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September 19, 2010
Salem News

Appreciates being honored with The Spirit of Salem Award

To the editor:

Last Thursday (Sept. 9) at the Community Center I was presented with The Spirit of Salem Award. I want to thank all those who deemed me worthy of that award.

I would be greatly remiss not to thank my mentors: John Herman, Ralph Mancuso, Dave Briskin, Andy Sapen, Ray Wright, Henry Miller, Bill and Dick Paulini. A portion of that award belongs to each of those fine gentlemen. Most of them are no longer with us. I cherish their memory.

I want to thank my most loyal fan, my wife Audrey for years of support and encouragement. Last but certainly not least I want to thank all ballplayers who played baseball for me. Thank you so very much for allowing me to be part of your lives. If just one young person gained something of value because our lives touched it has all been worthwhile. It has been a great ride, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Again, "thank you" people of Salem for your generosity.



Reflections about changing times from a longtime city of Salem resident

To the editor:

Last October, I had to put our beloved dog, Sassy, to sleep. It was very difficult to say the least and by March of this year, I knew we had to have another dog. March 1st we acquired a puppy, whose name is Buttons. So, I'm back walking the beat everyday-several times a day.

It gives me time to reflect on our town and what is taking place in our fine city. I think about what it was some years ago when I was growing up. Salem was a great little town then. We had lots of nice little shops and it was a safe place to live and raise the children. We didn't have to lock a door. Our parents always knew where we were and what we were doing. That was 40 years ago.

Most homeowners took great pride in the appearance of their homes and lawns. I'm sure there were also a lot of rental properties then and the people who rented either assumed the responsibility of maintaining the property or the landlord tended to what the renter could not repair or handle.

Maybe it was because landlords were expected to be responsible and likewise expected their tenants to follow suit. There was not a lot of trash left on the curbs and lawns for days or weeks and the rental properties looked fairly decent. There were no blankets for curtains hanging out of windows or junk piled all round the houses.

It was right after the depression in our country and people did not have a lot of money. Neighbors helped neighbors and there was a lot of "front porch sitting" being done in the evening. People took any job that was available and were glad to get it. Many people lost their homes, but, we still continued to feel safe in our town.

People took care of what they had. They did not steal and there was no welfare to fall back on. You worked hard at whatever job you had and you did it with pride.

Today, we have a plethora of entitlements with many people feeling they are entitled to have what others have worked hard to earn. Accountability seems to be a thing of the past and a sense of a lost pride in our community. Apathy perhaps. Our town continues to show erosion and an indifferent attitude, despite the tearing down of 23 or 32 houses this summer.

As I remember, there was not a lot of profanity heard on the streets when one wanted to take a nice relaxing walk. Vocabularies appear to be very limited these days.

A booklet of regulations could be written and produced by the city council with regulations for renting out property. These should be given to landlords in the city regarding regulations for their tenants. If not followed by the tenants, then, the landlords should be held accountable and the regulations should be enforced. Failure to do so should prompt a fine for landlords and/or eviction of tenants.

Trash containers should be placed at the rear of residences, grass clippings should be swept up off the sidewalk and not put in the street. Front yards should be kept free of debris as well as on the front sidewalk and porches where one resides. Homeowners and tenants should also be considerate of "nuisance noise" with their neighbors all hours of the day and night.

The residents of Canfield, Poland, Hudson, Columbiana and other surrounding towns of our size seem to be able to have some control over what they want their town to look like and what they want it to be. Even if there is not a lot of industry in the towns. If you don't expect anything from citizens then you don't have anything of quality. We all need to educate those who don't feel it is their responsibility to contribute to the well being of our city. Then, we can once again have an attractive and desirable community.

Let's get some pride back. Our schools are doing their job as they received a rating of excellence this year. Let us pull together and get a rating of excellence for our city!



Unhappy with the Congressman Wilson's lack of representation

To the editor:

"We fought a revolution as a people to secure a government representative of the people. If you recall, people were angry about taxes without representation. The constitution established a means for choosing one and set in stone his or her duties. So, just what does a congressman or representative do? Quite simply, he is a man (or woman) from among us who goes to Washington to carry our concerns to the federal government. He is supposed to listen and be our voice there.

To anyone who pays even the slightest attention to the news and the voting records of Charlie Wilson, one could logically conclude, we lack serious or responsible representation.

Mr. Wilson, prefers not to invite any serious discussion of issues at town hall meetings and sends out the most generic responses to questions posed him by his constituents.

Having attended several public forums in Steubenville and Lisbon where he was invited to debate (and never showed up even though others - both democrat, republican, and third party did) and tell his constituents where he stood on issues important to them, I had already decided not to vote for him again.

However, that being said, his GOP opponent made a statement at Steubenville before more than 50 people when asked by a third party candidate, if he would use his influence to see that all candidates would be included in all debates, should he be his parties nominee. He answered in the affirmative and was videotaped doing the same. He has since apparently reneged on that promise. We are all used to politicians lying and misleading after being elected, but to fail to keep a promise even before any votes are cast does not bode well for Mr. Johnson.

One of the problems in Washington is that neither party listens or keeps their promises. They hold a monopoly on the election process and rail that one wastes his vote by voting on someone who cannot win. It is interesting how they guarantee that outcome by barring any exposure for independent or third party candidates. It is also interesting how many of these same "unelectable" candidates are the very ones who attended every town hall, Tea Party and opened themselves with complete transparency to the Peoples questions and concerns.

They at least "acted" like representatives are supposed to do. Maybe its time to vote all these phony non-representative representatives out of office and send citizens from our own ranks. We have two very decent men running against the entrenched establishment in our midst who have been barred from speaking by the Big Two one is an auto mechanic and one is a small businessman. One of them will get my vote this fall. Not someone who lives in an ivory tower or a man who breaks his promises before even one vote is cast."





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