letters in your political parties meetings from members in your own parties that like my open bid room ideas, and buy "USA" provisions, too.
We small taxpayers pay your wages, too, not the other way around. Then you sell us out. We elected you elitist Democrats and Republicans to work for us, not destroy us. It is time that we get open bid room legislation on a local level, too.
GREGORY A. SHAFFER,
Advocates dismantling of Fannie and Freddie
To the editor:
You cannot connect the dot's on a giant ink spot. Two article's titled, "Foreclosure prevention interviews available" and "Fannie Mae seeks $8.4B in aid after 1Q loss" are the same stain. Fannie Mae is the index finger of the federal government whose hand caused the collapse of the housing market. The Family and Community Center (FCRC) coupled with the Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP) are but grease to that finger. The axiom for the day is dismantle Fannie and Freddie then let the chip's fall in the free-market as they may.
WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,